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Pepper Ridge Valley Holds 6th Annual Block Party

The Pepper Ridge Valley neighborhood on the south side of town held its sixth annual block party this last Saturday, Aug. 5.

The weather cleared just in time for the event to start and began to rain just after the event ended. Neighborhood claims of divine favoritism are unsubstantiated at this time.

Around 80 neighbors came to the event, which featured a bouncy castle in the shape of a tiger for the kids, plus games, food and drinks for the adults. It ran from noon to midnight, with a few hardy souls in attendence for the entire event. The Pepper Ridge Valley website has a writeup and you can click here to view 88 pictures in the photo gallery. (Click here to view the slideshow)

Dukes and Knights Head Into Playoffs

The Dundas Dukes finished their regular season on Sunday with a 3-2 loss to the Cold Spring Springers.

Mitch Patrikus was there and submitted a handful of pictures from the game, which are collected in this photo gallery. The Dukes play the Hastings Hawks on Sunday, Aug. 6, at 2 p.m. in Miesville. This is the first round of the CCVL tournament. The Northfield Knights were slated to pay Tuesday night in a best-of-three play-in against the Red Wing Aces, but the was cancelled due to rain. The Knights were down 0-1 in the series and needed to break a long losing streak to stay alive.

They get another chance at 8 p.m. Wednesday, that's tonight, at Sechler Field, as the teams make up last night's game. Even if the Knights win, they'll need one more win to make it to Miesville this weekend.

Heat Index Pushes 116F on Monday

If you're not sick of talking about weather yet, we've got one last little tidbit before this hot spell (hopefully) breaks.

The heat index today topped out at 116F. That's right, one hundred and sixteen degrees. Fortunately, the five day forecast for Northfield shows highs in the 80s and some precipitation for the rest of the week. has lots more information regarding the weather today and the smoking-hot July.

We here at hope everyone came through the heat wave with as good of spirits as possible and look forward to complaining about the week we'll spend in January where the highs are all below zero.

Northfield Under Construction: An Update

Construction continues apace for Northfield, and we've got news on three of the bigger projects - Highway 3, Northfield Crossing, and the new Library Plaza.

There's more inside and we've got a photo gallery also...

This Week in the Northfield Blogosphere

The 'Sphere is back after a bit of a summer break. I'm going to stretch the rules a bit this week, so let's call this edition _This Week Plus a Few Days in the Northfield Blogosphere_. There's lots to cover, so let's get to it...

Dukes Open Big, Shut Down Burnsville 4-1

The "Dundas Dukes": took on the Burnsville Bobcats last night at Memorial Field in Dundas. was there and we've got a "small photo gallery": courtesy of Jonathan Jaranson.

The Dukes opened strong scoring 3 in the bottom of the first on two walks, a wild pitch, a throwing error, and a homerun. They followed that up with another in the second and that would be all they needed.

Burnsville scored 1 in the third, but a team of Dukes pitchers shut them down the rest of the way.

The Dukes play three this weekend - 7:30 Friday night at home against Elko and two away, Hastings on Sunday and the mighty *Northfield Knights* on *July 4th*.

One closed, one to be reincarnated...

Author's Note: _Apparently *As Time Goes By* will re-open with a new name and new owner, but still feature used books. Thanks to Jessica Paxton for the update..._

Two familiar downtown businesses have closed recently: The *ArtOnWater Gallery* and *As Time Goes By*, a used book store.

The *ArtOnWater Gallery* had a goodbye shindig last weekend to celebrate the years of operation, as "noted by Ross Currier in a recent NDDC post":

*As Time Goes By* was a well-known book store, which was most recently noted as "one of the sponsors of the _Cannon River Watershed Partnership Festival_":

I don't know that any tenants have been announced to fill the vacancies. The ArtOnWater office has an "Office Space for Lease" sign in the window while ATGB does not.

This Week in the Northfield Blogosphere...

The 'Sphere is back from Sin City - tanned, rested, and with both of my kidneys. That's a successful Las Vegas trip by any standard.

Since the 'Sphere's been out of the loop for a while, it's *_Current Events_* as the topic this week: things being built, things being torn down, and everything in between.

More inside...

Road construction continues...

Road Construction MosaicThe big Highway 3 road construction project continues in Northfield. is there, and while "our online construction photo gallery": won't make your trip any quicker, we hope that the indication of progress will make it a little cheerier.

The construction this summer is in two phases. Phase One (the current phase) is scheduled to be complete by August 18th, "according to MNDOT": Phase two will start after that and finish in October. This means that there may be some significant DJJD(Defeat of Jesse James Days) traffic impact.

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River Bend Nature Center Summer Photo Contest

The RBNC(River Bend Nature Center) in Faribault has opened its "Summer Photo Contest": for amateur photographers. There are three $35 prizes available.

The theme for the summer contest is "Summer Secrets" and the pictures must be taken at the RBNC.

For a full set of forms and to see a gallery of previous winners, you can "visit the contest page at":

Pictures from the Montessori Annual Carnival

The Northfield Montessori held its annual summer Carnival on Saturday, June 3rd. The weather was in the mid-80's and the sky was mostly cloudless. There was a cake walk, "Soak the Teacher" game, and hay ride, among other things. was there, naturally, and we have a photo gallery from the event for you to peruse. If you see someone you know, please help us out and leave a comment.

This week in the Northfield Blogosphere...

The 'Sphere is back again, and the theme this week is presented in haiku form:

bq. _Northfield, your profuse_
_writing makes my job easy._
_Keep up the good work._

People were in the writing mood; this week, we're looking at entries over 500 words. Even more inside...

Ole baseball team wins MIAC, qualifies for NCAA Div III National tourney

!{float:left;margin:0 5px 5px 0;}! The 19th ranked St. Olaf baseball team won the MIAC tournament (held in Northfield and Dundas) yesterday, "defeating Hamline 3-2":

This qualifies the Oles for the "NCAA Division III National Baseball Championship":, with the first round being held Wisconsin Rapids, WI.

2006 Springtime Photo Competition Winner

"!{float:left;margin:0 5px 0 0 }!": Congratulations to Cindy Jensen for winning the inaugural "2006 Northfield Springtime Photo Contest":
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Her "picture of a full rainbow arching over the new Memorial Field": was selected by the judges as not only technically excellent, but also as doing a good job of incorporating Northfield into the shot.

She wins the grand prize of $50 in Chamber bucks. The "entire pool of entry pictures is still available online":

This Week in the Northfield Blogosphere

This week in the 'Sphere, we get naked and run around Carleton checking our email. Well, maybe not us, but someone does. We were going to, but we heard that job has been taken.

More inside...

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