Beating victim released from hospital
Interim Police Chief Chuck Walerius updated us on the condition of the man beaten and robbed early Sunday morning at the 400 block of Washington street. The victim was released from HCMC yesterday. Walerius says his injuries were mostly to his face where the assailants focused their assault. There’s no permanent damage. Police arrested 26 year old Nicholas Eugene Tenhoff. Two 17 year old males were also involved in the incident. All of them had been drinking. One of the teens is well known to Northfield police, they are working to have him certified as an adult. Tenhoff is charged with 1st degree aggravated robbery and 3rd degree assault with great bodily harm. Tenhoff faces up to 25 years in prison. He remains in the Rice County jail. His next court appearance is January 22nd. Walerius says his department will be stepping up foot patrols downtown especially at bar close.
New Council takes over in fits and starts
Last night was Mayor Graham’s first foray into parliamentary procedures as a Mayor. His take on how it went…
“Comically”. He said he was fortunate to have patient people around him and had to stop and ask direction from City Administrator Tim Madigan. While it took some time to settle into a rythym, 2 items were moved to the regular agenda. Councilor Zweifel said as the county and city look to reform unfunded mandates, she would like to see them lobby the State to change the requirement to designate an “official” newspaper to post notices. Zweifel said “it’s an outdated method”. The City pays the Northfield News $21,000 a year to post official notices. Although a motion passed to approve the Northfield News as the “official” newspaper, an item they have no choice on, Zweifel wants to open the discussion to consider alternate ways of communicating, in particular using the City’s new website.
The second item to be moved to the regular agenda was approval to increase compensation for Fire officer positions. Ludescher was quick to make a motion to table the discussion. The motion passed 5 to 2 with councilors Pownell and Nakasian voting no. Once a motion is made to table an item and then seconded it, no further discussion is allowed. Pownell was disappointed with the move and thought it premature. In regard to whether a Fire Service District is formed, Graham says he’s open to listening to the ESCI consultants. Certainly there’s more to come on this subject. Vice Chair of the Fire Service study group will keep us updated on the progress.
During the work session, council heard from IT Director Liz Wheeler and representatives of Civic Plus on the City’s new website. It’s moving along well and Northfield residents are invited to test it out next week. You can go in and navigate the new site Monday thru Wednesday from 9 to 5 in the training room at City Hall. IT Director Liz Wheeler said they really want to hear your comments. Those comments will be taken into consideration before the official rollout which is now scheduled between January 24th and February 4th. The meeting is archived and indexed online at kymnradio.net.
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