Winter Walk 2012 videos by Glenn and Paul

Glenn Switzer (Switzer’s Nursery and Landscaping) and Paul Krause (Dancing Sun Multimedia) each produced a video of Thursday’s Winter Walk. Saaaaweeet!

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Video: Rich ‘Mick Jagger’ Larson and pals at the Cow

Rich 'Mick Jagger' Larson and pals at the Cow

It was another idyllic scene on the outdoor decks at the Contented Cow last night: warm, no wind, no bugs, a full moon, and a packed house for Cows, Colleges, and Satisfaction – A Tribute to the Rolling Stones.

Props to producer Rich Larson, Left-Handed Entertainment and the staff at the Cow for a memorable event.

Watch this one-minute video clip of Rich and pals belting out Honky Tonk Women:

Photos, video: The Last Known Whereabouts reunion show

Aaron Hagenson, Vocals & Guitar; Jake Stroup, Vocals & Mandolin; Aaron Cross, Fiddle & Vocals; Carl Haskins, String Bass The Last Known Whereabouts reunion show at the Contented Cow Marylyn Stroup, Jacob Stroup, Stewart Stroup
The Last Known Whereabouts held a reunion show at the Contented Cow last Saturday. The former Northfielders (2 Carls, 2 Oles) went their separate ways in 2009 after forming the bluegrass band in 2003.

I happened to sit next to Stewart and Marylyn Stroup, the parents of Jake Stroup (Vocals & Mandolin) who came from Madison WI to watch the show. I twisted Jacob’s arm during a break to pose for a photo with his parents.

Here’s a 3-min video clip from their riveting show:

Photos and video: Prairie Creek Group at the Contented Cow’s Mayfly Festival

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The threat of rain chased the Prairie Creek Group indoors last Saturday during the 2011 Mayfly Festival at the Contented Cow.  Members: Alisa Leonard, lead vocals; Dave Drentlaw, drums; Peter Diggins, guitar and vocals; Bo Aylin guitar and vocals; Joel Cooper, bass and backup vocals; Peter Diggins’ daughter, piggyback. 

The video clip below:

Video: rainbow over Northfield

I spotted this partial double rainbow over Northfield last night at about 8pm. while driving along Prairie Ave. near Jefferson Parkway. I didn’t have my good camera with me so I had to use my G2′s video cam instead.

No, it’s not on a par with THEE double rainbow video from last year.

What causes double rainbows? Why is the order of the colors reversed?

Video: Peter Diggins & Steve Jennings performing; see them again tonight at the 620 Grill

 

Last Friday night at the Cow, local superstar musicians Peter Diggins and Steve Jennings wailed for a couple of hours, much to the delight of the crowd. Robbie captured this 2-minute video on her phone.

They’re playing again tonight at the 620 Grill, 9 pm, and they’ll be joined by Minnesota Music Award winner “Bassist of the Year” (3 times), Erik Fratzke.

Local economic development: apple growing

Northfielder and Fireside Orchard & Gardens owner Todd Harvey is featured in this Apples in Minnesota video produced by Minnesota 2020, "a progressive, new media, non-partisan think tank focused on what really matters."

Minnesota produces some of the highest quality apples in the country.  Varieties developed at the University of Minnesota are grown all over the country, but are especially bred and adapted for the Minnesota climate.  There is tremendous growth potential for the apple industry to grow across the state, but more research, innovation from growers, and support from consumers are all slices of the local food economy.

Thanks to Tom Niemisto, Video Production Specialist, for the alert.

Video: surprise serenade at Northfield’s Caribou Coffee

I got this email from Northfielder and Happy to be from Iowa blogger Margaret Colangelo:

Merry Christmas Griff! Thought you’d enjoy this local “flash mob”. On Wednesday 12/22 my daughter Jean arranged a surprise serenade for her Secret Santa at Northfield’s Caribou Coffee – Mgr Amanda George. The guys involved are some members of the NHS group BCG. From the left they are Dan Remes, Connor Fink, Peter Duba, Cole Harding, Steven Carson, Sullie Ojala-Hembolt, and Theo Hofrenning. Customers there were so happy they were able to witness this! I was able to film the whole thing.

Photo album and video: Jingle Bell Run/Walk 2010

A little old blizzard did not deter the organizers or participants (some on cross country skis) for yesterday’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk. Justin Stets was the MC and Northfield HCI czar Zach Pruitt was beauty on duty, as this year’s charitable recipient was the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative Mini-Grants Program.

See the album of 14 photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:

Here’s a 45-second video of the start of the run/walk:

Photos and video of a music night in Northfield: The Big Strong Men; Area 51; Fort Wilson Riot

Downtown Northfield under a full moonDowntown Northfield under a full moonAs Robbie and I got out of our car in downtown’s west side parking lot last night, we heard music coming from both the Cow’s outdoor stage and the back deck of The Key. Northfielders who ventured downtown, it turns out, got a real treat from the bands at both outdoor venues—with warm temps, spectacular skies, and later on, a full moon.

