Northfield woman charged in animal cruelty case goes to court today
The Northfield woman charged with 14 felony counts of animal cruelty will be in court today. In April of this year, 61 year old Dayna Kristine Bell, owner of Bell Kennels in Sciota Township, was accused of drowning puppies. According to the criminal complaint, witnesses saw Bell drowning puppies in buckets of water and a swimming pool then throwing them in a freezer or in the garbage. Each felony carries a sentence of up to 2 years in prison and/or up to $5,000 in fines. Bell is also charged with 2 misdemeanors. An omnibus hearing is scheduled for 1:30 this afternoon.
Dundas council meets tonight
The Dundas city council meets tonight at 7 o’clock. On the consent agenda is approval of an invoice Bridgewater Township submitted of nearly $41,000 for the
2011 annexation tax rebate. Staff audited the supporting information and is recommending council approve the payment. In City Administrator John McCarthy’s weekly report he stated that Dundas has grown. The State Demographer has estimated the population of Dundas to be 1,402 as of April 1, 2011, an increase of 2.6% from the 2010 census.
Jeff Pesta named Southeast Division Principal of the year
Northfield Middle School Principal, Jeff Pesta, was named Southeast Division Principal of the year. He was recognized at the organization’s annual conference on June 20th for his 15 years of service as a principal in Minnesota. He’s now eligible for the Minnesota Principal of the Year who will be selected this Fall.
Just Food donates $5,000
Just Food Coop just donated $5,000 to Grow a Farmer. The Rural Enterprise Center (REC), oversees Grow A Farmer, a program that provides tools to give rural and
urban residents of all ages, cultures, economic and immigration status an opportunity to farm within their communities. Each new farmer will typically need a loan of $4,000
to $7,000 from the Grow a Farmer Microloan fund. This means that Just Food’s $5,000 donation allows one new farmer to enter the system; when that farmer is able to pay back his or her loan, their repayment opens up funding for another farmer to begin, allowing the cycle to continue.
Crazy Daze, Taste of Northfield, Maggie Lee tribute and pet adoption all this Thursday!
Thursday’s going to be busy in Northfield. Crazy Daze starts at 7 am to 7 pm with city wide bargains and contests. Local food vendors will kick off the Taste of Northfield at 5pm. A beer garden will be set up on the 4th street bridge with wine tasting as well. There’ll be a silent auction and a $1,000 raffle. A tribute to Maggie Lee will include a guest appearance by Northfield’s Marilyn Sellars and the Prairies Edge Humane Society will hold a special cat adoption in the lobby of the Northfield News from 8a to 1pm.
LWV holds candidate forum
The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a candidate forum on Thursday, the 26th for candidates running in the August 14 primary for Northfield City Council. The event will be held at the Northfield City Hall Council Chambers at 6:00 PM. Only 2 seats are contested: the Ward 2 seat and the At-Large seat. Those candidates will have the opportunity to answer questions from the audience and to make a brief statement. Running for Council Member at Large are Betsey Buckheit, Joe Gasior, David L. Ludescher and for Council Member Ward 2 are Frank Balster, David Delong, Paul Reiland and Wade Schulz.
Red Cross at emergency levels
Red Cross blood donations are at their lowest level in 15 years. Red Cross spokeswoman Sue Gonsior says supplies are at emergency levels and they are in critical need of donors. You can donate in Northfield on Thursday at the Northfield Hospital from 8am to 1pm. For more information go to redcrossblood.org.
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