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League's 4th Monday will explore plans for the arts

Members of the Arts Plan06 committee will present their recommendations to the public at the League of Women Voters 4th Monday Forum at 7 p.m. Monday, October 23, at the Northfield Public Library.

The committee is preparing a report for the City Council in November and seeks public reaction to the drafted findings and recommendations. Called "A Strategic Vision for the Arts and Culture in Northfield," the report is the result of a nine-month study comprised of interviews, surveys, research and analysis. Funded by a grant from the city to complete a portion of the City's Comprehensive Plan, the committee met with over 70 individuals to assess their views of the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for enriching the arts and cultural programs and activities in the community.

There are nine strategic initiatives designed to strengthen the already vibrant arts and cultural scene in Northfield. Committee chair, Jane McWilliams says "The committee believes that our recommendations will help the community take advantage of Northfield's current strengths, address the limitations and develop a long-term investment strategy for arts and cultural development."

In addition to the League Forum, the committee plans presentations to other community groups, including Northfield Rotary, Economic Development Authority and the Northfield Arts Guild Board.


Lt. Govenor Carol Molnau Visits Northfield

Current Lt. Govenor Carol Molnau visited Northfield today, stopping by the Bittersweet Eatery and KYMN to stump for Gov. Pawlenty and the Vote Yes transportation amendment.  Griff Wigley has pictures, links and lots more information.


Locally Grown: So where should Highway 1 go?

The focus of this week's episode was transportation, specifically, County Highway 1 and the Corridor Preservation Study for Rice County. See Tracy's But Where Does the Bridge Go? post last week for background, links, and a map. "The idea behind the study is to identify potential routes for an east-west arterial road south of Hwy. 19, since the 2025 Rice County Transportation Plan indicates that such a road may be needed."

Other topics briefly touched: Center for Sustainable Living's Community Composting project, the Farmer's Market, Mill Towns Trail, Third Thursday, and the proposed Northfield Skateboard Park.

You won't hear my voice, as I was off to a meeting in the Cities with my financial advisor who's also on my compensation committee.


Locally Grown: A progress report on local issues

For this week's show, we reviewed issues from last year's episodes that are still current, including: the
downtown streetscape, library expansion, sidewalk dining, liquor store relocation, Q-Block, traffic light at Hwy 3, etc.

You won't hear Ross Currier's voice today, as he was evidently interviewing for a hosting job on another radio talk show. So we punished him by inserting a little theme music at the start and end of the show without his permission.

You can listen to the audio (30 minutes). You can also download the MP3 File, subscribe to the podcast feed, or subscribe with iTunes. The show airs and streams on the web on Tuesdays at 4:30 PM on KRLX 88.1 FM.


New water tower rises over Dundas

Submitted by Glenn Switzer

After being delayed twice by high winds, the first of two new water towers was jacked into position Monday morning.  

Mac Gimse is the artist who created the new logo for Dundas displayed on the tower.  Work began at 4 a.m. most of the work was done by the time I drove down to the site.  You can click on the image to see a gallery of photos I took of the process.

On the way to the tower site I saw one of the Dundas bald eagles was keeping an eye on the old mill and the river. It was a sight to behold.

Glenn Switzer is mayor of Dundas. 


City Hall Insider

Al Roder

City Administrator Al Roder has prepared a detailed report of everything that went on at  City Hall last week. Everything's here, from police activity statistics to street closings and budget meetings.

Just click here to read the pdf version of the report. You need Acrobat Reader to read the file. And head to the City Hall site to check out the complete city events calendar and find the agendas and other details for all meetings.

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Parent Communication Network launches membership drive

The Parent Communication Network (PCN) is leading a major membership recruitment campaign.  Joining is easy – there are no meetings and no dues! 

To join PCN, visit its website at http://www.northfieldhci.org/pcnnew.php

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More than 350 local parents have already signed on, saying they agree to:

  • Set good limits for their children regarding curfew, dating patterns, overnights, etc.
  • Work to create an atmosphere where the use of alcohol and drugs is NOT considered an "acceptable" or "normal" part of growing up.
  • Assure that youth events they host will be chaperoned and free of alcohol and drugs.
  • Talk directly with other parents to ensure that events they are hosting will be chaperoned and free of alcohol and drugs.
  • Communicate a clear "no use" message about underage use of alcohol or any use of illegal substances.
  • Be a good role model for our children to help them learn about healthy, responsible behavior. 

The PCN campaign has been endorsed by the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Alcohol & Drug Use and the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative, which are both assisting with publicity for the campaign.

