This Week in the Northfield Blogosphere

A quick round up of this weeks posts in the "Northfield blogosphere":

Northfield kids matter and so do their early childhood professionals!

Click for larger viewThe Northfield Early Childhood Initiative Coalition recently sponsored a luncheon for area Northfield Early Childhood Professionals.  The coalition wanted to say "Thank you!" for what they do in our community for children every day.  There was a great turn out at the Northfield Golf Club to hear speakers Judy Janish and Vicki Thrasher-Cronin.  Attendees also enjoyed networking time and a nice pasta buffet lunch.

Judy Janish (aka "Shirley from Dez Moines") humorously spoke about her experience working as a home daycare mom and in other kid crazy places.  She encouraged childcare workers to play more, play with the kids. They learn by playing but also need to be shown how to play. We don't need to spend so much time in "fast forward," we should all spend more time in rewind (reflect & be thankful), pause (rest, listen & look) and play (make good memories & laugh more)!

Snowy Day Walk

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How does the saying go? "Neither rain nor snow will stop the mail from coming through." Well, the USPS has nothing on Helen & Gizmo! They were out for their morning walk on Monday, just like any other day. Gizmo was really enjoying himself, jumping over and through the snow. I enjoyed watching the pair while picture-taking on my way to work.

Early Blooms Buried in Snow

closeup of snowdrops  snowy trees  closeup of snow-covered boughs

March in Minnesota is doing its typical two steps forward, one step back thing — or is that one step forward, two steps back? I photographed these snowdrops on the far east side of Northfield on Friday; today they are buried under several inches of the heavy wet stuff. The snow-laden branches in the other photos, which I took this morning, are about 10 feet away from the snowdrops. The third shot is a close-up of part of the second. Click on the photos for larger views.

NCO Seeks Managing Editor

Northfield Citizens Online (NCO), the non-profit, volunteer-run organization behind and the ISSUES email list, is seeking to fill a part-time paid position of Managing Editor.

We're searching for an individual with strong writing, communication and leadership skills to work with our volunteer board and its committees to help us develop diverse content that represents a broad spectrum of our community.

If you're interested in the position, please review the Managing Editor Job Description (PDF) and contact us soon! The deadline for applications is March 19, 2006.

ARTech Open House, Monday March 13

Northfield School of Arts & Technology (ARTech) will host an open house on Monday March 13 at 7:00 pm. ARTech is a public, tuition-free charter school for students in grades 6-12. 

ARTech Grads - click for larger sizeSuccess as a student at ARTech often comes down to one thing as a student: the will to learn. Students who are passionate about learning have the opportunity to be taught how to direct their own learning at ARTech. The public is invited to come learn more about our program with an open house at 7:00 pm and program at 7:30 pm.

ARTech is now accepting applications for the 2006-2007 school year.  Find more information at

Locally Grown podcast #11: the Northfield Municipal Liquor Store


Issues covered in show #11 of Locally Grown, recorded in the KRLX 88.1 FM studio at Carleton on Friday afternoon:

1) The Very Short Play Festival with guest Brendon Etter (click photo to enlarge; taken at a karaoke event a month ago).

2) The proposed expansion/relocation of the Northfield Municipal Liquor Store (starting at the 19 minute mark). 

Be a Finn for a Day!

Two Finnish-American Bands to Headline St. Urho's Day Celebration

Click to view a PDF of the poster"Heinasirkka, heinasirkka, menetaalta hiiten!"—These were the immortal words uttered by St. Urho as he chased the grasshoppers out of Finland many years ago, thereby saving the grape harvest. Who was St. Urho? What the heck was he saying? Don your purple and green and come to Northfield's St. Urho's Day Celebration on Thursday, March 16, to find out! While you're there, taste some delicious Finnish food and dance to driving rhythms of Finnish polkas, humppas, jenkkas (schottisches), waltzes and tangos.

Journey East - Asian cuisine & Live Music at the PCCS Auction

Have a craving for excellent Asian food, along with some great live music, and a chance to find some great shopping deals?  Get it all at a festive celebration of good food, music, friendship, & community spirit. Please join us at the 2006 Prairie Creek Community School’s Silent & Live Auction fundraiser, with Auctioneer Ed Kuhlman & the upbeat music of the Prairie Creek Group.

