Voter Photo ID voted onto the agenda
The last item on this week’s Council agenda was an addition. Councilor Buckheit made a motion to add issuing a policy statement on Voter Photo ID to the next agenda. Nakasian seconded the motion. Buckheit says this unfunded mandate will mean the cost falls to the City making it a municipal issue. She also believes that with more seniors and students in Northfield the burden would be disproportionate. Mayor Rossing says there would be added costs in training judges and, perhaps, providing ids to residents. Councilor Pownell wanted Buckheit to come back with more documentation on cost. In a 5 to 1 vote council decided to add the Photo Voter ID to their October 16th agenda. Mayor Rossing voted no.
Bly and Dudley accused of violating state law in regard to campaign signs and mailings
An administrative law judge has found probable cause in the complaint accusing Democratic candidate for State Representative, David Bly, of violating state law by using the word “re-elect” on campaign signs when he isn’t the incumbent. The State Office of Administrative Hearings issued the order on Tuesday after a phone hearing last week. The complaint will now be referred to the chief administrative law judge for an evidentiary hearing. The Northfield News reports that, according to the order, Bly admitted at the hearing that campaign signs using the term “re-elect” were posted in the district, but said he did not know the use of the term was improper. Bly reportedly asked LaFave to dismiss the complaint as the violation, he said, was unintentional and therefore not a violation of law. Bly served in House District 25B from 2007 to 2010 when he was defeated by Kelby Woodard. The signs in question are ones he used in his previous re-election campaign. If the court finds that Bly violated the law, he could face a penalty of up to $5,000.
Rice County farmers eligible for federal assistance
Rice County farmers affected by the drought are now eligible for federal assistance. Senators Klobuchar and Franken announced yesterday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a disaster declaration for counties in Minnesota affected by the ongoing drought. This declaration means that farmers in these counties are now eligible for emergency loan assistance from the Farm Service Agency (FSA) to help cover crop or livestock losses.
LWV sponsors Candidate forum which will be streamed live online at kymnradio.net
The League of Women Voters of Northfield will host House district 20B candidates David Bly and Brian Wermerskirchen and Senate district 20 candidates Mike Dudley and Kevin Dahle in a candidate forum tomorrow from 10 until noon at Northfield City Hall. The public is encouraged to attend. The forum will also be streamed live online at kymnradio.net.
NHS sells a piece of the gym floor
Northfield High School will sell a four-piece set of the old gym floor at a silent auction during tonight’s 2012 homecoming game. The recently replaced section spells the word “Raiders” when the 4-by-4 foot pieces are aligned. Bidding will begin at 6:30 this evening at Memorial Field and will close when the second half of the football game begins. The sale will benefit the high school athletics program. Visitors can view the memorabilia on display at the main entrance of the stadium before and during the game. The auction table will be located near the entrance, on the home side of the field.
Recycle your major appliances
Tomorrow’s your opportunity to ditch that old dishwasher. You can unload major appliances for free in Dundas. The Rice County Environmental Services Department is offering a free appliance recycling event from 8 to 3 at the Rice County Highway shop on county road 1. Some other items they’ll accept include dehumidifiers, furnaces, microwaves and more. You must show proof of residency. For more information on what they will and will not accept call 507-33-6833. We also have a link from kymnradio.net to the Rice County website with all the information.
Gear up for test drives for charity
Apple Chevrolet Buick of Northfield is partnering with Chevrolet in the Making Strides against Breast Cancer national test drive day. Tomorrow from 8 to 6 you can test drive any new Chevy and they’ll donate $20 to the American Cancer Society for the fight against breast cancer. There’s no obligation to buy, additional donations will be accepted but are not required. Apple Chevrolet Buick is on Cannon Lane just off Hwy 3. Dokmo Ford will be bringing new cars to Bridge Square to test drive between 9 and 3 tomorrow. For every person who test drives a vehicle, they’ll donate $20 to the local United Way.
Youth help plant bulbs
At their September meeting, the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative (HCI) Board approved grants to support five projects and activities designed to benefit Northfield youth. The projects are funded through HCI’s Investing in Youth grant program. One of those projects includes the NRC Autumn Youth Volunteer Event happening this Saturday.
Area youth are invited to attend this volunteer event where participants will help with fall bulb planting and grounds clean-up. Youth from Bethel Lutheran Church, who frequently volunteer at NRC, will assist with the planning and implementation of the event. Participants will be provided bulbs for planting at home.
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