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St. Olaf students invite you to the “Land of 10,000 Wal-Marts?

Submitted by Nick Barry

On Thursday, December 7, a free public forum will take place in the Sun and Gold Ballrooms in Buntrock Commons of St. Olaf College from 6-8 p.m.

St. Olaf students from the “Wal-Mart America” class look forward to sharing the results of their research on the impact of Wal-Mart and other Big Box businesses both locally and statewide. As one student indicated, “Putting all biases aside, we must look at this information critically and responsibly as we work towards a higher quality of life for our communities in the future.”

Student research topics range widely, from: "Organic Food Production: Co-op or Big Box" to "The Local Impact of Minnesota's First Wal-Mart" to "Women's Work in Wal-Mart America" to "Environmental Controversies over Big Box Building."

We hope that the St. Olaf community, the wider community, and local public officials will attend. Along with the student presentations, we have planned a brief time toward the end of the evening (roughly 7:30 to 8 p.m.) for public officials and public servants to offer responses to this research and its implications. Although this event is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. you’re welcome to join us for some or all of this time.


Check out these photos of the Festival of Trees

Local photographer and oversized Christmas elf David Perez spent the weekend chronicling all the holiday festivities downtown. David sent along the photo at left. And if you click on it, you can see 70 more photos on his site.

Thanks for sharing your photos, David. 

Feel free to send along your holiday photos and stories. Just follow the directions on this page. We particularly want to have photos from this week's Winter Walk on Thursday.

Join the fun. Be part of Northfield.org. (At least smile when David points a camera in your direction.) 


NDDC to discuss priorities for 2007 at December forum

What are the priority projects for downtown vitality in 2007 and beyond? What would you, as a shopper or business owner, like to see downtown in terms of services and amenities?

The Northfield Downtown Development Corp. will turn its December 5 Downtown Forum into a conversation among the audience and members of the NDDC board of directors. The NDDC board wants to hear ideas from those who have a stake in the health and vitality of downtown, including building and business owners, retailers and shoppers.

The monthly forum will begin at 8 a.m. Tuesday in the lower-level conference room of the Archer House, Third and Division streets. The public is welcome, and coffee and cookies will be served.

Many substantial projects currently are being discussed in Northfield. Among them are: expanding or relocating Northfield Public Library, relocating the Municipal Liquor Store, upgrading or relocating City Hall, relocating the Safety Center, constructing a community Arts and Culture Center, constructing a YMCA and even renovating or relocating the downtown branch of the U.S. Post Office. All of them will require capital investment and offer potential economic return. And all of them could have an impact on the vitality and viability of downtown.


Chamber will host Winter Walk December 7

After 8 years, the downtown Winter Walk is becoming a holiday tradition. The Northfield Chamber of Commerce will host the event again this year from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, December 7.

If you haven't been to the Winter Walk before, you can click on the charming scene at left to see a whole gallery of photos from last year's event. And remember, you'll have a whole week to adjust to the cold before you have to venture out.

The Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce and downtown businesses sponsor this community event, which features caroling, sleigh rides, storytelling and other fun, all done amid lovely storefront decorations and luminaries designed to create a special holiday mood.

Of course, Santa's elves will be around all evening, and stores will have evening hours. There will be cocoa and marshmallows, live reindeer and an interactive live Nativity scene.


NPRE to collect food and gifts at the Winter Walk.

Northfield Professional Resource Exchange (NPRE) will be setting up a booth on Bridge Square, just across from Santa Claus, during the Winter Walk on December 7.

We will be collecting food as well as unwrapped gifts for children up to 18 years of age. All will be donated directly to the CAC and food-shelf.  Please stop by and visit us as we will be serving hot apple cider and will also be singing charols from 6-7 p.m. 

NPRE is a local professional organization dedicated to providing community members a trusted resource to turn to for business and professional services.  Please see our member list and website at www.northfieldpre.org


4th Monday discussion to focus on teen curfew

The Northfield League of Women Voters (LWV) will continue it’s “4th Monday” public meeting series in November with a discussion of the Northfield Curfew ordinance. This meeting will be produced by Ron Nuebel’s high school senior Political Economics class. It is being done as a lab project, and relevant members of the community, police, judges, downtown property owners, will be invited to participate with the youth members for discussion.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Monday, November 27, at the Public Meeting room of the Northfield public Library.

Each fourth Monday of every month at 7 p.m., in the Northfield Public Library’s first floor meeting room, the LWV hosts a lightly moderated discussion of an issue of current interest or concern to the community.

Generally the League takes no position on these topics and is hosting these meetings to enable ideas and voices to be heard. Each month’s topic will be announced on the Northfield Library Bulletin Board and the week before the meeting in the Northfield News.


This Week in the Northfield Blogosphere: Thanksgiving Edition

TWINB LogoThis Week in the Northfield Blogosphere is back with it's Thanksgiving Edition. The 'Sphere has much to be thankful for this year:

  1. We didn't get brained by The Hail of Doom.
  2. Campaign ads are done for another two years.
  3. Prolific Bloggers

In light of #3, let's get to it!

The US Government has wisened up and realized that Police Chief Gary Smith is a dangerous, dangerous man and has placed him on the TSA/Homeland Security "No Fly" List:

When I arrived in Denver to switch to Frontier Airlines - still in a secure area- I had to find an agent to get me another boarding pass and yup, even though I got off one plane and right onto another, I got my license out again and answered the same questions...again. When I inquired if I was still on "the list," I was told "yes."

