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Submitted by Jenni Roney on Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:47am
The Northfield Area Family YMCA has raised more than $44,000 in the last month during their Rotary Community Match Challenge. Through June 30th, The Northfield Rotary Club will donate $1 for every $2 pledged. The Y is encouraging community members who have not yet supported the Y to make a tax-deductible gift of any size this week. The new Y Community Center is scheduled to open in September behind Target and features a full-size gym, indoor walking track and indoor pool. More information about the Rotary Match and the new Y facility is available at northfieldymca.org.
Submitted by Corey Butler on Wed, 06/25/2014 - 8:23am
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.
Submitted by Kathy Ness on Mon, 06/23/2014 - 3:29pm
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.
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Mon, 06/23/2014 - 8:28am
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.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Sat, 06/21/2014 - 11:51am
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.
Submitted by Mary Warner on Fri, 06/20/2014 - 3:53pm
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.
Submitted by Jennifer Kluzak on Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:02am
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.
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Thu, 06/19/2014 - 6:48pm
Mayor Graham’s Press Conference
June 19, 2014 1630
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.
Submitted by Corey Butler on Thu, 06/19/2014 - 9:26am
Mayor Graham’s Press Conference
June 19, 2014 8:30 a.m.
1. Current conditions: Northfield has received 1.25” of rain since last night. Faribault received more, around the 2” range, not exactly sure.
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.
Submitted by Corey Butler on Thu, 06/19/2014 - 9:22am
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.
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.
Submitted by Teresa Tillson on Wed, 06/18/2014 - 10:13pm
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.
Submitted by Leah Rich on Wed, 06/18/2014 - 5:11pm
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.
Submitted by Jenni Roney on Wed, 06/18/2014 - 1:45pm
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.
Submitted by Michelle Mahowald on Wed, 06/18/2014 - 10:35am
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: