Northfield's 45th Lucia Fest Celebrated at Home

The 45th Annual Lucia Fest was not held in person this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the Northfield Swedish Club invited local families to celebrate the Swedish Christmas season safely in their own homes.

The event is typically held the Friday before Lucia Day (December 13), and includes a potluck supper, a pageant with Lucias and their attendants, the singing of Christmas carols, and folk dancing around the Christmas tree.

Five young women were selected to serve as this year's Lucias. They are:

• Libby Brust, a senior at Northfield High School. "I haven't finalized my college plans yet, but I plant to study either microbiology or biochemistry next year. I've enjoyed participating in the Sankta Lucia celebration for many years, and my favorite Scandanavian holiday tradition is decorating gingerbread houses."


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Butler, Coleman, Gonzalez-George receive "strongly endorses" from NEA for school board election

(Press release from the Northfield Education Association)

NEA 2020 Northfield School Board Candidate Endorsement


We, the teaching staff of the Northfield Education Association, have a keen interest in the upcoming school board election. An endorsing committee, at the direction of the membership, has been given the task of screening candidates to make recommendations for the four open seats. The following value statements serve to offer perspective in guiding our decision.

We believe…

1. A school board member must see the Board as an oversight and policy-making body as opposed to one that manages the daily workings of the district. Through its efforts it affirms and sets goals for the district that align with the goals of the community, the school personnel, the realities and constraints of what can be done, and a sense of how to sustain quality.

Niemisto, Hvistendahl and Riggs Featured at Deep Valley Book Festival

Three Northfield writers will be participating in the Deep Valley Book Festival of authors taking place virtually Saturday and Sunday Oct. 3-4. Susan Hvistendahl, Joy Riggs and Paul Niemisto will be promoting their books at this largest literary festival in Southern Minnesota.
Niemisto is offering his "Cornets and Pickaxes" about Finnish bands in Northern Minnesota, Riggs has "Crackerjack Bands and Hometown Boosters" about her music man great-grandfather G. Oliver Riggs and Hvistendahl has three Historic Happenings books about Northfield, St. Olaf and Carleton and "Milestones and Memories of the St.

Letter: Retired Superintendent Chris Richardson Supports Corey Butler for School Board

This letter is shared on behalf of Dr. Chris Richardson, former superintendent of Northfield Public Schools.

While there are a number of very important national election races this fall, I believe that your choices for our Northfield School Board also deserve your strong consideration.  I have had the privilege of knowing and working with current School Board candidate Corey Butler during my years as Superintendent of Schools in Northfield.  During that time Corey was serving as a reporter and editor covering both the Northfield and Faribault School Districts.  In my opinion, he went above and beyond my expectations to make sure that our community clearly understood the important educational issues the school district was facing.

Corey Butler for Northfield School Board

Public schools have mattered to me my entire life.
As a child, I found comfort and shelter in my schools. It was a place I looked forward to daily for learning, for friendship and for a sense of belonging.

Absentee/early voting options

Voters can vote early using an absentee ballot. Absentee voting for the November 3 General Election begins on September 18, 2020. Due to COVID-19, the City of Northfield is encouraging voters to vote by mail using an absentee ballot for the upcoming elections.

Pick up a new “Mask Up” window cling

As part of an ongoing effort to encourage community members and share the message to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth, the City of Northfield is making “Mask Up” window clings available for anyone to pick up at a variety of locations. People can attach the window clings to the inside of their window at home or in their office, dorm room, business or vehicle.

“COVID-19 is front and center of everyone’s mind. With the wear a mask order, we wanted to get the message out in fun way and to tailor it to Northfield,” said Michelle Mahowald, communications and human resources director.

The window clings come in two designs. One design features a cowboy hat and mask with the words “Mask up, partner.” The other features a cow wearing a mask with the words “Mask up, Northfield.”  

Northfield Public Broadcasting launches free video streaming website

The City of Northfield is launching a free video streaming website for its public access television stations.

Northfield Public Broadcasting (NPB) manages community channels 180 and 187 through Charter Spectrum. The website allows anyone to stream the cable broadcast live online regardless of individual television subscription.

Programming includes local historical biographies, library programs, gardening shows, city council meetings, school board meetings, church services and a variety of informational videos. A complete catalogue of NPB’s previous programming is available for viewing at any time.

Northfield Public Broadcasting (NPB) was formerly known as Northfield Community Television (NCTV) and NTV26. The new branding is part of an overhaul of Northfield’s public access cable stations. While the channels were previously managed by an independent contractor, NPB functions as a new organization within the City communications department.

Water Street will reopen in Bridge Square

On August 7, 2020, Water Street in Bridge Square will resume two-way traffic and the pedestrian barriers over the Fourth Street Bridge will be removed.

The City Council passed a motion in June to temporarily close Water Street and add the barriers from June 19 until August 7.

“The temporary situation approved earlier this summer provided additional pedestrian enhancements to improve access in the heart of downtown, near Bridge Square and the Cannon River,” said Public Works Director David Bennett.

The City of Northfield urges motorists to always drive with caution and watch for pedestrians in city limits.

Give us your best shot, photographers!

Northfield is in the process of updating the city website. The City is seeking new photos of community members enjoying events, activities, city parks, landscapes and cityscapes, culture and art, and nature and animals. Photographs must be original and taken in the last two years.

Want to show off your amazing photos for all of Northfield and the world to see? Submit your photos by Thursday, August 6. Photographers will get photo credit on the city’s website.

See requirements and submit at:

River Bend Nature Center Annual Meeting to be Held Thursday at 5:30 p.m.


The 2020 Annual Meeting of River Bend Nature Center will be held virtually at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, July 30. Given the complications of an in-person gathering, the board decided to hold the meeting online.

There will be the election of two board members.  Executive Director Breanna Wheeler will give the Annual Report, including the adjustments the Center is making in its programing in response to the challenges the pandemic has created. She and staff will also talk about how they are planning for the year ahead.  The Center’s Gambling Manager, Stacy Dupont will give the annual Charitable Gambling Star Report.

For more information about how to join the meeting and for copies of meeting documents, contact:

Breanna Wheeler, Executive Directot

Phone 507-332-7151






Governor Walz Mandates Face Coverings in Minnesota, Supersedes and Terminates City of Northfield Ordinance

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Executive Order effective Saturday, July 25, 2020

Northfield, MN (July 23, 2020) -

On July 22, 2020, Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-81 (EO 20-81) mandating face covering use in many public spaces.  Under EO 20-81, Minnesotans must wear a face covering in indoor businesses, indoor public settings, and outdoors when it is not possible to maintain social distancing; they must also follow related industry guidance on the Stay Safe Minnesota Website.


The Northfield City Council had requested the Governor mandate indoor facial coverings statewide at their July 7th meeting.  Additionally, the City Council recently approved an indoor mandated facial covering Ordinance for the City of Northfield at their July 21, 2020 meeting but is now null and void due to the Governor’s action.


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