Business data

College City Beverage

Rice County prides itself on keeping taxes low, and is one of the lowest taxed counties in all of Minnesota. This translates into savings for businesses – contributing to our business-friendly environment. 

Major employers

Rice County is home to a number of exceptional and diverse companies. Employers have created and retained jobs in the education, government, health care, high-tech and manufacturing sectors.

Jennie-O Turkey Store 
Northfield Public Schools
Allina Health Faribault Medical CenterMcLane MinnesotaPost Consumer Brands
Carleton CollegeMet-Con CompaniesRice County government
Cenneidigh, Inc.Minnesota Correctional
SAGE Electrochromics
Daikin AppliedMinnesota State AcademiesSt. Olaf College
Faribault Foods, Inc.
Multek Flexible Circuits, Inc.
Trystar, LLC
Faribault Public SchoolsNorthfield Hospital + Clinics


Electricity and Natural Gas
Steele Waseca Co-op Electric
Xcel Energy


There are several telephone, internet, cable, satellite and fiber services available in Rice County

Water/Wastewater disposal
Provided locally by each city or township.


Faribault Municipal Airport - Liz Wall Strohfus Field
Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (approximately 40 miles north)

Bus Systems
Hiawathaland Transit (Local bus and Dial-a-ride services in Faribault, Northfield and Lonsdale)
Northfield Lines
Jefferson Lines
Greyhound Bus

Highway Systems
Interstate I-35
Minnesota State Highways 3, 19, 21, 60, 99, 246, 298 and 299

Motor Freight Services
Several local and national motor freight services in Rice County area.

Overnight Package Delivery
Federal Express, UPS, Mail Express and a number of other couriers serve the area.

Progressive Rail, Canadian Pacific Railway and Union Pacific.