See my album of 18 photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow (videos below):

Below: a two-minute video clip of The Big Strong Men (Facebook page). The band wowed the audience (wide age range) in ways that I’d not seen in a while in Northfield. Members include:

Ben Greenwald: Guitar/Vocals
Christopher "Philly" Williams: Keyboards/Vocals
Joe Silberschmidt: Drums/Vocals
Jon Camp: Bass

 

Below: a 30-second video clip of Jacob Mullis and Amy Hager of Fort Wilson Riot (also follow them on Twitter and Facebook). Marie Fischer also has some photos in a post on The Key’s blog where she thanks them “for playing the most incredible drum-free show The Key has ever seen.”

Video: Crazy Double Rainbow Guy visits Carleton College

With nearly 3 million YouTube views, Paul Vasquez’s (AKA Hungrybear9562) Yosemitebear Mountain Giant Double Rainbow 1-8-10 has been a viral hit. (Hear Paul’s interview on As It Happens for July 9. See dozens of Double Rainbow Guy remixes on YouTube.)

He was in Northfield yesterday afternoon and captured this video of a rainbow over Carleton College. How amazing is that? All I can say is, the Lord works in wondrous ways. Click play to watch. 57 seconds. PG-13 for language.

The Arb is becoming colorful and noisy

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I was surprised to see wildflowers blooming in the lower Arb yesterday (no idea what these are. Anyone?)

But I was even more surprised to hear the frogs. It’s still March! I assume these were Western Chorus frogs, judging from the audio on this MPCA page on frogs for kids. Here’s a 14-second video clip with audio:

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Video: massive Cannon River ice jam breaks up

Peter Seebach and my wife both alerted me to a massive ice jam on the Cannon River today. It apparently extended from the 5th St. bridge back to the Hwy 3 bridge by Babcock Park.  But by the time I got there at 5 pm Cannon River ice jam breaks up; photo by Tim Jacksonto take a photo, it had broken up and mostly cleared.

Fortunately, Carlson Capital Management’s Tim Jackson (who also has his own web design company, Computer Titan) captured the breakup with a photo and some video.

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Video: Beira Mar Brasil and the audience at the Northfield Rotary Youth Exchange fundraiser

Robbie and Griff Wigley with niece Ellen Robbie and I attended last night’s To Brasil and Back fundraiser for the Northfield Rotary Youth Exchange with our niece, Ellen. I was relieved of photo duty by Vicki Dilley but couldn’t resist capturing a little video of the music and energy of Beira Mar Brasil, the combination of music by the Robert Everest Expedition (“a Minneapolis-based Latin-American and Mediterranean influenced world music ensemble”), Samba dancers Edilson Lima and Vanessa Dos Santos Luiz, and dancer/vocalist, Dandara. The audience, led by inbound students from Brasil from around the region, really got into it. Watch this 4-minute video clip:

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Photo album, video: NAG’s Beaux Arts Ball

Last night’s Beaux Arts Ball, part of Northfield Arts Guild’s 50th Anniversary season, was spectacular. I ratcheted back on the number of photos I took, once I saw that David Henke from the Northfield News and Steve Engler, NAG board member, were also taking lots of photos.  I’ll link to their albums when they get them posted. If you were there and have photos, add a comment below with a link.

See the album of 3 dozen photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:

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8,341 blizzard photos compiled into 3-minute time lapse video

[show_avatar email=tim@kymnradio.net]youtube-sshotAfter three days and 8,341 still shots from our KYMN camera on the historic Scriver Building in downtown Northfield, Adam Gurno and I put together a time-lapse version of this week’s 8-10″ of snow during blizzard conditions and a full-out snow day! Watch closely as there is a quiz at the end of this 3-minute video presentation.  Grab some hot cocoa and enjoy!

Photo album and video: Butch Thompson

Butch Thompson and his All Stars performed at Northfield’s historic The Grand Event Center last night, launching the First Annual Northfield Jazz Festival.

See the album of a dozen photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow… and the 6 minute video below.

 

0-1:00 minutes: Butch on the piano

1-6:00 minutes: the entire band

6-6:45 minutes: the entire band plus Northfielder Steve Kelly

Video and photo album: Bank raid re-enactment

I took video instead of photos of the bank raid re-enactment at last month’s Taste of Northfield. I discovered that the camera can take low-res photos of video frames so here’s a dozen. My favorite is the one showing gun fire. Who is that guy?

See the album, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow (the 7-minute video is below):

 

Video: A JuneBug happy birthday to Rob Schanilec from Toaster Fork!

Rob Schanilec and Felicia PetersRob Schanilec and Felicia PetersThe band, Toaster Fork!, sang Happy Birthday to Northfield Entertainment Guide head honcho Rob Schanilec at the Contented Cow last night during the JuneBug Festival of Music. Felicia Peters, Shop Manager & Gallery Coordinator at the NAG, apparently had something to do with it.


