Buzz continues long after Franken visit

If any significant percentage of St. Olaf's student body shows up for an event, you know it must be important.
After all, students are perpetually faced with a plethora of school-sponsored activities. As a result, many activities - from political speakers to hip hop artists - can boast of only a dozen or so attendees. Last Friday, however, this was not the case. A staggering proportion of the student body, not to mention outside visitors and political candidates, made it their priority to see the well-known liberal writer and comedian Al Franken.


Come Celebrate Northfield.org!

Community Celebration Tonight at The Grand!

Northfield Citizens Online, the organization responsible for this website and the ISSUES email list, is hosting a party from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. tonight at The Grand Event Center in downtown Northfield. Admission is free and the entire community is welcome.

In addition to live entertainment, appetizers and a cash bar, you'll get a chance to meet the folks behind the scenes of your favorite local website and provide us feedback about what you love, hate, or would like to change about Northfield.org.

Please join us for a swell evening with old and new friends!


How did the Dog Park Meeting Go on Tuesday Night?

Story submitted by Rick Estenson

Grrrrreat!  A combination of citizens, city officials and members of CAP (Canines At Play) discussed the virtues and challenges of a dog park in our city.  The whole idea is to get public input to select the best possible pilot park location and then allow the CAP group to work with the City Park and Recreation Advisory Board get it done.  There was much enthusiasm in the full room at the lower level of the Archer House.


Feel Guildy this Saturday

Click for larger sizeMark your calendars and bring your checkbooks, its time for the Northfield Arts Guild's annual Auction for the Arts this Saturday, April 29th.

Ed Kuhlman and Mary Rossing [pictured at left] SPRING into the Arts and host the evening's activities once again at the Guild's largest fundraiser. We depend on the funds raised to keep the doors open, the classes running, the theater lights on, and the art on the gallery walls.

The Silent Auction Runs from 7-8pm with the always entertaining Live Auction from 8-10pm. Admission is $15 at the door. 

The Northfield Arts Guild auction is so much more than just an auction...it's entertainment!


Local Doctor/Actor Featured on TV

"It's probably safe to say you rarely see your doc in drag..."
 
Last Friday, WCCO news ran a story on Dr. Steve Lawler, a family practice physician at Northfield's Allina Clinic who's starring in the Northfield Arts Guild's production of Cabaret. I'm not sure how long the video clip will be up on the wcco.com website, but it's worth seeing. And you've gotta love the title: "Doc By Day, Cross-Dressing Emcee By Night"!

Cabaret is running for two more weekends at the NAG Theater, and tickets are limited.



Less than 24 hours left in the Spring Photo Competition!


You can still enter the Springtime Photo Competition!

The Northfield.org Spring Photo Competition ends Tuesday night at midnight. The contest is free and open to everyone. Grand prize is $50 in Chamber Bucks. More information about the contest can be found by going to the contest page located here.

There are currently twenty entries in the competition pool. You can view the gallery by clicking here.


Locally Grown podcast #14: Dog Park; Monday's vote on 1306; library expansion report draft

Issues covered in episode #14 of Locally Grown, recorded Friday:

  • The proposed Dog Park, with guest Rick Estenson (0 to 17 min)

  • Analysis of the Northfield City Council' repeal of 1306 last Monday night. (17.00 to 25:15)

  • An early look at the consultant's draft report/recommendations for the library expansion. (25;15 TO 29:00)

Click "Read the rest of this entry..." to listen (29 minutes).


Al Franken Visits Northfield...what's the scoop?

Al Franken was at St. Olaf last night. We were tied up, so we want to know what happened. Were you there?

Here's your chance to be a citizen journalist. It's easy! Just follow the instructions below and you'll be a citizen journalist. Any first-timer who posts the first story will get to take a bow at our Northfield Citizens Online party Thursday night at the Grand. (OK, any regular contributor who makes the first post will get to take a bow as well. Shy people may accept our thanks and pass on the bow.)

Remember, this is just an informal story. If you're not sure, write something and we'll help you polish it.

