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It has been said that the only thing that you can count on is change. And so it is in Northfield. The latest winds of change swept over two elementary schools—Sibley and Longfellow. In October 2020, the school board considered changes in policy regarding the naming of school buildings and facilities.

Many non-profits and charities see a surge in seasonal donations and interest in volunteering around the holidays. Northfield is no exception. Please consider how you can be a part of some great local causes and volunteer your time this year.

Living in Northfield is non-stop excitement. It is an active community for all ages where ideas bring all members of the community to life. There's something for everyone, and at Northfield Shares a Dinner, there was food for 1000+ people.

I've been a member of Northfield Rotary Club since 2017. A few months ago they put me in charge of the Youth Exchange program, one of the strongest passions of our local club.

It's getting greener out there every day, and you can green up too! Earth day is a great reminder of all that our community is doing, (to steal a popular slogan), to "live responsibly by nature". But we can always be doing more. I know I can and this year I am redoubling my efforts to figure out which plastics go in recycling and which ones I shouldn't be acquiring in the first place.

“In every job that must be done there is an element of fun.
You find the fun and snap! The job’s a game...”
Mary Poppins, A Spoonful of Sugar

Whether it is tidying up the nursery or cleaning the local stretch of the Cannon River, work done with friends old and new is never really work.

It’s April and summer sports are just around the corner.  Northfield Community Services and the Northfield Family YMCA have lots to offer families, preschoolers, primary students, teens, and adults.   Online registrations for community services progra

It was 1900. Change was everywhere. Thousands of people were fleeing oppression, political upheaval, and famine to come to our shores. Industry boomed with new technology. New scientific practices invaded human thinking and the education of our nation moving God and a religious worldview out and secularism in. Our population began to shift from the country to urban centers.

Giving with open hearts and helping hands—this is a spirit of community, where life is valued and service is second-nature. This is Minnesota. According to a 2015 federal report, Minnesota ranks second in the nation for volunteering.

Every year on the weekend after Labor Day since 1948, the people of Northfield have been honoring their brave predecessors for their efforts to thwart a bank robbery in 1876 by that notorious outlaw Jesse James. The James-Younger gang hailed from Missouri, a border state with divided loyalties over secession and slavery and rife with conflict.

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