Today’s news update – It took time but Northfield Council [mostly] vote yes; AV man gets jail time and probation for stealing from athletic club; 2015 Sal Army Bell Ringing starts Friday

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It took time but Northfield Council [mostly] vote yes

Slightly over an hour after they began the discussion, the Northfield Council last night approved Mayor Graham’s appointment of CC Lindstroth as Interim Administrator.  The position has been vacant for 3 months after Nick Haggenmiller was let go.  Mayor Graham’s initial choice, Community Development Director Chris Heineman, who has experience as a City Admin, was resoundly rejected twice.  In dispute last night were a couple of things.  The resolution that offered Lindstroth an employee contract outlining a salary of $120,000 and the duties of the position.  Lindstroth also has no Admin experience.  DeLong and Pownell questioned why they didn’t write the contract as an independent consultant.  Graham said he and HR Director Michelle Mahowald had not considered that.  She said they used the template from previous Interim Admins.  Previous contracts included benefits but Lindstroth’s does not.  Pownell also wanted to change the job description to reflect a more “keeping the lights on” position than one of any authority.  Graham reiterated that the Administrator works for them, that Lindstroth has no plans for wholesale changes and if they change the contract, they could lose her.  Zweifel added that it’s the same process and the same job description they followed with Tim Madigan and Joel Walinski.  She said she has the same expectations now as she did with the “those people”.  Nakasian said she didn’t have enough information about Lindstroth, however, Council was told her name would be brought forward by Graham.  He said most, if not all, the council know who she is.  He encouraged them to talk with her, which did not happen, and to talk to staff members. After a proposed amendment and an amendment to the amendment, the final vote was 5 to 2 for hiring Lindstroth with the contract proposed.  Nakasian and Pownell voted no.  Graham commented,”I brought forward an experienced candidate that didn’t go through.  So I’m bringing someone forward that I think can build bridges and get things accomplished and be a great resource for us for a 3 month period”.  Lindstroth is a retired Northfield school teacher, a former council member and is currently on the Hospital Board. She has consulted for other school districts.  She starts Monday.

AV man gets jail time and probation for stealing from athletic club

The Apple Valley man who pled guilty to stealing funds from the Rosemount Area Athletic Association was sentenced yesterday in Dakota County Court.  63 year old, Robert Steven Reischauer was given 180 days in jail and 20 years of probation.  While employed as the RAAA finance manager, Reischauer wrote fraudulent checks to himself between 2011 and 2013.  He has also been ordered to pay $113,532 in restitution.

2015 Sal Army Bell Ringing starts Friday

The 2015 Salvation Army Bell Ringing season starts this Friday.  Ed Little has volunteered his time for years coordinating groups to ring the bell in Northfield, Lonsdale and Faribault.  He says the time slots are 2 hours long and they need lots of people.  There are 2 locations in Northfield, Econofoods and Cub Foods.  The hours are Fridays from 10am to 8pm and Saturdays from 8a to 6pm.  The hours are the same in Lonsdale with the location at Fred’s IGA.  This is the only Salvation Army fundraiser for Rice County.  Ed said 87% or 87 cents of every dollar stays in Rice County.  Of the 13% that goes to Division headquarters, Ed said part of it goes for disaster relief which has included flooding in our area.  Approximately 7% is used for administrative costs.  To sign up call Ed or Gina Little at 507-838-1623.  You can also email them at

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Today’s news update – Possibilities but no arrests yet in bank robbery; Local Educators to be recognized and a step closer to Special Ed cooperative; Nfld Council to vote on Interim Admin tonight; Friends of the Library pleased with Give to the Max donations

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Possibilities but no arrests yet in bank robbery

The Northfield police department continue to work with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in connection with last Friday’s robbery of Premier Bank on 5th street downtown.  Hours after the suspect’s picture was posted on local media websites, including, Deputy Chief Mark Dukatz said that locally they had feedback from people who thought they recognized the robber.  While Northfield police will do local investigative work, they will talk with the FBI first so as not to duplicate efforts or jeopardize anything they’re doing.  If you have any information you’re encouraged to call 645-4477.

