Environment

A story about the local natural environment or related issue.

They're Bitin'

Ice cream by the river 

Northfielder's enjoy the harvests of the deep and the local ice-cream shop. How big were the fish? This one was so big, it broke the net! Check out the flicker collection of several pics I took this afternoon.


Weekend Entertainment and Events

April NEG (PDF)It's the start of another jam-packed weekend full of cultural events in Northfield! In addition to tonight's Arts a la Carte at the high school, a quick glance through the Northfield Entertainment Guide presents so many options you'll want to clone yourself so you can take them all in! You'll find details on pages 6-8 of the NEG, but here's a preview of what's going on...


sound of spring at bridge square

recorded saturday at the fall.

click here for mp3


The Spring Melt fills the Cannon River (with Video!)

The spring melt has begun to fill the Cannon River again. While it's not nearly as high as it was in 2004 ("Gallery One":http://www.flickr.com/photos/gurno/sets/72057594059801058/, "Gallery Two":http://northfield.org/gallery/highwater0604), it was making quite a racket as it churned past downtown.

If you'd like to see more, look inside...


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Earth Jam 2006!

Click to view a PDF of the posterEarth Day has taken a new and more festive twist on Northfield. One month away: Earth Jam 2006! You're invited to join us on Bridge Square on Saturday April 22nd to celebrate Earth! There will be a town clean-up/beautification from 9am to 12 noon. You are encouraged to meet at the Square at 9 and be ready to get get down and dirty! From 11 am to 4pm there will be tables on the Square of local environmental groups, organizations, local farmers from the Farmer's market, composting demos, goodies from the Just Food Co-op and Mercantile and more! Then THE FESTIVAL BEGINS!  From 2pm to 7pm, a festival of artists from around the world will entertain the people of Northfield and celebrate our support for the earth and our community.

To all Dance groups and Musicians: anyone interested in performing can contact Taylor Franklin at fran0558@umn.edu.

To all interested volunteers to lead the City Wide clean-up, or have an Earth Day info table: again, you can contact Taylor Franklin via email or call the AmeriCorps office at (507) 664-3752.


Locally Grown podcast #10: making Northfield an energy self-sufficient community

 

Issues covered in show #10 of Locally Grown, recorded in the KRLX 88.1 FM studio at Carleton on Friday afternoon: making Northfield an energy self-sufficient community

Guest: Bruce Anderson, Executive Director of RENewNorthfield. Click the photo thumbnail to see his memorable shirt (photo taken last summer).

And click "Read the rest of this entry..." to listen (32 minutes) or subscribe to the podcast


Protect our Water Citizens' Day at the Capitol

The Cannon River Watershed Partnership invites citizens to join others in a lobbying effort for clean water at the state capitol on Tuesday, March 14 from 9:00 to 3:00 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss concerns with their legislators and attend a rally in the Capitol Rotunda.

With the Minnesota Environmental Partnership (MEP), the CRWP is campaigning for effective solutions and investments that will protect our water for the benefit of generations to come.  MEP, a coalition of over 70 environmental groups, is asking the 2006 Minnesota Legislature to support “Protect Our Water,” a plan that will help protect and restore Minnesota’s rivers and lakes. Highlights of the 2006 Protect Our Water plan include:


Northfield 360: Where in Northfield?

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This is a 360 degree panorama shot somewhere in Northfield a few days ago. Can you identify the location?

* "Small image":http://static.flickr.com/43/104169584_3a3943e677_b.jpg
* "Large image":http://static.flickr.com/43/104169584_3a3943e677_o.jpg
* "Low resolution VR movie":http://gurno.com/adam/images/movies/a_pano_low.mov ( _requires Quicktime_ )
* "High resolution VR movie ":http://gurno.com/adam/images/movies/a_pano_high.mov ( _requires Quicktime_ )

Post your guesses in the comment section!


Winter photos: east end of the Cannon River Wilderness Area

I took a few photos last weekend in the east end of the Cannon River Wilderness Area park, near the intersection of County 20 and 22 just south of Northfield.

See the photo album in our N.org gallery or the photo set in my Flickr area or sr see them in the Northfield Group Photo Pool on Flickr  that we're experimenting with.
 


How cold is it?

24 hour tempurature chartIt was a cold one yesterday and last night -- no doubt about that. Just ask my car whose alternator died of hypothermia. The good people at Valley Autohaus gave me a jump last night (courtesy of AAA) and are operating on it this morning.

How cold was it? It reached -16 F just after 3 a.m. today, but the temperature has risen steadily since then and broke into positive territory around 10 a.m. Check out Carleton's weather database to see the latest weather info or to mine the databases and charts they keep.


Drama in Dundas

Last weekend I observed a bit of drama in a field in Dundas. Apparently there is a nesting pair of bald eagles near the Cannon River in Dundas (where a section of the river is designated "wild and scenic", and we plan on keeping it that way).


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