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VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (January 12, 2015)

The Northfield School Board held its annual organizational meeting on Monday,January 12, at 7:00 pm, in the high school media center. Three board members—Margaret Colangelo, Julie Pritchard, and Jeff Quinnell—were sworn in to four-year terms. Julie Pritchard was elected chair, Ellen Iverson was elected vice chair, Noel Stratmoen was elected clerk, and Anne Maple was elected treasurer. 

The organizational meeting was followed by the regular monthly meeting of the Board. Highlights of the meeting included:

2015 Utility Rate Changes For Northfield Residents

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Follow this link to the City of Northfield website for further details:

New Video! Minute with the Mayor

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View Mayor Dana Graham’s first 2015 “Minute with the Mayor” video:

A collection of Mayor Graham’s short videos will be housed on the City of Northfield website in the Media Center under the channel “Minute with the Mayor”. 

Don't Run, Call 911

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Northfield EMS carries the antidote for opioid overdose – call 911 for help

Northfield Police Chief Monte Nelson and EMS Director Brian Edwards want local community members to know that they can and should call for help in the case of a drug overdose. 

According to the 911/Good Samaritan provision in Steve’s Law, Minnesota’s drug overdose prevention law that passed earlier this year, a person acting in good faith who seeks medical assistance for someone who is experiencing a drug-related overdose may not be charged or prosecuted for the possession, sharing, or use of a controlled substance, or possession of drug paraphernalia if that person is the first person to seek assistance, provides a name and contact information, remains on the scene until assistance arrives, and cooperates with authorities.  The person experiencing the overdose is also immune. 

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (December 8, 2014))

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, December 8, 2014. The packet for the meeting can be found here. The table file is here. Highlights of the meeting included:

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (November 10 & 24, 2014))

Monday, Novermber 10, 2014


Take It To The Box!

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The Rice County community is serious about preventing medication misuse or abuse and environmentally unsafe medication disposal practices. “Take It To The Box” promotes the safe use, storage, and disposal of medication. 

Check out a new short video from members of your Northfield Police Department:

Colleges Bring Joy to the City of Northfield

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On December 9, 2014, Mayor Graham and City Administrator Haggenmiller proudly receive gifts from Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges totaling $155,000, $77,500 from each college.  Both colleges traditionally give an annual gift to the City in appreciation for the City services and support of the colleges. It’s a strong community partnership we plan to continue for years to come.


Pictured:  Janet Hanson, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of St. Olaf College, City of Northfield Mayor Dana Graham, City Administrator Nick Haggenmiller, and Fred Rogers, Vice President and Treasurer of Carleton College.

Second Street (MN TH 19) Bridge Lane Closure

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On November 24, 2014 Xcel Energy began preparations for boring a gas line underneath the Cannon River.  As part of those preparations, Xcel coordinated lane closures with MnDOT since that portion of Northfield’s Second Street is also MN TH 19.  Xcel estimates that their work will take approximately 3 weeks.  There will be additional work after that time; however, it is anticipated that the bridge will be reopened.  There may be other shorter closures in early 2015 as an existing gas main is removed from the bridge structure.

For additional information contact Brian Erickson, Interim Public Works Director/City Engineer at 507-645-3037,

City of Northfield Declares Snow Emergency

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Date:   November 26, 2014

SUBJECT: Snow Emergency

Date Snow Emergency is declared: 11/26/2014

Date residential streets will be plowed: 11/26/2014

Date all downtown parking lots except 5th & Washington Street are closed: 11/27/2014

Date of downtown snow removal: 11/28/2014

Date 5th & Washington Street lot is closured: 11/28/2014

Length of Snow Emergency: 72 hrs

The Public Works Department has declared a SNOW EMERGENCY for the City of Northfield.  The snow emergency will start on the date above and will continue until the streets are plowed curb-to-curb after the weather system has passed.  During the emergency there is NO PARKING OR TRASH/RECYCLING CANS ALLOWED ON CITY STREETS.

Safety Reminder


The Northfield Police Department and City of Northfield would like to remind the community to be very careful when responding to emails, paper mailings, and/or phone calls requesting Any personal info.  Recently, residents have reported receiving phone calls asking for information about where/how household members 

Announcing Vacancies On City Advisory Boards And Commissions


The City of Northfield is seeking applicants to fill volunteer positions on City advisory boards, commissions and committees.

At the end of December, the terms of several members of the City’s boards, commissions and committees will expire.  Please visit the City of Northfield’s website at information on all City boards and commissions. 

Over 100 citizen members annually provide valuable leadership to the City through their participation on these groups and special study committees.  

2014 Official Northfield Election Results

According to the City's abstract of election returns, 7,631 Northfield voters showed up at the polls, out of 11,836 registered voters, giving Northfield a 57% voter turnout. This is slightly above the state average. 

The results:

Parking In Northfield? Winter Parking Rules in Effect November 15, 2014

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Northfield Police Chief Monte Nelson explains winter parking rules for the City of Northfield in this short video. 

Candidate Forums Available Online


Archived videos of the League of Women Voters of Northfield/Cannon Falls candidate forums are now available.

•    Northfield City Council Candidates - At-Large
Dale Gehring & Rhonda Pownell

•    Northfield City Council Candidates - Ward 1
Joe Gasior & Suzie Nakasian

•    Rice County Attorney Candidates
Paul Beaumaster & John Fossum

•    Northfield School Board CandidatesFritz Bogott, Margaret Colangelo, Julie Pritchard & Jeff Quinnell

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