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Nominations Welcome for 2017 Northfield Human Rights Award


With Thanksgiving approaching, this is a good time for the Northfield area to consider those in the community who have served generously in the area of Human Rights.  Each year, the Northfield Human Rights Commission gives an award to an individual, group, or organization that has contributed to the advancement of human rights.  The award is presented during the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Community Celebration held in January.

The Northfield Human Rights Commission is actively soliciting nominees for this award. Community members are encouraged to think about those in the area who have contributed locally to the cause of human rights.  A diverse slate of nominees is sought. The Northfield Human Rights Commission will evaluate all nominees, and is ultimately responsible for choosing the award recipient.

Downtown Historic District Rental Rehabilitation Program

The City of Northfield Housing & Redevelopment Authority (HRA) in conjunction with Dakota County Community Development Agency (CDA) is committed to achieving the goal of decent housing and suitable living environments for persons of low and moderate income.   Utilizing Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, the HRA will provide matching grants for historic rehabilitation and/or energy efficiency improvements of privately owned rental properties in the Historic Downtown District. 

Northfield has 70 licensed rental units located on the second and third floor of 27 buildings in the downtown historic district that provide affordable housing opportunities and may be in need of renovation or rehabilitation.  The Northfield HRA is utilizing 2016 CDBG Funding to provide an incentive or matching grant program for the following activities:

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meetings (October 2016)

Monday, October 10, 2016

Monday, October 24, 2016

2016 Election Information

Here are some links to help you find information about the local races and candidates in the upcoming election. is not responsible for the accuracy of the information included in the external links, and does not endorse any candidate for any office. Candidates are listed alphabetically, incumbents are marked with a *. Please contact us if you have information that you think should be added to this page. 

ELECTION RESULTS (on Tuesday, November 8, 2016)

Official Election Results from the Minnesota Secretary of State

Rice Country Results (including Northfield races) from MPR News

Several newspapers are offering unlimited free access to their websites on Tuesday and Wednesday, including the Northfield News, New York Times, and Washington Post

An extensive list of ways to watch live election results online (from Variety).

The Candidates

City Council Candidates to Appear at Forum


On Saturday, October 22, candidates for mayor and for city council have been invited to participate in a forum at the Northfield Community Action Center/Northfield Senior Center. At 9:00 a.m, candidates for mayor will appear. Candidates for city council will appear at 10:30. This is an opportunity for voters to hear short introductory comments by each candidate, and to submit questions for the candidates' responses. 

Mayoral Candidate Debate at Carleton on Wednesday, November 2nd at 7 pm


On November 2nd at 7pm, mayoral candidates Dana Graham and Rhonda Pownell will engage in a debate about their respective policy positions and visions for Northfield's future.

Candidate Forum Videos Available for Viewing


Videos of the October 18 Candidate Forums sponsored by the Northfield/Cannnon Falls League of Women Voters may be seen on the LWV website:

The candidats for Minnesota House of Representatives, Districts 20B and 58B and those for the Northfield Board of Education spoke and answered audience questions at the Northfield Community Resource Center. 





New! Short video from the City of Northfield


The City of Northfield Public Works Director/City Engineer David Benett talks about the bumpouts located on 5th and Washington Streets.

Watch Video About The Role of Media in Elections


"Using, Misusing, and Ignoring Political Information" was the subject of the September 24, 2016 meeting of the Northfield-Cannon Falls League of Women Voters. In our media rich culture, St Olaf Political Science Professor Chris Chap's talk is very timely, covering such topics as:  (1) How trust in a source influences the uptake of information, (2) How individuals' prior attitudes influence political learning, (3) How misinformation is received and processed by voters, and (4) How ambiguous messages are understood by voters. 

The video of this presentation may be seen at:

New! Minute with the Mayor


The City of Northfield's Communications and Human Resources Manager Michelle Mahowald announces that Mayor Dana Graham talks about the efforts of many during the recent flood event in his latest short video.

League Of Women Voters to Hold Candidate Forums


There will be two opportunities for voters to hear from state and local candidates and to ask them questions at forums conducted by the League of Women Voters of Northfield/Cannon Falls. On Saturday, October 9 at 9:00 a.m. the candidates for House Districts 20B and 58B have been invited. At 10:30, the Candidates for Senate District 20 and 58 have been invited. Northfield Board of Education candidates have been invited to appear at 1:00 p.m., .

Later, on October 22, at 9:00 a.m., candidates for Mayor of the City of Northfield have been invited. City Council Candidates have been invited to appear at 10:30 a.m.

The public is urged to take advantage of these opportunities to become familiar with the candidates of these important public offices. Both events will be held at the Northfield Community Resource Center/Senior Center, Room 103, and 1651 Jefferson Parkway. 

VIDEO: Northfield School Board Meetings (September 2016)

September 13, 2016

September 27, 2016

“9/11: A Fifteen Year Anniversary Commemoration” - Art at City Hall Reception

This year, our nation recognizes the fifteenth anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. Northfield acknowledges the events of that period with an art exhibit presented by Northfield's Arts and Culture Commission on display in City Hall “9/11: A Fifteen Year Anniversary Commemoration."  In this exhibit, Northfield artists Wendell Arneson, Marybeth Coyle, Toni Easterson, Jill Ewald, Shawnee Langworthy, Sharol Nau, Riki Kölbl Nelson, Don Roos, John Saurer and Mar Valdencantos present their look at the tragedy and the rebuilding of the country. The works in this powerful exhibit include paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, collages, textiles, and combinations of these materials.

Role of the Media in Elections Is the Topic of League of Women Voters Fall Kick-Off


“As a matter of fact: using, misusing, and ignoring political information” is the topic for the discussion at the League of Women Voters of Northfield and Cannon Falls on Saturday, September 24.

Professor Chris Chapp of the St. Olaf College Political Science Department, will tackle this issue, addressing a range of topics including:(1) How trust in a source influences the uptake of information, (2) How individuals' prior attitudes influence political learning, (3) How misinformation is received and processed by voters, and (4) How ambiguous messages are understood by voters. 

The event will begin with coffee and conversation from 9:30-10:00 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 500 3rd Street West, in Northfield.  The program will begin at 10:00,

Y Youth in Government (YIG) Northfield Delegation Informational Meeting


Come Learn About Youth In Government (YIG) at the Info Session on Monday, September 26 at 6:00 at the Northfield Y, 1501 Honeylocust Drive. Any student in grades 8-12 can participate. Scholarships are available. Contact Mr. Tyler Balow at NHS for teacher support.


Join text reminders:  text @nfldyig to 8101

 Join our Facebook page: Northfield YMCA YI



 Contact Mr. Tyler Balow at NHS for teacher support

 Join text reminders: text @nfldyig to 8101

 Join our Facebook page: Northfield YMCA YIG


 Delegation Info Meeting September 26

 Fall LAUNCH Training October 29

 Model Assembly Session January 5-8, 2


 Delegation Info Meeting September 26

 Fall LAUNCH Training October 29

 Model Assembly Session January 5-8, 2017

Delegation Director: Liz Cooney

Contact Info: 507-649-1909

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