Photo album: Bridge Square & Division St. after a snowfall

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I took these photos this morning at about 6:30 am.

Play the large slideshow of my 8 photos (recommended) or SLOW CLICK this small slideshow:

Pickleball is coming to Northfield this spring and this summer

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I’ve been hearing about the sport of pickleball from a high school buddy in the Twin Cities for a couple of years and I’ve been more curious lately since I’ve not played racquetball since Northfield Athletic Club/Olympus closed.

So when I read an article in the StarTribune a month –> Read More

The lesson of a Dakota Pinnacle Birch: Why blogs, tags, and linking continue to rule for search engine results

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I became a member of the Board of Minnesota Offroad Cyclists (MORC) back in January. At a meeting last weekend, a couple of board members who are avid mountain bikers told me that whenever they Google themselves, the search results return blog posts and photos from my blog, Mountain Bike –> Read More

City of Northfield seeks input on Sixth St. reconstruction project: cul-de-sac, sidewalks, bike lanes and more

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It’s a big week for the City of Northfield’s Sixth St. reconstruction project:

A third neighborhood meeting on Mar. 5 at City Hall A special meeting with the Old Memorial Park neighborhood on cul-de-sac landscaping options – Mar. 6 at City Hall A new blog discussion thread on sidewalks planned for both sides –> Read More

Helen Albers and her Red Maple tree on Bridge Square

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Last week in a discussion thread on the Bridge Square project blog about the Civil War monument there, Northfielder Helen Albers wrote:

I want the beautiful Red Maple tree, which I planted years ago, to remain where it is. It is a perfect tree. How fortunate I have been –> Read More

Register/attend the Bridge Square live web conference, Wed. Dec. 11, 7 pm

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I’m putting on my citizen engagement consultant hat to alert y’all that tonight at 7 pm, we’re hosting a live web conference that’s intended to replicate some of the Dec. 9 Bridge Square Open House. To participate (comment or ask questions), you’ll need to register.

And if you –> Read More

Take the Bridge Square straw poll; attend the Dec. 9th Open House or the Dec. 11 web conference

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I’m putting on my citizen engagement consultant hat to alert y’all that the Northfield Bridge Square straw poll is ready. It only takes 5 minutes to complete, unless of course, you choose to include comments with it.

For rationale and background, see the Nov. 20 blog post: Help –> Read More

Photo album: Northfield Area Bike Initiative community meeting (Soup & Cycles)

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Local bicycling advocates got together last night at the Weitz Center for Soup and Cycles, billed as

“an information gathering and brainstorm for representatives of Northfield area bike clubs and bike-interested groups, community leaders and educators”

The text of Suzie Nakasian’s email invitation is below, along with her follow-up –> Read More

Photo album: Northfield Area Family YMCA groundbreaking

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Earlier this afternoon, the Northfield Area Family YMCA held its groundbreaking celebration for its new facility on Honey Locust Drive. From the press release:

With construction plans for Phase I finalized, Northfield’s Y, which is expected to open in the fall of 2014, will feature an indoor aquatics center, –> Read More

Bridge Square is Northfield’s living room. The public process for planning its future begins Oct. 23

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Last week, the City of Northfield announced on its website and via an emailed press release (PDF) that the public process for creating a master planning update for Bridge Square begins this Wednesday with an open house at the Archer House, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

There’s now –> Read More

Mill Towns Trail update from the DNR: Northfield citizens have a problem to solve

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Top officials from the Minnesota DNR Parks and Trails Division held a meeting for a group of local elected officials on Friday at Dundas City Hall to bring them up to speed on current and future developments with the Mill Towns Trail.

DNR Parks and Trails staff:

–> Read More

My Northfield photo exhibit opens with a reception on Sept. 9 at the Northfield Senior Center

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My Northfield photography exhibit (Near-Far Northfield) opens in the Northfield Senior Center Gallery next Monday, September 9 with a reception from 5-7 pm.  The exhibit runs through Oct. 13.

(Naturally, I have a new Northfield Photos blog and a @NfldMNPhotos Twitter feed.)

Senior Center Assistant Director Patsy Dew –> Read More

At last, a photo of sex al fresco right here in Northfield

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Ever since I first blogged about Sex al fresco in Northfield back in 2007, I’m been waiting to get my own photo of it happening so I didn’t have to keep using Vita.mn’s Summer Love cover image.

