Recent Area News

A mistake in sewer records costs Nfld nearly $60K; Rep. Lippert bills looking to aid Caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients; HFC opens Care Hub – Open House today; Play ball – sign ’em up!; Cheer on Raider Girls Gymnastics as they head to STATE!

February 21, 2020
By Teri Knight, News Director


In July of last year, the City of Northfield entered into a development agreement with Maple Brook, LLC for a 24-unit multifamily rental housing townhome project. As part of the project, Maple Street public improvements were included with the extension of street and utilities, sanitary sewer and watermain. However, when construction began, Administrator Martig said, “the sewer system from our city records is shown in our plans is not where we thought they were actually identified so there was some issues as it related to documentation on where the final lines ended up getting landed from the last project. So with that the developer had to do additional dewatering and extend it quite a bit further and deeper than they were expecting”The extension of the utilities is a city (more…)

Minnesota’s presidential nomination primary to take place March 3

February 21, 2020

Get ready for Election Day

On March 3, also known as Super Tuesday, Minnesotans will vote in a presidential nomination primary for the first time in nearly 30 years.

Find your polling place

Find out where to vote on the Secretary of State’s website.

Register to vote on Election Day

You can register or update your registration when you vote. Remember to bring proof of residence.

If you changed your name or address since the last election, you will need to update your registration.

Developer request on park fee reduction on hold; Northfield PD keeping us safe; Nfld Transportation Committee has four priorities

February 20, 2020

By Teri Knight, News Director

A resolution for a reduction in park dedication fees is on hold. The Northfield City Council was asked to reduce the fee that the developers of the 5th St. Lofts would pay in lieu of parkland. Due to the location of the downtown lofts, land for a park isn’t an option, however, a clause in city code, allows for a cash donation instead. Administrator Martig explains, “there is a calculation of fees based on the type of  use and then the value of the property, (more…)

Runoff holds up decision on Solar Garden; St. Olaf bringing U.S. – China Relations lecture series to the public; Hwy 52 Open House in Zumbrota

February 19, 2020

By Teri Knight, News Director

There was a lot of discussion around stormwater runoff during last night’s Northfield City Council meeting as they deliberated a Conditional Use Permit for a 1MW solar garden proposed by Hyacinth Solar, which is a part of Geronimo. It would be located adjacent to an existing 5MW garden on St. Olaf land. During the Planning commission meeting in January, neighboring farmers spoke of the current solar garden that is producing enough runoff to render some of their farmland useless, with no resolution from the company. That one was also built by (more…)

Solar Garden CUP and Park dedication funds on Nfld Council agenda; Advocacy group asks City Council for support of Medicare For All; Lippert wants big investment in Early Childhood Education; Daniels supports bill on improving public safety

February 18, 2020

By Teri Knight, News Director

The Northfield Council meets tonight. First up is a presentation of the City’s Cultural Plan. There are multiple items on the Consent agenda, however, just two items on the Regular Agenda. Hyacinth Solar is proposing up to a 1MW solar garden project west of the Northfield Hospital and Benedictine Living Community in Dakota County and are seeking a conditional use permit. The parcel is owned by St. Olaf College and is zoned Agricultural. Two adjacent property owners spoke at a public hearing by the Planning Commission in January. They had concerns over runoff from the existing 5 MW solar garden, which would be adjacent to the proposed one. The other item is a request to (more…)