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NAFRS Board rejects bids and changes course toward General Contractor; Nfld Council hears implementation of City ID; Townships hold mtgs and elections

March 13, 2018

The NAFRS Joint Powers Board held a special meeting late yesterday afternoon to discuss and vote on a resolution regarding the Fire Facility.  As reported last week, the remodel bids came in too high and too little for a complete project. Using a Construction Manager, they created 23 bid packages, of those only 11 were bid on.  In just two of those bid categories, Carpentry and Electric, the cost was $300,000 more than estimated.   The Facilities committee met last week and recommended rejecting the bids and to re-bid the project with a General Contractor. Construction Manager Steve Underdahl, of ProCon, and Architect Dave Medin attributed the low bid turnout and high numbers to the strong construction market.  Administrator Martig added, “you (speaking of contractor) have to provide your own performance bond, you have to have your (more…)

Visit Northfield Awarded at Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference

March 13, 2018

During the 2018 Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference, held at the Verizon Center this week, several individuals, organizations and tourism businesses were recognized at the annual Excellence in Tourism Awards banquet for their contributions to the state’s $15 billion travel industry.

The Northfield Convention & Visitors Bureau was presented with a Marketing Award of Excellence for website redevelopment.  Lisa Peterson, director of tourism from the Northfield Area Chamber of….   READ the full press release below:

EMT Tourism Award 2018.docx


BBB warns of Cellphone porting scam

March 13, 2018

Did you know that someone could steal your cellphone number and ‘port’ that over to another carrier without your knowledge? This is a newer scam and it’s been happening around the country – including the Twin Cities. It’s also a new means through which scammers can steal your identity and withdraw funds from your bank accounts. The scariest part is that this type of scam, called cellphone porting or port-out scam, uses your safety protocols to gain access to your financial and personal accounts and logins. Better Business Bureau® of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) offers insight into this new scheme and tips to help people protect themselves from it.  READ the full release below:

Press Release – BBB Warns of Cellphone Porting Scam.doc

2nd drug dealer pleads guilty; “Good intentions” increased Housing costs; Mayor for a Day Essays due today; Smile Drive is ON – drop off at KYMN studios

March 12, 2018


Last week, March 7th,  44 year old Joshua Larkin Reiter, of Faribault, pled guilty in US District court to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine.   In exchange for the plea, Rieter is looking at nine to 13½ years in prison and 3 years supervised release. Sentencing is July 10th.  Reiter and 38 year old Cole Earl Thompson of LeSueur were arrested at a gas station in Northfield last September. Agents of the Cannon River Drug and Violent Offender Task Force had been observing the pair, being aware of their hierarchy in the drug trade. Thompson is a top distributor and Reiter is a runner for him.  Agents found just over a POUND of meth, (more…)

Township elections and Annual meetings are tomorrow

March 12, 2018

Tomorrow is Township Day in Minnesota.  Townships across the State are holding their annual meetings, many of them also opting to hold their elections.  Contact your Township Hall for open poll times. For Rice County contact information click HERE.   For Dakota County, click HERE.  Locally, the list of candidates includes:

2018 Township candidates (2)



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