Recent Area News

Plowing and parking for Division St.; Out 6 of 9 days… Flexible Learning gets a real test; Chambers face competition with non-profits; Man swallows meth while being transported to jail

February 7, 2019
The snowfall has created a mess for those trying to park in downtown Northfield on Division Street.  KYMN spoke with Jay Morrison from Streets department. They will begin clearing all the snow starting after midnight tonight.  There’s quite a coordination that takes place as they contract with a semi company to haul it, they need drivers to plow the snow into the middle of the street and then use a huge snowblower to load the semi’s.  That also means (more…)

School closings …. again

February 7, 2019

Due to freezing rain, snowfall expected throughout the day and strong winds beginning early this afternoon, the following schools are closed Thursday, Feb. 7th:

Faribault Public Schools

Northfield Public Schools and all activities have been cancelled

Cannon Falls and all afternoon activities cancelled



Tri-City United


New Prague


Northfield declares Snow Emergency

February 6, 2019

Date Snow Emergency is declared: 2/6/2019

Date residential streets will be plowed: 2/6/2019 AND 2/7/2019

Date all downtown parking lots except 5th & Washington Street are closed: 2/7/2019

Date of downtown snow removal: 2/8/2019

Date 5th & Washington Street lot is closed: 2/8/2019

Length of Snow Emergency: 72 hours


The Public Works Department has declared a SNOW EMERGENCY for the City of Northfield.  The snow emergency will start on the date above and will continue until the streets are plowed curb-to-curb after the weather system has passed.  

Snow Emergency Feburary 6, 2019

Plows and parking; Rice Co. Sheriff’s dept. works OT, tow trucks and blinding snowfall; White knuckle ride; Beleaguered buses and school districts; Lippert leads with Family leave

February 6, 2019

Plows continue to clear snow but it’s been a slow go as plows were pulled from the roads yesterday with zero visibility during the height of the unexpected amount of snowfall.   With the amount of snow, downtown Northfield parking is at a minimum. The City uses a large snowblower and semi trucks to remove it during the early morning hours but with more snow expected, tomorrow could be worse.  Bottom line is to be careful, call ahead or just stay put if possible. (more…)

Road conditions remain sketchy

February 6, 2019

While some roads are plowed, others are not.  Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn reports that Co. Rd. 1 and 9 are still in poor driving condition.  Many Township roads are not plowed and they have people going into the ditch this morning.  He cautions that if you do not have 4-wheel drive, don’t go out on the roads.  In Northfield, there are many side streets still not plowed.  As for downtown there is really no where to park with snow piled in the parking spots.  Check