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Submitted by Zach Pruitt on Thu, 08/21/2014 - 8:58pm
By JoyRiggs, freelance journalist
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.
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Wed, 08/13/2014 - 12:19pm
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.
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Fri, 08/01/2014 - 4:39pm
You can find the Northfield city administrator's weekly memo for August 1, 2014 here.
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Thu, 07/31/2014 - 7:39am
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 - Friday, 8:30am - 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.
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Wed, 07/30/2014 - 9:48am
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.
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Tue, 07/22/2014 - 10:04am
A week late, here's the video from the regular school board meeting on Monday, July 14, 2014.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Tue, 07/22/2014 - 9:55am
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.
Submitted by Leah Rich on Fri, 07/18/2014 - 6:38am
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).
Submitted by Corey Butler on Thu, 07/03/2014 - 11:13am
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.
Submitted by Corey Butler on Wed, 06/25/2014 - 7:23am
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 Rob Hardy on Mon, 06/23/2014 - 7:28am
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 Rob Hardy on Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:28am
An email update from Rep. David Bly.
A State of Emergency has been declared in Rice and Le Sueur counties due to significant damage from flooding, making a wide range of state resources available to support our communities.
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Thu, 06/19/2014 - 5:48pm
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 - 8:26am
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 - 8:22am
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.