Downtown ordinance violators

I took the photo of motorcycle last night at about 8 pm last night. It has been parked in front of the First National Bank of Northfield since Monday morning. It's still there as of 6:30 am this morning.

8 am update: the cycle is gone.

I took the photo of the three boys skateboarding and biking on the sidewalk at the intersection of Division and 2nd St. last night at about the same time.

The City of Northfield's municipal code is searchable via a service called Municode. I found references to the above violations in the City's code.

Hvistendahl to sue City of Northfield, Union of Youth

davidh152w.jpgI spoke to Dave Hvistendahl on Saturday while I was taking photos of the new seating area for Froggy Bottoms on the Riverwalk. (photo of you)

He said he (his West Bank Properties business) will be filing a lawsuit against the City of Northfield and the Union of Youth this week, related to the City's building currently leased to the Union of Youth for the south half of their youth center, The Key that's adjacent to Froggy Bottoms.

The audio interview: Making Northfield an Art Town

rosscurrierarttownblogpostscreenshot.gifI interviewed NDDC Executive Director Ross Currier last Friday about his Making Northfield an Art Town weblog post.

Here's the interview -- a six-minute MP3 audio file.

Street reclamation project approved

Last night, the Northfield City Council City Council passed a resolution "ordering the 2005 street reclamation project and preparation of plans and specifications." See the PDF that was presented to the Council.

If bids are accepted, construction will begin on September 1, 2005.

Car delivers post office drop-box a knockdown

I got this email and photo on the left (click to enlarge) from Bridge Square resident/building owner Bart de Malignon last night:

About 10:00p.m. Monday night, a car drove over the curb and sidewalk, travelled about fifty feet in the grass along the curb, hit the Bridge Square Post Office drop box and drove away. The streetlight opposite the drop box hasn't worked in months. A working streetlight may have prevented this destruction.

At 6 am, the box was upright but turned around and unusable by drive-up patrons. de Malignon's building is in the background of the photo on the right.

Bridge Square drinking fountain nearing completion

It appears as though the new drinking fountain on Bridge Square will be ready for the 4th of July weekend.

4th of July prep

Downtown businesses are hanging 4th of July banners.
Left: the Rare Pair. Right: the Archer House.

Post-storm sunset

I took this photo on Bridge Square last night after the thunderstorms passed through the area.

Malt 'O Meal, the Eagles club, and the Hvistendahl, Moersch & Dorsey law office building are visible in the background.

Northfield City Council meets tonight

northfiled_logo.gifThe Northfield City Council meets tonight, 7:00 PM at Northfield City Hall, 801 Washington Street.


See the Council Meeting Agenda page. It has PDF links within the page.

St. Olaf's Norway trip bloggers

norwayblogs.gifSt. Olaf recently sent 260 musicians, 20 faculty and staff, and nearly 100 students to Norway for the the country's Centennial Anniversary of its independence from Sweden.

Seven chronicled the trip with weblogs, including:

Le Ann Finger, media relations and marketing specialist

Karen Hansen, executive director of the Center for Lifelong Learning

Update 6/21: Sean O'Leary attached a comment: "Just a correction/clarification to the post: 2005 is the centennial anniversary of the independence from Sweden, not for Norway's beginning as a country." Thanks, Sean. Correction made.

NHS razes the roof

The Northfield Historical Society is replacing the roof on the Scriver Building. See Rob Schanilec's June 6 blog post:

The first step will be to cut into the existing roof from the outside and extract insulation, monitoring for possible artifacts in the attic space. Then workcrews will work inside the dark, hot and messy structure increasing the support structure before they begin tearing the old roof off in favor of an upgraded and reinforced flat one, restoring the building to it's 1876 roofline.

Froggy Bottoms' tables on Riverwalk

Froggy Bottoms began serving patrons on the Riverwalk on Friday. I took these photos last night.

Soccer/picnic pavillion planned

This group of locals gathered yesterday morning at GBM, discussing plans for a soccer/picnic pavillion at the the Spring Creek Park Soccer Complex on Jefferson Parkway.

The pavillion was a dream of Jeff Amerman, longtime member of the Northfield Youth Soccer Association and coach of the Northfield Middle School girls' soccer team. Amerman died unexpectedly in February at the age of 48.

L to R: Curtis Tiano, Andrew Tiano, Rick Estenson, Joel Walinski, Charlie Cogan, Dave Medin, Jim Pokorney.

Carleton Reunion Weekend

Carleton is holding their Reunion 2005 Weekend thru Sunday.

Evening fireworks were part of the event tonight. I took this photo (click to enlarge) on the downtown footbridge at about 10 pm.

Outdoor Pool closed - Kiddie Pool to open

After monitoring the water levels since the last repairs were made, the pool continues to leak over 30,000 gallons per day. For a pool the size of the Northfield pool, the maximum water loss permitted by health and safety standards is no more than 6,000 gallons per day.

At this point in the season and the life of the pool, built in 1958, there are really no other options to consider except to get moving on developing a plan for a new pool facility.

"The Kiddie pool will open Wednesday (June 22nd) at no charge to users. The city is absorbing the cost for the personnel time. The new Middle School will have some open swim hours. We are also exploring other community options," said Susan Hoyt, Northfield City Administrator.

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