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Northfield is a city in Minnesota.


Northfield's major historical claim to fame is the "Defeat of Jesse James". On September 7th, 1876, the James-Younger Gang rode into town intent on robbing the First National Bank of Northfield. Tipped off due to their suspicious actions, the citizens of Northfield engaged in a quick but heavy firefight with the gang that left two citizens and two gang members dead. The other six gang members sustained a range of injuries and fled south. Four were captured two weeks later only fifty miles from Northfield.

Northfield is one of the best smelling towns in America due to the local Malt-O-Meal factory. At times the town distinctly smells of popcorn or chocolate.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Northfield sits at the intersection of highways MN 19 and MN 3. The quickest way to Northfield from the Twin Cities is taking Interstate 35 south to MN 19 (Exit 69) and go east on 19. The downtown area is on the east side of the Cannon River.

By bus[edit]

  • Northfield Lines. Operator of the Northfield Metro EXPRESS, a daily bus service between Northfield and the Twin Cities. One-way fare is $13 if purchased online or $25 if purchased on the bus.

Get around[edit]

There is not much of a public transit in Northfield, but it is a very walkable town. However to get out to the more commercial shopping area down Highway 3, you'll probably want a bike or car. There is a smaller taxi service (+1 507-645-4447).

Care Tenders is an airport shuttle service, the only service of its kind in Northfield. It also provides service in and around Northfield. +1-888-492-RIDE (7433)

There is also Northfield Transit and Dial-A-Ride +1 507 645-7250 that operates during the day.


  • Northfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, toll-free: +1-800-658-2548. State Highway 3. The Northfield Convention and Visitors Bureau helps visitors plan trips to Northfield. The offer information about attractions, featured events, local history, arts and culture, recreation and group tours.
  • Carleton College +1 507-646-4000. One North College Street. Carleton College was founded in 1866. The campus is 950 total acres, including the 880-acre Arboretum, a nature preserve and park which is accessible to the public. The Arboretum was named Minnesota’s best running trail by Runner’s World magazine. Walking in the arb is highly recommended. The Gould Library, also open to the public, houses over a million volumes.
  • St. Olaf College. St. Olaf College is on a hill on the west side of Northfield. The college was founded in 1874 by Norwegian immigrants and is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
  • 1 Depot Diner...a Museum217 Water St S (E on 3rd St W off Hwy 3 to parking lot; or walk just over downtown footbridge from the Library), e-mail: . Thursdays 4-7PM; Fridays-Saturdays 1-4PM. Museum - a curious collection of objects from nature, science, technology and the arts. Museum Store sells local fossils, collector's supplies, science posters, antiques and gently used non-fiction science/nature books.


  • Defeat of Jesse James Days. First weekend after Labor Day. A rodeo, midway and local celebrations, including live reenactments of the bank raid.
  • [dead link]Riverwalk Market Fair (The Art of a Summer Saturday), Downtown Northfield (Division Street on Bridge Square the center of town). 9AM - 2PM. Riverwalk Market Fair is held every Saturday from 9AM to 2PM from June 2 to October 27 downtown along the Cannon Riverfront. In addition to displaying an array of locally made art, produce and artisan food every Saturday, Riverwalk Market Fair offers live entertainment, family activities and special events. Free.
  • St. Olaf Christmas Festival. First Thursday after Thanksgiving. St. Olaf College has been giving the festival since 1912, one of the finest choral events in the nation. It is nationally broadcast on public radio and television. Tickets are difficult to come by, so plan ahead.
  • Plays and Exhibits sponsored by the Northfield Arts Guild. Art exhibits and a gift shop featuring pottery, jewelry, cards, and other locally made crafts. Plays at the Northfield Arts Guild (NAG) Theater. See the website for current plays and exhibits.


  • The Sketchy Artist300 Division Street S. +1 507-645-2811. Open all week.. Surprise yourself with this original art supply and gift boutique located in lovely downtown Northfield (MN). Great selection of quality art materials as well as several eco-friendly lines. Gifts include a fun selection of cards, papers, Japanese pottery and novelties, journals, and kids stuff. Local art featured on display and for sale as well. Definitely the place to shop for something truly unique and off the beaten path - whether you're an artist or not!
  • [dead link]Riverwalk Market Fair (The Art of a Minnesota Summer Saturday), Downtown Northfield along the Cannon River (Division Street at Bridge Square the center of town). 9AM - 2PM. Riverwalk Market Fair is held in historic Northfield on summer Saturdays along the beautiful Cannon Riverfront from 9AM to 2PM, June 2 to October 27. In addition to providing an array of fine art and fine craft made by area artists, locally grown produce and artisan food Riverwalk Market Fair offers live entertainment, family activities and special events. Free.
  • [dead link]Depot Diner - a museum and shop (Art on Water), 217 Water St. (just over the footbridge from Division), e-mail: . Thurs. 4-7, Fri. & Sat. 1-4. and encyclopedic collection of rarities, curios, and antiquities. Fossils, rocks, antiques from around the world, blue plates, oddities for sale. modest admission.


