2016 Election Information

Here are some links to help you find information about the local races and candidates in the upcoming election. Northfield.org is not responsible for the accuracy of the information included in the external links, and does not endorse any candidate for any office. Candidates are listed alphabetically, incumbents are marked with a *. Where websites or Facebook pages don't exist for all candidates, none are given for any candidate in that race. 

The Candidates

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meetings (October 2016)

Monday, October 10, 2016

Monday, October 24, 2016

Northfield's Arts & Culture Commission Invites the Public to a "State of the Arts" Community Conversation


The public is cordially invited by Northfield's Arts and Culture Commission to a presentation and conversation with Sheila Smith,Chair of the Creative Minnesota Project and Executive Director of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts.Sheila will share information about the economic impact of the Arts and lead us in a conversation aboutwhat creates cohesiveness in an arts community.  Find out what other successful artscommunities (like Northfield) are doing to bring people together to strengthen and support the arts.


LOCATION:   St. John’s Lutheran Church,  St. John’s Hall,  500 3rd St. W.  Northfield, MN

DATE / TIME:   Thursday,  November 3, 2016   6:00-8:30 pm

COST:   free and open to the public

City Council Candidates to Appear at Forum


On Saturday, October 22, candidates for mayor and for city council have been invited to participate in a forum at the Northfield Community Action Center/Northfield Senior Center. At 9:00 a.m, candidates for mayor will appear. Candidates for city council will appear at 10:30. This is an opportunity for voters to hear short introductory comments by each candidate, and to submit questions for the candidates' responses. 

Mayoral Candidate Debate at Carleton on Wednesday, November 2nd at 7 pm


On November 2nd at 7pm, mayoral candidates Dana Graham and Rhonda Pownell will engage in a debate about their respective policy positions and visions for Northfield's future.

MEA break is THURSDAY & FRIDAY! We will have LEGOS & DUPLOS creative time at the Library

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Since the kids are home from school on Thursday 10/20 and Friday 10/21 we have open creative times with our Lego & Duplos!  They will be out in the main floor meeting room from 10 am to 2 pm.  Come and play! 

Free! Northfield Public Library 210 Washington St. Northfield, MN 55057


Jivin' Ivan and the Kings of Swing at the Northfield Public Library


Get ready to have some fun at the Northfield Public Library!  Come dance and enjoy the music of Jivin' Ivan and the Kings of Swing Band on Friday October 21 from 7-9 pm.  Come as we continue to celebrate the new library atrium!  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information please call the library at 507-645-6606.

Candidate Forum Videos Available for Viewing


Videos of the October 18 Candidate Forums sponsored by the Northfield/Cannnon Falls League of Women Voters may be seen on the LWV website:  http://lwvnorthfieldmn.org

The candidats for Minnesota House of Representatives, Districts 20B and 58B and those for the Northfield Board of Education spoke and answered audience questions at the Northfield Community Resource Center. 





Jivin’ Ivan and the Kings of Swing at the Northfield Public Library

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Get ready to have some fun at the Northfield Public Library! Come dance and enjoy the music of Jivin' Ivan and the Kings of Swimg Bank on Friday, October 21 from 7 - 9 pm. Come as we continue to celebrate the new library atrium! This event is free and open to the public. For more information please call the library at 507-645-6606.

Cloak of Ashes - Book Talk by Local Author Donnita Rogers

Oct 26 2016 7:00 pm
Northfield Public Libraary

Local author Donnita Rogers will return to the Northfield Public Library on Wednesday, October 26 at 7:00 pm and talk about her newest book, Cloak of Ashes, book three of her Women of Beowulf Series.  Drawing on her years of research and travels in Scandinavia, author and retired teacher Donnita Rogers will bring to life the women of the 6th century epic, Beowulf, and the related Saga of King Hrolf Kraki.  The elevated status of women in Norse culture will be compared and contrasted with the struggles of modern women for recognition and respect.  

Cloak of Ashes

New! Short video from the City of Northfield


The City of Northfield Public Works Director/City Engineer David Benett talks about the bumpouts located on 5th and Washington Streets.



Watch Video About The Role of Media in Elections


"Using, Misusing, and Ignoring Political Information" was the subject of the September 24, 2016 meeting of the Northfield-Cannon Falls League of Women Voters. In our media rich culture, St Olaf Political Science Professor Chris Chap's talk is very timely, covering such topics as:  (1) How trust in a source influences the uptake of information, (2) How individuals' prior attitudes influence political learning, (3) How misinformation is received and processed by voters, and (4) How ambiguous messages are understood by voters. 

The video of this presentation may be seen at: 


New! Minute with the Mayor


The City of Northfield's Communications and Human Resources Manager Michelle Mahowald announces that Mayor Dana Graham talks about the efforts of many during the recent flood event in his latest short video.


Author Ben Percy to speak at the Northfield Public Library

Benjamin Percy

The Northfield Public Library, along with Content Bookstore and Graywolf Press, is pleased to have Benjamin Percy, novelist, comics writer and screenwriter, present a storytelling workshop and craft lecture on plot and suspense at the library on Wednesday, October 19 at 7 pm in the Bunday Meeting room.  After writing two short-story collections and a literary novel, Mr.

Visit Italy! At the library- Italy- A Mosaic in Time


On Thursday evening, October 6, join Bill North as he talks about the pleasures of exploring Italy's many layers of history. Like a mosaic, Italian landscapes and cultures are composed of elements drawn from many times and possessing many different qualities, and nowhere can this mosaic-like quality be observed better than Rome and Sicily. Bill will share images and perspectives accumulated over years of living, travelling, and teaching in Italy with his wife Victoria. He will also offer some thoughts on the practicalities of Italian travel and answer questions. 

Bill is a professor of  History & Medieval & Renaissance Studies at Carleton College. He and his wife, Victoria Morse, have traveled and taught extensively in Rome and Italy.

Library's Bunday Meeting room on the main level from 7pm to 8 pm.  The event is free and open to all.

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