Northfield, Northfielders in the News

Progressive Rail set to move into Northfield
Progressive Rail, a short-line, industrial rail carrier based in Lakeville, is moving into Northfield this spring. It will become the local agent there for both the Canadian and Union Pacific railroads... Timothy Eklund, vice president of corporate development for Progressive Rail, told a group of Northfield residents last week that commuter trains are within the realm of possibilities... The company will move about 10 corporate positions to Northfield, and Progressive would like to make the old depot building its home.

A letter to the editor in the Cannon Falls Beacon thanking Sarah Luck Pearson and boyfriend Bob for finding and returning a lost wallet is reprinted in the Jan. 11 Star Tribune -- the MN Voices column in the Op Ex section (not available on the web). Pearson's not technically a Northfielder (she lives in the Cannon Falls area) but she's a part-time writing instructor (creative non-fiction) who can often be seen coaching her students in the Goodbye Blue Monday coffeehouse.

Classes keep senior minds active teaching and learning
Covering the U.S. Congress in eight weeks is not an easy task, Jim Reiley told his students on their first day of class last Tuesday in Northfield... They're taking part in the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium. The seven-year-old Northfield program offers three sessions of liberal arts courses per year to local seniors.

Organic food co-op to open in Northfield
A search for such ingredients as tamari spicy pumpkin seeds, curry cashews, toasted carob powder or Turkish apricots would mean a trip to Burnsville's natural food co-op for many Northfield residents. But that's about to change. Soon, natural food aficionados will be able to find these items at a community co-op, Just Food, in Northfield.

Engineer/inventor deals in the fun side of science
John Archibald's work, though, seems a healthy mix of serious endeavor and more lighthearted projects, such as building two-seater cars to zip around his hometown of Northfield or constructing the world's largest drinking bird.

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