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Northfield and the Twin Cities

Carleton offers the best of both worlds—small-town friendliness and charm, with a major metropolitan area just a short drive away.

Northfield, Minnesota

Downtown NorthfieldNorthfield is a scenic river town and farming community, home to roughly 20,000 people.  It's also home to two nationally recognized colleges, Carleton and St. Olaf, hence the town motto: "Cows, Colleges, and Contentment."

Northfield earned its place in the history books on September 7, 1876, when Jesse James and his gang rode into town to rob the First National Bank. The brave residents of Northfield upset Jesse James's plan and defeated the raid—a victory still celebrated annually in Northfield's annual Defeat of Jesse James Days festival.

While staying true to its small-town heritage, Northfield offers resources and attractions that belie its size. In addition to two colleges, Northfield is home to the Malt-o-Meal corporation, a wide range of unique shops and restaurants, a large hospital and numerous clinics, over two dozen churches of all denominations, a lively arts community, and many opportunities for all-season outdoor recreation.  It's not uncommon to see Northfield listed among an array of superlatives, from the most fun towns for weekend outings to the best places to raise a family.

Learn more at: Northfield Convention and Visitors Bureau

Minneapolis and St. Paul

Just 40 miles from Carleton you'll find the vibrant Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, a major metropolitan area offering something for everyone:

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