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.

March 11 citizen events

Thursday, March 11th, 7-9 PM
Northfield Community and Recreation Center (NCRC), Room S103-105
1651 Jefferson Parkway
See the LWV Northfield weblog for details.

Hosted by: City Council member Dana Graham and City Administrator Susan Hoyte
Thursday, March 11th, 7-9 PM
United Methodist Church
1401 Maple

Northfield, Northfielders in the news

Star Tribune
Book Mark: He'd like credit for flap
Jeff Barge, 46, a New York publicist for books, pens, Alka-Seltzer and other products, is approaching his 25th reunion at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., with increasing anxiety over how he stacks up against the other alums.

St. Olaf Choir CD strikes a chord with the troops
With the help of an anonymous donor, St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., is shipping copies of its renowned choir's 1999 recording, "Great Hymns of Faith," to any military chaplain who asks. More than 2,000 have been shipped to the service branches since the program started last May, drawing thanks from many who said the hymns have been a comfort in difficult times and places.

Pioneer Press
Videoconferencing a main tool for deaf
Computer-based videoconferencing is coming of age as a communication tool for deaf people who use American Sign Language and want to easily interact over the Internet with friends, relatives and colleagues. ... in range of such a network. Sean Virnig of Northfield, Minn., is able to videoconference ...

[If you know of items that should be considered for inclusion in our regular "Northfield, Northfielders In The News" blog post, Contact Us.

Recent posts from other Weblogs

On the lower right navigation bar on this page, we now have a section titled:

Recent posts from other Weblogs

It automatically imports the first few lines from the three most recent weblog posts of those who've taken us up on our offer to area citizens to host civic-oriented weblogs for free.

It's all part of our Civic Blogosphere project.

Next up: syndicated feeds from other area ( weblogs via RSS.

Updated Non-profits & Education directories

We've begun updating our directories of area non-profits and educational organizations with websites.

Thanks to volunteer Chip Cuccio for taking on the project.

Do you have a suggestion or correction for a listing there? Use our form.

NCO/ volunteers needed

We've established an email discussion list for volunteers, board members, and other citizens interested in helping Northfield Citizens Online, the 501c3 organization that hosts this site.

Join us!

In the Northfield Blogosphere

A roundup of recent civic-oriented posts to the area's weblogs.

Precinct Caucuses
Reports from David Bly and Ray Cox.

Kuhlman Auction
The next time you are at a fundraising auction look at the items that have been donated and see who has donated them. Thank those donors when you have a chance. Stop in their place of business and acknowledge them. Frequently the donated items represent a very personal part of the donor. I wish I could thank all the people who donate baked goods, vacations at their cabins, hand-made items, antiques, and other things. I have had the privilege of selling several hand-made birdhouses donated by Ray Cox. I have sold hours and hours of tennis lessons donated by Charlie Cogan. I have sold gourmet German dinners donated by Peggy Prowe. The list goes on and on. Then look around at the people who are bidding on these items. These are your friends and neighbors. People like Brett Reese and Charlie Kyte and Norman Butler and dozens and dozens of unsung community heroes. Many times these are some of the same people who have donated items for the auction. The money raised at these auctions usually stays right here. It goes for people and projects that help the people we know. It is a grass-roots way to build community.

(Any area citizen can host a free, civic-oriented weblog here at Contact us if you're interested or join the civic blogosphere discussion topic in the Web Cafe.

Caucuses tonight

It's Super Tuesday and that means caucuses here in Minnesota at 7 pm tonight.

In Northfield, the caucus locations are:

DFL party: Northfield Middle School
Green Party: Village School of Northfield
Independence Party: Bridgewater Elementary School
Republican Party: Northfield H.S. Auditorium

See the League of Women Voters Northfield Voter Info page for details.

In the Northfield Blogosphere

A roundup of recent posts to the area's civic weblogs.

Notes for an after action report by Scott W. Johnson
My presentation on Winston Churchill at St. Olaf College yesterday turned into an unexpectedly exhilarating experience for me... I was originally invited to submit an application to lead one of 40 seminars to be given at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum hosted this year by St. Olaf College.

David Bly
Charter Schools and Public Schools - Proper Funding is Essential for Success
Representative Cox blogged about a recent Star Tribune article that mentions Northfield's three Charter Schools, which raised the positive aspects of Charter schools and also concerns that traditional educators have about them. This is especially important in the present mood to under-fund traditional education and the difficulty public schools face, given lack of funding, in their efforts to present a full array of 'choices' for students.

Ray Cox
Charter Schools
The Star Tribune quoted me saying "I'm kind of a little free-market guy" and went on to note that I like the fact that families dictate the success of charter schools. That's one aspect of charter schools that I really like. In America, we allow individuals and businesses to be as successful as possible, and also to fail at will. I think schools need to look at some of that same modeling. Charter schools do that.

Northfield Downtown Development Corporation
Rigors of Downtown Improvement Funding
For those downtown business owners who have wondered how to find the time and money to enhance the outside of their store or business, the NDDC has come up with a solution.

League of Women Voters Northfield
Judicial Independence Forum
A LWV forum on Judicial Independence was held at the Northfield Community Resource Center last night. Marcia Walters introduced the panelists: District Court Judge William Johnson, State Senator Tom Neuville, and Assistant Rice County Attorney Nate Reitz. Eve Webster moderated. See the photo gallery of the event for more photos.

Feb. 9 Northfield City Council Meeting - Observer's Report
An especially interesting agenda item listed a request that the council hold a public hearing to consider vacating a utility easement for 401 Fifth Street West. This turned out to be a part of the preparation of that property for the building of a Walgreens store. The Walgreens will replace the Hardee's restaurant which is now there but will soon be demolished. The request was approved.

(Any area citizen can host a free, civic-oriented weblog here at Contact us if you're interested or join the civic blogosphere discussion topic in the Web Cafe.

Northfield, Northfielders in the news

Star Tribune
Former President Carter says Americans generally oblivious to suffering elsewhere in the world
Former President Jimmy Carter delivered a Saturday sermon to a standing-room-only crowd at St. Olaf College, condemning the American people as much as their leaders for what he called their indifference to the disease and despair that prevail in much of the developing world.

Edwards, Kucinich woo Twin Cities
Kucinich's morning speech at United Food and Commercial Workers Local 789 headquarters in South St. Paul drew about 100 people. Other rallies at Carleton College in Northfield and the University of Minnesota were scheduled for later in the day.

Diversity -- of the intellectual sort -- in short supply at St. Olaf, students say
There's a lack of diversity at the Northfield, Minn., college, they say. Intellectual diversity.

Bill would overhaul child support rules
The legislation has dozens of provisions designed to make Minnesota's child support formula more fair to both parents, Sen. Tom Neuville, R-Northfield, told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Northfield High graduate leads Carleton women's basketball team
It wasn't that the sophomore forward [Megan Vig] from Northfield was trying to isolate herself from her teammates. She simply couldn't see.

Jennings testing school board's loyalty
Charlie Kyte, longtime Northfield schools superintendent who once tried to close a school, sympathizes with Jennings.Now executive director of the Minnesota Association of School Administrators, Kyte commends Jennings for his willingness to tackle the structural issues that his predecessor, Carol Johnson, also recognized. That will make the job easier for Jennings

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