Nakasian is out
Suzie Nakasian has dropped out of the Mayoral race. In a press release Nakasian wrote that “unfortunately it has become clear to me that the added responsibilities of the mayor’s role would be more than I can manage well at this point in my personal and family life.” Nakasian declined to speak on air. Due to election procedures her name will still appear on the primary ballot although she’s not running. Nakasian was elected Ward 1 council member in 2010 and will continue in the capacity. Nakasian’s departure leaves two mayoral candidates — Dana Graham and Rhonda Pownell. Five candidates filed for the position. Nakasian is the 3rd to pull out of the race. Brian Ims is a city employee therefore ineligible to run while Betsy Buckheit decided to run for Council Member at Large instead. The Primary will take place on August 14th.
Body found in burnt out vehicle
A body was found in a burned out car early yesterday morning in Cannon City Township in rural Rice County. Rice County Sheriff’s Department deputies along with the Faribault Fire Department an anonymous report of a fully engulfed car fire at 150th St. W and Acorn Trail. After extinguishing the fire, it was discovered that a victim was inside. Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn says an autopsy will be performed today in Hastings. They may have preliminary results by this afternoon but toxicology results won’t be available for weeks. The case is under investigation by the Rice County Sheriffs department and the State Fire Marshall.
Front end loader ends up in ditch
A St. Olaf owned front end loader went off the road this morning. The driver was going east on Hwy 19 when she lost control and slid off into the steep ditch just east of Knecht’s Nursery. Kevin Larsen with St. Olaf said the driver was taken by ambulance to the hospital but they didn’t expect any serious injuries. Hwy 19 was restricted for a time to right the loader and remove it.
Kenyon’s City Administrator becomes Northfield’s Community Planning and Development Director
The Kenyon City Administrator has been named Northfield Community Planning and Development Director. Chris Heineman has been with Kenyon since 2008. For 12 years before that he was with the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission where he oversaw the $18.4 million “Mighty Ducks” Ice Arena Development Grant Program for cities, counties and school districts across the state. He also authored an economic impact study for the Legislature discussing the value of amateur athletics facilities to the state’s economy. City Administrator Tim Madigan named Heineman last week but will need council approval. A meet and greet with the Mayor and council is taking place right now. His approval will be on tomorrow nights council agenda. Madigan said Heineman’s main focus will be on city planning and working with the Planning Commission. He’s slated to start on August 27th.
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