Wood burning stove starts Londale home ablaze
A wood burning stove is to blame for a blaze that all but destroyed a home in Lonsdale Christmas eve. The house on Dover Trail caught fire Monday afternoon and quickly spread. The Lonsdale Fire Department called in support from the Northfield and Faribault Fire Departments to haul in water to get at the blaze. The fire began at about 11:30 a.m. on Monday morning, and continued to burn. By 4 p.m., the Lonsdale Fire Department felt the blaze was under control but it flared up again yesterday afternoon. The home had already been nearly destroyed. Lonsdale Fire were able to extinguish the 2nd flare-up without outside help. There were no injuries reported. Red Cross responded for assistance with the family.
Dundas home a “total loss”
Another fire completely destroyed a home in Dundas this morning. Fire Chief Gerry Franek said the home on Coe Avenues is a “total loss.” He told the Northfield News that the fire was so far advanced by the time firefighters arrrived that there was “no internal attack” they could do to save it. Franek said that the homeowner wasn’t there at the time of the blaze and that there were no injuries.
Director position posted
The City of Northfield has posted for the position of Director of Library and Information Technology Services. Lynne Young announced her retirement in October after 27 years with the City. The salary ranges from nearly $84,000 to $92,000 plus excellent benefits according to the ad posted on the City’s website. If you’re interested, an application and resume must be submitted by January 28. For more information call Greg Albrecht, of M & A Executive Search at 952.545.6980.
Rice County sets budget at 4.48%
Rice County commissioners set their budget at 4.48%. Commissioner Galen Malecha says it’s “a no frills budget”. Although it did allow them to hire some additional staffing including a position at the jail that had been held open for several years due to budgeting issues. They also hired 2 ½ more positions in Social Services. There are still 7 positions open that will remain unfilled for now. Earlier this year, Commissioners also approved a $500,000 electronic data management system for Social Services that went live last week.
Waste Management ends Refuse contract on a sour note
Public Works Director, Joe Staph, is reminding residents that DSI will take over refuse collection for Northfield starting January 2nd. He says by now, everyone should have a new refuse cart from Dick’s Sanitation. Stapf says you should start using that new cart for all refuse following your last pick-up of the year by Waste Management and leave the Waste Management cart at the curb so they can pick them up. Carts that may have been missed due to residents being out of town may be placed at the curb during the following week. All other aspects of the program will remain the same, including the use of stickers to be attached to extra bags of trash as part of the pay-as-you-throw program. The sticker program for Yard Waste will also be operated the same way as it is currently. In a separate press release, Stapf noted that residents who are not able to put their carts out to the curb due to disability need to provide the City with a new and current statement from their doctor confirming their disability. The City will pass this information on to Dick’s Sanitation as soon as possible. Waste Management haulers have been required to go onto the property to collect the bins and then return them. They are refusing to provide that list to DSI which includes about 200 homes. In the release Stapf says, “The City of Northfield and Dick’s Sanitation apologizes for the inconvenience brought about by this unfortunate decision by Waste Management.” For more information, please contact Joe Stapf at 507-645-3020. Here is a link to the full PressReleaseBackDoorService.docx.
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