Lucille Rich

Deane Kern Barbour

Deane Kern Barbour, of Northfield, died Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, at Three Links Hospice Center, surrounded by her children and grandchildren who were able to express their gratitude for her life. She had been losing strength from pulmonary fibrosis; the last of her family arrived for Christmas four hours earlier.
Deane was the daughter of Everett Deane Kern, a seventh-generation resident of Washington, D.C., and Lena Winn (Dolly) Kern, who came from Tidewater, Va., and later married Milton Pettit after the death of Deane’s father. They lived in Georgetown near Christ Church (Episcopal) and Washington Cathedral, both of which had a lasting influence on her. During her teens Deane was a counselor in summer camps in the mountains, which led her later to spend countless hours enabling others to have similar opportunities.

Kirk Akre

Gerald George Seitz

Jerry Seitz, age 68 of Northfield, passed away at his home Wednesday, December 28, 2011. Funeral Services will be 1:00 pm Saturday, December 31st at the Bierman Funeral Home in Northfield with burial at the Northfield Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday 1 hour prior to Services at the Bierman Funeral Home.

Gerald George Seitz was born March 25, 1943 in Northfield, MN, son of Walter and Ethel (Cole) Seitz. He was raised and attended school in Northfield and his first job was working at the Northfield News. He moved to Rochester when be began working at the Holiday Inn Express and in time became the head of housekeeping. Later he worked at the Rochester Post Bulletin until health issues caused him to retire.

For the next 7 years he volunteered at the Channel One Food Shelf in Rochester and recently moved to Valley View of Northfield where he met many new friends.

Ordell Witte

William Lamberty

Robert Benson

Archie Anderson

Bernice Sorenson

“Dear Northfield”, a Historic View of Our Town

An image from the set.Full disclosure: Yes, I had a tiny part in this but I'm super-lazy and a majority of the work wasn't done by me. ;)

The Northfield Historical Society and Hayes Scriven, in association with Tim Freeland, have produced a really neat video showcasing a then-and-now video photo essay.  Here's a blurb from the write-up on KYMN:

The basic idea behind the project is that you take a historical photograph and overlay it on a present day view.  I showed Hayes Scriven of the NHS some of the stills around town that I had started to shoot and he decided to create a video utilizing various historical photos framed over modern day Northfield .  [...] We hope you enjoy!

Click here to read the entire story and watch the (really really cool) video.  Do it!  It's great and only takes a few minutes!

Elvira Dommeyer

Vi Dommeyer, age 79, of Northfield, died on Friday, December 09, 2011 at the Northfield Retirement Center. Funeral services will be 2:00 Monday, December 12th at the Chapel of the Northfield Retirement Community with burial at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday at the Chapel from 12:30 pm until the hour of services.

Elvira Maxine Dommeyer was born August 4, 1932 in Adrian, MN, one of 7 children born to Frank and Mary Ann (Schutz) Suedbeck. She was raised on her parent’s farm near Adrian until she was 10 years old and then moved with her family to a farm near Slayton. She continued school in Slayton and graduated from Slayton High School in 1950. Following graduation she began work as a secretary at the Farm Bureau Office in Slayton.

Holiday Ornament Hunt!

The Inaugural Winter Walk Holiday Hunt started at 6 a.m., Saturday morning, December 3!

If you love hunting for the horseshoe, you'll love hunting for the snowflake ornament, a new tradition starting this year courtesy of the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce and organized by Tim Freeland.  Click here to read more about it at KYMN Radio.

Cool Behind-The-Scenes at the Rare Pair

Behind the Scenes: The 2011 Holiday Window Display

The Rare Pair has a nice post detailing the work that went into their Christmas window display. Read it! It's good. :)

Beatrice Lockrem

Beatrice Lockrem, age 88 of rural Dennison, passed away Saturday, November 26, 2011 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Funeral Services will be 11:00 am Thursday, December 1st at the Vang Lutheran Church of rural Dennison with burial at the Vang Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday at the Church 1 hour prior to Services.

Beatrice Charlotte Lockrem was born March 18, 1923 on the family farm east of Dennison in Sogn Valley, daughter of Austin and Malvina (Estrem) Lockrem. She was raised on the farm and attended the country school located on Highway 56 near their home.

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