A Webster township woman is struck and killed
A 40 year old woman walking her dogs this morning around 80th St. West near Canby Avenue in Webster Township was struck and killed by a van. Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn identified 56 year old Michael Moreland from Northfield as the driver. The woman was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center. Dunn said they received a call at 10:30 this morning that the woman had died.
Witnesses at the scene were performing CPR when sheriffs deputies arrived shortly after 8 a.m. One of the dogs also died at the scene. Moreland and the child passenger in the vehicle were transported to Northfield Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The Rice County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Northfield Police and Lonsdale Fire and Rescue. No charges are being filed at this time against Moreland. The State Patrol will continue to investigate. The identity of the victim is not being released until relatives have been notified.
Council tells HRA that their mission is greater than housing
The elephant in the room during the HRA’s work plan presentation was the friction over the HRA’s reluctance to use lease revenue bonds to fund the Public Safety Center stating that the mission of this HRA is on housing. Councilor Ganey introduced the elephant by reading part of the state statute which clearly states that redevelopment is part of the mission of an HRA. Historically the Northfield HRA has focused on affordable housing. Mayor Rossing suggested the question to answer might be “how did you come to this decision”? Chair Leota Goodney said they discussed their mission at length a few years ago and came up with their mission statement “a partner in providing safe, affordable, secure housing for residents of Northfield.” There’s a distinction between the programs the HRA oversees and the tools given to them by statute. Mary Rossing urged the HRA to take to heart the suggestions they received from council to work together. She said some of the issues that have come up took them by surprise and it was good to hear their decision making process. Rossing then asked if any of them had felt threatened by community members concerning the lease revenue bond issue. After some silence, they all said no. According to a recent Northfield News members of council and the Mayor had received threatening emails and been harrassed on the street over the forms of funding for the new PSC.
LWV sponsoring Council candidate forum tonight
The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a candidate forum tonight for candidates running in the August 14 primary for Northfield City Council. Two seats are contested: Ward 2 with Frank Balster, David Delong, Paul Reiland and Wade Schulz. and the At-Large seat with Betsey Buckheit, Joe Gasior and David L. Ludescher. They’ll make brief statements and answer questions from the audience. The event takes place at 6 o’clock tonight and will be streamed live online at kymnradio.net
Market Fair fairing well
The EDA met this morning. Earlier this year, the EDA granted River Walk Market Fair money for a variety of expenditures with the stipulation they would receive a mid-season update. Fair organizer Barbara Burke said although they have fewer artists the sales were up!
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