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Thursdays on the Square continues

As the sounds of the Northfield Community Band Concerts and the sparkles of the 4th of July Fireworks begin to fade, don't worry, be happy, 'cause the entertainment action continues in Downtown Northfield.

In fact, the century-old tradition of Thursday night community cultural celebrations in Bridge Square, the very heart of Northfield, continues through the summer.

On Thursday, July 13, it's the Songs of Hope and Pie on the Square sponsored by the Northfield News and Cub Foods.

On Thursday, July 20, it's an NDDC Third Thursday Event:  the first Taste of Northfield with local musicians.

On Thursday, July 27, it's the Chamber of Commerce Retail Committee-sponsored Crazy Daze followed by the Opening Concert of the Vintage Band Festival and a street dance.

On Thursday, August 3, it's the Bridge Chamber Music Festival and ArtSwirl sponsored by the Northfield Arts Guild.

Eat (or throw) pie, dress funny, listen to good music. Be happy!

Dan Bergeson is president of the NDDC.

Video Installation opens July 14 at ArtOrg

Click to enlarge“Why Are You Here? (And Where Is Your Accent?): The Moderate Immigration Story”
A video installation by Mel Racho, curated by Lisa Otte.
ArtOrg Moving Walls Gallery
Opening reception: Friday, July 14, 6-9 p.m. Show runs through July 23.

Between the sensational accounts of sneaking groups of illegal immigrants across the border and the relative ease with which people of wealth can enter the U.S. lies another story – the “moderate” immigration story. This more temperate immigration account is told in “Why are you here? (And where is your accent?),” a new video installation by artist Mel Racho.

"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week One Drawing:  The Ole Store

The Ole Store

When we announced the new membership campaign a few days ago, we promised you we wouldn't be offering coffee mugs or tote bags as premiums.  We have something, much, much more fun. We're calling it "Dinner On Us." 

Become a member of and you will be entered into the Dinner On Us drawing.  Each Monday for the next two months will be giving away a $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant.  This week's restaurant is The Ole Store.  The deadline for this first week is midnight on July 9th with the winner being announced on Monday July 10th.

You don't have to contribute to enter, and if you don't win, your name will be forwarded to the next week's drawing. That means you'll have several chances to win.

To sign up now, just go to the New Member page. The suggested donation is $20 per year per person. Of course, if you'd like to suggest a higher number, we'd be thrilled and very grateful.

To enter without becoming a member, just send a message through the Contact Us button.

This is our way of saying thank you for becoming a member and for visiting the site to find out what's happening in your community.

In with the old! 1909 desk returns to the library

City crew members T.J. Heinricy, Steve Malecha and Bryan Haugen hauled a nearly 100-year-old heavy oak desk from the Northfield Historical Society store back into its old home at the Northfield Public Library where it will serve a new role as reference desk upstairs. 

Though most recently used at NHS, the 1909-10 desk has resided in many places in town. After the 1985 addition at the library, it served Paul Hager and the staff at NTV. Then in 1998, to celebrate the library's centennial, it was part of the display at the Historical Society. When the NHS store expanded and they needed a check-out desk, it moved into the store. 

Now NHS Has remodeled again and the desk has come back home. Who knows, It may also bring back the "spirits" of past librarians Constance Doty, Shirley Merill, Marsten Headley and Leota Stewart! At one time all the library transactions were handled at this desk. Times have changed!

Community Band plays Thursday

Northfield Community BandIf you just can't wait for the holiday weekend to begin you can head downtown Thursday night. The Northfield Community Band, under the direction of Claire Larson, kicks off its weekly concert at 7:30 pm Thursday in Bridge Square.

Claire and her band of volunteers, who range in age from 14 on up, will be playing another program that will bring back the feel of an old-time summer evening in Northfield.

People who come are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Concerts are free, and the folks from the Senior Center will be selling popcorn, so you can munch in time to the music.

Library Expansion Meeting Tonight

Monday, June 26, 7 p.m. at Northfield Public Library

The Northfield League of Women Voters (LWV) will continue its "4th Monday" public meeting series tonight, June 26, to discuss expansion of the Northfield Carnegie Library.

The library director, Lynne Young, along with board members and a consulting firm representative will be present. The library's needs, as identified by library consultants, and the additional square footage requirements for an enlarged facility have raised concerns about finding adequate space to keep the library downtown.

A short tour of the current library building will begin the meeting.

Call 663-6097 for further information.

Spanish teachers go wild videos

A group of Spanish teachers in town for a seminar at Carleton were at the Contented Cow last night, whipped into a frenzy by Jellystone Yogi (Joel Cooper on bass, George Marich on drums, Peter Diggins on guitar). You can click the photo to enlarge, and click the icons below to play the three short (10 - 30 seconds) videoclips. La Bamba!

