Tag Archives: downtown Northfield

The dead 4th St. trees downtown: after 15 months, they’re still dead

In June of 2011, I blogged about how the new trees planted in Nov. 2010 on 4th St. downtown after the 4th Street reconstruction had died or become diseased.  The plan back then was to cut them down and replace them in the spring.

They never got cut down and when I inquired last April about the progress on getting new ones put in, Sean Simonson, City of Northfield Engineering Tech Coordinator, referred me to a blurb he’d submitted to the Administrator’s Report:

Staff met with representatives from BCM Construction to discuss the replacement of the 19 Armstrong Maples on Fourth Street between Division Street and Washington Street.  Staff and BCM agreed that the trees were not properly maintained after they were planted, so replacement will be made at BCM’s cost. 

Staff has indicated that they would like the replacement to happen this spring so the trees have a chance to establish before they go into winter dormancy.  Notice will be sent out when this work is to take place.  Residents can expect parking closures for a few days while this work is being completed.

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Spring has come and gone. A few trees have leaves but the dead ones are still there, sticking out like a sore thumb at the most prominent intersection of downtown Northfield.

Photo album: Le Tour du Chocolat 2012

Le Tour du Chocolat 2012 participating retailers

On Saturday, Robbie and I did the Le Tour du Chocolat in downtown Northfield. What’s it about? According to the posting on the Be Local Facebook page Wall:

Le Tour du Chocolat 2012Stroll the shops of Division Street in historic downtown Northfield and taste the chocolate delights while signing up for drawings.

See the large slideshow of 20 photos (recommended) or SLOW CLICK this small slideshow:

Downtown Northfield is now tuned up for this week’s Winter Walk. Do you like the white lighting?

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Downtown Northfield is looking festive this morning with the 4+ inches of snow yesterday, just in time for the 13th Annual Winter Walk (PDF schedule) coming up on Thursday eve. I took these photos just before 6 am.

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Update 12/13: I’ve added the phrase “Do you like the white lighting?” to the blog post title because of the comment thread.

This big red pickup is poking TJ in the eye

As you may remember from my Oct. 18 blog post, Northfield Street and Park supervisor TJ Heinricy had a Compact Cars Only sign installed at the corner of 3rd & Division in downtown Northfield.  I wrote to TJ about how big the stall was and he replied:

TJ HeinricyGriff: I saw your recent post about the newly installed compact parking stall signage near the intersection of Division Street and 3rd Street.

The new signage was installed after a large amount of citizen requests to resolve a sight issue when going West on 3rd Street onto Division Street. The issue is being able to see oncoming traffic when trying to enter Division Street from 3rd Street.

The stall is planned to be shortened when the City of Northfield contracted paint striper is back in town.

Ever since, this big red pickup truck has been regularly seen parking there. I took photos of it a week ago in this spot. It was there again yesterday morning.

Yes, the parking stall has not yet been downsized so it’s somewhat inviting to those with big vehicles.

But the owner of this big red pickup truck (MN license plate 422 BXL) doesn’t even bother to stay within the boundaries of the stall, making visibility even more of a problem for vehicles descending the 3rd St. hill and turning onto Division.

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Anyone know who owns it?

Slideshow and video of photos used to make the 2011 fall photo banners

I’ve put up four new fall photo banners at the top of LoGro: two are downtown-related (one exception), one is colleges-related, one is all-Waterford Bridge.

See the album of photos that I used to make the banners (large slideshow), or watch this high-def, one-minute video of the photos with music (Nocturne No. 2 In E Flat Major by Chopin). You can click the full-screen icon anytime while the video is playing:

If your bandwidth isn’t sufficient for the high-def version of the video, you can watch a standard version here.

New trees on 4th and 5th streets downtown: dead, diseased, damaged, down

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While biking on 5th St downtown late yesterday afternoon when it was very windy and 100+ degrees, I noticed that a young tree had blown down. I then looked at the base of the other three trees on 5th St near Division and they all looked diseased or damaged at the base.

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This morning I looked at the trees on 4th St. that were planted late last year. Several appeared dead and many looked sick.

Can anyone diagnose this seemingly sorry state of affairs?