City Council Meeting

City of Northfield Calendar - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 3:45pm
Event date: January 18, 2022
Event Time: 06:00 PM - 09:00 PM
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Contactless Caucus – Feb 1

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 2:20pm

From Goodhue County DFL:

Due to the continuing rate of COVID-19 spread, the Goodhue County DFL will conduct “contactless caucuses” on February 1, 2022. We’re seeing a record breaking surge of infections and hospitalizations; there is no way to know who’s been exposed or where someone’s traveled. Our caucuses rely on volunteers to operate, and we want to ensure everyone can participate in the democratic process safely. Because our Democratic caucuses are an open, public event to anyone that affirms they are a DFL-er, the Goodhue County DFL unit (Goodhue21) is providing multiple ways for all Democrats to participate in the 2022 Precinct Caucuses.

Participation in this year’s caucus will consist of submitting the following:

Precinct Caucus Non-Participation Forms: Precinct caucus attendees can submit a Non-Attendee form which shows their desire to hold Precinct Officer or Convention Delegate positions via email, mail, or in-person drop off at their caucus location. If there are more people interested in being a Convention Delegate than delegate slots, a random selection will be held during a public Zoom call on Wednesday, February 9. Watch your email for more details.

Resolutions: Attendees can also submit resolutions to be considered for inclusion in the State DFL Party Platform. All resolutions must be attached to the official resolution form. All reso​lutions will be forwarded to the OU convention (similar ones may be combined).

Ways To Participate:

Fill out the online form (Goodhue 21 Google Form) and submit directly to Goodhue 21 DFL.

Download and print the online form (Non-Attendee, Resolution), fill it out, and email the scanned document to You can also physically mail documents to 11995 350th Street Way, Cannon Falls, 55009.

Print and fill out the online form, then submit in-person at your Precinct Caucus location on Caucus night.

Come to your Precinct Caucus location on Caucus night to fill out and submit your forms.Regardless which option you select, all Non-Attendee and Resolution forms must be received by 9pm on February 1 to be considered. Options one and two can be submitted any time before the deadline. Submit completed forms at any one of our 8 caucus locations:

Cannon Falls Elementary School, Door A

Goodhue Public School, Door 8

Kenyon-Wanamingo Elementary School, Wanamingo, Main Door

Kenyon-Wanamingo High School, Kenyon, Main Door

Lake City High School, Door 2 or 11

Pine Island High School, Door 18

Twin Bluff Middle School, Red Wing, Main Door

Zumbrota-Mazeppa High School, Zumbrota, Main Door

A Goodhue-21 DFL representative will be at each of the 8 caucus locations from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm on February 1 to accept your documents.

Download the Non-Attendee Form:

From the DFL website at…/Precinct-Caucus-Fillable-Non-Attendee…

Or fill out the online form (Google Form) at…/1FAIpQLSfwhoVXHWa…/viewform…

Download the Resolution Form:

From the DFL website at…/Adopted-7-August-2021-Rev-A-Page-A-1.pdf

Or fill out the online form (Google Form) at…/1FAIpQLSedeZF3u7j…/viewform…

Email all documents or any questions to

Find your Caucus Location here. You can find more information on our website at

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Archer House demolition begins Tuesday

Northfield News - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 1:49pm
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3 local authors publish books in January

Northfield News - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 12:42pm
Legs for a little tadpole, untangling middle school’s worry knots, and why health freedom is essential in this technological age are three topics of three new books by three Northfield authors.
Categories: Local News

Council to weigh membership in Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities; Mental Health ‘First Aid’ training available through the Chamber

KYMN Radio - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 12:02pm
When the City Council meets tonight, one of the items on the agenda will be consideration to join the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities.   The CGMC serves as an advocacy group for Minnesota cities outside of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area. Last week during their work session, the council heard a presentation from the mayor

St. Olaf professor’s pandemic-themed debut novel generates media buzz

St. Olaf College - Tue, 01/18/2022 - 9:27am
The debut novel by St. Olaf College Associate Professor of English Sequoia Nagamatsu is generating buzz in the literary world and a wave of media attention, including in recent reviews and interviews in the Star Tribune, Minnesota Public Radio, and The New York Times. 
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Scott Reaches the Pole

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Mon, 01/17/2022 - 3:19pm

110 years ago today, the British explorer Robert Falcon Scott reached the South Pole – and found that Norwegian Roald Amundsen had reached it five weeks before. I can only imagine Scott’s reaction. He had contorted his entire life to be the first man to the South Pole, and had failed.

Scott and his team at the South Pole on January 17, 1912.
Image from Wikipedia.

Here is how Scott – in a journal found with his body – summarized the day that he reached the pole:

Camp 69. T. -22ºF at start. Night -21ºF. The Pole. Yes, but under very different circumstances from those expected….

