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PRESS RELEASE: Complete the census and encourage others

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Northfield, MN (March 27, 2020)-

In light of the threat that the COVID-19 virus poses for the members of the Northfield community, the Northfield Complete Count Committee has suspended census-promotion activities that would involve interactions with the public.

The country's current state of National Emergency underscores the critical importance of a complete 2020 Census count for Northfield. It is critical in emergency response situations to have census data about where people live. Census data are used to allocate billions of dollars in federal funding each year, including for emergency response services.

The Complete Count Committee is asking for everyone’s help to reach out and encourage others to complete the census. This will help ensure that our city, townships, and school district receive fair representation and funds, so Northfield can continue being a strong community.


City prepares for “Stay At Home” Executive Order and Encourages the Community to do the Same

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Northfield, MN (March 25, 2020)-

The City of Northfield is reviewing, evaluating and planning Governor Walz’s issued “Stay At Home” Executive Order that will go into effect at 11:59 pm on Friday, March 27th and stay in effect until April 10th at 5:00 pm.  As a municipal organization, we will be implementing the order.  Additionally, we encourage businesses, organizations and individuals in our community to do so the same.

According to the order, individuals may leave their residences only to perform any of the following activities, and while doing so, they should practice physical distancing:


Northfield City Council Declares Local Emergency

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Northfield, MN (March 18, 2020)-

The City of Northfield City Council took action “Declaring a Local Emergency” Tuesday evening to allow certain policies and procedures to be waived in order to provide a more rapid response, and manage city operations in accordance with Governor Tim Walz’ Peacetime State of Emergency declaration on March 13, 2020, and the federal government in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak that has infected people worldwide.

Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019, commonly known as “COVID-19,” which is a respiratory disease that can result in serious injury or death, is spreading globally and has been identified by the World Health Organization (“WHO”) as a pandemic.


Northfield Police Department public lobby closed

Effective Tuesday, March 17 through Friday March 27, the Northfield Police Department will be closing the front lobby to visitors, following CDC guidelines related to COVID-19. The entrance vestibule with telephone access to dispatch will remain open.


City officials make decisions on operations in light of COVID-19

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Northfield, MN (March 16, 2020) - 

City officials have made some decisions about department operations and meetings by following the guidance of the Minnesota Department of Health MDH and Center for Disease Control CDC in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The following decisions have been made effective immediately:


City follows state guidelines on coronavirus

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Northfield, MN (March 13, 2020)

Following up on the coronavirus concerns, the City of Northfield is watching the situation closely and we are following guidelines from the Governor’s Office, the Minnesota Department of Health and other state officials. We want to thank community members for continuing to follow the best medical recommendations such as washing your hands for 20 seconds, staying home if you’re ill and maintaining social distancing.


City officials postpone 2020 State of the City Address

Event is postponed until further notice.

Due to the seriousness of the coronavirus, City officials have decided to postpone the annual State of the City Address scheduled for March 16 until further notice. The mayor’s annual address, held in the magnificent Carleton College Kracum Performance Hall, reflects and informs the community of current and future initiatives effecting the entire Northfield community.

The health and safety of all community members, sponsors, guest speakers, award winners, entertainers, board and commission members and city staff is of the upmost importance. With ever increasing COVID-19 concerns, all are encouraged to hand wash frequently, stay home if ill, practice social distancing, and seek information from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health.


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.


When it rains, it pays to have a rain garden

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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.


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: ci.northfield.mn.us/surveyresults

Residents can participate on Polco by downloading the Polco app for Android or iOS, or visiting the city’s web page on Polco at polco.us/northfield. 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).


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: ci.northfeild.mn.us/edagrant


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