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Big winner plans to have friends share 'Dinner on Us'

Congratulations to Jane Fenton, the grand prize winner in our 'Dinner on Us' membership contest.

After 10 weeks of giving away dinners at restaurants throughout Northfield, we decided to give our final winner the option to choose the perfect dinner -- and we threw in $100 to pay for it.  Jane says she plans to invite her friends over, order dinner from her favorite restaurant, Kurry Kabab, and let the fun begin.

Here's a little more about Jane:

"I am the Director of community relations at Laura Baker Services and have been since last November.  I’ve lived in Northfield since my first days as a freshman at Carleton College, slightly over 20 years ago. 

"I have two sons, Eddie Martin, a sophomore at the high school, and Cliff Martin, a sixth grader at the middle school.  The three of us have appeared in several plays at the Arts Guild over the last couple of years, most recently “The Jungle Book.” I just competed in the 15K road race during the Defeat of Jesse James Days, and I finished, much to my delight. I visit at the Long Term Care Center at Northfield Hospital as a Pet Therapy volunteer with my dog Patch.  I’ll be spelling in Thursday night’s spelling bee at the Grand, and will appear as part of a dance troupe in the upcoming cabaret at the NAG on Oct. 14.  Fortunately in both cases, my sense of humor will keep me from dying of embarrassment in public."


Fall brings election season to ARTech!

As a charter school, Northfield School of Arts and Technology (ARTech) is its own school district, goverened by its own school board, which consists of seven teachers, parents, and community members.  As election season approaches, the ARTech board is seeking interested parties to apply for two open seats for parent/community members.  If you are interested, please send a letter including a brief summary of experiences and statement of interest by September 30 to:

Board Chair
Northfield School of Arts and Technology
PO Box 349
Northfield, MN 55057

The ARTech school board meets the second Thursday of every month at 6:30 pm at the school.  The school's Annual Meeting will be held at the October meeting on October 5.  You can find more information about the school at www.artech.k12.mn.us and the school board at www.artech.k12.mn.us/board.


Hurry, it's your last chance for 'Dinner on Us'

And this time, you choose the prize!

We've warned you. And here it is. This is your last chance to win "Dinner On Us." 

First, we have to announce the winner of our Week 10 drawing, Debbie Root, who wins a $50 gift certificate to the Contented Cow.

That's right, we've had 10 weeks of winners, enjoying 10 weeks of dinners at our favorite Northfield restaurants.

And now you can win the big prize: $100 you can use to create your dream dinner. Yes, you can choose any restaurant in town and we'll pick up the tab, up to $100. You can use the money to buy wine and flowers and groceries to cook up a romantic dinner at home. You can buy beer and burgers for for a football party for the whole gang. The only catch is that you have to send a photo and tell us what you've "cooked up" for that perfect dinner.

You can enter the contest by becoming a member of Northfield.org. you will be entered into the next Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is noon on Friday, September 22, with the winner announced next Monday, September 28.

You don't have to contribute to enter; and if you have entered already and haven't won, your name has been forwarded to the final drawing.

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.


More readers enjoy 'Dinner on Us'

We love good news, and we really love making good news happen.

Now we've made more neighbors happy with the news that they've won a $50 gift certificate in our latest "Dinner on Us" drawing. Rich Noer and Laurie Fleming both have shared their happiness, along with some kind words for Northfield.org.

By now, you probably know about our "Dinner on Us" membership drive. You know the routine. You make your $20 donation (or more) to become a member of Northfield.org, and we put your name in our weekly drawing for a $50 gift certificate to one of the city's fun restaurants. (You also can enter just by sending an e-mail.

Find out more about our latest winners inside...


Get Northfield.org Via Email

Howard Stern may label himself the King of all Media, but he's got nothing on us recently.

Starting today, you can subscribe to Northfield.org via email - with the news and information delivered right to your in-box once everyday! Follow this link to our 'Subscribe' page and enter your email address. It's provided by our friends at the most excellent FeedBurner.com. The directions are simple and there are no personal questions to answer, just a simple captcha to prove you're not a nefarious robot trying to sign people up unintentionally. There's no charge and your privacy is assured, as always.

...And that's it! After that you'll get your headlines for the day delivered every afternoon at about three p.m. Just another way that we're making it easier to stay connected to Northfield - Cows, Colleges, and e-Contentment.


Northfield Area United Way launches new initiative

Today is the kick-off for the 2006 fall campaign for the Northfield Area United Way.  Many of Northfield’s CEOs and their appointed campaign directors will gather to learn about the campaign, and about the United Way's new initiative.

In collaboration with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, we as a community will mail a free book each month to the home of every child from birth to 5 years old in our area. 

Early literacy is regarded nationally as one of the important ways to improve the educational opportunities for our children. We know that learning to read is a process much like learning to speak or learning to walk.  This process begins at birth.  They need to learn how a book works – you read left to right and you turn pages.  They associate pictures with words and emotions.  These are all steps along the way to learning to read.  Perhaps even more importantly, they also learn to love to read


"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Ten Drawing:  The Contented Cow

We are proud to announce that our 10th "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to the Contented Cow.  Yes, that's 10 weeks of winners, enjoing 10 weeks of dinners at our favorite Northfield restaurants.

And you can join them, just by joining us. But hurry, because this party can't go on forever.

