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Come Celebrate! Northfield Citizens Online Recognition Night

Community Celebration Thursday, April 27, at The Grand

Spring is a time of new beginnings, of rebirth, and so it is here at Northfield.org. In recent weeks you've seen some changes to the format, content and contributors, and together we will be making more changes in the weeks to come.

To celebrate, the NCO board is hosting a party from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. next Thursday, April 27, at The Grand Event Center in downtown Northfield. Admission is free and the entire community is welcome.

In addition to live entertainment, appetizers and a cash bar, you'll get a chance to:

  • Meet the new Managing Editor
  • Recognize the technical team who created the new site
  • Meet past and current volunteers
  • Hear about future enhancements to the Northfield.org site
  • Learn about our new membership drive
  • Provide us feedback about what you currently like, would like to see or would like to change about Northfield.org

Please join us for an enjoyable evening with old and new friends! We're sure that you'll come away excited to become one of our citizen journalists, and maybe even one of our charter members.


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Locally Grown podcast #13: Econ Dev draft; Q-Block update; Monday's vote on 1306

Issues covered in episode #13 of Locally Grown, recorded yesterday with blogger Ross Currier, Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC) Executive Director and member of the Northfield Planning Commission; and blogger Tracy Davis, local business owner, Northfield Planning Commission member and a member of the Northfield Economic Development Authority (EDA); and me, business owner.

1. The draft of the Economic Development Plan: 0 to 26:45

2. Update on the Q-Block: 26:45 to 38:25

3. The Council vote on 1306 on Monday night: 38:25 to end

Click "Read the rest of this entry..." to listen (47 minutes).


Northfield Documentary Film Festival

Click to view a PDF of the posterThe Northfield Documentary Film Festival will take place on Thursday, April 20 from 7-9 pm at the Grand Event Center, 316 Washington Street, in downtown Northfield. This is another in the Third Thursday Presentation Series sponsored by the Northfield Downtown Development Corporation and the Grand Event Center.

During the evening, several short films about Northfield’s past will be featured.  Leading off the evening will be “The Jesse James Music Festival”, a 1978 film by Martin Schieckel, Carleton College class of 1977. Martin currently lives in St. Paul and will be attending the showing of his film. Next will be “The Cannon River,” produced by Dennis Wilcox and Paul Krause for the Northfield Community Video Project. This documentary was originally released in 2000 and was recently revised for the Northfield Sesquicentennial in 2005. It artfully and succinctly provides a look at the historical, cultural, environmental, aesthetic, and recreational aspects of the river.



Weekend Entertainment and Events

April NEG (PDF)As always, ­ Northfield has more entertainment than you can shake a stick at starting tonight, Friday, April 14, with a Faculty Recital by the Veblen Trio, 8 p.m., at Carleton and The Fabulous Lovehandles at the Fabulous Grand Event Center at 8:30 p.m.

Marty Anderson will be rocking the Contented Cow (the deck might even be open!). Harmonic Voodoo is playing Dawn's Corner Bar in Dundas and Chris Herriges is at the Tavern (again - it's deckable!)

Saturday night the Contented Cow is hosting Chernobyl the Musikal, Dawn's will again sport Harmonic Voodoo and Bridgewater Ramblers are at the Tavern. And then on Sunday you can enjoy one more shot at the weekend with Sunday Night Live from 5-11 p.m. at the Cow.

Before the next weekend rolls around, you might want to download a copy of the Northfield Entertainment Guide for the most comprehensive details on what's ahead for the after 5 p.m. and weekend crowds. And there's more great weeknight entertainment just ahead, including Nordic Jam Monday at the Cow, and Mark Mraz Thursday night at the Tavern. And for yet another opportunity to enjoy the ambiance of the Grand, NDDC and the Grand are hosting a Northfield Documentary Film Festival Thursday at 7 p.m.


Vienna? Paris? No, Northfield.

Romantic Walk Along the Cannon

Many people went out last night to enjoy the beautiful evening -- including this couple taking advantage of a romantic evening along the Cannon.

But beware! I saw my first mosquito this morning. Heidi Hamilton also said the city will have a wide variety of projects going on this summer, but that this year's Highway 3/19 work shouldn't be quite as disruptive as last year's.

Speaking of the Cannon and projects, the Cannon River Watershed Cleanup will be 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 29. Interested volunteers can contact Hilary Ziols at 507-646-8400.


They're Bitin'

Ice cream by the river 

Northfielder's enjoy the harvests of the deep and the local ice-cream shop. How big were the fish? This one was so big, it broke the net! Check out the flicker collection of several pics I took this afternoon.


Wednesday Afternoon-- Who Was Downtown Northfield

 Sandy Krueger and Linda Gill

Sandy and Linda were on the go but did manage to stop for conversation. Although Sandy now lives in Rogers, Arkansas, she was once a long time Northfield resident. She values our downtown stores. In her home town Wal-Mart even operates a gas station and her "downtown" is comprised of not much more than antique shops.

