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Millie Johnson


Northfield's Newest Public Art: "Tree of Knowledge and Delight"

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On Wednesday morning, a city crew supervised by T.J. Heinricy and sculptor Mac Gimse was installing Northfield's newest public sculpture, "Tree of Knowledge and Delight" on the Northfield Public Library plaza on the corner of Third and Division Street. The sculpture was a collaboration between Gimse, an ameritus professor of art at St. Olaf College, art students at Northfield High School. The project was funded by the Northfield Arts & Culture Commission and a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council (SEMAC). High school art teacher Christie Clarke wrote the successful grant.

Student artist Seth Hanson was on hand for the installation. He says that the sclupture will remain in the plaza for a year, after which it will be moved to the grounds of the high school. The hope is that further grants will result in new student sculptures on the library plaza in the following years.

According to Gimse: "The Tree of Knowledge and Delight... [is] a triumph of youthful exuberance! As an optional, non-credit, extra-curricular project, all the students gave it time they did not have, and work and thought beyond their reckoning. Together with welding by Kris and Scott Swanson, Jane Meyer's bronze casting, timbers and bamboo, and Rick Swearer's willingness to work with everyone, it sprang to life at NHS Gate #13....”


Local Issue: Safety Center

On June 5, 2012, the City Council approved $7.28 million in lease revenue funding to finance the building of a new safety center.  The project includes purchase of land at 1601 Riverview Dr. (behind Perkins Restaurant), construction of a police facility and fire department administrative offices, and upgrades to the current fire facility. The fire equipment would remain in the current facility.  This marked an important (and contentious) milestone in a long process.

NEW (6/26/12): Statement from the City of Northfield regarding funding of the new safety center.

What's next: According to Northfield Finance Director Kathleen McBride, a plan will be developed in the next 4-6 weeks (by the end of July 2012), with purchase of the land in August or September.


Wally Christenson


June Twaites

 

Mrs. June Twaites, age 70 of rural Cannon Falls, passed away on Tuesday June 5, 2012 at her farm home. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm at the Bierman Funeral Home in Northfield. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

June Kathleen (Duffy) Twaites, the daughter of Harry Edward Duffy and Ida Matilda Martha (Janisch) Duffy was born on September 29, 1941 in Minneapolis. She was raised in Minneapolis and Bloomington. She was united in marriage to David Paul Twaites on May 24, 1957 in Bloomington and they lived in Minneapolis until 1971 when they moved to their farm home in rural Cannon Falls.

June was an excellent cook and always raised a large vegetable garden that kept her family with fresh produce in the summer and canned vegetables in the winter. However, her hobby and passion was her flower garden. She was a den-mother for her boys in Cub Scouts. She loved kids and was the caregiver and rock of her family.


Penny Yahnke


Kickstarting a Career in Filmmaking: Sam Dunnewold and Kaitlin Randolph

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Kaitlin Randolph was writing stories before she started kindergarten in northern Wisconsin. Sam Dunnewold started making films as a seventh grader at Northfield Middle School. Sam was also a member of the last class of Northfield eighth graders to go through their entire middle school career in the building which is now the Weitz Center for Creativity.

Both Kaitlin and Sam ended up at Carleton College, where they majored in Cinema and Media Studies (CAMS). Now the two young filmmakers are preparing to graduate from college and embark on the next stage of their careers: making their first feature-length film.

With several other partners, they’ve created a production company, Lucid Films LLC, and have created a Kickstarter account with the goal of raising at least $5,000 before June 24, 2012.


Sunnhilde Lanphear


Help Kickstart a Local Filmmaker's First Feature-Length Film

Have you ever dreamed of making a movie? Here’s your chance to help an up-and-coming local filmmaker finance his first feature-length film. Sam Dunnewold, a 2008 graduate of Northfield High School and 2012 graduate of Carleton College, has a script, a cast, production crew, and locations. Now he needs the support of his community. He and his creative partners have set up a Kickstarter page to attract investors to the project.  But Sam makes the pitch better than I can. Click the image below to view Sam's video for potential investors:


Maynard G. Wells


Donald Rae Ness

Donald Rae Ness, age 80 of Northfield, passed away Friday, May 18, 2012 at his home. He was born November 15, 1931 in Thief River Falls, MN and was the son of Leonard and Elsie (Gulseth) Ness. In 1951 he graduated from Everett Community College near Seattle, WA and then served 4 years in the U.S. Air Force. Following his discharge in 1955 he began a long career with the Foreign Service of the U.S. State Department. He was stationed in countries in all parts of the world and served as a councilor at the foreign Embassy Offices.

Following retirement in 1984 he lived in various cities and settled in Northfield in 1995 with his dog Bailey. He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by several cousins and step siblings. Per his request there will be no services. Family graveside services will be held near Thief River Falls. Arrangements by the Bierman Funeral Home of Northfield.


First Sidewalk Poems Installed

Crews were out this morning (Wednesday, May 16) installing the first of Northfield's sidewalk poems in the vicinity of the Northfield Public Library. The poems are winners of the first Sidewalk Public Poetry Contest in 2011, which was sponsored by the Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Public Library and the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission. As of noon, two of the poems had been installed, one on the Third Street side of the library (pictured, right), and one on the Division Street side. Places have been prepared for two more poems, another in front of the library, and one across the street in front of the Archer House. According to a member of the Arts and Culture Commission, downtown business owners have been enthusiastic about having the poems in front of their businesses.

For more good photographs of the installation, see the story on Northfield Patch.


Rita Smith Lace


William Bill Clifford

William “Bill” Clifford, age 70 of Northfield, passed away peacefully at his home, Monday, May 07, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. Bill lived his life with great enthusiasm and courage despite a long struggle with Multiple Myeloma. Funeral services will be held 11:00 am Friday, May 11th at the First United Church of Christ in Northfield with burial at the Clifford family plot at Oaklawn Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 10th from 4 to 8 pm at the Bierman Funeral Home in Northfield and on Friday one hour prior to the funeral at the church.

Bill, the son of Edwin and Phyllis (Grisim) Clifford, was born on July 11, 1941 in Northfield. Bill’s parents lived on a farm east of Northfield where Bill was raised and helped his father along with his two younger brothers, Dick and Jerry. In the spring of 1955, Bill’s family moved to a farm west of West Concord where he attended high school.


Raymond Jake Jacobson


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