As the coronavirus situation changes, we are committed to maintaining essential city services to the community. Your safety and the safety of our staff is of utmost concern. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this unprecedented and difficult time.
We would like to give you an updated on city services and how they are provided to you.
We continue to follow the recommendations from the CDC and the Minnesota Department of Health. For our facilities offering limited services, we requestthat you follow our guidance for safe physical distancing.
We are being diligent about cleaning and sanitizing all of our facilities, especially in common areas and on counters.
We are processing building permits online. Some building inspections may need to be rescheduled. Others may be conducted via video or photo.
Bus tokens can be purchased at:
- Family Fare
- Just Food Co-Op
- Cub Foods
City Hall is closed until April 10. At that time, we will reevaluate the situation. Call to make appointments for necessary administrative services.
Main phone: 507-645-8833.
The DMV is closed until April 10. At that time, we will reevaluate the situation.
State’s COVID -19 Relief Bill has extended the expiration date for valid drivers’ license, including instruction permits, provisional licenses, operator permits, limited licenses, and farm work licenses, and any Minnesota identification cards during the peacetime health emergency. Once the peacetime emergency ends, people with expired licenses will have two months to get a valid license.
Also, the deadline to obtain a Real ID is now October 1, 2021 and the criteria for identification proof was broadened.
All events are cancelled through April 30. This includes library events, events at the ice arena
Garbage and recycling
Pickup days for curbside recycling and garbage is normal.
In an effort to minimize the exposure and risk to our drivers, trash and recycling outside of the container will not be serviced. All trash must be properly bagged and placed in the container; all recycling must be placed loose in the container. Items outside of the container will be left curbside or in pick-up area.
Additionally, bulk pick-up service will be suspended until further notice.
Garbage stickers can be purchased at:
- Family Fare
- Cub Foods
Northfield Hospital + Clinics is not allowing deliveries of items for patients or staff at Northfield Hospital. This includes flowers, food, newspapers and cards. This helps minimize the ways virus may enter the hospital – via items themselves, or delivery people.
Laundry and essential personal care items (like shampoo and body wash) may be delivered for Long Term Care Center residents and Medical/Surgical patients.
Vendors of hospital supplies are asked to please contact their department directly to discuss deliveries.
More information is available on the health tips and resources section on this webpage.
The ice arena is closed through the end of April and the Home & Garden Show and the Hospital Auxiliary Book Fair are postponed.
The library building is closed through April 10 and our online resources are open! All programming and outreach events are suspended. We encourage you to take advantage of our electronic resources such as ebooks, movies and e-audio books. We are currently growing our robust online content to provide services.
If you don’t have a library card call the library Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for immediate access to our online content.
The Northfield Liquor Store remains open with new hours. We are only accepting credit and debit card payments at the register. We continue to take measures to keep physical distancing and are diligent on extra sanitizing and cleaning throughout the day. We are also offering call ahead orders by credit card and able to meet customers at the door so they don’t have to enter the building.
Monday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Call ahead orders 507-645-5153
Board and commission meetings are cancelled.
We are determining the best way to conduct City Council meetings going forward.
If residents would like to comment on City Council items, we recommend using the online commenting feature. Once the City Council agenda is published, the eComment link will be active. Residents can review agenda item details, indicate their position on an item and leave feedback by clicking on the eComment tab on the City Council meetings page
Comments may be submitted until noon on the day of the meeting. Residents may also use the Register to Speak option to sign up in advance to speak at the meeting.
The Police Department is still providing public safety services but modifying some procedures. The police department lobby is closed.
For non-emergency services, please call 645-4477.
As always, for emergencies dial 911.
No interruption in service. We are maintaining city streets.
Four options to pay:
- Pay utility bill online
- Phone: 1-877-885-7968 (Payment Service Network)
- Drop box - put payment in an envelope and drop in the drop box by west entrance.
Water and wastewater
The City water department are providing clean and safe drinking water. We continue to handle safe and sanitary management of waste from our wastewater plant.
