Recent Area News

Clearing downtown streets takes patience and coordination; Gravel roads get no salt; Nfld. Planning looks at Workforce housing and senior living possibilities; Olson honored with Outstanding Leadership Award

February 8, 2019
With the shear amount of snowfall, removing it from downtown Northfield is a big job that requires a lot of coordination.  For 19 years, Steve Malecha of the City’s Streets department has driven the big snowblower responsible for loading up the snow piles into the semi’s.   Starting at midnight last night, using 7 semi trucks, he filled 16 loads of snow EACH so that we’d have parking spots downtown! I had a chance to go on a short ride along, check our website and Facebook page to get a bird’s eye view.  Click HERE for the video (more…)

Ride along on City snowblower

February 8, 2019

The coordination it takes to remove all that snow from downtown is amazing!  Teri Knight had a chance to ride along for a few minutes thanks to our wonderful Streets department.  Seven semis and 16 loads of snow!  Thank you, Steve Malecha!!!!!

Governor Walz Declares Peacetime State of Emergency to Assist Stranded Motorists

February 8, 2019

At just before 10pm last night, Governor Tim Walz declared a peacetime state of emergency, and ordered the Minnesota National Guard to provide assistance and emergency relief services for stranded motorists in Renville County.

Heavy snow and strong winds have stranded motorists in Renville County and continued storm conditions are expected to create dangerous conditions for people traveling through the area. The Minnesota National Guard will assist with search and rescue operations and has opened the Olivia Armory as a shelter.

School delays Friday 2-8

February 7, 2019

The following School Districts are delayed 2 hours on Friday:


Faribault and no morning pre-school



Cannon Falls

Tri-City United

Kenyon-Wannamingo is 3 hours delayed – buses on plowed roads only

Thursday Closings

February 7, 2019

Just Food Coop is closing at 7pm

Dick’s Sanitation is reminding folks that service is a day delayed again this week and to please clear snow from the area around your bins.  If you have questions go to their website 

The Northfield YMCA is closing at 6pm.  There are no afternoon or evening group classes or childcare.

First National Bank of Northfield is closing at 2pm today.

Community Resource Bank is closing at 2pm today.

50 North, the Northfield Senior Center will close at 5:30 today.

Thursday’s Table at the CAC is CANCELLED for tonight.

All after-school activities have been cancelled or postponed.

The Bridgewater Township Incorporation meeting scheduled for tonight has been cancelled.  The next meeting will be Wednesday, February 27 at 7:00pm.

Rice County Board of Adjustment & Planning Commission Meeting Postponed

Due to the weather, the 7:00 pm Thursday, February 7th  Rice County Board of Adjustment & Planning Commission meetings will be postponed to 7:00 pm Thursday,  February 21, 2019.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

For more information, please contact Rice County Environmental Services at 507-332-6113.