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City of Northfield Provides Advisory Warning on Water Recreational Use on the Cannon River North of Northfield Following a Wastewater Treatment Plant Discharge

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For Immediate Release

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Contact:    David Bennett
City Public Works Director
(507) 645-3006

Northfield-The City is providing an advisory warning to the public to consider avoiding direct contact with the water on the Cannon River downstream of Northfield through 6:00 a.m. on Friday, July 6th.  The City has contacted governmental jurisdictions in Dakota County and Goodhue County that are downstream from Northfield who are determining if there are any public health notifications or restrictions that are appropriate.  Designated City staff continue to communicate with these partners.


City of Northfield Prepares for Independence Day

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For Immediate Release

Friday, June 29, 2018

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

Northfield - June 29, 2018, Northfield City offices, including the Northfield Public Library and Municipal Liquor Store, are closed in observance of the Independence Day holiday on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.


Old Memorial Pool will close at 6:00 p.m. on Independence Day.  Normal regular pool hours are 11:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. 


The City of Northfield Fireworks Display will be held on Wednesday, July 4, and start at approximately 10:00 p.m. The attached map has the location of the launch site, the safety zone and viewing areas.

The City of Northfield has a NEW mobile app!


Press Release – The City of Northfield has a NEW mobile app!

For Immediate Release

Date June 26, 2018


Contact:           Michelle Mahowald, Communications & Human Resources Director



Northfield, MN - The City of Northfield is pleased to announce the release of our new mobile app! This new digital tool will provide you with a better connection to the local resources, news, and information you want and need when on-the-go and out in our community.

City of Northfield Announces Vacancy on Charter Commission

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For Immediate Release

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Contact:     Deb Little
                   City Clerk
                   (507) 645-3001


Census 2020: Crucial--and Controversial


The League of Women Voters of Northfield-Cannon Falls, in cooperation with the City of Northfield and Northfield Public Schools, invites the public to join neighbors in learning more about the direct importance of the 2020 U.S. Census to Northfield.At 7 p.m. on Monday, April 16, in the Northfield High School auditorium, State Demographer Susan Brower will share the podium with Marcia Avner, director of policy at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and longtime advocate for the census, to describe the process for the 2020 census and the current state of preparation. Based on their experiences and perspectives, the speakers will unpack some of the controversies surrounding the census and encourage questions and discussion.

This is a public, free and interactive event. Everyone is welcome to come learn about the vital vein of democracy that is our census.

2018 Northfield State of the City Address Was A Night To Remember

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On March 19, 2018, Mayor Rhonda Pownell presented her annual State of the City Address to over 150 attendees in Kracum Performance Hall, Weitz Center, Carleton College.Poet Laureate Rob Hardy shared words of reflection and inspiration of “vision”. Contributions to his reading by Northfield poets Becky Boling, Florance Dacey, D.E. Green, Marie Gery, Karen Herseth-Wee, Diane LeBlanc, Steve McCown, Hannah Pahs, Leslie Schultz, Nancy Soth and Anne Sovik. Stitched together by Rob Hardy.

Mayor For A Day Essay Contest, a first time award, was presented to six Northfield students; three from 4th grade and three from 5th grade:  Lola McCarty 5th gr. Sibley, Crystal Palma 4th gr. St. Dominic, Grace Mostad 4th gr. St. Dominic, Madyson Sevcik 5th gr. Bridgewater, Riley Schwamb 5th gr. Prairie Creek, and Ben Flory 4th gr. Sibley Elementary School.

Mayor's State of the City Address Scheduled

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On March 19, 2018, the entire Northfield community is invited to hear Mayor Rhonda Pownell’s 2018 State of the City Address.  The event will be held at the Kracum Performance Hall, Weitz Center, Carleton College.  Doors open at 6pm. The program will start at 6:30pm.

Mayor Pownell will highlight accomplishments, challenges and opportunities throughout the community.  Award winners for the first 2018 Mayor for A Day Essay Contest, High School Ethics Award, and Board & Commission Excellence Award will be announced.

