The Arts and Culture Commission have some grand ideas
The Arts and Culture commission met with Council this week to give an update. Their accomplishments are numerous and they’re passionate about what else they’d like to do. Mayor Rossing said their 2 major projects have the Sidewalk Poetry and the High School sculpture programs which were both funded by SEMAC. They’re looking to apply for another SEMAC grant for both of these initiatives. Their sidewalk poetry project was profiled in yesterday’s Star Tribune. Rossing says the commission has been very active in finding funding. They would like the City to accept a sculpture offered by Maria Guthrie. While Rossing thinks it’s a generous idea she reminded them of the cost of maintenance. They have a large vision for Northfield’s art community. Part of their mission is to also create space for artists to live and do business. They want to grow the Vintage Band Festival to something akin to Defeat of Jesse James Days. The Arts and Culture commission are in their 5th year of a 10 year plan.
HRA discusses construction AND demolition
The HRA meets tonight at 5 o’clock. On their agenda is the recent Award of Tax Credit received by the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency to build a 28 unit townhome complex. They’ll also consider demolition assistance of blighted manufactured homes. The meeting will be streamed live online at kymnradio.net. The Fire Service Study group meets tonight at 7 o’clock at Bridegewater Town Hall.
Everything into the pool
Northfield Police received several calls on damage to property and vandalism. Most of the issues were minor. Deputy Chief Chuck Walerius notes the biggest incident was kids breaking into the Public Pool area and throwing all the furniture into the pool. There was no damage. Walerius says that the pool has video surveillance but with it closed, they likely have turned off the equipment.
Farmers with flood damage can apply for assistance
You have until October 24th to apply for flood damage assistance. In late August Governor Dayton and the state legislature agreed to create a grant program as part of a disaster aid package for flooded farms. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) selected 15 counties to receive assistance including Rice and Dakota. The MDA is now accepting applications from farmers severely affected by the record rainfall in June. They list a number of eligible losses including expenses for clean-up and debris removal. For more information about eligibility and an application form call 1-877-898-6326. The applications will be reviewed and audited by MDA staff, with funds expected to be delivered in January.
Northfield named one of the best 100 communities in the nation for young people
For the 4th year in a row, Northfield has been named one of the best 100 communities in the country for young people by the America’s Promise Alliance. They identify 5 promises critical to the development of healthy, successful children. The number of youth graduating from high school in our community is just one of the many reasons for this distinction. Northfield’s youth programs that offer free activities and opportunities to engage in civic projects are also named for creating a “best community”. The TORCH program along with PRIMEtime collaborative and ARTech were singled out for their programs. The Northfield Mayor’s Youth Council (an official City of Northfield Board of high school juniors and seniors) again authored this year’s successful application which involved identifying and describing how Northfield fulfills the 5 promises which include caring adults; safe places; a healthy start; effective education; and opportunities to help others. Northfield will receive a $2,500 grant, signage identifying the community as one of the nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People, and access to America’s Promise Alliance’s community development resources.
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