Business owners having fun

While celebrating my daughter's birthday with her brothers last night, I took some photos of local business owners out relaxing. Left photo at Froggy Bottoms (L to R): Leigh Schrader, owner of Sunny Side Designs (jewelry) and a realtor with Northfield Home and Realty, Dave Hvistendahl, a partner in the law firm Hvistendahl, Moersch & Dorsey and co-owner of Froggy Bottoms, Denny Witgert co-owner of Hotdish ("dinners, lunches, parties, brunches"). Center 3 photos: Bill and Sheila Welch in a couples bowling league at Jesse James Lanes. Bill works for his brother Mark Welch who owns Welch Plumbing Inc. Sheila runs a cleaning service called Oh Sheila. Right photo: the surrealistic atmosphere of moonlight bowling. My daughter Gilly, with brothers Tyson and Graham.

Northfield Crossing groundbreaking photo album

Mendota Homes held a groundbreaking ceremony at noon today for Northfield Crossing, the mixed-used development on the old Kump Lumber site. web usage stats for 2005




YMCA Community Meeting

I attended the Northfield Area Family YMCA community wide meeting Tuesday night that was held at the Northfield High School. Tom Sisler (center photo), who has been professionally involved in the YMCA for over 30 years, was the guest speaker.

Red Cross blood drive at Carleton College Tue. and Wed.

The Red Cross is hosting a blood drive at Carleton College's Severance Great Hall today and Wednesday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

Ed Kuhlman recognized

I got this email from NHS President Rob Schanilec yesterday: "Over the weekend Ed Kuhlman, local auctioneer extraordinaire and realtor was recognized by the Minnesota State Auctioneers Association for his always creative and effective marketing prowess."

South of town developments

Left: The Division Street Dentists building on Jefferson Road is near completion. Center: The bank in Dundas has a new name: Frandsen Bank & Trust. Right: The sales office for the Bridgewater Heights housing development on County Rd. 1 is open and a model home is under construction. Click photos to enlarge.

Cabaret Fills House

Cabaret Just Food Co-op staff, members and friends performed to a packed house this weekend at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater.


Just Food staff arranged for food and beverages. The staff organized the event independently of their official co-op responsibilities.

Hortense MacLeod, the meat, cheese and deli manager who helped organize the event, has experience of many performances under her belt. She says, "That was probably the best audience I have ever seen."

New YMCA Blog, community meeting

YMCA.JPGThe Northfield Area Family YMCA has started a new blog to keep the community up-to-date on the progress of bringing a YMCA to Northfield. It's now listed in the sidebar listing for the local civic blogosphere.

The most recent post encourages everyone to attend a Community Wide Meeting that will provide information and answers to questions about the YMCA, as well as present opportunities to get involved. I will be at the event with camera in hand. I do plan on making a post

"Locally Grown" podcast for Jan. 13; airs Thurs. on KRLX 88.1

"Locally Grown" is now the name of the weekly audio show about local Northfield issues. Our third show was recorded in the KRLX 88.1 FM studio at Carleton last Friday afternoon. The show airs for the first time this Thursday, Jan. 19th, 5:30 PM.

Martin Luther King Day Celebration on Monday night

I got this email from HRC member Charlie Cogan last week. See the complete press release in HRC member Helene Haapala's calendar entry for the the event.

Dear Griff, just a quick FYI. David Schlosser of the Northfield Human Rights Commission is going to forward a press release to your attention. The 12th annual MLK Jr. Celebration will be at St. Dominic's Church next Monday evening. I know you get hundreds of things a year coming your way, but this should be a good event. The keynote speaker is the Consul of Mexico in St. Paul and there will be some nice music and other speakers and even a group gathering at the Bridge Square around 6:30 p.m. to walk over to St. Dominic's together. I'll shut up and get out of the way, since the press release says all of this much better than I just did. 

Sponsors of the event:

Cheap gas?

The local Holiday gas station appeared to be having a sale on gas last week @ 21.4 cents per gallon. Thanks to Bright Spencer for the photo. Click to enlarge. Question: When was the last time the price of gasoline was actually that low? Attach a comment or contact us.

Saturday night live music in Northfield

In addition to the Just Food Cabaret at the NAG Theatrer, six other area venues are hosting music-related events tonight:

Hogan Brothers, The Grand, The Tavern, The Contented Cow, Brad's Corner Bar, and The Key.

See P. 7 of the NEG, the Northfield Entertainment Guide (PDF) and the calendar entry for The Key's Punk Show for more.

ArtOrg's printmaking studio opens

ArtOrg's printmaking studio, lower floor of the Perman building (under the Art Store), held its grand opening last night with demonstrations, part of Artcrawl. Click photos to enlarge.

Local artists Rick Swearer and Liz See demonstrated the same press technique that was used to print Kari Alberg's Govenors Ball lithograph.

Scott King of Red Dragonfly Press demonstrated letterpress techniques to (left and center)) Jeanne Hatle and (right, L to R) Margit Johnson, Eric Johnson, Steve Hatle, Steve Wilmot, Sam Demas, and my main squeeze, Robbie Wigley.

John Berkey at ArtOrg

The "John Berkey Observed" show at ArtOrg's Moving Walls Gallery ended last night with a closing party. Above left and center: John Berkey and his wife Demi Wahl Berkey. Right: ArtOrg auctioned an original 1977 Berkey conceptual art piece for the movie Star Wars on eBay this week. The auction ended at 9 pm last night and the piece reportedly sold for $5,000. I've got my eye on a print of "Moonrise."

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