Today’s news update – Community support “means everything”; Heads Up – Bump outs are in; Middle school driveway makeover; Depot asks for dollars and City talks takeover


Community support “means everything”

Northfield Police Chief Monte Nelson often talks of the support our community gives to his officers but when 5 Dallas police officers were murdered, our community let the Northfield Police Department know just exactly how valued they really are.  Chief Nelson said, “we started getting anonymous flowers at the PD, flowers and cards and cookies and cake and emails, homemade cards from some young people in town”.  Nelson said those thoughts and prayers “mean everything”.  He continued saying that, “our job is difficult every day of the year, again, we have it pretty nice here in Northfield.  Even the (more…)

Today’s news update – Lukewarm to roundabouts – what about a tunnel?; Rice County law enforcement looks to team up with other Counties; The Passing Zone passes to the next step


Lukewarm to roundabouts – what about a tunnel?

The City’s consultant, Tom Sohrweide of SEH, Inc. updated Northfield Council with their initial findings of the Hwy 246 and Jefferson Pkwy traffic study.  Ten intersections were graded, the worst congestion is NB Hwy 246 at Jefferson during AM and PM peak, it received a D.  Sohrweide offered some options including separate turn lanes, a roundabout and a traffic signal.  Those last 2 are guided by the Minnesota Manual on traffic.  Warrants are based on volume.  Sohrweide said this is very near to meeting warrants.  He’s provided information to MnDot who’s currently reviewing it to see where they stand with that.  Mayor Graham commented this morning, “roundabouts got very lukewarm reception from Council”. (more…)

Today’s news update – New Market man jailed after standoff; Dundas Council approves brewery; Fossum calls for filtering social media information


New Market man jailed after standoff

Elko New Market Police and the Scott County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call late yesterday morning on report of an intoxicated male shooting a firearm into the ground at a residence in New Market. According to a press release, the maleBennett then went back into the residence, an adult female left the house with her children.  However, there was a 7 week old baby still inside the home.  The Tri City Tactical Team responded along with a helicopter from the Minnesota State Patrol. Negotiators attempted to make contact with the man, identified as 32 year old Lucas Benjamin Bennett.  When that didn’t work they breached the front door and used a robot to search the residence. Bennett was found sleeping on a couch and the child unharmed.  She was reunited with her mother.   Bennett was arrested and is charged with Second Degree Child Endangerment and Gross Misdemeanor Domestic Assault.  He remains in the Scott County jail.   (more…)

Community News: Heads up for Hwy 19 closure near Carleton College

MN DotTraffic restrictions planned for Northfield Highway 19 bridge final restoration work

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Motorists will encounter construction crews on the Highway 19 historic stone arch bridge near Carleton College in Northfield as final work begins the week of July 18 for the bridge restoration, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The construction crews are scheduled to mobilize to the site the week of July 18 and begin the restoration work on July 25. A road shoulder closure will be required for approximately a month and crews are scheduled to close the bridge for three days beginning Aug. 26 to apply an epoxy chip seal to the bridge deck.  (more…)

Today’s news update – Reap what you sow – Downed boulevard trees has resident lamenting planting practices UPDATE with comment from Kruggel; Mayor calls for community involvement in Northfield Promise;


Reap what you sow – Downed boulevard trees has resident lamenting planting practices

Traveling down Jefferson Pkwy near the NCRC last week after the storms one would think straight line winds packed a powerful punch to snap off 6 Linden trees in a row.  A little further examination of the trees, found a couple of additional reasons why those seemingly healthy trees snapped off at their base.  Dr. Peggy Anne Hawkins is a resident, a veterinarian at the Cannon Valley Vet Clinic, and just someone who likes to protec the trees.  She was there checking the damage.  She explained that, while not a tree expert, “one thing is they were girdled when they were young.  So they were weed whacked, they were mowed to close to”.  She added that people, in order to keep the lawn mowers from hitting the trees,”put plastic rings around them and then their roots go in a circle”.   (more…)

Community News: Rice County 4-H’ers selected for Presidential Inauguration Focus

Rice County 4-H’ers Vicky Erickson, Kyra Flom and Rose Chmelik selected for 2017 4-H Presidential Inauguration Focus

3366b93ff41777ab792408a6c6a7ab2b45 youth were selected to represent Minnesota 4-H at the 2017 Presidential Inauguration

Faribault (11/July/2016) – Rice County 4-H’ers Vicky Erickson, Kyra Flom and Rose Chmelik were selected as three of 45 youth delegates who will represent Minnesota 4-H in the 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus:  Presidential Inauguration Jan. 16-21, 2017. The delegates will travel to the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Washington D.C. to participate in the citizenship program. The Minnesota 4-H’ers will join youth from across