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Panel Will Discuss Voter Rights


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.   

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (March 10, 2014)

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:

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (February 24, 2014)

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

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (February 10, 2014)

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:

Strong Towns "Curbside Chat"

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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.

Precinct Caucuses Scheduled for February 4


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.

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (January 27, 2014)

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:

Patterns Shifting: on the subject of climate change, a Northfield focus

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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. 

Climate Summit Registration Still Open


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. ( )

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.

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (January 13, 2014)

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:

Northfield Area Climate Summit, Jan. 18


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 Join in the conversation at and on Twitter using hashtag #nfldclimate

City of Northfield Seeking Applicants to Fill Vacancies on Advisory Boards and Committees


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: or contact the City Clerk as noted below.



 by Philip Spensley, Chair, Northfield Arts and Culture Commission

Photo by Kathleen Pender

The Arts and Culture Commission of the City of Northfield has named Patsy Dew as the 2014 recipient of its Living Treasure Award.  The award annually honors a Northfield area resident who makes an outstanding and lasting contribution to the city’s identity and quality of life through and behalf of the arts and culture. 

The award will be presented to Dew at a public ceremony on Thursday, January 16th at the Grand Event Center.  Everyone is welcome to attend the celebration, which starts at 7 pm, and to share in the expression of appreciation for Patsy's many and significant contributions to the community.

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