Area destinations that are soon to become favorites

At this time of year, we hear a lot about peace on Earth and goodwill to men, and it can be hard to remember that peace is a very unusual state for humanity. In Rome, the temple to the god Janus was to be open whenever Rome was at war and closed in times of peace – in the first 750 years of Roman history, the temple was closed only twice.

Living in Northfield with two small boys, questions about the Cannon River are inescapable.  “Why is it called the Cannon River?” asks my 6-year-old, probably hoping that the answer has something to do with gunpowder and large projectiles.

A nice Sunday drive or a walk in the park usually means taking the scenic route and that is always a refreshing change of pace.  Northfield has many trails perfect for hiking, biking, running, and casual walking.  But there’s more to explore in Minnesota if you are willing to go the distance and venture beyond your back door.

So, what’s happening this week?  Labor Day celebrations?  Those were yesterday—check!

The dog days of summer are upon us—I’m talking about the temperature here—hot, sultry, above normal, those lazy, hot days at the end of summer.  (For a nice explanation of what the phrase really means, visit nationalgeographic.com.)  Once we get into August, the summer seems to pass quickly before our attention swings back toward the school year and sports and shopping.

Spring has finally arrived in Northfield.  How do I know this?  Because most of the snow piles have melted, the low temperatures are predicted to be above freezing, it is May, and, the best indicator of all, lots of people are wearing shorts.  It is now time for some serious vernalizing. 

The temps are dropping, it’s almost Christmas, and you can’t wait to get outdoors before it gets really really cold, like 30 below zero. You’ve got your ice skates in hand and hockey stick nearby. Now, where to go? Oh, right! That year-round indoor/outdoor place, the Northfield Ice Arena is close and the Faribault Ice Arena is nearby too!

Boo! The Mill Town Haunt is closed for 2017. This trick is no treat for local fans of the family friendly charity-fundraiser in Dundas. However, they promise to be back better than ever next year but where do families take their costumed impressionable wee-ones now?

It’s fall and that means fun on the farm. Pick your own apples or pumpkins. Take a ride in a wagon. Learn how apple cider is made and enjoy some with a donut from the farm store. Pet farm animals or play in their fun play area. Or get lost in a corn maze.

Every year on the weekend after Labor Day since 1948, the people of Northfield have been honoring their brave predecessors for their efforts to thwart a bank robbery in 1876 by that notorious outlaw Jesse James. The James-Younger gang hailed from Missouri, a border state with divided loyalties over secession and slavery and rife with conflict.

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