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Pictures from the 2007 NHS Auction

IMG_5193The annual Northfield Historical Society Silent Auction was held Saturday night and a people have posted images from that evening online...

Football: Northfield loses in overtime; Oles hang 85 on Carleton

goat-trophy-2007 The Northfield Raider HS football team couldn't put New Prague away, missing a field goal at the end of regular time and one during overtime.  New Prague took advantage of the lapse and won 42-36 in overtime...

After another missed field goal from 23 yards in overtime, Tim Stepka sent New Prague to the state tournament with a 6-yard dash up the left side and across the goal on the Trojans' second play. In a thriller where somebody had to lose, it's a heart-breaking way for the Raiders' season to end.

And it's not a misprint - the annual St. Olaf/Carleton game did end up 85-28, with the Oles picking up their eleventh straight Goat Trophy.  St. Olaf scored 63 unanswered points, winning a game where Carleton had actually opened up a 21-7 lead...

The Knights (3-6, 1-6 MIAC) answered back, finding the end zone on their first three possessions to build a 21-7 advantage with 13:52 remaining in the first half. Carleton quarterback Shane Henfling (Jr./Watkins, Minn./ Eden Valley-Watkins) had early touchdown throws of 13 and eight yards to Matt Frank (Jr./Caledonia, Minn.) and 41 yards to R.J. Jackson (Sr./Roseville, Minn./De La Salle).

The Raiders' season is over, while the Knights travel to see the Gusties next weekend and St. Olaf hosts St. Thomas.

The more things change, the more they... change, I guess.

KYMN Daily News; Craigslist Housing; 5th Bridge;

watch-out-for-iceThings are moving at the speed of time nowadays and we here at are deep within the underground laboratories trying to stay client-focused on our paradigm changing quality synergisms.  Also: empowerment.  So what does this mean?  New stuff!  Also, we apparently need to stop listening to the speeches that Upper Management have been giving.

KYMN Daily News: We're working on a test partnership with KYMN radio to carry their daily news briefings.  We've created an automated system that allows us to carry the shows about 5-10 minutes after they've been broadcast.  Look for new news in the audio player on the right about 8:30 every morning.

We get lots and lots of requests for us to carry housing listings (in addition to the bi-weekly Real Estate Guide) and lots of searches for people looking to find housing, both for ownership and rental.  To that end, we've brought aboard the Minneapolis Craigslist real estate postings for Northfield.  You can find that purple-bordered box on the left hand side.

The list of free Northfield WiFi access points has grown by two - the Eagles club and Caribou Coffee. If you know of any more, please let us know.

And last but not least, our good friends at 5th Bridge have created a 300 Ways to Volunteer sidebar block that shows you a different idea every time you load the page.  We think it's a superlative solutioning best-practi-sorry, that just slipped out - we think it's dandy.  That's also on the left hand side. is a non-profit run by volunteers - this means we're open to any and all good ideas that you might have.  If you've got one (or two or three - but not four, sorry), by all means please let us know!

Pictures from the 2007 Harvest Stomp

Harvest Stomp Action ShotThe 2007 Harvest Stomp contra dance was last Friday evening and if the pictures are any indication, everyone had a great time.

Many thanks to Mark Heiman for posting the 2007 Harvest Stomp gallery so quickly!

Football: Raiders advance to section championship; Knights lose to Concordia

knights-tn The Northfield Raider HS football team is one game away from state with a 34-0 drubbing of Albert Lea.  New Prague comes here next Friday for the Section 1AAAA championship...

Senior quarterback Blake Faust passed for 219 yards and three touchdowns, all three of them to senior receiver Jon Paulson. Paulson scored on touchdown catches of 51, 60 and 6 yards and finished with 175 yards receiving.

Carleton gave up 54 points and only scored 21 to fall to 3-5 overall, 1-5 in the tough MIAC...

The Knights (3-5, 1-5 MIAC) offense put 21 points on the scoreboard and saw wideout Chris Gardner (Jr./Gaylord, Minn./Sibley East) record his second game this season with 200+ receiving yards and haul in two more touchdowns. But it was not enough. Not against a Cobber offense that scored 50+ points for the third straight week and four times in the past five games.

The Oles were off this week.  The next game for both is the Cereal Bowl, the annual St. Olaf/Carleton football game played this year at Laird Stadium on the Carleton campus.  Possession of the Goat Trophy and bragging rights are at stake.

Northfield's Wackiest Home Videos

It's not often that we post content without a description, but we're going to make an exception for this one. Watch and be amazed...

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Northfield woman heads to California to help with fire

billi-northfield WCCO has a story and video on Billi Faillettaz, a Northfield woman who is headed to San Diego to provide psychological counseling to victims of the fire...

Some volunteers and staff members will do physical work, like setting up shelters and feeding people. The latest volunteer to go will do the emotional work.

Her name is Billi Faillettaz from Northfield, Minn. and she knows she won't be able to enjoy the sun or the sand in California. She's going because she wants to be there, helping.

"It's kind of another adventure," she remarks.

First wayfinding sign for downtown

nddc-sign Ross Currier of the NDDC has an entry and picture on the new 'wayfinding' sign installed downtown next to First National.  He says that it's the first of a series of them posted around downtown...

A little over four years ago, the NDDC’s Action Squad made a presentation to the City Council on recommendations for public investments that would stimulate economic vitality. One of the suggestions was wayfinding signage. Many of these ideas were incorporated into the city’s Streetscape Plan. As NDDC President Dan Bergeson stated at yesterday’s annual planning retreat, this type of work requires great patience.

Northfield in PopMatters: Teenage Wasteland?

Screenshot.  Click here to view the story.Update: The story was written by Paul Caine, a Carleton student.