Northfield Business & Tourism Center and the Rotary Club of Northfield are sponsors of the event.  Desserts, refreshments and music sponsored by Xcel Energy.


The City of Northfield Mayor & City Council invites Northfield 4th and 5th grade students to submit an essay for the 2018 Mayor for a Day Essay Contest.
ABOUT THE CONTEST The City of Northfield Mayor for a Day Essay Contest is a program to engage local 4th and 5th grade students in civic engagement through a written essay contest.  Mayor for a Day Essay Contest recipients will be announced and awarded by the Mayor at our annual State of the City event on March 19, 2018.
AWARD BENEFITS Top three winning entries for eligible 4th and 5th  grade students will receive the following award benefits:  $20.00 Chamber Gift Check.  Certificate of recognition signed by the Mayor and the Mayor-Pro Tem.  News release and photo (optional with parental consent) of the recipient.  Display of winning essay at City Hall and the Northfield Public Library.  Recognition at the annual State of the City event.

Democracy starts with YOU!


Here's your chance to make a difference at the grass roots.Attend the caucus of the party you support and get invoved with the gvernance and issuesl The two major parties in Northfield begin at 7:00 p.m.Tuesday evening. To find your ward and precinct and the location of the caucus of your party go to: Join your neighbors in electing party officers and voing on issues you want the party to support.

How and Why to Caucus

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Former Minnesota Senator Kevin Dahle and Executive Director of American Majority Jennifer DeJournett will talk about the role caucusing plays in our democracy on Thursday, January 18 at 7 St. John's Church, 500 3rd st. W., Northfield. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Northfield/Cannon Falls, this valuable forum will help us learn how to participate effectively in the caucus of our choice.


Open for Public Use! East Cannon River Trail

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East Cannon River Trail, a cooperative trail project between cities of Northfield and Dundas, is officially open for public use.  This enhancement extends the existing trail on the east side of the Cannon River from Bollenbacher Court in Northfield to Everett Street in Dundas.

The trail corridor route winds along the Cannon River between Northfield and Dundas with observation areas along the corridor emphasizing various wooded and wetland areas.

An official ribbon cutting ceremony for the East Cannon River Trail project will be scheduled for the Spring of 2018.

Nominees Sought for 2018 Northfield Human Rights Award

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The Northfield Human Rights Commission is seeking nominees for its

City of Northfield Announces Vacancies On City Advisory Boards And Commissions

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The City of Northfield is seeking applicants to fill volunteer positions on several City advisory boards and commissions including Northfield’s representatives for the Northfield Area Fire and Rescue Service Joint Powers Board. At the end of December, the terms of several members of the City’s boards and commissions will expire.

Cannon Valley Indivisible Holds Organization Fair

On Monday, November 6 in Northfield, Democracy Extravaganza, a program sponsored by Cannon Valley Indivisible, is coming together. We hope you will join us at the First UCC Church, 300 Union Street, Monday, November 6, 2017, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Representatives from a dozen local grassroots and civic groups will participate in the organizations fair. You will have the opportunity to engage with them and learn how to get involved in issues that are important to you. Whether it’s health care, social justice, immigrant advocacy, voter registration, youth activism, gun control, climate and the environment, or local government, there will be something to engage you.

School Levy Presentation November 2 at Bridgewater Town Hall

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Superintendent of the Northfield Public Schools, Matt Hillmann, will explain the school district’s levies at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, November 2nd in the Bridgewater Town Hall, 500 Railway Street, Dundas. On November 7, 2017, school district residents are asked to vote on two important funding changes:  increasing the operating levy and authorizing the sale of $109 million in bonds for building construction and improvements.

Following a three-year process to analyze building needs, the school board voted to place the levy and bond questions on the ballot this November. The League of Women Voters, a non-partisan organization dedicated to voter education, is the sponsor of this opportunity for the public to prepare for the November vote. 

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