Downtown dancewear opens

Downtown Dancewear opened downtown on Monday, on the west side of dowtown above Froggy Bottoms.

According to owner Eileen Seely, "the store will carry a complete line of dance, yoga & gymnastics wear and accessories for all ages and all levels." They're having an open house on Monday, Aug. 29 from 6-8 pm. Eileen and her husband also own the Cocoa Bean.

Downtown building facelifts

Malt-O-Meal's Ames Mill facility and the Ideal Cafe building (currently housing Las Delicias) are undergoing improvements. Click the photos for larger views.

Building moves: Northfield Montessori and maybe SpeechGear

Northfield Montessori's new building on N. Hwy 3 appears to be ready for the move. Early this morning I took the photo of workers playing on the playground equipment one last time. (Click photos for larger views.)

According to the July 28 EDA minutes, SpeechGear, currently in the Central Block building, hopes to move into the Montessori building. "SpeechGear has outgrown their existing facility and wants to stay in the community. After an exhaustive search, they have found a location at 516 5th Street West, and have negotiated a lease. The lease will be executed pending the receipt of the JOBZ benefits."

I spoke to Wendell Ellis, Director of Strategic Planning and Business Analysis for SpeechGear. He said they hope to hear from the state on the JOBZ application by the end of Sept. which would allow them to move by the end of Nov. SpeechGear currently has 15 employees and expects to add many more as they position themselves for a "... planned IPO in the coming years."

Library pages make city-scape

The sesquicentennial prompted the library pages to create a handmade cityscape/map of Northfield. They started with the city grid and the river and added important buildings like Jacobsen's, M-O-M, the library, etc. It grew from there...

One year ago in the weblog

What was happening this week a year ago in Northfield, according to blog posts to

See the August 08, 2004 - August 14, 2004 archive.

And among the photo albums last August: Carleton College Wind Turbine Construction, which continues to be one of our most-viewed albums, currently viewed a total of 3,230 times.

Outdoor pool/old Memorial Park meetings this week

The Northfield League of Women Voters continues its public meeting series called 4th Mondays tonight and on the agenda are Park Design and Recreation Issues. One likely topic: the outdoor pool and the old Memorial Park.

The City of Northfield's Park and Recreation Advisory Board is hosting a public meeting on that issue on Wed. eve. I got this email on the meeting from Joel Walinski, City Operations Manager.

Northfield City Council work session tonight

agendatemplatethumb.gifThe Northfield City Council meets tonight in a work session, 6:00 PM at Northfield City Hall, 801 Washington Street.

Update 7am: The agenda was published as an ad in Saturday's Northfield News but is not yet available on the City's agenda web page. See this photo of the ad in the meantime. 11:45 am update: The agenda is now up.

See the City's Weekly Meetings web page for an updated list of other city-related meetings this week.

ARTrail walking tour photo album

Dundas Mayor and ARTrail Chair Glenn Switzer submitted text and photos of last week's ARTrail walking tour, part of ArtSwirl. ARTrail is a group dedicated to bringing sculpture to the Mill Towns Trail. Click the photos above for larger views and see a dozen more in the ARTrail walking tour photo album.

ARTrail walking tour raises awareness of public art

Nearly forty people spent two hours with sculptor Raymond Jacobson as he spoke on the "Language of Sculpture" Saturday morning (8/13/05).

Miscellaneous photos

Some photos from the past two weeks. Click photos for larger views.

Left: The Char Carlson park and trail near Target.
Center: An addition to the Schilling Business Center off Jefferson Road
Right: Ongoing construction of the Veteran's Memorial in Riverside Park by Jasnoch Construction.

Photos of Peace Vigil for Cindy Sheehan

Vigil for CindyAbout 70 people (and three dogs!) gathered in the evening on Bridge Square, Wednesday, August 17, to take part in a national vigil of support for Cindy Sheehan and attempts in Texas to meet with President Bush. Northfield's vigil was one of its largest of the past two years. Supporters of Sheehan lit candles, held signs, and sang songs to express their desire for peace.

A photo album of images from Thrusday's vigil is in the Gallery.

Garden of Remembrance dedication - photo album

See the 30+ photos from last night's Northfield Garden Club dedication of the Garden of Rembrance in Riverside park.

Left: Mayor Lee Lansing and Garden Club President Jerry Nord.
Center: The team behind the project (L to R) Marilyn Hill, Marion Harten, Judy Code, Molly Woehrlin, Jerry Nord, Nancy Child.
Right: Some of Northfield City staffers who worked on the project (L to R) Joel Walinski, Heidi Hamilton, Howard Merriam, Susan Hoyt, Mary Grant. Click photos for larger views.

Garden Club dedicates Pergola tonight

The Northfield Garden Club is having a dedication ceremony for the Garden of Remembrance tonight... Thursday, August 18, 2005, 7:30 P.M., Riverside Park. From their blog post: "The pergola garden is the club's Sesquicentennial gift to the City of Northfield. There will be a short ceremony, ribbon cutting, and refreshments." The pergola was started in memory of two Garden Club members, Millie DeMann and Betsy Maitland.

Knecht's Nurseries did the landscaping (Deb Knecht's blog post) and Northfield Construction moved the large stone (Ray Cox's blog post).

Full disclosure:

Northfield Library Board Met on Tuesday

The Northfield Public Library Board met on Tuesday evening.

Howard Merriam came to the board meeting to show some preliminary plans for the corner of 3rd and Division, right near the library.

A full report inside...

CVRO/Books & Stars photo album

Left: Paul Niemesto led the Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra (CVRO) at the final 2005 Books and Stars event last night in Central Park.
Center: The library gang of Jim Rossow, Kathy Ness, Lynne Young. Booker Jim was honored for his years of service.
Right: Central Park babes Mary Lewis Grow, Lin Bruce, Molly Woehrlin

Click the photos for a larger view. And see the photo album for a dozen+ photos of the event.

Blogosphere minus 1: Goodbye Betsey

Northfield Planning Commission chair and blogger Betsey Buckheit has resigned her post... and is blogging off (includes a list of people she thanks and some suggested to-dos.)

She and her daugher Elizabeth are accompanying husband and dad Justin London, professor of music at Carleton, who is going to Cambridge for a one-year sabbatical on a Fulbright.

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