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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
pickup service debuts


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.”


Division Street Sidewalk/Parking Stall Closure

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December 28, 2018


For Immediate Release:


City of Northfield Announces Vacancy on Charter Commission

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For Immediate Release

Monday, December 17, 2018



City of Northfield Declares Snow Emergency

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Date:   December 1, 2018


SUBJECT: Snow Emergency


Date Snow Emergency is declared: 12/01/2018

Date residential streets will be plowed: 12/01/2018 & 12/02/2018

Date all downtown parking lots except 5th & Washington Street are closed: 12/02/2018

City of Northfield Reflects After Election

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For Immediate Release

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Northfield-Last evening’s election resulted in the voters not passing the special city referendums in Dundas and Northfield.  There were many voters on both sides of the issue in both communities: 4,358 (44.56%) yes and 5,421 (55.44%) no in Northfield and 372 (48.95%) yes and 388 (51.05%) no in Dundas.

PRESS RELEASE - Update on Storm Debris Pick Up - The Compost Site on Armstrong Road Will Return to Normal Hours On Saturday, October 13, 2018

For Immediate Release

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Contact:    Tim Behrendt
Streets & Parks Manager
(507) 645-3027

Northfield¾The Compost Site located at 1801 Armstrong Road will return to normal hours, Saturday, October 13, 2018.  The hours are as follows,  

Monday - Closed
Tuesday - Friday 2:00PM- 7:00PM (or sunset)
Saturday 8:00AM - 5:00PM (or sunset)
Sunday 12:00PM- 5:00PM (or sunset)


Storm damage debris pick up is complete.  Crews are out removing boulevard tree stumps, damaged boulevard trees and trimming broken boulevard tree branches.  This will continue for the next couple of weeks.


For more information, contact City Streets & Parks Manager Tim Behrendt at 507-645-3027 or .


PRESS RELEASE - Update Rising River Levels - Flood Prone Property Preparedness

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Northfield, MN - City Staff have been working with the National Weather Service (NWS) to evaluate the rainfall amounts and corresponding effect on river levels in the area.  Areas to the south of Northfield in the Straight and Cannon River watershed areas have received consistent rainfall in the previous 48 hours, and water levels in the Cannon River are expected to rise as the rains continue.  Rainfall is expected to continue over the next 48 hours.


NWS professionals have created the attached graph depicting potential rainfall and resulting possible Cannon River levels in Northfield.  NWS is still predicting the Cannon River to peak at approximately 898’ on Thursday, October 11, 2018.  The river level is expected to slowly fall after that time.  In Northfield, 897’ is considered flood stage.  If the river reaches that level, some Northfield properties and park areas along the river would be directly affected. 


PRESS RELEASE: The Compost Site on Armstrong Road Will Re-open on Thursday, October 4, 2018

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For Immediate Release

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Contact:    Tim Behrendt
Streets & Parks Manager
(507) 645-3027


Northfield- The Compost Site located at 1801 Armstrong Road will re-open tomorrow, Thursday, October 4, 2018.  The rodeo grounds (700 Hwy 3), an alternate compost site since the September storm, will be closed Thursday (October 4, 2018). 


For more information, contact City Streets & Parks Manager Tim Behrendt at 507-645-3027 or .



PRESS RELEASE UPDATE: Disaster Response and Cleanup

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Compost/Debris Drop Off Open Weekdays and Weekends 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Due to the volume of trees being disposed of at the City Compost Site, the Site is full and now closed. The City opened Babcock Park Rodeo Grounds 700 Hwy. 3 South (by the Dog Park, north of Culvers) as the City drop off for tree debris, leaves, and grass clippings.  Follow this link to the full press release with map.

Check the City of Northfield website for updates Please contact Public Works at 507-645-3045 between 7 A.M and 4 P.M. with any questions or leave a message after hours.

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