 Dusty Powers

Dusty is an Ole and was spotted in Champion Sports.

 Pat, Lynn, and grandchild

Pat Littlejohn, Lynn Liston, and grandchild were out for a stroll. Oops, these names are spelled phonetically -- and I hope I got them right.

 Jo and Mary Ashmore


Neighbor to Neighbor: Champion Sports' Bill Brodin

Are you heading downtown Northfield to buy cleats? If you go to Champion Sports, you'll probably be helped by Bill Brodin. Bill has worked at Champion Sports for years. Here’s the scoop on Bill:

Bill Brodin, NHS ’87, was born and raised in Northfield. His mother graduated from NHS in the 1950's when the old middle school was the high school. Bill has one older brother, Dan, and one older sister, Beth. He plays golf but his favorite sport to watch is hockey. Bill's father used to be a hockey referee here in town.

Bill says the coolest thing he's ever seen in his life was game seven of the 1991 World Series. It was the loudest experience he's ever heard and outside the dome everyone was "slapping hands and acting crazy".


The History of the Grand/Ware Auditorium: It was a Grand event at the Grand

"!{float:right;margin:0 0 0 5px;}http://northfield.org/files/thumb_wheeler.jpg!":http://northfield.org/files/Becca%20Wheeler.jpg Last Thursday (4/6/06) the Northfield Historical Society presented the History of the Grand/Ware Auditorium. The program kicked off with Becca Wheeler, NHS intern and St. Olaf student, giving a very well prepared history of the Grand.

More inside...


Locally Grown podcast #12: bike racks, bike lanes, economic development and traffic light updates

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I took the train to Cambridge in the UK yesterday to visit Northfielders Betsey Buckheit (former blogging planning commissioner), husband Justin London (Carleton music prof) and daughter Elizabeth who've been there since Sept. Justin received a Fullbright to do research there for the year.  I took the opportunity to do another show for our podcast, Locally Grown, with Betsey as a guest and the two of us participating via Skype Out to the KRLX studios where Ross Currier, Tracy Davis and Cameron Nordholm graciously got up very early on Saturday morning central time to accommodate my schedule.

Topics: 1) Bike racks and the pros and cons of bike lanes in downtown Northfield; 2) the forthcoming economic development report from the consultants hired by the EDA; 3) an update on the Highway 3 & 3rd St. traffic light request.

Click "Read the rest of this entry..." to listen (32 minutes) or subscribe to the podcast


The History of the Grand/Ware Auditorium

"!{float:left;margin:0 5px 0 0;}http://northfield.org/files/thumb_ware.jpg!":http://northfield.org/files/ware.jpg The Northfield Historical Society presents The History of the Grand/Ware Auditorium. This event will be held at the Grand Event Center on Wednesday, April 6th at 7:00 p.m. A special exhibit designed and produced by NHS intern and St. Olaf Student *Becca Wheeler*, will be on display. Becca will also give a quick history on the Grand.

Following Becca's presentation there will be a video documentary, which was done by two Carleton Students *Megan Vig* and *Lauran Allinson*. Following the video, there will be a brief panel discussion on remembrances of the Grand given by *Steve Swanson, Herb Fick, Phyliss Finger, Brynhild Rowberg*, and *John Mark Schad*.

This event is _free_ to the public. Refreshments will be served.

 

_Editor's note_: Hayes has kindly agreed to file a write-up of the event after it happens. Thanks, Hayes!


March's Nfld Public Library Board Meeting Notes

!{float:left; margin:0 5px 3px 0;}http://gurno.com/adam/images/books.png! March's Library Board Meeting has come and gone. This is an informal report of the happenings. To entice you to read it, there's a library joke at the end. :)

Enough with the chit-chat! On with the "Knots Landing"-esque drama of a modern public library!


The Spring Melt fills the Cannon River (with Video!)

The spring melt has begun to fill the Cannon River again. While it's not nearly as high as it was in 2004 ("Gallery One":http://www.flickr.com/photos/gurno/sets/72057594059801058/, "Gallery Two":http://northfield.org/gallery/highwater0604), it was making quite a racket as it churned past downtown.

If you'd like to see more, look inside...


Our Library

Northfield Public Library

No longer is Northfield Public Library a stuffy brick building with pull out catalog drawers as it was in 1985 when the library was last renovated.  Our library now has personal computers, the Internet, wireless access, a book section entirely in Spanish, books on tape and CD, pictures of you and me when we were in high school (provided you graduated from NHS), and old Northfield phone books.  The old Northfield phone books aren't interesting until you realize some of them listed the man's name, "wife", the man's job, and finally the kids' names and birth dates.


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