A fatal crash was reported by the Rice County Sheriff’s department late this morning. Deputies responded to Fairbanks Avenue and 40th St. W. in rural Webster this morning at around 6:45. The initial report was that a man was unresponsive inside the vehicle. Upon arrival, deputies and Lonsdale Rescue personnel confirmed that the man was deceased. He was the driver and the only victim of the crash which remains under investigation by the Rice County Sheriff’s Department and the Minnesota State Patrol. Identification of the victim is being withheld, at this time, pending notification of relatives.
Council proceeds with bid on Fargaze Meadows
Two lots in Fargaze Meadows are tax forfeited land. The original developer didn’t build it or pay taxes. Rice County now owns the land and has opened it up for bid. The City has an option to acquire the land. Mayor Graham says there would be no cost except for a couple of fees. The land, if acquired would be established for public use. Council authorized staff to put in a bid for the land as they would like to have control over it. If they get the land, Public Works Director Joe Stapf says they would have 3 years to decide what to do with the land. There’s no guarantee the City would be awarded the land. Stapf spoke with Auditor Fran Windschitl who told him that, at this time, 7 others have put in bids. He was not told who those other entities are. The Rice County Board will make the ultimate decision of who gets the land. Regardless of who that is, they will have to adhere to Northfield’s land development code.
Dahle remarks on Health Exchange passage
The Minnesota Health Exchange passed through the Senate late last night. District 20 Senator Kevin Dahle says that 70% of Minnesotans would not be affected as they have health insurance. There were numerous amendments, Dahle says voted on about 50 amendments but the first 4 took 4 hours to hear. They accepted 15 amendments. Republicans are concerned with who will sit on the Board and whether the Insurance Companies should be allowed to have representatives on that Board. They estimate 1 million Minnesotans will use the Exchange. The House and Senate have passed different versions of the bill that need to be reconciled before it happens. If Minnesota does not create their own Exchange, the federal government will do it for us. The state has already spent millions, mostly subsidized by federal grants, to set up the technology infrastructure for the system. If it works as planned, consumers will be able to log on and choose among limited health plans chosen by a Board. Senator Dahle’s interview with Jeff Johnson is on our website kymnradio.net.
Just Food taking donations for the Northfield Food Shelf
March is Minnesota FoodShare Month and Just Food Coop is hosting a food drive all month long. You can buy a pre-bagged item and donate right there or donate money at the register. All proceeds will benefit the Northfield Food Shelf. Their goal is $500 and 500 pounds of food. Please donate only non-perishable items like canned meats, baking ingredients, hygiene and cleaning products and canned fruits and veggies. Tomorrow, Just Food invites the public for a local sampling day from 11 to 1.
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