A week or so ago, I took the photo of the –> Read More

Photo album, video: Arlo Cristofaro at the NAG

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I first blogged about Arlo Cristofaro-Hark back in 2011 when I took photos of him inside a greenhouse at ARTech (now called Arcadia Charter School).  He graduated last spring and after attending McNally Smith College of Music courtesy of PSO, he’s become a musician with a new CD –> Read More

Three game tables soon to be installed on Bridge Square

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EQC member George Kinney stopped by my corner office at GBM this morning and asked me if I knew what was going on with the concrete truck on Bridge Square. I went to investigate and learned from Streets & Parks Supervisor TJ Heinricy and Councilor Dave DeLong that –> Read More

Photo redux: Vintage Band Festival 2010

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The 2013 Vintage Band Festival begins tomorrow and runs through the weekend. Paul Niemisto has done it again.

Rob Hardy has a blog post on Northfield.org titled Northfeld in the News: Vintage Band Festival 2013 that links to all the media coverage.

You can follow the @vintagebandfest Twitter feed –> Read More

The Mill Towns Trail between Northfield and Dundas is navigable, if you’re not a pussy

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Armstrong Road between Northfield and Dundas is still closed from the July 13 flooding (Flooding wipes out Mill Towns Trail bridge, slices Armstrong Road, undermines railroad bed) and it could be months before it reopens.  Likewise, the Mill Towns Trail.

But there’s a way around, as I discovered –> Read More

Northfielder Bill Steele’s first love is not EcoTrans; it’s Bolder Options

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Bill Steele—one of at least three Northfielders by that name—is not just the owner of EcoTrans but has been involved with a non-profit organization in the Twin Cities called Bolder Options since its inception.

Bill invited me to their open house last Thursday and gave me a –> Read More

Northfield’s new park could include a mountain bike / pump & jump park and save the city $280,000

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Northfield’s acquisition of the Fargaze Meadows subdivision for a future park comes with an eyesore: a huge mound of dirt. In the May 28 Fbo Daily News: Northfield gains 40 acres from Rice County for parks and trails:

But converting the land will neither easy nor cheap. A giant –> Read More

MPR’s Molly Bloom visits Northfield for their ‘Get Out There’ segment

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More than a few Northfielders got this email recently from Molly Bloom, Public Insight Analyst for MPR News and their Public Insight Network:

I’m writing today because you’re a source in our Public Insight Network and you’ve told us that you live in Northfield. We’re working on a series –> Read More

Women farmland owners in southeast Minnesota invited to free conservation discussion and field tour July 23 in Northfield

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Women who own or manage farmland in southeast Minnesota are invited to a free conservation discussion and field tour on Tuesday, July 23, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 3rd St. West, Northfield, MN. Coffee and registration begin at 8:30 a.m. A free lunch is provided. The program will –> Read More

Flooding wipes out Mill Towns Trail bridge, slices Armstrong Road, undermines railroad bed

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Another (100-year?) rainfall ‘event’ has brought me out of my blogging hiatus.

  

   I took these photos early this afternoon on Armstrong Road near the Northfield compost facility where runoff from this morning’s torrential rainfall cut through the road, washed away the Mill Towns Trail bridge, and completely –> Read More

Seeds Farm CSA now offering shares, optional add-ons, and an experiential partnership with the Northfield Y

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I blogged about the SEEDS Project (Social Entrepreneurship Environmental Design and Stewardship) back in July of 2010 so I was glad to get an update about it a couple weeks ago from Seeds Farm Manager Becca Carlson when she stopped by my corner office at GBM.

I –> Read More

Forza! is hosting an ‘Original Strength’ workshop on June 22-23

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I’ve been using kettlebells ever since Gretchen Falck opened her Forza! studio here in Northfield back in 2008. And my wife Robbie has been a regular at her classes for 3+ years. So when Gretchen is excited about something new, we pay attention.  What’s new?  See her blog post –> Read More

Celebrate State Water Trails – Paddle with CRWP

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2013 is the 50th anniversary of the Minnesota State Water Trails system, the first and largest in the nation.  State Water Trails are recreational routes on waterways that are managed for canoeing, kayaking, boating and camping.  They include a network of public water accesses, campsites and rest areas. They –> Read More

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