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Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Thu, 04/03/2014 - 5:29pm
The city of Northfield is seeking applicants to fill volunteer positions representing the city of Northfield in the Northfield Area Fire and Rescue Services Joint Powers Board. The Northfield City Council approved a Joint Powers Agreement for fire protection and rescue services at their April 1, 2014 City Council meeting. The agreement establishes a joint fire department that will be called the Northfield Area Fire and Rescue Services (NAFRS).
The NAFRS will be governed by an eight-member board consisting of five board members appointed by the city council; two board members approved by Rural Fire; and one board member appointed by the Dundas City Council. Board members will be appointed to three-year terms, with initial appointees serving staggered terms. . Northfield’s representatives will serve as follows: 1 board member service a one-year term, two members serving two-year terms and two members serving three-year terms.
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Tue, 04/01/2014 - 9:59am
The Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) of Northfield, in partnership with the Friends and Foundation of the Library, is pleased to announce the winners of the City’s fourth annual Sidewalk Poetry Contest and congratulate them for their efforts. Chosen from among 89 poems submitted for judging, ten poems have been selected for imprinting in city sidewalks. The winning poems are available on the attached .pdf file.
The Arts and Culture Commission applauds and thanks the many local poets who submitted their poetry to the competition. We are pleased to announce the following winners, in alphabetical order, of Northfield’s 2014 Sidewalk Poetry Contest:
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Thu, 03/20/2014 - 9:51pm
The public is invited to attend an informal “What’s Up?” gathering sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Northfield and Cannon Falls on Monday evening, March 24th, at 7 pm at the Northfield Senior Center in Room 106. A panel of experts will address topic of voters’ rights: Jeff Narabrook, Voter Outreach Director – MN Secretary of State’s Office, Sarah Walker, Lobbyist at Hill Capitol Strategies & Co-chair of MN Second Chance Coalition, and Mike Fitzgerald, Professor of History & Director of American Studies at St. Olaf College. They will share their perspectives on this critical topic, with plenty of time for discussion to follow.
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Wed, 03/12/2014 - 8:08am
The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, March 10, 2014. A full packet for the meeting can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:
City of Northfield seeks input on Sixth St. reconstruction project: cul-de-sac, sidewalks, bike lanes and moreSubmitted by Griff J Wigley on Mon, 03/03/2014 - 11:31am
It's a big week for the City of Northfield's Sixth St. reconstruction project:
- A third neighborhood meeting on Mar. 5 at City Hall
- A special meeting with the Old Memorial Park neighborhood on cul-de-sac landscaping options - Mar. 6 at City Hall
- A new blog discussion thread on sidewalks planned for both sides of the streets
- A new blog discussion thread on why there are no plans to stripe the streets for bicycles
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Tue, 02/25/2014 - 11:33am
The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, February 24, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., in the high school media center. You can find a full packet for the meeting here. You can also hear Dr. Richardson talk about the meeting with Jeff Johnson on KYMN's "Morning Show" by following this link. Highlights of the meeting included:
- a presentation on Response to Intervention (RtI)
- an update on workforce development
- approval of a Director of Technology position
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Tue, 02/11/2014 - 7:58am
The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, February 10, 2014, at 7:00 pm, in the high school media center. A packet fot the meeting can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:
Submitted by Betsey Buckheit on Sun, 02/09/2014 - 4:24am
NDDC presents Strong Towns’ Curbside Chat
PLAN TO ATTEND! The NDDC has invited the Strong Towns organization to Northfield for one of their “Curbside Chats”. The event will be held on Monday, February 17, 5:30-7:30 pm, in the Archer House Riverview Conference Room on the lower level. The Curbside Chats are designed with special attention to city officials and community leaders, but strong towns are built from the grassroots and your voices needed at this free event.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Fri, 01/31/2014 - 11:04am
On Tuesday, February 4, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., the first steps in preparation for the November general election will be taking place at precinct caucuses.These are political party-organized meetings which bring neighbors together to set in motion the structures and political goals of their respective party.
