Taste of Northfield is Thursday. Severe weather sirens are tuned up and on alert


NDDC head honcho Ross Currier stopped by my corner office at GBM this morning to remind me that Taste of Northfield 2013 is tomorrow.  As usual, he’s concerned about the weather since it’s a one-day event with a history of meteorological –> Read More

Trout stream feedback session


On June 4, Bridgewater Township invites the public to a feedback session on next steps to improve and protect Rice Creek (Spring Brook). The session will take place from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Town Hall, 500 Railway Street South, Dundas.

Rice Creek is the only trout stream –> Read More

A Bikeable Community Workshop in Faribault indicates what Northfield should be doing


Northfield City Administrator and Faribault resident Tim Madigan alerted me to a Bikeable Community Workshop hosted by the Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism last week.  I contacted Kymn Anderson, Chamber President, to see if there was room for any Northfielders and she graciously allowed me to –> Read More

Introduction to kayaking: free CRWP course on May 22


Spring is finally here.  It’s time to get out and enjoy our wonderful watershed.  The Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP) invites you to learn to kayak in a relaxed setting on May 22nd – 6 PM – 7:30 PM.

Instructors: Marshall Wright (ACA instructor) and Betsy Wright.

Where: 5351 –> Read More

Benjamin Percy book release party, May 20


Author Ben Percy will read from his new novel, Red Moon, Monday, May 20, 7:30 pm at the Rueb ‘N’ Stein. The Counterfactuals will play a set prior to the reading. Refreshments will be served.

This is certain to be one of the coolest events in which I’ve been –> Read More

Vote now on the seven school calendar concepts


At the April 30 community calendar meeting, participants identified the benefits and concerns of seven calendar concepts. At the end of the meeting, participants were asked to vote yes or no on each one (abstaining was also permitted), answering this question:

Does this calendar type have enough merit to –> Read More

R.I.P. Dan Freeman


From Suzanne Freeman, posted to Dan Freeman’s Caring Bridge page last night:

Around 7:30 this evening, my dad died.

As you all can imagine, while we knew it was coming, no one expected it so soon.  I arrived at noon to relieve Cynthia and he was about the –> Read More

Downtown parking panel discussion via video conference scheduled for today, May 6, 5 pm




We’re hosting a live video conference today, May 6, at 5 pm to discuss the DRAFT "final" report on the Downtown Parking Conversation. The draft is on the agenda for the City Council work session on Tuesday, May 14th.

Panelists confirmed thus far:

Britt Ackerman (attorney, –> Read More

Photos: Lynne Young and Liz Wheeler retirement reception


I went to last week’s retirement reception at Northfield City Hall for Lynne Young, Northfield Public Library Director, and Liz Wheeler, Director of Human Resources, IT and Risk. Former Northfield City Administrator and current Edina City Manager Scott Neal was among the dignitaries who attended.

I was –> Read More

Chess tournament at the Cow, Sat. May 11


A week ago or more I was having a beer at the Contented Cow when Norman Butler told me that these enterprising college students were organizing a chess tournament.

They sent me this info:

11am-6pm Saturday, May 11, 2013

arrive at 10:45am to enter

The Contented Cow, 302B –> Read More

Neil Young Tribute show at the Contented Cow, Sat. May 11


The management of the Contented Cow in Northfield, MN announced today that they will host Down By the River: A Tribute to Neil Young on Saturday, May 11th, beginning at 4:00 in the afternoon. More than two dozen artists from Southern Minnesota and the Twin Cities will gather to –> Read More

Mary Closner say don’t think twice, vote twice for swag, and by Monday midnight, please. She could win $5,000 for her business


Mary Closer, proprietor of swag – fine & funky art in downtown Northfield, stopped by my corner office at GBM last week. She has been spamming her friends and enemies (I think I’m both lists) with this email:

I’m still trying to get votes for the Intuit program –> Read More

Robbie’s weekend in the limelight


My sweetie, Robbie Wigley, was in the limelight a bit this weekend.

Left: She got an award at the Melaleuca convention in Salt Lake City. Among the hundreds of Senior Directors, she was third in customer retention for the year.

