Category Archives: Community

List of the Reasons that Northfield Made the List

TheGoodLifeInMinnesotaNorthfield, MN was recently named as one of the Top Ten Small Towns in the country by Livability, placing second on the list.  But what earned Northfield this high ranking?  Let’s look at the assets and amenities cited in the piece.

In the order mentioned, they are Charming, Quirky, DJJD, Noontime Organ Recitals, Winter Walk, Higher Income Growth, Proximity to Medical Care, Great Schools, Abundance of Parks, Farmers Market, High Community Involvement, Excellent Quality of Life, Natural Beauty, Cannon River, Historic Downtown, Historical Architecture, Baked Goods, Vegetables, Artwork and Crafts (at the Riverwalk Market Fair), Anglers Kayaking, Canoeing, and Fishing (Bluegill, Walleye, and Northern Pike), Farms, Apple Orchards, Small Lakes, St. Olaf and Carleton Colleges (and their Christmas Festivals, Lectures, Theaters, Art Galleries, Continuing Education), Cowling Arboretum (Excellent Place to Hike, Run, Ski, and Fish) and a 15-Mile Trail System Ranked One of the Best Places in the Country to Run, Mill Towns Trail through Downtown and Sechler Park, and Cross Country Ski[ing] on Trails at Carleton College.

It’s a long list.  So what does it mean? Continue reading List of the Reasons that Northfield Made the List

Bikeable Community Workshop…Thursday in Northfield


Dear Northfield Area Bicyclist,

Help make our community a safer and more pleasant place to bike by attending the Bikeable Community Workshop!

The workshop is June 12, 2014, 8:30am to 3:00pm, starting in the Council Chambers of Northfield City Hall (801 Washington Street), and is presented by the Minnesota Departments of Health and Transportation and the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota.

Your input is needed! At the workshop, we will learn more about successful bike design, safety, education, enforcement, and encouragement. We will study possible bike routes in Northfield, and a “bike audit” will help us understand and identify obstacles and potential solutions.

Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing suitable for the weather that day. Also, bring along a bicycle and helmet to participate in the mobile workshop portion—a leisurely paced four to five- mile bike ride in small groups highlighting bicycle facilities and opportunities.

We hope you will be able to participate in this important workshop. While advance registration is required, there is no fee, and the workshop will include a complimentary lunch. Please contact BikeNorthfield at to RSVP or with questions.

The Bikeable Community Workshop is supported by the Northfield City Council, Healthy Rice County’s Statewide Health Improvement Program, Northfield Chamber of Commerce, Northfield Downtown Development Corporation and BikeNorthfield.


Bruce Anderson, Chair, BikeNorthfield

NDDC-Chamber Merger…What Do You Think?

BridgeSquareBandAtTasteOfNorthfield2014You have probably heard by now that the NDDC (Northfield Downtown Development Corporation) and the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce are exploring a merger of the two organizations.  The CVB (Convention and Visitors Bureau), which is managed by the Chamber through a contract with the City of Northfield, is also part of envisioned combination.  A task force representing the boards of the NDDC, Chamber, and CVB has begun discussing the challenges and opportunities of bringing the organizations together.

Of course, the NDDC would not be possible without you.  Since 2000, we have been working together for a vibrant and vital downtown Northfield.  As we often say, “Great downtowns don’t just happen”.  You have been a critical part of our success; you will be an essential part of our future; we want to hear from you, and include your input in the on-going process.

On Tuesday, June 10th, at 8:00 a.m., in the Riverview Conference Room of the historic Archer House River Inn, at 212 Division Street, the NDDC will be holding a Downtown Forum.  We’ll discuss the reasoning that led to this pursuit, the challenges and opportunities that have been identified, our visions of future downtown and Northfield vitality, and ask you for your perspective.  If this topic is of interest to you, please join us for the discussion.

The NDDC Downtown Forum is open to everyone.  Cookies and coffee will be served.  The NDDC is a non-partisan, non-profit community organization dedicated to the vitality of downtown Northfield.  For more information, contact Executive Director Ross Currier at 507-663-0319 or


…and a Big Thanks to Our Taste Sponsors…

ThankingOurTasteSponsors20139th Annual Taste of Northfield, Thursday, May 29th, 5:00 to 10:00 p.m., Bridge Square, in downtown Northfield, MN.

The Taste of Northfield only happens because of you.  Without the hundreds of hours of volunteer time, the Taste would not happen.

There’d be no one to staff the food ticket booth.  There’d be no one greeting people at the beer garden.  There’d be no talent on the stage.  And there’d be no one to pick up the barricades for the Bank Raid, carry the banquet tables for the wine tasting, put up all the signage around Bridge Square, and put it all back at the end of the evening. Continue reading …and a Big Thanks to Our Taste Sponsors…