Monthly Archives: April 2008

Tonight’s for Foot-Tappin’

There’s a lot of music goin’ on Friday night in Downtown (and all around) Northfield. Kim Bloom is at The Hideaway (421 Division Street) 7 – 9 pm, Jayber Crow (my pick for the weekend – check out their cut “The Limited Voice of the American Crow”) is at Hogan Brothers (415 Division Street) 7:30 [...]

Encouraging Growth Without Sacrificing Your Character

Apparently it’s not a unique challenge to Northfield. According to Jim Segedy and Tom Daniels in “Small Town Design: Getting it Right”, communities all across America are working to accomodate and even encourage growth without losing their unique character. The characteristics often cited as representing this much-valued character include tree-lined streets and sidewalks, well-kept homes [...]

Don’t Let the Weather Get You Down

…get out and about and enjoy all the cultural offerings in our great little town. In about an hour (10:50 am, Friday, April 11) Novelist Jane Hamilton will be speaking at Carleton’s Convocation. The topic for this award-winning writer is “Slouching Toward Television: A Novelist’s Foray into the Realm of TV”. It’s in Skinner Memorial [...]

NDDC Board Members Visit Downtown Businesses

The NDDC Board has launched a new initiative in 2008, more formal visits to downtown businesses. Although many NDDC Board Members own downtown businesses, and all NDDC Board Members frequent downtown businesses, there was an intentional decision to supplement the informal connections with a more structured approach. In recent weeks, Board members have visited with [...]

Special Block Head Gathering on Quality of Life Issues

Almost two dozen downtown stakeholders attended a quickly assembled Special Block Head Gathering this morning at the Rueb-N-Stein. The topics could be categorized as relating to quality of life and included cleanliness, respect, safety, and friendliness. The meeting was called by City Councilor Jim Pokorney and NDDC VP Joe Grundhoefer in response to recent experiences [...]