Local Educators to be recognized and a step closer to Special Ed cooperative

It’s American Education week.  The Northfield School Board will hold a retired educators luncheon on Monday the 23rd and a breakfast on the 25th to recognize all local educators including years of service, teacher of the year and education assistant of the year.  Superintendent Chris Richardson said they will also recognize a “friend of education”, someone who supports the local school system.  Richardson added that they are finalizing plans with Faribault school district for the Cannon Valley Special Education Cooperative.  They’re waiting for the Department of Education’s official blessing.  Once that’s done, they’ll go forward with expanding the plan and finalizing a facility.

Nfld Council to vote on Interim Admin tonight

On the Northfield Council Consent agenda is the 2016 operating budget for NAFRS.  It must be approved by the 3 entities involved in the joint powers including the City of Dundas and Rural.  Their total budget is $525,000, Northfield’s share is just over $379,000.  This does not include the new fire truck or the fire facility.    There will be a public hearing on delinquent utility charges.  On the regular agenda is a request by Gary Weiers, the consultant searching for a permanent City Administrator, to increase the salary compensation and approve the position profile.  Also on the agenda is to approve CC Lindstroth as Interim Administrator and consider a funding request for the NDDC.  The City will stream it live on their website and Mayor Graham will be in studio tomorrow morning at 7:20 with a recap.

Friends of the Library pleased with Give to the Max donations

Friends of the Northfield public library are elated after Give to the Max day as they raised over $7800.  Treasurer Bill North reports that, with their matching grant, they’ve gained $15,680 for the Capital Campaign. North said the donor of the matching funds will continue the match until 31 December 2015 or until the $15,000 total is reached.

The Salvation Army Bell Ringing season starts Friday!  Will have details on how you can sign up tomorrow.

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Community News: IRS Tax Preparedness Series – documents for next season


FS-2015-26, November 2015

Well-organized records make it easier to prepare a complete and accurate income tax return next filing season. The Internal Revenue Service encourages individuals to gather the adequate documents that can also help provide answers if their return is selected for an audit or to prepare a response if they receive an IRS notice.

This fact sheet is part of a series of weekly tax preparedness products designed to help taxpayers begin planning to file their 2015 returns.

Basic Recordkeeping Tips:

Identify sources of income. This will help separate business from nonbusiness income and taxable from nontaxable income.

Keep track of expenses. Use records to identify expenses for which a deduction can be claimed. This helps determine if deductions can be itemized on the tax return.

Keep track of the basis of property. This includes the original cost or other basis of the property and any improvements made.

Prepare tax returns. Records are needed to prepare a tax return.

Support items reported on tax returns. The IRS may question an item on a taxpayer’s return. Their records will help explain any item and arrive at the correct tax. If the correct documents cannot be produced, this could result in the payment of additional tax and potentially be subject to penalties.

Records such as receipts, canceled checks and other documents that support an item of income, deduction or credit appearing on a return must be kept as long as they are relevant under federal tax law. Generally, this will be until the statute of limitation expires for that return.  For assessment of tax owed on a timely-filed return, this usually is three years from the due date of the return.

Kinds of Records to Keep

Although the law does not require any special form of records, be sure to keep all receipts, canceled checks or other proof of payment and any other records to support any deductions or credits claimed. Also, for any refunds claimed, a taxpayer’s records must show that they actually overpaid their tax.

Electronic records – All requirements that apply to hard copy books and records also apply to electronic storage systems that maintain tax books and records. When replacing hard copy books and records, make sure to maintain the electronic storage systems for as long as they apply under federal tax law.

Copies of tax returns – These can help prepare future returns and could be needed if filing an amended return or for an audit. Copies of past returns and other records can also be helpful to the survivor or executor or administrator of a taxpayer’s estate.  If necessary, request a copy of a return and all attachments (including Form W-2) from the IRS by using Form 4506, Request for Copy of Tax Return. There is a charge for a copy of a return.

