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Council set to sign agreements with NAFRS; Nfld School Board getting ahead of the game; Rescue Squad kicks off fundraiser; Extra officers out tonight

March 17, 2017

Four agreements are going to come before the Northfield City Council for a vote regarding the NAFRS Fire Facility.  Administrator Ben Martig explains that there’s an architect and construction managers agreement to get into the formal designs and construction documents.  The other components are pre-construction cost agreements which are a little more complicated with a Joint Powers Board as the City owns the building and land while the Joint Powers runs the operation.  The City of Northfield will do the bonding as owners of the building and then be paid back by (more…)

Basil’s looks to expand indoor dining; Nfld Schools looks to add a 7th grade Health Teacher; Gengenbach’s honored by Northfield Rotary

March 16, 2017

Basil’s Pizza has been working on an expansion involving the City-owned property at 219 Water Street, for about 3 years.  There have been several incarnations in that time and the latest was presented to the Northfield Council this week.  Administrator Ben Martig said they’re looking at a $140,000 project that would include, “a one story actual building expansion that they’d be looking to offer more dining space as well as some restrooms for the public”. This would be an enclosed space as opposed to the Pergola and outdoor seating they presented last year.  However, (more…)

Township elections; Presidential Commons can’t pay their debt; MGM still has hoops to jump; SCWD offers native plants for purchase

March 15, 2017

Township elections were held yesterday.  In Dakota County’s contested races, Donovan Palmquist won Eureka Township Supervisor over Allen Novacek by 10 votes and Butch Hanson took the other Supervisor seat over Nancy Sauber by 6 votes. In Greenvale Township, they have their first female Supervisor, Darcy White won over incumbent (more…)

MGM gets liquor license while church asks for rezoning; St. Patrick’s Day lands on Friday and law enforcement says “have a plan”; NAFRS fire facility update on Council agenda; Township elections today; Bly discusses buffer zone compliance

March 14, 2017

The Dundas City Council approved a liquor license for MGM Liquor.  It’s part of the renovation of the old K-Mart site which will also house a movie theater.  The vote was 3 to 1 vote.  City Administrator John McCarthy remarked that there was concern because a church wants to rent space there too.  Canvas Church would like to rent a space but, according to code, they can’t be within 300 feet of an establishment with a liquor license, nor does it allow for a church to be in a business zone.   McCarthy said that means that if the liquor (more…)

$5 a day – Food challenge during Foodshare month; Snow brings crashes and a snow emergency; The City’s strategic planning kicks off April 6th; Kyte receives MASA Distinguished Service Award

March 13, 2017

Could you live on about $5 a day for food and drink?  That’s the challenge through Northfield’s Community Action Center during FoodShare month. The idea is to educate the public on food insecurity as well as generate a significant amount of their annual budget.  Executive Director Jim Blaha said their goal is $125,000 and 25,000 pounds of food.  The dollars give them 3 times the value because they can purchase food through the Food Bank in Rochester. The CAC’s foodshelf serves about 360 families a month.  SNAP benefits are about $5 a day.  If you buy a coffee, that’s a minimum of a dollar, have a beer at a local bar, that’s about $4.  The families of Mayor (more…)

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