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“Shop class” looks a whole lot different; Nfld’s debt “pretty standard”; Passion for purchasing becomes Buck Thrifty 

August 18, 2017

As the Northfield school district looks for voter approval of 2 new schools this November, Northfield Schools Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann took a tour of some area high schools. He said they wanted to get some context of space for learning.  They toured  Andover High, a school with 2000 students.  It’s the footprint of the building model they’re looking at for Northfield.  They wanted to get the general layout/footprint of the multi-story school as it sits on a property.  They toured Southwest High in Mpls, to see their collaborative learning spaces, which Hillmann says, takes a different mind set and it was very informative.  They then toured Burnsville High School and looked at their, (more…)

Labor costs largest expense for City; Bridgewater focuses on student behavior and parental engagement; DWI enforcement wave starts tomorrow

August 17, 2017

Northfield Council met in a work session to talk about their 2018 budget.  Administrator Ben Martig explained what some of the services are the City provides public works (streets, etc), police, library, building inspections, a number of utilities and the municipal liquor store.  Funding all of those services and debt the City accrues for projects, comes to about $27 million a year.  Northfield completed an employee compensation study this year which found the City wasn’t comparable.  Martig commented that it will drive their budget for years but they’ve already seen better recruitment as witnessed by Police Chief Nelson.  The City is looking at a 7.1% change in expenses just in labor costs.  Other (more…)

Funding for sustainable agriculture

August 17, 2017

AGRI Grants Help Farmers Test New Ideas to Drive Sustainability

St. Paul, MN – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting applications for Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation (AGRI) Sustainable Agriculture and Demonstration Grants. Approximately $250,000 is available to fund projects that explore new ways of conserving natural resources, enhancing farm profitability, increasing energy efficiency, and improving life in rural communities. (more…)

Comment on Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule ends 8-25

August 17, 2017

MDA seeks written input from the public, farmers, and industry

St. Paul, MN – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s public comment period on the draft Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule ends Friday, August 25, 2017. The purpose of the proposed Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule is to minimize the potential for nitrate-nitrogen contamination from fertilizer in the state’s groundwater and drinking water. (more…)

Three have filed for Nfld Councilor-at-Large; Nfld election holds major school referendum; Dundas discusses new City Hall options with a “jumpstart” for commercial business; Nfld budget work session

August 16, 2017

Three are in the running to complete the last year of the term for Northfield Councilor-at-Large.  Don McGee, Jon Denison and Greg Colby.  Colby was appointed by Council in January when Mayor Pownell vacated her seat to become Mayor.  Denison filed last week and McGee filed yesterday.  KYMN listeners will remember McGee from Beyond the Open Mic.  He’s been a council watchdog for (more…)

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