Circle of Service day photo album

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Last weekend, my wife Robbie and I travelled to the Feed My Starving Children facility in Eagan with a group Northfielders to help bag food.

We're part of a new volunteerism group organized by Jim Pokorney (center photo below) called a Circle of Service (see the invitation/explanation - PDF). Click photos to enlarge and see the photo album for ten more.

Back row, L to R: Denny Dempsey, Leota Goodney, Jim Pokorney, Robbie Wigley, Scott Nesbit, Doug Worson, Mark Werner.
Front row, L to R: Norman Butler, Griff Wigley, Heidi Hamilton, Clarice Grenier Grabau.

"Make a Difference Day" photos

Joseph Mbele (left) told traditional African folktales to a group of children at yesterday's Make a Difference Day book drive at the NCRC. According to AmeriCorps worker Gillian Wigley (right), over 300 children's books were donated for the READS Initiative.

Full disclosure: Gillian will occasionally admit to being a distant relative.

Chapati Fire -- Updated @ 20:15 10/22/2005

A shrill fire alarm evacuated the Archer House just before 4 p.m. today. A dryer in Chapati, the Indian restaurant, caught fire but caused minimal damage according to 2nd Assistant Fire Chief Tom Nelson.

.08 event at Froggy Bottoms tonight

bac.gifThe Northfield Police Department and College City Beverage are sponsoring a .08 awareness night at Froggy Bottoms tonight. "The demonstration has two rounds, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Minnesota law changed on August 1st when the standard for driving under the influence of alcohol dropped to a blood/alcohol level of .08. The goal of the event is to educate the drinking public on factors that influence the blood alcohol level."

More details in Susan Hvistendahl's blog post.

AmeriCorps children's book drive today at NCRC

americorpslogo96w.gifThe AmeriCorps READS Initiative (Reading Early Achieves Developmental Success) and the Northfield School District Family Services Division are hosting a children's book drive and family fun event today from 10am-1pm at the NCRC building.

Click the poster image for more details.

Disc golf courses; labyrinth

Both Carleton and St. Olaf colleges have disc golf courses open to the public. St. Olaf has 9 holes west of its entrance road at Hwy 19, and another 9 holes in the field northwest of the Hwy 19/Armstrong Road intersection. Carleton's 9 hole course has 4 holes around Lyman Lakes and the rest scattered around the "three oaks" fields in the upper Arb.

Carleton's advantage is that, once you lose your disc in Lyman Lakes , you can take a meditative trip or two around the Stewsie Island Labyrinth to relax.

Straw poll: stop light at Hwy 3 and 3rd St.


Read the ISSUES list discussion on the Hwy 3/3rd St. stop light issue. And then take our straw poll. And then join the ISSUES list discussion.

Oddfellows Park Shelter construction


Back on Sept. 1, I blogged about the changes planned for the Oddfellows Park Shelter, with info sent to me by Steve Wilmot at SMSQ. I saw on Tues. this week that construction had begun. Here's more info from the City's Park Director Howard Merriam.

This improvement package to the shelter is part of a two year Park Board initiative, which is being financed by a DNR Outdoor Recreation Grant. The overall intent of the shelter improvement is to open up the building, freshen it up with a new roof, new paint, new fixtures and lighting. Steve Wilmot with SMSQ has been the design lead and has provided great creative input. The work will be accomplished this fall. The attached PDF includes several proposed additions, such as the fireplace, which will not be part of this improvement package.

Howard Merriam, ASLA
Director Resource & Park Planning
City of Northfield
507.645.3002 direct

Open house at the NATC

The Northfield Area Technology Center (NATC) held an open house yesterday in their lab at the senior center in the Northfield Community Resource Center (NCRC) building.

Left: Instructors Paul Woodings and Lee Klimisch; Right: instructor Ray Eng (far right) working with some young whippersnappers. Click photos to enlarge.

More entrants in Chamber's Halloween display contest

Two more entrants in the Northfield Chamber of Commerce's Halloween display contest.

Left photo: Knecht's Nurseries and Landscaping, created by (center photo, L to R: Heidi Gervais, Deb Knecht, Shar Jacobsen); Right photo: Northfield Construction Company, created by Jodi Duden.

If your business is participating in the contest and you'd like us to feature it with a photo here on, contact us.

Full disclosure:

ISSUES list topic of the week: Stop light at 3rd and Hwy 3?

The ISSUES discussion list is open for discussion of any community-related civic issue.

Recent topic of discussion (see the archives for a glimpse) has focused on whether or not there should be a stop light or pedestrian crossing signal light (similar to the ones for Malt O Meal on Hwy 19 - right photo) at 3rd St. and Hwy 3 (left photo)?

To join the discussion, subscribe to the ISSUES list.

Registration requires a working email address along with a first and last name.

There are 145 area citizens currently on the list. The discussion is moderated, i.e., all comments are reviewed before allowing them to be posted to the list. See the guidelines for participation.

The multicolored Asian lady beetle invades Northfield

My wife Robbie's office has been invaded by Asian lady beetles. They cluster on the fan light and occasionally drop on her head, much to my amusement her dismay.

Are these bugs helpful? Harmful? How to manage them? See the U of MN Extension Service's web page on the Asian lady beetle.

Old Main in the morning; St. Olaf's fall colors

When driving to the Ole Store this morning, I noticed the setting moon over St. Olaf's Old Main, with the flag flying and the early eastern light reflecting in its windows. A couple hours later, I took a photo of the fall colors in the morning light. And later in the day, one of the Hwy 19 campus entrance. Click photos to enlarge.

PDZ, Pool and Liquor

PDZ, pool and liquor, no this isn't a Viking party; it's tonight's city council meeting. In a session that actually ended before ten, the meeting covered topics including the Target site, a new public pool and the liquor store's location.

Over and Back's last show

Over and Back will perform their final show next month. I spoke with Susan Lohmann this morning (Susan serves as Over & Back's co-producer & administrator when she's not singing and playing guitar). After 14.5 years, the group has decided for a variety of reasons to end the production. A complete story will evidently appear in an upcoming Northfield News article.

The November 18, 19, & 20 shows will feature guests Neal and Leandra. Beneficiaries for the show the Northfield Area Veterans Memorial, and Christmas Dinner for All.

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