In anticipation of Winter Walk 2017 and the entire holiday season, the NDDC considered how it might contribute to the festivities in a new way. Conversation turned toward the amenities in Bridge Square and the acknowledgement that the tree lighting array could be better. The call went out for contributions and the call was answered.
As can be seen in the accompanying photos, every tree and lamp post in Bridge Square is now adorned with lights and the cumulative effect is stunning!
In addition to the new lights in Bridge Square, the NDDC is sponsoring the Tree Lighting Ceremony for Winter Walk 2017. Please join us at 5pm in Bridge Square for a brief ceremony followed by the Whoville Christmas Song sing-a-long from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”.
The Northfield City Council will hold a a street improvement hearing on November 14th and there will be an opportunity for public input. The Council has approved the design concepts for 2018 projects at 7th and Division and on Washington Street from Woodley to 2nd Street. The proposed plan is designed to calm traffic and improve pedestrian safety, but it also reduces downtown parking spaces. Now is the time to make your voice heard. Learn more about the projects here and give feedback at the hearing November 14th. The City Council meeting begins at 6 pm at City Hall.
Give to the Max Day is November 16
Thursday, November 16, is Give to the Max Day in Minnesota. A donation to theNDDCon or before Nov. 16 has the chance of securing additional funds through daily and hourly drawings and matching funds.
Schedule your gift
Every day from November 1 -15 one organization will win $500 because one or more supporters scheduled their gift in advance. That could be the NDDC!
Each hour on Give to the Max Day, a drawing will determine the winner of a $1,000 Golden Turkey award. The winner can choose which cause will receive the $1,000.
Donor Advised Fund
Donations from donor advised funds or other appreciated assets may now count toward Give to the Max Day. Help your favorite causes rise up the Leaderboards and have the chance to win a Golden Ticket by making a gift from your donor advised fund or financial portfolio.
Vote on November 7
Tuesday, November 7, is election day in Northfield. Voters will elect one at-large City Councilor and vote yes or no on a Northfield school district referendum, which includes two questions. According to the Northfield Public Schools website,
“The first question will revoke the current operating levy of $1,497.17 per student and replace it with an operating levy increased by $470.15 to $1,967.32 per student for 10 years with an inflationary factor included. The second question, contingent on the passage of the first question, would authorize the District to sell $109 million in bonds to be paid for over 25 years for the purpose of implementing the Master Facilities Plan.”
The bonds, which are essentially loans, would pay for a new high school, a new elementary school and renovations to several of the other schools in the district. The bonds would be paid for by increased property taxes on all property owner within the school district. Property taxes of both commercial and residential property owners will be impacted by the outcome of this referendum.
Residents of Northfield may check their voting location here. Voters not residing inside Northfield city limits, but living within the Northfield school district can find their polling locations here.
Your vote counts! Please go to the polls on November 7th and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same.
It’s time again for the annual celebration of our loyal townsfolk who defeated the James Gang back on September 7, 1876. New this year is a Craft Beverage Festival at Armory Square, featuring beer, cider and cocktails from Imminent Brewing, Tanzenwald Brewing, Keepsake Cidery, Chapel Brewing and Loon Liquors. Other highlights include the Northfield Rotary Club Jesse James Bike Tour on the 9th (free beer or root beer at the After Pedal Party) and the Northfield Shares 5K Run/Walk on the 10th. Check out all of the fun including re-enactments, carnival, parade, rodeo and more at djjd.org.
J. Grundy’s Rueb ‘N’ Stein Farewell Party Sept 16
The Rueb will celebrate the end of an era with an all day party, capped off by a performance from members of The Big Wu starting at 9 pm. Joe Grundhoefer is looking forward to enjoying some time off after 36 years of restaurant ownership. He wants to invite all of his former employees and loyal customers to attend the celebration. A local business partnership, Freetime Restaurants LLC, will begin a major remodel this fall and plan to open a new rustic, upscale casual restaurant in the summer of 2018. The new restaurant will have something for everyone: unique menu with locally sourced ingredients, outdoor seating, a bar/lounge and live music. The last day of business for the Rueb will be September 17th.
Business is Thriving in Downtown Northfield
Anniversaries and Goodbyes
Last month we celebrated with local businesses as Mainstream Boutique had a 2-year anniversary, Paper Petalum had their 30th and The Rare Pair marked 40 years downtown. Also in August, after a 7-year run, Studio Elements closed its door at 16 Bridge Square. Thanks to Jill Enestvedt for her terrific efforts and fine shop. At the end of July, Mike Moyers closed Mike’s Bicycle Shop after a 25-year run on Grastvedt Lane. We want to thank Mike for being the go-to bike shop, not just in Northfield, but Rice County, for so many years and wish him well in his well-deserved retirement. Mike’s son Stu will be relocating the shop to Dundas and opening soon on County Road 1.
Hello and Welcome
Opening this month at 16 Bridge Square, new Naturopathic Practice Fine Fettle will bring health and wellness goods to the former Studio Elements space. Northfield Hospital & Clinics just announced plans to open an Express Care Clinic with convenient evening and weekend hours inside Sterling Pharmacy in early 2018.
There’s always something interesting happening in Downtown Northfield! Join us August 17th at 7pm on Bridge Square for the 2017 Sidewalk Poetry Capstone Celebration. The event is open to the public and will bring poetry lovers and sidewalk poets together to hear the poems read aloud, to meet the winning poets, and to hear music byBonnie and the Clydes. Thanks to the Northfield Senior Center volunteers, the popcorn wagon will be open for business, serving delicious popcorn and cold drinks.
Bring your lawn chairs, relax and enjoy the music and poetry of the night. A large map of the locations of the 2017 winning poems will be shared and the winning poems from all seven years of the contest will be on display.
In 2011, Northfield launched its annual Sidewalk Poetry Project. In the seven years of the project, 66 poems – the creations of 46 local poets — have been selected for imprinting in over 200 locations across the community. Each one of the winning poems, imprinted into the concrete of our city sidewalks, is remarkable on its own; collectively, they offer a sense of the spirit of our community. Chosen from among 156 poems submitted for judging, ten winning poems will be celebrated in 2017.