Northfield Police Chief Mark Taylor is NDDC Forum Guest

MarkTaylorWorksDowntown.jpgThe NDDC will feature Northfield’s new Police Chief Mark Taylor at its July Downtown Forum. The forum is scheduled for Tuesday, July 1 at 8 a.m. in the Riverview Conference Room, located in the lower level of the Archer House, 212 Division Street, in downtown Northfield. The public is always invited to attend and participate.

Taylor was Patrol Captain of the Northfield Police Department for six months before being made Chief in late April of 2008, following the departure of former Police Chief Gary Smith. Taylor served for twenty years with the McLeod County Sheriff’s Department before coming to our community.

Taylor’s first visit to Northfield was on a motorcycle trip with his wife from Hutchinson to Red Wing many years ago. Taylor, pictured here discussing the logistics of the JuneBug Music Festival with Julie Bixby of The Contented Cow, considers himself a strong supporter of activities and events in downtown Northfield and has spent much time meeting with community members. “I believe private-public partnerships are the key to community safety,” he says, “as well as to the cleanliness and vitality of the area.”

The NDDC forum is intended as an opportunity for the Chief and the community to get to know each other better. However, Taylor is willing to address all topics of interest to downtown stakeholders.

The NDDC is a non-partisan, non-profit community organization dedicated to the vitality of downtown Northfield. The event is free and open to the public. As always, coffee and cookies will be served.

For more information, contact Executive Director Ross Currier at (507) 663-0319 or

Summerful of Activities…Downtown

JuneBugPoster.jpgWe’re barely to end of June, but it already seems like there has been, is, and will be much going on in downtown Northfield, all summer long.

Tonight, Thursday, June 26th, Tom Franek is at the Upstairs Rueb, 503 Division Street, at 6 pm, the Northfield Community Band is in Bridge Square, at the heart of our community, at 7 pm, there’s an Opening Reception of Fiber Arts on Climate Change and the annual Arts in Bloom exhibit in collaboration with the Northfield Garden Club at the Northfield Arts Guild, 304 Division Street, 7 pm, Teague Alexy is at the Tavern Lounge, backside of the Historic Archer House, 212 Division Street, and it’s the first evening of the JuneBug Music Festival, behind the Contented Cow, rain or shine, 302 1/2 Division Street.

Friday, Kim Bloom is at the HideAway, 421 Division Street, 7 pm, Joe Meyer is at the Tavern Lounge, backside of the Historic Archer House, 212 Division Street, and JuneBug continues.

Saturday, Kim Bloom is again at the HideAway, 421 Division Street, 7 pm, Norwegian Cowboy is at the Tavern Lounge, backside of the Historic Archer House, 212 Division Street, and its the final night of JuneBug.

What’s Up Behind The Cow?

JuneBugStageEmerges.jpgIt appears that a stage is emerging from the parking lot behind the Contented Cow. Indeed, it’s part of the upcoming JuneBug, a new Annual Music Festival in downtown Northfield.

JuneBug is a celebration of local music, highlighting the wide variety of impressive talent in the Northfield area, brought together on one stage over the course of three evenings at the end of June.

Thursday night features Marty Anderson and The Goods, followed by the Rice County All-Stars. Friday’s line-up consists of Meredith Fierke, Occasional Jazz, Blue Moon, and The Last Known Whereabouts. Saturday features Dr. Jellyfish, Jon Manners, Fish Frye, The Loafers, Gospel Gossip and the Zillionaires.

So come on down(town) and check out the music, along the east bank of the Cannon River, and support your local artists.

Taste of Success

TasteInTheSquare.jpgThe Third Annual Taste of Northfield has been officially declared a success. That was the consensus of the Taste Committee at their annual debriefing lunch today at Chapati.

It appeared to most everyone last night that it was a successful event. The weather was perfect, the people were out and about, the food was, as usual, delicious, the Community Band was in perfect harmony with the on-going activities, the auctions were quite a pleasant diversion, the beer tent on the bridge overlooking the falls was a special treat, and the folk dancing in the street was just phenomenal.

Based on food ticket sales, and the expert crowd estimating talents of former Historical Society President and current NDDC President Mary Rossing, we think there were about 4,500 people who participated in the event, almost double of last year’s attendance. It sure seemed like they were all having a good time.

We’d like to thank our sponsors: (Cornerstone Sponsors) First National Bank, the Northfield News, Northfield Automation Systems, Upper Lakes Foods, (Corporate Sponsors) Carleton College, College City Beverage, KYMN Radio, Malt-O-Meal, (Business Boosters) Community Resource Bank, Contented Cow and Chapati, Taylor Trucking, J. Grundy’s Rube-N-Stein, Premier Bank, and Rick Pavek Construction for their underwriting of this delightful and growing event. Without your initial support, we wouldn’t have been able to gather together the vendors, the volunteers, and the attendees, who all united last night to make the Third Annual Taste of Northfield a success.

For a photo gallery of the event, see Griff Wigley’s post on Locally Grown.

Always Something to Do…Downtown

draperdaniels.jpgIf this incredible…almost magical…weather continues to bless us…there’ll be no place better to be this weekend…than Downtown Northfield.

Friday night, Kim Bloom plays acoustic guitar at The HideAway, 421 Division Street (7 pm), pianist Tom Franek is doing the Acoustic Cafe scene at Hogan Brothers, 415 Division Street (7 pm), Katie Harris and Baker London are that the Contented Cow, 302 1/2 Division Street, and slide-guitarist Jeff Ray is at the Tavern Lounge, backside of the Historic Archer House, 212 Division Street.

Saturday night, Kim Bloom is back at The HideAway, 421 Division Street, Draper Daniels performs Heartland Rock and Roll at the Contented Cow, 302 1/2 Division Street, and Relativity performs current and classic light rock as well as original music at the Tavern Lounge, riverside at 212 Division Street.

Sunday night, there’s a discussion of the Northfield Charter at Politics and a Pint at the Contented Cow, 302 1/2 Division Street (6 pm), and, if you want to take a walk on the wild side of town, there’s a Community Midsommar Celebration at Way Park (6 pm).