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

Buckheit and Malecha will face off in November

 Follow the key races with one click here.

Election LogoEditor's note: This story has been updated as numbers became available.

Attorney Betsy Buckheit posted a solid first place finish, with Northfield City Councilor Galen Malecha a weak second in the only contested county primary race. They will continue to the Nov. 7 general election to see who wins the District 2 County Commissioner seat vacated by Jessica Peterson, who is running for the Minnesota State Senate. Buckheit's lead appears strong, but with a dismal 11.22 percent voter turnout and no incumbent in the race, anything can happen in this campaign.

You can follow this race and Rice County results for state races just by clicking here. Dakota County residents can click here for results.

Small business owners pool talent for fall workshop series

Several members of Northfield Professional Resource Exchange (NPRE) are making their services available through workshops this fall.

James Schlichting will be presenting on wills as part of a seminar for those planning ahead for retirement at a seminar on Monday evening, September 18, to be held at the Senior Center.

Roger Kelm will be sharing his expertise as an investment advisor with those who are nearing or in retirement in a new Northfield community education workshop, “Making Sense of Retirement,” on Thursday evening, September 28, and again Saturday morning, September 30.

Kevin Ward will also be offering a new community education workshop, “Home Ownership/Investment: Mortgage 101,” on two Monday evenings, September 25 and October 2, for those seeking to understand mortgage basics and negotiate a fair and reasonable mortgage for themselves.

State Representative Ray Cox to host veterans' forums

I’ll be hosting two town meeting forums on veterans' issues on Tuesday of next week, September 19, from 2-4 p.m. The first one will be in Northfield at the American Legion Post 84.

The American Legion is located at 1055 North Highway 3. This is next to the John Deere implement dealership.

Then I’ll move on to Belle Plaine at the Veterans Club, 221 North Meridian Street. This forum will go from 7-9 p.m.

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Sign up now for 10th Annual Youth Hockey Golf Open

Submitted by Carrie Carroll

Support the girls and boys who play hockey in Northfield by supporting the 10th annual Northfield Hockey Association FUNdraiser golf tournament on Thursday, September 21 at the Northfield Golf Club.

Here's how you can help:

SPONSOR a hole: $175 Maroon sponsor; $275 Gold Sponsor; $500 Stanley Cup Sponsor; $2000 Miracle Hole Sponsor (includes a foursome).
DONATE something for the silent auction.
PLAY! $100 per person/includes 18 holes, cart and dinner.  $21 for dinner only. Sign up as an individual/twosome/foursome!

12-12:45 Check-in and Deli Lunch
1 p.m. Shotgun Start
5-6 p.m Social and Silent Auction
6 p.m. Dinner and Awards
Optional: Skins Game and Mulligans

The proceeds from this event will sponsor: hockey scholarships, additional skating and hockey development opportuntities for all NHA participants, ice time, equipment and uniforms.

For more information, contact: Cheryl Buck, 507-663-9056 or Margaret Cloud, 507-645-5692

Mill Towns Trail group to focus on Northfield Wednesday

Submitted by Peggy Prowe. 

On Wednesday, Sept. 13, we'll meet at 6:30 p.m. at Dundas City Hall. Hope you can come help discuss the Downtown beautification project, Northfield Trail head dilemmas and Waterford bridge development.

We'll also celebrate the Jesse James Rotary Bike Tour, which so many of you helped with or rode in. In all, 1,091 people registered to ride. With this 2006 tour, Rotary will complete its 10-year commitment to give matching funds for the federal funds for Northfield trailhead construction next year.

Thank you for all the support.

Peggy Prowe is a member of the Mill Towns Trail board. 

"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Ten Drawing:  The Contented Cow

We are proud to announce that our 10th "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to the Contented Cow.  Yes, that's 10 weeks of winners, enjoing 10 weeks of dinners at our favorite Northfield restaurants.

And you can join them, just by joining us. But hurry, because this party can't go on forever.

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 September 17, with the winner being announced on Monday, September 18.

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.

City Hall Insider

Al RoderAs 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.

The most important thing this week isn't a meeting, but Election Day on Tuesday. You can check the city site for information on polling places and other election details.

This week...

Dog park proponents take plans to City Council Monday

Submitted by Amy Gage

The City of Northfield and Canines at Play (CAP), a volunteer organization dedicated to bringing off-leash dog parks to Northfield, have finalized a development agreement that would locate the first off-leash dog park at Babcock Park in Northfield.

CAP Board Chairman Rich Lorang, a veterinarian who runs Countryside Animal Hospital in Dundas, and CAP board member Rick Estenson, an executive with First National Bank in Northfield, will present the agreement to the Northfield City Council on Monday, Sept. 11.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in City Hall council chambers, Washington and Ninth streets.

Babcock Park is located on the northwest corner of Highway 3 and Woodley Street, just north of Southgate Cinema and adjacent to the outdoor hockey rink and the Defeat of Jesse James Days (DJJD) rodeo grounds. The proposed dog-park site has 1.4 acres along the Cannon River, with fencing and a separate area for small-breed dogs, should their owners prefer to keep them segregated.

