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TIGER Grant Project to be Discussed


From Peggy Prowe comes the announcement that on Wednesday, August 1, 2012, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, the City of Northfield will be hosting an informational meeting to brief interested members of the public about the current status of the TIGER Grant -funded trail project.  This meeting will be held using an open house format in the 2nd Floor Training Room at the Northfield City Hall at 801 Washington Street, Northfield, MN.

Upcoming Candidate Forums - July 26, July 31, and August 2

Candidate ForumDon't miss your chance to hear from candidates for local office at several upcoming forums.


  • Mayoral Candidates: Dana Graham & Rhonda Pownell (Suzie Nakasian has withdrawn from the mayoral race)
  • At-Large Council Candidates: Betsey Buckheit, Joe Gasior & David Ludescher
  • Second Ward Council Candidates: Frank Balster, David DeLong, Paul Reiland & Wade Schulz

City Council Candidate Forum to be held Thursday, July 26, 6:00 PM

League of Women VotersCandidates running in the August 14 primary for Northfield City Council will speak at a Candidate Forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters. The event will be held at the Northfield City Hall Council Chambers on Thursday, July 26, at 6:00 PM.

In this primary only two positions are contested: the Ward 2 seat and the At-Large seat. The candidates for those two seats will have the opportunity to answer questions from the audience and to make a brief statement.  This forum continues a long League tradition of voter education forums designed to help voters make informed decisions.

Invited candidates:

  • Council Member at Large: Betsey Buckheit, Joe Gasior, David L. Ludescher
  • Council Member Ward 2: Frank Balster, David Delong, Paul Reiland, Wade Schulz

The event is free and open to the public.

TJ Heinricy is Making a Difference

TJ Heinricy receives his Making a Difference Award from Lynn Vincent (HCI Board member).  Photo by Suzy Rook, Northfield News

A Northfield city employee who spearheaded the acquisition and installation of skateboard park equipment at Riverside Lions Park has received the Healthy Community Initiative’s “Making a Difference” Award for June 2012. The award celebrates those groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

TJ Heinricy, Northfield’s street and park supervisor, has been involved for several years with efforts to maintain an interim skateboard park until the city selects a permanent location. When Heinricy learned last winter that the city of Plymouth was building a new concrete skatepark and getting rid of its older, steel equipment, he contacted Plymouth officials and helped negotiate a sale between that city and the Key, which bought the equipment for $500.  The Northfield Parks and Recreation Board agreed to allow the equipment to be installed at a temporary skateboard park in Riverside Lions Park through 2012.

Local Transit: Information on Hiawathaland Transit Routes in Northfield

Beginning July 2, Northfield's city bus system will be operated by Hiawathaland Transit. Here are some resources to help riders with the transition:

Frequently Asked Questions

Northfield Hiawathaland Transit Brochure (routes, fares, etc.)

Local Issue: Safety Center

On June 5, 2012, the City Council approved $7.28 million in lease revenue funding to finance the building of a new safety center.  The project includes purchase of land at 1601 Riverview Dr. (behind Perkins Restaurant), construction of a police facility and fire department administrative offices, and upgrades to the current fire facility. The fire equipment would remain in the current facility.  This marked an important (and contentious) milestone in a long process.

NEW (6/26/12): Statement from the City of Northfield regarding funding of the new safety center.

What's next: According to Northfield Finance Director Kathleen McBride, a plan will be developed in the next 4-6 weeks (by the end of July 2012), with purchase of the land in August or September.

Northfield Roundtable and MnDOT Present Context Sensitive Solutions

The Northfield Roundtable invites you to a public meeting with MnDOT about their new, more flexible approach to planning:Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS). CSS is  a new way of thinking for MnDOT.  For those of you who are located along our state highways or who will be planning future projects there, this is your opportunity to learn from MnDOT about their new planning framework and what is possible under CSS (see details below). The meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 30th at 7 p.m. in the Community Resource Bank Community Room

Change in meeting time for Northfield Job Club June through August 2012


                            JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST, 2012

The Northfield Public Library hosts a bi-weekly meeting of the Northfield Job Club in the library meeting room on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month

During the months of June, July and August meetings will be held from 2:30 – 3:30 PM.

As always, job club meetings are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and advance registration is not required.

Call the library at 645-1802 for further information about the Northfield Job Club, or to make disability accommodations.

City Council Recognizes Students for Work on Complete Streets Program

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At the May 15 city council meeting, Councilor Betsey Buckheit recognized two students for their contributions to the city’s Complete Streets policy development. Ben Hellerstein, a Carleton senior, was instrumental in organizing the citizen group, which met for several months soliciting community support, and drafting the resolution which the council passed to direct the drafting of a policy. He had read about the Complete Streets Task Force in the Northfield News, contacted Councilor Buckheit and then scheduled meetings, provided agendas, brought in other Carleton students and generally kept the group on task.

