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 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.


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


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. 

History Month Continues with "A Beacon So Bright"


The next event in the Northfield History Month Celebration is a presentation by Carleton College Archivist Eric Hillemann of his book “A Beacon So Bright:  The Life of Laurence McKinley Gould.” In addition to chronicling his life, Hillemann’s book tells the story of Gould’s work at Carleton College where he served from 1932-1962, including seventeen as president. Known as “Mr. Antarctica”, Gould was a polar explorer and geologist who, rather than becoming a politician, leading a major foundation or directing NASA, devoted himself to higher education, and to Carleton College, in particular.

Hillemann will speak at the Northfield Historical Society on Thursday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Other events in the Northfield History Month Celebration:

June 22: Free admission to the Northfield Historical Society museum

Carleton College's Annual “Lighten Up!” Garage Sale POSTPONED Due to Flooding Conditions

NOTE: Due to the impact of the Cannon River flooding over its banks, the Carleton College Lighten Up! Garage Sale has been postponed. The sale will take place at a later date this summer.

Carleton College’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) will host its annual Lighten Up! Garage Sale on Friday, June 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, June 21 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the West Gym on the Carleton campus. The popular annual sale converts the unwanted year-end possessions of Carleton students into bargains for local residents and cash for local charities. The sale is held every year during Carleton’s reunion weekend and the CCCE advises shoppers to shop early and often!

World's Largest Swim Lesson


 Have you ever wanted to help break a world record? Now is your chance...right here in Northfield!!! Northfield Community Services has entered Northfield as a host community for the World's Largest Swim Lesson.  Infomatin about the WLSL and more detailed information is below. 

Shakespeare Week at the Northfield Public Library


Shakespeare in the Park

Books & Stars

Wednesday, 7 pm June 18 Way Park

Join us for a unique encounter with the bard! This evening will include a minstrel wagon, upbeat music, audience interaction, and more!  Presented by The Minnesota SkyVault Theatre Company.


Stage Combat Workshop

Thursday, June 19 at 5:30-6:30 pm-At the Library (Grades 6-12)

Ever wonder how the slaps, punches, and swordfights happen onstage? Actors from the Great River Shakespeare Festival will lead an interactive stage combat workshop! Don't miss your chance to learn how stage fighting really works, and to try your hand at it, too. This program is designed for grades 6-12. Anyone under age 12 would need to have a parent in attendance.  This program is paid for with funds from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 


Stage Combat Practice At Saturday's Riverwalk Market Fair

Find out how onstage fights really happen!  This Saturday, June 14, Riverwalk Market Fair is delighted to welcome members of the Great River Shakespeare Company of Winona who will present demonstrations and practice in basic hand-to-hand stage combat techniques (no weapons used). Recommended for youth ages 11 to 18.  Youth ages 7 to 10 accompanied by an adult, please.  9 am to noon in Northfield's Bridge Square.

Northfield Area Bikeable Community Workshop


Bicycling is an American pastime. But for Minnesota cities, bicycling increasingly means economic development and community health!   Across out state -Minnesota schools, businesses, and city governments are taking steps to make their communities more bike friendly - as a proven means of improving the overall health and vitality of their communities.


What can we do to make Northfield a safer and more pleasant place to bike? 

This Thursday, June 12, 2014 from 8:30 am - 3:00pm

The City of Northfield

Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce

Northfield Downtown Development Corporation (NDDC) and 

Healthy Rice County SHIP 


are teaming up to co-sponsor

the Northfield Area Bikeable Community Workshop 

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (June 9, 2014)

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, June 9, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., in the high school media center. A full packed for the meeting can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:

HealthFinders Collaborative awarded $40,000 grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Minnesota

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HealthFinders Collaborative has recently received a  $40,000 grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation to help eligible low-income Minnesotans access health care coverage in Rice County. The funds will be used to support Health Finders patient advocates in enrolling patients for MNsure and other outreach programs as well as coordinating efforts for patients across the county.

The HealthFinders Collaborative grant is one of 12 awarded across the state to help more people access the services they are eligible to receive through MinnesotaCare and Prepaid Medical Assistance.

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