Recent Area News
A number of the cast and crew from the upcoming movie entitled “The Last Love Letter” sat it on the Wayne Eddy Affair today at 10am. They announced that they will be replicating “Winter Walk” on Friday January 22nd 2016 around 5pm on Bridge Square in Northfield. They’ll have props and their own stage where co-writer and actor Jay Black will be performing some stand-up comedy to entertain the crowd. Jay is currently the number one college stand-up comedian in the US.
This is your chance not just to show off our nostalgic downtown, but to gather your friends and family for what is to be a memorable evening of filming in Northfield. Since Winter Walk was so popular this year, they’ll need just as many people to be present during the scenes they shoot.
Be sure to dress accordingly and be ready to “hurry up and wait” as the filming process does take patience. They are currently on day six of shooting with five more days planned in this area.
Lead actors include the following:
Listen to the interview HERE
Edina Realty Supports Habitat for Humanity
Bob Stangler recently applied to the Edina Realty Foundation for support for Rice County Habitat for Humanity
and was awarded $2,000 to help with local efforts to build simple, decent and affordable housing.
Habitat thanks Edina Realty and their continued support with financial contributions and their efforts on the
annual Realtor Build Day.
Rice County Habitat for Humanity partners with families who otherwise may be unable to achieve the dream of
homeownership by establishing partnerships among God’s people to build simple, decent, affordable homes.
School Board elects officers and 1 member resigns
The Northfield School board held elected officers on Monday. They are Julie Pritchard as Chair, Ellen Iverson as Vice Chair, Noel Stratmoen is clerk and Treasurer is Rob Hardy. Superintendent Dr. Chris Richardson said long time Board Member Ann Maple resigned her position Monday evening. He said she was an “excellent” board member and heavily involved in the Middle School Bond issue and the 2006 Operating levy campaign. With less than a year left in her term, Richardson said, the Board is able to appoint someone to finish out her term. If you’re interested go to northfieldschools.org or call 663-0600. You have until February 1st to apply, a committee will review the applications and make a recommendation to the Board at their February 8th meeting. Tonight the Board will meet in closed session to decide the fate of a student who had an unloaded bb gun in his vehicle.
Rice County Commissioners look to regional partnerships for Economic development
Rice County Commissioners have had an ongoing discussion with Lonsdale and Faribault regarding regional economic development priorities. Commissioner Galen Malecha said on the list are road, street and bridge funding. Malecha says Northfield is very aware of the conversation and will become more involved when a new City Administrator is named. He says lobbying as a group for state and federal funding worked successfully to resurface Hwy 52 from Rochester to St. Paul. Hwy 14 is another example from New Ulm to Rochester. Rural economic development is another area they’d like to receive more tools to help start and grow businesses. Tax abatement is the only tool they have right now. They’ve discussed the Mill Towns trail expansion and a bus transit center. They’re “doing some visioning for the future of possibly locating a transit center somewhere around the I-35 and Hwy 19 corridor”. Malecha says they’ve already met with Benjamin Bus and Minnesota Valley Transit Authority to “pick their brains” for more information. There’s no firm timeline but Malecha said it could happen within 5 years.
Statewide stats on DWI enforcement cite some scary incidents
Just over 2500 people in Minnesota were arrested for DWI during the Holiday enhanced enforcement campaign. The State Department of Public Safety released information on some of the most frightening incidents. In Olmsted County a driver with a blood alcohol level 3 times the legal limit was arrested for the 3rd dwi in 3 weeks. A 50 year old man whose BAC was .25 was driving with his 11 year old in the car in St. Paul. The highest BAC registered was 5 times the legal limit by a driver in Minnetonka. Traffic Safety Director, Donna Berger, said “unfortunately these examples are all too common”. Northfield Police Sgt. Kevin Tussing said they had two DWI’s, one was a test refusal and one is pending blood test results after an ATV crash. Dundas Police had 7 DWI arrests and 2 controlled substance arrests, Faribault had 5 DWI and the Rice County Sheriff’s Office had 2. The numbers reflect additional TZD officers working overtime as well as on-duty officers. Berger says if you choose to drink, you have a responsibility to find a sober ride home. If you don’t, you’re putting other lives at risk.
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On Tuesday, Jan 12, St. Dominic’s Cub Scout Pack #300 presented the Northfield Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Steering Committee with a $200 check. The Cub Scouts worked hard to raise money and made a donate in support of our local family members who have either serviced in the military or are currently serving. Special thank you to all the cub scouts for all the hard work and this very generous gift!
Multiple sites for Muni discussed
The Northfield City Council had a lengthy discussion regarding possible Liquor Store sites. They were presented with 10 possibilities, 5 of which met all 4 Council goals. Liquor Operations Director Stephen DeLong’s preferences for further analysis were the Q-Block, Econo Foods lot and the Amcon site. The analysis would include acquisition, demolition, environmental study, ballpark construction costs, operating costs and a cash flow analysis. He added as an alternative he would be happy to include 1 or 2 more sites raising the analysis to 5. “It seems like a lot and normally…. the way this process works is the City narrows it down to 3 or 4”. Council had a hard time narrowing it down, although most appeared uninterested in the Amcon site due to a number of issues. Seven sites were estimated at generating over $4 million in sales with nearly $5 million projected at the Q-block site. Mayor Pro Tem Ludescher added, “I don’t know what the Council’s view on it is, we haven’t talked about in detail whether or not we are going to build a new liquor store, whether we want to but I think the first step is maybe just see if we can make money before we decide if we want to do it or not”. Dakota Worldwide consultant Elliot Olson, who conducted the study, told Council, “I think for long term survival, if you want a Muni, you need to get bigger”. The Chamber of Commerce site was also bandied about as an option with Nakasian pushing for it to connect with a possible future transportation hub, however the intersection in the area is also set to change. The MnDot site at the corner of Hwy 3 and Woodley was also brought up. Recently they’ve given indication that they would sell it. Two councilors were interested in THAT site for a new Fire Station but that’s another discussion entirely. Councilor DeLong thought it inappropriate for Council to narrow down the list at a work session but rather vote on it at a meeting. That would allow the public to comment. Ludescher said, “I think what’s going to happen is, staff is going to bring it back for the Council to try to narrow it down to 3 sites”. Stephen DeLong wants it narrowed and so did most of the Council. You can view the full report by Elliot Olson here. Dakota Worldwide Liquor Store Study
MnDot’s okay for School Speed zone opens possibilities
Once MnDot gave the go-ahead and Northfield Council approved it, creating a School Speed Zone on Hwy 246 has been moving along quickly. The zone would start south of the Middle School to north of the High school. Superintendent Chris Richardson said the speed will be lowered and signs will be posted. They also need to provide MnDot with a plan for crossings of Hwy 246. They are considering a crossing on the south end that would get kids from east of 246 to the Middle school. It would be at Anderson Drive. They’re also considering a north end crossing. MnDot’s okay has opened up many possibilities. The District intends on getting public input and will be engaging parents and citizens in upcoming discussions.
Dundas approves deed restrictions
The Dundas Council took care of the new year administrative business and approved deed restrictions for land parcels attached to the regional park in order to start getting the grant dollars for land purchases. City Administrator John McCarthy says this means that they agreed to utilize the land only for what’s specified in the grant agreement. Northfield passed a similar resolution last week.
Rice County Hort Day
As we get through our cold snap, Rice County is sending out information on their Horticulture Day coming up March 12th. It will be held at Buntrock Commons from 8:30 to 3:15. There are 4 seminars, plenty of interaction and lots of garden ideas plus lunch. For more information go to Rice County Master Gardeners U of M facebook page.
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