Misc. Announcements

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New Board Member: Adam Gurno



It occurs to me now that practicing my introductions would probably be a good thing to do; Everyone I know I've had to meet first.

Hey, I'm Adam Gurno and I'm the newest member of the Northfield.org Board. You might know me...


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.


City of Northfield to give city Website an overhaul

citylogo.gif The City of Northfield is kicking off the first step in redesigning their web site; gathering input from the public on what they want to see and use on the city web site.

There will be 2 public input meetings in addition to other feedback gathering processes for gathering as many public comments, suggestions and ideas for the new City of Northfield website as possible.

The first meeting will be on Monday, May 23rd at 7:00pm. The event is located in room SS103 of the Northfield Community Resource Center. For those who can't make Monday's meeting, a second meeting will be held June 14 at 5:30pm at the City Hall.

Livefront (the company hired to gather requirements for this project) has set up a blog to post project updates, surveys, and other ways to get involved: The Northfield Web Site Redesign Blog.


¡ Lea Northfield.org en español !

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Si usted quisiera ver un vesion de Northfield.org escrito totalmente en español, chasque aquí. Las herramientas de la lengua de Google pueden permitir que cualquier persona lea su website preferido en casi cualquier lengua. Mientras que las traducciones no son a veces totalmente exactas, pueden permitir que el lector entienda los significados generales en su propia lengua materna.


Local election results coverage tonight

We have a small cadre of volunteers who'll be helping to blog local election results here tonight, beginning shortly after 8 PM.

We'll be taking some photos throughout the day and posting them in the Election 2004 photo album.

And we'll be doing much of our evening coverage on-site at The Contented Cow where we'll have a projection screen with wi-fi enabled laptops. Results will be coming in via phone, web sites, email, and sneaker mail.

Contact us tonight only:

Email: election2004@northfield.org

Cell phone: 507.319.5541

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School Board candidate Katy Hargis with Ward 2 candidate Scott Davis, fueling up with caffeine this morning at the Goodbye Blue Monday.

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Mayoral candidate Lee Lansing, still working at 5:15 pm this afternoon.

More photos in the Election 2004 album.


Time for tossing hats into local rings

throwhats.jpegFiling for the four open Northfield City Council seats started today and closes July 20.

Seats open: mayor, wards 2 and 3, and one at-large.

See the article in the June 26 Nfld News Mayor, three council seats up for grabs for more details, as well as the July 3rd editorial titled Consider running for public office.

Other openings: four seats on the Northfield School Board, Rice and Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation district supervisors, and all Rice County commissioner seats.


Destruction, construction

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The Hardees at the corner of Hwys 3 & 19 was torn down this week to make way for a new Walgreen's.

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The new Advance Auto Parts store at the corner of Woodley and Hwy 3 is almost complete.


Art exhibit: Women in Their Forties

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"Women in Their Forties," an exhibit about life changes as told through mannequins, will be on display though July 31 at Art on Water located in the Kjerland Building at 217 Water St. in Northfield.

The exhibit is by Northfield artist Barb Matz. The hours are 12-4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.


West side, downtown living

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David Hvistendahl of Hvistendahl, Moersch & Dorsey has a newly refurbished efficiency apartment for rent by the day or longer in his building on the west side of dowtown Northfield.

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The unit is on the upper level, far right, above his Froggy Bottoms pub.

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Kurt Larson of Larson's Printing has one remaining apartment for rent in his new building.

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The unit is on the second floor, overlooking the walkway. An Erbert and Gerbert's Subs shop will be moving into the lower level retail space soon.

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Dean Kjerland of Archeopaleo has one remaining condo for sale in his new River Walk Condominiums building.

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The unit is on the second floor, overlooking the river.


Police department activity

On May 14, Police Chief Gary Smith wrote in the ISSUES discussion:

We currently post an electronic summary of all activity of the police department. This would include all enforcement activity for a given period of time. We print this off the computer aided dispatch system (CAD for short) from the Pearl Street Dispatch Center.

It is the same information received by the Northfield News, however they edit it for content. The numbers listed are ICRs, Initial Complaint numbers. Items that are not public or ongoing investigations will so indicate. You are welcome to post the list; actually I feel it would be another good source for people to review to see what is going on in Northfield and their neighborhoods.

Here's the May 17 report in Word Doc or RTF formats.

We'll regularly post the reports here on N.org until they're posted on the Police Department's website.


Orrin Delong selected for DJJD Heywood Award

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At 5:30 pm today in the Northfield Historical Society Museum, Orrin Delong was ambushed by Defeat of Jesse James Days General Chairman Debbie Larsen and a posse of community folks and told that he was the recipient of the Joseph Lee Heywood Distinguished Service Award which ... is given to a Northfield citizen who exemplifies the commitment to public service which Joseph Lee Heywood lived and died for.

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See all the photos of the occasion in the photo gallery and feel free to add coments and captions.
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Advertising on N.org

Earlier this week the Strib ran a front-page article titled Low cost, high impact: Ads on Weblogs score a political hit

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We've started to experiment with Blogads here on N.org by placing an ad box in the right-hand column. We're running them for free for now, so if anyone local with a business or project to promote, contact us and I'll give you the code to use to create an ad, free for a month via Blogads.

If you're reading this post via email, the ad won't be visible in the upper right nav column since it's generated 'dynamically' when the website is refreshed. So here's a snapshot example, without any working links:
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New businesses

Bookfellows is open on Division Street in downtown Northfield.
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Patty Austvold, the keeper of the shop, along with Shanti Austvold and Niles Austvold.

The James Gang Coffeehouse and Eatery is open in the Heritage Square development on So. Hwy 3.
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Owners Jim & Joan Spaulding w/ daughter Elizabeth


Blandin - applications due Jan. 2nd

There are just a few days left to submit your application to be one of the 24 Northfield residents selected for the Leadership training that Blandin is providing at no charge to the particiapants or the city. Click on the link below to download the application or complete it online.

Any questions, feel free to contact Scott Davis - 664-9564.

Northfield application forms, both printable and web form


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