CAP presents to PRAB; discussion continues on ISSUES list

cappowerpointthumb.gifThe dog park proponent group, Canines at Play (CAP) made a presentation to Northfield's Park and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB) on Tuesday. CAP member Rick Estenson sent me this PowerPoint of their presentation. I've converted it to a PDF (4 meg).

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Northfield, Lee Lansing featured in today's South section of Star Tribune

Northfield and Mayor Lee Lansing are featured on the front page of today's Strib South Section: Hammering out an identity: "A downtown businessman himself, Northfield's mayor has pushed plans to let the city grow without losing its small-town feel."

Ross Currier of the NDDC and The Crossing are also included in the article.

The Parlor is closing

The Parlor Home Decor and More store in the Archer House is closing and is having a sale.

New blogger at the Historical Society

Hayes Scriven is the Northfield Historical Society's Education and Exhibit Coordinator. Click for a larger view.

He joined the blogosphere last week with this post.

$25,000? Click. Kaching!

I took this photo yesterday of ArtOrg Executive Director Dave Machacek taking a long gaze at one of John Berkey's pieces that recently was purchased for $25,000 by a visitor to the ArtOrg web site.

Over $100,000 of Berkey's work has been sold since the exhibition, John Berkey Observed, opened last fall at their Moving Walls Gallery. The show closes this Friday, Jan. 13, with a party, part of this weekend's Northfield Art Crawl. Berkey and his wife Demi Wahl Berkey plan to attend. See Dave's blog post for more.

CRWP open house for "Sewer Man" Dave Legvold

I got invited to the Cannon River Watershed Partnership Open House yesterday afternoon, held to honor its new executive director, Dave "Sewer Man" Legvold, shown in the left photo above on the right with City Councilor Kris Vohs. Right photo, L to R: Hilary Ziols, CRWP's Outreach and Development Coordinator, Charley Skinner of FIT Organizations, George Kinney, CRWP Board Member. Below: Grandpa and grandma Dave and Ruth Legvold with grandsons Jorgan Legvold (8) and Kai Legvold (3).

Veterans recognized by City Council

Last night, the City Council recognized the efforts of the Veterans Memorial Committee in the planning and construction of the Northfield Area Veterans Memorial. Committee members: Will Brosz, Paul McGuire, Al Greenlee, Kenneth Grisim, William Morson, Orville Schmidt, Larry Turner.

See nine more photos on page 4 of the dedication photo album.

Northfield City Councilor Arnie Nelson hospitalized

Mayor Lee Lansing announced at tonight's City Council meeting that Third Ward Councilor Arnie Nelson is in Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Mpls tonight. Lee said that Arnie fell and hit his head a couple of weeks ago and went he went in for a checkup yesterday, it was discovered that he had some blood on his brain. Arnie told Lee by phone earlier today that he was doing well and was expecting to make a full recovery.

Union of Youth reading workshop today at The Key

CamusBookClubcopy.jpgNorthfield Union of Youth blogger Joshua Jude has posted this on their web site: Reading Workshop Continues with Albert Camus' The Stranger.

"The Key's newest program, Reading Workshop, will be following up Siddhartha with the existential classic The Stranger by Albert Camus. The books will be handed out Monday, January 9th 5:00pm at the Key. All copies are free."

The books are free because of a grant from the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative.

City Council Meeting tonight

agendatemplatethumb.gifThe Northfield City Council meets Monday at 7 pm at Northfield City Hall, 801 Washington Street.

The agenda and complete council packet are available on the City's Jan. 9 agenda web page.

KRLX back on the air, streaming, podcasting

krlxlogo.gifCarleton's KRLX radio began broadcasting last night after a holiday break. The station can be found at 88.1 FM or via live streaming. They have several RSS feeds (we aggregate their main weblog on our right sidebar) and two podcasts: News Programs and Feature Programs. And last night on the Carleton Radio Forum: "Student host Martin Miller and Carleton political science professor Al Montero [spoke] with National Review Online Editor Jonah Goldberg on his career path, the state of conservatism in the US, and the philosophies of big government and news media."

Aggregation experimentation: Recent blog posts

We're about one month away from launching our new platform here on One of the new features will be the ability to aggregate the weblog posts of local bloggers in a variety of ways.

For example, rather than just displaying the four most recent posts of each blogger as we do now, we'll be able to aggregate the most recent posts of a group of bloggers and lump them together, unidentified like this:

Hot air balloon landing

Dave and Donna Ricks and family from Northfield got a ride in a hot air balloon this afternoon from their Burnsville friends. They departed from the Carleton Rec Center and I took photos and some video of their landing near the high school at around 4 pm. Click the photos above to enlarge and see over twenty more in the hot air balloon landing photo album.

Click the play button on the two 20 second video clips. The left clip is slightly distorted because I had to rotate it. The balloon is not as squashed as it appears. The right clip shows them demonstrating how to jump-start a balloon if the battery goes dead.

Scenes from the NCO retreat

Left: Blake Abdella, Director of Strategic Planning for Andersen Corporation, led the NCO Board retreat (center) last night in the lower level conference room of the Archer House. Right: We paid a visit to the Contented Cow afterwards (L to R): me, Rob Brown, Jonathan Jaranson, Doug Bratland, Blake, Bruce Morlan. Photo by Rick Estenson. Not visible: Jan Allister, Alex Beeby, Ellen Iverson. We'll be back on task at 8 am today.

NCO Board retreat

NCO's Board of Directors is having its first board retreat this weekend... tonight for 3 hours and tomorrow morning through the afternoon. We're meeting in the lower level conference room of the Archer House. The retreat is being facilitated by Blake Abdella, longtime Northfielder and a strategic planner for Andersen Corporation. NCO Board members (click the thumbnails to enlarge):

Jan Allister, Alex Beeby, Doug Bratland, Rob Brown, Rick Estenson

Adam Gurno, Ellen Iverson, Jonathan Jaranson, Bruce Morlan

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