By becoming a member of Northfield.org you will be entered into the next Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is noon on September 17, with the winner being announced on Monday, September 18.

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.


Fall library story times resume soon!

After the big kids go to school we will be resuming our story times for little ones at the Northfield Public Library.

The programs, which are free and open to all, begin Wednesday, September 13.

  • “I like books!” preschool story time returns on September 13.  We will have two story times each week: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. for ages 3 to 5 with caregiver.
  • “Patty Cake, Patty Cake” Infant Lapsit returns Tuesday, September 19 at 10 a.m. for children 6 to 24 months.
  • Our on-going FIRST STEPS Early Literacy Center is open Monday, Friday and Saturday mornings from 10a.m. – noon.  It features hands-on fun and learning for children 6 months to 5 years! 
  • “Merlin Mondays” is a boys-only book group that meets Monday evenings at 7 p.m.  New members are always welcome. 

Watch for updates on when the following activities resume:

  • Saturday morning Carleton ACT Student’s story hour 
  • Adventure Girls, St. Olaf Honor house's girls only book group. 

Library programs are free and open to all.  For special needs or more information please call 645-6606 or visit Northfield Public Library website.


History comes to life each fall in DJJD

If you live in Northfield, I don't have to explain who these men are and what's going on this weekend. If you're not volunteering, you've already picked out your favorite events and made plans to be a part of the Defeat of Jesse James Days -- DJJD as its known here. As usual with big events, we have a photo gallery set up and will update it through the weekend. And you can go directly to the DJJD homepage and schedule by clicking here or on the logo at right.

For those of you new to town or visiting, this is a typical festival, with food, entertainment, a parade, craft show and bank robbery...

OK, a bank robbery is a little different. And it's what has set this event apart for 58 years now.

More inside...


"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Nine Drawing:  Chapati

We are proud to announce that our ninth "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to Chapati.  By becoming a member of Northfield.org you will be entered into the Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is noon on September 10th with the winner being announced on Monday, September 11th.

And hurry. We only have a few weeks left before we wrap up our membership campaign with a grand prize drawing. More on that soon...

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.


Settlement: No Oil In Organic

Atina and Martin DiffleyMinnesota Pipeline Company, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, agreed to not build an oil pipeline through Gardens of Eagan in a settlement with the organic farm north of Northfield on Friday.

In January, the Public Utilities Commission recieved the company's proposal for a new pipeline from Clearbrook, Minn., to the Koch refinery in Rosemount. The proposed route for the crude oil line bisected Gardens of Eagan, the organic farm of Atina and Martin Diffley.


Time is running out to win 'Dinner on Us'

Week Eight Drawing:  Hogan Brothers

OK, it was the end of August, we were fixing the holes in our cars and our roofs and we didn't get a drawing done last week. That means you still have time to enter your name to win our eighth "Dinner On Us" gift certificate, which is for $50 to the Hogan Brothers.  By becoming a member of Northfield.org you will be entered into the Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is noon on September 3, with the winner being announced on Monday, September 4.

Now, the fun can't go on forever. We'll be wrapping up the contest soon, with a big final prize. More on that soon. 

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. Everyone who enters will be eligible for the final prize.

Now, we don't mean to nag, but if you loved the great storm coverage last week, our fun photo contests, our rich photo galleries of major events and our passionate ISSUES List discussions, we need your help. (Think public radio, but without all the big money).

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.


St. Olaf Wind Turbine: Weblog and Photo Gallery

Northfield.org user Pat Kelley sent us this note about the new St. Olaf wind turbine weblog that he's created (check out the great panoramic photos!):

The St. Olaf wind turbine construction documentation now has its own blog, separate from the St. Olaf construction blog, at http://stolafturbine.blogspot.com.

I'll continue to update the construction blog when I shoot new panoramas and whatnot around the new science center complex site.

And user Tim Freeland sent us a batch of photos of the wind turbine construction, along with this note:


After the storm: what now?

It's good to see that more people are following Police Chief Gary Smith's lead and posting information and advice following last Thursday’s incredible hailstorm. The following posts can all be found in one handy location: the Northfield.org Blogosphere.

David Bly has a wealth of information about making insurance claims for your home and property in a resource page full of storm damage info.

Northfield Construction Company posted a list of considerations regarding storm repair to your home.

And Bruce Anderson has a story about “making lemonade from hail-damaged lemons” (also known as replacing that totaled gas guzzler with a much more efficient vehicle) in the RENew Northfield blog.

If you’ve got anything you want to share, add a comment to this story, or email it to us and we’ll do our best to pass it along.


Northfield.org statistics - we hit a record!

This was a record month for Northfield.org, mostly due to the August 24th hail storm.  The following stats are based on data collected from July 27, to August 27.

Visits (a record!):

During the one-month timeframe, Northfield.org served up 54,000+ pages (about 10,000 more than last month). During the month, there were 22,000+ site visits,  and 10,000+ of those being unique visitors browsing Northfield.org  So the hail storm news indeed attracted new visitors. On the day of the storm, Northfield.org peaked at around 4000 site visits with a total of 9600+ page views!  Per day, the average number of visits during the month was a tad over 514 visits.  Click the graphs below to display larger versions. Look close, and you'll see the huge traffic spike on the 24th/25th...

Summary Stats-1

Well, there's the stats for the (record) month. We'll continue to post them every month for your viewing pleasure.


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