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Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Sun, 01/23/2005 - 6:38am
We had our first significant snowfall of the season on Friday afternoon and evening. This photo was taken by downtown building owner and resident Bart de Malignon on Saturday, on Division St. facing south, right in front of the Northfield Historical Society.
Usually the second night after a major snowfall, the City of Northfield's Street Department crews use a variety of heavy equipment to push all the snow on downtown streets, sidewalks, and city parking lots into strategic piles. I took the above photo early this morning on Division St between 3rd and 4th, facing north, right in front of Oolala.
Crews use a snowblower to deposit the snow into dump trucks. This is a shot of the city parking lot behind the Lampe, Swanson, Morisette & Heisler law office.
The dump trucks deposit the snow on the flood plain along Hwy 3 and the Cannon River, by the rodeo arena.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Sat, 01/22/2005 - 3:19am
NBC Nightly News
NBC Nightly News
Minnesota turns politically
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Fri, 01/21/2005 - 8:15pm
Submitted by Bruce Morlan on Fri, 01/21/2005 - 3:00pm
Open House for the Rice County Transportation Plan
held at Bridgewater Township Hall tonight brought out a variety of
people interested in learning more and providing their inputs.
Here, Leif Knecht points out one area where he has been heavily involved over the past few years. He led the Bridgewater Township Council as they negotiated a joint Bridgewater-Dundas annexation plan. (Click image for larger image).
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Fri, 01/21/2005 - 3:21am
Why is Ken Bank (L), head honcho of Northfield Hospital, smiling while he enjoys a cup of coffee with Clark Webster (R) at the Goodbye Blue Monday earlier this morning?
Because the Northfield Hospital was not mentioned in this report, Adverse Health Events in Minnesota, released this week by the MN Dept. of Health. See the Star Tribune article titled Minnesota hospital errors revealed for more.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Wed, 01/19/2005 - 6:23pm
State plans consumer fee system to finance recycling of PCs, TVs
Sen. Linda Higgins, DFL-Minneapolis, and Rep. Ray Cox, R-Northfield, last year proposed companion bills that would have required manufacturers to pay for up to 15 recycling centers. Retailers generally favored that approach, but some legislators and Pawlenty signaled that they wanted a solution that would involve retailers and consumers.
Could you spend 30 minutes studying a single raisin before eating it, oh, so slowly?
"People want to reclaim a little more control over their lives and find more effective ways to handle the stress that's inherent in people's lives," said Dr. Henry Emmons, a psychiatrist in Northfield, Minn. He uses the raisin exercise with patients and doctors at the University of Minnesota's Center on Spirituality and Healing in Minneapolis.
Submitted by Scott Davis on Wed, 01/19/2005 - 3:55am
Tuesday marked the beginning of the first tangible sign that the Highway 3 construction is really starting; the house and part of what was Bill's Pizza building where torn down and hauled away. If the pace continues, the building demolition and removal should be done by the end of the week. Buildings to be removed, in addition to the ones already removed, include Godfathers Pizza, Muffler Shop building, Kump Lumber building, and the building on the southeast corner of 2nd Street and Hwy 3.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Mon, 01/17/2005 - 8:08am
This Old House
This Old House
John and Elizabeth Schott's Northfield house on 500 E. 4th St. is featured in a six-page spread authored by Elizabeth in the Jan/Feb 05 issue titled Getting Gothic Right: How a pair of New York loft dwellers learned to love a country cottage. The article is not online but John has it posted on his Carleton College page (17 meg PDF).
Hanging out a shingle
The physicians' network, operated by Children's Hospital, helps independent clinics to get insured patients, provides group discounts and offers other support services. Its latest directory shows only two other recent solo start-ups here, Eagan Valley Pediatrics in Apple Valley and Pediatric and Young Adult Health Care in Northfield.
Former Twin Cities cartoonist Ward Sutton draws attention
... but by his sophomore year at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., he had made up his mind to make a living somehow through art. He drew cartoons for his college newspaper, the Manitou Messenger, including one that won a statewide journalism competition; it depicted hell freezing over when the Twins won the World Series.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Mon, 01/17/2005 - 7:23am
The City of Northfield has revamped its website and is seeking qualified consultants/web designers to design the new city website. The RFQ (Request for Qualifications) responses (soon to be posted to the City's home page) are due back to the City by 5 PM on February 14th.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Mon, 01/17/2005 - 6:36am
Heselton Construction of Faribault began moving its heavy equipment into the parking lot at the corner of Hwy 3 and 2nd St. this morning, evidently to finish the demolition job that the NDDC's Ross Currier and Dan Bergeson failed to complete.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Mon, 01/17/2005 - 4:56am
Police Chief Gary Smith is against the bill in the legislature that would allow any police officer to wear a flag on his or her uniform, regardless of what the police chief allows to be worn on a uniform. Rep. Ray Cox agrees with the Chief's arguments against the bill.
The discussion of the pros and cons of a downtown footbridge over Hwy 3 (prompted by Amy Gage
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Mon, 01/17/2005 - 4:17am
The ISSUES discussion list is open for discussion of any community-related civic issue.
New topic in the past week:
- Downtown footbridge over Hwy 3
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Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Sun, 01/16/2005 - 6:43am
A group of Northfield High School students launched a "Buttons for Boats" fundraiser last week to raise money for tsunami victims through the American Refugee Committee (ARC) and Gary Dahl's fishing boat project. (See earlier post). Among the students working on the project: Frank Falvell, Anne Hakes, Erica Johnson, and Chelsea Sektnan.
Donation buckets are being placed around town, like this one (#31) at the James Gang Coffeehouse where I took a photo of NCO Board President, Dundas planning commissioner, and citizen/civic leader blogger Bruce Morlan buying one earlier this morning.
The words on the bucket read:
Buttons for Boats
You Can Help Tsunami Victims
Proceeds will go towards purchasing fishing boats for the families devestated by the recent events.
Donations can be sent to:
Northfield High School
BUTTONS FOR BOATS
1400 Division Street South
Northfield, MN 55057
Please make checks payable to:
American Refugee Committee
Minimum Donation: $3
"Buttons for Boats: Bringing new hope to fishing villages of Thailand destroyed by the tsunami"
If you're a local business in the area that has a donation bucket for the public, I'd like to take a photo of it. Please contact me.
Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Sun, 01/16/2005 - 5:50am
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Submitted by Griff J Wigley on Sat, 01/15/2005 - 7:54am
Last night, the Northfield School for Arts and Technology (ARTech) hosted Northfield area performing artists of all ages in a performance titled "The Arts for Martin" in honor of Martin Luther King. (Picture above L to R: Ben Harkins and Evan Larkin). A gallery created by visual artists from the area was also on display.
Former Northfielder and retired minister Fred Doty, who worked with King in the 1960s, told many stories of his civil rights experiences from that era.
ARTech student Nell Holden, who helped raise $500 from fellow students the past two weeks for the ARC Fishing Boat Project (see earlier post), raised another $500 at the event from parents and community members in attendance.
See high-res versions of these photos and five dozen others of the evening's performances in N.org's ARTech/MLK photo album.