What happens at the caucus?
*Elect precinct officers who work to organize political activities in the precinct. This could include maintaining contact lists, convening political meetings and helping with campaign efforts.
*Discuss issues and ideas for the party to support. People may bring ideas, called resolutions, to be voted on. People usually bring a typed or handwritten copy of their resolution.
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Fri, 01/31/2014 - 8:57am
The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, January 27, at 7:00 p.m., in the high school media center. A packet for the meeting can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:
Submitted by Amy Acheson on Thu, 01/16/2014 - 5:53am
On Saturday, January 18th, Northfield will host its first community-wide discussion on the subject of climate change. Meteorologist and entrepreneur Paul Douglas will be the keynote speaker beginning at 9:30 a.m. at St. Olaf College with a talk entitled, “Climate Change: Natural Cycle or Troubling Trend?” Attendees are encouraged to bring ideas, questions and concerns to contribute to the important discussions at this event.
According to Meteorologist Paul Douglas, “Healthy skepticism is an attribute, a necessary coping skill in a time of scams, hackers and endless corporate hype. I was initially skeptical of climate change in the 1980s and early 90s, but by the end of the 90s I was seeing some inexplicable and unnerving changes showing up on the weather maps I was studying on a daily basis. Something had changed. Patterns were shifting, with an apparent increase in the frequency and intensity of weather extremes, a trend that accelerated during the first decade of the 21st century.
Submitted by Jane B McWilliams on Wed, 01/15/2014 - 9:19pm
There is still time to register for the Saturday January 18, 2014 Northfield Area Climate Summit at St. Olaf’s Buntrock Commons. This event is free and open to the public. (http://northfieldclimatesummit.org/registration/ )
In addition to the keynote speaker Meteorologist Paul Douglas, there will be nine break out sessions led by a wide range of experts, from academics to activists. The panels will include attention to the local implications of cimate change and offer practical information and resources to foster ongoing diecernment and action.
For example, Robert Jacobel, St. Olaf Professor of Physics and Environmental Studies will lead a session offering participants the opportunity to learn more about the science of climate change.
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Tue, 01/14/2014 - 8:43am
The Northfield School Board met for both its annual organizational meeting and its regular meeting on Monday, January, 13, 2014. Packets for both meetings can be found here.
In the brief organizational meeting, Ellen Iverson was re-elected as chair, Julie Pritchard was elected as vice-chair, and Noel Stratmoen and Anne Maple were re-elected as clerk and treasurer respectively.
Highlights of the regular meeting included:
Submitted by Amy Acheson on Wed, 01/01/2014 - 12:33pm
On January 18, 2014, Meteorologist Paul Douglas will be the keynote speaker at the Northfield Area Climate Summit, a free community-led information and discussion forum for Northfield area residents, students, institutions, and business representatives. Find practical solutions to benefit our community through a Community Activity & Idea Fair on energy saving steps and resources for large and small local businesses. Breakout session topics include the science of climate change, business perspectives on climate and energy, and the impact of climate on local agriculture and more. The Summit will take place at Buntrock Commons, St. Olaf College and is open to the public from 8 a.m. - 3:45 p.m. For the schedule of free events and registration, go to http://northfieldclimatesummit.org. Join in the conversation at facebook.com/northfieldclimatesummit and on Twitter using hashtag #nfldclimate.
Submitted by Rob Hardy on Wed, 12/18/2013 - 12:30pm
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, Charter Commission, Environmental Quality Commission, Heritage Preservation Commission, Housing & Redevelopment Authority, Human Rights Commission, Park and Recreation Advisory Board, and the Rental Housing/Building Code Board of Appeals. For additional information on each of these groups, including additional requirements for the Charter Commission, please visit the City’s website at: www.ci.northfield.mn.us or contact the City Clerk as noted below.