Hayes Scriven of the Northfield Historical Society posts a really neat picture of a Northfield snowstorm in 1888.


Send us your holiday news!

Once again the holidays are upon us, with Thanksgiving just ahead and a host of others following close behind.

Please share your holiday news. Is your church or organization holding a special holiday meal, a campaign to provide food or toys to families or a community music program?

Is your business offering special holiday hours, shopping services, delivery or shipping options or other great reasons to shop here? Is your restaurant offering seasonal menu items, entertainment or other holiday specials? We'd love to hear from the local business organizations, but we also are happy to hear from individual businesses.

You can post the information yourself, just by clicking on the Submit News link at left. If you have questions or need help, just e-mail me at editor@northfield.org and I'll get back to you.  

And, as always, we'd love to see your family photos, your thoughts about the holidays and any other ideas that pop into your heads. You can join one of the conversations in the new Northfield.org Forums at left or start one of your own.


Locally Grown: ArtsPlan06

The Locally Grown podcast folks were at our mikes again this week. We start the show by dissecting last week’s election results and a few other issues/happenings of the past week. Our guest was Phillip Spensley, (right, with my co-hosts Tracy Davis and Ross Currier) a member of the of ArtsPlan06 task force that’s drafted a report — with many recommendations — titled A Strategic Vision for the Arts and Culture in Northfield (PDF) that’s on its way to the Northfield City Council.

Click on the link above to hear the podcast and check out our archives.

Griff Wigley is webmaster of Locally Grown Northfield. 


New Kwik Trip opens, workers scramble to finish project

The new Kwik Trip store on Highway 19 near Highway 3 opened this week. As soon as it did, workers demolished the familiar store in front of it and began work tearing up all the old fuel pumps and installing new tanks and pumps in the expanded space. Work should be done in a few weeks. We've got a small photo gallery of the current workKwik Trip is based in LaCrosse, Wis.

Thanks to Adam Gurno for the photos of the project.


Share the fun -- and your ideas -- at NCO annual meeting

It's that time of year...time to celebrate our accomplishments, thank our friends and plan our next adventures.

And you're all invited along for the fun. That's right. It's time for the Northfield Citizens Online annual meeting, Thursday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. at Carlson Capital Management. Paying members are special guests, but everyone who reads the site is welcome. No reservations are required, but we'd love to know if you're coming so we can plan refreshments. (We don't want to blow our tiny budget on cookies and then have to eat them all ourselves.)

You can come and meet and vote on our new board members, hear our plans for the new year -- and add your ideas and opinions. (Be warned that people with ideas get to help implement them.)

We'll have reports available in writing and will post them online after the meeting, so we can keep the business meeting short. We'll be around to show you how to post a story or join an online discussion.
But most of the evening will be devoted to fun, good conversation and a good start to 2007.


Weekend Entertainment and Events

There’s live music downtown and at Dawn’s in Dundas tonight – Dan Kase at Hogan Brothers, Jeff Ray at the Tavern and lights, country and good times with the Killer Hayseeds at Dawn’s. Take in some theater with the opening of “Urinetown” at St. Olaf or the High School production of “You Can’t Take it With You” – both continue Saturday night as well. Back to tonight... from 7-10 the Arts Guild is hosting a Wine and Cheese Scholarship Fundraiser and at 8 there’s an Orchestra Concert at Carleton and a Singers Collegium at 7:30 at St. Olaf.

On Saturday evening Kim Bloom plays the Hideaway, Bonnie and the Clydes take to the Cow and Norwegian Cowboy hits the Tavern. The Knightingales are performing at 8 at Carleton and St. Olaf presents Jiaxiang Li’s guest recital.

Sunday opens with dinner theater featuring the Northfield Youth Choirs' Musical Theater Workshop at the Grand – tables are sold out but there will be standing-room tickets at the door. For Jazz fans – St. Olaf is the place to be.

Details on these and so much more can be found in your monthly Northfield Entertainment Guide – free at several hot spots around town and as a downloadable PDF here.


The new Booker has arrived!

Editor's Note: Our old friend, Griff Wigley also managed to get some photos of the new Booker. You can check them out here.

City employees TJ and Ryan picked up the "new to us" bookmobile in Ohio yesterday and drove it back to Northfield.  Library staff and some Friends of the Library were on hand to get a first look at the new vehicle as it arrived at the City Street Shop last night.  It is nice, clean and very white! 

You can get a look at the NEW BOOKER at the Friends of the Library at the annual meeting on Thursday, November 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the library meeting room. This year we will have three great reasons for coming to the meeting. 

1. Henry Emmons (above, left) will be on hand to discuss his book "The Chemistry of Joy".
2. Our new book bus will be here for your inspection.
3. We will have our annual update on our last year's amazing accommplishments. Plus! we will elect our officers for next year.


Congratulations on Day of the Dead success

Submitted by Douglas Padilla

I would like to congratulate the people of Northfield for their enthusiastic participation in the Day of the Dead celebrations over the last month.

When Dave Machecek called me only three months ago to talk about creating a celebration in Northfield I was skeptical at first. Would Northfield really want to reach out to their largely invisible Latino community? And would there be time to organize the "Muertos" events, much less print a 100-foot long banner with a steam roller? And how would we find an equal number of Latino artists in Northfield to match those that would be participating from the cities?


Feelin’ groovy at the NHS auction

It was the sixties last night at the Grand for the Magical History Tour — the annual Northfield Historical Society auction.

See five dozen plus photos in the NHS auction 2006 album.

Griff Wigley is a notorious local blogger and world-class crowd photographer.


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