Northfield was the subject of a feature story yesterday on PopMatters focused on teenage drinking, trends, and 'societal expectations'.  It's a recount of a ride-along in a Northfield police car to an underage drinking complaint and the names have been changed to protect the innocent...

In the cruiser, two sounds stand out: the wind blowing across the side of the car and the periodic squawk of the dispatcher, his voice chirping laconically out of the radio. We’ve left the tiny downtown area of Northfield, Minnesota, and now we’re driving through a far-flung housing development out by the cornfields. Officer Kevin Tussing’s been dispatched to something that’s been identified as an “underage drinking party”.

Volleyball: Raiders advance, Knights clinch, Oles... not so much...

carl-vb The Northfield Raiders won their opening Section 1AA tournament game against Red Wing, carried by the strong arm of Megan Pumper.

Update: They lost to Rochester Mayo 3-0 Friday night.

Raider standout Megan Pumper almost single-handedly eliminated Red Wing from the Section 1AAA Tournament Wednesday night.

The senior defensive specialist put together the two longest serving streaks of the year against Red Wing in Northfield’s sweep. She scored 16 straight points in Game 1 and added 10 more in Game 3 to help the Raiders to wins of 25-10, 25-17, 25-10.

The Carleton Knights defeated St. Mary's 3-1 to guarantee a spot in the MIAC playoffs.  Click here to listen to the game (requires Quicktime)...

The Cardinals (17-11, 3-7 MIAC) looked to play the role of spoilers, jumping out to 17-9 lead en route to winning the opening game by a 30-23 score.

Saint Mary’s stayed close in the second game, but after trailing early, the Knights went on a 10-5 run and didn’t look back. Carleton hit .353 in the game and went on to even the contest with a 30-23 win in game two.

And the Oles got swept by Hamline, knocking them out of contention for the aforementioned playoffs...

Hamline University's Tasha Simmons had 18 kills to lead the Pipers to a 30-22, 30-27 and 30-27 volleyball win over St. Olaf on Wednesday.

Special City Council meeting scheduled

Scott Davis' Ward 2 blog is 2 for 2 with informative entries. This time he's posting a notice for a special meeting called by Mayor Lansing for November 1 at 7:00 p.m....

towards resolving our outstanding issues (outstanding meaning “not dealt with yet” versus outstanding meaning “awesome”)

There are three agenda items dealing with the topic of "how do we continue to do the city's business with all these lawsuits and investigations going on?"...

1.     A discussion of the city leadership issues, based on the current lawsuit whereby the Mayor is one of the Plaintiffs and the City, the City  Administrator, and Councilmembers Noah Cashman, Jon Denison, and Jim Pokorney are the Defendants.

Tragedy at Viking Terrace Unites Community

fire-lec Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin of the Latino Enterprise Center posted a great blog entry today, talking about the recent fire in Viking Terrace that destroyed one home and left a family homeless...

The fire last Monday that destroyed the home  of Selene and Miguel Rojas was caused by electrical wiring issues according to the fire department’s declarations to the Northfield News yesterday.  Whatever the cause, the fact is that the home was destroyed and the family needs support.

He also touches on some of the other issues this fire may bring to the surface...

In a conversation last night with the Rojas family, they told me that they are overwhelmed with the compassion and support that they have received from families all around.  Northfield is absolutely a great place to live, though we are all exposed to disasters like this, the assurance that the community cares and the actual response of a community makes a huge difference in making our city family and children friendly.  On the flip side, many uninsured homeowners know the risks they are taking, but for too many, it is a choice of buying home insurance or food, and we all know the natural choice.

To close today’s entry, let’s look at this tragedy also from the perspective of how it can benefit our community in general by bringing us together, by creating an opportunity to discuss issues of poverty among us, issues of family support systems and family cohesiveness the two key aspects that are currently sustaining the Rojas family morally and physically.

Councilman Scott Davis (Ward 2) starts a blog

Scott-Davis Scott Davis dropped us a line to let us know that he's established a new blog and he's started it off with a doozy - a run-down of the 14 items the council was considering sending to the state auditor and how each member voted...

4. Has there been any improper influence exerted or any improper action taken by any City official or employee with regard to personnel decisions, including threats or retaliation, failure to properly document personnel matters in personnel files, and failure to properly address complaints or questions regarding personnel matters?

Yes votes by Cashman, Davis, Denison and Lansing.

No votes by Vohs, Pokorney and Nelson.

Vote is 4-3.

Item will stay.

Scott joins Rep. Bly, Chief Smith, and Senator Neuville as current Northfield government officials bringing their office to the people via blogging.  We here at applaud the move and encourage more government officials to join the trend!

(One more thing - Scott also notes that this blog, domain, and email are paid for by him alone.)

Video from the Northfield Winter Stomp! contra dance

With the Northfield Harvest Stomp! contra dance coming this weekend (more information soon), we thought that it would be a good time to show this video from last winter's Winter Stomp. It's a video by "Contragoer", who never returned our email inquiries, but perhaps one of our readers knows him or her. Either way, it's a great series of shots.

Soccer: Northfield upsets Lourdes 3-2 to advance to state!

nhs-soocer-vs-lourdes The Northfield HS men's soccer team upset Rochester Lourdes on Thursday 3-2 in the section one finals to advance to the MN state tournament, scoring the tying goal with 7 seconds remaining...

In stunning fashion Thursday, Rochester Lourdes was denied a berth in the Class A boys state soccer tournament. The Eagles were just seconds away from a fifth straight state berth.

They led Northfield 2-1 with the seconds winding down. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, the ball plopped in front of the Lourdes net. And Northfield senior Sam Studer, the Raiders' top scorer, was there to head the ball past goalie Kenny Cloft to tie the game with just 7.2 seconds remaining.

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