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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.

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

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.

New Short Video! Minute with the Mayor

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Northfield Mayor Dana Graham talks about NAFRS in this new short video. names Northfield Minnesota one of the Best Cities to Retire In

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Follow this link to the City of Northfield site where you can find this list.  Congratulations to the entire Northfield Community!

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meetings (May 2015)

After a long delay due to technical difficulties, here are the videos from the two regular Northfield School Board meetings in May 2015. Agendas and other materials from both meetings can be found here

Monday, May 11, 2015

Video: Northfield City Council discusses Woodley St. Reconstruction Project at May 26 Work Session

Northfield City Council Work Session, May 26, 2015

“Update on Public Engagement Process for Woodley Street Reconstruction Project” was the first item on the agenda for the Northfield City Council at last night’s Work Session. City Engineer/Public Works Director Dave Bennett took the first twenty minutes to give the Council an overview of the project process and public engagement. Discussion then followed for about an hour.

Powerpoint presentation: 0-20:00
Staff’s Project Scope Recommendation: 20:00-22:15
Council discussion: 22:15-01:16:00

Video link:

New Short Video! Minute with the Mayor

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Mayor Dana Graham talks about upcoming projects in his latest Minute with the Mayor video.

City of Northfield Youth Leadership Academy - Apply Now!

City of Northfield

Youth Leadership Academy

June 22 – 25, 2015

The City of Northfield and Mayor’s Youth Council invite local high school students to apply.

Up to five students will be selected.


What: A week-long career exploration program for local high school students interested in gaining exposure to municipal careers, including local government and public service.

Mayor's Youth Council hosts community garage sale this weekend!

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The Mayor’s Youth Council is hosting a community garage sale this Friday and Saturday.  There are hundreds of items for sale!  The sale is part of the Northfield Shares “Goods for Good” community garage sale initiative.


  • FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2015 — 3:30-6:00 p.m.
  • SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2015 — 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Northfield Maintenance Facility (1710 Riverview Drive, behind Perkins Restaurant and across from the new police station)

WHY? All proceeds will go to the Northfield YouthBank, which provides grants to youth-run projects. All funds raised at the sale will be matched — dollar-for-dollar — by the Youthprise Foundation.

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (April 27, 2015)

The regular meeting of the Northfield School Board was held on Monday, April 27, 2015, at 7 pm, in the high school media center. Highlights of the meeting included approval of changes to the Transformational Technology program, including a new school iPad lease. 

2016 Woodley St Reconstruction Project blog launches; online survey open now through May 13

Woodley St. Project Questionnaire Online

I'm managing the online citizen engagement blog for the 2016 Woodley St. Reconstruction Project. There have been two community/neighborhood meetings thus far, with more scheduled in the next few weeks. I've posted meeting photos with the Powerpoint presentations on the blog. The City has created an online questionnaire that's open now through May 13. They're seeking comments from all Northfield residents, in particular regarding:

  1. Sidewalks: 1 side or both sides?
  2. Bike lanes: 1 side or both sides?
  3. Parking: 1 side or both sides?
  4. Trees: Tree Removal

Update: River Walk Gazebo Removal May 5, 2015

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The River Walk Gazebo located to the west of the Archer House is scheduled for removal the morning of May 5, 2015.  The City’s Building Official has deemed the structure unsafe for occupancy. 

Reconstruction of the gazebo is tentatively scheduled for 2015, so please excuse any inconvenience during this time.

Further inquiries may be directed to Jasper Kruggel at 507-645-3027 or

Enterprise Park Reclamation

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Segments of Riverview Drive and Cannon Road will be closed to thru traffic for the 2015 Enterprise Park Reclamation Project.  Parameters for the Enterprise Park Reclamation Project include Riverview Drive from Cannon Road to its south terminus, and Cannon Road from Riverview Drive to the south city limits.  Crews will begin work on Monday April 27, 2015.

During this construction project, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes around the construction area.

The entire project is expected to be completed by the end of May.      

Crane Creek Asphalt of Faribault, MN is the prime contractor for the $336,000 project.

The City of Northfield urges motorists to always drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

Second Street Reconstruction

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Segments of Second Street, Poplar Street and Plum Street will be closed to thru traffic as Phase I of the Second Street Reconstruction Project gets underway.  Parameters of the entire Second Street Reconstruction Project include Second Street from Spring Street to Madison Street, and Poplar Street, Plum Street and Orchard Street from Second Street to Third Street.  Crews will begin work on Phase I of the project which includes Second Street from Spring Street to Linden Street, and both Poplar and Plum Streets from Second Street to Third Street on Monday April 27, 2015.

During this construction project, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes around the construction area.

Phase I of the project is expected to be completed by mid-May.      

Ryan Contracting of Elko, MN is the prime contractor for the $2 million project.

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