Recent Area News

Woodley Street Lane Shift

March 28, 2017

A lane shift will be in effect on Woodley Street East between Prairie Street and Spring Creek Road/Hall Avenue from 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. on Wednesday March 29, 2017 due to work related to the Woodley Townhomes Project. The lane shift will channelize eastbound and westbound traffic to the northern half of Woodley Street around the proposed 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.


Attempted break in at Tobacco Field; Lammers to leave; Nfld Police offer fingerprinting 2x a week;

March 28, 2017

If you passed by Tobacco Field on Hwy 3 this morning, those flashing lights, guns and K-9’s may have alarmed you.  Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn thought it was a false alarm, however, there was fresh damage to an entry and Deputy Chief Mark Dukatz reported this afternoon that he believes the alarm scared off the intruder(s).  The alarm went off at 6:40 this morning and the owners called police.   They didn’t want to enter the building in case someone was inside.  Good news, no one was and nothing else was damaged.

Lammers to leave

Melanie Lammers tendered her resignation.  She’s the Finance Director for the City of Northfield.  I asked City Administrator Ben Martig if they were aware that Lammers was looking elsewhere.  He said, “Nope, I didn’t know that”. Lammers is going to Hastings to be the Finance Manager.  Martig said the job is more narrowly focused.  In Northfield she’s also in charge of the (more…)

Rice County road projects; NHS presents 5th year of Hops, Grapes & History; Become an Adult Posse member; Dakota Electric offers new “Outage App” for Severe Thunderstorm season

March 27, 2017

Rice County Engineer, Dennis Luebbe, discussed the County’s 10 year transportation plan with commissioners.  District 2 commissioner, Galen Malecha explained that roads are paid for with the half cent sales tax and the wheelage tax, no levy dollars.  That’s worth $3 million a year.  Upcoming projects include County Rd 1 from hwys 246 and 3 in Bridgewater Township.  The $5.1 million project carries a large price tag.  Malecha explained that the it’s not due to the roundabout or (more…)

Holocaust education and German-American immigration conference

March 27, 2017

A Euro-Atlantic Conference, organized by historian Joachim “Yogi” Reppmann, will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Northfield, MN, from March 30 to April 2. All are welcome to be part of this international occasion, with lectures by both German and American experts, and lunches and dinners catered by the excellent local chef Maria Estrada. There is no conference fee, and all meals are free of charge. 

Lecture topics focus on Holocaust education (Friday, March 31) and German-American immigration (Saturday, April 1). This being the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, there will also be a poster display at St. John’s of (more…)

Council approves Pre-emption opposition amid word play; Hurdles jumped, Fire Hall rehab ever closer; Faribo woman with history – charged again with domestic violence; NHS Band coupon books on sale

March 24, 2017

A growing number of state governments across the nation are introducing legislation to establish laws that would nullify municipal authority, known as pre-emption. For example, the recent legislation to keep minimum wage the same across the State.  Proponents say it equalizes laws, preventing individuals and firms from navigating a patchwork of regulation.  However, it takes away local control.  This week the Northfield Council voted on a resolution to oppose Preemption laws. (more…)


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