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Community News: Bike locks and helmets available

April 28, 2016

bf859ba09aa549f4e3fd46d2d95cbbe8May is Bike Month and Kryptonite bike locks are now available for just $8 due to a partnership between the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative, Tom’s Downtown Bicycles and the Rice County SHIP initiative. They can be purchased at Northfield Schools Community Services on Jefferson Parkway, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Mondays through Fridays, and also at Northfield EMS (ambulance garage), 1600 Riverview Lane.  For pick-up at the ambulance garage, please call 646-1414 to arrange an appointment.  Bike helmets are also available at the same locations for $10.  For more information, please contact Cheryl Strike at 507-664-3532.


Today’s news update – Dundas/Northfield find common ground for E. Cannon River Trail; Northfield School Board “loud and clear” on direction for behavior interventionist; HCI to take lead on Tri-City grant to help youth

April 27, 2016


Dundas/Northfield find common ground for E. Cannon River Trail

There were at least 30 in the audience in Council Chambers last night as Northfield and Dundas Council met to discuss the E. Cannon River trail.  Dundas Administrator John McCarthy remarked yesterday that Northfield has had 2 Mayors, 3 Administrators and an Interim and 3 City engineers since the project started (2009) and each of them have had different ideas and there may have been some misunderstanding as they went through the process.  Mayor Switzer noted Dundas council wants the trail to happen and, because of that, they are willing to go up to $88,000 to pay for their portion.  A cooperative agreement was offered to Dundas a couple of weeks ago by Northfield staff but details needed to be worked out.   (more…)

Community News: Ag Loan program expands to Private Wells

April 26, 2016

MN Dept. of AgAgBMP Loan Program Expansion Proposed to

Include Private Wells

            ST. PAUL, Minn. –  A new proposal to expand the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s AgBMP Loan Program would help rural landowners repair, replace or treat private wells that do not meet drinking water standards.


Today’s news update – Police department involved in City investigation; Faribault man’s rage puts him in jail; Special meeting will focus on E. Cannon River Trail

April 26, 2016


Police department involved in City investigation

After KYMN filed 2 data request forms, the City responded with redacted information regarding disbursements to Everett and Vanderwiel totaling over $30,000.  From that information it appears the City started using the investigative services of the company in November 2015.  One of the early charges lists a Union identified as LELS, that stands for Law Enforcement Labor Services, the police union. It was a nearly 6 hour meeting in December that included reviewing information from complainants, identifying discrete allegations and work on a plan for investigation.  It then says, send information requests to City and to LELS.  On January 11th of this year, there is a charge for reviewing communications from complaints regarding additional concerns; conference with HR Director Michelle Mahowald and contact with LELS to arrange and confirm follow-up meetings.


Community News: Friends of the Northfield Library present gift to the City of Northfield

April 26, 2016


For Immediate Release

On April 19, 2016, Mayor Dana Graham proudly received a gift from Bill North, Treasurer, Friends of the Library, totaling $85,000. The Friends and Foundation of the Northfield Public Library is a non-profit, community-based organization since 1983 that support early literacy programs, recruits volunteers, provides support for equipment in the Library such as computers and eBook readers, and organizes special events including fundraising trivia bees, concerts, speakers and book readings. Mark your calendar for Saturday, May 7, 2016 to celebrate the reopening of the Northfield Public Library.


Bill North, Treasurer, representing Friends of the Library and City of Northfield Mayor Dana Graham.

For more information, contact Communications & Human Resources Manager Michelle Mahowald at 507-645-3012 or


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