The votes are in…
The results are in. Although voter turnout wasn’t a standout in Northfield, the field has narrowed for open council seats. Betsey Buckheit garnered 749 votes for the At-large seat, she’ll face David Ludescher who received 646 votes. Joe Gasior, the 3rd in that race finished with just 352 votes. For Ward 2, where 4 people were vying for votes, Frank Balster and David DeLong each received 112 votes. They’ll move on to November. Paul Reiland wasn’t far behind with 104 votes, Wade Schulz was at the bottom of rung with just 61 votes. Although Suzie Nakasian pulled herself out of the Mayoral race, her name was still on the ballot. She received 248 votes. But Dana Graham took top spot easily with 912 votes, Rhonda Pownell, who he will race against received a little more than half of that at 548 votes. In Senate District 20, Republican Mike Dudley tromped on rival Gene Kornder. Dudley received nearly 2600 votes to Kornder’s 400. He will face Northfielder Kevin Dahle. Another contested race was Rice County Commissioner for District 5. Jeff Dokken will face Richard Cook. Just 70 votes separated the two. For Dakota County Commissioner in district 1, they’ll be voting for either Mike Slavic who handily won or Christy Jo Fogarty. There were 5 running in that race.
The Hospital Task Force will recommend taking the sale of the Hospital off the table
The Hospital Task Force met Monday night for their third official meeting. Councilor and Chair, Betsey Buckheit was pleased with how the meeting went. The major story out of this weeks meeting is that the task force will make a recommendation to the council that the Hospital will not be sold. Buckheit says the task force researched options and felt that a collaborative effort toward public health was more beneficial to the citizens and that taking the sale option off the table gave the Hospital the reassurance they needed to move jointly together. The council still has to approve the recommendation but Buckheit feels that it will be received warmly.
The Task Force will continue to learn more and review other models of community health initiatives. They plan on inviting experts to openly discuss ideas with the task force and the community.
Habitat for Humanity is looking for volunteers this Saturday
Rice County Habitat for Humanity is looking for volunteers this Saturday for the Dundas Blitz Build. Habitat’s Dayna Norvold is looking for a total of 70 volunteers. There are 3; 4 hour shifts that start at 7am. They’re also looking for people to bring meals out to the workers. Their only requirement for you to work is you must be 18 years of age. Skilled people will be on site to teach and direct the volunteers. volunteers will meet at the site at 130 Miller Lane in Dundas. For more information check out their website habitatricecounty.org Click on Stanton Build.
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