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Judy Code named “Living Treasure”

January 3, 2018

The Arts and Culture Commission of the City of Northfield cordially invites community members to the 2018 Living Treasure Award presentation on Monday, January 22, 2018, at the Grand Event Center (doors open at 7 pm; program at 7:30 pm). The award, co-sponsored by the Northfield News, will be presented to this year’s recipient, local artist Judy Code, by Mayor Rhonda Pownell.   

Judy Code can best be described as a gardening artist. She has been a leader in the effort to beautify downtown Northfield’s Bridge Square, as well as other City Park locations.

Read the full press release below:

Press Rel LIV TREAS Recipient Announcement


Anderson steps down from Rural fire board; Commissioners give 6.5% increase to elected officials, 2.5% to themselves… except for Miller; Nfld Shares surveying community; Snowmobile safety training

January 2, 2018

Jerry Anderson has stepped down from his position as Administrator of the Rural Fire District and as Ex-officio member of the NAFRS Joint Powers Board.   NAFRS Chair Glen Castore said that Kevin Estrem will be taking his place on the Board.  Kevin is a member of the Rural Fire Board as well.  Castore said he also responds to fire calls in Nerstrand.  He’s handled the finances of the Rural fire Board for years, they’ll make a decision in March over a permanent Administrator.  Anderson has served the Rural area for decades.  Ray Ozmun is also retiring from the Rural Fire Board.  He’s been involved with the Fire Department in one way or another for nearly 40 years.   (more…)

Radon Month

January 2, 2018

Radon is an odorless, colorless and tasteless radioactive gas that poses a significant health risk. It occurs naturally in Minnesota soils and enters homes through cracks or openings in walls or foundations. It is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Fortunately, the risk of lung cancer from radon exposure is largely preventable by testing homes and fixing radon problems. Winter is the best time to test your home for radon, and Rice County Public Health is encouraging people to stop by now and pick up a free test kit.  Click below for further information:

Radon month – test now


Nfld man pleads guilty in criminal sexual conduct case; NAFRS Board looks to change cost allocation; HRA looks to Southbridge for housing development

December 29, 2017

Charged with 11 counts of criminal sexual conduct with a child, a Northfield man pled guilty yesterday in Rice County court to 1 count of 3rd degree criminal sexual conduct and 1 count of electronic solicitation of a minor in a case involving a 14 year old boy.  27 year old Alexander Christian Gaya, met the boy through an app called Grindr.  Neither disclosed their real age until the 2nd time they met.  The victim’s mother discovered text messages and posed as her son.  Rice County Deputies were called in after the victim’s mother went to Rice County Social Services in late August to say she believed her son had been sexually assaulted.  Investigators met with the parents and, later, with Gaya, who told them (more…)

NRC receives “Excellent” recognition

December 29, 2017

NORTHFIELD, MINN. (December 27, 2017) – Northfield Retirement Community (NRC) is the recipient of two ratings recognizing nursing home excellence and high quality care and services.

NRC has achieved a five-star overall rating with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Nursing Home Comparison rating system. The rating system, which takes into account health inspections, staffing and quality care measures, was developed by CMS to help consumers, their families and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and ranges from one to five stars. Health inspections information was gathered from the last three years of onsite inspections. A staffing score was composed of the number of hours of care provided to each resident each day by nursing staff. Quality measures included 16 different physical and clinical measures for nursing home residents. (more…)


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