A little about Northfield
Northfield, Minnesota, is located along the shores of the Cannon River, just south of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, and northwest of Rochester, MN. For generations, visitors to this college town have found a vibrant and welcoming atmosphere with so much to do. Both Saint Olaf and Carleton liberal arts colleges are based here, and their presence creates an active open atmosphere few other small communities can offer. Whether you enjoy the arts, history or nature, you'll find multiple outlets for your educational curiosities. And when you are ready relax, you'll find one-of-a-kind restaurants, live music and theater, and a variety of comfortable lodging options in Northfield, Minnesota.
The history of Northfield
In January 1855, John Wesley North set out from St. Anthony Falls, MN, to settle land recently ceded by the Dakota tribe. North chose the Cannon River valley because of the great potential for hydrologic power and abundant natural resources. He arrived at the site that would become Northfield with a few people, including his brother-in-law George Loomis. Loomis and North built a sawmill, then a gristmill and a bridge. When plotting Northfield, they ignored the river’s natural curvature and platted the town in 95 ridged blocks.
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Businesses in Northfield, Minnesota
Here is a collection of local Northfield, Minnesota businesses. Clicking on the thumbnail image, or the blue "View Member" will take you to that businesses page. We've included some jump links so that you can easily navigate to different categories of businesses. Those, can be found directly below as icons. Or, there is a list of categories in the menu bar.
The Historic Hutchinson House
A prime example of artistry and quality craftsmanship
Goodbye Blue Monday Coffeehouse
The best place to sip and collect your thoughts
Hogan Brothers Acoustic Cafe
Hogan Brothers specializes in hot hoagie sandwiches,
J. Grundy's Rueb-N-Stein
A complete menu of pub grub, dinner and lighter fare
Marie's Underground Grill and Tap House
Home-made Menu and Red Wings Best 14 Craft-Beer selection!
The Ole Store Restaurant
Designed to showcase local ingredients, fresh produce,