Carleton gators recovered
Two gators reported stolen from Carleton College in early August were recovered in Nerstrand. According to 2 separate criminal complaints, Rice County investigators received information from a citizen informant of 2 John Deere gators parked behind a large outbuilding at 713 Main street. Investigators found evidence of ignition tampering on both of the ATV’s. 21 year old Dalton Herbert Oster and 22 year old Joshua Gene Goettl rent the property. According to the complaints, Oster admitting finding them a couple of weeks ago on adjacent property. He and Goettl then trespassed onto the property and retrieved the gators using a garden hose to pull them onto their rented lot. He also said that he knew the ATV’s were stolen. Goettl said he never thought about calling the police. The pair have been charged with 2 felonies each for theft and receiving stolen property. Their next court appearances are September 19th.
McCarthy talks Titan, levy increase and Bridgewater Ice Rink
The Dundas city council met last night. City Administrator John McCarthy recommended the city establish a designated Legal Expense Fund as the cost of the Titan lawsuit continues to balloon. McCarthy requested authorization for the transfer of $100,000 from the General Fund to the new Legal Expense Fund. Both parties are set to go before the Magistrate on September 25th. This does not guarantee a settlement but is a step in the process. Should this go to trial, it wouldn’t happen until November 1st, 2013. Dundas council discussed budget last night. They had planned on not increasing the levy but instead chose to raise it by 5%. That number is based on monies to be used to purchase vehicles to better establish their Public Works dept. to handle more of the city maintenance rather than contract it out. They will be looking to hire a fulltime person for the department. They hope to have most everything in place before the end of the year. Dundas has been working for a while to get a grant to put up a warming house, McCarthy says instead they’ll be going inhouse with a group of volunteers. They’ll install lighting and build a warming house for the Bridgewater Heights Ice Rink. McCarthy said the City is also putting up some money for the project, he did not specify the amount.
Council holds closed meeting before work session
The Northfield City council will be holding a closed meeting tonight at 6:30 just before their scheduled work session to meet with legal counsel to discuss pending/threatened litigation related to the police facility financing. The Mayor nor City Administrator Madigan would discuss who might be behind the threat. Their work session is scheduled to follow at 7 o’clock. They’ll meet with the Arts and Culture Commission for an update. Chair Philip Spensley will update council on their accomplishments and what their initiatives are going forward such as developing economic incentives for artists that include housing, studio and retail projects. They will also present their recommendations for the Convention and Visitors Bureau. The work session will be streamed live online at kymnradio.net.
Ganey’s going to Vermont
KYMN news has learned that Councilor Ganey will be exiting his position, perhaps by the end of the year. Ganey represents Ward 4, his term doesn’t expire until the end of 2014. The council will have to appoint someone to fill his place through 2013. City Administrator, Tim Madigan says, in talking with City Attorney Chris Hood, there will likely be a special election in November of next year to elect someone to fill the seat through the 2014 term. Ganey has taken a post in Vermont. It’s not clear yet as to his last day due to logistics of selling his home.
Burning Ban in place until further notice
We are once again under a burning ban. Because of rising temperatures and high winds predicted for today along with our unseasonably dry weather, the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for parts of southern Minnesota. Therefore, all burning permits issued in Rice County are suspended on the authority of the Rice CountySheriff until further notice. Only recreational campfires and grilling are allowed.
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