Recent Area News

Council approves Pre-emption opposition amid word play; Hurdles jumped, Fire Hall rehab ever closer; Faribo woman with history – charged again with domestic violence; NHS Band coupon books on sale

March 24, 2017

A growing number of state governments across the nation are introducing legislation to establish laws that would nullify municipal authority, known as pre-emption. For example, the recent legislation to keep minimum wage the same across the State.  Proponents say it equalizes laws, preventing individuals and firms from navigating a patchwork of regulation.  However, it takes away local control.  This week the Northfield Council voted on a resolution to oppose Preemption laws. (more…)

SNAP “Food Challenge”

March 24, 2017

Community Action Center Executive Director Jim Blaha Encourages Community Members to participate in SNAP “FOOD CHALLENGE”

 NORTHFIELD, MINN. (March 24, 2017) – From Sunday, March 26 to Saturday, April 1, Community Action Center of Northfield Executive Director Jim Blaha will be participating in a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly the Food Stamp Program) “food challenge” as part of the Community Action Center’s (CAC) Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign efforts. The challenge is to eat a simple diet on a very limited budget. According to the (more…)

Public comment left “as is”; Bookbag bee brings Ness back to the Library; Read before you react

March 23, 2017

Council voted to approve leaving public comment rules “as is”.  The Northfield Council wrangled over the issue several times.  Councilor Peterson White wanted to cut back to only allowing the public to speak once near the start of the meeting.  Others wanted the public to be allowed to comment on each regular item but felt they must register before the meeting begins.  Jeff Johnson called it the “Victor Summa rule”.  As a Council watchdog, Summa commented at the open mic this week, “basically you’re trying to control a few people that are interested, AS interested as you are in the City of (more…)

Nfld doesn’t need another sheet of ice; NAFRS will look to hire firefighters; Aldi’s closes on Dundas property; Speed limits bump up on Hwy 60

March 22, 2017

The City of Northfield does not need another sheet of ice.  A market study by Ballard&King included a host of statistics.  While the population is expected to grow by 5.5% in the next decade,consultant Jeff King summed it up saying they “did not find a demonstrated need for a 2nd sheet of ice” primarily because, after analysis of existing use, they found that 83% to 94% of “the prime ice time” is sold.  He gave a range because it depends on how you define “prime ice”.  They also took into account the desire for summer ice.  However, they came up with only a 25% capacity level for a second sheet of ice. (more…)

Drug Court

March 21, 2017

Rice County Attorney John Fossum

In July 2014, Rice County, The Rice County Chemical Health Coalition, the Healthy Community Initiatives, treatment providers, the District Court, and other community partners began the Rice County Drug Court program.  The program is intended to help high-risk high-need offenders who would otherwise go to prison beat their addiction and remain in the community rather than be incarcerated.  Continue reading below:

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