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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.

Take the Bridge Square straw poll; attend the Dec. 9th Open House or the Dec. 11 web conference

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The Northfield Bridge Square straw poll is ready. It only takes 5 minutes to complete, unless of course, you choose to include comments with it.

For rationale and background, see the Nov. 20 blog post: Help design the Bridge Square straw poll.

Human Rights Commission Seeks Award Nominees


The Northfield Human Rights Award is an annual honor presented to a Northfield area individual, group, or organization that has contributed to the advancement of human rights.  The award is presented during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration in January of each year.  The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration will take place on Monday, January 20, 2014, 7:00 pm, St. Dominic’s Church.  Everyone in the community is invited to attend this event.

Assistance for MNsure Enrollment Available At Community Action Center


The Northfield Community Action Center announces there are three trained and certified specialists, called navigators (including a Spanish speaker), ready to assist anyone in the community who wants to apply for health care insurance through the Minnesota version of the affordable care act, MNsure.

Kathy Bjerke, CAC administrative director, is a trained navigator who can work with interested people to explore MNsure’s marketplace for health insurance. Bjerke says the doors are open at the CAC and that she and the other navigators are ready to assist anyone needing help. People who have been seeking direction and information about enrolling in MNsure are welcome to contact the CAC, 1651 Jefferson Parkway.

If you have questions, contact Sharon Vangsness at 507.664.3550 or

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (November 25, 2013)

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, November 25, 2013. A board packet for the meeting, including an agenda, can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:

  • Site improvement plan reports from Bridgewater Elementary and Northfield High School.
  • A presentation of the clean 2012-2013 audit report by a representative of CliftonLarsonAllen.

The next meeting will be held on Monday, December 9, 2013, at 7:00 pm, in the high school media center. That meeting will include the annual "truth in taxation" presentation.

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