T-Mobile coming to downtown's west side

T-Mobile has a sign in the window in the space adjacent to the entrance of Froggy Bottoms River Pub on Water Street. Click to enlarge.

Building for Creative Professionals proposed

View of a concept for the Building for Creative Professionals and its proposed location. Click to enlarge. For details on the development, see NDDC director Ross Currier's blog post titled Historic Middle School Moved Across the River.

Northfield, Northfielders in the news

In the non-Northfield media recently:

Left: The Passing Zone in today's Wall St. Journal. The Ole Store, Center and right: In the Star Tribune: Northfield's Ole Store reopens; WCCO-TV: Ole Store adds comtemporary touches after 100 years

Thanks to Sean O'Leary for the TV tip and Rick Estenson for the WSJ tip.

Snow emergency declared for tonight

From the City of Northfield's alerts: "Downtown Parking Lot and Downtown Snow Removal: The Northfield Public Works Department has declared a SNOW EMERGENCY for the City of Northfield. the snow emergency will start at 2:00am Saturday December 31, 2005 and will continue until all streets are plowed curb-to-curb. All downtown parking lots..."

Photos above: what downtown snow removal looks like. Click to enlarge and see this Jan. 23, 2005 blog post for more.

City's Liquor Store made 5.5% profit in 2004

The State Auditor has released an Analysis of Municipal Liquor Store Operations For the Year Ended December 31, 2004.

The report shows that the City of Northfield's municipal liquor store had a net profit of $118,500 (5.5%) for the year. (Click to enlarge graphic.) Stephen DeLong is the manager of the Muni.

The NCO/N.org tech committee

We're getting ready to move N.org to a new platform. The NCO Tech Committee members who will be leading the overhaul and redesign (click to enlarge):

Left: Committee Chair and blogger Chip Cuccio, shown with his wife Melissa at their home last week.
Center: NCO Board member and blogger Adam Gurno, show with his wife Sara at the Governors Ball.
Right: ARTech student and blogger Sean Hayford O'Leary, shown at a library meeting earlier this year.

Northfield Crossing's model condo

The model condo for Northfield Crossing is going up on the site of the old Community National Bank drive-up at 2nd St. and Hwy. 3.

The sign reads, "Anticipated grand opening Feb. 11."

Click to enlarge.

Q-Comp documents; vote results: No: 118; Yes: 61

Approximately 63% of the teachers in the Northfield school district participated in last week's vote on the Q-Comp proposal. The results: No: 118; Yes: 61. Here are the documents (PDFs):
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Left: Q-Comp application to the state (41 page PDF); Center: Q-Comp overview/summary graphic (1 page PDF); Right: Q-Comp Performance Evaluation Rubric (24 page PDF).

Public discussion of the Q-Comp proposal and vote continues on the ISSUES list. See the web-based archives for the comments.

Switzer's Nursery & the Sesquicentennial Governors Ball

Switzer's Nursery and Landscaping donated all the labor in putting up and taking down the 100-plus light-bedecked trees for the Governors Ball. Left: Glenn Switzer and Jim Switzer, setting up. Center: Northfield Mayor Lansing with Dundas Mayor Switzer (in the Northfield t-shirt). Right: Glenn and Michelle Switzer, putting on the ritz. Click photos to enlarge.

Kuyper Group to move; Cocoa Bean to stay; ducks likely to adapt

Bob Kuyper told me yesterday that they will be moving the Kuyper Group real estate office a few doors south on Division to the site of the former Northfield Emporium, next to Las Delicias. The Kuypers have been rehabbing the building (they own it) the past few months. The Cocoa Bean had been rumored to move to that location but according to Norman Butler, they're planning now to stay at their current location in his building for another 18 months. Why the duck family photo?

Traffic light at Hwy 3 and 3rd St.

Northfield City Councilor Galen Malecha, NDDC Exec. Director Ross Currier, and Northfield's Director of Public Works Heidi Hamilton met this morning at the GBM to discuss issues surrounding a traffic light at Hwy 3 and 3rd St. Galen told me last week that he and fellow councilors support the installation of a light there and are discussing strategies to make it happen.

See Ross' blog post, New Hope for the Traffic Light at 3rd and 3, for his view of the issue and their meeting.

Citizen radio: broadcast and podcast opportunities

A couple of weeks ago, I met with Carleton's KRLX-FM 88.1 radio station manager Cameron Nordholm and news director Morgan Weiland (above left) to discuss collaboration ideas. One result: instead of me stringing a microphone from a ceiling tile (right photo, courtesy of Ross Currier), we're going to record in the Ross/Tracy issues confabs in the KRLX studio and broadcast the show. They are looking for other local programming ideas, too... by Jan. 6. See their upcoming.org entry and the flyer (center) requesting submissions frrom local musicians. And if you have an idea for a audio or video podcast that you'd like to distribute via Northfield.org, contact us.

Just Food Co-op's birthday

Just Food Co-op president Ron Griffith sent me some photos (click to enlarge) from their one-year anniversary celebration last week. Left: Iris Lee lands a cow cookie while Alex Beeby looks on; Center: Stuart Reid, general manager, models his holiday hat; Right: Caricaturist Taylor Franklin. I wonder who those people are in the caricature?

Locally Grown: Dec. 27 audio interview/podcast

I hosted another audio interview -- second in a series -- yesterday afternoon with Ross Currier, Northfield Planning Commission member and Executive Director of the NDDC and Tracy Davis, Northfield EDA member and downtown business owner (Donegal Carpets). The purpose: a light and lively discussion of current issues and events of interest and relevance to Northfield citizens.

Today's topics: The outdoor swimming pool (0-08:00 min); the Q Block development (08:00-14:30); traffic light at 3rd & Hwy 3 (14:30-17:15); Q-Comp (17:15-24:45); a dog park (24:45-30:00). Length of show: 30 minutes.

Click the play button to listen. Subscribe to the feed. Subscribe with iTunes.

CRWP erects sign on Hwy 19

I got this email and photo (click to enlarge) from Hilary Ziols, Outreach and Development Coordinator at Cannon River Watershed Partnership:

"Cannon River Watershed Partnership finally fulfilled its wish to help more people find their way to its offices at 8997 Eaves Avenue in Northfield. New Executive Director David Legvold, CRWP staff, and ardent supporters of the organization dug the holes, placed a time capsule, and set up the long-awaited sign on Thursday, Dec. 22nd. Brushwork Signs of Faribault, owned by Ann Meillier and Dave Correll, designed and created the sign."

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