LWV candidate forum archived online
The League of Women Voters first in a series of candidate forums is now archived online at kymnradio.net. House district 20B candidates David Bly and Brian Wermerskirchen answered questions from the LWV as well as the audience. Senate District 20 candidates Mike Dudley and Kevin Dahle followed. The next candidate forum will be this Saturday with candidates for Mayor and City Council seats. It starts at 10am at Northfield city hall and will be streamed live online at kymnradio.net.
Red Barn Farm starts Kickstarter campaign
The owners of Red Barn Farm are asking for help. The Northfield News reports that the Winters launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $7,000 for a brick oven that will be NSF approved and cook 4 to 5 pizzas at a time. The pizza club came under scrutiny from the state due to the significant increase in diners each week. The Winters started working with the County in 2011 to obtain the necessary licensing to accomodate the growth of their business. The architectural plans for a number of upgrades to their kitchen and bathroom facilities are now being inspected. Once complete, the plans will go to the Rice County building official where the Winters will likely receive a building permit to get things rolling. The old oven cooked just 2 pizzas at a time. The Winters are excited to get back to business. We have a link from kymnradio.net to connect you to their Kickstarter site. Donations will be accepted through October 27th. As of this morning they’ve already raised a little over $2,000.
Convocation speaker arrested
Carleton College’s Convocation speaker went missing for a time on Friday. New York journalist and immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas was scheduled to speak Friday morning at 10:50am but never arrived. Turns out he had been arrested by the Minnesota State Patrol for driving with an invalid driver’s license. 31 year old Vargas who was to speak about being an undocumented immigrant, was driving on 35W southbound when he was pulled over near 46th Street S. in Minneapolis for driving with headphones in his ears, When the officer found that Vargas’ Washington license had been cancelled due to possible fraudulent activity, immigration officials were notified. Vargas was booked into the Hennepin County jail at about the time he was to speak. He was released three hours later . A Philippines native and former Washington Post reporter, Vargas, started the immigration campaign Define American. He revealed in 2011 that he is an illegal immigrant. He scheduled to appear in Hennepin County District Court on Oct. 18 on the misdemeanor charge.
Annexation agreement and Titan lawsuit will be discussed tonight at Dundas City Council meeting
Dundas City Administrator John McCarthy says they received a summons from Bridgewater township over the Annexation Agreement and they have 20 days to reply. In the ongoing story of Titan vs. the City of Dundas, the City has scheduled a hearing on October 24 for a motion to compel the plaintiffs to produce information. McCarthy will expound on that more fully at tonight’s council meeting. He’ll be in studio tomorrow morning during the Jeff Johnson show.
And the winners are…
And the winning bidders are Vern and Becky Volkert (both graduates of Northfield High School) were the highest bidders for the section of old gym floor the school auctioned off during Homecoming. They’re the parents of NHS graduate and multi-sport athlete Angie Volkert and current athlete Brooks Volkert who is a senior this year. Activities Director Tom Graupmann says the winning bid of the floor sections that spell out Raiders was $410.
Earlier in the day, NHS students and staff gathered for an afternoon Homecoming PepFest which featured musical performances and toilet paper racing. Seniors Allyson Harris and Justin Malecha were named homecoming queen and king.
USDA helps local homeowners
With colder weather upon us, USDA Rural Development is gearing up to help local homeowners finance home improvements through low-interest loans and grants. Funds are available to improve energy efficiency such as replacing windows and insulation. They can also make homes handicap accessible. Applicants must own and occupy the home, and their income may not exceed guidelines established by Rice county. Grants are limited to homeowners over the age of 62. For more information about the qualifications call (507.437.8247, ext. 4.).
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