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Dog park opens; city government works!

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Last week, workers from Caron Fence in Faribault put up the outer, removable fence for the new dog park in Babcock Park next to the rodeo grounds on Hwy. 3. The weekend prior, volunteers from the group, Canines at Play, dug the holes and installed the poles for the permanent fence along the back of the park.

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I drove by the park earlier today and took these photos of Bruce Wiskus and his two kids giving their dog a workout. Click photos to enlarge.

This whole project is a good example of citizen/government collaboration and how stuff can get done quickly even here in discuss-it-to-death Northfield. The City’s Park and Recreation department has contributed the land. Canines at Play‘s financial contributors (yes, anyone can still donate/sponsor) are paying for the fencing and miscellaneous materials. Volunteers are doing the labor.

Kudos #1 to the Park & Rec Advisory Board of Grace Clark, Margaret Colangelo, Dennis Easley, Daniel Hudson, Spencer Jones, Julie Pritchard, Richard Vanasek.

Kudos #2 to Joel Walinski, Director of Operations for the City and City Councillor Jim Pokorney. Both serve on the Advisory Board.

Kudos #3 to the CAP steering committee members, Beth Bergmans, Irene Dennison, Rick and Maria Estenson, Blair Fowler, Amy Gage, Denise Johnson, Daniel Jones, Sara Koehler, Rich Lorang, Bart de Maglione, Nan Shumway, and Patricia Wegner.

Kudos #4 to the Northfield Rotary Club who stepped in at the last minute to assist in the necessary insurance needed during the construction phase.


Locally Grown: show for week of 9.24

We’re back with our first audio show of the season, recorded Monday afternoon at KRLX and produced by Mathias Bell (below left), #2 honcho at the student-run station.

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Our guest this week was Mary Schier, Friends of the Northfield Public Library board member (on the right in the right photo with Tracy and Ross – click to enlarge). Mary gave us an update on the big event of the week, the Spelling Bee for Booker this Thursday night at the Grand. Seventeen teams are scheduled to compete, including some heavy hitters from both colleges. (I plan to be there snapping photos and capturing some audio.)

We also took some time on the show to explain our new blogsite, our plan for the types of weblog posts you can expect from us over the course of a week (quick summary: lots of opinions, substantiated rumors, and serious fluff), and our desire to involve you, our listeners and site visitors, in both the show and the blog.

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Click play to listen (30 minutes). You can also download the MP3 File, subscribe to the podcast feed, or subscribe with iTunes. The show airs and streams on the web on Tuesdays at 4:30 PM on KRLX 88.1 FM.

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Freedom to Read

BannedBookWeek.jpg“Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us.” – Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas

Justice Douglas was right, restriction of free thought and speech is the greatest of all threats to the United States of America. These freedoms were a big reason that the people rose up against the British Monarchy near the end of the eighteenth century.

It is important to remember that those rights were won with great sacrifice and that we can never take those rights for granted. Whenever they are threatened, we must be ready to defend them.
It is this need to defend those rights that led to the creation of Banned Books Week. This celebration of our Freedom to Read is observed during the last week of September each year. This year, 2006, marks the 25th anniversary of the event.

This week (September 23-30) is Banned Book Week. Ironically, or appropriately, the Friends of the Library’s Spelling Bee for Booker falls in Banned Book Week.

So, Thursday night, come on down(town) and join the fun for the Spelling Bee…and, while you’re there, raise a toast to our Freedom to Read.