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Neighbor to Neighbor: Champion Sports' Bill Brodin

Are you heading downtown Northfield to buy cleats? If you go to Champion Sports, you'll probably be helped by Bill Brodin. Bill has worked at Champion Sports for years. Here’s the scoop on Bill:

Bill Brodin, NHS ’87, was born and raised in Northfield. His mother graduated from NHS in the 1950's when the old middle school was the high school. Bill has one older brother, Dan, and one older sister, Beth. He plays golf but his favorite sport to watch is hockey. Bill's father used to be a hockey referee here in town.

Bill says the coolest thing he's ever seen in his life was game seven of the 1991 World Series. It was the loudest experience he's ever heard and outside the dome everyone was "slapping hands and acting crazy".

This week in the Northfield Blogosphere...

Springing anew through the defrosted grounds of the "Northfield Blogosphere": this week are entries on soccer, science, singing, and sustainability. Sweet!

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This Week in the Northfield Blogosphere

A quick round up of this weeks posts in the "Northfield blogosphere":

Chamber/Convention and Visitors Bureau Promotes Tourism with Official 2006 Northfield Visitors Guide

CVB Visitors GuidePeople who choose to live in Northfield don't often need to be told why Northfield is a great place for a getaway, family vacation or business retreat. Most folks who live in Northfield intuitively know why.

It's the multitude that lives elsewhere who should hear about Northfield's appealing characteristics from the Northfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), an arm of the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce, and why the CVB yearly publishes the Official Northfield Visitors Guide. The guide is a colorful and tantalizing look at all the positive reasons to visit Northfield and spend some time in this 19th century river town. The 2006 guide was released earlier this year.

The directory of local business web sites

I had coffee on Sunday with former NCO Board members Nick Benson and his dad Curt Benson. (Click photo to enlarge.)

Nick's away at college but Curt's still lurking about, having taken on the volunteer task of updating and maintaining the directory of local websites. Since we switched platforms earlier this month, Curt's been steadily adding web sites to the Business Directory.

If you know of a local website that's not listed, use our Contact Us form to alert Curt. And if that web site has a weblog or RSS feed associated with it, be sure to alert us to that as well so we can aggregate the latest headlines into our various newsfeed areas.

Curt also contributes to the local economy via his business, Fab Lab, a "machine and fabrication shop specializing in high quality work for science and industry."


"Locally Grown" #9: telecom infrastructure


Issues covered in show #9 of Locally Grown, recorded in the KRLX 88.1 FM studio at Carleton on Friday afternoon:

Ultra high-speed broadband and Northfield's economic development.

Guest: Milda Hedblom, adjunct professor at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and professor of politics and communications at Augsburg College

Click the play button to listen (30 mintues). Subscribe to the feed. Subscribe with iTunes. Join the ISSUES discussion list to continue the conversation on these and other issues. Attach a comment to give us feedback. See the Locally Grown page for more on the show.


Chamber Names Business and Business Person of the Year

The Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that All Flex, Inc. has been named Northfield's Business of the Year in 2006. Steve Schmidt, owner of Steven Schmidt Construction, has been selected as the 2006 Business Person of the Year. Both will be recognized at a banquet in March.

All Flex, Inc. has made an important investment in our community and continues to evolve and grow with their innovative products, services and business strategies. The company’s success can be attributed to its unique market niche, willingness to quickly make changes and positive approach to customer satisfaction. The company’s active accounts continue to increase through relentless marketing efforts and proactive efforts to identify new customers. All Flex, Inc. provides contributions for many worthwhile local efforts that help promote the local business community and improve the quality of life in the Northfield area.

Steve Schmidt (pictured at left with wife Lori at The Grand on Thursday; click to enlarge. - Editor) has consistently encouraged and participated in economic development efforts that have led to significant improvements for the greater Northfield area. He has been a strong leader in the business community, willing sharing volunteer time, financial contributions, business knowledge and business expertise.


Open houses today: Village on the Cannon; Northfield Crossing

Northfield's two large-scale downtown residential developments are both hosting open houses today. Left: Village on the Cannon's Phase II grand opening is from 11-2. Right: Northfield Crossing's condo demo unit is open from noon-6. I took both photos early this morning during a light snowfall. Click to enlarge.

St. Olaf Students Seeking Partners in Business Venture

A group of St. Olaf students interested in starting a Hookah establishment somewhere in maintown Northfield are searching for local investors to take part in startup costs and eventual profits. 

The location would consist of multiple seating areas, around 10-15 total each being about 6-8 square feet in both width and length.  While the original hope was to have this idea stand alone, we recognize the need for other business to keep it on its feet, the idea of including dining alongside has been considered though expertise on the subject would be needed for advisory.  There would also be a third venture running in the background namely, it would be decorated with appropriate artwork done by local residents and St. Olaf and Carleton students.

A business similar to this one is currently doing quite well for itself in the suburbs of Chicago, and we hope to see the same success as we are not too far out of the cities. 

Straw poll: Favorite place to buy coffee in the morning

Where's your favorite place to buy coffee in the morning in Northfield?

Take the coffee straw poll.  Yes, you have to first register to take the poll. But once you've done that, then you, too, can create totally useless, unscientific straw polls here.


Where in Northfield is this? La Mena

This week's "where is it" post from January 31st asked: "What's the name of that new store next to the Forget-Me-Not Florist and Le Nails Northfield?"

Wiggles & Wok sneak preview/fundraiser

Wiggles & Wok, in the old Quiznos building at 2nd St. and Hwy 3, opens on Monday, Feb. 6. Right: Brett Shepard with owner Mike Hoover, former owner of The Ranch House. Click photos to enlarge.

But tomorrow (Friday, Feb. 3), they'll be open from 11 am to 3 pm, serving a menu of noodles, stir fry, soups and salads.

The food will be free but patrons will be asked to make a donation to help pay the medical expenses for the Gilbertson family and the Mendoza family.

South of town developments

Left: The Division Street Dentists building on Jefferson Road is near completion. Center: The bank in Dundas has a new name: Frandsen Bank & Trust. Right: The sales office for the Bridgewater Heights housing development on County Rd. 1 is open and a model home is under construction. Click photos to enlarge.

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