Northfield, city (1990 pop. 14,684), Rice co., SE Minn., near Minneapolis?St. Paul, on the Cannon River; inc. 1875. It is the trade center for a dairy and farming region. Manufactures include printed circuit boards, toys, feeds and seeds, and cereals. On Sept. 7, 1876, Jesse and Frank James and their bandit gang attempted a (failed) bank robbery there, which resulted in the deaths of two Northfield citizens. Each September, Northfield holds a festival that reenacts the robbery attempt. Carleton College, St. Olaf College, and the Laura Baker School for retarded children are in the city.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.
See more Encyclopedia articles on: U.S. Political Geography