  • Rueb N Stein, Downtown on Division. Try a Grundy Burger, single, double or triple! Add any topping. Best Burger in the world. They do great Malts too.
  • Hogan Brother's Hogies, Downtown on Division. Super tasty sandwiches. Super super tasty.
  • The Tavern, Located downstairs in the Archer House Hotel. A local favorite featuring a wide variety of choices.
  • Chapati, in the Archer House hotel. High-end Indian food.
  • Kurry Kabob, On Highway 3. Another Indian restaurant. Very good.
  • El Tequila, On Highway 3. Good Mexican food.
  • Basil's Pizza A Greek pizzeria. Try the Gyro pizza with Taziki sauce. Seriously. Located in the old downtown on 4th street.
  • B and L's, On Division St. Another Greek Pizzeria.
  • George's Vineyard Another pizzeria located on Highway 19, serves Greek food.
  • The Quarterback Club, Highway 3 and 4th street. Delicious and reasonably priced burgers.


Coffee Shops[edit]

  • 1 Goodbye Blue Monday319 Division St +1 507 663-6188. 6AM-10PM daily. Goodbye Blue Monday serves good coffee in a friendly atmosphere. There are lots of tables and couches, free wireless internet, a public internet kiosk, and usually some great music. It is a favorite coffee shop of college students.
  • The Ole Cafe The Ole Cafe is similar to the Blue Monday, but provides caffeinated goodness to the other side of town. Located just short of St. Olaf College on St. Olaf Avenue.
  • James Gang Coffeehouse & Eatery This place serves people around the Highway 3 shopping areas. Great coffee, sandwiches, and soups, in a relaxed atmosphere. Free WiFi internet connection.
  • 2 The Hideaway Coffeehouse and Winebar421 Division St +1 507 664-0400. M-F 6AM-10PM, Sa-Su 7AM-10PM. Located in the heart of downtown Northfield this is a great place for outstanding coffee, made to order sandwiches, wine, beer and appetizers.


  • The Contented Cow This British pub is a local favorite. Classic pub food is available as well as a wide range of international beers amongst other beverages. Local bands (mostly of the folk variety) play there regularly. This place tends to attract a mellow crowd of all ages.
  • The Rueb N' Stein On the corner of 5th street and Division, this place has more of a sports bar feel. The place features a game room with pool tables and the like. The Rueb attracts a younger college-aged crowd.
  • The Tavern Lounge This establishment is located inside the Archer House hotel. It's a relatively quiet place with an outside terrace. The lights are kept low and it attracts an older college/ post-college crowd.
  • Froggy Bottoms On the banks of the Cannon river, Froggy Bottoms has a very trendy feel and serves food as well as drinks. This place attracts a varied kind of crowd.


  • The Archer House212 Division Street. The Archer House is a French Second Empire Inn located along the Cannon River. 36 individually decorated rooms, two restaurants, a coffee café, and retail shops all located within the building.
  • [dead link]Froggy Bottoms River Suites309 South Water Street. Along the west bank of the Cannon River in the heart of historic downtown Northfield, the Froggy Bottoms River Suites feature a wide range of amenities and can be rented by the day, week or month.
  • [dead link]AmericInn Suites1320 Bollenbacher Dr. This hotel is on highway 19. Each room is nicely appointed and reasonably priced. There is a free breakfast.
  • Country Inn and Suites300 South Highway 3. Located very close to the downtown, this convenient hotel offers a free breakfast.
  • Magic Door Bed and Breakfast818 Division Street South. This charming home offers three different suites. The bed and breakfast is within walking distance of the downtown area and Carleton College.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Northfield
Inver Grove HeightsRosemount  N MN-3.svg S  FaribaultEND
Redwood Falls ← Jct N I-35.svg S  W MN-19.svg E  Cannon FallsRed Wing

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