Hiawathaland takes over Northfield Transit today
Hiawathaland takes over Northfield Transit today. The familiar wavy blue and green lines on Northfield city buses were swapped out for a new logo on Saturday. In a cost saving measure, the city transferred operations of its bus system to Hiawathaland, which is operated by the nonprofit Three Rivers Community Action Center in Zumbrota. Transit hours are Monday thru Friday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m with Dial-a-Ride service Monday to Saturday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tokens purchased through the city will be accepted through the end of the year. Youth passes, only valid on route buses, will be accepted through the end of the summer season. Tokens can be purchased at Cub Foods and the Finance Department in City Hall. To schedule a ride call 866-623-7505. For more information … for both English and Spanish speakers. Rides can be scheduled via email at email@example.com
Maps of new Northfield Transit bus routes are available on the city’s website — http://www.ci.northfield.mn.us/ — under the Services/Transit tab.
Absentee voting now available at Northfield City Hall
Absentee voting in now available at Rice County offices for the August 14th Primary Election. And new this year, you can vote at Northfield city Hall. For more information go to the Rice County website or the city of Northfield.
The EDA says yes to STND
Save the Northfield Depot narrowed their request for funding from the EDA to monies for a Phase 2 Environmental study and Title work on the proposed site on the Q block. Staff and the board seemed in agreement that this would be beneficial regardless of whether the Depot is able to move there. The city currently owns the land although they will sell it to Save the Depot for a dollar once they come up with the money to move the building. In the last 4 weeks, the STND group says they’ve raised $39,000. The EDA granted the request which now needs approval from the City Council. The EDA meeting is archived online at kymnradio.net. The only meeting this week is the Mayors Task Force on Youth, Alcohol and Drug Use at 7 o’clock tonight.
Bike Criterium set for July 4th
The Bike Criterium is once again part of Northfield’s July 4th celebration. Racing begins at 9:00 a.m. with the final race of the day starting at 4:30 p.m. In it’s 13th year, Organizer Ben Witt says Northfield has created a challenging course and draws some of the best amateur bicyclists from the state and beyond. Races are divided by age, gender, ability levels and different combinations thereof. Witt says it’s a great spectator sport to watch the cyclists speed through downtown. There will also be a kids’ parade at 6 o’clock with a carnival and fireworks show near the Middle School starting around 10pm.
- Bike Races: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in downtown Northfield
- Carnival: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. by the downtown Northfield Post Office/ Sesquicentennial Legacy Plaza (sponsored by St. Dominic Church)
- Kiddie Parade: 6:00 p.m. (line up by Econfoods, leads to carnival)
- Fireworks Show (inbetween the Middle School and Bridgewater Elem.) approx. 10:00 p.m.
Hot weather means hydration
With the heat and humidity on, Rice County Public Health wants to remind residents to stay cool and hydrated. Avoid strenuous activity or direct sunlight during the hours of 10am to 4pm and drink plenty of fluids such as water or Gatorade. Beverages high in sugar alcohol or caffeine-based can make you even more dehydrated.
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