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Alex Beeby wants you to shop at Just Food Co-op today: $5 million annual sales milestone within reach

ex Beeby, Operations Manager at Just Food Co-opAlex Beeby, Operations Manager at Just Food Co-op, stopped by my corner office at GBM this morning to let me know that their fiscal year-end is today and that they are $17,000 shy of hitting the milestone of $5 million in sales for the year.

So help them out by getting your grocery shopping for the week done today.

And  while you’re there, consider applying for the General Manager position. Melanie Reid is departing and the Board is conducting a national search for her replacement.

GBM gets new outdoor seating

New outdoor seating at the Goodbye Blue Monday:  Alex Beeby, Jane Moline, Justin Stets, Rick Estenson and GBM co-owner Dan RigginsI missed it yesterday but Curtis Tiano took this photo of the first four people to park their rear ends on the new outdoor seating at the Goodbye Blue Monday.

L to R front: Alex Beeby, Jane Moline, Justin Stets, Rick Estenson. They were supervised by GBM co-owner Dan Riggins.

There is a Philadelphia connection to these seats but I don’t know what it is. Vet stadium seats?

New outdoor seating at the Goodbye Blue Monday New outdoor seating at the Goodbye Blue Monday New outdoor seating at the Goodbye Blue Monday

City of Northfield has no plan to make flood information flow

I discovered over the weekend that the Northfield News did file a story about the Feb. 28 flood preparedness public  meeting.  For some reason, it’s not on their website.

NFld News: City hears calls for more information during floodsWhile city leaders want residents to take precautions now, property owners want the city to give them more information before and during future flood events. "Where can we get accurate information?" asked Alex Beeby, who works at the Just Food Co-op on South Water Street.

Others who attended the meeting were critical of what the saw as the city’s inability to share necessary information with property owners along the river during last September’s flood.

And while city leaders, including Public Safety Director Mark Taylor and Tim Madigan understood residents concerns, disseminating real-time information during a crisis, they said, can be a challenge. The city will connect with local media outlets, said Taylor, and update its website as time allows.

City of Northfield spring flood preparedness public meetingI spoke at the meeting, too, pointing out that the City’s new flood preparedness information site is not set up for facilitating near-real time information flow. There’s no RSS feed, no email signup list, no blog. They don’t plan to use Twitter or Facebook. It’s a 1999 style web site, chock full of information and links but not set up at all to allow residents and local media to help new information flow virally through the social media landscape. City mothers and fathers don’t seem to understand that 1) the City is its own information channel; and 2) that its audience has audiences. It was more than a little ironic that the notice for that Feb. 28 public meeting was NOT posted to the City’s own flood preparedness page.

Straight River at Faribault 03.21.11It doesn’t appear that we’ll experience severe flooding this spring. But who knows?

After the rain this weekend, the Straight River was near 10 feet in Faribault at midnight, the second highest level in the past decade, according to the Sunday Faribault Daily News.  (See the U.S. Geological Survey real-time data site for the Straight River.)

A winter storm is a possibility this week.  Heavy thunderstorms in April could change things in a hurry.

Why not prepare now to make rear real-time flood information flow?

Photo redux: 2003 hospital reuse open house and presentation to Council

While digging through my photo archives, I stumbled upon photos from two public meetings in late fall of 2003: the Hospital Reuse Open House in November and a presentation by Hospital Reuse committee members Alex Beeby and Meg Hargreaves to the City Council in December, with photos of citizens (primarily Mail carrier Tom Kotula with special delivery package Way Park advocates) speaking at open mic. (Those links go to my blog posts at Northfield.org.) I’ve combined the photos from both meetings into one album.

There are some familiar faces in this album.  My favorite: downtown mail carrier Tom Kotula, showing his ability to handle more than the mail.

See the album of 38 photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:

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Northfield Union of Youth purchases building on 6th St for The Key

111 West 6th St.Alex Beeby, member of the Adult Board of Directors for the Northfield Union of Youth (NUY), told me this morning that they’d closed on the purchase of the old Northfield Photo building at 111 West 6th St.

The KeyIt’ll be the new location for NUY’s youth center, The Key, currently at 303 Water St. A press release is forthcoming.

NUY owns the north half (building and property) of its current location.  The City of Northfield owns the other half.