Members of the Defeat of Jesse James Days Committee presented Northfield Hospital’s Breast Care Center with a $2,200 check on Thursday, October 24. The money was the result of fundraising efforts throughout the year with the Tough Enough To Wear Pink program. Tough Enough To Wear Pink is a national rodeo program created to involve the rodeo community in the fight against breast cancer. Fundraising concluded at the three rodeos held over Defeat weekend with the passing of pink donation barrels throughout the rodeo stands. According to the staff at the Breast Care Center, the money will be used to put together pink care bags for those newly diagnosed with breast cancer. Each bag contains a book, a journal, comfy socks, and a variety of other items that patients might need in their journey. The Committee is proud to support the efforts of the Breast Care Center through the generosity of the citizens of Northfield.
- First Place Woodbury Ambassadors
- Second Place Fridley 49ers Ambassadors
- Third Place Montgomery Kolacky Days
- First Place Mill Town Haunt
- Second Place Northfield High School Cheerleaders
- Third Place Northfield Arts Guild
- First Place Edina Realty
- Second Place MOM Brands
- Third Place SEMA
- First Place Schell’s Hobo Band
- Second Place Brio Brass
- Third Place St. Olaf Marching Choir
HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BANDS
- First Place Winona High School
- Second Place Simley High School
- Third Place St. Peter High School
- 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
Bank Raid Re-Enactments ASL interpreted: Friday 6:00 p.m., Saturday 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.,
Sunday 11:00 a.m., Spanish interpreted: Friday 7:00 p.m.
BUTTON EVENT = Buttons required for bleacher seating 408 Division Street
Friday 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, www.nothfieldhistory.org
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.
Defeat of Jesse James Days RODEO
Friday, September 6, 8:00 p.m. • Saturday, September 7, 2:00 & 8:00 p.m.
Reserved tickets available at Dokmo Ford-Chrysler, Hwy 3 S., 645-4478.
General admission tickets available at EconoFoods, 601 Division St.
General admission parking at MOM Brands (Malt-O-Meal), Hwy. 19.
Free shuttle service every 20 minutes from MOM parking to rodeo.
Limited general admission parking at rodeo site.
Professional Rodeo At Its Best!
- 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 www.JesseJamesBikeTour.org
- Soap Box Derby Registration 8:30 a.m., Race begins 10:00 a.m. 3rd & Orchad St. (Longfellow School). More info, email@example.com
- 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 & 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. Entertainment following parade – Paul Spring 10:00 a.m. 200 Division Street (In front of KYMN Radio)
- 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.
- Northfield Dance academy performance. 12:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. Division Street
- Bingo on Bridge Square Noon-Midnight
- Entertainment Center Noon-1:00 a.m. 5th & Water Streets. Prize Drawings 2:00, 3:00 & 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
- 8:45 p.m.-12:45 a.m. “Sweet Siren” BUTTON EVENT
- Vintage baseball 1:00 p.m. Northfield Silverstars vs. St. Croix. Base Ball Club (1870 Rules), 7th St. E. (Old Memorial Field)
- 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
- Vaudvesque. 4:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Northfield Arts Guild Theater. Tickets $10.00, firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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, “Tough enough to wear pink” 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
- Ambassador/James Gang School Visits 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
- Bank Raid Re-Enactments 6pm and 7pm (Spanish Script read at 7pm)
- Arts & Crafts Show 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Northfield Arena, Highway 3 South, Homemade Crafts/Free Drawings/Concessions
- Entertainment Center 4:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. 5th & Water Streets. Music at 9:00 p.m. “Lost Highway”
- 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
- Vaudevesque. 7:00 p.m. Northfield Arts Guild Theater. Tickets $10.00, email@example.com
- P.R.C.A. Professional Rodeo 8:00 p.m.
- Miss rodeo Minnesota PAGEANT crowning. Jesse James Arena, Highway 3 South.
- 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.
Thursday night is unlimited ride nights with a wrist-band! Grab your townie friends and head to one of these locations.
Advance sales for Thursday night wrist band night are available at select local businesses.
• First National Bank
• Community Resource Bank
• Premier Bank
• Econo Foods
• Cub Foods
• Rocky Top
Be sure to consider alternate routes into town when headed down to DJJD next week for the annual festivities. Cedar (77) and Highway 3 are the two best alternates. Nine miles of Interstate 35 will be reduced to from four to two lanes. Starting on Tuesday, Sept. 3, north and southbound traffic between County Road 50 and Country Road 2 will be reduced to a single lane in each direction.
I am very pleased with the final results of the 2013 DJJD Horseshoe hunt! In fact, I found out hours later that Joe and daughter Sarah Miller, the finders, are planning to donate a large chunk of the winnings to the local Crisis Pregnancy Center of Northfield in the downtown Medical Arts Building. http://cpcnorthfield.org/
This year the DJJD horseshoe was found in the Spring Creek Park which is home to the Amerman Pavilion (built in memory of Jeff Amerman by Northfield Rotary), the Oasis Misting Station (built by the local W.I.N.G.S group) and most importantly, a large number of soccer fields.
Around 7:12am this morning I received a call from Joe Miller. He was with his 16 year old daughter Sarah. They had been in Spring Creek for hours yesterday and new the park well enough to run to the hiding spot once the 5th clue was read on KYMN. I had a report that as many as 40 searching parties were in this park yesterday looking, even late into the night with flashlights. This morning around 25-30 vehicles were parked in the lot awaiting the revealing 5th release. Upon hearing the details, many ran to the exact spot where a scurry to find the shoe began. Joe saw the identifying tag that read “You WON, call TIM”. He pulled up on what he initially thought was trash only to find a horseshoe wired to the laminated tag.