DJJD fun lives on in our photo galleries

The Defeat of Jesse James Days are over, but the fun lives on here.

David Perez, Adam Gurno and others have added over 200 photos of the various events to our Defeat of Jesse James Days 2006 Photo Gallery.

Griff Wigley sent us links to his own gallery of the Budweiser Clydesdales, another of the Prairie Creek Group playing up a storm at the Contented Cow, and a photo set from the Jesse James Rotary Bike Tour

We have photos of the parade, the bank robbery re-enactment, even some shots of the James Gang's private hideout along the Cannon River, near downtown, where the re-enactors camped in between events.  

Love blooms online for former Northfield resident

I recently received a very happy piece of news from a former Northfield resident who wants the folks back home to share her happiness.

And it makes sense that she'd share it online, since that's where this love story began. Kelly Ciolkosz of Boyd, Wisconsin, and Roxanne Loken (Bockenhauer) of Northfield met through We'll let Roxanne tell the story...

"We communicated online for a week or so, then met in person. We had an immediate connection. We both currently reside in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Kelly is a seargent for the Department of Corrections in Chippewa Falls, Wis.,  and I am a rate management specialist at Marten Transport in Mondovi, Wis. Kelly has a 16-year-old daughter, Samantha. I have two sons, 22-year-old Blake Loken and 12-year-old Ethan Hofslien. We are going to have the ceremony January 5, 2007, at the Eau Claire, Wis. courthouse. We will have a reception/party in early spring."

You can send your good wishes to the couple by adding a comment at the end of this story.

Learn more about Medicare's 'doughnut hole' Thursday

Peter MeidalSeniors’ opinions concerning Medicare part D are slowly coming in and the results are mixed.  Some seniors are happy with their plans and boast savings on prescription drug costs, while others—particularly seniors who have expensive drugs—have found the plans confusing and costly.

If you want to find out more information about the "doughnut hole" or cutting your prescription drug costs, attend my presentation at the Northfield Public Library on Thursday, September 14, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. I will be presenting information and answering questions as part of my role at the Minnesota Senior Federation as an AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) volunteer.

Part of the confusion associated with Part D is the doughnut hole.  Some Medicare supplemental plans cover expenses through the donut hole and some do not.  The doughnut hole is reached when Medicare Part D has paid $2,250 toward the beneficiary cost of prescription drugs; this includes deductibles, co-payments, and the cost of the drug.  The beneficiary is then responsible for the out-of-pocket costs covering their drugs until a total of $5,100 is reached (that total includes the $2,250 that has already been spent). 

Stanton Glider Pilot given World Distance Award

Jim HardJim Hard, a glider pilot who flies from Stanton Airfield, recently was awarded a World Distance Award by the Soaring Society of America for gliding cross-country in excess of 40,000 kilometers, or approximately 25,000 miles.  Jim began this quest in 1992 and crossed the 40,000 km distance threshold in a flight of 197 miles that ended in Cable Wisconsin.  Jim achieved the distance goal with 168 flights and with an average distance per flight of 147 miles.

Jim flies an inexpensive but dependable glider called a Schweizer 1-26.  It is a safe glider but is relatively low performance that requires the pilot to be very skilled to stay aloft for many hours riding the warm thermal currents that rise from the ground on sunny days. Although most glider pilots prefer to fly cross-country on a route that returns them back to the home airport at the end of the flight, Jim enjoys drifting downwind which increases his total distance traveled.  Jim has flown well past Chicago from Stanton in his glider. 

Fall library story times resume soon!

After the big kids go to school we will be resuming our story times for little ones at the Northfield Public Library.

The programs, which are free and open to all, begin Wednesday, September 13.

  • “I like books!” preschool story time returns on September 13.  We will have two story times each week: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. for ages 3 to 5 with caregiver.
  • “Patty Cake, Patty Cake” Infant Lapsit returns Tuesday, September 19 at 10 a.m. for children 6 to 24 months.
  • Our on-going FIRST STEPS Early Literacy Center is open Monday, Friday and Saturday mornings from 10a.m. – noon.  It features hands-on fun and learning for children 6 months to 5 years! 
  • “Merlin Mondays” is a boys-only book group that meets Monday evenings at 7 p.m.  New members are always welcome. 

Watch for updates on when the following activities resume:

  • Saturday morning Carleton ACT Student’s story hour 
  • Adventure Girls, St. Olaf Honor house's girls only book group. 

Library programs are free and open to all.  For special needs or more information please call 645-6606 or visit Northfield Public Library website.

Week 2 Northfield Football Video Highlights

The Northfield Raiders took the field in the second game of the 2006 High School Football season, and overpowered Holy Angels 28-14 to remain undefeated for the year.

The game was filled with numerous big plays both on offense and defense, so this week we have 10 video highlights from the game. Anyone can also vote on their favorite play of the game!

See the videos inside, and to vote!

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