Northfield Council says No to Marriage Amendment
In a 5 count vote, the City Council last night chose to make a statement on the Marriage Amendment. Councilor Zweifel, who brought the motion to the council, started the discussion by reading part of the preamble of Northfield’s Charter that speaks to equality for all of it’s citizens. The resolution, as written, caused concern for some of the council members wherein the statement included urging Minnesota citizens to vote “No”. During the public comment period 10 people spoke with 4 people saying the Marriage amendment statement was not a council issue. Mayor Rossing was uncomfortable telling Northfield citizens how to vote. Another issue for her is that public officials cannot advocate for or against a particular ballot question. They can personally advocate or make a statement but they cannot expend public resources on an issue. Rossing’s argument was that they’ve already spent money on it just by bringing it before the Council. Councilor Nakasian put forth an amendment to the original resolution. In part the change removes any language that would suggest they’re advocating how citizens should vote and only that the Marriage Amendment contradicts what Northfield’s Charter says about equality for all citizens and they are sworn to uphold it. Rossing said with that change she could vote for the Resolution. Nakasian reiterated that the council was not telling people how to vote only upholding the City Charter’s mission of equality to all residents. Councilor Pownell has never been in favor of this as a policy statement and abstained from voting. Northfield joins 13 other cities and one county in the state opposing the marriage amendment. Mayor Rossing will be in studio during the 7 o’clock hour. The entire meeting is archived online at kymnradio.net
Big Lake man killed on I-35 near Medford
Minnesota state patrol released the identity of the person killed on I-35 yesterday afternoon. 24 year old Jerry Monette of Big Lake was a passenger in a car traveling southbound near Medford when the driver crossed the median and struck a semi going northbound. The driver, who’s name was not released, is in critical condition. Both passengers were wearing seatbelts. Southbound 35 was closed for over 2 hours in the early afternoon. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
HCI announces winner of Youth PSA video
With nearly 500 people casting votes, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative announced the winner of their 2nd annual Youth Video PSA contest. Chen Ye and KYMN’s Seth Hanson were the top vote getters with their video entitled “WAVE”. Chen and Seth will receive a cash prize for their win. The theme for this year’s PSA contest was “Youth Under Pressure,” with entries focusing on stress faced by youth and ways that adults can help reduce this stress. The video PSA contest is sponsored by the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative and the Northfield Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Alcohol & Drug Use. The 2013 video contest theme will be announced in late spring, with entries likely due in early September 2013. You can view the video on our website.
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