Just Food Co-op Holds Harvest Festival

Just Food Co-op held a harvest festival on Saturday, September 23. Under threat of rain, they moved the celebration into the old Northfield Community Merchantile space, but many people still attended the event.

Music, food samples, and art, composting and yarn-spinning demonstrations and information all entertained attendees.

A video and some photos from the event after the jump...

Director and actor to present the film 'The Quietest Sound'

Director James Vculek (photo courtesy MSP Int'l Film Fest 2005) ArtOrg, together with Carleton’s Cinema and Media Studies, will screen James Vculek’s new film “The Quietest Sound” this Wednesday. Carleton alum Catherine E. Johnson plays the lead role of Elizabeth whose child has been missing for over a week. The camera rolls for 75 minutes straight as the story unfolds, drawing comparisons to Hitchcock’s “Rope”. The film was directed by James Vculek who will be present at the screening. About one year ago we also screened Vculek’s “Two Harbors” which at the time of this writing has won six festival awards around the country.

The film will be shown this Wednesday at Carleton College, Boliou Hall Room 104 at 7 p.m.

James is teaching a 48-hour film class for ArtOrg in early 2007.

New downtown bike racks are here

New Bike Racks

Northfield city workers installed new bike racks along Division Street in downtown Tuesday morning. The city worked with the NDDC and downtown businesses on this project.

Photo courtesy of Alex Beeby.

Expert in bike-friendly cities to speak here Oct. 5

In the next few months Northfield residents have a chance to be involved in many important decisions about how to make travel easier for bike riders and pedestrians.

Plans for trails, paths, sidewalks, intersections and parking will be developed. The results will affect workers, shoppers, tourists, school children and those just taking a quick ride or walk for fun.

To help people get up to speed on the issues–and how other communities are addressing them--RENew Northfield is organizing a day-long visit on Oct. 5 by Steve Clark (above), the Walking and Bicycling Program manager at Transit for Livable Communities (tlcminnesota.org) in Minneapolis. Clark will make a presentation entitled “How Biking and Walking Will Renew the Northfield Area” at 7 p.m. at the Northfield High School auditorium. Earlier in the day he will lead a tour to conduct his own analysis of local bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. He’ll also speak with a wide variety of government and community leaders at Northfield City Hall.

Big winner plans to have friends share 'Dinner on Us'

Congratulations to Jane Fenton, the grand prize winner in our 'Dinner on Us' membership contest.

After 10 weeks of giving away dinners at restaurants throughout Northfield, we decided to give our final winner the option to choose the perfect dinner -- and we threw in $100 to pay for it.  Jane says she plans to invite her friends over, order dinner from her favorite restaurant, Kurry Kabab, and let the fun begin.

Here's a little more about Jane:

"I am the Director of community relations at Laura Baker Services and have been since last November.  I’ve lived in Northfield since my first days as a freshman at Carleton College, slightly over 20 years ago. 

"I have two sons, Eddie Martin, a sophomore at the high school, and Cliff Martin, a sixth grader at the middle school.  The three of us have appeared in several plays at the Arts Guild over the last couple of years, most recently “The Jungle Book.” I just competed in the 15K road race during the Defeat of Jesse James Days, and I finished, much to my delight. I visit at the Long Term Care Center at Northfield Hospital as a Pet Therapy volunteer with my dog Patch.  I’ll be spelling in Thursday night’s spelling bee at the Grand, and will appear as part of a dance troupe in the upcoming cabaret at the NAG on Oct. 14.  Fortunately in both cases, my sense of humor will keep me from dying of embarrassment in public."

Meet the candidates, learn the issues at election forums

The election season is heating up, and several groups are out to make sure you meet the candidates, know the issues and that you have every opportunity to get the information you need to cast your vote wisely on Nov. 7.


School referendum 

One of the most important races doesn't have any candidates at all. The Northfield Public Schools will hold a referendum on a request for an excess levy. They levy, which will run for seven years, will raise $1,180 per student, or $5.2 million, replacing the current levy of $685 per student. The levy has an inflationary clause, which could increase the amount over the seven years.

A second proposal up for a vote would raise a flat $750,000 a year for capital improvements.

Monday, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m., Northfield Public Library. The League of Women Voters will devote its 4th Monday program to a presentation on the levy proposal.
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m., Northfield High School. School District officials will offer a presentation on the levy proposal.
Monday, Oct. 2. 7 p.m., Northfield High School. Repeat of Sept. 26 program.

