Northfield MN Area Information
This Rice County city was originally a milling town founded in 1855 by John W. North, who built a dam, a sawmill for the lumber, and a gristmill for flour. The small town still remembers her history, celebrating with festivals like the Defeat of Jesse James celebration on the anniversary of the date in 1876 when brave townspeople chased off the notorious Jesse James gang.
Nowadays, this city of just over 20,000 people is still as community-minded and exciting as ever, having maintained her historic beauty and small town feel in the century and a half since her founding. You will find that you are welcomed with open arms upon your arrival in town, and that no matter where you go, from the lovely homes to the thriving business district, down to the waters of the Cannon River, you will find something about this small town to love.
With close proximity to the Twin Cities and plenty of room to breathe and to enjoy life, Northfield is the ideal place for anyone looking to settle in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Whether you are looking for a place to retire, a spot to settle in and raise your family, or a home to get started in your life, Northfield is ready to welcome you.