Hurry, it's your last chance for 'Dinner on Us'

And this time, you choose the prize!

We've warned you. And here it is. This is your last chance to win "Dinner On Us." 

First, we have to announce the winner of our Week 10 drawing, Debbie Root, who wins a $50 gift certificate to the Contented Cow.

That's right, we've had 10 weeks of winners, enjoying 10 weeks of dinners at our favorite Northfield restaurants.

And now you can win the big prize: $100 you can use to create your dream dinner. Yes, you can choose any restaurant in town and we'll pick up the tab, up to $100. You can use the money to buy wine and flowers and groceries to cook up a romantic dinner at home. You can buy beer and burgers for for a football party for the whole gang. The only catch is that you have to send a photo and tell us what you've "cooked up" for that perfect dinner.

You can enter the contest by becoming a member of you will be entered into the next Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is noon on Friday, September 22, with the winner announced next Monday, September 28.

You don't have to contribute to enter; and if you have entered already and haven't won, your name has been forwarded to the final drawing.

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.

Hospital construction means change in access

Due to new construction at Northfield Hospital, patients and visitors are asked to use the Emergency Department entrance as the hospital’s front door for the next several weeks. Parking is available on the north side of the building.

The driveway and parking near the hospital’s main entrance are being reconfigured in conjunction with the construction of the new clinic space on the northwest corner of the hospital. The project will allow for more parking and convenient access to the clinic and the hospital. The work is expected to take four to six weeks.

What would keep Northfield a livable community?

Editor's note: We don't usually promote events outside Northfield. But there have been so many discussions recently on this topic, we thought it was relevant. 

On Thursday, September 21, AIA (American Institute of Architects) Minnesota will present "Livable Communities - A Town Hall Forum" for mayors, civic leaders, architects and design professionals, exploring livable communities and encouraging dialogues for creating them in Minnesota.

The AIA Minnesota kickoff event to AIA national’s sesquicentennial (AIA150) in 2007, aims to begin the larger picture discussion and education on livable communities.  By defining the term “livable communities” not only for civic leaders and architects, but also for the media and public in Minnesota, we hope to have far-reaching effects on communities.  A host of perspectives from AIA National, AIA Honolulu, the city awarded most livable in 2004 by the United Nations endorsed International Awards for Livable Communities; Minnesota mayors and AIA Minnesota’s Minnesota Design Team, will provide the depth and broad exploration of the subject necessary to bring creative, sustainable ideas to Minnesota communities.

Football - Northfield Defeats Hutchinson 7-6 - with Video!

The Northfield Raiders football team left it all on the field Friday night as they defeated Hutchinson 7-6 in overtime. It all came down to one play - four quarters plus one overtime of smashmouth football hung in the balance as Hutch went for two and the victory during their overtime posession. The Raiders broke the line and dumped the fullback for a loss of yards.

We've got videos after the jump...

More readers enjoy 'Dinner on Us'

We love good news, and we really love making good news happen.

Now we've made more neighbors happy with the news that they've won a $50 gift certificate in our latest "Dinner on Us" drawing. Rich Noer and Laurie Fleming both have shared their happiness, along with some kind words for

By now, you probably know about our "Dinner on Us" membership drive. You know the routine. You make your $20 donation (or more) to become a member of, and we put your name in our weekly drawing for a $50 gift certificate to one of the city's fun restaurants. (You also can enter just by sending an e-mail.

Find out more about our latest winners inside...

Valley Grove Country Social is Sunday, Sept. 17

Nordic Jam at Valley GroveNorthfield's Nordic Jam will be performing at tomorrow's Valley Grove Country Social, sponsored by the Valley Grove Preservation Society. In addition to music, this annual event also features wagon rides, prairie walks, farm animals, food and more family-friendly fun. It's a great way to celebrate the last full weekend of the summer!

For more information, visit

Doug Bratland is a member of Nordic Jam. 

Sunday's 'Bark in the Park' to raise funds for new dog park

Submitted by Amy Gage

Canines at Play (CAP) is sponsoring a fund-raising event called “Bark in the Park” on Sunday, Sept. 18, from noon to 4 p.m. at Riverside Park in Northfield. The event is intended to raise money for the city’s first off-leash dog park, which will be located in Babcock Park at Highway 3 and Woodley Street.

Bark in the Park is a family- and dog-friendly event that will feature a canine dance troupe, a sample obedience class and Tellington Touch, a type of massage intended to calm animals during stressful situations. Food and other family-style entertainment, including a “Picture Your Pet in the Park” photo booth, also will be available.

The event is free, but free-will donations are strongly encouraged to help CAP move closer to its $10,000 fund-raising goal.

The Northfield City Council gave final approval to the first off-leash dog park during its meeting on Sept. 11. CAP Chairman Rich Lorang, a local veterinarian, and First National Bank executive Rick Estenson, also a CAP volunteer, presented the plans.

Northfield Skating School's Learn-To-Skate Program is Back!

