In the Northfield Blogosphere

A roundup of recent posts to the area's civic weblogs.

Notes for an after action report by Scott W. Johnson
My presentation on Winston Churchill at St. Olaf College yesterday turned into an unexpectedly exhilarating experience for me... I was originally invited to submit an application to lead one of 40 seminars to be given at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum hosted this year by St. Olaf College.

David Bly
Charter Schools and Public Schools - Proper Funding is Essential for Success
Representative Cox blogged about a recent Star Tribune article that mentions Northfield's three Charter Schools, which raised the positive aspects of Charter schools and also concerns that traditional educators have about them. This is especially important in the present mood to under-fund traditional education and the difficulty public schools face, given lack of funding, in their efforts to present a full array of 'choices' for students.

Ray Cox
Charter Schools
The Star Tribune quoted me saying "I'm kind of a little free-market guy" and went on to note that I like the fact that families dictate the success of charter schools. That's one aspect of charter schools that I really like. In America, we allow individuals and businesses to be as successful as possible, and also to fail at will. I think schools need to look at some of that same modeling. Charter schools do that.

Northfield Downtown Development Corporation
Rigors of Downtown Improvement Funding
For those downtown business owners who have wondered how to find the time and money to enhance the outside of their store or business, the NDDC has come up with a solution.

League of Women Voters Northfield
Judicial Independence Forum
A LWV forum on Judicial Independence was held at the Northfield Community Resource Center last night. Marcia Walters introduced the panelists: District Court Judge William Johnson, State Senator Tom Neuville, and Assistant Rice County Attorney Nate Reitz. Eve Webster moderated. See the photo gallery of the event for more photos.

Feb. 9 Northfield City Council Meeting - Observer's Report
An especially interesting agenda item listed a request that the council hold a public hearing to consider vacating a utility easement for 401 Fifth Street West. This turned out to be a part of the preparation of that property for the building of a Walgreens store. The Walgreens will replace the Hardee's restaurant which is now there but will soon be demolished. The request was approved.

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