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VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (October 13, 2014)

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, October 13, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the high school media center. A full packet for the meeting, incluind agenda and table file, can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:

  • a presentation by Bill North, from the the Friends & Foundation of the Northfield Public Library, on the library expansion and remodeling project;
  • a presentation on data from the school district's World's Best Workforce annual report.

The next meeting will be on Monday, October 27, at 7:00 p.m. in the high school media center. 

Northfield Reads Hosts First Amendment Conversation


Have you been mulling over issues of Free Speech as they relate to the public use of Bridge Square?  Have you been debating the concept of Freedom of Religion as it relates nationally to issues of health care?  If so, Corinne Smith invites you to  join with your neighbors for a Northfield Reads! on these subjects.  This will be a time to read, discuss, connect, and learn.

Learn About The Northfield Public Library Improvement Project

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Northfield community, have you heard the news?  The Northfield Public Library is moving forward with an improvement project!

In this short video, Teresa Jensen, Director of Library and IT Services, provides information about the project and plan for service delivery while project is underway.

John Fossum -- Rice County Attorney Candidate

John Fossum

John Fossum is a candidate for Rice County Attorney. His responses for are unedited.


G. Paul Beaumaster -- Rice County Attorney Candidate

Paul Beaumaster

G. Paul Beaumaster is a candidate for Rice County Attorney. His responses for are unedited.


Name:  G Paul Beaumaster

Family: Susie, Sid, Jack and Will

Years in Rice County: I have lived in Northfield since the turn of the century-1999. 

Why are you running?

I have been the Rice County Attorney since 1999 and have made a difference in our community and I want to continue to help make Rice County a better place to live.

Why should people vote for you?

Crime is down-both adult and juvenile.  

I have managed the office well and been under budget every year I have been in office.  The budget is set by the Rice County Board of Commissioners based on countywide and office goals.

Jeff Quinnell -- Northfield School Board Candidate

Jeff Quinnell
Jeff Quinnell is a candidate for the Northfield School Board.

Julie Pritchard -- Northfield School Board Candidate

Julie Pritchard

Julie Pritchard is a candidate for the Northfield School Board. Her responses for are unedited.


Name: Julie Pritchard

Family: Husband Mark, daughters Elizabeth- a freshman at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and Caroline-an 8th grader at Northfield Middle School.

Years In Northfield: My husband, Mark, is a fifth generation Northfielder.  We moved here 12 years ago so our daughters could grow up in Northfield.


Why are you running for school board?

Fritz Bogott -- Northfield School Board Candidate

Fritz Bogott

Fritz Bogott is a candidate for the Northfield School Board. His responses for are unedited.

Name: Fritz Bogott

Family: I'm married to Rachel Matney and we have two daughters. Rachel grew up in Northfield, graduated from Northfield High, and went to Carleton. I grew up in Austin, MN and was two years ahead of her at Carleton. We got married at Rachel's childhood home in Northfield in 1999 and lived in St. Paul from then until 2007, when we moved back to Northfield so our older daughter, Mila, could start Kindergarten here. Mila attended Sibley all six years and is now in seventh grade at Arcadia. Our younger daughter, Marika, has also been at Sibley since Kindergarten. She has been in the Compañeros program since first grade and is now in fifth grade.

Years in Northfield: 11, including college

Why are you running for school board?

Margaret Colangelo -- Northfield School Board Candidate

Margaret Colangelo

Margaret Colangelo is a candidate for the Northfield School Board. Her responses for are unedited.


Name: Margaret Colangelo

League of Women Voters Candidate Forums October 23rd and 25th at City Hall

The League of Women Voters of Northfield & Cannon Falls is pleased to announce a series of candidate forums as a service to voters in advance of the November 4th General Election.  The following candidates have accepted the invitation to participate:

Arts and Culture Commission Seeks Nominees for 2015 Living Treasures Award


Philip Spensley, on behalf of the Arts and Culture Commission. invites Northfielders to submit the name of anyone whom they feel is worthy of being considered a Northfield Living Treasure.

The award honors an individual who has, over a period of time, made significant contributions to Northfield in, through, or on behalf of the arts and culture, so as to enhance the reputation of the city and the quality of life of its citizens.

Nominees may be either a practitioner in one or more of the arts, or an arts or cultural leader, supporter, or advocate.  The award is one of recognition and has no financial value.

Criteria for nomination are adapted from the United Nations guidelines to countries, states, and cities who also offer such awards:

Northfield Shares Grant Application Deadline Approaching!

Nonprofit organizations seeking grant funding from Northfield Shares in 2015 are encouraged to submit their applications soon. The deadline to apply is October 1. Formed as a result of the merging of 5th Bridge and Northfield Area Foundation, Northfield Shares disbursed over $38,000 in grants in its 2014 cycle.

Rhonda Pownell -- Northfield City Council Candidate (At Large)

Rhonda Pownell

Rhonda Pownell is a candidate for the At-Large seat on the Northfield City Council. Her responses to questions are unedited. 


Name:  Rhonda Pownell

Family: Husband: David,  Children: Sarah, Anna, Jonathan, Samuel, and Benjamin

Years in Northfield:  25 years

Why are you running for the Northfield City Council?

I love our community and the people that live here. Northfield is a dynamic fun community with a plethora of ideas, thoughts, and opinions on how to best move our community forward.  Great communities don’t just happen.  It takes hard work, commitment, and sometimes a thick skin.

Why should people vote for you?

Jessica Peterson White -- Northfield City Council Candidate (Fourth Ward)

Jessica Peterson White
Jessica Peterson White is a candidate for the Fourth Ward seat on the Northfield City Council.

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