With the change in my business focus and multiple other interests emerging, I’ve decided that now is good time for me to see if someone else is interested in taking over this Locally Grown Northfield blog, domain name, and community of commenters.
It’s been a good –> Read More
I was in St. Paul yesterday morning for the Parks and Trails Council of Minnesota’s Day on the Hill which their web site described as:
… a great opportunity to network with other park and trail supporters from around the state, learn about the issues, and hear from park –> Read More
In what is perceived as a social stigma in a two-college town, members of Northfield Southwest Neighborhood Association (NSWNA) have filed a discrimination law suit against the City of Northfield for it’s refusal to replace the four street signs in the neighborhood which have the words ‘W Nineth –> Read More
The Fate of Mercy Alban
From award-winning novelist Wendy Webb (The Tale of Halcyon Crane, winner of the 2011 Minnesota Book Award for Genre Fiction) comes a spine-tingling, modern-day haunted house story set on Lake Superior.
Grace Alban has spent twenty years away from her childhood home, the stately –> Read More
There is something significant about this item attached to the railing on the pedestrian footbridge over the Cannon River.
If you can guess or even come up with a plausible explanation, there could be something good that will happen to you, according to those with whom I’m authorized –> Read More
I’ve been a bit of a laggard here on LoGro lately. For years, I’ve had something new on the blog everyday but in the last month, I’ve only had a few new posts/week and have not been very active in the comment threads.
I’ve created a new –> Read More
Back in mid-January, I took photos of people speaking at open mic at the Northfield Board of Education meeting about the proposed calendar (blog post here). This week, I took photos of people attending the calendar conversation meeting at the High School (blog post here). I had my consulting –> Read More
Back in early January, I blogged here on LoGro that Northfield Public Schools Superintendent Chris Richardson had hired me (with my Wigley and Associates consultant hat on) to manage the online engagement for the ‘balanced calendar’ that was being proposed. It never happened. Chris later wrote:
At the Jan. –> Read More
Last Wednesday I had a front row seat from my corner office window at GBM as Jim Bohnhoff , Howie Holt and crew mounted the exterior signs for the new Tandem Bagels shop next door that opens tomorrow morning.
Shop co-owner Tony Frentz was inside, also wearing –> Read More
Scott Dominic Carpenter will read from This Jealous Earth this Friday, March 8th, 7:30 pm. at Monkey See Monkey Read bookstore in downtown Northfield.
A man puts his beloved pets to the knife; a family prepares for the Rapture; a woman in a department store slips a necklace into –> Read More
NHS ED Hayes Scriven stopped by my table at GBM on Wed. morning to promo the Hops, Grapes & History event at Grand Event Center on Saturday.
I didn’t realize till later that my smartphone camera lens had gunk on it, making for a foggy photo.
His blog –> Read More
I attended the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota‘s (BikeMN) third annual Minnesota Bicycle Summit on Capitol Hill on Monday, as I’m trying to get smarter about the state of bike advocacy in Minnesota and who the players are. I became a BikeMN member a couple weeks ago and –> Read More
For the next week (and maybe longer), I’m moderating three focused blog discussion threads on the Parking Management for Downtown blog.
Although each one addresses the concerns of the particular stakeholder group (F2F meeting photos above), the discussions are open to all. Here are the links to each –> Read More
About a month ago, I happened to hear Splendid Table’s Lynne Rossetto Kasper interviewing journalist Tom Mueller about his new book, Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil on her show.
I normally don’t pay much attention to food shows but I knew that Northfield Olive –> Read More
Longtime Northfielder and Northfield Patch editor Corey Butler announced his resignation on his Facebook page earlier this week.
I got his permission to post it here and coaxed him into posing with me for a photo at the Spur this morning:
It’s with excitement and sadness that I –> Read More
First Ward Councilor Suzie Nakasian stopped by my office at GBM yesterday to tell me about the upcoming 7th Annual Northfield Winter Stomp. (She hijacked Cliff Martin into the photo who was at a table nearby.)
All the fun is happening this Friday at the Northfield Armory where –> Read More
I’ve been digging deeper into the Minnesota Open Meeting Law (OML) lately, because A) my citizen engagement work with the City of Northfield (parking) and the Northfield Public Schools (technology); and B) my presentations (example here) to public officials on blogging and social media on behalf of the League –> Read More
It’s not been a quiet week in Lake Wobegon Northfield for me.
The face-to-face meetings and online engagement activities for both the City of Northfield’s Downtown Parking Management plan and the Northfield School District’s Transformational Technology proposal have kept me busy this week.
And to top –> Read More
The Cannon River Watershed Partnership’s annual Winter Thaw – Wine Tasting and Auction that was originally planned for January 27th has been rescheduled to February 17, 2013 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM at the Cannon River Winery, 421 Mill Street West in Cannon Falls.
Join us for a tantalizing –> Read More
The City of Northfield launched its new website this week. I like the photos (heh), but I’ve otherwise not had time to check it out.
Post your comments, pros and cons, –> Read More
When: February 22, 2013, 7:30 pm ? 10:00 pm
Where: Grand Event Center
Address: 316 Washington Street, Northfield, MN 55057
“Armed with a truckload of new stories Mike Perry returns with an updated version of his popular Clodhopper Monologues. Mike takes to the stage with a microphone and a –> Read More
Steve Malecha, operator for the City of Northfield’s Public Works Department, was mowing the invasive trees around Hidden Valley Pond last Friday, right outside my back door.
The City rented the skid steer loader for a week to mow around all the city’s ponds. I guess it helps –> Read More
The day after the ‘balanced calendar’ online engagement project for the Northfield Public Schools that I blogged about back in early January got postponed, I put my Wigley and Associates consultant hat back on and had a meeting at the Northfield Public Schools District office with Superintendent Chris Richardson and –> Read More
Attorneys Matthew Rich and David Ludescher stopped by my corner office at GBM yesterday to let me know that their office is hosting an open house for the Northfield community on Friday to celebrate Marv Grundhoefer‘s 60th year in practice. Details here. See the firm’s History page for –> Read More
I saw former Northfield City Councilor Betsey Buckheit’s tweet this morning, linking to her blog post titled, Dear Senator Dahle where she says:
With the power shift in the state legislature, I’m looking forward to the legislative session with a teeny tiny bit of hope and a whole lot –> Read More