Northfield City Hall Open House

Media Release
June 25, 2014
Northfield City Hall Open House

Mayor Graham, members of the City Council and City staff welcome the public to Northfield City Hall, 801 Washington St, for an open house on Wednesday, June 25 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

The purpose of the City Hall open house is to celebrate the 60th anniversary (1954-2014) of the newly remodeled building and its public service to the Northfield community as an elementary school and City Hall.

Were you a student or teacher in the former Washington Elementary School or are you a former city employee, maybe a regular user of the services at City Hall or just an interested resident or business owner, stop by for a tour of the newly remodeling building and enjoy some ice cream or hot dogs before or after your tour.


Book & Stars is at Spring Creek Park! Join us for "DOC ROBERT'S WILD WEST SHOW!" June 25th

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Want to see amazing skills and intriguing magic? Then Whip cracking, bottle tossing, the 11-box balance, china plates on tiny bamboo sticks – in the hands of five volunteers,  the endless pitcher of water, the vanishing elephant, 8 ball juggling, real western lariat spinnin’, and more!  Come to Spring Creek Park -by the Jefferson Parkway Soccer Fields Wednesday, June 25th for an evening of entertainment for all ages!

Booker, the Book Bus opens at 6:30.  The show begins at 7 pm.  Books and Stars is made possible by a grant from SEMAC, The Friends and Foundation of the Library, Northfield School District Community Services Division, The Northfield Public Library and the Northfield Historical Society. 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


The Northfield Police Have Moved

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Mayor Graham, members of the City Council, City Administrator Tim Madigan, Police Chief Monte Nelson and the entire staff at the Northfield Police Department welcome the public to conduct business at our new Police Department located at 1615 Riverview Drive, Northfield.


"Northfield Wheels": An Automotive Exhibit Opens

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Northfield is famous as the city of “Cows, Colleges and Contentment,” but perhaps “Car-Buffs” should be added to tagline. Learn about Northfield’s surprisingly rich automotive history with the opening of “Northfield Wheels: An Automotive History,” an exhibit at the Northfield Historical Society Thursday, June 26, at 6:30 p.m. As part of the ongoing Northfield History Month celebration, admission to the museum will be free for the exhibit opening. Museum patrons also will be able to take in car show (weather permitting) sponsored by the Sundowners Car Club along Division Street.

Northfield was quick to embrace the automobile. While Henry Ford was building his first car in the late 1890s, Fred Bates and the Fey brothers were crafting automobiles locally.


Grand Ol' Summer kicks off July 9th

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Northfield Arts Guild and the Northfield Senior Center are teaming together this summer to offer a chance for kids and their grandparents to spend some fun time together.  We’ve got several activities for you to choose from during the months of July and August.

The highlight of this program will be a bus trip to Circus Juventas on Saturday, August 9th. The following Wednesday, kids and grans can sit down together and make their own circus using found objects and construction paper.

You can paint a pot and plant a flower together or team up to build a birdhouse. 

Take it easy and make a date to see a movie at the Northfield Senior Center while enjoying popcorn and lemonade.

Get out and get some fresh air during our photo scavenger hunt (I think that a photo of an ice cream cone is on the list!).  The next day, you’ll use your photos to create a collaged book or wall hanging.


Food Truck Tuesday Continues to be a Success!

The success of Food Truck Tuesday continues to be overwhelming.  Each Tuesday, over 150 people have been coming to the First United Church of Christ parking lot to try something different for lunch.  So far, we have hosted Maria's Taco Hut, Gastrotruck, The Moral Omnivore, and the kids' favorite, Natedogs.  We have confirmed some new trucks to come throughout the rest of the summer, including The Sizzling Wagon, A La Plancha and R.A. MacSammy's, which will be another hit with the kids.  If you're not in a rush to get back to work, seating is available on the lawn or you can bring your own blanket, the kids get to run around, and there is even fresh produce available in the youth garden to pick and take home for free.  


Northfield Mayor's Press Conference on Flooding, 6/19, 4:30 p.m.

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The City of Northfield has staffed an Emergency Operations Center. City staff and existing agencies are working together to mitigate threats to the City and manage assets. EOC staff is working closely with Rice County, City of Faribault, and other entities to make sure that we have the resources we need to continue to effectively manage this event. The EOC will be staffed as needed for the duration of the event. Additional resources will be brought in if the situation warrants it.

