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Maple Street closed Tuesday, April 28

Maple Street closure map and detour

Maple Street between Sibley Drive and Meadow View Drive will be closed Tuesday, April 28, 2020 due to work related to the Sibley Elementary School Addition and Renovations Project.   

A detour will be posted utilizing Sibley Drive and Meadow View Drive detouring traffic around the work area. 

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. 


It’s on! Northfield issues 2020 Census Response Rate Challenge to Dundas

The Northfield City Council agreed to a friendly wager against Dundas to see which city has the highest response rate for the 2020 Census.

The cities agreed, if Northfield wins, the Dundas Dog Park will be renamed “Northfield Dog Park” and if Dundas wins, Bridge Square will be renamed “Dundas Square” for one month.

The winner will be determined by the response rate listed on the 2020 Census website on May 15.


Sign up for yard waste curbside pickup service

The City of Northfield with its refuse hauling partner Dick’s Sanitation (DSI), is pleased to continuing offering yard waste curbside pickup and encourages more residents to sign up for the service.

The pickup services runs from April to November with the first pickup on April 13. Residents choose from two collection cart size options, 64-gallon and 96-gallon. Yard waste is collected weekly on Monday. The weekly yard waste collection service is $7.50 per month for a total of $90 per year.


Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 13-17

The week of April 13-17 is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Minnesota. This week is intended to remind everyone about the severe weather threats present in Minnesota. This is also an excellent time to practice your emergency plan, or create one if you don’t have one already and to build or refresh your emergency preparedness kits. 


Seven poems picked for imprint in 2020 Sidewalk Poetry Competition

The Northfield Arts and Culture Commission (ACC), in partnership with the Friends and Foundation of the Library, is pleased to announce seven winners in the 2020 Sidewalk Poetry Competition: DEJA TU HUELLA / MAKE YOUR MARK. Chosen from among 57 poems submitted for judging, seven poems were selected for imprinting in city sidewalks.

Beginning in the spring and continuing through the summer, poems will be installed in city sidewalks, as weather permits. The winning poems will also be on display at the Northfield Public Library and City Hall (when permissible), posted on the Friends and Foundation of the Library and City of Northfield websites, and shared with local media.


Fifth Street closed April 9 and 10

Fifth Street closure map

Fifth Street between Division Street and Washington Street will be closed Thursday, April 9, 2020 and Friday, April 10, 2020 due to work related to the Fifth Street Lofts project currently under construction in the 100 block of East Fifth Street.   

A detour will be posted utilizing Division Street, Fourth Street, and Washington Street detouring traffic around the work area. 


Sign up for TH 246 and Jefferson Parkway Roundabout Project updates

With construction on the TH 246 and Jefferson Parkway Roundabout project beginning soon, the City of Northfield is encouraging residents to subscribe to construction updates by visiting the Notify Me page and choosing “TH 246 and Jefferson Parkway Roundabout” from the list of available topics. Instructions on signing up for either email or text updates are at the top of the page.


The Compost Site on Armstrong Road opens Wednesday, April 8

The Compost Site located at 1801 Armstrong Road will open Wednesday, April 8.  Regular hours are as follows:

Monday, closed
Tuesday – Friday, 2p.m. – 7 p.m. (or sunset)
Saturday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (or sunset)
Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. (or sunset) 

The Compost Site will be closed Sunday, April 12.

If sunset occurs before the closing time, the site will close due to darkness. The compost site does not have lights.

More information about the compost site can be found on the city’s website:  ci.northfield.mn.us/compost


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.


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