Northfield pilot escapes serious injury
A Northfield pilot escaped with minor injuries after crashing his small single-engine plane
yesterday afternoon. According to Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows, 61 year old Benny Harris Svien was flying back to his home after a brief flight when he experienced mechanical problems during landing. After crashing into a cornfield,the plane caught on fire. Svien was able to get out of the plane, sustaining only minor cuts to his neck. The plane was destroyed. The crash was reported at 2 o’clock. The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office, Farmington Police and Fire Departments responded. The crash occurred in a cornfield about half a mile north of County Road 86 and east of Highway 3. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) were on scene yesterday.
TIGER grant informational meeting tonight
The City of Northfield will be hosting an informational meeting tonight to brief interested members of the public about the current status of the TIGER Grant trail project that will connect the east and west sides of Hwy 3 for non-motorized traffic. The meeting is scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. in the second floor training room at Northfield City Hall. City staff members and representatives of WSB & Associates will be present to explain the project and answer questions. The TIGER grant was awarded for just over a $1 million. The City Council approved a local funds match of $500,000.
Northfield man racks up another felony while in jail
A Northfield man in jail for 4 felonies including ransacking a Nerstrand woman’s home, is now charged with felony stalking. 40 year old Dale Robert Voracek was allegedly making numerous phone calls to a former girlfriend, the woman who’s home he ransacked. According to the new criminal complaint, Voracek left messages from jail telling her he loved her and asking her to marry him. On July 16th, the victim went to Rice County to have her number blocked from the jail. voracek tried to reach her 8 times that day and then daily for several days. He then attempted to contact her at work and through relatives. In all, investigators counted at least 118 phone calls from Voracek. He was previously convicted for the same charge in February of this year. If convicted of the latest charges he could face up to 15 years in prison.
Tour De Nick set for Saturday
The 9th annual Tour De Nick is this Saturday. It’s a beautiful bicycle ride through Rice and Goodhue counties to benefit SAVE – Suicide Awareness Voices of Education. Tour De Nick is the brainchild of Bill Metz to honor Nick Sampson who was a member of the Northfield Bike Club, now the Cannon Valley Velo club. Cyclists can choose from 3 rides. A 10, 20 or 50 mile ride. There will be ride leaders and personnel along the 50 mile route should anyone get into difficulty. The donation for the event is whatever you’re comfortable giving. This is the first year they’ve had a fundraising page on Facebook. Tour De Nick or SAVE
The goal is $3,000 for a matching grant. They’re currently at over $2,000. They will make some money also on jersey sales. Cyclists will gather at Mike’s Bikes around 9 o’clock with a brief welcome and then ride in silence for a short while to honor those who’ve gone and those who’ve survived. There will be a gathering on Bridge Square after the ride with treats and comradery. SAVE was started in Minnesota and has become one of the top organizations in the nation to raise awareness for suicide prevention.
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