Zach Pruitt is the coordinator of the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative.


News report indicates possible child abductor seen in Northfield

WCCO-TV and KARE-11 in Minneapolis are reporting that a possible child abductor has been seen in the city.

The stations cite a Northfield police news release describing an incident Monday in which a man allegedly approached two young girls and tried to get them to go with him in his car. The girls refused and escaped safely.

You can click to view the WCCO story or the KARE-11 report.

Thanks to Susie Beaumaster for the news tip.


Locally Grown: Tackling the school tax proposal

On this week's episode of Locally Grown, our guest was Kari Nelson, Chair of the Northfield School Board, discussing the upcoming levy referenda.

You can listen to the audio (30 minutes), download the MP3 File, subscribe to the podcast feed, or subscribe with iTunes. The show airs and streams on the web on Tuesdays at 4:30 PM on KRLX 88.1 FM.


City Hall Insider

Al Roder

City Administrator Al Roder has prepared a detailed report of everything that went on at  City Hall last week. Everything's here, from police activity statistics to street closings and budget meetings.

Just click here to read the pdf version of the report. You need Acrobat Reader to read the file. And head to the City Hall site to check out the complete city events calendar and find the agendas and other details for all meetings.

This week...


New city pool begins to take shape

Our thanks go to Ben Erickson of Close Landscape Architecture, Minneapolis, who sent along this batch of photos of the construction work being done on the new city pool at Memorial Park. Click on the photo to seem them all, plus a rendering of how the park will look when it's done.

If you need to get up to speed on the $2.85 million project, you can click here to read the story and see the photos from the July groundbreaking. Plans are to have the pool ready to open next summer.


New downtown bike racks are here

New Bike Racks

Northfield city workers installed new bike racks along Division Street in downtown Tuesday morning. The city worked with the NDDC and downtown businesses on this project.

Photo courtesy of Alex Beeby.


Big winner plans to have friends share 'Dinner on Us'

Congratulations to Jane Fenton, the grand prize winner in our 'Dinner on Us' membership contest.

After 10 weeks of giving away dinners at restaurants throughout Northfield, we decided to give our final winner the option to choose the perfect dinner -- and we threw in $100 to pay for it.  Jane says she plans to invite her friends over, order dinner from her favorite restaurant, Kurry Kabab, and let the fun begin.

Here's a little more about Jane:

"I am the Director of community relations at Laura Baker Services and have been since last November.  I’ve lived in Northfield since my first days as a freshman at Carleton College, slightly over 20 years ago. 

"I have two sons, Eddie Martin, a sophomore at the high school, and Cliff Martin, a sixth grader at the middle school.  The three of us have appeared in several plays at the Arts Guild over the last couple of years, most recently “The Jungle Book.” I just competed in the 15K road race during the Defeat of Jesse James Days, and I finished, much to my delight. I visit at the Long Term Care Center at Northfield Hospital as a Pet Therapy volunteer with my dog Patch.  I’ll be spelling in Thursday night’s spelling bee at the Grand, and will appear as part of a dance troupe in the upcoming cabaret at the NAG on Oct. 14.  Fortunately in both cases, my sense of humor will keep me from dying of embarrassment in public."


Meet the candidates, learn the issues at election forums

The election season is heating up, and several groups are out to make sure you meet the candidates, know the issues and that you have every opportunity to get the information you need to cast your vote wisely on Nov. 7.

 

School referendum 

One of the most important races doesn't have any candidates at all. The Northfield Public Schools will hold a referendum on a request for an excess levy. They levy, which will run for seven years, will raise $1,180 per student, or $5.2 million, replacing the current levy of $685 per student. The levy has an inflationary clause, which could increase the amount over the seven years.

A second proposal up for a vote would raise a flat $750,000 a year for capital improvements.

Monday, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m., Northfield Public Library. The League of Women Voters will devote its 4th Monday program to a presentation on the levy proposal.
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m., Northfield High School. School District officials will offer a presentation on the levy proposal.
Monday, Oct. 2. 7 p.m., Northfield High School. Repeat of Sept. 26 program.


City Hall Insider

Al Roder

As usual City Administrator Al Roder has prepared a detailed report of everything that went on at  City Hall last week. Everything's here, from police activity statistics to street closings and budget meetings.

Just click here to read the pdf version of the report. You need Acrobat Reader to read the file. And head to the City Hall site to check out the complete city events calendar and find the agendas and other details for all meetings.

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