Do not flush anything other than toilet paper and body waste down your toilet.
If we all work together, we can get through this crisis, and we can save lives. Following these simple recommendations will reduce the number of infected people in our community and slow the spread of the virus.
Please help do these simple things to be help our community:
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
- Stay home to protect yourself and others
- Care for mild symptoms at home.
- cover your cough
- Call your health care provider if you think you need care
- Physical isolation: avoid social gatherings of 10 or more That means gatherings of neighbors, even if you all know each other. It means avoiding groups at the store.
- Keep at least 6 feet between you and others.
Health questions (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) :651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903
The following is a list of current relief packages that small business may use during the Coronavirus outbreak. The Northfield Economic Development Authority (EDA) encourages all to support our impacted businesses directly by using the take-out and delivery options.
Staff is being attentive to the changing business climate, and monitoring Federal and State agency relief that may be offered. These programs are being developed and rolled out as quickly as possible.
We are coordinating with the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism and will work together to distribute information to the business community during this critical time. We are also coordinating with the Northfield Chamber to understand local business impacts and realize there are immediate impacts and longer-term ones we cannot currently predict.
Guidance on Stay at Home Order
Northfield Economic Development Authority (EDA)
Governor Walz Executive Order 20-15 allows the Northfield EDA to use the existing Minnesota Investment Fund (MIF) dollars from EDA Fund 293 to offer emergency loans to local impacted businesses. Currently, the Northfield EDA has a balance to offer in loans. EDA staff is working internally to discuss potential options for local support, if feasible. Any emergency program would need to be approved by the EDA Board.
EDA staff is working with existing EDA loan holders to discuss potential loan deferrals. Staff is working with First National Bank, who administers the EDA loans, to develop language and forms for possible deferrals. Any loan deferral would need to be approved by the EDA Board.
Staff continues to examine opportunities for local support. Staff has limited capacities due to assisting with other city services for COVID-19 responses and maintain daily operations. Any ideas for possible assistance can be shared with Economic Development Coordinator, Nate Carlson.
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)
Guide for Minnesota small business who need help
Over the past few weeks, several state and federal programs have been built to assist small businesses struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Different programs make sense for different businesses, so we’re providing this summary guide to help small businesses quickly see which programs might be right for their situation.
Small Business Emergency Loan Program
The Department of Employment and Economic Development is working with the Governor’s office to receive SBA funding through the disaster declaration from the Federal government. Executive Order 20-15 directs DEED to create a Small Business Emergency Loan Program by making available $30 million from special revenue funds. These dollars will be used by DEED’s lender network to make loans of between $2,500 and $35,000 for qualifying small businesses. The loans will be 50% forgivable, and offered at a 0% interest rate. If other financing becomes available to small businesses that received an emergency loan, such as federal funding, the emergency loan must be repaid. Applications will be available by March 27, 2020. These emergency loans will be made by an existing network of lenders DEED works with across the state.
All potentially impacted businesses should send questions about this emergency loan program to the Emergency Loan Program.
The executive order also allows local units of government or lending partners, which have a revolving loan fund to use those funds, to issue loans to retail and service providers for the next 90 days.
DEED does have existing programs that may assist with small business through the Emerging Entrepreneur Program or Indian Business Loan Program. DEED gave permission for cities to use their MIF dollars for emergency loans.
Minnesota Unemployment Insurance (UI)
The state of Minnesota office for Unemployment Insurance offers assistance to employers avoid layoffs. The program offers paid unemployment benefits to offset part of employees reduced wages.
DEED is encouraging all employers impacted by COVID-19 to communicate to their employees that unemployment insurance is available. All employees who are laid off or furloughed should be applying for unemployment insurance. The State of Minnesota Office for unemployment insurance has ensured impacted workers that unemployment insurance is available and flexible for all those impacted. Minnesota Unemployment Insurance also has a shared work program that offers paid unemployment benefits to offset part of employees reduced wages. Eligibility for this program requires that businesses UI Tax Account balance be paid in full, workforce of business cannot be seasonal or temporary, and owner/officer information must be up to date.
