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"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Seven Drawing:  James Gang Hideaway

We are proud to announce that our sixth "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to the James Gang Hideaway.  By becoming a member of Northfield.org you will be entered into the Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is midnight on August 20, with the winner being announced on Monday, August 21.

You don't have to contribute to enter, and if you don't win, your name will be forwarded to the next week's drawing. That means you'll have several chances to win.

To sign up now, just go to the New Member page. The suggested donation is $20 per year per person. Of course, if you'd like to suggest a higher number, we'd be thrilled and very grateful.


Kwik Trip to build bigger store

Well, it’s no secret that the Kwik Trip at Hwy. 3 and 19 has been suffering, what with all the road construction making a visit there anything but a quick trip.

 

The company, which is based in LaCross, Wisconsin, isn’t discouraged, however. Quite the contrary. In a few days you’ll see even more construction equipment move into the area as the company builds a new store directly behind the existing one.

More inside...


Recycling pays off for Green Teams

Have you ever noticed the recycling centers outside EconoFoods and Cub Foods? Have you ever used them?

Lots of people do, and their trash is turning into treasure for local nonprofit organizations. The youth groups, operating as "Green Teams," encourage people to bring in their recycling items and at the end of their designated months, pick up a check for the value of the material recovered. This week two Green Teams picked up their checks at the City Council meeting.

The teams are The Northfield Youth Choirs (at left) and The Northfield Goal Club (above). These two teams served as the Youth Recycling Green Teams for May-July. Together the two teams educated residents, monitored the recycling boxes and recycled 151.6 tons of cardboard and mixed paper at the two recycling drop-off locations in Northfield. Waste Management donates $15 for each ton recycled to the Green Teams. Each organization will receive a check for $1,337.45.


'Eat Local Challenge' starts August 15

Submitted by Joey Robison

It's estimated that our food travels an average of 1,300 miles from field to fork. Eating food produced locally is better for the environment and better for the local economy. But where do you start if you’d like to adopt a more regional diet?

You can begin by taking the Eat Local Challenge, which runs from August 15 to September 23. Just Food Co-op is challenging community members to eat 80 percent of their diet from food produced in the five-state region for six weeks.

The Eat Local Challenge will kick off with a book talk and reading by professional chef and locavore Jessica Prentice at 7:30 p.m. Monday, August 14, at Just Food.

“It’s a big commitment, but it’s good to be able to support your friends and those who are good stewards of the land,” says Rollie Jacobsen, lead cashier at Just Food. The Co-op labels its locally produced foods to make them easier to find, and the Farmers Market and Community Supported Agriculture farms are also great places to find local fare.


"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Six Drawing:  The Tavern of Northfield

We are proud to announce that our sixth "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to the Tavern of Northfield.  By becoming a member of Northfield.org you will be entered into the Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is midnight on August 13, with the winner being announced on Monday, August 14.

You don't have to contribute to enter, and if you don't win, your name will be forwarded to the next week's drawing. That means you'll have several chances to win.

To sign up now, just go to the New Member page. The suggested donation is $20 per year per person. Of course, if you'd like to suggest a higher number, we'd be thrilled and very grateful.


"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Five Drawing:  The Contented Cow

We are proud to announce that our fourth "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to the Contented Cow.  By becoming a member of Northfield.org you will be entered into the Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is midnight on August 6, with the winner being announced on Monday, August 7.

You don't have to contribute to enter, and if you don't win, your name will be forwarded to the next week's drawing. That means you'll have several chances to win.

To sign up now, just go to the New Member page. The suggested donation is $20 per year per person. Of course, if you'd like to suggest a higher number, we'd be thrilled and very grateful.


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...


Thursday means Crazy Daze fun -- and bargains

Crazy Daze The weather is muggy, your shorts look as tired as you feel and you just don't want to make another meal. Thank goodness, Thursday is Crazy Daze in Northfield. Don't let the name fool you; this event lasts one day only.

Stores will open at 7 a.m., so you can grab your morning coffee at one of downtown restaurants and beat the heat if you wish. If you're still snoozing until the sun is high, that's no problem. There will be bargains and activities all day. For a complete schedule, check out the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce calendar.



"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Four Drawing:  Froggy Bottoms

We are proud to announce that our fourth "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to Froggy Bottoms.  By becoming a member of Northfield.org you will be entered into the Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is midnight on July 30th with the winner being announced on Monday, July 31th.

