Laura Baker Services Association held their 10th annual auction at the Grand Event Center on Saturday night. Among the festivities, the Laura Baker choir performed jointly (left) with one of the Northfield Youth Choirs; center: some of the members of the LBS choir on stage; right: LBSA board member Cheryl Buck with Jane Fenton, Director of Community Relations. Click photos to enlarge and see the album for a dozen more photos.
Left: Ed Kuhlman, of Kuhlman Auction Service, did the live aution. See this video clip of Ed auctioning off some rare wine donated by Ed and Ann Lundstrom (1 min, 25 sec).
Right: video clip of the Laura Baker choir singing “Peace like a river.” (1 min).
The Northfield CQE held a Vote Yes! wine-tasting event last night at the James Gang Hideaway in support of the proposed operating levy and capital projects referenda on Nov. 7. Left photo (click to enlarge): Anne Maple and Julie Pritchard speaking to the crowd; right: HideAway owners Joan and Jim Spaulding. (Full disclosure: I work on their website. Joan will soon be a blogger.)
See the album for the event for two dozen more photos.
I’ve decided to vote yes on both referenda, and not just because I consumed a lot of free food and wine on the premises of a client. I still don’t think the School Board has been as transparent as I’d like them to be about all the factors that have contributed to the current financial crunch. They’re hoping that the public will see the legislature and external events as the only culprits. I’d like to see a little “in retrospect, we board members could/should have done X and Y…” I don’t think that would hurt their cause — that kind of transparency would sure win me over.
But I do believe the near-doomsday scenarios on program and staff cutbacks if the first levy question doesn’t pass. My LG colleague and co-host Ross Currier made the prediction, based on conversations he’d had with local businesses, that the failure of the levy could have a longer-term economic impact on the area. Fewer families would be inclined to relocate here. Fewer businesses would be inclined to expand or locate here. Prospective employees may be less inclined to accept jobs here.
Now if I could just get a couple of Board members and the Superintendent blogging…
Lt. Governor Carol Molnau was in town this morning. I took this photo of her with the gang of morning regulars at The Bittersweet in the Archer House. She was stumping for Gov. Pawlenty and the Vote Yes transportation amendment.
In the photo, L to R: Unidentified Guy, Dan Freeman, Tom Neuville, Carol Molnau, Dick Daymont, Ray Cox, David Ludescher. Not pictured but present and accounted for: Marv Grundhoefer.
11 am update: Molnau later made an appearance on Wayne Eddy’s radio show, which including her arm-wrestling him. See this post on Ray Cox’s blog for details. (Full disclosure: I’m Ray’s blog coach, a hired gun.)
I took these fall color photos in Cowling Arboretum, aka “the Arb yesterday and today. Click to enlarge and see the full album of a couple dozen high res photos here. Or just use the controls for the slideshow below.
The St. Olaf team of Maggie Odell, Roz Eaton-Neeb, and Paul Zorn won tonight’s fundraiser spelling bee for Booker at the Grand. Click photo to enlarge.
See the album of 40+ higher-res photos or view them via this slideshow (mouse over the bottom to control the slides).