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Chairman's Corner - October and Annual meeting

The NCO Board met with membership at the monthly meeting last week. There was some discussion (minutes are still not approved, so I won't elaborate too much yet).

There are some interesting developments and we look forward to everyone attending the Annual Meeting.

Gubernatorial candidate Bud Philbrook visits Northfield

Bud Philbrook, Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party candidate for Governor of Minnesota, visited Northfield's Bridge Square on Friday.

Citizen journalist John Severson was there and submitted 6 photos.

See them all in the Bud Philbrook photo album.

Demo Dude and Just Food Coop

I had occasion to run into Just Food Coop today and ran into their "Demo Dude", Luigi Sison (right). He was really interested in my problem, and took some time to set me up with a nice little dinner menu.

Disclaimer: I am a member of the coop and Alex Beeby (NCO Board) is an employee of Just Food Coop

CROP Walk photo album

CROP Walk 2005 was held on Sunday, Sept. 25th.

Left: Northfield United Methodist Church pastor Clay Oglesbee with Candy and Clifford Taylor, daughter Kate and her friend Casey.
Center: an unidentified rock star
Right: Dr. Doug Hiza (middle) and Bruce Anderson (right) were among the walkers. Click photos for larger views.

John Severson sent me this email with the above photos and over two dozen more that he took at the event, now posted in the CROP Walk 2005 photo album.

These photos are from the CROP Walk on Sunday, Sept. 25th. The group gathered at St. Peter's Church for check-in, some games and displays, and a few brief words from the organizers and our Mayor. The walkers then moved on to Bridge Square where there were games and some entertainment. From there they walked to St. Dominic's for refreshments, and then on to the Moravian Church for more informational displays and music. The walk ended back at St. Peter's after a most successful campaign. A special thanks to all who helped with the organization of tis year's walk from many of our churches - AND to our walkers who shared their day to help raise money for needy people throughout the world.

City Website Redesign: Wireframes

Livefront, the firm hired to redesign the city's website, has made the proposed 'wireframes' available online for people to inspect. There are two of them, located here (inside) and here (outside). We've got some quick screenshots and explanations inside...

Einstein Exploratorium at the Library, Part II

Part II of Einstein's Big Idea, a celebration of 100 Years of Relativity, will be happening on Saturday from 10AM to 2PM. There will be hands-on physics experiments, an Einstein look-a-like contest, and door prizes. It's free, of course, and funded by a grant from Twin Cities Public Television.

For more information on Einstein's Big Idea, you can view the page at

The third and final Exploratorium will be this Thursday, the 13th.

To quote an old song:

"I had a frame of reference,

I set it on a fence,

along came Relativity,

ain't seen the darn thing since.

Cereal Bowl This Weekend!

The annual "Cereal Bowl" football game between Carleton (2-2) and St. Olaf (4-0) takes place this Saturday, 1:00 p.m. at Laird Stadium on the Carleton campus. St. Olaf is having a banner year, going 4-0 for the first time since 1978. However, no one can predict the outcome of the most emotional game of the year for these teams.

The event is sponsored by Malt-O-Meal. will be there and will have the first pictures and a full report from the game.

NCO Board and Membership Meeting (Monthly) LogoThe NCO Board will meet briefly at 7PM, Thursday night, 6 Oct 2005, at Badbrain Computers, then reconvene (I estimate 7:15PM) at the Contented Cow for the open portion of the meeting.

The agenda follows ...

Union of Youth Hurricane Relief Concert

On Saturday the Northfield Union of Youth held a Hurricane relief benefit event on Bridge Square. The event consisted of six musical acts, portrait drawings, face painting and henna tattoos, a dunking booth, cotton candy and a raffle for a skateboard.

The proceeds, about $700, will go to the Northfield High School Hurricane Relief fund. The event began at one in the afternoon and lasted until after seven in the evening. Chelsea Mukina was the lucky winner of the skateboard. Josh Hinnenkamp, the Key's Program Coordinator stated that the event was well attended by Northfield's population of middle and high school students. This benefit was one of a handful of ways in which Northfield's student populace has organized to help with hurricane relief since the disaster in New Orleans. Two weeks earler Carleton College hosted a relief concert, while the Northfield High School Hurricane Relief Fund "Students to Students" will go to a Louisana high school of around 400 displaced students.

New Interim City Administrator Appointed

During the reports from the mayor at tonight's city council meeting, Lansing said that he was ready to make a recommendation for an interim administrator to fill the role left by Susan Hoyt. Lansing recommended William A. Bassett for the role, and the council consented by not objecting.

Target Debate Reemerges in Council Meeting

The Northfield City Council held its regular meeting today from 7 to 10 p.m. In addition to its regular business, the council welcomed a local Boy Scout Troop observing the evening's meeting. Three major agenda items and a surprise utilized the majority of the time.

County and City Bite into Joint Work Session

"We want to work with the cities -- not against them." said County Commission Chair Jim Brown at a worksession this afternoon. The Rice County Board of Commissioners joined the Northfield City Council to discuss issues that affect both groups.

Defeat of Jesse James Days Saturday

The James Gang rode into town yet again this Saturday. They were once again defeated by the intrepid citizens of the City.

Here we see the the altercation at the door, to be followed by those famous lines, "Get your guns boys, they're robbing the bank!"

Here we see one of the riders on the sidewalk, attempting to intimidate the citizens as the gang is exiting the bank.

Bank Raid Exhibit Opening

NHS Exhibit NHS Exhibit
A full house packed the Scriver Building last night at a reception celebrating the opening of the Northfield Historical Society's new Bank Raid Exhibit.

A dozen photos of the event are in the NHS Reception photo album.

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