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"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Four Drawing:  Froggy Bottoms

We are proud to announce that our fourth "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to Froggy Bottoms.  By becoming a member of Northfield.org you will be entered into the Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is midnight on July 30th with the winner being announced on Monday, July 31th.

 

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.


Bill Ostrem wins 'Dinner on Us'

We have another winner!

I have a special reason to be excited this week because I know the winner!

Bill Ostrem is a great guy who is making a huge difference in the way people think about the city. He's working with Bruce Anderson over at RENew Northfield and city officials to promote bicycle and pedestrian friendly transportation plans. An avid bicycle rider and nature lover, he also shares his wide interests in his blog Northern Letter, which is part of our blogosphere.

Bill certainly deserves a prize but all he needed was a little luck to have his name drawn as the winner of a $50 gift certificate for Chapati, just for joining Northfield Citizens Online, the group that brings you Northfield.org.

This is what Bill has to say about us...


Carleton bids farewell to 'Twigonometry'

Editor's note: Just a reminder that the Twigonometry celebration is at 3 p.m. today, Monday.

Twigonometry,” the fascinating twig sculpture on the Bald Spot at Carleton College, is coming down this summer almost four years after it was erected by Carleton staff and volunteers.

But it won’t go away without a proper goodbye. Carleton will host a farewell ice cream social in honor of the sculpture on Monday, July 24 at 3 p.m. Festivities, which will take place on the Bald Spot adjacent to the popular twig form, will include brief remarks by Carleton staff, ice cream for everyone and balloons for children.

Neighbors and friends are encouraged to place goodbye notes inside Twigonometry anytime before the party; paper and markers also will be available during the ice cream social for writing additional notes.


Just Food seeks new board members

Submitted by Joey Robison

Four people will be elected in 2006 to serve on the Just Food Board of Directors. Member-owners are eligible to be elected to three of the open positions. Co-op employees are eligible to be elected to the fourth open position. Board members are elected democratically by member-owners: one membership may cast one vote for each of the four open positions. Votes cast by the beginning of the annual meeting in October will be tabulated and the results announced during the program. New board members begin serving their terms in October.


Northfield featured in 'Mother Earth News'

Northfield one of 12 Great PlacesIn its August/September issue, Mother Earth News, a magazine about sustainable living, lists Northfield in an article entitled 12 Great Places You've Never Heard Of.

Northfield is listed among smaller towns that offer options for sustainable-minded people looking for "places to visit or sink roots." Among the other cities listed were Fairfield, Iowa, Ithaca, New York; Blue Hill, Maine, and others. Northfield is described as "charming," and having "an air of prosperous contentment that’s quite unusual for a town this small."

Scott Schumacher is a board member of The Center for Sustainable Living.


"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Three Drawing:  Chapati

We are proud to announce that our third "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 midnight on July 23th with the winner being announced on Monday, July 24th.

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.


Mary Schier wins 'Dinner on Us'

We have another winner!

Mary Schier of Northfield loves her family, her dog, Lily -- and Northfield.org. She loves us a little more today because she has won a $50 gift certificate for Grundy's Reub 'N' Stein, just for joining Northfield Citizens Online, the group that brings you Northfield.org.

This is what Mary has to say about us: 

"I have been an almost daily visitor to Northfield.org for the past two years. It's a great source of up-to-the-minute information on what's happening around Northfield--from city government to the business community to arts and social events. I especially enjoy the photos from events and the blogs. As someone who works from home, I think of northfield.org as a virtual water-cooler or coffee shop."

And here's how Mary describes herself: 

"I've lived in Northfield 19 years (my hubby, Steve, teaches at Carleton, and we have two high-school age daughters.) I'm a freelance writer and editor. My main assignment is editing Northern Gardener (www.northerngardener.org), the magazine of the the Minnesota State Horticultural Society. I also write for regional business and alumni magazines. Those flowers in the picture are 'Rocket Mix' snapdragons. Locally, I'm a volunteer with the Friends of the Northfield Public Library."

As most of you know, we have launched a membership campaign, aimed at getting all of you who enjoy Northfield.org to support it financially. We're asking just $20 for an individual membership, and we're doing it on the honor system so you won't be getting a bill or seeing a blank screen if you don't pay.

In return for helping out, however, we are giving you a chance to win "Dinner on Us," a $50 gift certificate for dinner at local restaurant. We're drawing one name a week, and this is our first drawing. Those of you who didn't win, don't worry. Your names will be forwarded to our next drawing, for a gift certificate to Chapati. The next deadline for entries is midnight on July 23, with the winner being announced on Monday, July 24.

