Want to go to Mexico or France?

...if so, great! And what would be better than going to Mexico or France for a week while helping a local non-profit!?!

On Friday, April 28th, from 7pm-Midnight at The Grand Event Center in Northfield, HealthFinders Collaborative will host its third annual fundraiser, "A Night on the Town." The event will feature live music and dancing, featuring two local bands - the Bridgewater Ramblers, who will play country and bluegrass, and PideKaimás , who will entertain us with music from all over Latin America. Both bands promise to get you groovin'. There will also be a catered dinner, as The Grand will serve up its specialty - meat and vegetarian lasagna. They claim it's the best...we hope you'll come judge for yourself!

In addition, there will be a silent and live auction, which will feature two amazing trips: you can bid on a cottage in France for a week, or a condo in Mexico for the same duration. You can't go wrong there. Also, there will be artwork, jewelry, outdoor adventures like kayaking and climbing and birding, a unicycle lesson, dance lessons, gift baskets, gift certificates, a weekend getaway, horseback riding lessons, and many more items you can bid on. There will be over 75 items available! And all of the proceeds go to sustaining the affordable health clinic and prescription drug fund that HealthFinders has established.


NCO Hires Managing Editor

I'm very happy to announce that the NCO board has hired Anne Bretts as managing editor, a new part-time position. Anne is a freelance writer for the Minnesota Real Estate Journal. She has more than 20 years experience in reporting and editing, including 10 years with the Duluth News-Tribune. She has been an NCO volunteer since shortly after moving here last year with her husband, Wendell Ellis. Some of you may remember Anne from the ISSUES List party at their home last December. If you haven't met Anne already, you can do so at the NCO party April 27 at the Grand. She'll fill you in on more details in her first post, coming soon.


Earth Day Eve Open House

Click to view PDFDo you like water? Do you like to drink it, play in it, and swim in it? What about fishing, or sailing, or tubing down the river?

If you enjoy water, we invite you to come celebrate your love for water, and your love for Earth Day, at Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP) on the eve of Earth Day, April 21st, from 4-7pm.

During the evening there will be a bonfire, food, kids activities and music provided by amazingly gifted St. Olaf students. Also, there will be demonstrations including: How to Build a Rain Garden, Sewer Man, and Who Dirtied the Water. Click the image at left to view a PDF poster with details of the event.

Cannon River Watershed Partnership is located at 8997 Eaves Avenue, Northfield. [NOTE: Do not look for this on online maps (google maps or mapquest) because it will not appear correctly!] The phone number is 507-646-8400 if you need further directions.



Come Celebrate! Northfield Citizens Online Recognition Night

Community Celebration Thursday, April 27, at The Grand

Spring is a time of new beginnings, of rebirth, and so it is here at Northfield.org. In recent weeks you've seen some changes to the format, content and contributors, and together we will be making more changes in the weeks to come.

To celebrate, the NCO board is hosting a party from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. next Thursday, April 27, 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 new Managing Editor
  • Recognize the technical team who created the new site
  • Meet past and current volunteers
  • Hear about future enhancements to the Northfield.org site
  • Learn about our new membership drive
  • Provide us feedback about what you currently like, would like to see or would like to change about Northfield.org

Please join us for an enjoyable evening with old and new friends! We're sure that you'll come away excited to become one of our citizen journalists, and maybe even one of our charter members.


HOPE Center Luminary Celebration

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

On the evening of April 27th, 2006, HOPE Center will have luminaries and a clothesline project on display in Bridge Square--as visual testimony to victims served, contributors who make services possible, and to acknowledge unknown survivors of violence still living in silence, fear and isolation.

We welcome you to walk through the luminaries and hear a special performance by Singer-Songwriter Barb Ryman. Barb is a nationally touring, award-winning singer-songwriter who expects music to be more than entertaining. Her music is lyric-driven, emotional and heart-opening. With a clear winsome voice and skillfully played guitar, she delivers a rich mosaic of contemporary folk, country blues, Celtic flavored ballads, old-time gospel, and bits of folk-rock. She brings it all forward in the tradition of great folk music, through songs that tell stories and put us in touch with our human condition.

The walk begins at 6:30pm and music begins at 7:00pm.


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Neighbor to Neighbor: Musing with Michael Martin

  Mike Martin

I saw Mike sitting by the river and stopped to talk-- "I mean this personally" is the first thing he said to me. He always makes me think, and then laugh. I enjoy talking with Mike.

Mike went to Rosemount High School and right now he's a credit short of three years at St. Olaf College. Mike and I like to talk about my dad, since my dad was a dean at St. Olaf the same time Mike and I went there. Both Mike and I had to see my dad when we didn't want to see him-- but later we decided that my dad was just getting us back on track.

I learned that Mike's birthday is soon-- it is either today (April 17, 2006) or tomorrow. We talked further and he told me that his mother died on his birthday. We discussed how that's is a tough day to lose someone, but Mike said the interesting part is there is always something better ahead.

Mike then brought up a recent scientific discovery he just read about-- bones a million years older than Lucy-- and said that humans have been living and dying, and doing things the same way for millions of years, now. That's pretty profound.


