The Irish in Northfield

The 5th annual Northfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade, known as the Patty Dazzle, was held downtown this evening. After living here for several years, I was glad to finally attend this fun event. All the right things were present, a bagpiper, a dancing St. Patrick, the flag of Ireland, and several family banners and crests.

I had a chance to talk with several people who were either marching in the parade or who came to watch. There seems to be a universal theme of fun surrounding St. Patrick’s Day events, and knowledge of the actual history and tradition of the holiday isn’t critical to taking part in the celebration. Even if you don’t know what “Erin go Bragh” means, you can still participate.

Mike McGovern was the Grand Marshall this year and the parade event itself was organized by a group of folks who included Kevin O’Donnell, Jim Bohnhoff, who took the role of St. Patrick, and Northfield City Council Member Jim Pokorney.

I did have the chance to take some pictures and will post them later. For now, you should check out Northfield.org‘s photo album posted by blogger extraordinaire Griff Wigley.

Update: The photos turned out pretty cruddy, so I won’t post them here. Sorry for the tease. Guess I need to move into the late 20th century and get a digital camera…

“The Scarce Man”

A friend of mine has finally taken the time to follow the advice given to him by his pals and written a book.

    The Scarce Man

“The Scarce Man” by James Frie is an excellent police mystery novel that is distingushed by realistic description and vivid detail throughout the story. It really gets you wrapped up in the very beginning and doesn’t let go until the very end.

The Scarce Man centers on Agent Mike Rawlings of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. He is Minnesota’s top murder detective and is nearing retirement when he’s called in to handle the most baffling and dangerous case of his career. Someone with a violent M.O. is killing certain people in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Rawlings deduces that the murders are politically motivated, but what he doesn’t know is that the killer, who in the days following 9/11, has become obsessed with the idea that he alone can begin a chain of events that will launch the social revolution he believes will save the country. The killer forms an alter-ego, whom he calls The Patriot. What Rawlings doesn’t know, is that the Patriot has inside knowledge that will make him more deadly than anyone he’s ever faced; and much harder to stop.

Being from Minnesota, I can vividly picture each location as the story unfolds. If you like a book that’s hard to put down, then you should definitely check it out.