A Farmington man pled guilty yesterday to criminal vehicular operation and DWI. On May 10th Rice County deputies, Faribault Fire and Rescue along with Northfield Ambulance were dispatched to a personal injury crash in Wells Township. A motorcycle was traveling on 150th street west into a curve onto Elmore Avenue when the driver, 44 year old Samuel D. Huston lost control. 48 year old Tracey L.
Culbert of Burnsville was seriously injured but is recovering. Sheriff Troy Dunn said neither occupant was wearing a helmet. Huston was traveling at about 55 mph when he laid his motorcycle down and ended up in the ditch. A preliminary breath test showed .124 alcohol content. The most serious charge is a gross misdemeanor. There will be a chemical dependency evaluation and a pre-sentence investigation. Sentencing is August 16th.
Rep. Thissen announces run for Governor
Representative Paul Thissen, a Mpls DFLer, former Speaker of the House, who is serving his 8th term in District 61B, added his name to the list of those vying for Governor Dayton’s job in 2018. He says there are 2 specific reasons he’s running, “economic issues and that squeeze that families are feeling and for this idea that we need to create a politics where people feel like their voice is being heard”. He thinks he’s the person to do it. He believes in universal healthcare and, “I think working with Republicans and Democrats is absolutely something we need to do and it’s something, when you look at most of the issues we can get beyond the partisan divide”. He believes in giving more local control to cities for governing. The full interview:
Nfld School Board approves 2017/18 budget
The Northfield School Board adopted their 2017/18 budget. Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann said with revenues of approximately $66.5 million and $6.3 in expenditures. They’ll use some fund balance to cover expenditures, which is what they knew they would be doing. Hillmann said the Board had a great presentation by the SCOPE students who, partnered with the Northfield Historical Society, do some intense historical research and writing. This year their project was to research the impact of World War I on Northfield. They reviewed old newspaper articles and how the war impacted different segments of society. The SCOPE program allows students to create “something that is a gift to the community”. Hillmann said it also gives them these incredible higher order thinking skills such as analytics and reasoning. On June 29th the Northfield Historical Society will unveil their new WWI exhibit.
A dozen local restaurants offer a Northfield Taste Tour
The Northfield Downtown Development Corporation has reinvented a downtown Taste Tour. Executive Director Jenni Roney said that instead of tents on Bridge Square they’ve made it into a food crawl. You’ll walk along Division Street and go into the restaurant to get your food. There are 12 stops between the Archer House and Just Food Coop. Purchase tickets at Bridge Square beginning at 4:45pm. Each ticket is $1 and most items are from 1 to 4 tickets. The action starts at 5 this evening till 7 o’clock. Go to downtownnorthfield.org for all the details on the delicious Taste Tour of Northfield.