Right: She was in a photo on –> Read More

Featured books at Monkey See Monkey Read bookstore: Ordinary Grace; Orphan Train


Ordinary Grace

From New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger comes a brilliant new novel about a young man, a small town, and murder in the summer of 1961.

“It’s been a while since a story forced me to abandon my plans for the day. This book has –> Read More

Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota‘s annual meeting makes it clear: the time is right for Northfield to get its bike act together


In late Feb, I attended the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota‘s (BikeMN) third annual Minnesota Bicycle Summit on Capitol Hill, noting that I was “trying to get smarter about the state of bike advocacy in Minnesota…” (Blog post here.)

A few weeks later, for the same reason, I attended the –> Read More

Photos: May snow downtown


A crew from the Weather Channel was broadcasting from Bridge Square last night as it started to snow.

I took these photos shortly before 6 am. It seems like we got more than 6 inches of wet cement again (last week the total was 6.5). I may –> Read More

Photo album: April snow downtown


Last year at about this time of April, I wrote in a blog post “I noticed yesterday that dozens of new trees had been planted along South Highway 3…” and included 4 photos like the one on the left above. This morning we woke up to 6 inches –> Read More

Photo album: Sgt. Mark Murphy’s retirement party


Many Northfield area well-wishers and maybe a few of the occasionally arrested turned out for Northfield Police Sergeant Mark Murphy‘s retirement party at Northfield City Hall Council Chambers yesterday afternoon.

See my large slideshow of 22 photos (recommended) or SLOW CLICK this small slideshow:

–> Read More

Mark Murphy, one of Northfield’s finest, retires today. Party on Monday.


Northfield Police Sergeant Mark Murphy stopped by my corner office at GBM on Wednesday and gave me the news: he’s retiring today. I later found the details of his retirement party in this KYMN news blog post, Sgt. Murphy hangs up his badge:

Interim Police Chief Chuck Walerius…  invites –> Read More

Cannon River Outfitters vs. Cannon River Outfitters


Back in February, the Heritage Preservation Commission approved Jim Bohnhoff’s sign request on behalf of Northfielder Dale Gehring’s new business, Cannon River Outfitters. See the Feb. 28 packet, pages 4-8:

The Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) is being asked to review a sign permit for a new wall sign at –> Read More

CRWP to offer rain barrel workshops


Help clean up the Cannon River and collect free soft water for your flower gardens.  Join the Cannon River Watershed Partnership in learning about runoff and the benefits of rain barrels for water conservation and gardening.  Go home with a fully assembled 55-gallon plastic rain barrel and the knowledge –> Read More

Celebrate spring with the Cannon River Watershed Partnership


While it may not look much like spring today it’s coming soon – really!  Cannon River Watershed Partnership has some fabulous opportunities for you to get outdoors, explore the watershed and celebrate spring. 

Introduction to Kayaking – April 17th – 6 PM

Instructors: Marshall Wright (ACA instructor) and –> Read More

Do you live in/near downtown Northfield? Does the school calendar matter to you? Then your input is needed

parking calendar screenshot

Some news on the two Northfield-related citizen engagement projects that I’m working on:

Left: my photo of the NDDC’s Ross Currier, navigating icy sidewalks last week to distribute invitations to residents who live near downtown, inviting them to a residential stakeholders meeting this Thursday, 8 pm at the –> Read More

Photo album: Paul Krause’s documentary premiere of Fred Somers’ painting ‘Genesis’


I went to the premiere of Genesis: The Art of Creation at Carleton College’s Weitz Cinema last night.

‘Genesis’ is a Paul Krause documentary about Northfield artist Fred Somers and the creation of the largest painting of his career. I blogged about it earlier this week.

If you missed –> Read More

Sex al fresco redux by the Northfield News: ‘Getting it on in the great outdoors’


Last month, the Northfield News posted this to their Facebook page:

There is something blissfully naughty about getting intimate in public. In high school, we necked in the back seat of our cars on a deserted road because there was no where else to go. Then, we grew up, –> Read More

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