League of Women Voters Presents: This Week in Local Government

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This Week at the Northfield City Council Meeting

  • Future of Public Library Discussed
  • Council Reviews Debt Study
  • First Steps on 2012 Budget Discussed

These regular updates brought to you by the Observer Corps of the League of Women Voters of Northfield - Cannon Falls. For more on what we do, how you can join the League, and what's happening in your local government, visit our website.

EDA Approves Funding for Riverwalk Market Fair

The Economic Development Authority (EDA) of the City of Northfield recently approved a budget of $16,100 to support the promotion and marketing of Riverwalk Market Fair in 2012. Established in 2010, Riverwalk Market Fair provided the opportunity for 60 local artists and 40 farmers and food artisans to sell their products and generate $240,00 in new revenue in the past two years. Last year Riverwalk Market Fair drew an estimated 20,000 visitors from around the region and across the United States.

“EDA support of the Riverwalk Market Fair will help make Northfield a magnet as a regional center for the arts, which is part of the city’s plan for economic development,” said Jack Hoschouer, EDA president. “Riverwalk Market Fair gives visitors from southern Minnesota and the Twin Cities a unique opportunity to get to know what our city has to offer: our talented and friendly people, interesting and charming shops and restaurants. We hope that visitors to the Riverwalk Market Fair will find Northfield a great destination for a future day trip or an overnight visit.  I hope that some visitors may also be impressed with Northfield as a great place to do business.”Thegoals of the Riverwalk Market Fair align with the city’s comprehensive plan to promote arts-related tourism, encourage the creation of new businesses and attract more businesses to downtown retail shops and restaurants. The funding provided by the EDA enables Riverwalk Market Fair to increase publicity and advertising to attract more visitors from the region and the Twin Cities.            

League of Women Voters Presents: This Week in Local Government

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This Week at the Northfield City Council Meeting:

    Council Meets with Fire Relief Association
    Rural Fire Protection District and Council Discuss Negotiations
    Charter Commission Suggests Subcommittee
    Rental Ordinance Changes Considered

This Week at the Northfield Hospital Board Meeting:

    Board appoints 3 to Council-Board Task Force
    Financial results down from last year
    CFO says hospital triages first, then collects info.
    Gina Franklin elected Board Chair

HCI Board funds 8 mini-grants in April to benefit area youth

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At their April 2012 board meeting, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved mini-grants to support eight projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth.  Funded projects included:

Writers’ Workshop Poetry BookARTech students participating in the Writers’ Workshop group are compiling prose and poetry they have authored throughout the school year and are putting it into one publication, a poetry book.  Several copies of this journal will be given to the Key and area businesses who have hosted the writers during writing sessions this school year.

Latino Play Festival.  Students in the ESL (English as a Second Language) Performing Arts class at Northfield High School have spent the year writing and preparing plays.  Planned performances will be held at Carleton College and at the Northfield High School.  There will also be special performances for middle school students.  Evening performances at the Northfield High School are scheduled for May 11th and 12th.

Fritz Bogott and Rachel Matney are Making a Difference


Rachel Matney and Fritz Bogott are the March/April 2012 recipients of the Healthy Community Initiative’s “Making a Difference” award.  The award celebrates those groups and individuals in the community who have a positive influence on Northfield youth.

After reading reports about the achievement gap in Minnesota and Northfield, Matney started thinking of local solutions.  She wondered:  are there willing and interested volunteers in Northfield who could be asked to assist in closing this gap?

She approached her husband, Fritz Bogott, with the question, and they sprang into action.  They contacted Northfield Public Schools, HCI, St. Olaf College and Carleton College.  Bogott reported that from the first meeting, the enthusiasm from the partners was “irrepressible.”   A new pilot initiative – Accelerate Northfield – was born, aiming to recruit volunteers to work in the Northfield schools primarily with youth who are struggling academically.  Matney and Bogott have played key roles in designing the Accelerate Northfield model and recruiting community volunteers.

Skatepark Update: Park Board Recommends Riverside Park for Temporary Skatepark


At their meeting on Thursday evening, April 19, the Northfield Parks and Recreation Advisory Board voted to recommend Riverside Park as the location of a temporary skate park for the 2012 season.  Riverside Park is the home of a preexisting asphalt pad on which (after sealcoating) the skateboard equipment can be temporarily installed.

The vote came after a discussion in which some residents of the Village on the Cannon (VOC), which adjoins Riverside Park, voiced concerns about locating a skatepark near senior citizens housing. Some of the residents of VOC fall into the category of vulnerable adults. Skateboarding advocates said they understood these concerns, and promised to work together with residents of VOC, with The Key, and with city officials, to educate skateboarders about their responsibilities.

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