Locally Grown podcast #13: Econ Dev draft; Q-Block update; Monday's vote on 1306

Issues covered in episode #13 of Locally Grown, recorded yesterday with blogger Ross Currier, Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC) Executive Director and member of the Northfield Planning Commission; and blogger Tracy Davis, local business owner, Northfield Planning Commission member and a member of the Northfield Economic Development Authority (EDA); and me, business owner.

1. The draft of the Economic Development Plan: 0 to 26:45

2. Update on the Q-Block: 26:45 to 38:25

3. The Council vote on 1306 on Monday night: 38:25 to end

Click "Read the rest of this entry..." to listen (47 minutes).


Northfield Documentary Film Festival

Click to view a PDF of the posterThe Northfield Documentary Film Festival will take place on Thursday, April 20 from 7-9 pm at the Grand Event Center, 316 Washington Street, in downtown Northfield. This is another in the Third Thursday Presentation Series sponsored by the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation and the Grand Event Center.

During the evening, several short films about Northfield’s past will be featured.  Leading off the evening will be “The Jesse James Music Festival”, a 1978 film by Martin Schieckel, Carleton College class of 1977. Martin currently lives in St. Paul and will be attending the showing of his film. Next will be “The Cannon River,” produced by Dennis Wilcox and Paul Krause for the Northfield Community Video Project. This documentary was originally released in 2000 and was recently revised for the Northfield Sesquicentennial in 2005. It artfully and succinctly provides a look at the historical, cultural, environmental, aesthetic, and recreational aspects of the river.



Weekend Entertainment and Events

April NEG (PDF)As always, ­ Northfield has more entertainment than you can shake a stick at starting tonight, Friday, April 14, with a Faculty Recital by the Veblen Trio, 8 p.m., at Carleton and The Fabulous Lovehandles at the Fabulous Grand Event Center at 8:30 p.m.

Marty Anderson will be rocking the Contented Cow (the deck might even be open!). Harmonic Voodoo is playing Dawn's Corner Bar in Dundas and Chris Herriges is at the Tavern (again - it's deckable!)

Saturday night the Contented Cow is hosting Chernobyl the Musikal, Dawn's will again sport Harmonic Voodoo and Bridgewater Ramblers are at the Tavern. And then on Sunday you can enjoy one more shot at the weekend with Sunday Night Live from 5-11 p.m. at the Cow.

Before the next weekend rolls around, you might want to download a copy of the Northfield Entertainment Guide for the most comprehensive details on what's ahead for the after 5 p.m. and weekend crowds. And there's more great weeknight entertainment just ahead, including Nordic Jam Monday at the Cow, and Mark Mraz Thursday night at the Tavern. And for yet another opportunity to enjoy the ambiance of the Grand, NDDC and the Grand are hosting a Northfield Documentary Film Festival Thursday at 7 p.m.


Fairy Tale Princess visits Northfield

Click for larger sizePrincess Märtha Louise of Norway came to Northfield yesterday on a book tour to support her new childrens book, a fairy tale featuring her grandfather and great-grandparents as characters. She is the last member of Norway's royal family to visit our fair city, coming just six months after a visit by her brother, Crown Prince Haakon Magnus.

The Junior Singers of the Northfield Youth Choirs entertained the standing-room-only crowd at St. Olaf's Buntrock Commons and Svein Nyhus, the book's illustrator, showed and spoke about a few of the illustrations, pointing out some interesting "hidden" details in the images. Then the princess read from the book, with an expressiveness that delighted the schoolkids gathered at her feet, before settling down to sign autographs for hundreds of book-clutching admirers.


Vienna? Paris? No, Northfield.

Romantic Walk Along the Cannon

Many people went out last night to enjoy the beautiful evening -- including this couple taking advantage of a romantic evening along the Cannon.

But beware! I saw my first mosquito this morning. Heidi Hamilton also said the city will have a wide variety of projects going on this summer, but that this year's Highway 3/19 work shouldn't be quite as disruptive as last year's.

Speaking of the Cannon and projects, the Cannon River Watershed Cleanup will be 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 29. Interested volunteers can contact Hilary Ziols at 507-646-8400.


Bob Dole tells St. Olaf audidence about leadership

NOTE: THIS STORY WAS WRITTEN BY ST. OLAF STUDENT KARL OLSON.

Former Senator and presidential nominee Bob Dole delivered a speech to more than 700 students and community members at Skoglund Auditorium Tuesday, April 11. His speech, titled "Leadership in the 21st Century," described some of Dole's personal heroes and their leadership styles and touched on topics such as education, immigration, the current administration and foreign affairs.

More inside...


They're Bitin'

Ice cream by the river 

Northfielder's enjoy the harvests of the deep and the local ice-cream shop. How big were the fish? This one was so big, it broke the net! Check out the flicker collection of several pics I took this afternoon.


Wednesday Afternoon-- Who Was Downtown Northfield

 Sandy Krueger and Linda Gill

Sandy and Linda were on the go but did manage to stop for conversation. Although Sandy now lives in Rogers, Arkansas, she was once a long time Northfield resident. She values our downtown stores. In her home town Wal-Mart even operates a gas station and her "downtown" is comprised of not much more than antique shops.

 Dusty Powers

Dusty is an Ole and was spotted in Champion Sports.

 Pat, Lynn, and grandchild

Pat Littlejohn, Lynn Liston, and grandchild were out for a stroll. Oops, these names are spelled phonetically -- and I hope I got them right.

 Jo and Mary Ashmore


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