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- Northfield police are investigating an explosion that occurred outside of Northfield Middle School on Monday night around 8:00. Northfield Police Chief Mark Taylor says officers found metal fragments from what appeared to be an explosive device on the west side of the building. Chief Taylor says police are looking for a vehicle of interest in the matter. He describes the vehicle as a dark pick-up truck. Chief Taylor says there was no damage inside the building. KYMN will have more coverage of this story as details become available.
- Attorneys for Waterford Township are requesting the city of Northfield wait approximately 30 days before taking action on reconsidering a 30-year old joint resolution with the township. The Northfield city council is scheduled to make a decision on ending tax reimbursements to Waterford at its January 19th meeting. In a letter to Mayor Rossing, the city council and city administrator Joel Walinski, the Waterford attorneys request the 30 days so they may closely review a memo regarding the legality of the tax reimbursements that Walinski shared with Waterford board members on January 11th. The Waterford attorneys also indicate they will review whether discussions between Walinski and individual members of the Northfield city council related to the reimbursements were made in violation of state open meeting laws. Mayor Rossing, Walinski and Northfield city attorney Chris Hood have indicated that no open meeting laws were violated.
- Therapists are now working at the Center for Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation. The new 6,400 square foot addition to the rehabilitation center provides space for a new gym, 15 treatment rooms for physical therapists and a larger, more efficient reception space. Director of the CSMR, Judi Malecha calls the space “a huge improvement in every way.” With physical therapy’s move to the new space, the project’s next phase is underway. The existing 10,000 square feet is being remodeled to provide room for Children’s Therapy & Speech and WorkSystems. They plan to move into the new space some time in April.
- The Twins kick off their 50th annual Winter Caravan in northwestern and southern Minnesota today. Pitchers Nick Blackburn , Matt Guerrier and Twins legend Tony Oliva are headed to Perham, Fergus Falls, Wahpeton and Fargo, North Dakota today. Manager Ron Gardenhire, pitcher Pat Neshek and infielder Matt Tolbert are going to Waconia, Hutchinson, Blaine and Maplewood today. They’ll be at the Northfield Middle School tomorrow from 10:00 to 11:00 and that is open to the public.