This year I had a stronger reveal to the park location in the 4th clue because I knew it would take time to actually locate the shoe due to the enormity of that park along with all of the fields.
Following are the key words/phrases from this weeks clues followed by editorial in parenthesis.
Bank (3 banks sponsor soccer fields at this park along with an identifying sign at each field)
Body (“Everybody’s Playground” is a handicapped accessible playground that allows for even wheelchairs to navigate)
Game (Soccer games)
Faithful, valor, heroism, courage, battle, brotherly love, leadership (All are telltale references to the many non-profit groups that helped build/sponsor and pay for this park. In the park, you’ll find signs and markers everywhere. This includes the Boy Scouts Eagle Scout benches, The Lions, Northfield VFW and Rotary fields.)
Began their retreat (The gang had to retreat to the south because the townies blocked the Mill square, now Bridge Square escape route. This indicates that you should retreat to the south of town)
Half (Mid-field, soccer, half time)
Family and friends having fun (Amerman Pavilion, soccer games and a playground)
Angel wings (Eagle Scout bench project reference and WINGS paying for the Oasis mist station. There is a rock/plaque with this information near the misting area)
Did as a kid (playground)
Look down (Direction to be looking down for the shoe, as opposed to up high or in a tree)
tims (anagram/letter scramble of the word “mist”, referencing the Oasis Mist Station)
1st mom community (These are the 3 front field names/sponsors at Spring Creek, 1st Nat Bank, MOM Brands, and Community Resource Bank)
Accessible (handicapped accessible “Everybody’s Playground”)
Span (the bridge between fields build by an Eagle Scout)
Barren fields (flat, empty fields)
Move south (South of town)
Stomping grounds (Playing on fields, playground, soccer, grounds)
Spring (Spring Creek Park)
Jefferson Line (Jefferson Pkwy)
Fields (Soccer Fields)
Watering (First mention of water. Was by a pond)
Out back (Big clue telling you to go to the back of the large park)
Bunker Dr and Wilcox Blvd (These 2 roads intersect the park right in front of its entrance. I used the whole Heywood story to set up this hint)
Scouted (Eagle Scout signage on the nice wooden benches on the fields)
Well, pretty much everything is walking you to the location in Spring Creek.
Hunter stories and points of interest
Kathy Fredrickson (2011 HH2 Winner) found a rusty old horseshoe downtown on Tuesday. It was placed in an obvious location by someone wanting to mess with the hunters (or the event chairman).
Ally Sellers emailed me wondering why she had never hunted before and was totally obsessed with it. She said, “thanks for making me crazy and completing taking over my life.” (not the first time I’ve been told that…ha ha) Welcome to the club Ally!
We had a visit from Steven Sanftner, a member of the “Cooler Crew” from St Paul. They are a group of hunt pro’s that travel around the state trying to capture the prizes. They have a website that archives many hunts clues in Minnesota and is a fun place to look around if you’re into doing this in other towns. Steven was just a few minutes late arriving to Spring Creek this morning as he cruised all the way down from St Paul to join the group of folks waiting in their cars for the final clue to be read. He also complimented our hunt with the following.
”I came all the way from Saint Paul to do your hunt. I have done about 10-15 other city’s hunts this year and your hunt stands out amongst them all as one of the better hunts!”
Becca Brinkman said she looked first in the area of the park that was in the line of site from my deck, where I shot a popular snow-melting time lapse that was shown on KARE 11 this past spring. I thought this was pretty clever, as she, along with others, assumed I’d be filming them from my closeby house! I didn’t. She also texted me a few interesting details, besides the fact that she couldn’t sleep because she was dreaming about hunting. My mother, Sonja Freeland is a Realtor and had a for sale sign in the back yard of a listing that bordered the park. Others saw this and thought I was maybe presenting some clever location hint. That was just a coincidence. She also admitted spending hours in Spring Creek on Thursday, using a pedometer on her smart phone to keep track of the thousands of steps she took. While doing so, she admitted to coming close but only finding this piece of metal that resembles a horse shoe. That’s funny Becca!
Why no QR codes? When registering your button this year, I put in a field where people could write a private note to me. I also took a poll about the QR codes. 60% of the registered hunters liked them but 40% did not. I was thinking QR marker tags were providing a huge help to everyone, giving them something to find each day (last year). See, there was a strong perception that I was singling out people without a smart phone but in reality, I had stated many times that the info on the QR scan was also printed on the tags themselves. So, there was never additional information on the QR scans. I even wrote on the laminated markers that this info was also able to be saved by scanning/shooting the QR codes. While Chad Beumer told me that they were nice because he knew him and his boys were on the right track, Sheri Israel liked the idea of getting outside and doing something where technology interfaces weren’t in her face for a once. But I must just say that maybe we can have the best of both worlds once everyone understands that you don’t need to scan a QR code and just read the tags instead. Maybe I’ll just call them “Additional Info Markers” next year, and have a QR there for those who want to save that info quickly.
I’m proud of everyone and very thankful to have an enthusiastic and fun group of people getting out there each year and having a blast doing so! Thanks again and we’ll see you downtown.
It’s time to set up chairs for your spot in the parade route! Well, maybe still a little too early, but we’ve got a PDF for you to review to see just who’s in the 2013 DJJD Grand Parade! See you there.