 

You don't have to contribute to enter, and if you don't win, your name will be forwarded to the next week's drawing. That means you'll have several chances to win.

 

To sign up now, just go to the New Member page. The suggested donation is $20 per year per person. Of course, if you'd like to suggest a higher number, we'd be thrilled and very grateful.


Stanton Airfield adds sport pilot license training

Click on photo for larger viewStanton Airfield has added a fun new aircraft, called a Flight Design CT, that is designed for the emerging sport pilot community.  The sport pilot rating is a new rating type that is designed to bring flying to more people.  It is about half the cost and half the time to obtain than a private pilot rating, and only requires a valid driver's license rather than a 3rd class aviation medical cerificate to qualify. 

Stanton Airfield was the first to grant a sport pilot rating in Minnesota and the first to grant a sport pilot instructor rating in Minnesota.  In 2006 thus far, more than six new pilots have been trained in the new Flight Design CT at Stanton.

If you have ever desired to learn to fly, the Sport Pilot rating could be right for you.  Some pilots receive their rating in less than three months and for about $4,000.  We welcome anyone to stop by the airport and learn more about the sport pilot program and the Flight Design CT aircraft.  You can also visit the website at www.stantonairfield.com


"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Three Drawing:  Chapati

We are proud to announce that our third "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to Chapati.  By becoming a member of Northfield.org you will be entered into the Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is midnight on July 23th with the winner being announced on Monday, July 24th.

You don't have to contribute to enter, and if you don't win, your name will be forwarded to the next week's drawing. That means you'll have several chances to win.

To sign up now, just go to the New Member page. The suggested donation is $20 per year per person. Of course, if you'd like to suggest a higher number, we'd be thrilled and very grateful.


"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Two Drawing:  The Rueb 'N' Stein

We are proud to announce that our 2nd "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to The Rueb 'N' Stein.  By becoming a member of Northfield.org you will be entered into the Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is midnight on July 16th with the winner being announced on Monday July 17th.

You don't have to contribute to enter, and if you don't win, your name will be forwarded to the next week's drawing. That means you'll have several chances to win.

To sign up now, just go to the New Member page. The suggested donation is $20 per year per person. Of course, if you'd like to suggest a higher number, we'd be thrilled and very grateful.

To enter without becoming a member, just send a message through the Contact Us button.

This is our way of saying thank you for becoming a member and for visiting the Northfield.org site to find out what's happening in your community.  The following is a summary of past winners.


It's now Community Resource Bank

Check out the new logo. You’ll be seeing it as the signs change in the next couple of weeks, but the paperwork already is done. Community National Bank now is Community Resource Bank.

The 128-year-old bank, which started as Citizen’s Bank and later became Northfield National, has been Community National Bank since a group of local investors headed by Don Kuehnast bought it in 1987. After nearly 20 years, it was time for a minor adjustment.

“One of the primary reasons is that we have an office in Roseville and that office is right next door to another Community National Bank,” said Bank President Don Keuhnast. “Customers were getting truly confused.”

The Northfield Bank bought its Roseville bank in 1999 and didn’t have any problems until Community National Bank of North Branch started adding operations in Vadnais Heights. While the northern suburbs are the definition of sprawl, the banks were finding it all a little too cozy.


"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week One Drawing:  The Ole Store

The Ole Store

When we announced the new Northfield.org membership campaign a few days ago, we promised you we wouldn't be offering coffee mugs or tote bags as premiums.  We have something, much, much more fun. We're calling it "Dinner On Us." 

Become a member of Northfield.org and you will be entered into the Dinner On Us drawing.  Each Monday for the next two months Northfield.org will be giving away a $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant.  This week's restaurant is The Ole Store.  The deadline for this first week is midnight on July 9th with the winner being announced on Monday July 10th.

You don't have to contribute to enter, and if you don't win, your name will be forwarded to the next week's drawing. That means you'll have several chances to win.

To sign up now, just go to the New Member page. The suggested donation is $20 per year per person. Of course, if you'd like to suggest a higher number, we'd be thrilled and very grateful.

To enter without becoming a member, just send a message through the Contact Us button.

This is our way of saying thank you for becoming a member and for visiting the Northfield.org site to find out what's happening in your community.



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":http://nddc.org/weblogs/homepageblog/archives/000395.html.

*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_":http://northfield.org/blogs/homepageblog/archives/001518.html.

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.


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