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Firing up the Winter Walk luminarias

Mark Olsen, Olson Brothers ConstructionI’ve been under the impression that youth groups in town prep the luminarias that are set out each year along downtown streets and sidewalks for Winter Walk.  Not so.

The Northfield Chamber staff and adult volunteers fill the bags with sand and a candle and place them on the downtown streets.  At 4 pm, one group of youth volunteers (this year, it’s the Honor Society)  lights the luminarias. At 9 pm, another group picks them up. At noon today, I saw Mark Olsen, Olson Brothers Construction, setting out luminarias along Division St.

New this year: Arts Quarter luminarias which Dean Kjerland blogged about on Northfield.org last night:

Arts Quarter luminarias We will light up the river tonight from 4:30 p.m. until maybe almost midnite with red, candle-lit luminarias.

We’re placing the candles along the two bridges, the footbridge, the handicapped access paths, and both sides of the riverwalk itself.

New for Winter Walk 2008: A Parade

In case you’re living under a rock, the 10th Annual Winter Walk is this Thursday. See the Chamber’s Winter Walk page for the entire schedule.

But it seems to be a well-kept secret that this year, for the very first time, there will be a

Winter Walk Holiday Parade

that starts at 5 PM at Econofoods and goes down Division to the library.

Sandy Vesledahl and Merilyn Calcutt are co-chairs of the 2008 Winter Walk parade and I just got this email from Sandy on some of the parade participants that they’ve lined up thus far:

… the Northfield High School Drummers, Santa Claus, the Cast of "It’s a Wonderful Life", Northfield Dance Academy, Middle School Carolers, Frosty, Rudolph, Elves, the Raiders Football Team…

See these 2006 Winter Walk photos or this slideshow:

And see the Winter Walk albums for 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005.

Five years of Winter Walk photo albums

The 9th annual Winter Walk is this Thursday night, Dec. 6th. See the Chamber of Commerce’s Winter Walk page for complete details/schedule. The Northfield  Arts Guild’s Festival of Trees begins, too.

Unfortunately, I’ll be out of town, so I hope all you community-minded photographers out there will do what needs to be done.

Here’s a look at the previous five years of Winter Walk photo albums:

Winter Walk 2006 (album)

Winter Walk 2005 (album)


Winter Walk 2004 (album)

Winter Walk 2003 (album)

Winter Walk 2002 (album)

Who are these babes on Division?

I did get into a few retail stores last week during Winter Walk and took these photos of store owners and staffers in their Christmas getups. Click to enlarge. And see the other Winter Walk 06 photos here.

Left and left center: (Women and) Kids on Division
Right center: Swag
Right: Present Perfect

Please help identify these babes upstanding female-type citizens by attaching a comment with their names. I know some, but not all.

Winter Walk 2006 photo album

Well, I failed miserably to break my record of 116 photos for a Winter Walk. But I did get 51. Some of my favorites (click to enlarge):

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Left: the scene from the Northfield Historical Society stairs
Center: Only in Minnesota – an ice cream cone, a malt, and a warm fire at 5 above zero.
Left: Bundled-up babes – Gwen Benson with my long-time arm candy, Robbie.

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Left: a family (who?) in a horse-drawn buggy in front of the Archer House
Center: Rachel Matney and daughter in front of the horse pen
Right: My LG colleague Ross Currier with psychologist Michelle Millenacker and her main squeeze, soon-to-be-ex-Mayor of Dundas, Glenn Switzer. Glenn’s Switzer’s Nursey and Landscaping had a huge display at 4th and Division.

See all 51 Winter Walk 2006 photos here.winterwalktn.jpg

Locally Grown: audio interview/podcast

(This content originally appeared on my personal blog.)

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I hosted an audio interview today with (left) Ross Currier, Northfield Planning Commission member and Executive Director of the NDDC and Tracy Davis, Northfield EDA member and downtown business owner (Donegal Carpets).

The purpose: a light and lively discussion of current issues and events of interest and relevance to Northfield citizens. (We’re planning to do a series of these.)

Today’s topics: Winter Walk, the outdoor swimming pool, the Q Block development, tomorrow’s NDDC forum.

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Length of show: 37 minutes. Click the play button to listen or download the MP3 file. Subscribe to the feed. Subscribe with iTunes.