Basic Records – These are documents that everybody should keep and that prove income and expenses. If a taxpayer owns a home or investments, basic records should contain documents related to those items.

Income – These records prove the amounts reported as income on the tax return and may include wages, dividends, interest and partnership or S corporation distributions. Records can also prove that certain amounts are not taxable, such as tax-exempt interest. If a taxpayer receives a Form W-2, they should keep Copy C until they begin receiving Social Security benefits to protect their benefits in case there is a question about their work record or earnings in a particular year.

Expenses – Basic records prove the expenses for which a deduction or credit is claimed on a tax return. Deductions may include alimony, charitable contributions, mortgage interest and real estate taxes. There may also be child care expenses for which a credit can be claimed.

Home – These should enable taxpayers to determine the basis or adjusted basis of their home. This information will be needed to determine if there is a gain or loss when selling a home or to figure depreciation if part of the home is used for business purposes or for rent. Records should show the purchase price, settlement or closing costs and the cost of any improvements. They also may show any casualty losses deducted and insurance reimbursements for casualty losses. Records also should include a copy of Form 2119, Sale of Your Home, if the previous home was sold before May 7, 1997, and postponed tax on the gain from that sale. When selling a home, records should show the sale price and any selling expenses, such as commissions.

Investments – Basic records should enable taxpayers to determine their basis in an investment and whether they have a gain or loss when selling it. Investments include stocks, bonds and mutual funds. Records should show the purchase price, sales price and commissions. They may also show any reinvested dividends, stock splits and dividends, load charges and original issue discount (OID).

Proof of Payment – Taxpayers should keep these records to support certain amounts shown on their tax return. Proof of payment alone is not proof that the item claimed on the return is allowable. Taxpayers should also keep other documents that will help prove that the item is allowable. Generally, payments are substantiated with a cash receipt, financial account statement, credit card statement, canceled check or substitute check. If payments are made in cash, be sure to get a dated and signed receipt showing the amount and the reason for the payment. If payments are made using a bank account, it is possible to prove payment with an account statement.

Account statements – It is possible to prove payment with a legible financial account statement prepared by a bank or other financial institution.

Pay statements – Taxpayers may have deductible expenses withheld from their paycheck, such as charitable contributions, union dues or medical insurance premiums. Be sure to keep year-end or final-pay statements as proof of payment of these expenses

Health Insurance documentation – While the IRS does not require taxpayers to submit documentation of health coverage with their tax returns, gathering documents in advance will help return preparation at tax time. Beginning with records for tax years 2014, taxpayers should keep insurance cards, explanation of benefits statements from their insurer, W-2 or payroll statements reflecting health insurance deductions, records of advance payments of the
premium tax credit and other statements indicating that they or a family member had and maintained health care coverage.

If claiming the premium tax credit, taxpayers will need information about any advance credit payments received through the Health Insurance Marketplace, the type of coverage obtained at the Marketplace, the premiums paid, and the months covered.

If the taxpayer or any of his or her family members are granted a coverage exemption from the Marketplace, they will receive a notice from the Marketplace with their Exemption Certificate Number. Taxpayers should keep this notice, along with any other documentation to support an exemption claimed on the tax return. Find more information on Gathering Your Health Coverage Documentation page on

If a taxpayer has employees, they should keep all employment tax records for at least four years after the tax becomes due or is paid, whichever is later.

Create an Electronic Additional Set of Records

Emergencies can happen anytime. By keeping a duplicate set of records including bank statements, tax returns, identifications and insurance policies in a safe place and away from the original set, taxpayers ensure protection of their records. Keeping an additional set of records is easier now that many financial institutions provide statements and documents electronically, and much financial information is available on the Internet. Even if the original records are only provided on paper, these can be scanned into an electronic format.

