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:

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.

Vintage Band Festival One Day Event August 1

Vintage Band Festival August 1, 2015

Vintage Band Festival will present a one-day mini-festival on August 1, 2015 in downtown Northfield, Minnesota. There will be 12 different brass and wind bands playing throughout the day from 9am-9pm. Each band will have the stage for 45 minutes and the musical formats will range from Civil War to Old-Time to Jazz to Ethnic. There will be a German band, several community bands, a Mariachi Band and the "Red Bull Band" from the 34th Infantry Division of the Minnesota National Guard. Perennial favorites include the Sheldon Theatre Brass Band and the  Copper Street Brass Quintet.

City of Northfield and PRIMEtime network highlighted by National League of Cities

The City of Northfield and Northfield’s PRIMEtime out-of-school-time network were featured in a recent national newsletter published by the National League of Cities.  The article highlights the efforts of the PRIMEtime collaborative to provide free summer programming to over 500 Northfield youth this summer.  Northfield is recognized as a national leader among small cities in creating citywide out-of-school-time systems.

4PM logo-orangeThe article notes the City of Northfield’s support for PRIMEtime, including partnerships with the Northfield Public Library, Northfield Police Department, and Northfield City Pool.  The piece also recognizes valuable financial grants provided to PRIMEtime by the Northfield Area United WayWomen In Northfield Giving Support, and Youthprise.

Participating PRIMEtime summer programs include:

  • Summer PLUS – serving youth in grades K-5, four days per week for 7 weeks at Greenvale Park Elementary School
  • Summer BLAST – serving youth in grades 6-8, four days per week for 7 weeks, and splitting time between Northfield Middle School & Carleton College
  • The Key – a youth-run youth center in downtown Northfield, open daily to all youth ages 12-20

Partners in the PRIMEtime collaborative include the Northfield Public Schools,Northfield Healthy Community InitiativeTackling Obstacles and Raising College HopesCarleton CollegeSt. Olaf College, and Minnesota Alliance With Youth Promise Fellows program.

To access the full National League of Cities article, CLICK HERE.

Interim Public Library Up and Running


The Northfield Public Library is open for business at the City Hall (801 Washington Street) where visitors will find many materials on location, staff to assist, space to read, and access to computers. Take a look at this video and you’ll see what I mean!

If something you’re hoping to get is unavailable on site, there is always the SELCO where loan requests between Northfield and other SELCO libraries are usually filled promptly.  After hours, items may be returned to the book drop located in front of the City Hall. Library website:; Phone: 5-7-645-6606.

Library hours:

Monday:  9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday:  9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday-Friday:  9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday:  9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Sunday:  Closed

Safety Camp 2015

2014 Safety Camp
The perfect community camp for youth entering grades 4 - 7 is coming your way, July 28, 29 & 30.  Partake in hands on safety lessons with CLIMB Theater, learn self defense, participate in a bike rodeo and bike ride, meet the Rice County K-9 dog, learn about weather and fire safety, engage with animals from Countryside Animal Hospital and Kennels, meet the Jesse James horses and learn how to be safe around them, see the Rice County Water Patrol, learn how to do a canoe over canoe rescue in the middle school pool, eat lunch with first responders and much more!!!
Camp wouldn't be complete without fun and exhilarating games.  Come try out the new GaGa Pit, play ultimate cantaloupe, noodle hockey, or milk jug lacrosse.  Rally together to win a team color challenge, visit the Rachel Carlson Nature Area for the camp favorite sneak and snipe bean bag game or simply enjoy&nbs

Northfield Public Library's Big Pack


The Northfield Public Library at 3rd and Washington is closed, but the library opens its doors at City Hall at 8th and Washington on Monday, July 13.  Meanwhile, the Big Pack is about to begin.  Starting July 16 lots of volunteers will build boxes and pack them with 70,000 books!

Many thanks to those volunteers and to the Northfield food vendors who are donating food and beverages to fuel the volunteers.  Thanks to Caribou Coffee, Cub Foods, Dominos Pizza, Econofoods, The Hideaway Coffeehouse, Hogan Bros, James Gang Coffee and Subway.

Content Bookstore celebrates the release of Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman

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On Tuesday, July 14th, Content is celebrating the much-anticipated release of Go Set a Watchman! Pick up your copy starting at 10 am and join us for coffee and pastries. We'll be donating 10% of our sales throughout the release day to the Cynthia Hurd Memorial Fund at the Charleston County Public Library, in honor of the librarian killed in last month's shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. 

Northfield Skateboard Park Nears Completion


Jasper Kruggel, city of Northfield Project Manager, announces that construction of the Northfield Skateboard Park is well under way. To the entire Northfield community, Kruggel gives this friendly reminder: Please stay off the recently poured concrete and out of the fenced in construction zone. Concrete structures are not completely cured.”

The next step is the grading and seeding for grass, to be done in mid-July. Bids will be going out for trees to complete the landscaping.

It is probable that there will be a “soft opening” August 1, with an official Grand Opening around Defeat of Jesse James Days. 

For more information contact:

Jasper Kruggel at 507/645-3027 or

New Gazebo!


The new River Walk gazebo was installed. This is a friendly reminder to the entire Northfield community: please be cautious about the unfinished concrete ramp leading to the Gazebo. The concrete ramp will be re-poured the week of July 13.

For more information, contact Project Manager Jasper Kruggel at 507-645-3027 or

Books & Stars program to emphasize heart healthy habits

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“You’ve Gotta Have Heart” is the theme of the Books & Stars program hosted by Northfield Hospital Wednesday evening, July 22, at the Northfield Hospital campus.

Northfield Public Library and Northfield Hospital & Clinics are partnering to create an evening of fun and education related to healthy heart habits. The evening will feature family entertainer Rachael Kroog, who has delighted young audiences for more than 20 years with her KIDPOWER program. She will take the stage on the hospital lawn at 7 p.m.

Growing Up Healthy awarded Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation grant


News Release


Leah Eby, Growing Up Healthy

(507) 664-3527,

Julie Ann Eastling, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation

(651) 662-6574,

Growing Up Healthy awarded grant through the Blue Cross Foundation
Grant helps create greater health equity in the community

Northfield Recognized for Environmental Sustainability Efforts


The City of Northfield had the honor of being recognized as a Minnesota GreenStep City and received Step 2 and 3 block awards at the recent League of Minnesota Cities Conference on June 26th for advancing through Step 2 to become a Step 3 City in the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program.

“This recognition shows community members and other cities across Minnesota that the City of Northfield is taking great steps in the direction of energy and resource conservation and innovation,” shared Jasper Kruggel, the Minnesota GreenStep Cities Coordinator for the City of Northfield.

When and where are the Northfield Fourth of July fireworks?


Get ready for another year of "oohs" and "awws" at the 2015 Northfield Fourth of July fireworks.

Fireworks will be shot off between Bridgewater Elementary School and Northfield Middle School shortly after dusk.

Nearby public viewing spaces include Rock Fields, Bridgewater Elementary (Jefferson Parkway side) and Northfield High School's grounds; but with a clear sightline, the fireworks will be seen for miles.

The event is made possible from fundrasing organized through the Northfield Historical Society.

Northfield Hospital receives trauma designation


 The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recently renewed Northfield Hospital’s designation as a Level 4 trauma hospital.


The designation affirms that Northfield Hospital’s Emergency Department staff has trauma-specific training and protocols in place to facilitate rapid management of the patient. With the designation, Northfield Hospital is included in Minnesota’s statewide trauma system


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