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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…)

Nfld man in jail after choking woman; Tobacco ordinance should include education; ACC looks to create public policy and celebrate Sidewalk Poets

August 15, 2017

A Northfield man who choked the mother of his child is in custody.  26 year old Darius Leandrew Tankson is charged with domestic assault by strangulation, interfering with a 911 call, 2 counts of misdemeanor domestic assault and brawling.  In the criminal complaint, Northfield police were dispatched to 1502 Koester Ct on Saturday morning on a 911 hangup.  One of the officers made contact (more…)

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