Items related to the running of Northfield

Boards and commissions application deadline extended to Friday, November 8, 2019

The application deadline for service on City Boards and Commissions has been extended to Friday, November 8, 2019. The City of Northfield is seeking applicants to fill volunteer positions on several City advisory boards and commissions. Please visit the City of Northfield’s website Boards & Commissions page for information and an application:

We’re looking for a living treasure

The Arts and Culture Commission invites Northfielders to nominate anyone whom they feel is worthy of being considered the 2020 Northfield Living Treasure by November 18, 2019.

The annual award honors an individual who has, over time, made significant contributions to Northfield in, through, or on behalf of the arts and culture to enhance the reputation of the city and the quality of life of its residents. Nominees may be either a practitioner in one or more of the arts, an arts or cultural leader, a supporter, or an advocate.

Nomination forms can be picked up at the Northfield Public Library, the City Hall Administration office, and the Northfield Arts Guild. They can be dropped off at the Northfield Public Library or completed online at

City of Northfield seeks your input on POLCO 2019 Northfield Community Survey

The City of Northfield is asking for the public to participate in a community survey by using POLCO, a public engagement platform. Survey results will be tabulated and shared with the City Council and community 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.

Links to Polco can also be found on the city’s website, and city’s Facebook feed. English and Spanish paper surveys are available at the Northfield Public Library and Motor Vehicle Services at City Hall.

PRESS RELEASE - City of Northfield seeks input on roundabout project located at Highway 246 and Jefferson Parkway Residents can give input via app, website or paper

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For immediate release                                      Media contact

Michelle Mahowald
Communications & Human Resources Director

Northfield, MN (July 30, 2019) - 

PRESS RELEASE - Wastewater Treatment Plant Release

Northfield, MN (July 23, 2019) ¾ During the morning hours of July 22, 2019, a wastewater tank overflowed releasing a maximum of 5,500 gallons of wastewater into the Cannon River. There aren’t any public health concerns related to the release.  

PRESS RELEASE - Washington Street Mill and Overlay

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June 11, 2019

Northfield - Pavement milling crews will be on-site starting Wednesday June 12, 2019 to begin the pavement milling operations on Washington Street from Woodley Street to Second Street. Parking will not be allowed on the project corridor during the milling operations. The project area will be open to thru traffic during the work, but motorist can expect delays during the milling operations. Motorist are encouraged to use alternative routes during the milling operations.


The City of Northfield urges motorists to always drive with caution, slow down in work zones and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

For additional information, contact Engineering Manager Sean Simonson at 507-645-3049


For Immediate Release

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Contact:    Michelle Mahowald
Communications & Human Resources Director
(507) 645-3012  

Northfield- The City is asking for the public to participate in three short survey questions related to recycling awareness using POLCO, a public engagement platform.  In April, the City, in partnership with Dick’s Sanitation (DSI), announced changes to solid waste services.  Follow this link to the City’s garbage and recycling webpage for details:


PRESS RELEASE - Spring Creek Road Reconstruction Project

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May 3, 2019 Northfield MN 

For Immediate Release:

Spring Creek Road Reconstruction Project

Spring Creek Road will be closed to thru traffic starting Tuesday May 7, 2019 as Stage 1 of the Spring Creek Road Reconstruction Project gets underway.  Stage 1 includes Spring Creek Road from Superior Drive to Huron Court.

During construction of Stage 1, a detour will be posted utilizing Woodley Street, TH 246, and 110th Street East detouring traffic around the work area.  Follow this link to a map and for more information:

Stage 1 of the project is expected to be completed by late August.   

BCM Construction Inc.  of Faribault, MN is the prime contractor for the $1.12 million project. 

PRESS RELEASE: City of Northfield Announces Changes to Sanitation Services

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New trash and recycling cart size options are available and weekly yard waste
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NORTHFIELD, MINN. (April 11, 2019) – The City of Northfield, as part of its refuse hauling partnership with Dick’s Sanitation (DSI), is pleased to announce changes to solid waste services. Effective April 1, 2019, Northfield residents may opt for a smaller trash cart. Pricing for the various cart options is as follows:


·         New 20-gallon cart: $11.10/month

·         35-gallon cart: $12.30/month

·         64-gallon cart: $16.70/month

·         96-gallon cart: $21.40/month

PRESS RELEASE - New POLCO Survey - City Seeks Input on Snow Removal After Record Year of Snow

For Immediate Release

Monday, April 1, 2019

Contact:    Michelle Mahowald
Communications & Human Resources Director
(507) 645-3012   

Northfield-The City is asking for public input about snow removal in the city after a record year of snow using Polco, a public engagement platform.


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 our fliers allow easy access to the Polco website. Residents’ individual information is never shared and cannot be accessed by the City.


Legislators to meet with ISAIAH

ISAIAH Faith leaders in Northfield have invited Rep. Todd Lippert (DFL) and Sen. Rich Draheim (R) to a community forum Sunday, April 7, 2:30-4:00 p.m. at Church of St. Dominic, 104 Linden St. N.,  Northfield, MN.

The meeting will provide a forum for an exchange of ideas between residents of Minnesota District 20 and their state legislators. The focus will be on how to create a caring economy where every Minnesotan family - no matter what they look like, where they come from or how much money they have - can thrive in a robust multi-racial democracy that recognizes the dignity of every person.  Topics to be covered include:

Paid Family and Medical Leave
Freedom to Drive: Driver's Licenses for All
Protecting and Expanding MinnesotaCareMoving Minnesota to 100% Clean Energy.

Watch It Now: Mayor Pownell's State of the City Address

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The State of the City Address was held at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 18, 2019 at Carleton College Weitz Center in the magnificent Kracum Performance Hall.

Follow this link to watch the Event

Accessory Dwelling Unit Open House

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For Immediate Release

Friday, March 8, 2019



Mitzi Baker

Community Development Director

(507) 645-3005



Northfield- The City of Northfieldwill host an open house  between 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at City Hall.  This is an opportunity for community members to learn about or discuss City policies related accessory dwelling units.


This is an open house format with no formal presentation.   City staff will be available from 4:00-6:00 PM in the City Council Chambers at City Hall,  801 Washington Street.







City Council Approves Settlement Offer to Waterford Township

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For Immediate Release

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Northfield MN - Last Tuesday evening, the Northfield City Council met in a closed session with the City’s attorney regarding the pending litigation between Waterford Township and the City related to a 1980 Annexation Agreement.

City of Northfield Launching POLCO: A New Public Engagement Platform Diversifying Engagement Through Technology

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Northfield-The City of Northfield is excited to announce the launch of Polco, an innovative engagement platform where residents can directly provide input to the local government decision-making process.  By using Polco, the City is making public participation easier for residents by meeting them where they are.  Officials will post questions directly to residents on Polco’s app and website, where residents answer and comment on questions.


The City of Northfield will soon be asking residents to rate aspects of the community.  Specifically, the City wants to know what residents think about Northfield as a place to live, raise children, work, play, retire and visit. 


According to City Administrator Ben Martig, “Polco is endorsed by the City’s strategic plan consultant Craig Rapp, and has a reputation for providing significant data on important community issues.”


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