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Defeat of Jesse James Days Parade 2014 Judging Results


First Place: Defeat of Jesse James Days Junior Ambassadors(Will Marsh)

Second Place: Cottage Grove Strawberry Fest Ambassadors

Third Place: Fridley 49ers Ambassadors



First Place: Vintage Band Festival

Second Place: Northfield Arts Guild

Third Place: Restored Randolph, MN Fire Truck



First Place: Canine Design

Second Place: Wells Fargo Bank Stage Coach

Third Place: SEMA Equipment



First Place: St Paul Clown Club

Second Place: Clowns Across The River



First Place: Schell’s Hobo Band

Second Place: Royal Order of Klondike Kate’s

Third Place St: Mill Town Haunt



First Place: Simley High School

Second Place: St. Peter High School

Third Place: United High School

What’s Happening Today – Sunday 2014

  • Jesse James 5K & 15K runs National Guard Armory. Registration: 6:30-7:30 a.m. (run begins at 8:00 a.m.)
  • Antique tractor pull Registration: 7:00 a.m. Tractor Pull at 9:00 a.m. Jeese James Arena, Hwy 3 South BUTTON EVENT
  • VFW breakfast 7:30-11:00 a.m. Children under 10 $4, Adults $8
  • Northfield Dance academy performance 11:55 a.m. Division Street
  • Royalty Reception 10:00 a.m. Northfield High School
  • Craft Show 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Central Park, 4th & Winona Streets
  • Carnival Highway 3 & 5th Street Noon-6:00 p.m.
  • Bingo on Bridge Square Noon-8:00 p.m.
  • Entertainment Center Noon-6:00 p.m. 5th & Water Streets. DJ Linda Jean, Prize Drawings and Special Appearance after the Grand Parade by the “Minnesota Pipes & Drums”
  • Grand Parade 2:00 p.m. Division Street
  • The Posse Paddle. 8:30am registration. 1st race at 9:30am, Last by Noon.  See

Bank Raid Re-Enactments ASL interpreted: Friday 6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m. & 1:00, 3:00, 5:00 p.m.,
Sunday 11:00 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. (Limited bleacher seating available for 12:30 raid)

Northfield Historical Society Bank Site & Museum
408 Division Street 507-645-9268,
See website for admission prices.
Wednesday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Thursday 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

What’s Happening Today – Saturday 2014

  • Bank Raid Re-Enactments, Division Street. 11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm
  • Jesse James Bike Tour Northfield Middle School. Registration, 6:30 a.m. More info
  • Soap Box Derby Registration 8:30 a.m., Race begins 10:00 a.m. 3rd & Orchad St. (Longfellow School). More info,
  • Defeat of Jesse James Days Car Show. Sundowner Car Club 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Riverside Park. Admission: $2, 15 and under free with paid adult BUTTON EVENT
  • Craft Show 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Central Park, 4th & Winona Streets
  • Arts and Crafts Show 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Northfield Arena, Highway 3 South Homemade Crafts/Free Drawings/Concessions
  • Kiddie Parade 9:30 a.m. 6th & Division Streets.
  • Northfield Arts Guild riverfront arts festival 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Cannon River Walkway
  • Carnival Highway 3 & 5th Street, 11:00 a.m.
  • Bingo on Bridge Square Noon-Midnight
  • Entertainment Center Noon-1:00 a.m. 5th & Water Streets. Prize Drawings 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. BUTTON EVENT, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Musical Entertainment BUTTON EVENT. 5:00-8:00 p.m. Musical Entertainment BUTTON EVENT, 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. “32 Below” BUTTON EVENT
  • Vintage baseball 1:00 p.m. Northfield Silverstars vs. St. Croix. Base Ball Club (1870 Rules), Sibley School Fields on Maple Street
  • P.R.C.A. Professional Rodeo. 2:00 p.m. Jesse James Arena, Highway 3 South. General Admission: Adult $12, Child $8 (ages 4-12), Under 3 Free
  • “TippeCanoe and Tyler Too” 7:00 p.m. Northfield Arts Guild Theater. Tickets $12.50 Adults, $10 Students/Seniors,
  • Western Style Steak Fry Northfield Cannon Valley Lions. 5:00-8:00 p.m. Jesse James Arena, Highway 3 South
  • Sneaky Pete’s garden tractor pull. 6:00-9:30 p.m. Division Street, BUTTON EVENT. Participant Registration 4:30 p.m., Off Lawn $10, Other $15
  • P.R.C.A. Professional Rodeo 8:00 p.m. Jesse James Arena, “Give Cancer the Boot” Night.  A fundraiser for Northfield Hospital’s Breast Cancer Center, wear pink, donate and show your support. Highway 3 South. Reserved: $14; General Admission: Adult $12, Child $8 (ages 4-12), Under 3 Free

