Today’s news update – As NAFRS works on SOG’s elected officials share concerns; Narcan video aimed at loved ones of addicts; Northfield Hospital – best place to have a baby; NEC lunch & learn on Facebook marketing

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As NAFRS works on SOG’s elected officials share concerns

NAFRS is in the process of updating their Standard Operating Guidelines or, SOG’s, from those written a few years ago when it was the Northfield Fire Department.  There were a number of red-lined items to the document that elected officials on the Joint Powers Board were concerned with and wanted further discussion.  Mayor Graham wanted to clarify that the Board was not discussing whether to have live-in personnel at the fire station, they definitely do, but rather, “that question at the Board meeting was under what rules and regulations should our sleepers have?”  Graham also took issue with Chair Glen Castore saying that the report done in 2011 as Northfield created SOG’s for the Fire Department was “osha-like”, when in fact it was done by OSHA’s Vikki Sanders.  KYMN spoke with the Communications Director for the Dept. of Labor and Industry, James Honerman who oversees OSHA.  He stated that Sanders is the leading compliance consultant in the State.  OSHA provides a free consultation to any small to medium sized company.  It is an effort to keep employees in a safe working environment.  Sanders went through every department in the City at the time.  Her report helped shape the SOG completed in 2012.  Graham added that the City of Northfield is the landlord of the building, “in that OSHA report it talks about the liability that Northfield has under certain circumstances.  So we can’t just brush it this off”.  The Board chose to send it back to committee.  As board members adjust to the new government entity, “this is Boardroom politics and we have to get these things settled before this new entity of NAFRS is going to be effective for the long range”.  NAFRS will meet with the City of Northfield at a work session on February 23rd.  Part of that discussion will be centered on the facility.

Narcan video aimed at loved ones of addicts

Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn was asked to assist with a naloxone and narcan video.  He said, “we reenacted an overdose scene utilizing the Sheriff’s office and Northfield Ambulance”.  They also shot a scene at Rolling Green cemetery.  The idea is to get people who have loved ones with a chemical addiction to purchase narcan.  It can save the life of someone who’s overdosing.  Jessica Astrup and Dr. Jennifer Fisher of Sterling Drug, and Kathy Sandberg from the Chemical Health Coalition put it together.  Kids from the Mayors Task Force on Youth Alcohol and Drug Use acted in the video.  Dunn says they’re still editing but hope the finished video will be available this week.

Northfield Hospital – best place to have a baby

Northfield Hospital is one of the best places in Minnesota to have a baby, according to the Women’s Choice Award, which rates healthcare organizations based on patient satisfaction and clinical excellence.  Northfield Hospital is one of 17 Minnesota hospitals to earn the award, and one of just five small hospitals (fewer than 100 beds) honored statewide.  The Award is based on patient recommendations collected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The award is given to hospitals that rank above the national average for patient recommendations. Other factors include above-average rankings for patient safety, and low rates of early elective deliveries. (Northfield Hospital has a policy against early elective deliveries, for best baby health.) Read the entire press release on

NEC lunch & learn on Facebook marketing

The Northfield Enterprise Center is offering a free Lunch & Learn this Thursday from noon to 1pm.  Facebook for Small Business.  Social media is everywhere and your business can utilize the online marketing tools. Facebook can be an asset for your business if used correctly. Holly Sobrack (Westbrack Marketing) will share the basics, show you the tricks and answer questions regarding this rapidly changing social media platform .  A light lunch will be provided free. Limited spaces available, please reserve your seat.  Call 507-786-9065.  The NEC is at 510 Washington St.

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15 with the Author | ‘La Ropa Sucia – Dirty Laundry’ by Owen Riess 2/8/16

Nearly every biker dreams of the big ride!  Whether they make it happen is another story.   Author Owen Riess leaves Rochester, MN on Christmas Day with three of his friends. They trailer their Harleys down I-35 to Laredo, unload the bikes and head into Mexico.  On today’s 15 with the Author, Teri Knight talks with Reiss about his book “La Ropa Sucia – Dirty Laundry” in which he chronicles their journey south of the border.  index


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