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is preparing to unload $50 billion to states and U.S. territories by offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital. The SBA is working with each state’s governor to issue relief packages to the state’s small businesses. Businesses can now apply directly to the SBA for funds. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is working tirelessly to ensure that Minnesota businesses have the ability to apply for these emergency funds from SBA. Federal policies are changing every day, and staff is following these developments at all times. Currently, a federal stimulus package of $2 trillion is being debated in Congress.
About this program
- This program can provide low-interest loans of up to $2 million to small businesses and private non-profits.
- These loans can go toward working capital to meet needs including payroll, accounts payable, and fixed debt payments that cannot be paid due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The current interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The non-profit rate is 2.75%.
- These loans have long-term repayment options, up to a maximum of 30 years.
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Toolkit
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce put together a resource summary for small business to adhere to during the outbreak.
Staying connected even though where physically apart
As the coronavirus situation develops, and we are avoiding public places, and keeping six feet apart, we are needing new means of social interaction more than ever.
There are ways to stay connected without compromising your health or the health of others. Now is the time to get creative and create new habits.
- Pay attention to your neighbors and friends who may be especially vulnerable to isolation. These may be people who are at risk, or who simply have lost their regular points of social contact
- Reach out by phone or video chat.
- Offer to deliver groceries of someone who is at high risk (leave on porch).
- Identify neighbors who may need assistance getting medications refilled.
- Share local resources with those who don’t have access to the internet.
- Check in with friends; many people are experiencing a lot of stress right now, and knowing someone’s thinking of them can be a big help.
If you need help in finding these opportunities, The Community Action Center is collecting names of people who are willing to volunteer. Visit their website to learn more and to register for their contact list to be contacted as volunteer needs arise or as some volunteers step aside to rest, heal, and quarantine in the days and weeks to come.
If you have healthcare expertise, janitorial skills, or sanitation supplies, they can use you immediately. Please contact the Community Action Center:
Shop our local stores and restaurants, either online or by phone. Get take-out or delivery.
Please respect neighbors by only purchasing the necessary amount of food and other necessities such as toilet paper. If you have extra and are aware of others in need please share with them.
Donating blood products is essential to community health and the need for blood products is constant. As part of our nation’s critical infrastructure, healthy individuals can still donate in areas that have issued shelter in place declarations. The Red Cross follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need.
There is no known end date in this fight against coronavirus and the Red Cross needs the help of blood and platelet donors and blood drive hosts to maintain a sufficient blood supply for weeks to come. In times of crisis, the Red Cross is fortunate to witness the best of humanity as people roll up a sleeve to help those in need.
Don’t know where to start?
United Way or call 211 or text MNCOVID to 898211
Discrimination, mistreatment and human rights or call 651-539-1133
School and childcare questions (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.): 651-297-1304 or 1-800-657-3504
DHS hotline for childcare providers: 1-888-234-1268
Stay at Home Order goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 27 and stays in effect until April 10 at 5:00 p.m. As a city organization, we are implementing the order and encouraging businesses, organizations and individuals to do so the same. Read on...
To assist our businesses, we encourage all employees and residents to avoid parking in front of businesses to leave those spaces available to customers. Read on...
If your business is affected by the Executive Order to suspend operations, the Department of Revenue is waiving penalties for sales tax due tomorrow. Businesses still need to file, but can delay payment for 30 days. Read on...
City Council took action “Declaring a Local Emergency” to allow certain policies and procedures to be waived in order to provide a more rapid response, and manage city operations in accordance with Gov. Tim Walz’ Peacetime State of Emergency declaration Read on...
The Northfield Economic Development Authority (EDA) encourages all to support our impacted businesses directly by using the take-out and delivery options. Read on...