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Joe Gasior -- Northfield City Council Candidate (First Ward)

Joe Gasior

Joe Gasior is a candidate for the First Ward seat on the Northfield City Council. His responses to questions are unedited. 

Name:  Joe Gasior

Family:  I’ve been married to Betsy for almost 20 years.  I have two sons, Michael – 19 and a freshman at Bemidji State University, and Timothy – 15 and a sophomore at Northfield High School.

Years in Northfield: I’ve lived in Northfield for over 11 years.

Why are you running for the Northfield City Council?  

Election 2014

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Welcome to's Election 2014 page. In the coming weeks, we'll bring you a wealth of information to help you to make an informed choice on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014.

On this page, you'll find voter resources, including maps of districts and precincts, local candidate information, voter registration information and polling location information.

Be sure to check back often as we add new resources and information, whether created speficially by and for, or coverage from KYMN or the Northfield News.



Dale Gehring -- Northfield City Council Candidate (At Large)


Dale Gehring is a candidate for the At-Large seat on the Northfield City Council. His responses to questions are unedited. 

Name: Dale Gehring

Family: Wife-Angie, Children-Dylan & Jaida

Years in Northfield: 13

Why are you running?

I am intrinsically motivated to serve the our community in this role and the work it requires.

Why should people vote for you?

I have a proven track record of getting things done, I am approachable to taxpayers, I have an open door policy, and I plan on conducting quarterly town hall meetings.

What's the biggest issue facing the city?

The state of disrepair of our streets and infrastructure including storm water management.

How have you been involved in the community?

Suzie Nakasian -- Northfield City Council Candidate (First Ward)

Suzie Nakasian

Suzie Nakasian is a candidate for the First Ward seat on the Northfield City Council. Her responses to questions are unedited. 

Name:Suzie Nakasian

Family:married; two children (ages 11 and 13)

Years in Northfield:12

Why are you running for the Northfield City Council?

I am running for City Council to support a locally grown vision for our community: one that honors our history and culture, fosters the growth of our existing institutions and businesses, and helps Northfield to grow in ways that make our community even more attractive as a place to live and do business.

Why should people vote for you?

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie to Speak


Addressing the topic “Why Minnesota is #1 in Elections and Voter Turnout”, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie will be the Fall Kick-off speaker at the League of Women Voters of Northfield and Cannon Falls event on Saturday, September 20.  The public is cordially invited to attend this event that will be held at 9:00 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield. There will be coffee and treats served before and after the presentation.

Ritchie has served as Secretary of State since 2006 and is retiring at the end of his current term.  The Secretary of State is the chief election official who partners with township, city and county officials to organize elections, In 2008, he presided over what has been called “the most publicly scrutinized recount in the history of the United States Senate”, the context between Al Franken and Norm Coleman. He has been credited with increasing the number of overseas military voters in Minnesota elections.

Northfield Municipal Liquor Store Closed on September 22, 2014

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The Northfield Municipal Liquor Store will be closed all day Monday, September 22, 2014 due to the installation of new flooring throughout the store.  Normal store hours, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. will resume on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.  We apologize in advance for any inconvenience! 

City Invites Applications for Boards and Commissions


From City Clerk Deb Little comes the announcement of vacancies on the following city advisory boards and commissions:

   *Arts & Culture Commission

   *Economic Development Authority

   *Heritage Preservation Commission

   *Housing and Redevelopment Authority

   *Human Rights Commission

   *Library Board

   *Park & Recreation Advisory Board

    *Planning Commission

   ·Rental Housing Board of Appeals

Please visit the City of Northfield’s website at for an application and additional information about City boards and commissions.

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (August 25 & September 8, 2014)

Due to some techinical difficulties in recording last month's school board meeting, the video from August 25 was unavailable until now. Here are the videos from the regular Northfield School Board meeting on September 8, 2014, followed by the video of the meeting on August 25, 2014. The board packets and table files for both meetings can be found here

Monday, September 8, 2014

Highlights of the September 8 meeting included a presentation on the Transformational Technology Project (iPads) by the District's Director of Technology, Kim Briske. 

Minnesota's Safest Cities - NORTHFIELD #20


Northfield, MN has been selected as the #20 city on the list of Minnesota's Safest Cities by Safe Choice Security.

To ensure the accuracy of the rankings, Save Choice Security compared crime statistics (including both property and violent crimes) of over 300 cities in Minnesota to determine the list of the safest cities. Northfield, MN should be very proud to have made it on the list!

TH19 Maintenance MNDOT Contact

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If your car received any damage on Saturday due to the oil on TH19, please contact the Contractor - Astech Corporation of St. Joseph, MN at 320-363-8500 to file a claim.

Summer PLUS and BLAST Programs Engage Record Numbers of Youth

By JoyRiggs, freelance journalistGirl Scouts, PLUS 2014

More Northfield students attended free programs this summer designed to support academic achievement and enrichment – and these programs expanded their offerings thanks to increased community involvement.

“The kids seem to be enjoying it,” said Daryl Kehler, coordinator of Northfield Public Schools Targeted Services. “We’ve had new students, and new referrals, well into the program. Word is spreading.”

In past years, Summer PLUS provided academic instruction and enrichment activities for students in grades K-8 at one site for six weeks during the summer. The program is free, but students must qualify for Targeted Services or be referred by a teacher.

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meeting (August 11, 2014)

The Northfield School Board held its regular meeting on Monday, August 11, 2014, at 7:00 pm, in the high school media center. A full packet for the meeting can be found here. Highlights of the meeting included:

  • a presentation by Dr. Tom Tapper from ATS&R architects on 21st-century educational spaces, as part of the facilities master plan for the school district;
  • passage of a resolution auhtorizing a school board election on Tuesday, November 4. 

Tuesday, August 12 was the deadline to file for candidacy for school board in this November's election. Four candidates have filed to fill three seats on the school board. The candidates are: Fritz Bogott, Margaret Colangelo, Julie Pritchard, and Jeff Quinnell. 

City Administrator's Memo: August 1, 2014

You can find the Northfield city administrator's weekly memo for August 1, 2014 here

Primary Election 2014: Two Ways to Vote

A primary election will be held in Northfield on Tuesday, August 12, 2014. On the ballot will be candidates for various state offices, as well as candidates for Northfield City Council in Ward 1 and At-Large. There are two ways to vote in this year's primary: early voting at City Hall or voting at a designated poling place on Election Day.

  • Before Election Day, eligible votes may cast their votes at Northfield City Hall (801 Washington Street) Monday - Friday8:30am - 5pm, from now until the end of the day on Monday, August 11.  On-site voter registration is allowed (with a valid ID)  Click here for more information from the Secretary of State's office.
  • On Election Day, August 12, 2014. Voters who choose to vote on Election Day, Aug 12 (7am-8pm) must vote at the polling place  designated for their particular Ward and Precinct. Northfield's Election Wards were redistricted in 2012, so take a minute to verify your Ward and polling location by clicking HERE Precinct Finder.

School Board Candidate Filing Period: July 29-August 12, 2014

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The district’s period for filing affidavits of candidacy for the office of school board will begin on Tuesday, July 29, and will end at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 12.

Three seats on the Northfield Board of Education will be up for general election on Nov. 4. Voters will choose three members to serve four-year terms each, beginning in January 2015.

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