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Remember Radio – March 23, 1947

January 26, 2020
Introducing Remember Radio, a brand new show set during the Golden Age of Radio in the 1940’s. Your hosts Andrew Rossow and Rich Larson bring you music, news and radio serials of the era, in a fun and entertaining presentation.
Remember Radio
March 23, 1947
Remember Radio March 23, 1947

Bids to go out for Hwy 246 & Jefferson Pkwy roundabout on Feb. 27; NAFRS votes in new Chair, oks quarterly meetings; Library looking for vinyl donations

January 24, 2020

By Teri Knight, News Director

Expect big changes at Hwy 246 and Jefferson Pkwy this year when work begins on a roundabout at the intersection. The Northfield Council voted to approve the final design and open bids on February 27th and award the project March 10th. This intersection has been debated for years. Many felt a stoplight would be appropriate, however, an intersection control study in 2016 stated there wasn’t enough traffic for MnDot to place a stoplight there. Administrator Martig added, “another negative too, even if we could add a signal, is there is some evidence that a signal in that location could actually increase speeds allowing more direct through traffic. With greater speeds comes great severity of (more…)

Local Sales Tax Option to be sent to Legislators; T21 passes in Nfld with restrictions on buying as well as selling; CRDTF nets 4 suspected drug dealers

January 23, 2020

By Teri Knight, News Director


A local sales tax option could be on Northfield’s November ballot. In a 6 to 1 vote, the Council approved asking the legislature to allow them to place a ½ cent sales tax option on this year’s ballot. The dollars collected must be used for capital projects and have a regional benefit. Administrator Martig shared three options at the Council meeting. They chose Option A which could include, Martig said, “the riverfront corridor improvements that we’re doing, Bridge Square, Riverwalk, Ames Park, Babcock Park would be eligible. And then around sports and recreation, health related activities. We have a soccer complex, we have Sechler Park as an example. We have defined it exactly but are there enhancements for those like restrooms”It would also leave the door open to provide (more…)

Man pleads guilty to rape of Nfld woman; Nfld Council passes 2020 mill & overlay alternative; Wood burning stove to blame for fire

January 22, 2020

By Teri Knight, News Director

A man, charged in December 2018 of several charges, pled guilty to 1st degree criminal sexual conduct last week in Rice County Court. 27 year old Tyler Douglas Murphy has been jailed since the complaint taken by Northfield police. A woman called to report that, Murphy, her ex-boyfriend, told her he was going to pay her money he owed but instead, he brutally raped her. He told Northfield police that he had just been released that morning and planned to assault and kidnap his ex-girlfriend to get money to pay a drug debt.  He also admitted to a past sexual assault and staging an aggravated robbery at a hotel in Northfield. Sentencing is scheduled for March 23rd. The charge carries up to 30 years in prison.  (more…)

1/2 sales tax option on Nfld agenda; Nfld Schools construction update; Rice Co. Waste Wizard

January 21, 2020

By Teri Knight, News Director

The Northfield Council votes tonight on whether to ask the State Legislature to put a ½ cent sales tax on the November ballot. During a work session last week, Administrator Martig explained the dollars would be used for Parks and Recreation but must have a regional appeal. This is not to fund just our specific neighborhood parks. The tax would be in play for a maximum of twenty years. Martig said, “if for that 20 years you just did a pay as you go, we’d collect $13 million estimated based on what we’ve seen in the last 6 years or so”. Breaking it (more…)