Bly fined $600
House District 20B candidate David Bly is fined $600. The State Office of Administrative Hearings rendered their decision this morning. He was accused of deliberately using old “re-elect signs” to confuse voters into thinking he was the incumbent. Bly denied the allegation. He said while ignorance is no excuse, he did not realize that there is a small statute in the guidelines saying that, if the are was redistricted, a former Representative could not use the term “re-elect”. We’ll hear from Bly at the 5 o’clock news.
Ward 3 candidate Jon Denison would reinstate board liasons
In KYMN’s continuing series of candidate interviews, Jeff Johnson interviewed Jon Denison a lifelong Northfield resident who is running for Ward 3. Denison was a city councilor from 2006 to 2010. He was also on the Safety Center task force. He voted to use CIP bonds to afford residents an opportunity to a reverse referendum should they choose. His opponent, Erica Zweifel was interviewed earlier this week. Her interview is archived online at kymnradio.net. This morning Ward 2 candidate Frank Balster was in studio with Jeff Johnson. That interview is also archived on our website.
Big bucks for big truck
At this weeks council work session, Council heard from the Fire Vehicle committee. They’re recommending the purchase of a new 78 foot aerial ladder truck. Fire Captain and truck committee member, Mitch Dewar said the new truck would cost $720,000. The list price is $850,000. You can view details of the truck on the city’s website. Look under City council packet for Tuesday’s meeting. Both Public Safety Director Mark Taylor and City Administrator Tim Madigan were very supportive of the recommendation. Listen to today’s news podcast to hear Taylor talk about the old truck and the new capabilities of the new one. The new truck would fit into the current fire station downtown. This still has to go through the finance department and council has to approve. The money would come from bonding.
SOG gets the A-OK
Taylor and Fire Chief Gerry Franek were present to discuss the Fire SOP aka SOG manual. This Standard Operating Guide was a requirement of OSHA. While the fire department has been operating at most of these standards, they were not written down. Mayor Rossing said there was a lot of knowledge that will be passed down to the new firefighters. The manual also outlines Personnel policies and the Chain of Command. Taylor said that a committee of 7 firefighters helped create the document that will continue to undergo revisions. While the regular body of firefighters won’t vote on approving it, they are invited to offer suggestions. Franek strongly urged that “his guys” get a chance to digest the contents.
Level III sex offender cuts ankle bracelet off in Faribault
A serious sex offender from Minnesota is on the loose. In an article from the Star Tribune 25 year old George D. McIntosh Jr., cut off his GPS ankle bracelet while in Faribault on Monday. The department has issued a warrant for the arrest for the Level III sex offender, who was released from prison Aug. 30 after serving time for two third-degree criminal sexual conduct convictions in Le Sueur County in 2008. McIntosh is described as white, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 160 pounds, with closely shaved red hair and blue eyes. Authorities say that citizens should not attempt to confront McIntosh. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call 911 or corrections officials at 651-603-0026.
Untold Stories this Friday
You’re invited to tour the two colleges Friday night at 6 o’clock. But this is no ordinary student tour! A limited number of 25 ticket holders will begin a tour of St. Olaf and Carleton colleges like no other. This group will instead experience a less-than-public side of each institution as they learn about hidden monuments, secret breweries, and mysterious deaths. The first half of the tour will feature Greg Kneser, vice president for student life at St. Olaf, explaining why nothing on the St. Olaf campus is named after the founder of the college. He’ll have plenty of other tales to tell. Then, across the river, Carleton College Archivist Eric Hillemann will lead a tour to Carleton’s “ghost” buildings and locations associated with stories of hauntings. Only 25 tickets will be sold, they’re $20 each. The group will stop for a break between campuses at Froggy Bottoms (no meal included). Transportation is being donated by Eco Trans. Call the Northfield Historical Society at 507-645-9268 to reserve your spot.
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