Quiet 4th for Police
Seems Northfield was quiet for the 4th. Northfield Police Dispatch reports no incidents or accidents last night involving fireworks. The big incident was a tree going down onto west Woodley Street yesterday morning. The tree was rotted from the inside and split covering Woodley near Water Street. Police arrived and the tree was later moved out of the way.
First step to flood relief
The torrential downpours we received between June 14th and 18th left many surrounding townships with significant damage to roads, parks and crops. While the damage exceeds what Rice County is able to pay for, the Rice County commissioners declared a state of emergency. That’s the first step toward securing state and federal funds to rebuild county infrastructure damage. Rice County Emergency Management Director Jennifer Hauer-Schmidtz told the Northfield News that damages are estimated to be more than $300,000 so far. The county threshold to receive state and federal assistance, is nearly $218,000. An impact statement will be sent to FEMA and Govenor Dayton will write a letter to be sent to President Obama. How long it will take to get money is anyone’s guess.
Just Food says NO
Just Food Coop has joined General Mills and other Minnesota businesses announcing their opposition to the Marriage Amendment. In a statement released yesterday morning, the co-op announced that it signed as a coalition partner with Minnesotans United for All Families. The Press Release states “our purpose in this community is to ‘nourish a just, healthy, and sustainable community’ and Just Food feels that the passage of this amendment would have a detrimental effect on our work toward a just community. ”The Board at Just Food Co-op has decided that the impact of this amendment on our community is significant enough to warrant making an exception to our standard practice of only taking a position on major issues that are food-related. Many of our owners, employees, and customers have demonstrated and voiced a shared sense that this amendment would harm our community.
“Night to Unite” returns, register your party
Do you like to plan parties? The Northfield police department announces Night to Unite returns next month and Deputy Chief Chuck Walerius says “The annual event will again take place in neighborhoods throughout the city, allowing residents to get to know each other”. Public Safety Director Mark Taylor says “it’s an opportunity for neighborhoods and communities to band together, enjoy a summer evening and get to know who belongs in their neighborhood” Residents interested in hosting the three hour block parties on Tuesday, Aug. 7 are asked to call the Police Department or visit the city’s website at www.northfield.ci.mn.us to register their parties. When you register your party, it guarantees that city leaders and police officials will stop by with party favors for kids and crime prevention information for adults. Officers will also ask party-goers about particular concerns in their neighborhood to help develop and implement crime prevention strategies. The event is scheduled from 5pm to 8pm.
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