You can join right now by visiting the new member page. But you don't have to join to enter the drawing; just hit the contact us button and send us an e-mail. That's all there is to it.


Mill Towns Trail plans becoming reality

Mill Towns TrailOK, this isn’t officially a news story, but Peggy Prowe does such a readable job of recording the minutes of the Mill Towns Trail board meetings that we decided to share them as is.

And there’s a lot going on. In fact, we also just received word from Tim Madigan (Faribault City Administrator) that the City of Faribault will host a ribbon-cutting for the opening of the White Sands trail head facility at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 29. This facility connects the Mill Towns and Sakatah trails.

We’ll have more on the ribbon-cutting later, but here are Peggy’s notes on all that’s happening with the trail and all the opportunities for people to help.

Read the rest of the entry for Peggy's notes...


"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week Two Drawing:  The Rueb 'N' Stein

We are proud to announce that our 2nd "Dinner On Us" gift certificate is for $50 to The Rueb 'N' Stein.  By becoming a member of Northfield.org you will be entered into the Dinner On Us membership drawing.  The deadline for this week is midnight on July 16th with the winner being announced on Monday July 17th.

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 Northfield.org site to find out what's happening in your community.  The following is a summary of past winners.


"Dinner On Us" Membership Drawing

Week One Drawing:  The Ole Store

The Ole Store

When we announced the new Northfield.org 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 Northfield.org and you will be entered into the Dinner On Us drawing.  Each Monday for the next two months Northfield.org 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 Northfield.org site to find out what's happening in your community.



Become a Member

nco_logoCan you believe it? We've been doing this for almost 15 years! Long before blogging and digital cameras and chat rooms and wi-fi were part of our everyday vocabulary, a small group of local residents were exploring the new online world.

Northfield Citizens Online (NCO) was started in December of 1991 and has evolved over the years into two main platforms: the Northfield.org site and the ISSUES discussion list. NCO is a non-profit (501c3) organization whose overall goal is to strengthen the sense of community in the greater Northfield area.

We have dubbed 2006 our Year of Change. We've reached out to people and organizations to create a broader, more vibrant, more exciting site. We've revamped the technology to make the site look and work better. We've given you one place to check out everything in town, with new items every day. We've received national and international recognition as pioneers in online community journalism. And we have more features, more contests and more fun planned.


Dukes Open Big, Shut Down Burnsville 4-1

The "Dundas Dukes":http://dundasdukes.com took on the Burnsville Bobcats last night at Memorial Field in Dundas. Northfield.org was there and we've got a "small photo gallery":http://flickr.com/photos/northfield_mn/sets/72157594181403018/ courtesy of Jonathan Jaranson.

The Dukes opened strong scoring 3 in the bottom of the first on two walks, a wild pitch, a throwing error, and a homerun. They followed that up with another in the second and that would be all they needed.

Burnsville scored 1 in the third, but a team of Dukes pitchers shut them down the rest of the way.

The Dukes play three this weekend - 7:30 Friday night at home against Elko and two away, Hastings on Sunday and the mighty *Northfield Knights* on *July 4th*.


Students return from France

DSCN0643 More than a dozen Northfield High School students returned to Minnesota on Saturday after an 18-day trip to France through the Language & Friendship program.

Leaving Northfield on the final day of exams, the students flew via Frankfurt to Nice. From there they made their way by coach and train to Arles, the chateaux of the Loire valley, Mont St. Michel, the D-Day beaches in Normandy, Rouen, and Monet's home and garden at Giverny. The students then lived for six days with host families in or near Paris and concluded the trip with two final days in Paris, culminating with dinner at the Eiffel Tower and a late-night cruise of the Seine.

While in Paris they visited Northfield French teacher Denise Halvorson, who has been on a Fulbright teaching exchange in Paris for the past school year while Frenchman Thomas Werth has been teaching in Northfield. The group also included two Fairmont High School students and was led by two Fairmont teachers, Carol Voss and Carol Nasby.


"Historic Northfield" Sign Installed

A fantastic new "Historic Northfield" sign went up along Interstate 35 yesterday. I may just have to start using the highway more often for my commute, just so I can see it on my drive and smile smugly about what a great town I live in!

Northfield Downtown Development Corporation blogger Ross Currier has got the full-size photo and the long list of folks responsible for the sign on the NDDC website at http://nddc.org.


Northfield.org Statistics

NCO and the NCO Tech Committee love statistics. Especially when there are pretty charts and graphs to go along with them (hey, corporate life will do that!). We've provided some interesting Northfield.org statistics and analytics, based on data collected from May 25 to June 25.

Look inside for the details...


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