Dudley facing fines
Another Northfielder is facing a fine from the Minnesota Office of Administrative Hearings. Mike Dudley, who is running for Senate District 20, is accused of violating state law for failure to put a required disclaimer on campaign material he sent out in August. Thomas Rees, a Lakeville resident and former Republican State Representative, noticed the infraction and emailed Dudley’s website to find out who paid for the material. An administrative law judge found probable cause and tomorrow there will be an evidentiary hearing before a panel of 3 judges. Dudley faces up to a $5,000 fine.
Candidates discuss arts, culture and history of Northfield as it relates to economic development
Election season is upon us and the first public forum of all the candidates for Northfield Mayor and council seats for Member-at-large and Wards 2 and 3 is taking place this Thursday at the Weitz Center for Creativity. Sponsored in part by the Arts and Culture Commission, the first 45 minutes will focus on the city’s support of the arts, culture and history of Northfield and how they are economic engines for the City. The second half will be open for your questions to the candidates art-related or otherwise. The forum starts at 7 o’clock in room 236 and all are welcome.
Council measures statement on Marriage Amendment
The City Council has a regular meeting tonight at 7 o’clock. They’ll approve plans to replace Ward 4 Councilor Patrick Ganey. Council will discuss the RFP’s for refuse collection which includes pickup of organic wet waste. It appears rates will rise regardless of who they choose to haul the waste. Likely it will be less than a dollar a month. Northfield City Council is being asked to adopt Resolution #2012-090 making the statement that they are opposed to the marriage amendment. During their September 19th council meeting, Councilor Zweifel brought the motion to place the item on the agenda. Whether it’s council business to make such a statement has been an oft-asked question. Mayor Rossing said that while she, personally, will vote no in the election she doesn’t feel that making a statement on the issue is City business. Twelve cities have adopted a similar resolution. The meeting will be streamed live online at kymnradio.net.
Burning ban remains in effect
The burning ban is back. All burning permits issued in Rice County are suspended until further notice due to dry and windy conditions. Only recreational campfires and grilling are allowed. Per state statute, campfires cannot be more than three feet in diameter by three feet high.
Costume Closet seeks donations
Northfield Public Schools 3rd annual “Costume Closet” event is October 13th. They’re accepting donations now through Friday. If you have a gently used Halloween costume you’d like to donate you can drop it off at the Community Services offices at the Northfield community resource center on jefferson parkway or at the 3 elementary schools. The event runs from 10am to noon on Saturday the 13th. You can buy costumes at a reasonable cost and the money raised goes to help fund recreational and enrichment scholarships for kids in various activities. Last year they raised just over $400 for scholarships.
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