NEC Photo gallery

The Northfield Enterprise Center (NEC) held its first Entrepreneurship Seminar and Mixer last night.
Panelists included (L to R): Anne Lundstrom, All-Flex Inc, Joan & Jim Spaulding, James Gang Coffee House, Norman Butler, Chapati and the Contented Cow; moderator Bill Cowles.

See all the schmoozing photos in the NEC gallery.

Over and Back


The next Over and Back show "Weather (or Not)" on April 16-18 is a benefit for:

1) Booker, the bookmobile of the Northfield Public Library
2) Freepops, a program providing enrichment opportunities for low- income Rice County youth

See their newly designed website for all the details.

Sesquicentennial committee

The Sesquicentennial Committee held a community meeting tonight at the Northfield Public Library.

Mary Rossing, Northfield Historical Society, and Dan Freeman, committee chair.

For more, see the article in this week's Northfield News.

EDA mtg photos

The Northfield Economic Development Authority (EDA) met this morning at City Hall with business owners who are impacted by the Highway 3 project.

EDA members (Front row, L to R) Dave Shumway, Joe Hargis, Tracy Davis, Paul Smith.

NDDC mtg photos

The NDDC hosted its monthly meeting on Tuesday, featuring a presentation by Pat Vincent, CEO of Three Links Care Center, and Kari Sobeck from the Collegeville Development Group (CDG) re: their plans for the former Petricka's site.

CDG calls their development the Village on the Cannon and has opened an office on Water St. next to Froggy Bottoms.

Video blogging

A new weblog called Channel 9 from a team of developers at Microsoft is generating lots of interest among the tech crowd. Their use of video clips embedded right into the blog is appealing... and something we'd like to try here at NCO.

Let us know if you have interest in pursuing this with us.

Northfield Enterprise Center panel

The Northfield Enterprise Center (NEC) is kicking off the first in a series of monthly Entrepreneurship Seminar and Mixers, beginning April 13th. Local entrepreneur panelists for the next event include:

- Norman Butler, Chapati and the Contented Cow

- Jim and Joan Spaulding, James Gang Coffee House

- Anne Lundstrom, All-Flex Inc.

Northfield, Northfielders in the news

Star Tribune
''Lord of the Rings'' producer visiting Carleton
Barrie Osborne, who as executive producer of the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy won a Best Picture Academy Award, will visit Carleton College April 16 and 17 for the first-ever Carleton Film Colloquium.

Metro labyrinths multiply
How much peace and self-awareness can one man stand? It's a touchy subject for Dennis Moriarty of Stillwater. As part of his wife's labyrinth-making business

New photo gallery tool

We've installed a new server-based photo gallery that has a number of cool features:

1. Anyone can attach comments to any of the photos

2. Photos can be viewed in a looping slideshow

3. Anyone can order prints of any photo from your choice of four online photo-processing services: Shutterfly, EZ Prints, Fotokasten, and PhotoAccess. Prints can be 4x6, 5x7, 8x10, or wallet-sized.

4. We can issue free accounts to local citizens who want to create a community-oriented photo gallery and upload the photos to it themselves. Contact Us if you're interested.

We've put up two of our most popular galleries to date using this new gallery tool: the Northfield Arts Guild Auction from last month and the Northfield Historical Society Auction from last October. Let us know if you experience problems with the gallery or have suggestions on how to improve it.

Northfield Reads!


Northfield Reads!, the communitywide book group, featured an appearance at the UCC tonight by Michael Perry, author of Population 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time.



Northfield Reads! is an ongoing program designed to bring various community members together in the shared experience of a good book.

Northfield Reads! is sponsored by River City Books, the City of Northfield, the Northfield Public Library and the St. Olaf and Carleton college bookstores. "Population 485" is the second selection in the program.

ISSUES discussion list guidelines

"ISSUES" is an email discussion list for Northfield, MN area citizens to discuss local public policy issues. It's hosted by Northfield Citizens Online and moderated by me, Griff Wigley.

To get a feel for what's currently being discussed on the list, visit the ISSUES archives.

We do have a few guidelines regarding participation.

Advertising on

Earlier this week the Strib ran a front-page article titled Low cost, high impact: Ads on Weblogs score a political hit

We've started to experiment with Blogads here on by placing an ad box in the right-hand column. We're running them for free for now, so if anyone local with a business or project to promote, contact us and I'll give you the code to use to create an ad, free for a month via Blogads.

If you're reading this post via email, the ad won't be visible in the upper right nav column since it's generated 'dynamically' when the website is refreshed. So here's a snapshot example, without any working links:

NAG Auction Photo Gallery

Last night's Northfield Arts Guild Auction for the Arts was another booming success.

See the NAG Auction Photo gallery for dozens of photos of the silent auction, Ed Kuhlman wowing the crowd at the live auction, and the dignitaries, high society, and muckity mucks of Northfield schmoozing and putting on the ritz for the arts.
And a tip-of-the-hat to Ray Cox of Northfield Construction and Norman Butler of the Contented Cow and Chapati for use of their digital cameras.

(High-resolution versions of these photos and most of the photos in our photo gallery, suitable for prints, are available. Contact me if you're interested.)

(Late addition: 30 or additional photos have been added to the gallery, courtesy of David Bly.)


We've got our first RSS newsfeeds working. See the lower right-hand column of this page for a newsfeed from the League of Women Voters Northfield weblog and another of national headlines from the New York Times.

More experimentation to come.

Northfield, Northfielders in the news

Star Tribune
Reaping the wind: Carleton planning energy turbine
Carleton College in Northfield is spending $1.7 million in endowment funds to put a giant wind turbine near campus to show its commitment to environmentally sustainable practices.

St. Olaf College poised to get into the telephone business
The small liberal arts college of St. Olaf already has a world-renowned music program but could soon make history as the first college in Minnesota to start a telephone company since federal deregulation in 1996.

Legislators seek disposal of TV monitors, made easy
The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Ray Cox, R-Northfield, and Sen. Linda Higgins, DFL-Minneapolis, sets up a process for manufacturers to collect and recycle discarded cathode-ray tubes.

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