Odd Fellows Park shelter gets an upgrade


The shelter at Odd Fellows Park is slated for improvements. I got the photos of the existing shelter and a sketch of the planned improvements from Steve Wilmot of SMSQ Architects yesterday. He wrote:

SMSQ Architects has worked with Howard Merriam and Joel Walinski of the City of Northfield, as well as the Northfield Park Board, DAB, and citizens to determine the work to be done to the Odd Fellows Park Shelter with grant funds obtained by the City. Work should commence after Labor Day and be done by November 1st.

Donate money, not goods to victims of Hurricane Katrina

annbuschwater-ivan2004.jpgIf you have 6 million bottles of water to donate to victims of Hurricane Katrina, send them. Otherwise, donate money. Bruce Morlan attached this comment to a blog post about the Katrina disaster earlier this week.

Here's further explanation on the Red Cross web site: About Donating Goods to the Red Cross for Areas Impacted by Hurricane Katrina

And here's a list of other agencies accepting donations, according to this piece in the Pioneer Press:

Northfield, Northfielders in the news

In the non-Northfield media recently: Keith Lauver, Terry Tofte, Northfield High School football team, Scott Davis

One year ago in the N.org weblog

burningbrush.jpgWhat was happening this week a year ago in Northfield, according to blog posts to N.org?

See the August 22, 2004 - August 28, 2004 archive.

Scandinavian Marketplace is now Lena's Hus

Scandinavian Marketplace's Northfield location on Division St. has been sold.

In its place: Lena's Hus, which is due to open this Friday.

DJJD Horseshoe Found!

The DJJD Horseshoe has been found!

From the website:

The Horseshoe was FOUND on 30 August by a team of 4: Evelyn Pelleymounter, Steve Phlaum, Lucy Gaylor, and Judy Anderson. It was found under the Water Conservation Sign attached to the Odd Fellows Park sign on Forest Avenue.

"Congratulations!" to the finders and "Better Luck Next Year" to the rest of us hunters.

Highway 3 Detours to end September 8

MNDOT's Kristine Hernandez has posted a news release on the Hwy 3 website: Highway 3 Detours to End in Northfield on September 8.

Update 8/31: photo from last night at 7 pm added).
Update 8/31: Date changed from Sept. 6 to Sept. 8.

Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8, the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) are [sic] scheduled to reopen both northbound lanes of Highway 3 from Third Street to the Union Pacific Railroad Bridge in downtown Northfield, weather permitting. The second stage of construction, beginning September 7th, will focus on the construction of city utilities, shoulder and intersection widening, and new pavement. continued...

Hurricane Katrina Response Fund

unitedwaylogo.gifI got this email today from Elizabeth Schott, Executive Director of the Northfield Area United Way.

Griff, here is the web address for people wishing to donate to the United Way fund for Katrina relief. It is a
secure site and no one will contact or use your email if you donate online at this site.

Northfield, Northfielders in the news

In the non-Northfield media recently: Sheriff Richard Cook, Mark Setterstrom, Paul Thiboudot.

A tip-of-the-blogger hat to an anonymous contributor for the WSJ item.

Library wi-fi to the rescue

Since Charter's cable/internet access is down (see Chip's blog post from an hour ago or so), I've brought my laptop down to the Northfield Public Library to use their public access wi-fi. They have a DSL connection, not cable.

I set up under this painting by John Maakestad, a gift to the library from St. Olaf. Library staffers Kathy Rush and Lynne Young are in the photo on the right. One of them was actually working.


Northfield City Council mtg & work session tonight

agendatemplatethumb.gifThe Northfield City Council meets tonight in a work session at 6:00 PM at Northfield City Hall, 801 Washington Street. And then a council meeting at 7 pm.

Update 8:45 am: The agenda is up.

Update 6am: The agenda is not yet available on the City's agenda web page.

See the City's Weekly Meetings web page for an updated list of other city-related meetings this week.

Community events calendar via windows and walls

Sometimes the only way to find out what's going on in the area is to browse the windows and walls of businesses and organizations downtown.

Left: the entrance to the Goodbye Blue Monday. Right: a poster advertising an event (for which I can find no information on the web) in the entry to the downtown branch of the Community National Bank. Click for larger views.

upcomingorglogo.gifFor the digitally-oriented, we have a syndicated community events calendar on the right side of this home page. Anyone can submit Northfield-related events to the community calendar at Upcoming.org's listings for Northfield.

Hwy 3 progress

Curb was poured last week on the Hwy 3 project.

Click the photo for a larger view.

Will they make the DJJD deadline? As of this morning, the last update on the MNDOT's Hwy 3 news page was when the project began in May.

DJJD Horseshoe Hunt starts today

button05.gifThe 8th annual Defeat of Jesse James Days Horseshoe Hunt begins this morning.

Clues will be posted on the Horseshoe Hunt page of their web site after 9am each day.

They'll also be announced on KYMN (1080 AM) and appear in the Northfield news.

Update 9:10 am: no clue posted yet.

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