Downtown Spring Fling May 1

The Northfield Chamber of Commerce is hosting its first Spring Fling on Saturday, May 1.

(Photo from the '03 Crazy Days gallery. Click to enlarge.)

Nfld News: Chamber's Spring Fling is set for Saturday
The Spring Fling, which takes place Saturday downtown, is meant as a springtime complement to the successful Crazy Days and Winter Walk events, said David Schlosser, chairman of the chamber's retail committee.

Spring Fling Run

From Ross Currier:

Can you post a notice that the NDDC is sponsoring a "Run Downtown" during the Chamber's "Spring Fling"? Registration is at 8:30, the race starts at 9 am. It's about 1.75 miles long, taking the runners through some interesting points in downtown. There's no entrance fee, there will be some prizes. It's mostly an effort to get some people downtown just before the stores open at 10.


Spotlight: Citizen Blogosphere posts

Scott Schumacher is raising funds for the MN AIDS walk.

Bruce Morlan explains why dreams that foretell future events don't quite pass muster with him.

Citizen Wig acknowledges progress on online Hwy 3 project updates but is still whining.

Northfield, Northfielders in the news

Star Tribune
Ecology bus moves students' minds
"This is awesome," said the 8-year-old, a third-grader at Bridgewater Elementary School in Northfield. "This is the best bus ever." ... The program arose from a group of citizens who were looking for ways to preserve the Heron Lake watershed near Windom, Minn. One of their plans was to build an environmental learning center near the lake. "But the population is so spread out down there," said Dennis Wilcox, chairman of the bus program's operating board."

Seeker's diary: Skinner Memorial Chapel, Carleton College, by Amy Gage
The "Religious Life" page of the Carleton College Web site offers links to a calendar and a list of the college's various religious groups -- from Baha'i to Zen -- as well as to a page warning students about "high-pressure groups. "

Senior housing moving to downtown Northfield
A housing development will let seniors live a short walk from downtown Northfield and not much farther from St. Olaf and Carleton colleges.

Real Lives Aloud May 7-8

From Paul Krause:

poster-for-real-lives-aloud.jpeg Just to let you know that our storytelling ensemble is performing May 7 and May 8 at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater. This potentially life changing event should not be missed! This is an amazing group of people with marvelous personal stories to share. You'll laugh, you'll cry (money back guarantee if no tears are shed or laughter aroused).

Tickets are available at the Northfield Arts Guild office. All the expenses are covered by a grant so all proceeds will go to the good work of Friends Anonymous of Northfield. Hope you can join us.

More info on Story Circles International.

Food Forum May 8

From Bob Ciernia:

On May 8 there will be a Community Forum titled

Hospital Reuse

From David Suderman:

My study of the historical and legal background to the Way Park/Hospital Site issue (61 page PDF doc) is done. It is long and detailed. Can you make use of it in some way?

Nfld News: Hospital reuse proposals due in two weeks

Subscribing to's NCO News

We've made subscribing to's NCO News easier and hopefully a little clearer.

On the upper right, there's now a Subscribe area, where you can either subscriber to our RSS feed or to a text or HTML version of the enewsletter.

There's also a link to our original post about RSS and the various terms like newsfeeds, syndication, aggregation, etc. and this little XML icon xml.gif.

Newsfeeds from the Blogosphere

We continue to experiment with our civic blogosphere newsfeeds on the right column of this web page.

There are now two sections of feeds:

1. Organization weblog newsfeeds
We're using a service called MediaScooper to combine recent posts from the blogs of the League of Women Voters, David Bly, and Ray Cox. (David and Ray are organizations? Hey, at least we don't call them institutions!) The feed doesn't identify where the posts are coming from but you can mouse over the title of each post and look in your browser's status bar to see where it's going to take you. Clicking on it will open up a new browser window. The feed is updated every hour or so, and the posts are randomly ordered.

We'd like to add newsfeeds from the NDDC weblog and the Boy Scouts weblog but thus far, they're not syndicating their content.

2. Citizen weblog newsfeeds
We put these in a separate section, in part because they're blogs that sit on our server and there's a more efficient way to import the blog posts. The newsfeeds update immediately whenever a citizen updates their blog.

Contact Us if you have a suggestion or would like a weblog for yourself, your non-profit organization, or community project.

Granny D photos

From Bright Spencer:

I have a few photos of Granny D's visit to Northfield today.

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Granny's camper; and Granny at the home of Nancy Child, with Nancy (top) and Bright Spencer (right). Click the photo thumbnails for larger images.

Nfld News: Walk for democracy set

Environmental workshops

From Dana Kraus at Carleton:

There will be a series of workshops on current environmental issues on April 24 at Carleton College. There will be ongoing workshops from 1:00 to 5:00pm.

Those who wish to attend can stop by our welcome center in Great Hall in the Sayles-Hill student center to pick a schedule of events. Workshops will be held in classrooms in Leighton Hall. All are invited to attend.

Maggie Lee photo gallery


The Northfield Historical Society featured a presentation tonight by Maggie Lee, "lifelong Northfield resident, journalist, editor of Northfield News and keen observer of the local scene."

See all the pictures of her and her adoring fans in the Maggie Lee photo gallery. All the photos are suitable for prints and can be ordered online.

And stop by the NHS website to contribute to their captital campaign to "Help repair and restore Northfield's Scriver Building at the corner of Bridge Square and Division."

In the Northfield Blogosphere

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

New civic blogs
Alex Beeby and Scott Schumacher join the citizen blogosphere. Their blogs are now listed on the blogosphere page and recent posts are automatically imported into the right-hand column of this page. And Northfield Boy Scout troop 344 has a weblog.

LWV Northfield
A photo gallery of the Housing Bus Tour

David Bly
The Minnesota DFL Senate District 25 held its Endorsing Convention in LeSueur. Bly was nominated and endorsed for Minnesota House District 25B.

Ray Cox
The Rice-Scott Basic Political Organizational Unit (BPOU) convention held its convention at St. Olaf. Cox was nominated and endorsed for Minnesota House District 25B.

Citizen Wig
... takes a first crack at vlogging (video blogging) and has a 40 second commentary on City of Northfield's use of the Internet.

(Any area citizen can host a free, civic-oriented weblog here at Contact us if you're interested.)

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.

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