The City of Northfield is planning and monitoring coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

The City of Northfield emergency management officials are working with local, state and federal health officials in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak that has infected people worldwide. There are currently no confirmed outbreaks in Minnesota.

Despite not having any cases in Minnesota, health officials recommend individuals and families make a plan in case someone gets sick. They also suggest following the same steps for avoiding the flu:

Ames Mill Dam inspection

Ames Mill Dam

Post Consumer Brands will be conducting a routine inspection of the Ames Mill dam and portions of the Malt-O-Meal building foundation. This work is scheduled to begin the week of February 17 and is intended to be completed by March 6 (weather permitting).

Heavy precipitation events throughout the spring, summer, and fall months led to increased water flow in the Cannon River which prevented this work from taking place during more mild weather months.

The Cactus Blossoms

Mar 14 2020 7:30 pm
Mar 14 2020 10:00 pm
Armory Square

The Northfield Arts Guild 411 Concert Series presents the sibling vocal blend of The Cactus Blossoms at 7:30pm on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Armory Square, 519 Division Street, Northfield.   

Minneapolis-based brothers Page Burkum and Jack Torrey have been creating music as The Cactus Blossoms for a decade, having released several albums and toured with Kacey Musgraves and Lucius. The release of their newest album, Easy Way, cemented the pair as a modern-day duo similar to the Everly Brothers and NPR’s All Things Considered describes Easy Way as offering “creative turns of phrase, gorgeous harmonies, and an ageless sound.”

When it rains, it pays to have a rain garden

Rain garden on boulevard

Sign up for the rain garden workshop on March 19

Rain gardens are a great way to beautify your property and a great way to capture and clean up stormwater before it flows into the Cannon River. Staff from the Cannon River Watershed Partnership (CRWP) and City of Northfield are teaching a workshop on rain gardens on Thursday, March 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Community Action Center, 1651 Jefferson Pkwy HS-200.

Come to Northfield Citizens On Line Annual Meeting Thursday Evening!

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Don’t forget that on Thursday, February 13, 7:00 p.m. at Hideaway in downtown Northfield, the Annual Meeting of Northfield Citizens Online is happening. All are welcome to attend!

President Griff Wigley and Vice President/Secretary Tracy Davis will facilitate a discussion of the history and future of and hope Northfielders will sit in and contribute to the conversation. Watch this space for agenda.

Almost 30 years ago, a group of Northfielders had been discussing questions like:  What's the likely impact of the Internet on the local community? How can it be used to strengthen a geographic community rather than undermining it? 


   Northfield Reads is focusing on climate change, and will present a discussion at the Northfield Public Library on Thursday, February 27, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.  A panel of area experts will discuss ideas presented in a brief article, "World Scientists' Warning of a Climate Emergency," by a group of over 11,000 scientists around the world, who declared that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency.  The article is available at

Leap Year Swing Dance

Leap Year Swing Dance

Put on your dancing shoes for Leap Year Swing Dance, February 29, 2020. The event will be held at the Northfield Ballroom (1055 HWY 3 North) and will run from 7:30-10:00 pm. Music will be provided by Bend in the River Big Band with vocalist Linnea Nelson Marrin. Victor Albrecht, a local dance instructor, will provide free swing dance lessons beginning at 6:45. There will be a cash bar. General admission tickets are $15. Student admission is $10.

Invite your friends and neighbors. All are welcome!

Lend Me a Tenor

Feb 14 2020 7:30 pm
Feb 23 2020 4:00 pm
Northfield Arts Guild Theater

Northfield Arts Guild Theater presents Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor

The Northfield Arts Guild and director Marc Robinson present Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor.  This hysterical farce performs Fridays through Sundays, February 14-16 and February 21-23. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30pm, with Sunday matinees at 2pm. All shows are held at the Guild Theater, 411 Third Street West, Northfield.

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CVRO Favorites

Mar 7 2020 7:00 pm
Mar 8 2020 5:00 pm
Cathedral of our Merciful Saviour and United Methodist Church

Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra presents CVRO Favorites

The Northfield Arts Guild and the Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra under the direction of founding conductor, Dr. Paul Niemisto, are thrilled to announce their upcoming concert, CVRO Favorites, performing Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8.

City of Northfield seeks your input on 2020 census using Polco

2020 census

Residents can give input via app, website or paper

The City of Northfield is asking for the public to participate in the 2020 census survey (closing on February 27) by using Polco, a public engagement platform. Community members can review survey results on the Polco app and through the city website:

Residents can participate on Polco by downloading the Polco app for Android or iOS, or visiting the city’s web page on Polco at QR codes on City information boards allow easy access to the Polco website. Residents’ individual information is never shared and cannot be accessed by the City.

Employees of Laura Baker win Human Rights Award

Employees of Laura Baker accept award from Human Right Commission Photo courtesy of Richard DeBeau

Employees of Laura Baker Services Association received the 2020 Human Rights award given out by the Northfield Human Rights Commission. The award was presented during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. community celebration on January 20 at Emmaus Church.

The Northfield Human Rights Commission considered local individuals, groups and organizations that have demonstrated a long-standing commitment to the advancement of human rights in the Northfield area, either through volunteer or professional efforts for the award.

“We like the Human Rights Award to go to organizations and individuals who do not just meet the requirements of their mission statement, or their job description, but who go well beyond that,” said Angelique Dietz, member of the Northfield Human Rights Commission.

Snow Emergency Declared

Snow Emergency Declared

The City of Northfield has declared a Snow Emergency effective 1 p.m. January 17 until 9 a.m. January 19.

During a Snow Emergency there is no parking on any city street until it is plowed curb-to-curb and the weather system has passed. Vehicles parked on the street will be ticketed with the potential of being towed during a snow emergency.

Trash and recycling bins are not allowed on city streets.

City of Northfield seeks election judges for 2020 elections

Election judges

Apply now via the city’s website

The City of Northfield is seeking interested individuals to serve as election judges for the presidential nomination primary on March 3, 2020, the primary election on August 11, 2020 and the general election on November 3, 2020. Election judges administer election procedures in polling places and ensure that voters' rights are protected and respected on Election Day. Election judges receive pay for required training time and work on Election Day. By law, employers must give election judges time off from work to serve. In addition to serving on Election Day, judges must complete required training prior to serving. Election judges may serve all day (approximately 6 a.m. – close) or choose a half day shift (6 a.m. – 2 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. – close).

Author Joy at Little Joy

Jan 16 2020 6:00 pm
Jan 16 2020 8:00 pm
Little Joy Coffee, 300 Division St. S.

Local author Joy Riggs will read from and sign copies of her nonfiction book, Crackerjack Bands and Hometown Boosters: The Story of a Minnesota Music Man, on Thursday, Jan. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Little Joy Coffee, 300 Division St. S. in Northfield.

Free finger food and brewed coffee will be served, and specialty coffee drinks will be available for purchase, including a book-themed drink created for the event.


Economic Development Authority approves Façade Grant Improvement Program

Program aims to strengthen, revitalize and sustain downtown

The Economic Development Authority (EDA) approved $20,000 per year for the next three years to pilot a Façade Improvement Program. This program is designed to encourage downtown building owners to reinvest in the exterior of their buildings to extend the life of those important structures.

The Economic Development Authority will match private investment one-to-one up to $10,000. The EDA will be accepting applications between February 1 and March 15.

This program is part of the Economic Development Authority’s strategic plan to revitalize downtown Northfield.

More information can be found on the city’s website:

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