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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 JamesJames, Jesse (Woodson),
1847–82, American outlaw, b. Clay co., Mo. At the age of 15 he joined the Confederate guerrilla band led by William Quantrill and participated in the brutal and bloody civil warfare in Kansas and Missouri.
..... Click the link for more information. 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.
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