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Veteran Identification Card

October 20, 2017

What is a Veteran Identification Card (VIC) and how do I get one?

The Veterans Identification Card Act 2015″ (Public Law 114-31) was enacted on July 20, 2015. The purpose of the Veteran Identification Card (VIC) is to serve as proof of service in the Armed Forces which can be used to obtain discounts on goods and services offered to Veterans. The VIC does not qualify Veterans for additional benefits administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and does not serve as proof for any benefits to which you may be entitled. Also, the VIC will not grant access to military post or installations. (more…)

Strategic implementation plan moves forward; Assistance for buffer zone compliance; NH&C Dr. Fulco named a Top Doctor in MN Monthly; KYMN Best radio station in Southern MN for the 5th year!

October 20, 2017

The Northfield council approved a small utility rate hike.  Mayor Pownell said for low water users, which is about 50% of residents, it will cost an extra 87 cents a month.  The change will begin January 1st.  They also authorized staff Initiation of the Northfield Strategic Plan Summary (2018-2020) Action Plan Implementation for 2018 to 2020.  Administrator Martig said this is the kickstart of the plan adding that it’s a balancing act as they find their way through all the (more…)

Heads up – Xcel scam – UPDATE

October 19, 2017

UPDATE:  Ziggy’s not the only Northfield business getting the scam call.  Here’s more information from Xcel Energy:

Scam Alert+Tactics Flyer

There’s another scam making the rounds.  Ziggy’s gas station was called earlier today and told that their electricity would be shut down for 45 minutes to an hour if they didn’t pay their electric bill.  The phone number was listed as private and the man identified himself as David Waters and said he was representing Xcel Energy.  He told Pat Zieglar that they were 2 months behind on their payment.  When Zieglar told him to hold on, he would check his bill, the man waited a few moments and then hung up.  Zieglar called Xcel who told him to call police.  They also said they would never call from a “private number” and that, if they come to your home or business, they carry an identifying badge.  The police, unfortunately, can’t do anything about these types of scams.  The number was 818-666-1672.  Although these numbers change constantly.  


Parking still an issue on 2018 street projects; Bill North a Standout guy; Depot becomes Sheriff’s office

October 19, 2017

The Northfield Council voted 6 to 1 on accepting the feasibility study and calling for an improvement hearing on the 2018 street projects.  They also Ordered Preparation of Plans and Specs for one of 3 options that included a raised intersection at 7th and Division and less parking.  The $4.2 million project will create headaches for the downtown but right now, it has business and building owners speaking out.  Dan Christopherson of NAPA and Chris Kennelly, who co-owns the building on the southwest corner of 7th, have repeatedly expressed concerns over the loss of parking.  Christopherson added,“the concept has been approved and nothing has changed there but I do believe that, (more…)

Fossum asks to double sentence on drug dealer; NDDC gets 3 year contract; Nfld Outdoors talks with Lt. Gov.

October 18, 2017

38 year old Demarcus Barker has a checkered history with Rice County law enforcement. In March of 2016 he was charged with 9 felonies in connection to drug dealing and a police chase.  He’d crashed the car in a field.  He and his cousin then fled on foot.  Inside the vehicle, police found  they found 250 grams of marijuana.  The next day, in the light, law enforcement searched the area in and around the path of the car chase, they found cocaine, crack and methamphetamine in the ditch along the roadside.  Rice County attorney John Fossum said the charges were contested and a judge dismissed the case.  Fossum’s office appealed and the Court of Appeals overturned the (more…)


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