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Ray Cox makes Time magazine mention

It may not be Man of the Year, but our own Ray Cox did get a mention in the current edition of Time magazine. The Notebook section did a focus on politicians who blog, and mentions Ray as one of the first in Minnesota to do so. You can see the mention here, or check out his blog directly here.

Thanks to David Gonnerman for passing along this little news tip. If you see Northfield or one of our own residents in the news, let us know. 

Brett Reese named to hospital board

Brett ReeseBrett Reese, a Northfield businessperson, has been named to the Northfield Hospital Board of Directors. He was nominated by Northfield Mayor Lee Lansing and approved by the Northfield City Council in November.

Reese replaces Steve Delzer, who resigned last month following his family's move from the community.He will serve out the two years remaining on Delzer's term. A longtime Northfielder, Reese has a background in business development, manufacturing and finance. He serves as chair of MCG, Inc, a provider of motor solutions to the motion control industry and commercial marketplace. Reese also is a principal in Rebound Enterprises, a company that works with and invests in emerging companies and those experiencing financial or management difficulties.

Reese is active in the Northfield community in a variety of roles. He currently serves on the boards of the First National Bank of Northfield and Northfield Automation Systems, Inc. as well as various non-profit organizations such as Prairie Creek Community School and the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation. 

Northfield Public Library starts its own info blog!

Do you ever wonder when storytimes are?
When First Steps is open?
How to get a library card?
Information on book group?
What's the latest news on Booker?

Now you can click either from the library's website or go directly to the library's own info blog by clicking on the image or this link to

Have fun and keep informed the easyway!

Kathy Ness is a children's librarian at Northfield Public Library. 

Nominations sought for Human Rights Award

The Northfield Human Rights Commission is seeking nominees for its annual human rights award.  The award will be presented at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. community celebration at 7 p.m., January 15, 2007 at the Northfield Middle School Auditorium.

For consideration a nominee should be a local person or group who has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to human rights in the community or throughout the world, either through volunteer or professional efforts.

To nominate a person or group, individuals may write to Judy Dirks, chairperson of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Planning Committee at: 715 Highland Avenue; Northfield, MN 55057. 

Nominations also can be e-mailed to  The recommendation should include a brief statement about the nominee's qualifications for the award.  The deadline for submitting names for consideration is December 23, 2006.

One Farmer's View of the Ethanol Issue

Locally Grown LogoThe always perspicacious Tracy Davis is one of the regulars on the Locally Grown website. Tracy seeks out Jerry Franz, one of six farmers who are trying to build an ethanol plant in this neck of the woods:

Ethanol reduces carbon monoxide, reduces benzene, a carcinogen, and using ethanol blends reduce green house gases.(this all according to EPA) Ethanol is not the perfect fuel but it sure beats buying from the Arabs and it is a great boost to rural economies and small rural towns.

Click here to read the entire article.


Editor's note: This entry originally credited the ethanol entry to Griff, but he let us know that Tracy is the author.

Come celebrate another year of

Tis the season for fun—and for the Northfield Citizens Online annual meeting. We will be gathering at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Carlson Capital Management to share a toast to another great year, another as we elect and install our new board members, another as we honor and thank our outgoing board get the idea. Let's just say it won't be a boring business meeting.

Police say Wednesday incident wasn't an abduction

Good news from Police Chief Gary Smith, who issued this press release Friday afternoon: 

The individual Northfield police officers were seeking in connection with a reported incident of a possible child abduction that had reportedly occurred on Wednesday, December 6, 2006 at 4th and Nevada has been identified.

We thank everyone who contacted the police with leads.The incident appears to not be an attempted child abduction incident.  We wish to thank the members of the news media who got this information out in a timely manner that resulted in the person in question contacting our office with the details of the incident.

Northfield Police report possible abduction attempt has received a press release from the Northfield Police Department stating, in part...

