Recent Area News

A community gathered (safely) to show support; Lippert discusses emergency legislation due to Covid-19; Draheim explains where some of those $ are going; MNSure special open enrollment; Change in applying for Unemployment Ins.

March 30, 2020
By Teri Knight, News Director A community came together (safely). Neighbors and former co-workers gathered on Woodley St. near Sunset this morning to show their support for Barb Barlau. She was diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer in January and today is her last radiation treatment at Allina Health’s Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Barb was the Manager of the Allina Health Northfield Clinic for many years and Mark, her husband, served as a police officer and private detective for the city of Northfield. He’s now retired. Since no one could be there to witness her ringing the bell for her last treatment, neighbor Sue Rodman organized a gathering to support Barb as they headed out to Mayo this morning. She said, “but we celebrated (more…)

Updated COVID-19 Resources, News and links

March 30, 2020

Please note that information changes daily. Most of these links take you directly to the source where they are updating moment by moment. Check back often. KYMN has arranged this page as Local, State and National, in that order.


Northfield Hospital & clinics link to Covid-19 information – 3-20-20    NO VISITORS ALLOWED at Northfield Hospital + Clinics   

3-19-20 Release: Express Care Clinic is closed; call NH+C if you feel ill

City of Northfield Covid-19 information and links: 4-2-20 Special Economic Development Authority Meeting by Telephone– see attached notice for additional information. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and take action on EDA Loan Payment Deferrals and a Brief Staff Update Related to Emergency Relief.Spec Mtg by telephone EDA public notice 04.02.2020

The Nfld City Council will be meeting at 2pm on 4-2-20 to test the equipment. Spec Mtg by telephone Council Test public notice 04.02.2020

Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce for business information

Northfield Public Schools District 659   for their COVID-19 updates page

Northfield Community Action Center for their community response and other information (more…)

Lippert townhall 3-28-20

March 28, 2020

District 20b Representative Todd Lippert held a virtual townhall meeting via Facebook today, March 28th. Here is the audio:

Lippert virtual townhall 3-28-20
Lippert virtual townhall 3-28-20

Notice of Restricted Outdoor Burning in Rice County

March 28, 2020

Effective immediately, we have been directed by our DNR Regional office to implement Burning Permit Restrictions in our counties.  Restrictions mean that (in an electronic burning permit county) the only burning permits that can be activated and legally burned are variance permits. A variance is a burning permit issued for over 1 acre of grass and special permits issued for large piles such as for a road construction activity or similar projects. Variances are issued by a forester and not fire wardens or purchased online. Grass fires will occur after just one drying day in spring so fire danger can change quickly this time of year.   Once green up occurs, restrictions may be lifted and regular burning is again allowed. 

Full press release: Burning Restrictions 03272020

“Compliance not enforcement” to save lives says Chief Nelson; Building projects go on; City will not be purchasing park land; Overwhelming response

March 27, 2020

By Teri Knight, News Director

The Northfield Police Department has been fielding plenty of calls after Governor Walz issued the StayAtHome order set to begin at midnight tonight. Chief Monte Nelson had this for the community, “regardless if it’s a request or a requirement, we all need to remind ourselves of the why, why was the order put in place”He said,it’s the right thing to do”The Mn Dept. of Health and local healthcare professionals are working to ensure fewer deaths. That’s the point of the order, “the why for this is to save lives, period. So you’re either going to help save lives or not. So getting caught up in, well, are you going to arrest people for it? Or are we just requesting it shouldn’t that we shouldn’t even have to have that discussion”The (more…)

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