Click play to watch. 39 seconds.

Gunnar to walk 1000 miles on ‘A Soldier’s March for Peace’

Gunnar Swanson and Dina FeslerI first met Gunnar Swanson and Dina Fesler of War Kids Relief back in January when they made a presentation at College City Beverage in Dundas. We later hosted them on our Locally Grown podcast/radio show.

They hired me to help them get set up with a WordPress-based website and to think about how social media could be used for the variety of initiatives they were planning. They then began working with Northfield-based Neuger Communications Group who, along with various marketing and communications work, took on the design of the website… now waaaaay cooler than I could have ever done.

Their next big project is A Soldier’s March for Peace (ASM4P) in which Gunnar

wkr-sshot… will march 1000+ miles from Texas to Minnesota, starting July 4, 2009. With the help of kids across the nation, he is raising funds and awareness for programs that help kids who have been traumatized by war to realize new possibilities for their lives.

Gunnar has started posting to the ASM4P blog (subscribe to its RSS feed or email updates).  You can also follow Gunnar on Twitter and on the WKR/ASM4P Facebook page.

During the Taste of Northfield festivities tomorrow, there will be an informal reception at the Archer House from 5:00 – 8:00. People can stop by to meet Dina and Gunnar and other volunteers and hear more about A Soldier’s March for Peace

They’re also hosting a kick-off event on Bridge Square next Thursday afternoon, June 25th, 2-5 PM. More to come on that.

WKR released this video last week.

Video: Anna Balfany performs ‘The Taste’

Taste of Northfield Next Thursday, June 18, is the annual Taste of Northfield event in downtown Northfield. See the NDDC home page for details/large PDF poster.

Griff Wigley, Anna Balfany, Anna Balfany, NDDC board member Anastasia Balfany’s daughter, wrote a song for the event called ‘The Taste.’ She sang it yesterday on the upper deck of The Contented Cow.

 

The Taste
Music and lyrics by Anna Balfany, © Copyright 2009

Every food I’m tasting
Every line I’m waiting in
Searching vendor to vendor
Hogan Brothers ice cream makes me feel a whole lot better
Stop and grab a smoothie at James Gang
The world’s best desserts at Ole Café
Cheesy, gooey Domino’s pizza
If you’re hot, get an icy at Sweet Pea’s Loft

At Bridge Square it’s The Taste
We hope you’ll be there, I just can’t wait!
What would be a great downtown without the NDDC?
And what would be the Taste of Northfield without anything to eat?
What would be a summer without a hotdog at Tiny’s?
And doesn’t it just make your day when you see Maggie Lee?
It’s the Taste, it’ll be great
At Bridge Square, it’s The Taste

Make sure to stop at Rueb-n-Stein
Their burgers are amazing I’m sure you’ll find
And you just can’t miss the food at the Cow
I guarantee you’re gonna say – delicious!

At Bridge Square it’s The Taste
We hope you’ll be there, I just can’t wait!
What would be a great downtown without the NDDC?
And what would be the Taste of Northfield without anything to eat?
What would be a summer without a hotdog at Tiny’s?
And doesn’t it just make your day when you see Maggie Lee?
It’s The Taste, it’ll be great
At Bridge Square, it’s The Taste

Photos and video: “Piano Burning”

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A bit of performance art on the Bald Spot last night. Details on Northfield.org: Carleton to Stage Rare Performance of Controversial “Piano Burning.” Click the thumbnails to scroll through the photos and watch this 25 second video clip.

In case you’re hearing-impaired like me and can’t hear the “variety of pitched and unpitched sounds as the piano strings heat and break,” then entertain yourself with this piano burning:

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Jerry Lee Lewis, Great Balls of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis

Video: Tom McKown talks about directing Rock n’ Roll Revival

repjlogo-thumb1.pngNorthfield High School English teacher Tom McKown talks about what it took to create Rock n’ Roll Revival VIII this year. He sat in front of the camera for the interview on stage a few hours before Friday’s sold-out performance.

Town McKown, director, Rock ‘n Roll Revival from Bonnie Obremski on Vimeo.

Video: Mike Farris’ plans to summit Mount Everest

repjlogo-thumb1.pngNorthfielder Mike Farris is leaving on Tuesday to begin his journey up Mount Everest. He has a web site for his new book, The Altitude Experience, where he has an Everest 2009 page and an Everest 2009 trip blog. He talked about his adventure in his home on Friday morning.

Mike Farris of Northfield, talks about his plan to summit Mount Everest this spring from Bonnie Obremski on Vimeo.

Video: Interview with local musician Mark Mraz

repjlogo-thumb1.pngMark Mraz plays frequently at the Tavern Lounge in the Archer House on Division Street. (Mraz is also a member of the Mraz Bros. Band.) On Thursday, Mraz talked about what his life as a musician is like.


Mark Mraz, musician, playing at the Tavern in Northfield, Minn. March 19, 2009 from Bonnie Obremski on Vimeo.

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