City Council candidates’ forum at the Cow: a much better format in a fun venue

L to R: Wade Schulz, Paul Reiland, Frank Balster, Steve Engler, Joe Gasior, David Ludescher, Betsey Buckheit Norman Butler Steve Engler L to R: Wade Schulz, Paul Reiland, Frank Balster, Steve Engler, Joe Gasior, David Ludescher, Betsey Buckheit,
Contented Cow proprietor Norman Butler hosted a two-hour forum for Northfield City Council Ward 2 and At-Large candidates last night on the Cow’s outdoor patio.

  • At-Large Council candidates: Betsey Buckheit, Joe Gasior, David Ludescher
  • 2nd Ward Council candidates: Frank Balster, Paul Reiland, Wade Schulz; David DeLong did not attend.

Steve Engler moderated the panel and made it much more interesting by interacting with the candidates when he thought their comments needed to be clarified. I loved it whenever he refused to accept empty platitudes.

Norman Butler, Lance Heisler Don McGee Elizabeth!
Norman goaded citizen/patrons into expressing their opinions instead of just asking questions.

The primary election is Aug. 14. Absentee voting info here.

The next phase for Northfield Roundtable’s ‘Greening of the Commons’ is about to begin

(clockwise from the left): Steve Engler, Bonnie Jean Flom, EdDee Imm, Dave Van Wylen, Lynne Young, Pat Allen, Dale Gehring, Lynn Vincent, Ann MoseyOn Tuesday night, I sat in on a meeting of citizens who are interested in taking the Northfield Roundtable’s Greening of the Commons to the next stage. 

Those present (clockwise from the left): Steve Engler, Bonnie Jean Flom, EdDee Imm, Dave Van Wylen, Lynne Young, Pat Allen, Dale Gehring, Lynn Vincent, Ann Mosey. 

There will be others at the next meeting who couldn’t be at this one.

Northfield Roundtable’s most recent document is Framework Planning in Northfield, Sept. 2011:

What is a Framework Plan?

A document of conceptual illustrations to inspire ideas, generate conversation and explore “what could be.” A Framework Plan supports a larger idea of the whole, that is easily lost when individual elements are only considered as separate entities or identities.

Intentions of the Framework Plan

The Framework Plan will always be a work in progress. It is a document designed to be inspirational rather than prescriptive, with an emphasis on what could be as opposed to what should be. The goal is to encourage long-range visioning that will keep Northfield, Minnesota, an attractive and vibrant place to live, learn, work and play…well into the future.

Other recent links related to the Northfield Roundtable and Greening of the Commons:

http://www.ci.northfield.mn.us/events/admin/2011/01/29/northfield_round_table
http://northfield.org/content/greening-commons-discussion-tonight
http://www.northfieldnews.com/content/greening-commons-community-conversation
http://northfieldnews.com/content/northfield-roundtable-hopes-encourage-what-could-be
http://northfield.patch.com/articles/northfield-commons-group-seeks-support-for-greening-plan
http://northfield.patch.com/articles/northfields-hwy-3-with-trees
http://locallygrownnorthfield.org/post/21456/

Aug. 10 Northfield City Council primary election: what do we know about the candidates?

Aug. 10 primary ballotsThe primary election for two Northfield City Council seats is one month away: August 10. 

At-Large:

  • Norman Butler
  • Steve Engler
  • Rhonda Pownell (incumbent)

Ward 4

  • Jon Denison (incumbent)
  • Patrick Ganey
  • Dale Gehring

I was hoping there’d be some information online about or by the candidates by now but alas, I can’t find any other than the City’s Absentee Voting info page/PDF and the Ward/Precinct Map:

WTF! Haven’t the candidates heard about the intertubes? Social media anyone? Hello? This is 2010, not 1999.

I guess we’re going to have either make stuff up about them or flush them out into the e-open.

Update 7/30: Here are photos I took at the League of Women Voters candidates forum on 7/28:

League of Women Voters candidates forum on 7/29 League of Women Voters candidates forum on 7/28 Norman Butler, Rhonda Pownell, Steve Engler Dale Gehring, Jon Denison, Patrick Ganey

Podcast: Steve Engler, VP of the EDA

Tracy Davis, Steve Engler, Ross Currier Our guest this week, Steve Engler, currently Vice President of the City of Northfield Economic Development Authority (EDA).

The conversation primarily dealt with the recent debate on the EDA about the role of the Economic Development Director, Jody Gunderson.

I’ve turned off comments here. Continue the discussion on the blog post titled EDA struggles with its by-laws, process, effectiveness, election of officers.

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Guest photographer: Steve Engler’s Beaux Arts Ball photo album

NAG Board member Steve Engler took dozens of photos at the Beaux Arts Ball on Saturday and gave me a disk of them yesterday. I put on my editor’s hat, tossed/cropped a few, and am now pleased to present them here.

Steve and Lynn Engler Steve and Lynn Engler Steve and Lynn Engler
Above: Locally Grown’s propriety guidelines prevent me from publishing the rest of the series of photos of Steve with his wife, Lynn.

See the album of 60 photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:

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EDA VP Steve Engler nabbed for dress code violations

Steve Engler Steve Engler, Sheena BasnessEDA member Steve Engler was pulled over yesterday morning in front of the First National Bank Northfield by Sheena Basness, Community Service Officer for the Northfield Police Department.

Steve was cited for violating several provisions of the new EDA dress code including (see enlarged photos with red arrows):

Left photo: Section 2b “pants no lower than 1 inch below waistline”; Section 4d “no wallet marks on back jean pockets”

Right photo: Section 7d “no writing utensils and papers in front shirt pockets”; Section 9f “belt buckles must be 50% or more smaller than Chip DeMann’s belt buckle.

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