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Nfld Mayor creates PAC seeks buy-in on vision for NW ag land; Man arrested again on DANCO; UCC Pastor announces run for 20B Representative

March 23, 2018

The newly formed  Northwest Area Process Advisory Committee, or PAC, wants buy in from the Planning Commission and the EDA.  Mayor Pownell created the PAC to advise on what to do with the land annexed west of the hospital now that a Senior Housing project is set to break ground in June.  In 2009 the City annexed 540 acres in Greenvale Township. A consultant was hired in 2010 and drafted a Master plan which was presented to the Planning Commission, the EDA, the Council in 2011.  All of whom had questions. Ultimately it went nowhere. Fast forward to 2018 and the Senior Housing facility changes the landscape. The (more…)

New YMCA Board members

March 23, 2018
The Northfield Area Family YMCA is very pleased to announce two new community members who have joined the Y’s Board.  Nancy Antoine, Bridgewater Elementary School Principal and Nate Engle, Controller for St. Olaf.  Nancy and Nate will provide wonderful guidance with their time and talent in support of our local YMCA.  Pictured (L to R):  Gretchen Ehresmann, Board Chair, Nancy Antoine, Nate Engle and Virginia Kaczmarek, Executive Director

Street assessments set; Debate over Charter vs Statutory City; Nfld Hist. Society store remodel and two new exciting/powerful exhibits

March 22, 2018

The City of Northfield set their street assessments for the $4.6 million downtown improvements.  Administrator Ben Martig said that 10% of the project will be paid for by those assessments. He added that they’re “setting the maximum” so as they have the hearings with the public, those rates could go down.  Assessments range from $41 per linear foot for a mill and overlay for residential properties to $158 for reconstruction for commercial properties.  Washington Street from 2nd to Woodley will be a (more…)

Task force rebrands ASAP; Sen. Smith goes to Washington with an opioid bill; Chief disappointed over 3 DWI’s in 24 hours; CAC’s Blaha retiring

March 21, 2018

The Northfield Council held the First Reading to change the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth alcohol and drug use to a commission.  In January of 2017, the Council approved a motion to make the group more permanent. The task force was formed in 2006.  Administrator Martig said they’re rebranding themselves as Northfield Alliance on Substance Abuse Prevention aka ASAP.  The task force has been  very successful, for example, they’re Take It to The Box program  ( a medication collection box) which (more…)

Sen. Tina Smith on Opioid legislation

March 21, 2018

Teri Knight talked with Senator Tina Smith on the Opioid epidemic.  She talks about the bill she’s introducing to address the need for treatment and recovery programs, in particular, for tribal communities.  She also talks about the Penny a Pill tax she and Gov. Dayton introduced.


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