City Hall Insider

Al Roder

As usual City Administrator Al Roder has prepared a detailed report of everything that went on at  City Hall last week. Everything's here, from police activity statistics to street closings and budget meetings.

Just click here to read the pdf version of the report. You need Acrobat Reader to read the file. And head to the City Hall site to check out the complete city events calendar and find the agendas and other details for all meetings.

This week...

'Creative budgeting' brings park to local kids

Lots of people complain about government not working, but we have a story of government working very well, indeed.

The story started a year ago, when a routine safety evaluation of all the city’s parks showed that three sets of playground equipment needed to be taken out. At Riverside Park, there was a second, newer set that could remain. But late last fall city officials had to remove the only play equipment at Sechler, Grant and John North parks.

Lawrence Archbold featured in recital Sunday

Submitted by Sarah King

Carleton College music professor and Enid and Henry Woodward College Organist Lawrence Archbold will present an organ recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 24, in the school’s Concert Hall.

The recital is the 16th in his continuing series, “Exploring Organ Music.” The event is free and open to the public. The recital "Organ Music of the 17th and 18th Centuries: From Stylus Fanasticus to Style Galant," will feature a selection of music by Dieterich Buxtehude, including the Passacaglia in D and the Praeludium in E. The performance will also include works by J.L. Krebs, C. P. E. Bach, and Galuppi and will conclude with J. S. Bach’s the “Great” A Minor.

International Day of Peace to be celebrated here Sunday

Submitted by Judith Stoutland 

The annual Northfield Community Celebration of the International Day of Peace to which everyone is invited will be at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 24, at the Middle School Auditorium. Voices of the Past/Voices for the Future: The Human Cost of Nuclear War" will feature four Hibakashu, survivors of the  bombing of Hiroshima Aug. 6, 1945.

Arts Guild bids a fond farewell to Patsy Dew

Submitted by Sheryl Joy

The Fond Farewell Party for Patsy Dew at the Northfield Arts Guild Friday night, Sept. 22, was great fun.  Patsy has left her position as program director at the Guild, and after 15 years of her work you can bet there were lots of people with stories to share and tributes to make.

Some theater folks did a surprise reprise of one of Patsy's theater roles, and another group put together a slide show of some of her moments on stage as actor or director.

There were dance performances, limericks and poetry, lots of good food and fun. Just click on the photo to see all the pictures.  

Sheryl Joy is office manager for the Guild.
Photos courtesy of the Guild.

New tennis group meets Monday

Submitted by Zach Pruitt

Northfield community members of all ages who enjoy playing tennis are invited to attend the “Tennis in Northfield” meeting on Monday, Sept.  25.  The gathering will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. in room SS106 of the Northfield Community Resource Center, 1651 Jefferson Parkway.

This is the second meeting of the “Tennis in Northfield” group.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss what community members would like to see for tennis in the community and what opportunities exist for collaboration.  The meeting is open to those of all ages and tennis ability levels.

Refreshments will be served.  For more information, contact Zach Pruitt (612-578-5984, zpruitt@carleton.edu) or Eric Lundin (663-7705, lundin@rconnect.com).

Zach Pruitt is a volunteer helping organize Monday's meeting.

Editor's note: This story originally indicated this meeting was affiliated with an organization. It is an independent volunteer effort. 

Football - Northfield Defeats Shakopee 37 to 0 - with Video!

The Northfield Raiders football team dominated the entire game Friday night as they defeated Shakopee 37 to 0. The win keeps the Raiders undefeated for the season and sets the stage for next Friday's homecoming game against undefeated Farmington.

We've got videos after the jump...

Soccer Associations sets summer tryout schedule

Northfield Soccer Association Girls & Boys Summer 2007 tryouts will be held at the Spring Creek Soccer Complex. A $100 registration deposit is due on the day of tryouts.



Saturday, Sept. 30:
  7:30 a.m. -   8:30 a.m. ....... U-13
  8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. ....... U-15
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. ....... U-14
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ....... U-12

Sunday, Oct. 1:
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. .......... U-12
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. .......... U-13
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. .......... U-14
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. .......... U-15

Questions? Call Simon at 507-581-6449 or Craig at 612-501-9675.

Information is also available at: www.northfieldsoccer.org.

Holly Cairns is a volunteer with the Northfield Soccer Association. 

Photos from the wine tasting

I took three photos at Northfield Liquor Store's Wine Club event at the Grand Event Center on Thursday night.

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Left: cheeses were presented by Stuart Reid and Melody of Just Food Co-op, with baguettes provided by Brick Oven Bakery.

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