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MPR’s Molly Bloom visits Northfield for their ‘Get Out There’ segment

More than a few Northfielders got this email recently from Molly Bloom, Public Insight Analyst for MPR News and their Public Insight Network:

Molly Bloom, Public Insight Analyst, MPR NewsI’m writing today because you’re a source in our Public Insight Network and you’ve told us that you live in Northfield. We’re working on a series of stories that we think you might be able to help us with.

MPR News is been doing a series of stories called “Get Out There,” in which we profile Minnesota towns (you can see them here). We want to find the places, eateries, and activities that might be hidden gems. So we’re coming to you to see what you think people should see, do or eat when they’re in Northfield. If friends were visiting from out-of-town, where would you take them? Please tell us here.

Griff intrudes on Almanac tapingMolly heard from 35 Northfielders and graciously let me follow her around yesterday while she visited some of the recommended "hidden gems."

I promised that A) I wouldn’t make any suggestions on where she should go; and B) that I’d try not to get in the way like I did the last time a public media journalist visited.

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Her first stop was the Northfield Historical Society where Chip DeMann, Hayes Scriven and Brad Ness tried to impress her with, what else, lots of old stuff.

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After a quick couple of photos at the NAG, she bought a cupcake at CakeWalk and forced me to eat half of it.

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She chatted with Catherine Dominguez at GBM and took a photo of Nathan Nelson reading newspapers there, a quaint activity that they probably don’t see much of any more in the public media empire. After a visit to the Weitz Center (alas, closed for the summer), she had lunch at Chapati, and then ventured–no further stalking by me–to the Brick Oven Bakery and the Northfield Farmer’s Market in Riverside Park.

Molly Bloom, Victor Summa, Paul HagerShe also was witness to how much I get abused by the citizenry on a daily basis, courtesy of Victor Summa and Paul Hager.

Her story should appear on the Get Out There blog on Thursday, at which point, I invite y’all to chime in here with your suggestions on the other places/hidden gems of Northfield that she should also have profiled.

Chip DeMann and Northfield featured in the Sept. issue of True West magazine

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Whenever I run into Northfield Historical Society Museum Store Manager Chip DeMann on the streets of downtown Northfield, he’s got something to show me. Last week, it was the Sept. 2012 issue of True West magazine which features the 1876 Northfield bank raid:

Cover: A painting by magazine editor Bob Boze Bell with the captions: "The Heroes of Northfield Still Stand Tall" and "Jesse James Messes with the Wrong Town."

Editorial, page 9: Chip DeMann is the Man, by Bob Boze Bell

Article, pages 26-31: The Great Northfield Raid Revisited: New research that changes our understanding of the James-Younger debacle, by Johnny D. Boggs

Article, pages 32-37: Northfield Revelations: A Northfield historian shares his lifetime of research into the 1876 bank raid, by Chip DeMann

The issue is not yet on the True West magazine website but here are some poor quality photos I took of the print coverage:

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Editor Bob Boze Bell has a blog. Here are links to some of his Northfield-related blog posts:

Another volunteer at the Northfield Historical Society: Steve Koktavy

Chip DeMann at NHSWhenever NHS Store Manager Chip DeMann sees me taking photos downtown, he concocts some excuse to drag me into the Scriver Building.

Last week, he just had to show me his burgeoning collection of female mannequins. (Jane, doesn’t this worry you a bit?)

While we were there, he introduced me to Steve Koktavy who had volunteered to paint the inner room of the museum.

Steve Koktavy, Northfield Historical Society volunteer Steve Koktavy, Northfield Historical Society volunteer 
Steve has a commercial & industrial painting business here in Northfield, Koktavy & Daleiden. You can reach him at (612) 865-4733 or via email.

Photo album: NHS annual meeting 2010

Sue Scriven, Mark Scriven, Jenny Scriven,  Hayes Scriven Alas, I’m a week late with these photos from the Northfield Historical Society (NHS) Annual Meeting and Membership Ball and I didn’t take many as I’d hoped (too much socializing with my sweetie).

But there are a couple of keepers in the batch like the one of Chip DeMann with his registration table work crew and the one of NHS ED Hayes Scriven with his wife Jenny and his parents, Sue and Mark Scriven.

See my album of 13 photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow:

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Photo album: ‘Save the Depot’ community meeting

The ‘Save the Depot’ committee held a public meeting last Monday, March 1 at the NCRC. Members include Steve Edwins, Lynn Vincent, Rob Martin, Pat Allen, Chip DeMann, Alice Thomas and Clark Webster.

I’ve turned off comments on this blog post. Continue the discussion that’s attached to the Oct. 8 blog post titled Is Northfield’s train depot worth saving?

See the album of 12 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.

Photo album: NHS Volunteer Appreciation Day 2009

The Northfield Historical Society honored its 2008 volunteers of the year last Thursday night during its Volunteer Appreciation Day. Student Volunteer of the Year: Sofie Jokela. Volunteers of the Year: Chip DeMann and Earl Weinmann. See Hayes Scriven’s blog post for details on all three winners.

See the album of 19 photos, the large slideshow, or this small slideshow: