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Fossum asks to double sentence on drug dealer; NDDC gets 3 year contract; Nfld Outdoors talks with Lt. Gov.

October 18, 2017

38 year old Demarcus Barker has a checkered history with Rice County law enforcement. In March of 2016 he was charged with 9 felonies in connection to drug dealing and a police chase.  He’d crashed the car in a field.  He and his cousin then fled on foot.  Inside the vehicle, police found  they found 250 grams of marijuana.  The next day, in the light, law enforcement searched the area in and around the path of the car chase, they found cocaine, crack and methamphetamine in the ditch along the roadside.  Rice County attorney John Fossum said the charges were contested and a judge dismissed the case.  Fossum’s office appealed and the Court of Appeals overturned the (more…)

“MN Water Hero” continues innovative farming techniques; Osterman in as Executive Director; LWV to host Nfld At-Large candidate forum; Street projects, NDDC and more on Council agenda

October 17, 2017

After replacing the tiling in his farm field, Dakota County farmer Dave Legvold wanted to try something different with his buffer zone.  Normally the tile water goes into the nearest tributary or ditch.  Legvold is testing a technique  called a “saturated” buffer.  The idea is to push some of the water taken from the field and push it into the zone to grow grass, trees, shrubs or whatever.  Through a system of gates water level is regulated to hold it or let it loose.  Legvold calls it crop insurance for drought.  It also allows for too much water to be released.  He’s also researching the best plants to put in the saturated buffer zone.  Working with St. Olaf student, Claire Hinther, they’re looking to see what happens with the nitrogen and phosphorus content when water is forced (more…)

HPC wants to add 5 buildings to historic district; Those swindled via gofundme could get their $ back; Detour on Hwy 246 reminder; Bad gas could give you “knocks and pings”; Referendum mtg tonight

October 16, 2017

The Northfield Heritage Preservation Commission would like to expand the City’s historic downtown district.  Administrator Ben Martig commented on what the HPC does, “it protects with design controls as well as demolition.  But they don’t restrict property owners by requiring them to make improvements to their property, so I would say it’s more a guideline that but in some cases they do need that certificate of appropriateness for approval”.  It’s a balancing (more…)

Diesel-tainted gas delivered to Rochester stations

October 16, 2017

The Minnesota Department of Commerce is alerting consumers that, between Friday and Saturday afternoons, diesel-tainted gasoline was delivered to stations in the Rochester area from the Magellan Midstream Partners Rochester (Eyota) fuel distribution terminal. (more…)

EAB is coming and it’ll be costly; College City wins National award; Brawn beat youth in NAUW fundraising truck pull; NAFRS creates buzz as they douse blaze during Open House

October 13, 2017

The question isn’t IF but when.  This week, Northfield Council heard a presentation on Emerald Ash Borer. The City has over 1900 Ash trees, the target of EAB.  Siri Hoff, a youth intern they hired through Youth First Program put together a presentation with a vast amount of information.  Administrator Ben Martig said they talked about preserving trees, slowing the spread of EAB and postponing the mortality rate while trying to reduce the City’s cost.  The City has already been removing some of the less desireable ash trees as they come upon them. Hoff (more…)


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