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Photos: Kids bicycle races at the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival. How about for Northfield?

The kids bike races at last weekend’s Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival in Crosby, MN were a huge hit: lots of kids participating, lots of people watching and cheering with big smiles.

The kids were grouped into four age categories (something like ages 1-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-10) and they rode one loop on the grass around the edge of Crosby Memorial Park, adjacent to the bandstand and cook shack. The top three finishers in the two youngest classes then ran a second race, as well as the top three finishers in the two oldest classes.  The parents of those 12 kids then raced each other, competing on their kids’ bikes.  Hilarious.

I think kids bicycle races would be a great addition to one of Northfield’s community celebrations, most obviously the 4th of July when the bike criterium is held downtown, or on the Saturday of the Defeat of Jesse James weekend when the Northfield Rotary Club holds its Jesse James Bike Tour.

Could one of the local bicycle shops take on the organization of the event, or maybe some other non-profit or association?   It could be held close to downtown, eg, Ames Park, Central Park, Riverside Park, or Babcock Park.

See my album of two dozen photos of the kids bike races, view the large slideshow (recommended), or SLOW CLICK this small slideshow:

Winter Walk freebie: a photo with the James Younger Gang

Bridgette HallcockWhile strolling through the luminary lit streets of downtown Northfield during this week’s Winter Walk, make sure to stop in the Northfield Historical Society for free photographs with the James Younger Gang.

With my Bridgette Hallcock Photography hat on, I will be there to take your photo with the Gang from 6 -9 pm Thursday, December 9. I’ll then post your picture on both the Defeat of Jesse James Days and Northfield Historical Society websites for you to download and print. 

James Younger Gang at NHS for Winter Walk 2009, by Griff Wigley James Younger Gang at NHS for Winter Walk 2009

This is a free event, so stop in, warm up, and have some fun with the James-Younger Gang, Defeat of Jesse James Days committee members, and the fine folks at the Northfield Historical Society.

See you there!

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Editor’s Note: I’ve added my photos of Bridgette doing her thing during last year’s Winter Walk. Her photos of people with the James Younger Gang are waaaay better. – Griff

Sandra Bullock a possibility for this year’s Defeat of Jesse James Days

Sandra Bullock Seizing the moment, Northfield’s Defeat of Jesse James Days committee announced on Thursday that it was pursuing actress Sandra Bullock to be a featured celebrity at this year’s event. A significant number of other notable women could join her.

“Celebrating the citizens’ defeat of Jesse James and his gang in 1876 will remain the focus of this year’s event,” said Ava Gina, General Chair of the DJJD Committee.

“But we realized that women everywhere could be very attracted to a festival that celebrates the defeat of a just-as-despicable 21st century Jesse James.”

“And what could be better than having Sandra Bullock and all the other women who’ve been given tours of his monster garage come to Northfield? I’m not exactly sure what a re-enactment might look like, though one can image some possibilities involving a vanilla gorilla, that sort of thing.”

Maggie Lee announced as the recipient of the 2009 DJJD Heywood Award

Maggie Lee Maggie Lee Maggie Lee and committee Maggie Lee Maggie Lee and Jeanne Schobrich
Maggie Lee was informed about 30 minutes ago that she’s the the 2009 recipient of the Joseph Lee Heywood Distinguished Service Award. The award “… is given to a Northfield citizen who exemplifies the commitment to public service which Joseph Lee Heywood lived and died for.”

The announcement was made at the Northfield News where Maggie works. (See the album of a dozen photos here.) Maggie will be honored at the Defeat of Jesse James Days Heywood Award Dinner in September. Here are two albums that feature Maggie from 2004. (continued)

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