March 18, 4–8pm, Northfield Middle School
Tickets: child–$7/individual–$12/family–$35
Please call 645–9640 to reserve tickets in advance.

NCO Board Thanks Griff Wigley for Endless Hours of Volunteer Leadership

Click for a larger viewAfter helping charter NCO, as well as leading and inspiring many others to volunteer and contribute to our citizen-based website, Griff Wigley has decided to step down from his official role with Northfield Citizens Online.

While assuring the NCO Board that we’ll still see his occasional content contributions on, Griff is leaving his part-time staff position to concentrate on a number of his other cutting-edge ventures. This leaves NCO with a considerable hole to be filled, but our all-volunteer board is working to maintain the level of quality and communication the citizens of Northfield have grown to appreciate and expect. To this end, we are actively searching for a Managing Editor to join us, and we encourage any interested individuals to contact us for more information.

St. Olaf Orchestra to present ‘Puppets, Pranks and a Polka’ Sunday

The St. Olaf Orchestra, led by conductor Steven Amundson, will present a special family-oriented program titled “Puppets, Pranks and a Polka” Sunday, March 12, at 3:30 p.m. in the college’s Skoglund Center Auditorium. The performance is free and open to the public.

“This is a family-friendly concert and I very much hope to interest kids and their parents,” says Amundson, who adds that there is nothing more gratifying than seeing young people at the orchestra’s performances. “I believe the St. Olaf Orchestra is a great model for young musicians and I personally invite all children to what will be an entertaining and exciting display of the orchestral instruments.”

Northfield 360: Bridge Square

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It's time for another panorama of Northfield - this time our beloved Bridge Square.

It's been a rather dry few months, so this February panorama is notable for its lack of snow.

* "Medium Size Panorama":
* "Large Size Panorama":
* "Low resolution VR movie": ( _requires Quicktime_ )
* "high resolution VR movie": ( _requires Quicktime_ )

St. Patrick's Celebration in Northfield

Bring your family, friends & neighbors to Northfield's 6th Annual St. Patrick's Parade and Celebration on Friday, March 17. All are welcome - Irish Heritage not required!

The pre-parade rally starts at 5:30pm in Econ O’Foods Southeast lot with Banners, Flags, Family Coat of Arms, Walking Floats - be creative!

The parade begins at 6:30pm, strolling North on Division and culminating in Bridge Square, with fun for everyone of ALL nationalities, featuring 2006 Grand Marshall Shawn Dudley and special appearances by O'awesome celebrities!

You can click the image at left for a larger PDF of the poster, and view photos of last year's celebration in the Patty Dazzle 2005 Photo Album.

Northfield Community Action Center "Bizarre Bazaar" this Saturday

Click to view larger sizeThe Bizarre Bazaar is a “friend and fund raiser” for the Northfield Community Action Center (CAC) this Saturday, March 11, from 6-11 p.m. The Grand Event Center will host the evening of fun, food and fashion that begins with a silent auction, followed by a style show with Northfield-area “personalities” modeling their favorite fashion finds from The Clothes Closet, the CAC’s thrift store. The night will be topped off by a rousing live auction by Ed Kuhlman, a showman himself!

All are welcome to attend the event. The $15 admission price includes two drink tickets, hors d’oeuvres and a bidding number. Advance tickets (recommended) are available at the Northfield Community Action Center offices, 1651 Jefferson Parkway, #200, or by calling 664-3550. Contact the CAC for more information.

WINGS Offers Grants Workshop

Women in Northfield Giving Support (WINGS), is holding a free grant writing workshop on Saturday, March 11, 9-10:30 a.m. at the NCRC dining room. All applicants for WINGS grants are strongly encouraged to attend.

WINGS invites any non-profit organization serving the Northfield area to apply for a grant in support of projects benefiting women and children. In 2005, 17 grants were awarded totaling more than $33,000. 

WINGS is a women’s philanthropic organization committed to educating and expanding the numbers of women in philanthropy, building and strengthening community through pooled investments, and to improving the lives of women and children through focused giving in the Northfield area. WINGS will fund projects that meet immediate needs, as well as those that address the underlying causes of those needs. For more information or a grant application, visit

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