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Today’s news update – Northfield man on bail charged with 2 more felonies; Council continues division on levy but MAY agree on Interim Admin; McCarthy invites public to ask questions; Local road closures

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Northfield man on bail charged with 2 more felonies

One of the men charged with robbing Dawn’s Corner Bar in Dundas in January is back in jail.  25 year old Benjamin Hunt of Northfield has been busy.  He was scheduled for a jury trial in connection with the Bar burglary in October but, while out on bail, 2 more criminal complaints were filed against him for robbing the Woodley Car Wash in August and again in September.  A warrant was issued and he was apprehended Saturday.  His jury trial has been moved to November 30th and he’s scheduled in court December 11th for the car wash thefts.  Hunt is well known to law enforcement with an extensive criminal history including burglary, assault and weapons convictions.

Council continues division on levy but MAY agree on Interim Admin

Last week the Northfield City Council heard from Finance Director Melanie Lammers on Finance policy and the levy.  Council passed a 3% preliminary levy in September and will finalize the number on December 1st.  Mayor Graham said, “there are some on the Council that want to pass the final levy at 3% and there are some of us that would like to go lower because we feel like we’re in a financially good position”.  There will be one more work session to figure it out.   The Council may have some help with a possible Interim City Administrator.  Last week Graham said he would put forth another name for the position as “we can’t have this division continue”.  He wants someone with an extra set of eyes, an extra set of ears that the Staff can bounce things off of and have an understanding of what Council is looking for.  Graham is thinking outside the box with CC Lindstroth.  She is a retired teacher, a former council member and a current member of the Hospital Board.  Graham said the interim position will be for a few months as the search continues for a permanent administrator.  The vote will be held tomorrow evening at the Council meeting.

McCarthy invites public to ask questions

Dundas City Administrator John McCarthy says the Dundas Council will hold their taxation hearing at their first meeting in December and encourages the public “to come in and talk to me or any of the council people.  I’d be very happy to work with the folks and explain to them exactly where their money goes”.  The public hearing on taxation is scheduled for December 14th.  The levy and budget must be set by December 28th.

Local road closures

A segment of Hall Avenue / Spring Creek Road on Northfield’s southeast side closed today through November 25th, 2015 as part of the Hills of Spring Creek 7th Addition Development Project. Utility Crews will be installing a new watermain from Michigan Drive to the newly constructed Huron Court.  A detour is posted using Woodley Street, Prairie Street, and Jefferson Parkway.

A segment of TH 246 / Woodley Street west of Casey’s gas station will be closed from Wednesday, November 18th thru Saturday, November 21st, 2015 for the utility connection of a building expansion project.  A detour will be posted using the Highway 3 frontage road and Professional Drive.

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Community News: Parkinson’s Support Group to meet on Nov. 18

Nfld HospParkinson’s Support Group to meet on Nov. 18

The Northfield Parkinson’s Support Group will hold its monthly meeting on November 18  at Northfield Hospital. Individuals who have Parkinson’s, or those with a loved one who has Parkinson’s, are invited to attend. This event is free and open to the public.

Northfield Parkinson’s Support Group

Wednesday, Nov. 18

2:00-3:30 pm

Northfield Hospital, Conference Center (lower level)

2000 North Avenue

This is an opportunity for individuals with Parkinson’s and their loved ones to share their experience and concerns with others and receive educational, social and emotional support.

This month a representative from the Nutrition and Dietetics department of Northfield Hospital & Clinics will speak about nutrition.

For more information, contact Kathy Lathrop, OTR/L at (507) 646-1195 or

Northfield Parkinson’s Support Group is hosted by the Hospice and Home Care division of Northfield Hospital & Clinics, an independent, integrated health care organization providing a wide range of healthcare services to patients throughout the Twin Cities south metro and southern Minnesota.

Northfield Hospital & Clinics has a 100+ year history of serving the healthcare needs of local communities. We combine advanced technology with personalized, patient-centered care to provide excellent service in primary and specialty healthcare. Our regional approach is designed to provide primary and specialty care services to all residents throughout the region.

Betsy Spethmann

Director of Community Relations

Northfield Hospital & Clinics

(507) 646-1034