Photo album: Governor’s Ball, Dec. 17, 2005

Two years ago today, we celebrated the final event of Northfield’s Sesquicentennial year — the Governor’s Ball at Carleton College’s Great Hall. The event honored four Northfielders who have risen to the office of governor: Al Quie – MN Governor (1979-1983), Karl F. Rolvaag – MN Governor (1963-1967), Edward Thye – MN Governor (1943-1947), and Adelbert Ames – Mississippi Governor (1868-1870).

I was reminded of the event when I saw the 4-by-6-foot lithograph on the wall of a conference room at First National Bank Northfield’s new South facility that I blogged about on Saturday. The litho was commissioned by the Sesquicentennial committee, created by local artist Kari Alberg, and auctioned at the event.

The Governor’s Ball was a Northfield Historical Society sesquicentennial event and was made possible by the support of Carlson Capital Management. Proceeds from the event went to the Northfield community, including both Northfield Citizens Online / and 5th Bridge.

See the album of 145+ photos that my wife Robbie and I took at the event… or this slideshow: 


  1. I asked this back then, and I am asking again, why can’t there be a ball every few months or so, so that everyone can participate and not just the favored few?

    I am sure a reason to celebrate can be found as well as people to move it forward, including me.


    December 19, 2007
  2. Ruth Sylte said:

    YuleStock (ReStock) on December 29 offers the community an opportunity to get together, enjoy some great music and dance — and help the Food Shelf. Leave your tuxedos at home. Bell-bottom blue jeans and tie-dyes are more appropriate for this event! Information is available on at:

    December 20, 2007

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