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Nominees Sought for 2013 Northfield Human Rights Award


The Northfield Human Rights Commission is seeking nominees for its annual Human Rights Award.  The award will be presented during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. community celebration, which starts at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 21, 2013.  The event will be held at a Emmaus Baptist Church.

Q-Block Transit Hub and Save the Northfield Depot: Compatible Projects


At the City Council work session on Tuesday, November 27, the consultants for the Northfield transit hub (WSB & Associates) reported on their assessment that ranked the Q-block highest of the three sites considered for the transit hub location.  Some observers of the session have expressed concern about the implications the potential selection of the Q-block for the transit hub would have for the Save the Northfield Depot project.

HCI Board funds four “Investing in Youth” grants to benefit area youth

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At their October and November 2012 board meetings, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support four projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth.  The projects are funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grant program.  Funded projects included:

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. There will be openings for members on the Arts & Culture Commission, Economic Development Authority, Environmental Quality Commission, Heritage Preservation Commission, Hospital Board, Housing & Redevelopment Authority, Human Rights Commission, Library Board, Park and Recreation Advisory Board, Planning Commission/Zoning Board of Appeals and the Rental Housing/Building Code Board of Appeals.

Park and Recreation Advisory Board Recommends Skateboard Park Location

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The six-year effort to build a permanent skateboard park took a major step forward at the Park and Recreation Advisory Board meeting Thursday evening.  With one abstention, the board voted to send a ranked listing of two locations to the city council with Riverside Park first choice, and Memorial Park second. They also asked the council to appropriate $25,000 from the park fund to build a concrete slab in the Riverside Park location.  At their October meeting they had tabled the motion on the site location in order to consider the suggestion that the skateboard park be part of the YMCA development. However, according to a memo from PRAB Chair, Nathan Knutson, that option would not fit the current needs.

Roundtable Workshop on South Highway 3 Scheduled for Friday and Saturday


The Northfield Roundtable invites the community to another workshop with urban designer, Bill Johnson, on Friday, November 16 in the Lower Level of the Archer House from 8 AM – 12 noon and again on Saturday, November 17 from 8:30 – 10 AM. 

This is the fifth workshop facilitated by Johnson to assist the community to envision what “could be” regarding current and future uses and configurations in key areas of the city. This session will focus on the Highway 3 South corridor from the Cannon River bridge south of 5th Street to Menards in Dundas. 

Election 2012 Results


  • MN Senate: Kevin Dahle (DFL). The results were close enough to trigger a recount. See the story on Northfield Patch.
  • MN House: David Bly (DFL)
  • Northfield Mayor: Dana Graham
  • Council At-Large: David Ludescher
  • Council 2nd Ward: David DeLong
  • Council 3rd Ward: Erica Zweifel
  • Northfield School Board: Ellen Iverson, Anne Maple, Noel Stratmoen, Rob Hardy

Youth voice in the 2012 elections

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Charged by the City Council with ensuring a youth voice in civic affairs, the high school students in the Northfield Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC) have been working to help guarantee that issues impacting Northfield’s young people are front and center in the 2012 elections.  This fall, the MYC has:

  • Held local candidate forums on issues important to youth
  • Filmed candidate videos to introduce youth to local candidates
  • Organized a Youth Vote at the Northfield High School

Learn more about these efforts, check out the videos they produced on the local races, and see the results of the Youth Vote HERE.

A special thank you to the Youthprise Foundation, the Sheltering Arms Foundation, the America’s Promise Alliance, and the Northfield Area United Way for supporting these efforts to empower and give voice to Northfield youth.

Election 2012: Local Candidate Q&A

For your convenience, all of the local candidate Q&As have been gathered on this page. They can also be found by scrolling down the main Election 2012 page.

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Northfield TORCH program highlighted in Star Tribune editorial


In case you missed it, the Northfield TORCH (Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes) program was highlighted in the lead editorial of the October 10, 2012, edition of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.   Click HERE to check out the editorial, titled, "Northfield closes achievement gap."

TORCH works to increase the graduation and postsecondary attendance rates of Northfield's low-income youth, students of color, and potential first-generation college attendees.

TORCH is funded by local donations, as well as grants from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, Northfield Area United Way, Women In Northfield Giving Support, Blandin Foundation, and Xcel Energy Foundation.

2013 Living Treasure Award Nominees Sought by Arts and Culture Commission

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The Arts and Culture Commission of the City of Northfield seeks nominees for the third annual Northfield Living Treasures Award. Sponsored by the Northfield News, the Northfield's Living Treasures Award honors individuals who over a period of time have made significant contributions to Northfield in, through, or on behalf of arts and culture.  The work of the recipients enhances the reputation of the city and the quality of life of its citizens. The award is one of recognition and has no financial value. The recipient’s photo and biographical information along with their name engraved on a permanent plaque will be displayed prominently at City Hall.  

Previous recipients were sculptor and visual artist Ray Jacobson, and theatre director, performer and arts-community leader Myrna Johnson.  Cora Schultz, who founded and led the Northfield Youth Choirs, was the 2012 recipient.

Public Invited to League Kick Off Event - "Voting No: When Should We Amend the Minnesota Constitution?"

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The League of Women Voters Northfield-Cannon Falls invites the public to attend its fall kick-off meeting, “Voting No: When Should We Amend the Minnesota Constitution?

The event will take place September 27 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at St John’s Lutheran Church, 500 3rd St. W. in Northfield. It is free, and open to all.

Two presenters will provide a closer look at the two constitutional amendments on the ballot in November.

Four times in a row! Northfield again named as one of the nation’s best communities for youth

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On Wednesday, Northfield was named one of America’s Promise Alliance’s 100 Best Communities for Young People, presented by ING. The national award was given to Northfield to recognize its outstanding and innovative work in addressing the high school dropout crisis and for its programs and services that make it an outstanding place for youth to live, learn and grow.

This is the fourth consecutive time Northfield has received this national 100 Best distinction.  Each time, Northfield’s application has been written primarily by young people themselves.  The Northfield Mayor’s Youth Council (an official City of Northfield Board of high school juniors and seniors) again authored this year’s successful application.

Vote! Today is the Primary Election in Northfield

League of Women Voters

League Women Voters Northfield - Cannon Falls reminds you to vote in the primaries today! Precincts and polling places have changed, so even if you think you know where you vote, visit the Minnesota Secretary of State's website, where you can find your polling place and view a sample ballot.

Polling places are open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

We Need Your Favorite Northfield Photos!

City of Northfield

The City of Northfield is undergoing a major website overhaul and we need your help!

The City’s website is representative of our community and we are in need of pictures to showcase all the great places, people and events that make Northfield a fabulous place to live, work, shop and play!

Please submit any photos you feel represent Northfield.  All seasons are needed! The website committee will review all submitted photos and choose several to frame the main pages of the new website.  All photos used will be credited to the submitter.  By submitting your photo, you are giving the City of Northfield permission, without compensation, to use the photo on the website and in any other media to represent Northfield.

Photos not chosen for the main page frames *may* still be used in other spots throughout the new website.

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