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Street assessments set; Debate over Charter vs Statutory City; Nfld Hist. Society store remodel and two new exciting/powerful exhibits

March 22, 2018

The City of Northfield set their street assessments for the $4.6 million downtown improvements.  Administrator Ben Martig said that 10% of the project will be paid for by those assessments. He added that they’re “setting the maximum” so as they have the hearings with the public, those rates could go down.  Assessments range from $41 per linear foot for a mill and overlay for residential properties to $158 for reconstruction for commercial properties.  Washington Street from 2nd to Woodley will be a (more…)

Task force rebrands ASAP; Sen. Smith goes to Washington with an opioid bill; Chief disappointed over 3 DWI’s in 24 hours; CAC’s Blaha retiring

March 21, 2018

The Northfield Council held the First Reading to change the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth alcohol and drug use to a commission.  In January of 2017, the Council approved a motion to make the group more permanent. The task force was formed in 2006.  Administrator Martig said they’re rebranding themselves as Northfield Alliance on Substance Abuse Prevention aka ASAP.  The task force has been  very successful, for example, they’re Take It to The Box program  ( a medication collection box) which (more…)

Sen. Tina Smith on Opioid legislation

March 21, 2018

Teri Knight talked with Senator Tina Smith on the Opioid epidemic.  She talks about the bill she’s introducing to address the need for treatment and recovery programs, in particular, for tribal communities.  She also talks about the Penny a Pill tax she and Gov. Dayton introduced.

Rice County Boards of Appeal & Equalization and Alternative Meetings 2018

March 20, 2018

Have an issue with your property taxes?

Property owners recently received a Notice of Valuation and Classification for Taxes Payable for 2019.  This form is to notify you of the market value and classification of your property for assessment year 2018.  The property taxes that you pay in 2019 will be based on this classification.

Listed are the dates and times of the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization.  Also listed are three dates and times for Alternative Meetings for 2018.  Click on this LINK for dates and times, phone numbers and more

Sex Offender charged with 11 counts of molesting children; A later start time for teens?  Nfld School Board starting the conversation; Five DUI’s in Rice Co.; Mayor for a Day Essay contest winners

March 20, 2018

A man living in Faribault for just a few weeks is charged with nearly a dozen counts of criminal sexual conduct with a child under 13.  According to the criminal complaint, 36 year old Keith Richard Falkenstern, came to Faribault with his fiancee and her 4 children three weeks ago.  Early on the morning of March 9th, the mother walked in on Falkenstern and one of her daughters. The mother had taken their infant son to emergency for an ear infection, when she returned to the hotel room, the little girl was naked. The child ran into the bathroom and told her that Falkenstern had touched her.  The mother called 911 and informed Officers that he’s required to register as a sex offender due to a previous conviction in North Carolina in 2013. She’s been with the man for 2 ½ years but has known him for 20. He was arrested and the (more…)


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