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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.

The Day of the Dave...

..yes, THAT Dave, Dave Machacek.

While I certainly want to promote the Day of the Dead celebration (Wednesday, November 1st, 6 to 9:30 p.m., at the Northfield Armory), it also seems like a perfect time to celebrate Dave.

Editor's note: I just saw this while trolling through our local blogs. You can read the rest of Ross Currier's really interesting profile of Dave and his amazing work at ArtOrg by clicking through to the NDDC site or clicking on the NDDC blog at right.

Random acts of reporting

Good morning!

I was just updating pages for 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

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

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.

Still time to catch 'Enemy of the People'

Sure, there’s a lot going on this weekend. But you might want to make time to catch the end of the run of “An Enemy of the People,” the Henrik Ibsen classic wrapping up its run at the Northfield Arts Guild Theater.

I’m no theater critic, but this was a great cast relishing a great story – and one that seems “ripped from the headlines” despite its roots in 19th century Norway.

The play focuses on the efforts of a doctor to alert the community to a pollution crisis and the opposition he faces from politicians and the press, even his own brother.

As usual, one of the most enjoyable aspects of community theater is seeing friends and neighbors in a new light. Gabe Angieri, Ann Etter and Joseph Crippen (shown) handled the lead roles with ease. But there was another casting that added a little more bite to the political flavor of the play.

Rob Schanilec plays the printer who publishes the local newspaper, a man caught between the reporters who want to tell of the pollution and the political powers who point out the economic disaster the city faces should the news get out.

Northfield to host state mentoring conference

Nationally recognized youth mentoring author and researcher to visit Northfield 

Dr. David DuBois, one of the country’s leading authors and researchers in the mentoring field, will address more than 100 youth mentoring professionals during the seventh annual Statewide Mentoring Conference in Northfield. 

Dr. DuBois will share valuable research and recommendations for sustaining the mentoring movement through practice and evaluation at the Carleton College Sayles-Hill Campus Center on Monday, October 16.

College presidents to speak at NDDC Downtown Forum

St. Olaf College President David R. Anderson and Carleton College President Rob Oden will address the monthly NDDC Downtown Forum on Tuesday, Oct. 3. (Click the image to see the cool full-size poster for the event.)

The event, which is open to the public, begins at 8 a.m. in the lower-level conference room of the Archer House at Third and Division streets in Northfield. Coffee and refreshments will be served.

Oles win library spelling bee

The first Northfield Public Library Spelling Bee is over and a team from St. Olaf College claimed the championship. 

Griff Wigley who was at the event, reports that Maggie Odell, Roz Eaton-Neeb and Paul Zorn showed their Ole spirit -- and a mastery of Webster's -- as they beat some tough competition from all over town. Those are all the details I have, so if you were there, please feel free to add more info in the comments field below.

We've got a photo gallery of the event and as usual, Griff had camera in hand, so you can see his take on the evening just by clicking here.

More inside, including a listing of teams...

Just Food Co-op Holds Harvest Festival

Just Food Co-op held a harvest festival on Saturday, September 23. Under threat of rain, they moved the celebration into the old Northfield Community Merchantile space, but many people still attended the event.

Music, food samples, and art, composting and yarn-spinning demonstrations and information all entertained attendees.

A video and some photos from the event after the jump...

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