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Certain public comment at Council meetings – “A problem for democracy”?; Nfld woman faces 5 charges after hitting a stop sign; Community garden plots will be offered

March 9, 2017

 UPDATE: RESPONSE FROM CITY CLERK DEB LITTE on the question of City emails being public record:

Government Data Practices Chapter 13 governs all City data.  The specific section related to your question is as follows:

Section 13.601 Subd. 2. Correspondence. Correspondence between individuals and elected officials is private data on individuals, but may be made public by either the sender or the recipient.

In addition, there are a variety of other types of data that they may be  within the correspondence that would make all or a portion of it classified as confidential, private, nonpublic, or protected nonpublic.  A few examples might be property complaints, investigative data,  data related to a civil legal action or pending civil legal action, etc.

The Northfield City Council postponed a vote on their Rules of Business until March 21st.  The sticking point is Public Comment.  Councilor Zweifel said, “I favor trying having just an open comment section for all comments and people would know when to show up and all the comments would come at once”.  Council is contemplating only allowing those who fill out a registration card by 6pm to get to comment on regular agenda items saying that this would make the meetings more efficient and would not lend them to reactive comment. Councilor Peterson White agreed with a single comment period at the beginning.  She added that, to her, the guiding principle of their meetings comes from the League of Cities, “which reminds us that the purpose of our meeting (more…)

Raiders Boys Hockey State Semi-finals

March 9, 2017

With their 3 to 1 victory over Mahtomedi in the first round Wednesday, the Raiders Boys Hockey team has earned a spot in the State Semi-Finals.  They play Friday at 11am and will face Monticello with the winner advancing to Saturday afternoon’s Class A State Championship game!  KYMN will be airing Friday’s game LIVE!!

Raider Boys Hockey beats Mahtomedi 3-1 to advance to State Semi’s

March 8, 2017

The Raider Boys Hockey team beat Mahtomedi 3-1 this afternoon at the Xcel Energy Center behind 2 goals from senior captain Nick Kvernmo.  Northfield will play Monticello, a 3-2 upset winner over 2nd seeded Delano, at 11:00am Friday at the “X”.  Below is 95 The One’s broadcast of the game with Ben Gislason and Sean Goldsworthy on the call.

Listen to or download the game here:

Nfld officers stop woman driving with .26 alcohol; Public comment stifled or streamlined; NH&C plans multiple scenarios for their Strategic Plan as the fate of healthcare evolves

March 8, 2017

A Bloomington woman is in custody after crashing into 2 vehicles and fleeing a police officer in Northfield on Sunday.  Officers were called to Riverview Manor just after 4pm on report of a suspicious woman asking for methamphetamine.  She rear-ended the reporting party’s vehicle and left.  Shortly after, an officer came upon a crash on Hwy 3 involving the same vehicle.  As he approached on foot, she took off.  Turning onto Jefferson she fled onto Bollenbacher Drive passing another officer at speeds over 65 mph.  25 year old Lauren Elizabeth Schulze (more…)

Animal torture charges against woman housing 66 dogs on New Prague property; Nfld School Board to consider tax implications of possible new High School and Elementary; Nfld Council start time now 6pm

March 7, 2017

A Minneapolis woman running a dog rescue organization in New Prague is facing 7 charges involving animal torture, abuse and neglect. Charges were filed Friday in Rice County against 24-year-old Elizabeth Osterbauer, owner of “Close to Home Canine Rescue”.  Attorney John Fossum said the property is just barely in Rice County.  According to the criminal complaint, a Minneapolis Police Sgt. executed a search warrant at  10550 New Prague Blvd in (more…)

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