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Northfield Municipal Liquor Store Closed on September 22, 2014

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The Northfield Municipal Liquor Store will be closed all day Monday, September 22, 2014 due to the installation of new flooring throughout the store.  Normal store hours, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. will resume on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.  We apologize in advance for any inconvenience! 


Secretary of State Mark Ritchie to Speak

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Addressing the topic “Why Minnesota is #1 in Elections and Voter Turnout”, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie will be the Fall Kick-off speaker at the League of Women Voters of Northfield and Cannon Falls event on Saturday, September 20.  The public is cordially invited to attend this event that will be held at 9:00 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield. There will be coffee and treats served before and after the presentation.

Ritchie has served as Secretary of State since 2006 and is retiring at the end of his current term.  The Secretary of State is the chief election official who partners with township, city and county officials to organize elections, In 2008, he presided over what has been called “the most publicly scrutinized recount in the history of the United States Senate”, the context between Al Franken and Norm Coleman. He has been credited with increasing the number of overseas military voters in Minnesota elections.


City Invites Applications for Boards and Commissions

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From City Clerk Deb Little comes the announcement of vacancies on the following city advisory boards and commissions:

   *Arts & Culture Commission

   *Economic Development Authority

   *Heritage Preservation Commission

   *Housing and Redevelopment Authority

   *Human Rights Commission

   *Library Board

   *Park & Recreation Advisory Board

    *Planning Commission

   ·Rental Housing Board of Appeals

Please visit the City of Northfield’s website at http://www.ci.northfield.mn.us/Index.aspx?NID=98 for an application and additional information about City boards and commissions.


VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (August 25 & September 8, 2014)

Due to some techinical difficulties in recording last month's school board meeting, the video from August 25 was unavailable until now. Here are the videos from the regular Northfield School Board meeting on September 8, 2014, followed by the video of the meeting on August 25, 2014. The board packets and table files for both meetings can be found here

Monday, September 8, 2014

Highlights of the September 8 meeting included a presentation on the Transformational Technology Project (iPads) by the District's Director of Technology, Kim Briske. 


Minnesota's Safest Cities - NORTHFIELD #20

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Northfield, MN has been selected as the #20 city on the list of Minnesota's Safest Cities by Safe Choice Security.

To ensure the accuracy of the rankings, Save Choice Security compared crime statistics (including both property and violent crimes) of over 300 cities in Minnesota to determine the list of the safest cities. Northfield, MN should be very proud to have made it on the list!

http://www.safechoicesecurity.com/blog/safest-cities-minnesota/


TH19 Maintenance MNDOT Contact

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If your car received any damage on Saturday due to the oil on TH19, please contact the Contractor - Astech Corporation of St. Joseph, MN at 320-363-8500 to file a claim.


Summer PLUS and BLAST Programs Engage Record Numbers of Youth

By JoyRiggs, freelance journalistGirl Scouts, PLUS 2014

More Northfield students attended free programs this summer designed to support academic achievement and enrichment – and these programs expanded their offerings thanks to increased community involvement.

“The kids seem to be enjoying it,” said Daryl Kehler, coordinator of Northfield Public Schools Targeted Services. “We’ve had new students, and new referrals, well into the program. Word is spreading.”

In past years, Summer PLUS provided academic instruction and enrichment activities for students in grades K-8 at one site for six weeks during the summer. The program is free, but students must qualify for Targeted Services or be referred by a teacher.


VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (August 11, 2014)

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, August 11, 2014, at 7:00 pm, in the high school media center. A full packet for the meeting can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:

  • a presentation by Dr. Tom Tapper from ATS&R architects on 21st-century educational spaces, as part of the facilities master plan for the school district;
  • passage of a resolution auhtorizing a school board election on Tuesday, November 4. 

Tuesday, August 12 was the deadline to file for candidacy for school board in this November's election. Four candidates have filed to fill three seats on the school board. The candidates are: Fritz Bogott, Margaret Colangelo, Julie Pritchard, and Jeff Quinnell. 


City Administrator's Memo: August 1, 2014

You can find the Northfield city administrator's weekly memo for August 1, 2014 here


Primary Election 2014: Two Ways to Vote

A primary election will be held in Northfield on Tuesday, August 12, 2014. On the ballot will be candidates for various state offices, as well as candidates for Northfield City Council in Ward 1 and At-Large. There are two ways to vote in this year's primary: early voting at City Hall or voting at a designated poling place on Election Day.

  • Before Election Day, eligible votes may cast their votes at Northfield City Hall (801 Washington Street) Monday - Friday8:30am - 5pm, from now until the end of the day on Monday, August 11.  On-site voter registration is allowed (with a valid ID)  Click here for more information from the Secretary of State's office.
  • On Election Day, August 12, 2014. Voters who choose to vote on Election Day, Aug 12 (7am-8pm) must vote at the polling place  designated for their particular Ward and Precinct. Northfield's Election Wards were redistricted in 2012, so take a minute to verify your Ward and polling location by clicking HERE Precinct Finder.

School Board Candidate Filing Period: July 29-August 12, 2014

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The district’s period for filing affidavits of candidacy for the office of school board will begin on Tuesday, July 29, and will end at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 12.

Three seats on the Northfield Board of Education will be up for general election on Nov. 4. Voters will choose three members to serve four-year terms each, beginning in January 2015.


VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (July 14, 2014)

A week late, here's the video from the regular school board meeting on Monday, July 14, 2014. 


City Council Candidate Forum - July 30 at City Hall

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Make an informed choice in the August 12th Primary Election:   Come to the City Council Candidate Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters!  All At Large and Ward One Candidates have been invited to participate in a Forum on Wednesday, July 30th, in Council Chambers at City Hall.  It will begin at 6:00 pm with the candidates for the At Large position on the Council.  Invited candidates are: Jon Dennison, Dale Gehring, Rhonda Pownell, and Nika Sharp.  At 7:00 pm, the candidates for First Ward Councilor are invited to participate.  Invited candidates are:  Jeremy Bishop, Joe Gasior, and Suzie Nakasian.


Welcome to the City of Northfield, Nick Haggenmiller!

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City Administrator Nick Haggenmiller’s employment agreement was unanimously approved by the City Council on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

Nick’s first day of employment is Monday, August 18, 2014.  Starting on August 18th allows two weeks of transition time with current City Administrator Tim Madigan.  City Administrator Madigan gave a 6-month retirement notice to the City in February 2014.  

Nick is coming to Northfield from the City of Howard Lake, Minnesota, where he has been employed for the past 2 years as City Administrator.  Prior to that, he was an Assistant City Manager for Community Development in Montevideo, Minnesota. 

Nick holds a Bachelor of Science – Public administration from Winona State University (Cum Laude) and Master of Art - Urban Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato (Magna Cum Laude).


Northfield City Council invites input on City Administrator search process

Northfield City Council invites input on City Administrator search process 

On July 9th and 10th the Northfield City Council will interview candidates for the position of City Administrator.  The City Council values public input and is therefore making opportunities available for public involvement in the process.

The City Council will be holding a meet and greet event on July 9th from 4:00-5:30 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall.  This will be an opportunity for members of the public to visit with the final candidates and get to know them a bit.  Interested persons are invited to stop by anytime during the event. 


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