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State House candidates to debate at Carleton College

Minnesota House of Representatives candidates David Bly and Ray Cox will debate on Thursday, November 2 at 8 p.m. in Carleton College’s Leighton Hall, room 305.

Bly and Cox will debate the cost of higher education, health care reform, abortion, gay marriage, and other issues of interest to students. A brief audience question and answer session will follow the debate. The votes of Carleton students could decide the outcome of the state representative race. Cox, the moderate Republican incumbent, won the 2004 election and kept the seat by a margin of just 586 votes.

The debate is the culmination of efforts by both candidates to woo student voters. Cox has canvassed several dorms and handed out literature outside the dining halls. Bly made a showing at Monday’s rally with U.S. Senate candidate Amy Klobuchar. Thursday’s debate follows the well-attended showdown between state senate candidates Jessica Peterson ’98 and Tom Neuville last week.


Gov. Pawlenty campaigns at College City Beverage

Governor Tim Pawlenty visit the offices of College City Beverage Tues. afternoon about 2 p.m., as he did a campaign swing through southern Minnesota.

In the photo, the Guv and Rep. Ray Cox with a significant majority of the student Republicans at Carleton College. More photos and a video clip here.


Workers wrap up road projects

Ok, there are some people who look forward to cold weather and all the skiing, skating and snowmobiling that it can bring. Others of us just start counting the days til spring.

One thing that makes all of us happy about the cold is that it marks the end of construction season – and for long-suffering drivers, the end of work on Highways 3 and 19.

City Public Works Director Heidi Hamilton confirmed late Tuesday that highway work is wrapping up. And she had good news on the long overdue crossing improvements that have tied up Highway 19. “We’ve been told tomorrow (Wednesday),” she said, but noted that the railroad hasn’t made any promises.

As she was speaking, crews were finishing paving along the crossing. Hamilton said the railroad still will have to return and install longer signal arms to match the widened pavement, but the road will be open until they do. Hamilton also said the work was supposed to be done in late July, but the paperwork got lost in the shuffle when the Canadian Pacific sold that line to the Union Pacific.


Hospital board chairman resigns, moving to Faribault

By Scott Richardson 

Steve Delzer, chairman of the Northfield Hospital Board of Directors, resigned his position Thursday due to a change in residence.

Delzer recently sold his home in Bridgewater Township and is moving with his family to Faribault. He is the senior pastor at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Faribault.


Candidate forums slated Oct. 28 and Nov. 2

Editor's note: This story ran earlier this week, but we're bumping it back to the top of the page as a reminder to head on over to the NCRC and check out forums.

League of Women Voters of Northfield and Cannon River Watershed Partnership will co-sponsor two public candidate forums on Saturday, October 28 and Thursday, November 2.

The October 28 forum will feature the following elected offices: MN Senate Districts 36 and 25, MN House Districts 36B and 25B, and Northfield City Council. That forum will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Northfield Community Resource Center, 1651 Jefferson Parkway, Northfield.

The November 2nd forum will feature the offices of Rice County Commissioner, District 2, and Rice County Sheriff, and will be held at Northfield City Hall. Refreshments will be served.


Locally Grown: Bicycling in Northfield

Bill Ostrem was our guest this week, discussing Northfield's bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure—both the problems and the opportunities.

Bill posted a detailed story here on Northfield.org recently about bike transportation expert Steve Clark's recent visit to Northfield. He's also got a blog, Northern Letter, A voice from the Upper Midwest. And he's one of the people behind the new Northfield Trails website, whose tagline is “Catalyzing Human-Powered Recreation and Transportation in the Northfield Area.”

You can listen to the audio (30 minutes). You can also download the MP3 File, subscribe to the podcast feed, or subscribe with iTunes.


Random acts of reporting

Good morning!

I was just updating pages for Northfield.org when I saw this breathtaking sunrise out my window. I risked the wrath of the cat by moving her from my lap, then shot this photo and e-mailed it to Northfield.org.

Total elapsed time: 3 minutes, including apology to the cat and time to find the photo card gizmo for my laptop. That's how easy it is to share something on Northfield.org.


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...


Almanac hosts Crowley-Kline debate

Well, you've had your fix of football crime shows and Dr. McDreamy, so it's time to spend a little effort on something that matters, like the elections.

Brendan Henehan, producer of Minnesota Public Television's "Almanac" show, e-mailed to let us know that Friday's 7 p.m. show will feature a debate between John Kline and Coleen Rowley, who are running for Congress from our own Second District. They will sit down during the second half of the show for their only broadcast television debate. 

"We're doing a boatload of debates and campaign reports (with a special focus on the blogosphere)... and streaming and podcasting them all" Henehan said in his message and in a quick phone interview. You can check out all the campaign information at  http://tpt.org/mnchannel.new/mnspeaks/.

 


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.

This week...


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