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Firearm discharges – local man injured; Morristown teen gone missing – found 2 hours later; Rice Co. ranks 3rd for repeat DWI offenders; Voting information in Northfield and School District;

November 6, 2017

An area man was injured this weekend when his firearm accidentally discharged.   According to Rice County Deputy Sgt. Mark Hlady they responded to report of a hunting accident just before 8 o’clock Saturday morning in the 5000 block of 270th St. East north of Medford. 44 year old Troy Noble sustained a severe injury to his left wrist and hand. The injuries are not life threatening.  He was transported to St. Mary’s in Rochester. Faribault Police, Minnesota State Patrol, Minnesota DNR, Faribault Rescue and North Ambulance all assisted at the scene. The incident is still under investigation.

Morristown teen gone missing – found 2 hours later

Late yesterday morning Rice County deputies responded to a report of a missing 15 year old male in the 24000 block (more…)

Veterans encouraged to apply for Energy Assistance if needed

November 6, 2017

As the state observes Veterans Day this year, the Minnesota Department of Commerce wants all Minnesota veterans who may struggle paying their heating bills to know that help is available from the state’s Energy Assistance Program.

“Minnesotans who served and sacrificed in uniform for our nation should not be left in the cold,” said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman, whose agency administers energy assistance in Minnesota. “Last year our state’s Energy Assistance Program helped keep the heat on for more than 8,100 veteran households. The average grant per household was about $520, providing an essential safety net against losing heat during the coldest months of the year.” (more…)

Voter information

November 6, 2017

Northfield City Clerk Deb Little offers a wealth of information on voting:

Election Day voter registration document is attached.  Election Day Voter Registration link: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/register-to-vote

Where do I vote link: http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/

People can also call City Hall 507-645-8833 for elections information.

Elections and Voter Information on the City website:  https://www.ci.northfield.mn.us/120/Elections-Voter-Information

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MDA Crop Research grants available

November 3, 2017

$1.5 Million Available for Future-Focused Projects to Improve Agriculture

St. Paul, MN – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has announced $1.5 million available to applicants for applied Crop Research Grants through the Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation (AGRI) Program. The maximum grant award is $250,000 per project, which may last up to three years.

Crop Research projects must focus on improving agricultural product quality, quantity and value. Projects must benefit Minnesota farmers and the state’s economy in the next three to five years. Farmers, institutions of higher education, research institutions, nonprofit organizations, agricultural cooperatives, and agricultural businesses with research capabilities are encouraged to apply. (more…)

“It’s a balancing act” City taxes vs wants; Special Election and School Referendum votes on Nov. 7; Sheriff says “falls from deer stands” number one in hunter injuries; “Hit the animal”

November 3, 2017

The City of Northfield set their preliminary levy at 8.5% for 2018.  That’s over 6% higher than the last several years.  Councilor Peterson White said that she’s worked on property tax decision making for a very long time and said that the 8 or “whatever that number shakes out to be” isn’t how much  your individual property tax bill will increase.  It depends on the valuation of your property.  If you have questions, she invites the public to contact her.  All your representatives emails are on the City’s website.  She said they don’t want to overburden the taxpayers but (more…)

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