Northfield City Council approves domestic partnership registry ordinance

Northfield is the 19th Minnesota city to pass the domestic partner registry. The ordinance goes into effect July 23. It will allow domestic partners to receive family rates for city fees on recreational programs and general services.
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Northfield is the 19th Minnesota city to pass the domestic partner registry. The ordinance goes into effect July 23. It will allow domestic partners to receive family rates for city fees on recreational programs and general services.

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