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League of Women Voters Candidate Forums October 23rd and 25th at City Hall

The League of Women Voters of Northfield & Cannon Falls is pleased to announce a series of candidate forums as a service to voters in advance of the November 4th General Election.  The following candidates have accepted the invitation to participate:

Arts and Culture Commission Seeks Nominees for 2015 Living Treasures Award


Philip Spensley, on behalf of the Arts and Culture Commission. invites Northfielders to submit the name of anyone whom they feel is worthy of being considered a Northfield Living Treasure.

The award honors an individual who has, over a period of time, made significant contributions to Northfield in, through, or on behalf of the arts and culture, so as to enhance the reputation of the city and the quality of life of its citizens.

Nominees may be either a practitioner in one or more of the arts, or an arts or cultural leader, supporter, or advocate.  The award is one of recognition and has no financial value.

Criteria for nomination are adapted from the United Nations guidelines to countries, states, and cities who also offer such awards:

Northfield Shares Grant Application Deadline Approaching!

Nonprofit organizations seeking grant funding from Northfield Shares in 2015 are encouraged to submit their applications soon. The deadline to apply is October 1. Formed as a result of the merging of 5th Bridge and Northfield Area Foundation, Northfield Shares disbursed over $38,000 in grants in its 2014 cycle.

Rhonda Pownell -- Northfield City Council Candidate (At Large)

Rhonda Pownell

Rhonda Pownell is a candidate for the At-Large seat on the Northfield City Council. Her responses to questions are unedited. 


Name:  Rhonda Pownell

Family: Husband: David,  Children: Sarah, Anna, Jonathan, Samuel, and Benjamin

Years in Northfield:  25 years

Why are you running for the Northfield City Council?

I love our community and the people that live here. Northfield is a dynamic fun community with a plethora of ideas, thoughts, and opinions on how to best move our community forward.  Great communities don’t just happen.  It takes hard work, commitment, and sometimes a thick skin.

Why should people vote for you?

Jessica Peterson White -- Northfield City Council Candidate (Fourth Ward)

Jessica Peterson White
Jessica Peterson White is a candidate for the Fourth Ward seat on the Northfield City Council.

Joe Gasior -- Northfield City Council Candidate (First Ward)

Joe Gasior

Joe Gasior is a candidate for the First Ward seat on the Northfield City Council. His responses to questions are unedited. 

Name:  Joe Gasior

Family:  I’ve been married to Betsy for almost 20 years.  I have two sons, Michael – 19 and a freshman at Bemidji State University, and Timothy – 15 and a sophomore at Northfield High School.

Years in Northfield: I’ve lived in Northfield for over 11 years.

Why are you running for the Northfield City Council?  

Election 2014

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Welcome to's Election 2014 page. In the coming weeks, we'll bring you a wealth of information to help you to make an informed choice on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.

On this page, you'll find voter resources, including maps of districts and precincts, local candidate information, voter registration information and polling location information.

Be sure to check back often as we add new resources and information, whether created speficially by and for, or coverage from KYMN or the Northfield News.



Dale Gehring -- Northfield City Council Candidate (At Large)


Dale Gehring is a candidate for the At-Large seat on the Northfield City Council. His responses to questions are unedited. 

Name: Dale Gehring

Family: Wife-Angie, Children-Dylan & Jaida

Years in Northfield: 13

Why are you running?

I am intrinsically motivated to serve the our community in this role and the work it requires.

Why should people vote for you?

I have a proven track record of getting things done, I am approachable to taxpayers, I have an open door policy, and I plan on conducting quarterly town hall meetings.

What's the biggest issue facing the city?

The state of disrepair of our streets and infrastructure including storm water management.

How have you been involved in the community?

Suzie Nakasian -- Northfield City Council Candidate (First Ward)

Suzie Nakasian

Suzie Nakasian is a candidate for the First Ward seat on the Northfield City Council. Her responses to questions are unedited. 

Name:Suzie Nakasian

Family:married; two children (ages 11 and 13)

Years in Northfield:12

Why are you running for the Northfield City Council?

I am running for City Council to support a locally grown vision for our community: one that honors our history and culture, fosters the growth of our existing institutions and businesses, and helps Northfield to grow in ways that make our community even more attractive as a place to live and do business.

Why should people vote for you?

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie to Speak


Addressing the topic “Why Minnesota is #1 in Elections and Voter Turnout”, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie will be the Fall Kick-off speaker at the League of Women Voters of Northfield and Cannon Falls event on Saturday, September 20.  The public is cordially invited to attend this event that will be held at 9:00 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield. There will be coffee and treats served before and after the presentation.

Ritchie has served as Secretary of State since 2006 and is retiring at the end of his current term.  The Secretary of State is the chief election official who partners with township, city and county officials to organize elections, In 2008, he presided over what has been called “the most publicly scrutinized recount in the history of the United States Senate”, the context between Al Franken and Norm Coleman. He has been credited with increasing the number of overseas military voters in Minnesota elections.

Northfield Municipal Liquor Store Closed on September 22, 2014

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The Northfield Municipal Liquor Store will be closed all day Monday, September 22, 2014 due to the installation of new flooring throughout the store.  Normal store hours, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. will resume on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.  We apologize in advance for any inconvenience! 

City Invites Applications for Boards and Commissions


From City Clerk Deb Little comes the announcement of vacancies on the following city advisory boards and commissions:

   *Arts & Culture Commission

   *Economic Development Authority

   *Heritage Preservation Commission

   *Housing and Redevelopment Authority

   *Human Rights Commission

   *Library Board

   *Park & Recreation Advisory Board

    *Planning Commission

   ·Rental Housing Board of Appeals

Please visit the City of Northfield’s website at for an application and additional information about City boards and commissions.

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (August 25 & September 8, 2014)

Due to some techinical difficulties in recording last month's school board meeting, the video from August 25 was unavailable until now. Here are the videos from the regular Northfield School Board meeting on September 8, 2014, followed by the video of the meeting on August 25, 2014. The board packets and table files for both meetings can be found here

Monday, September 8, 2014

Highlights of the September 8 meeting included a presentation on the Transformational Technology Project (iPads) by the District's Director of Technology, Kim Briske. 

Minnesota's Safest Cities - NORTHFIELD #20


Northfield, MN has been selected as the #20 city on the list of Minnesota's Safest Cities by Safe Choice Security.

To ensure the accuracy of the rankings, Save Choice Security compared crime statistics (including both property and violent crimes) of over 300 cities in Minnesota to determine the list of the safest cities. Northfield, MN should be very proud to have made it on the list!

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