We started at 7:30, none of us having slept much after the shock of our discovery….; the wind is blowing hard, T. -21ºF, and there is that curious damp, cold feeling in the air which chills one to the bone in no time…. Great God! This is an awful place and terrible enough for us to have laboured to it without the reward of priority. Well, it is something to have got here, and the wind may be our friend tomorrow. We have had a fat Polar hoosh [food in liquid form, typically made of lard, oatmeal, beef protein, vegetable protein, salt, and sugar] in spite of our chagrin, and feel comfortable inside—added a small stick of chocolate and the queer taste of a cigarette brought by Wilson. Now for the run home and a desperate struggle. I wonder if we can do it.

He was correct to wonder. All five of them died on the return trip, defeated by hunger, frostbite, malnutrition, exhaustion – and disappointment.

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Clean River Partners executive director announces bid for House of Representatives seat

Northfield News - Mon, 01/17/2022 - 12:59pm
On Friday, Kristi Pursell, of Northfield, officially became the first candidate to announce her candidacy for the House of Representatives seat Todd Lippert is vacating.
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Council to consider mask mandate; Pursell announces candidacy; NH+C greatly tightens visitor restrictions

KYMN Radio - Mon, 01/17/2022 - 12:02pm
The Northfield City Council will meet tomorrow night in the Council Chambers at City Hall, and among the several items on the agenda, the council will consider an emergency mask mandate for all public indoor spaces.  Last week, City Councilor Jami Reister sent a letter to Mayor Rhonda Pownell, City Administrator Ben Martig and Police

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

City of Northfield Calendar - Mon, 01/17/2022 - 11:16am
Event date: January 17, 2022
Event Time: 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

State faces its most severe blood shortage in years

Northfield News - Mon, 01/17/2022 - 10:40am
With local hospitals bursting at the seams amid a recent rise in COVID cases, a troubling decrease in blood donations has become one more stressor on the overloaded system.
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Northfield schools superintendent receives 2022 Human Rights Award

Northfield News - Mon, 01/17/2022 - 10:05am
"In recognition of his work to offer better support to immigrant families and for his capacity to listen to the Hispanic community in Northfield."
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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Update — Honoring Dr. King

St. Olaf College - Mon, 01/17/2022 - 8:41am
A message from Vice President for Equity and Inclusion María Pabón Gautier that is part of a series of regular updates she sends to the campus community.
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St. Olaf names new director of public safety

St. Olaf College - Mon, 01/17/2022 - 8:30am
Derek Kruse will lead the Public Safety Office's mission of working collaboratively with campus community members to create a secure, stable environment in which to live, work, and learn.
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City creates public survey as it considers emergency mask mandate in indoor public spaces

KYMN Radio - Sun, 01/16/2022 - 10:21am
The City of Northfield is considering an emergency mask mandate for all indoor public spaces. A Google survey has ben created to ask for public input. Please fill out the survey before noon, Monday, January 17th. The City Council will debate and vote on the mandate at their regular meeting on Tuesday night. To find

Business person of the year promotes coffee and community

Northfield News - Sat, 01/15/2022 - 4:44pm
When Tanya Mollenhauer was presented a balloon bouquet for winning the 2022 Businessperson of the Year from the Northfield Chamber of Commerce, customers inside The James Gang Coffeehouse & Eatery started applauding.
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Just Food Co-op wins Northfield Chamber Business of the Year

Northfield News - Sat, 01/15/2022 - 3:42pm
Criteria for being named 2022 Business of the Year by the Northfield Chamber of Commerce includes how much a business has been engaged in community involvement, how many new and existing jobs have been created, and any renovations or expansions…
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Books on the End of the Earth

Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava - Sat, 01/15/2022 - 3:30pm

It’s apparently pretty easy to title books on Antarctica. On the other hand, if a book has “end of the earth” in the title, it’s probably pretty good.

The Sancton book is a gripping account of a near-disastrous 1897-1899 expedition led by Adrien Gerlache to the Antarctic Peninsula — discovering many of the places I’ll see next month, but also getting trapped in the ice and barely surviving.

The Matthiessen book comprises two long, beautifully written essays on eco-tourism cruises that Matthiessen took in the 1990s, one to the Ross Sea south of New Zealand, the other to the Antarctic Peninsula. I hope my experiences there are more like Matthiessen’s than Gerlache’s!

Finally, the Mulvaney book is, uh, a history of the polar regions. I haven’t finished it yet, but the sections on Antarctica look to cover both exploration and subsequent use of the continent for science, whaling and sealing, etc. Should be good!

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Tsunami fear? Nope, reality!

Carol Overland - Legalectric - Sat, 01/15/2022 - 12:42pm

Warnings for West Coast, see U.S. Tsunami Warning Centers:

… and it’s hit Fukushima!

See Fukushima Daiichi Hit By Tsunami 1.15.2022

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