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  • The Northfield school board and city council are following up on a recent Safe Routes to School Study. School superintendent, Dr. Chris Richardson says the intersection of Jefferson Parkway and Highway 246 is a particular area of concern. In addition to traffic congestion, speed limits are an issue. Dr. Richardson says there’s one big obstacle in the way of fixing the problem locally—because 246 is a state highway, any changes must be given the go-ahead by MNDoT. Members of the school board and city council have expressed interest in working together on solutions, though no specific meeting has been set.
  • The Northfield planning commission met earlier this week to discuss the Prawer-Gill annexation request. It was the first time the commission discussed the annexation since a public hearing on November 24th. One of the issues that came up at both meetings: stream protection. City planner Dan Olson says the commission continues to explore the financial aspects of the proposed annexation. Olson says it’s likely the planning commission will make a recommendation to the city council about the proposed annexation some time in January. 
  • David Graebner is one of two finalists for the position of Northfield Hospital President and CEO. The public has an opportunity to meet Graebner today at the Northfield Hospital Conference Center. Members of the hospital board and city council will also attend the meeting. Graebner has worked for Regions Hospital and HealthPartners Medical Group in St. Paul. A similar meeting was held for Mark Henke, the other finalist for the position, on Tuesday. Today’s meeting is scheduled to run from 4:00 to 5:30.  The hospital’s Board of Directors will likely make a final decision about the position at their December 22 meeting.

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