Northfield Police Officers are investigating a belated complaint of a child reporting a person attempting to get the child into their vehicle. The incident reportedly took place on Tuesday December 6, 2000 at approximately 10:20 a.m., at the corner of 4th Street and Nevada Street.

Click here to read the complete report. (PDF Format)

This Week in the Northfield Blogosphere: Repeal Day Edition

TWINB LogoThe 'Sphere ish back and we're got that... uh... thing, 'cause it's Repeal Day today wooooooooo!  Yeah!  We wuz jusht sitting here and we were all like "We should totally write that Blogostuff 'cause, it's like, due, man." And I was like "That's the besht idea I've heard all night" and then that waitress came by, you know the one... yeahhh, you know the one... and we ordered another pitcher, 'cause it's Repeal Day!  Wooooooo!  The Sphere is back!

City Hall Insider

Al Roder

City Administrator Al Roder prepares a detailed report of everything that goes on each week at  City Hall. You can check it out here.

Below is a summary of meetings this week. You can 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...

Hospital Board, 7 p.m. Northfield Hospital.

City Council, 7 p.m. City Hall.


Police seek leads in armed robbery Sunday night

Editor's note: We just received this report from the Northfield Police Department.

At 8:32 p.m. this evening, Latinos Menas Servicious, 507 Water Street in Northfield was robbed by two adult males at gunpoint taking an undisclosed amount of cash.

One male subject was wearing a blue coat with a white bandanna.  The other male subject was wearing a ski mask.  It is believed that the subjects left the area in a white later model Ford Taurus.

Both subjects are to be considered armed and dangerous.  Do not attempt to apprehend them. 

Anyone having information in connection to this robbery or who was in the area at that time is asked to call the Northfield Police Department at 507-645-4477.  Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call our tip line at 507-663-9494.

There is up to a $5,000 reward being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons involved in this incident.

Jon Denison: Something to Prove and Much to Learn

About twenty Northfield residents showed up at the St. John's Fireside Room Saturday morning to meet the new Ward 4 council member Jon Denison.

The self-described "townie" answered many questions -- some basic issue focused, some more pointed. Denison describes himself as an atypical candidate who represents people who are usually not involved in public policy. He says he has always been interested in politics but only recently has become involved. He has worked at McLane for about four years, walks instead of drives, and rents instead of owns. He identifies with low-income and younger residents and says he ran because he wanted to prove that someone like him has something important and intelligent to say in public policy.

Who is Jon Denison? Find out Saturday

"Who is Jon Denison?" Ever since this year's election, this common question could be heard around Northfield's coffee shops, bars and other gathering places. Additional conversation included references to his MySpace page, where we grabbed his photo.

On Saturday, December 2, Northfielders will have the opportunity to learn more about who Denison is. Citizens of Northfield's Ward 4 have arranged a ward meeting to get to know their new council representative. 

Denison has agreed to attend the meeting from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Fireside Room at St. John's Lutheran Church. All community members -- particularly Ward 4 residents -- are encouraged to join in this opportunity to meet Denison and learn about him and his approach and goals as the new city council member for the ward.

City Hall Insider

Al Roder

City Administrator Al Roder prepares a detailed report of everything that goes on each week at  City Hall, but with a short holiday week, there was no report Friday.

Below is a summary of meetings this week. You can 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...

Joint Governments Meeting. 7 p.m. Bridgewater Town Hall.

Economic Development Authority. 7:30 a.m. City Hall.
Hospital Board Meeting. 6:45 p.m. Northfield Hospital.

Clinic construction moves ahead

Steady progress is being made on the 19,000 square foot clinic addition to Northfield Hospital. The new clinic will be home to the FamilyHealth Medical Clinic --- Northfield, now located at 710 Division St., and the Women’s Health Center of Northfield Hospital. It is expected to be completed in May of 2007. This project also provides for a significant increase in parking at the hospital.

You can click on the image to see photos of the clinic groundbreaking, and here to see the groundbreaking story, with background on the project. 

Scott Richardson is communications director at Northfield Hospital. 

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