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A school calendar conversation with the Northfield community

This announcement is from the Northfield Public Schools news page:

The Northfield Board of Education and district administration would like to invite parents, students and community members to participate in a broad discussion of the future of school calendars, beyond 2013-14. The first of three calendar meetings will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on March 7 in the high school upper cafeteria. 

The March meeting will include a review of the history and elements of academic calendars around the world and in the United States. Board and administration will gather ideas from attendees about calendar features that best support student learning. Discussion will include the level of involvement that meeting participants would like to have in upcoming months. 

Epic thanks the City of Northfield

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A recent Northfield City Council meeting included a presentation by the Dundas-based nonprofit Epic Enterprise Inc. The organization thanked the city for eight years of employing work crews made up of Epic's developmentally disabled clients.

"Hiring people with disabilities is not charity," said Kathy Topp, community employment liaison at Epic, during the presentation. "Bringing them into the City of Northfield is an exemplary act that models corporate and civic responsibility."

The Northfield Public Library has Zinio!


The Northfield Public Library, in partnership with Buckham Memorial Library in Faribault and the Lonsdale Public Library, is pleased to announce the availability of Zinio, an online resource for digital magazines.  Download new popular magazines, page for page, including full color pictures and some with interactive elements such as audio and video.  It’s easy to do and free with your Northfield Library card. The collection includes over 200 magazines and includes titles such as:

Do We Need A Constitutional Amendment To Help Select Good Judges?

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The League of Women Voters Northfield-Cannon Falls invites the public to join a discussion about how to elect and keep good, fair judges. The meeting will take place 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.
on Monday, January 28, 2013 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 500 3rd Street West, Northfield.

Judicial independence and the proposed Impartial Justice Act will be discussed by two persuasive supporters of this new way toselect and keep fair judges. Their presentation will be followed by questions and discussion.

Sarah Walker, President of the Coalition for Impartial Justice
Also Chief Operating Officer of 180 Degrees, Inc. and founder of the MN Second Chance Coalition, Walker is a Carleton College graduate, and is now completing her doctorate in sociology at the University of Minnesota.

Public Help Sought For City Website Design

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The City Council invites members of the public to see and comment on the new website which will be launched later this month. On January 14, 15 and 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. there will be computers available in the second floor training room at City Hall for this purpose.

Funded with cable fund money, the city contracted with Kansas-based CivicPlus to develop, roll out, support and host the new website for the next four years. Presently, city employees are training to maintain the site.  The redesign was informed by a committee of 30 individuals, including city staff and members of the public.  As part of the inclusive process, the committee sought and selected photos submitted by citizens for banners and galleries.

Help Solve Downtown Parking Problems

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Want to have a voice in solving downtown parking problems?

The city has contracted Griff Wigley (Wigley and Associates) to create and manage a way for the public to participate in a conversation about downtown parking.  He has launched “Parking Management for Downtown Northfield, MN ( where everyone can learn about the parking issue, participate in the discussion, and have an impact on future city decisions.

Need for and possible solutions for additional parking downtown have been discussed for many years. Creating new parking lots is one option. At a recent meeting the city council approved their parking committee’s proposal (which included use of social media) for engaging stakeholders in discussions for better management of parking in the downtown area.  The Northfield Downtown Development Corporation will conduct the conversation, according to City Administrator Tim Madigan in his December 11 memo to the council.

Northfield Public School District Hosts Public Meetings in January

The Northfield Public Schools will be hosting a series of public meetings during January in an effort to gather community feedback regarding three important decisions coming before the Board of Education. The issues are:

Local Issue: Transit Hub


On December 4, 2012, the Northfield City Council approved a recommendation to locate a proposed local transit hub on the Q-Block, on the southwest corner of Second Street and Highway 3. This is an important step forward in a project that began in 2001, with the completion of a Rice County local and regional transit study that identified a need for a transit hub in Northfield. The proposed transit hub is envisioned as the central element of a redevelopment of the Q-Block which would also include the relocated and renovated Northfield depot.  For those interested in learning more about this issue, here is a timeline and a compilation of documents and links related to the transit hub project.

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

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