A living treasure leaves us
A living treasure has passed away. Ray Jacobson, was known for his many artistic contributions to the city of Northfield and was chosen as one of two initial recipients of the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission’s Living Treasures Award. Chair Philip Spensley, reported to the Northfield News that he received a call yesterday morning from a mutual friend that Jacobson, known to friends as “Jake,” had passed away. Jacobson was was known nationally for his sculpture. He has several pieces of public art around Northfield. His sculpture on Bridge Square is currently being cleaned. He taught for 31 years at Carleton College and had been producing artworks his entire life.
City Council moves to look for suggestions on possible use of the Gleason property
During the City Council meeting this week they discussed the offer of the Gleason property to the City of Northfield. The city looked at it for various uses but so far none have been a good fit. After review of the soil borings, Public Works Director Joe Stapf said that the property would need to be excavated should a building be placed on the site. After some discussion, council approved a motion to direct staff and boards and commissions to look into other possible uses for the property.
Progress continues on council’s 2012 work plan
The council also discussed their 2012 work plan progress. Mayor Rossing said they’ve accomplished quite a bit and she had council and staff to thank for that. Council talked about how the progress reports could come back to council in a different format. Councilor Zweifel suggested creating living google documents to update as appropriate to keep the council and the public informed of various projects.
A Faribault man is charged with rape
A Faribault man is charged with rape. 21 year old Taylor Joseph Watson reportedly assaulted a woman left behind at his home by mutual friends. The woman was intoxicated at the time and doesn’t remember everything but Watson allegedly told one of the friends that he had had sex with her while she was drunk and that she kept saying “no”. According to the complaint, the friends say that she is a “light weight” drinker and that Watson is “constantly inappropriate and derogatory towards women”. After Watson told the friend what he’d done, the friend talked with the victim and they went to the Faribault Police Department. In the complaint, the friend told the officer what Watson did “is out of line and if this happened he needs to answer up”. Watson denied the charges saying “they always cry wolf”. He later admitted to performing sexual acts on the victim. Watson’s been charged with 1 count of 1st degree criminal sexual conduct as well as 3rd and 4th degree. They are all felonies. If convicted of the most serious charge, Watson could face up to 30 years in prison and/or a $40,000 fine. Watson was released on $2,000 bail.
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