Submitted by Carey Tinkelenberg:

After a successful opening year, the Northfield Skating School has returned for its second season at the Northfield Ice Arena. Our program has expanded to offer two 8-week sessions of Sunday afternoon skating lessons for students of all abilities, ages 4-adult. We are a sanctioned program of US Figure Skating and follow their established curriculum.

Session 1 runs from Oct. 15-Dec. 10, 2006, and Session 2 runs from Jan. 7-Feb. 25. Registration deadlines are Oct. 1 for Session 1 and Dec. 15 for Session 2, but students are encouraged to register now to secure their spot for both sessions. Discounts apply to additional family members enrolled in the program.

Registration brochures are available at the Northfield Ice Arena, the Northfield Public Library, Goodbye Blue Monday Coffee House, and various other downtown locations. See the registration brochure for more details, or contact Carey Tinkelenberg, Founder and Executive Director, for more information (

Take a 'Run in the Wild' at Maltby Nature Center

The Maltby Nature Preserve is hosting the third annual “A Run In The Wild” 5K Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, October 7.

Bring the whole family and join the fun to support the science education programs of The Science Center at Maltby Nature Preserve. Enjoy a beautiful fall day and run or walk the trails through the prairie and woods, around the ponds and along the river. Even your family dog is welcome, on a leash.

We'll have free food, beverages, t-shirts, and prizes! Entry fee is $12 before September 30. For more details, click the image at left to view a poster for the event (PDF). For registration forms and other information, visit or call 507-664-0770.

The Science Center at Maltby Nature Preserve is 90 acre wildlife sanctuary located just outside of Randolph on the banks of the Cannon River . It is a non-profit, educational organization teaching the science of nature and the nature of science.

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...And that's it! After that you'll get your headlines for the day delivered every afternoon at about three p.m. Just another way that we're making it easier to stay connected to Northfield - Cows, Colleges, and e-Contentment.

Jon Manners brings his rock & roll stories back to the Tavern

People seem to be enjoying my colorful rock 'n' roll stories—my wild ride with Andrew Loog Oldham of the Rolling Stones; my highschool band, The Critters with "our" hit song, "Younger Girl"—so I think I'll add a bit to the "legend" and wax-on about the so-called "rock 'n roll lifestyle" that I've lived ;)

For a while in the late 70's I resided in a chicken shack that I'd converted into a practice studio/loft, on my brother Paul's ranch out in Santa Cruz, California. Essentially I was living in a barn! On more than one occasion I'd open the door and find a large animal, like a horse, in my living space. The barn was actually pretty nice, I built a deck off the back, put in a lot of windows, a couple skylights, a loft area for sleeping. I had a refrigerator and an electric hotplate. A sink. A blender. Did I mention mice?

During this time I was driving for Yellow Cab, 12 hours a day, six days a week. I lasted exactly 6 months, just enough time to get enough money together to buy a recording mixer, a reverb, and a couple good microphones! Yep, that rock 'n roll lifestyle, pretty glamorous!

St. Olaf art museum to open Tetlie exhibit Friday

The Flaten Art Museum at St. Olaf College will open its 2006–07 program year with “A Collector's Legacy: Richard N. Tetlie,” an exhibit of work from the estate of Richard Tetlie ’43.

The opening reception will be Friday, Sept. 15, from 5–7 p.m. in Dittmann Center. The opening will include food and live chamber music, plus a talk by Philip Rosenbaum, manager of the Tetlie collection.

CRWP hosts Paddle Event & Fundraiser Saturday

The Cannon River Splash is a fund-raising event for the Cannon River Watershed Partnership that happens this Saturday, Septrmber 16. Proceeds will be used to fund activities to protect and improve surface and groundwater resources of the Cannon River Watershed. Please download the attached Cannon River Splash flyer (PDF) to uncover details and to register, or to sponsor a paddler.

Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view PDFWhew!  The concessionaires are gone, the streets are open and we are free to move around town again.

Not that we didn't have fun at DJJD, but . . .

Lots to do on this fall weekend. Friday night the new exhibit at the Northfield Arts Guild opens.  "Melange" features the work of Rhonda Banks, Toni Easterson, Sharol Nau and Riki Kolbl Nelson.  The opening reception is Friday night, from 7-9 p.m.  NAG is also hosting 'Coffeehouse Writer's Night' on Friday at the Center for the Arts on Division Street.  Local writers are invited to read their works in an open mike setting starting at 7:30 p.m.

Northfield Area United Way launches new initiative

Today is the kick-off for the 2006 fall campaign for the Northfield Area United Way.  Many of Northfield’s CEOs and their appointed campaign directors will gather to learn about the campaign, and about the United Way's new initiative.

In collaboration with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, we as a community will mail a free book each month to the home of every child from birth to 5 years old in our area. 

Early literacy is regarded nationally as one of the important ways to improve the educational opportunities for our children. We know that learning to read is a process much like learning to speak or learning to walk.  This process begins at birth.  They need to learn how a book works – you read left to right and you turn pages.  They associate pictures with words and emotions.  These are all steps along the way to learning to read.  Perhaps even more importantly, they also learn to love to read

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