Cooper and Diggins perform again tonight at the Cow, part of the Prairie Creek Group.

Northfield now in High Definition on Google Maps

Google Maps Northfield Downtown Despite moving away to college in a strange and faraway land, I noticed that recent updates to Google Maps have yielded higher resolution aerial imagery of the area. Bird's eye views of sights such as Sechler, Malt-O-Meal, downtown, and your roof await! Don't venture too far north, as it appears that Randolph hasn't yet thawed.

Weekend Entertainment and Events

Click to view PDFAren't you glad time flies? The weekend is almost upon us again!

It will be another great weekend for music. Downtown is hopping on Third Thursday with the Community Band Concert at Bridge Square. Why not stay downtown for dinner at one of the fine establishments listed in the Northfield Entertainment Guide and hear Chris Herriges at the Tavern or the Hamlin/Pernecky Jazz Duo at the Contented Cow?

The rest of the weekend's details are inside...

Museum Store to undergo a face lift

NHS Museum Store constructionThe Northfield Historical Society's Museum Store is undergoing a facelift.

On June 8th, Northfield Construction came in and started the demolition of the old store to make room for the new store. The new construction will open up more space in the store for inventory and displays. The new store will also allow us to have room in our old admissions area for the Founding of Northfield Exhibit which should be open to the public by the 4th of July. The store's construction is scheduled to be completed by June 23.

NHS Museum Store constructionDon't worry, though, the museum is still open and we are giving tours. In addition, we have a temporary store set up for our visitors. We are open normal hours Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There may be some closures to the store and museum for construction of the new exhibit, however.

One closed, one to be reincarnated...

Author's Note: _Apparently *As Time Goes By* will re-open with a new name and new owner, but still feature used books. Thanks to Jessica Paxton for the update..._

Two familiar downtown businesses have closed recently: The *ArtOnWater Gallery* and *As Time Goes By*, a used book store.

The *ArtOnWater Gallery* had a goodbye shindig last weekend to celebrate the years of operation, as "noted by Ross Currier in a recent NDDC post":

*As Time Goes By* was a well-known book store, which was most recently noted as "one of the sponsors of the _Cannon River Watershed Partnership Festival_":

I don't know that any tenants have been announced to fill the vacancies. The ArtOnWater office has an "Office Space for Lease" sign in the window while ATGB does not.

Are teens spinning their wheels?

Editor's note: This story comes from Dean Kjerland, the owner of a downtown business, ArcheoPaleo.

A couple of property crime incidents occurred earlier this week on the west side near the Hwy 3/Water Street construction area. That's my neighborhood and the home of my business, so I stepped up my regular dialog with the young people who frequent the area.

We talk a lot, and one of the ongoing points of potential confrontation is the abuse of the 'human-powered vehicle' restrictions in effect downtown. I'm aware that many warnings and tickets have been issued to young skateboard and bicycle violators. However, in an informal survey, I snapped a series of pictures of adult violators between late morning and early afternoon on Tuesday. The images are posted on my website click on ArtOnWater at

Locally Grown podcast #20: Don Tarr and Kris Vohs on workforce housing

We took our Locally Grown show recording session to The Tavern's outdoor patio this afternoon. Our guests: Don Tarr, Chair of the Northfield Housing and Redeveloment Authority; and Kris Vohs, City Councilor and member of the HRA. Our topic: Northfield and the need for workforce housing.

Click photos to enlarge and continue reading to hear the whole show (30 minutes).

This Week in the Northfield Blogosphere...

The 'Sphere is back from Sin City - tanned, rested, and with both of my kidneys. That's a successful Las Vegas trip by any standard.

Since the 'Sphere's been out of the loop for a while, it's *_Current Events_* as the topic this week: things being built, things being torn down, and everything in between.

More inside...

Council OKs theater, keeps some land industrial

Editor's note: This is the second part of a story we started yesterday outlining the issues surrounding a proposed new movie theater in Northfield.

Owatonna CinemaThe Northfield City Council, faced with a need for both commercial and light industrial land, reached a compromise Monday that maintains a little of each.

"I like this better than the last meeting," said Steven Payne, vice president of Lakes & Rivers Cinema, which plans to bring a multi-screen cinema to seven acres along Canon Road, just off Hwy. 3. He was referring to the May 23 meeting of the Planning Commission, which rejected the land use designation needed as a first step to rezoning for a theater.  

For the details on the vote and much, much more, read the rest of the story...

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