What’s Happening Today – Friday 2014

  • Ambassador/James Gang School Visits 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
  • Arts & Crafts Show 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Northfield Arena, Highway 3 South, Homemade Crafts/Free Drawings/Concessions
  • Bank Raid Re-Enactments 6pm and 7pm
  • Entertainment Center 4:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. 5th & Water Streets BUTTON EVENT.
  • 8:45-12:45 a.m. “Pop Rocks” BUTTON EVENT
  • Western Style Steak Fry Northfield Cannon Valley Lions. 5:00-8:00 p.m. Jesse James Arena, Highway 3 South
  • Carnival Highway 3 & 5th Street 5:00 p.m.
  • Bingo on Bridge Square 6:00 p.m.-Midnight
  • “TippeCanoe & Tyler Too” 7:00 p.m. Northfield Arts Guild Theater. Tickets $12.50 Adults, $10 Students/Seniors,
  • P.R.C.A. Professional Rodeo 8:00 p.m. Miss rodeo Minnesota PAGEANT crowning. Jesse James Arena, Highway 3 South. Reserved: $14; General Admission: Adult $12, Child $8 (ages 4-12), Under 3 Free
  • Square Dance 8:00 p.m.- 10:30 p.m. On Division between 4th & 5th Streets
  • Rodeo Dance 10:00 p.m.- Midnight Jesse James Arena, Highway 3 South, Admission Free, Live Music.

What’s Happening Today – Thursday 2014

  • Golf Tournament 2:00 p.m. Shot Gun Start Northfield Golf Club BUTTON EVENT
  • Entertainment Center “Townie Night” 5:00 p.m.-12:30 a.m. 5th & Water Street. 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. “8th Street Band (Russ Franek and Chad Johnson)” BUTTON EVENT
  • Giddy-Up Horse races.  Registration 5:00 p.m. Premier Bank 5th & Washington BUTTON EVENT
  • “TippeCanoe & Tyler Too” 7:00 p.m. Northfield Arts Guild Theater. Tickets $12.50 Adults, $10 Students/Seniors,
  • Carnival Highway 3 & 5th Street 5:00 p.m. 6:00-10:00 p.m. “Wrist Band Night”
  • Pedal Tractor Pull 5:30 p.m. Between 4th & 5th Streets on Division
  • NORTHFIELD HISTORICAl SOCIETY. 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. 408 Division St. Book signing by Johnny Boggs “Jesse James and Northfield in the Movies”
  • Bingo on Bridge Square 6:00 p.m.-Midnight

What’s Happening Today – Wednesday 2014

  • Joseph Lee Heywood and Nicolaus Gustavson Graveside Memorial Service. Noon Northfield Cemetery, South Division across from High School.
  • Joseph Lee Heywood DISTINGUISHED SERVICE Award Banquet. 6:30 p.m. (doors open 5:00 p.m.) Northfield Ballroom, Highway 3 North. Prepaid Reservations BUTTON EVENT. $125 Pin Drawing, Auction of Defeat of Jesse James Days Collector Buttons Numbers 1 through 5

Horseshoe Hunt Explained – 2014

This was our 15th year of the Horseshoe Hunt and I believe that this year included the largest number of people hunting ever, ranging from young kids with their parents to folks from the Twin Cities.  It gives me great pride to do something that gets people out into the core of our city with their families and friends.  I’ve been hiding for 4 years (on the hunt committee for 6) and every year the winner has been accompanies by their family members out there. I spent more time downtown talking to folks this year than ever and that vast majority of those looking were not alone.

A goal of mine when taking on this hiding job was to make it so there were other things to find and not just the 1 big find at the end.  From me placing smaller clues out there via laminated cards in years prior, to using the sidewalk poetry three times per day/clue, I wanted hunters to feel like they’re getting somewhere, like they’ve actually found what I wanted them to that day and can move on to the next piece of the puzzle the next day.  I think this worked well.

Now, the plan was to give 15 letters through 5 days, and add 3 more in the form of “THE” on Saturday if needed to spell out “The Old Safety Center”.  On Saturday I would have provided the number of words and letters per word.  I gave out 12 letters.  Now, the winner, Karen Roback and her daughter found the horseshoe at 10:15am this morning.  She told me that yesterday they were  in the area of the former police station, now the fire station along with her girls.  She said they all worked together to crunch the letters and ironically had come up with the possibility of it being “NFLD Fire Department”.  I didn’t look close enough, but that seems to make sense.  Many were seen not just downtown but in the areas of the Old Memorial Field and the Northfield City Hall. 