To submit a story, just create a user account, then use the create content link to submit it. And you can always contact us if you have any questions.


Today's Earth Jam Music Schedule

Happy Earth Day! Today's forecast for a partly cloudy 67 degrees couldn't be more perfect for a day of hanging out on Bridge Square and listening to eight(!) live bands as part of Earth Jam 2006.

Here's the lineup:

2pm  Lucas Paine
3pm  Taggart Bros
4pm  Matt Arthur and the Bratlanders
5pm  Harmonic VooDoo
6pm  Ben Cooper
7pm  The Chokey
8pm  Unicorn Basement
9pm  Hortense McLeode

Hope to see you downtown!


Weekend Entertainment and Events

April NEG (PDF)Once again - Northfield dishes out more things to do than you can shake a stick at.

Perhaps as a precursor to the July Vintage Band Festival, The St. Olaf Collegium Musicum is going even further back to the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras tonight, Friday, 7:30 p.m. in the Urness Recital Hall at St. Olaf. And on the extreme opposite side of the coin, the Northfield Arts Guild Theater will host the opening of Cabaret, sensuous, sexy and sizzling (these are local actors, mind you) at 7:30 p.m.

Note that technically Cabaret is SOLD OUT Friday and Saturday with only a handful of tickets left for Sunday's matinee. But hope is not lost as a ticket or two can oftentimes be had at the door. Worst case scenario, you can't get into Cabaret but you've opened up a block of time to take in some of this other great entertainment!


Making Northfield a city of Happy Feet

Spring is the time of year when a lot of people put on their walking shoes or pull their bikes out of the garage for a ride. The trick is getting more people to do it -- and making it safer, easier and more fun for everyone. If you want to share your ideas, post a comment at the end of this story, or better yet, come to the RENew Northfield Transportation Committee meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, in the 2nd floor conference room at 402 Washington St.

Ideas already on the agenda include a local "Commuter Challenge" event and a new ad hoc effort tentatively called the Happy Feet Campaign.


My Introduction

Greetings to one and all!

As you know, if you read the announcement posted recently, I have been hired as managing editor, a new part-time position and the only paid position for Northfield Citizens Online. While the job description is broad, the goal is pretty basic. I plan to do some of the work the volunteers on the board could do -- if they just abandoned their jobs and families and lived online.

Before I talk about my role, I must take a minute and honor Griff Wigley, who, in my humble opinion, should be declared the honorary mayor of Northfield.org. He has devoted years of service to developing this site into a real community. If we had an online park, there would be a computer-animation statue of him snapping pictures and smiling with the sheer joy of living here. We are sure Griff will continue to be a valuable resource for all of us. He also plans to continue doing the Locally Grown podcasts and occasionally contribute other items to the site.

WHAT'S MY ROLE?
The term "managing editor" sounds pretty intimidating, but I'm not here to boot you out for dangling a few participles or sprinkling too many commas in your posts. And given the independent folks that populate this territory, trying to force all of you to do anything my way would be about as successful as herding cats.


This week in the Northfield Blogosphere

The 'Sphere is back! Back with guns in churches, corn in gas tanks, and awards in blogging! All this and much more, inside...


$9M Public Library Expansion - Draft Report

In December 2005, The Northfield Public Library had contracted library consulting firm, Robert H. Rohlf Associates (Edina), to "complete a space needs assessment for the Northfield Public Library." The consulting outfit identified two major questions needed to be answered as part of the project;

  1. determine "the needs of the community for library and information services for the next 20+ years...and what size facility will enable the community to meet those needs?"
  2. "what functional features should an expanded library include, e.g., computer labs or young adult areas?"

Northfield Dog Park?

There is a public meeting next Tuesday night -- April 25th -- at the Archer House Lower Level to describe and discuss the possibility of a Dog Park in Northfield.

Representatives of the recently formed CAP (Canines at Play) organization will be there with a number of City maps to present a short description of the vision and work they have done with the City of Northfield and its Park & Recreation Advisory Board.

More inside...


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