Epic Enterprise celebrates 8 years of service to the City
The Northfield City Council set a record last night with their shortest regular meeting yet. They were out by 9:20pm and managed to get quite a bit done. They had a presentation by Epic Enterprise Inc. who have contracted work crews to the City since 2004 and presented a plaque to the City for 8 years of service. They honored several City employees including Liz Wheeler who hired Epic. Epic representative Kathy Topp recognized Bernie Shackel, Jeffry Ness, Alison Watkins and TJ Heinricy for their advocacy. Three Work crew members talked about how they love working for the City. They were given City of Northfield sweatshirts.
6th and 9th street improvements move forward, Maple/Prairie street improvements get another hearing and Council agrees on Rules of Business
Council passed a resolution authorizing the preparation of plans and specifications for the improvements to 6th and 9th streets between Water and Washington. This will come back to council March 5th with more details. The Maple/Prairie street improvement project has been a bone of contention among council members – failing at the last meeting. The biggest issue being whether to add a sidewalk on the west side as they repair Maple Street. Residents are adamant that it not be added while some council members are advocating for the sidewalk as the street is on the Safe Routes to School. Last night, council approved a new public hearing for March 19th. You can bet there will be more discussion surrounding the sidewalk issue. The lengthiest discussion concerned their Rules of Business. Mayor Graham said they had a great conversation. Several councilors made suggestions that everyone seemed to agree on. The idea is to help the meetings go smoothly. Mayor Graham’s interview is posted on our website along with the entire council meeting which is now indexed at kymnradio.net.
3 Northfield schools make national news with good nutrition
Three Northfield schools make national news. Bridgewater, Greenvale Park and Sibley Elementary Schools are being recognized for working to support and improve the health of our children and our community. The HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC), sponsored by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, is a voluntary national certification initiative for schools to create healthier school environments through good nutrition and physical activity. There are 4 levels of performance for the HUSSC award: Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Gold Award of Distinction. The 3 Northfield elementary schools have qualified for the Silver award which carries a $1,000 monetary incentive. They’ll celebrate their success on Friday.
FFA celebrates this week
This is National FFA week. Randolph FFA Advisor Ed Terry has been with the FFA for over 40 years. He said just 2% of the population are farmers now but 22% of the workforce is involved in agriculture. Terry meets with 60 kids on a daily basis and another 40 in outreach areas a couple of times a month. To celebrate FFA week, Terry will take 6 students up to the Capital tomorrow for FFA Day to meet with Senator Dahle, Representative Bly and “see how government works”.
He says it’s a good way to teach the kids how to talk to their government officials. The Randolph FFA has accrued several awards including the 2012 “Premier Exhibitor” with the best and most animals at the State Fair. Terry says that’s comparable to a state championship in sports. Northfielder John Peterson is the regional winner in agricultural placement and will be going to state competition this year. Terry says these kids have an advantage when applying for jobs in the ag industry. And, yes, they still have the blue corduroy jacket.
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