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- Population 20,007 (2010) – Seven square miles in area
- Home of Carleton and St. Olaf colleges
- None of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes are in Northfield (but a
few dozen are close)
- Less than an hour to downtown Mpls or St. Paul – 45 minutes
Founded in 1855,
Northfield straddles the
Cannon River which
powered the early lumber
and flour mills that
supported the many
wheat and corn farms in
the surrounding area. As
the “wheat frontier”
moved west, dairy
replaced the wheat-
based agriculture. The
region has since moved
Since early in its history,
Northfield has been a center of
higher education. Carleton
College (then Northfield
College) was founded in 1866
on the northern edge of town
by the Minnesota Conference of
Congregational Churches. St.
Olaf College was founded in
1874 on the western edge of
town by Norwegian Lutheran
immigrant pastors and farmers,
who were eager to preserve
their faith and culture by
training teachers and
preachers. These two
institutions, which today enroll
more than 5,000 students,
make Northfield a thriving
college town providing many
employment opportunities for
|"The presence of so many
bright, dedicated, optimistic
young people seems to help
invigorate our spirits."
A historic downtown, with many charming late 19th and 20th century buildings,
stands on the banks of the Cannon River. Scenic walkways line both sides of the
river with shops and boutiques on the neighboring streets. Like many cities,
much of Northfield’s recent commercial development has been drawn to the city’s
edge along its major highway, but the historic downtown continues to thrive.
Local residents and tourists are drawn to downtown Northfield to meet, eat, and
In September of 1876 the Jesse James gang attempted to rob the First National
Bank in Northfield, but they were driven off by a handful of Northfield citizens.
Every year since 1948 Northfield has celebrated the defeat of the Jesse James gang
“Defeat of Jesse James Days” festival is one the largest outdoor events in
Minnesota bringing together hundreds of Northfield volunteers to plan and organize
the many events that comprise this three-day event – truly a remarkable
demonstration of community pride and spirit.
away from dairy and beef operations. Today it harvests substantial crops of corn
and soybeans, as well as producing hogs and turkeys. The local cereal producer
Malt-O-Meal is Northfield’s largest employer.
The Northfield Senior Center draws over 300 people a day to a modern facility
that provides a whole host of exercise, learning, and social activities for seniors.
Seniors gather to socialize, work out, swim, play cards, eat lunch, use the
computer lab, or attend classes or club meetings. It’s a very active place.