The stairs that lead to the Riverwalk adjacent to the Fourth Street Bridge will be closed due to some exterior building work at 11 Bridge Square.  The sidewalk on the north side of the Fourth Street Bridge will also be closed during the work.  This closure is expected to begin on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 and last until Friday, September 4, 2015.


For additional information contact Sean Simonson at 507-645-3049.

Northfield Skateboard Park is Open!


Northfield MN- Construction of the Northfield Skateboard Park has been completed and the park has been open to the public since  Monday, August 17, 2015.  Please remember to be safe, read the posted rules, and abide by the park hours of 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM.  Any injuries or vandalism must be reported to the City immediately by calling 507-645-3045; for emergencies, call 911.

For more information, contact Project Manager Jasper Kruggel at 507-645-3027 or jasper.kruggel@ci.northfield.mn.us

Education at the State Fair--Montessori on a stick!

Come to the Fair!

It has been nearly one hundred years since the first glass classroom was installed by Maria Montessori at the World Expo in California. This year at the MN State Fair the MN Montessori Network will do it again. They have sponsored a booth in the education building for the fair that will be staffed by volunteers from all over the state. Northfield will be represented by Montessori Children's House. We would love to see your faces, young and old, so stop by at the Education Building on Cosgrove St.

Can't come to the Fair? Visit us at Montessori Children's House--2400 Division St. S. We will be giving tours all week! 645-2445

Northfield Hospital offers EMS training

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Northfield Hospital & Clinics Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will offer training this fall to prepare students to become certified as Emergency Medical Responders or Emergency Medical Technicians.The EMR class will meet Monday and Wednesday evenings and occasional Saturdays, September 21 through November 14 at EMS headquarters.The EMR course can serve as a stand-alone certification program, or the first half of the EMT course.Students who successfully complete the EMR class and wish to obtain certification as an EMT will progress to the second session of the training which begins on February 15, 2016.

For more information, contact Brian Edwards, manager of Northfield Hospital & Clinics EMS at (507) 646-1444 or email edwardsb@northfieldhospital.org.



Community Services Recreation Positions Available


Community Services is currently accepting applications for a number of fall, winter and spring job opportunities.  Instructor opportunities exist in a variety of sports including basketball, floor hockey, soccer, tennis and outdoor adventure.  Basketball and volleyball scorekeepers and officials, aquatics staff (lifeguards and WSI instructors) and those interested in leading birthday parties are also needed.  Community Services is looking for staff who are outgoing, responsible and who work well with youth. Applicants must possess knowledge and aptitude of their desired position.

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (August 10, 2015)

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, August 10, 2015, at 7 pm, in the high school media center. A full packet of materials from the meeting can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:

Northfield Schools Master Facilities Plan Public Meetings in August and September

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The Northfield Public Schools hosted 18 stakeholder meetings last Fall with staff and community members to begin the process of creating a long-term Master Facilities Plan for the District. During the Winter of 2014-15, district staff worked with ATS&R, an architectural firm, to review community feedback and create a series of approaches to be considered for the long-term Master Facilities plan. The District will be hosting a series of meetings in late August and September 2015 regarding the next steps in developing a long-term Master Facilities Plan.

Arts and Culture Commission ~ Sidewalk Poetry Celebration ~ Thursday, August 20th at 7 pm on Bridge Square

We're celebrating 5 years of Sidewalk Poetry in Northfield on Thursday, August 20th at 7 pm on Bridge Square!  Northfield's Arts and Culture Commission invites the public to join in the fun as the 2015 Winning Poets are honored.  The Senior Center Popcorn Wagon will be open for business and there will be music by Bonnie and the Clydes! Winning poems from all five years of the contest will be on display. Community partners to be honored:  the Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Library, Northfield's City Engineering Department and the Northfield Public Library.

The Y is Hiring: Full-time Member Services Coordinator (apply by Aug 23rd)

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The Northfield Area Family YMCA is Hiring!

