Northfield/National Night Out - Tuesday, Aug. 3

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See the Police Dept press release (PDF) on the event and the schedule of events for the day (PDF). A public celebration of the event takes place 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. downtown in Ames Park.

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Officer Jody Spinner coordinates the event for Northfield, which has placed in the national competition for best National Night Out activities two years in a row. See Chief Gary Smith's weblog post for more details, and Saturday's Northfield News article National Night Out planned for Tuesday by Erick Sommers.


The Artistic Dividend

The NDDC and the Northfield Arts Guild are teaming up on the NDDC's August membership meeting tomorrow morning, focusing on the 10-day Artswirl festival that starts this week.

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"Guest speaker Ann Markusen, director of the Project on Regional and Industrial Development at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, will speak on The Artistic Dividend: The Arts' Hidden Contributions to Regional Development (PDF). Also see The Artistic Dividend Revisited (PDF), published in March."

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See Amy Gage's NDDC weblog post for more details.


Daisy Fest in Dundas on Saturday

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Among the performers, Mr. Sticky.

Also: Down Lo, Jeff Ray, Harmonic Voodoo, Ozark & Asher, Kevin Stanke, Rareview, and a festival kick-off jam with Nielson, Wasner, & Grundhoefer.

View full-sized poster image for details.


ArtSwirl poster and calendar of events

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The (L) ArtSwirl poster and the (R) ArtSwirl calendar of events (both of them PDFs) can now be viewed/downloaded from the NDDC weblog, courtesy of Kari Alberg, Studio Kari.


Crosswalk pavers arrive

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Ross Currier and Alex Beeby, paver installer wannabes, in front of the Community National Bank on Thurs morning.

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By day's end, two of the crosswalks had the pavers installed.

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See the updated crosswalk photo album for high-res versions of these photos and others.


Outdoor seating

I'd like to create an album of eating and drinking establishments in the Northfield area that have outdoor seating.

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This is the outdoor patio for The Tavern, lower level of The Archer House.

If you have suggestions for other venues, please attach a comment or contact me.


ArtOrg in the Medical Arts Building

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I neglected to mention in my blog post yesterday that ArtOrg has rented space in the back of the Medical Arts Building, where Insty Prints used to be.

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There's a picnic table and garden area in the back of the Medical Arts building. I never noticed it before. Has it been there a long time?


ArtOrg launches with series of August classes

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ArtOrg is a new visual arts organization in Northfield and they're launching with a series of approximately two dozen classes in August.

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Leanne Stremcha and Dave Machacek are two of the advisory board members announced thus far.


Northfield, Northfielders in the news

Star Tribune

History on wheels
The request seemed simple enough to CoachCrafters of Northfield: Remanufacture another bus from another distant city. After all, CoachCrafters annually remanufactures and upgrades about 50 buses from across the country. This bus, however, was rebuilt to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which helped launch the Civil Rights movement.

Board races take shape after candidates file
Four of seven Northfield board seats will be up for grabs this fall. Seven candidates, including three incumbents, have filed, not enough to require a primary. Current member Ruth Dahl, who has served on the board for 17 years, will not run. Her four children have now all graduated from high school. And travel demands for her job -- a supervisor with a rental housing developer that operates in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Arizona -- are increasing. She didn't think she would be able to devote enough time to the board to continue as a member, she said.


Heading west

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Keith Lauver and family are moving to Red Lodge, Montana next month, as Keith has taken a position as CEO of Montana Legend.

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Keith is a Carleton alum, was the founder of a computer company called MicroAssist which then became Gearworks. From 1995-97, NCO received in-kind support (server space, connection to the Internet) from his company. He was also a board member of Northfield Youth Choirs.


Building upgrades

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The NAPA Autoparts store on 7th and Division is getting a paint and sign upgrade.

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Construction continues on the entrance and basement for the Northfield Armory.


West side garbage containers

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Here are a couple of photos to help illustrate Carol Roecklin's article in Saturday's Northfield News: Garbage storage dispute heats up on city's west side.

A conceptual license agreement to allow garbage storage on city-owned property between the city and several South Water Street business owners was approved Monday by the city council. To proceed forward, seven businesses that share garbage containers, would be impacted and must agree to the terms of the agreement, which includes the construction of a new garbage storage area...

During the meeting, Northfield City Administrator Susan Hoyt said garbage storage on the west side has a history of problems. She said city officials have met numerous times to discuss garbage issues. It was noted in the staff report that numerous complaints have been registered with the city concerning the "unsightliness of the situation."

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City Council work session

The Northfield City Council held a work session at City Hall last night and several candidates were in attendance.

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