Firefighters were called out just before 11 o’clock this morning to a fire at Malt O Meal. Hwy 19 closed between Armstrong and Hwy 3. At 11:20 we received word that the fire was under control but no damage report. THE ROAD REOPENED at 11:40.
The EDA met this morning. Save the Northfield Depot is requesting funding but narrowed their request to monies for a Phase 2 Environmental study and Title work on the proposed site on the Q block. Staff and the board seemed in agreement that this would be beneficial regardless of whether the Depot is able to move there. The city currently owns the land although they will sell it to Save the Depot for a dollar once they come up with the money to move the building. In the last 4 weeks, the STND group says they’ve raised $39,000. The meeting is archived online at kymnradio.net.
Recently Dundas joined with the 7 townships to discuss forming a Fire Service Protection District that would include Dundas, Dennison and Northfield. They appointed Mayor Switzer to be a part of that study group. Bridgewater Township Chair Bruce Morlan explains that the plan is to expand the existing Joint Powers agreement. They would continue to use the same pension plan they have, which is funded. What they need is an HR person to do the paperwork. One piece of the struggle will center around the selection of the fire chief. The City wants this position to be applied for whereas Rural elects the Fire Chief from among the volunteers. Another important issue to the townships is the equipment and the agreement would mean that the Fire Protection District would be solely it’s own entity with taxing powers to fund fighting fires only. There are many other considerations to keep in mind including how to weave in the Fire Relief Association, EMS and the Hospital. The city council, in their meeting last week, said they were interested in being a part of the study group. Bruce Morlan was interviewed on this week’s Law Review which is on our website, kymnradio.net.
The Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys in Northfield will host a centennial celebration of Girl Scouts of the USA today from 5-9 p.m. at the Northfield Historical Society. Dressed in vintage uniforms, local Girl Scouts will kick off the event at Bridge Square with songs, activities, and demonstrations followed by the opening of an exhibit entitled “Northfield Girl Scouts—Then and Now” at the Northfield Historical Society from 6-9 p.m. Spectators can try their hand at tying a square knot or learn how to signal flags. The Community Band will play some of the Girl Scouts favorite songs, beginning at 7 p.m. The “Northfield Girl Scouts—Then and Now” exhibit, runs through mid-August.
This month, Northfield’s own Janet Topp celebrates 50 years of service to First National Bank of Northfield. She began her career after graduating from Northfield High School in 1962. An open house in Topp’s honor is planned for today from 4 to 6 p.m. at the bank’s Downtown location. Topp started as a bookkeeper and is now a teller supervisor and oversees the bank’s Mainstreeters Club.
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