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Video: Blue Grass & Old Time Jam session at the Contented Cow

Blue Grass & Old Time Jam session Last week I stopped by the Contented Cow to hear the Blue Grass & Old Time Jam session that happens there every Tuesday night at around 7:30 PM. That night, there were many local musicians and a few drop-ins from out-of-town so I took a few photos and captured a 1-minute video. (continued)

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Bill Woehrlin rolls up his sleeves for the Red Cross and the CVEC

Bill Woehrlin I had the table across from Bill Woehrlin yesterday at the Red Cross two-day blood drive at the Northfield Ballroom. Bill quit his history gig at Carleton a long time ago and is now known for his Cannon Valley Elder Collegium courses. (continued) Continue reading Bill Woehrlin rolls up his sleeves for the Red Cross and the CVEC

War Kids Relief project ramps up

College City Beverage conference roomFor Xmas, I sent one of my sons the book A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah. I’d seen Beah on The Daily Show a while ago so when I saw the book at Monkey See Monkey Reads while doing my xmas shopping on xmas eve eve, I bought it.

I had already read Bonnie Obremski’s RepJ article a month earlier (Nationwide project soliciting participation from Northfield youth) describing War Kids Relief, a project being run by Northfield/Dennison-based Children’s Culture Connection (CCC). And I’d seen all the photos of the Iraqi kids on the walls of the Hideaway Coffeehouse and Winebar. Continue reading War Kids Relief project ramps up

Locally Grown’s election night party at the Upstairs Rueb

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Some local candidates are having private and not-so-private parties around town on Nov. 4. The political parties might be doing likewise.

But we, the LoGroNo Triumvirate, are hosting an election night event where:

  • Citizens of all stripes, sizes, persuasions, and affiliations can come together in one place to watch the election returns
  • Citizens can gather together to goodnaturedly cheer and boo each other and each others’ candidates as the wins and losses pile up
  • Candidates and their ardent supporters can get away from each other after too much togetherness at their own parties

FAQ

rueblogo500wWHERE IS THIS PARTY?
Upstairs at J. Grundy’s Rueb ‘n’ Stein, 503 Division St.

WHO’S INVITED?
Any Northfield-area citizen who’s old enough to vote and consume alcoholic beverages.

WHEN?
Anytime after 8 pm on Nov. 4

COVER CHARGE?
No. Just buy drinks and food.

TVS?
Yes, there are 6 TVs upstairs, all hooked up to cable. We’ll have them all tuned to election coverage.

INTERNET ACCESS?
Yes, there’s wi-fi so bring your laptop. We’ll also have a digital projector to beam local election results up on the wall.

CAN I ATTACH A COMMENT HERE TO PROMOTE ANOTHER ELECTION NIGHT PARTY?
If you’re having a party for a candidate or set of candidates or a political party, then sure, attach a comment here with the details. But if you’re having a generic election night party to compete with ours, then it would be bad form to promo your event here. If you do, we’ll send Joe the Plumber over to your party with a big wrench to work on your kneecaps.

WHAT IF I HAVE A QUESTION?
Use the comment box below.

New snafu for sidewalk dining with alcohol. AAARRRGGGHHH!!! (Ross was right)

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After recording yesterday’s podcast at KYMN, Ross, Tracy and I sauntered down Division to the HideAway Coffeehouse and Winebar to be among the first to imbibe alcohol on the sidewalk, courtesy of the City’s new sidewalk dining ordinance.

Jim and Joan Spaulding’s establishment was the first in town to complete the required paperwork, and set up tables and chairs with the proper boundary. They began serving alcoholic beverages last weekend.

Alas, we were told by one of the HideAway’s staff that Northfield City staff told them on Monday they had to stop. Some sort of approval was required by the City Council. Huh?

I phoned Joan this morning to confirm. She said was contacted by the City of Northfield’s Housing and Redevelopment Division staff person Michele Merxbauer on Monday and told that the City Council had to approve the deal before they could begin serving. She appealed to Community Development Director Brian O’Connell, to no avail. It was too late to get it on the Council agenda for Monday’s meeting, so they’d have to wait another two weeks till the next Council meeting.

The Spaulding’s busted their butts to get this in place for today’s Crazy Daze, so naturally, they’re angry. I’m angry that Brian and Michelle did not inform me or Ross (with his NDDC hat on) about this since we’ve worked on this for over two years. Nothing about this approval-of-each-applicant-by-the-Council requirement was mentioned when the ordinance was approved (May 19 minutes) nor when the fees were approved at the July 7 meeting (agenda packet p. 31). The Northfield municipal code has not yet been updated as per the Council’s directive:

ORDINANCE NO. 878 – AMENDING NORTHFIELD CODE CHAPTER 6, ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, ARTICLE II, RETAILERS, DIVISION 2, LICENSE, BY ADDING NEW SEC. 6-70, TEMPORARY EXPANSION OF LICENSED PREMISES; OUTDOOR SALES AND SERVICE, AND AMENDING NORTHFIELD CODE CHAPTER 14, BUSINESSES, BY ADDING NEW ARTICLE V, OUTDOOR FOOD AND BEVERAGE SERVICE.

The March 17 version of the Temporary Expansion of Licensed Premises ordinance (PDF) has language that could be interpreted to meant that the Council has to approve every single application but I’m guessing that the Councilors had no idea that they’d have to do this… and that it would add at least two weeks to the process for a business owner. If I’d known, I’d have lobbied to have the language changed. It’s a Mickey Mouse requirement for businesses that already have gotten approval for their liquor licenses. City staff should be able to make the decision.

And worst of all, I have to eat crow. Ross was right.

Finally, let us remember that this process continues. We should follow the implementation, gather feedback from the businesses affected by the new ordinance, note the anticipated “sunrise” that follows the “sunset” of this ordinance next Spring, and be alert to any additional ordinances that may be proposed to change the way that the private sector may share the public space. Our work is never done.