More than four years after the City Council approved a nearly $3.3 million contract to make city facilities more energy efficient, Northfield is saving money, according to a December report by Johnson Controls, the firm hired to do the work.

And you thought the only Minnesota connection to the 2010 movie “True Grit” was the film’s directors, St. Louis Park’s own Joel and Ethan Coen.

When I was a child and even when I was in my twenties, I very often went somewhere on a train.  During World War II, train travel again became  most satisfactory  because gasoline was expensive and buses were always having flat tires out in the "middle of nowhere."

January was my birthday month and I’m now 89 years old. I never expected to live this long and I certainly didn’t think I would be working at this age. But I fortunately chose a profession that I love. And thank goodness, the News is willing to put up with me.

The News received an inquiry from a resident of Nabb, Ind., this summer about something that happened in Northfield in August of 1915.

Most of you aren’t old enough or you haven’t lived here that long, but I can remember the very first Jesse James Day (“Defeat of” was added later) 61 years ago.

NORTHFIELD — St. Olaf College senior Ellen Goerss, missing for almost two days last week, was reunited with her family Saturday evening.The 22-year-old from Spirit Lake, Iowa, was the subject of a well-publicized search by campus officials, St. Olaf students and later, Northfield police. Pol…

We were asked to comment on the recent heroin drug bust in Northfield. Reluctant at first, hesitant to open a healing wound, we felt the need to acknowledge the work that has been done. However only a portion of our comments were printed, therefore we personally would like to address the rest.

NORTHFIELD — A decision on how to deal with contaminated soil will further postpone completion of The Crossing, a residential and commercial project at downtown’s northern edge.

It is almost a quarter century since the death of a man who did much for Northfield, 23 years to be exact. So of course there are all kinds of people living here now who have never heard of Jim Becker.

I expected the phone and e-mail box to be stuffed full of messages when I got into the office on Wednesday. I was pleasantly surprised to find it wasn’t.

Parts of The Crossing, a residential and retail condominium development on Hwy. 3, are in foreclosure.City Administrator Al Roder confirmed Tuesday evening that he was notified late last week of the proceedings begun by the project developer’s creditor, Highland Bank.

NORTHFIELD — The arrest of a Northfield man, charged last month with possessing more than 200 hits of a prescription pain killer, is just a piece in a disturbing pattern of drug use and death in northern Rice County.

Friday, April 11 • A 14-year-old boy was cited for fifth-degree assault in the Greenvale Elementary School parking lot.

NORTHFIELD The area's YMCA ended its search for a new executive director this week, naming Rosemount resident Virginia Kaczmarek to lead the fledgling Y.

Thursday, May 17 - A gas line was hit behind Kwik Trip. Xcel Energy was advised and the Northfield Fire Department responded./Ryan Michael Richards, 32, was arrested and jailed on a Rice County Warrant in the 1100 block of Greenvale Avenue.

NORTHFIELD - While the city's police and fire departments may have needs that affect public safety, Northfield's library, ice arena and City Hall have problems, too.

BRIDGEWATER TWP - The railroad company that has supported Advanced BioEnergy's efforts to bring an ethanol plant to Bridgewater Township has canceled an advertising campaign touting the benefits of the motor fuel.