Location is always a toughie.  Many parks have had their turn and some a second turn.  Many parks are just too small to provide for a challenge.  This year I choose a spot that seemed unconventional while testing Northfielders on their current events, being as the police had recently moved to their new location.  This was actually the first year I didn’t “scout” the location out before hand as the place was just too public and I would seem out of place walking around the old Safety Center prior to a hunt.  So when I did sneak in to hide the shoe, I had to decide the best hiding spot at that moment.  All I had to help me prepare was Google Street View on Google Maps.

Thanks again to everyone who played this year!

Location / Sidewalk Poem / Letter – Cross-Reference
Day 1. Location 1. Medical Arts Building/KYMN/Gear Resource/Carleton. Letter D
Day 1 Location 2. West side of the Library at foot of the steps. Letter E
Day 1 Location 3. In front of the Archer House- River Inn. Letter F

Day 2. Location 1 High Noon Tattoo/NAG. Letter T
Day 2 Location 2. Tandem Bagels. Letter E
Day 2 Location 3 Ryan Building/Cake Walk/Thrivent. Letter L

Day 3. Location 1 Carlson Capital Mgmt/Was Paulinea’s/Recently had the old wooden patio removed. Letter A
Day 3 Location 2. Mill square/Bridge Square. Letter T
Day 3 Location 3. Monarch/Central block bldg/Rare Pair. Letter E

Day 4. Location 1. Hideaway Coffee House/Swag. Letter N.
Day 4 Location 2. Behind the Law Office building. Landmark Bldg on Grastvedt Ave. Letter Y
Day 4 Location 3. Scriver Building near Quality Bakery side. Letter C

Friday’s would have been R.O.S.

2014 Horseshoe Has Been Found!

Facetune-20140828-1024168847Karen Roback and her daughter found the horseshoe at 10:15am this morning (Thursday) behind the “THE OLD SAFETY CENTER” in the area directly behind the current fire station (City property on 5th and Hwy 3). This area will be host to the firemen’s party/event next week during DJJD as they do every year.

Karen and her family deciphered the sidewalk poems throughout downtown Northfield this week gathering letters and unscrambling them to assist in leading them to this spot.

On Friday (tomorrow) hunters would have received the 3 more letters and Saturday they would receive the “wheel of fortune” like letter/word layout (giving the number of words and total letters in each word) along with the word THE. THE XXX XXXXXX XXXXXX.

Karen has registered her button and will receive the full $900 purse.

DJJD Horse Shoe Hunt 2014 – Clue Four

The letters that make up the name of the hiding spot have been scrambled and you will be given 3 letters of the puzzle through a clue each day. The clues will lead you to locations downtown where you must walk to the cipher near the particular location and gather a particular letter as instructed in each clue.

The Purse is $900 this year thanks to cash donations by E&J Photography, US Federal Credit Union, Professional Pride Realty and Bursch Travel.


Location 1. We’re moving right along! I hope you’re having fun exploring our city and sidewalk poems! When I hid away the shoe, I sat down for some Joe. Then I got up with swagger and left down the road. Find the letter located on line 3, word 5 and letter 3.

Location 2. When you arrive at the hiding spot, you can park in the back. Just look for the Gras near a 136 year Landmark that suffered from cracks. Find the letter located on line 4, word 2 and letter 2.

Location 3. And finally this building, you know the one. Just yell to the hunters, go get your guns. Find the letter located on the bottom line, word 6 and letter 2.


Location 1. This building recently had something removed from it. This large structure was used extensively when it was a restaurant in the 90’s. Find the letter located on line 1, word 3 and letter 2

Location 2. This spot in the middle of town has always been a popular talker. Grab a snack and take a break. Seating provided by Schjeldahl. Find the letter located on line 1, word 2 and letter 1

Location 3. Bring a net for this one. Built in 1893, this structure replaced that Dampier House which is where Henry Wheeler was positioned during the 1876 raid. Find the letter located on line 4, word 2 and letter 6


Location 1. This cipher lays close to the original 1885 YMCA in Northfield but you’ll need to look High, not at the horseshoe up there, but near the prominent half circles to the south. Find the letter located on line 4 of 7, word 2 and letter 1

Location 2. What was your favorite item at the Ideal Cafe? Work as a pair and you’ll find these two circles. Find the letter located on line 1 of 3, word 2 and letter 2

Location 3. Ryan would be lying if he said this would be a piece of cake. Find the letter located on line 2 of 4, word 3 and letter 1


Location 1. This building was built the same year “Jesse James Day” began and was the first Medical Arts building in Rice County. Look on the “mural” side and pass each other on the ground. Find the letter located on line 2 of 5, word 1 and letter 3

Location 2. This public building was constructed by money donated by Andrew Carnegiein the winter of 1908. Look at the bottom on Division. Find the letter located on line 1 of 4, word 2 and letter 5

Location 3. Opened in 1877 this Stuart from Dallas was the second of its kind in Northfield. Find the hot letter located on line 1 of 7, word 4 and letter 1

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