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The Northfield Police Have Moved


Mayor Graham, members of the City Council, City Administrator Tim Madigan, Police Chief Monte Nelson and the entire staff at the Northfield Police Department welcome the public to conduct business at our new Police Department located at 1615 Riverview Drive, Northfield.

Update from Rep. David Bly on Flooding


An email update from Rep. David Bly.

Dear neighbors,

A State of Emergency has been declared in Rice and Le Sueur counties due to significant damage from flooding, making a wide range of state resources available to support our communities.

Northfield Mayor's Press Conference on Flooding, 6/19, 4:30 p.m.

Mayor Graham’s Press Conference

June 19, 2014 1630

The City of Northfield has staffed an Emergency Operations Center. City staff and existing agencies are working together to mitigate threats to the City and manage assets. EOC staff is working closely with Rice County, City of Faribault, and other entities to make sure that we have the resources we need to continue to effectively manage this event. The EOC will be staffed as needed for the duration of the event. Additional resources will be brought in if the situation warrants it.

Chief Monte Nelson, NPD, is the acting incident commander. He is supported by staff from Northfield Emergency Management, Northfield Public Works, Northfield Public Safety Agencies, Northfield Hospital and Clinics EMS and city staff.

Mayor, City of Northfield share flood update

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Mayor Graham’s Press Conference

June 19, 2014 8:30 a.m.


Talking Points:


1.     Current conditions:  Northfield has received 1.25” of rain since last night.  Faribault received more, around the 2” range, not exactly sure.

2.     Gauges:

Straight River showing a slight decrease in Owatonna and Faribault.

Cannon River at County 29 in Northfield shows a slight increase.

The visual gauge at the Safety Center was at 4 feet 6 inches last night at 8p increasing to 4 feet 8 inches as of 7a today.

3.     City of Northfield will stay in the incident command structure for the next 12 hours.

4.     We will continue to monitor Owatonna, Faribault, Dakota County and other local sources.

5.     The media will be notified of any changes throughout the day.

City of Northfield merging Facebook pages

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The City of Northfield is making a change to its Facebook social media presence. Currently, Recreation, Public Works, Library, and DMV have separate Facebook pages. Soon, all departments will have access to the City of Northfield “main” page.

The main page will allow for more content to be provided by Administration, Communications, Community Development, Finance, Human Resources, Police, and Public Works/Engineering. Library and Recreation will continue to have their own Facebook pages.

The City website drives city social media content. If a member of the community has an immediate issue, contact the appropriate department by telephone, email, or raise an issue by contacting the appropriate department from the city website.

Northfield City Council selects finalists for city administrator position

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 Media Release

June 18, 2014

Northfield City Council selects finalists for city administrator position

On June 17, 2014, the Northfield City Council selected five finalists for the position of city administrator. Listed below are the finalists along with a brief summary of their employment history and education:

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (June 9, 2014)

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, June 9, 2014, at 7:00 p.m., in the high school media center. A full packed for the meeting can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:

Northfield City Council invites input on City Administrator search process

Media Release


June 4, 2014


Northfield City Council invites input on City Administrator search process 


On July 9th and 10th the Northfield City Council will interview candidates for the position of City Administrator.  The City Council values public input and is therefore making opportunities available for public involvement in the process.


The City Council will be holding a meet and greet event on July 9th from 4:00-5:30 pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall.  This will be an opportunity for members of the public to visit with the final candidates and get to know them a bit.  Interested persons are invited to stop by anytime during the event. 


City of Northfield’s Youth Leadership Academy — apply today!

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The City of Northfield and the Mayor’s Youth Council are accepting applications for the inaugural Youth Leadership Academy, which will run from June 23-27.

Five high school students will be selected for this week-long program.  Students will meet with city leaders, shadow different city departments, and learn about potential careers in municipal government.  This is a great career exploration and resume building experience!  For more information and the application, CLICK HEREApplications should be submitted before June 10!

Questions?  Email

New Video! Northfield Downtown Beautification


The City of Northfield has a new video to share:

Judy Code, Volunteer Master Gardner, and TJ Heinricy, Streets and Parks Supervisor, highlight our Northfield downtown beautification project.

A wonderful project for the entire Northfield community!  This video will be added to the City of Northfield website's Media Center. 

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

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Tuesday, May 27, at 7:00 pm, in the high school media center. A full packet for the meeting can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:

2014 Candidate Filing Periods for City, County, and School Board Offices

The filing period for candidates for City and County elected offices opened on Tuesday, May 20, and will close at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3. City offices up for election in November 2014 are:

  • Council member, Ward 1 (position currently held by Suzie Nakasian)
  • Council member, Ward 4 (position currently held by Jessica Peterson White)
  • Council member, at-large (position currently held by Rhonda Pownell)

Potential candidates can find out more about filing for these positions here

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (May 12, 2014)

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m., in the high school media center. A complete packet for the meeting can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:

Final Bridge Square planning project open house set for May 14

John Slack at Dec 9 2013 Bridge Square project open house

The third of three public open houses/community sessions to engage the public in creating a master planning update for Northfield’s Bridge Square is now scheduled for Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., in the 2nd Floor Training of Northfield City Hall.

As for the previous two sessions, project consultant John Slack will be presenting. There will be ample time for questions and discussion.

See the Northfield Citizen Engagement blog for the Bridge Square project, including the Oct 23rd open house summary and the Dec. 9th open house summary.

Local Volunteer Reports on Rice County MNsure Participation


As the program was gearing up last fall, several people in Rice County volunteered to become trained certified Navigators to help people through the process of enrolling in MNsure, the Minnesota version of the Affordable Care Act. Northfielder Joan Janusz is one of those volunteers and is providing this report on the work done in Rice County. She also explains how continuing enrollment is available to certain people between the March 31 end of the previous enrollment period and the next period in November

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