Job Title: FT Member Services Coordinator – apply by Aug 23rd
Posted: August 5, 2015
Status: Full Time Non-Exempt
Wage Range: $26,020 - $30,960 annually (includes a $6,000 health insurance stipend)

Minnesota Opera Storytimes coming to Northfield!

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It’s a new perspective on storytelling that is exciting and intriguing for all ages.

Watch as a professional opera singer gives a new perspective on reading as Minnesota Opera presents an innovative program bridging traditional

storytelling and music. In READ AND SING OPERA, a Teaching Artist will use songs and tools from operatic and classical singing to enhance, inspire and help children engage in reading. Children will see a book come to life with excerpts of arias and animated characterizations throughout the reading, as well as be invited to sing along to parts of the book.

A craft project will conclude the story hour.

Books for Northfield Library: Westward Ho, Carlotta by Candice Flemming

Opera Cat by Tess Weaver

Thursday, August 20 at 7 pm at the Northfield Arts Guild 304 Division St.


Friday, August 21 at 11 am in the Northfield City Hall Council Chambers

Community Youth Fair

Enteraining experiences at every booth!

Northfield's thirteenth annual Community Youth Fairs are this coming Wednesday, August 19th. These events will take place at Greenvale Park Elementary from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. and at Bridgewater Elementary School from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.  In case of inclement weather, the fairs will be held indoors at each school.

Come learn how your child can get involved in a variety of youth programs offered within your own community! Over 30 organizations representing sports, clubs, arts and more will be present!  School administrators will be handing out free popsicles, raffle drawings are available, passport maps can be stickered and turned in for a prize and numerous games, activities, face painting and GaGa participation in our new game pit are all options as well!  Hot dogs, chips, and pop will be for sale, with proceeds going to the Community Services scholarship fund.

Riverwalk Market Fair

Aug 15 2015 9:00 am
Aug 15 2015 1:00 pm
Bridge Square

Rootsy Music by Matt Arthur, Photography, Artisan-made Wood Bowls and Utensils, Local Produce and Foods, Fine Art and Craft

Farmers have summer produce such as green beans, fresh-picked salad greens, snow peas, radishes, broccoli, zucchini, cauliflower, Asian and head cabbage, kohlrabi, cucumber, kale, potatoes, carrots and herbs, along with tomatoes, flowers, and honey.

Artisan foods include fresh-baked locally-made sweet and savory pastries, cookies, breads, cupcakes, jams and jellies, locally roasted coffee, and made-to-order crèpes. 

Photography, woodworking, pottery, watercolors, fiber art accessories, and jewelry are among the art and fine craft for sale.  For a complete list of the vendors scheduled for this Saturday visit www.RiverwalkMarketFair.org

Featured Farmer Seasons Fresh

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Northfielder raising money for Walk to End Alzheimer's


I've decided this is the year I participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer's after putting it off year after year.

This walk falls on the sixth anniversary of the passing of my grandfather, George Butler. He suffered from Alzheimer's for the last leg of his life, and the disease accelerated when my grandmother passed away in October 2008.

Donation link

He spent the last 11 months of his life in a nursing home, in and out of good and bad spells. Throughout it all, for whatever reason, he knew who I was each time I visited him. I was fortunate to be living in Minneapolis at the time, visiting him three times a week. He wasn't just my grandfather; he was my friend.

Northfield Public Schools - Venture Programs are Hiring!

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The Ventures program with Northfield Public School’s Community Services Division is now hiring for full-time, part-time, and substitute positions. Get the chance to be a kid again by joining our KidVenture team, which provides before and after school care at all three Northfield Elementary Schools. Or, experience the wonder and joys of early childhood by working with EarlyVentures, a licensed child care center serving children birth to age 5. To apply, visit the posted positions on Northfield Public School’s website at: http://northfieldschools.org/departments/hr/

This Northfield Life now on Facebook!


This Northfield Life is now on Facebook! Check out and LIKE the page for the KYMN 1080AM radio show, which is hosted by Corey Butler and Brad Ness. 

The show is guest-driven and focuses on Northfielders about who they are, their history with the city, and what they do in the community. Ultimately, this is a show about people and how they help make Northfield the place we call home.

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