Chief Monte Nelson, NPD, is the acting incident commander. He is supported by staff from Northfield Emergency Management, Northfield Public Works, Northfield Public Safety Agencies, Northfield Hospital and Clinics EMS and city staff.


Mayor, City of Northfield share flood update

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Mayor Graham’s Press Conference

June 19, 2014 8:30 a.m.

Introduction

Talking Points:

 

1.     Current conditions:  Northfield has received 1.25” of rain since last night.  Faribault received more, around the 2” range, not exactly sure.

2.     Gauges:

Straight River showing a slight decrease in Owatonna and Faribault.

Cannon River at County 29 in Northfield shows a slight increase.

The visual gauge at the Safety Center was at 4 feet 6 inches last night at 8p increasing to 4 feet 8 inches as of 7a today.

3.     City of Northfield will stay in the incident command structure for the next 12 hours.

4.     We will continue to monitor Owatonna, Faribault, Dakota County and other local sources.

5.     The media will be notified of any changes throughout the day.


City of Northfield merging Facebook pages

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The City of Northfield is making a change to its Facebook social media presence. Currently, Recreation, Public Works, Library, and DMV have separate Facebook pages. Soon, all departments will have access to the City of Northfield “main” page.

The main page will allow for more content to be provided by Administration, Communications, Community Development, Finance, Human Resources, Police, and Public Works/Engineering. Library and Recreation will continue to have their own Facebook pages.

The City website www.ci.northfield.mn.us drives city social media content. If a member of the community has an immediate issue, contact the appropriate department by telephone, email, or raise an issue by contacting the appropriate department from the city website.


June 2014 Flood

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UPDATE: There are currently no severe weather watches or warnings in effect.

Forecast

The forecast from the National Weather Service can be found here

For more flood-related information, photos, and videos, click Read more.


Spring greens and fresh local vegetables at Saturday's Riverwalk Market Fair

Spring Wind Farm brings lettuce, spinach, radishes, and other spring vegetables to Riverwalk Market Fair on Saturday.

Local seasonal produce at available at Riverwalk Market Fair this Saturday, June 21 includes fresh-picked salad greens, head lettuce, spinach, snap peas, rhubarb, radishes, kale, swiss chard, cilantro, and green onions, along with a variety of bedding plants, eggs, and flowers.  


Northfield Calls for Flood Volunteers

Sandbagging Volunteers

An email distributed by Northfield Shares this afternoon asks for Northfield-area volunteers to help with sandbagging and other flood-preparation activities. It says:

Urgent Volunteer Alert!

We need YOUR help! The City of Northfield has declared a flood emergency and the river continues to rise, with more rain in the forecast. With two colleges in town and the high school down the street, we can normally mobilize hundreds of volunteers in minutes. However, most of those students are not easily available in the summer, so we're relying on citizens like you.


Northfield Area Family YMCA Business Challenge Update

The Northfield Area Family YMCA has raised $27,500 so far this month during their Business Builders Challenge. Thanks to matching gifts from Heartman Insurance, Just Food Co-op, and an anonymous donor, business donations are being matched dollar for dollar up to $50,000. The deadline for making a tax-deductible gift is this Friday June 20th.


Northfield City Council selects finalists for city administrator position

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 Media Release

June 18, 2014

Northfield City Council selects finalists for city administrator position

On June 17, 2014, the Northfield City Council selected five finalists for the position of city administrator. Listed below are the finalists along with a brief summary of their employment history and education:


Reigel to Lead Oldies Sing-Along at Village on the Cannon June 19 Instead of Froggy Borroms

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Because of the flood, the location and time of the Sing-Along has changed. Marc Reigel, leader of Carleton’s Night Crawlers Band which toured the Midwest in the mid-60s, will return to lead an oldies rock and roll sing-along on Thursday, June 19, at Village on the Cannon, 301 W 7th Street. in Northfield, starting at 8:00 p.m.Joining Reigel on keyboard will be Night Crawlers lead singer Barry Gillespie, now a realtor in Owatonna, with Rob Lampe on guitar and Rae Rusnak on harmonica. 


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