Coronavirus (COVID-19)


  1. City services
  2. Health tips & resources
  3. Business resources
  4. Ways to help
  5. Other resources

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 request that 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.

Building inspections

We are processing building permits online. Some building inspections may need to be rescheduled. Others may be conducted via video or photo.

Building inspections

Bus tokens

Bus tokens can be purchased at:

  • Family Fare
  • Just Food Co-Op
  • Cub Foods

City Hall

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.

Staff directory


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.

Minnesota Driver and Vehicle Services news


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.

Visit DSI

Garbage stickers 

Garbage stickers can be purchased at:

  • Family Fare
  • Cub Foods


Northfield Hospital and Clinics 

More information is available on the health tips and resources section on this webpage.

Ice arena

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.


Northfield Public Library

Liquor store

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

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.

Directions on using eComment and Register to Speak


Parks are open. Like other outdoor activities, going to parks is allowed under the stay at home order. However, please avoid using playground equipment and maintain at least six feet of space from others.


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.

Utility bills

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.
  • Mail

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.

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