School Board elects officers and 1 member resigns
The Northfield School board held elected officers on Monday. They are Julie Pritchard as Chair, Ellen Iverson as Vice Chair, Noel Stratmoen is clerk and Treasurer is Rob Hardy. Superintendent Dr. Chris Richardson said long time Board Member Ann Maple resigned her position Monday evening. He said she was an “excellent” board member and heavily involved in the Middle School Bond issue and the 2006 Operating levy campaign. With less than a year left in her term, Richardson said, the Board is able to appoint someone to finish out her term. If you’re interested go to northfieldschools.org or call 663-0600. You have until February 1st to apply, a committee will review the applications and make a recommendation to the Board at their February 8th meeting. Tonight the Board will meet in closed session to decide the fate of a student who had an unloaded bb gun in his vehicle.
Rice County Commissioners look to regional partnerships for Economic development
Rice County Commissioners have had an ongoing discussion with Lonsdale and Faribault regarding regional economic development priorities. Commissioner Galen Malecha said on the list are road, street and bridge funding. Malecha says Northfield is very aware of the conversation and will become more involved when a new City Administrator is named. He says lobbying as a group for state and federal funding worked successfully to resurface Hwy 52 from Rochester to St. Paul. Hwy 14 is another example from New Ulm to Rochester. Rural economic development is another area they’d like to receive more tools to help start and grow businesses. Tax abatement is the only tool they have right now. They’ve discussed the Mill Towns trail expansion and a bus transit center. They’re “doing some visioning for the future of possibly locating a transit center somewhere around the I-35 and Hwy 19 corridor”. Malecha says they’ve already met with Benjamin Bus and Minnesota Valley Transit Authority to “pick their brains” for more information. There’s no firm timeline but Malecha said it could happen within 5 years.
Statewide stats on DWI enforcement cite some scary incidents
Just over 2500 people in Minnesota were arrested for DWI during the Holiday enhanced enforcement campaign. The State Department of Public Safety released information on some of the most frightening incidents. In Olmsted County a driver with a blood alcohol level 3 times the legal limit was arrested for the 3rd dwi in 3 weeks. A 50 year old man whose BAC was .25 was driving with his 11 year old in the car in St. Paul. The highest BAC registered was 5 times the legal limit by a driver in Minnetonka. Traffic Safety Director, Donna Berger, said “unfortunately these examples are all too common”. Northfield Police Sgt. Kevin Tussing said they had two DWI’s, one was a test refusal and one is pending blood test results after an ATV crash. Dundas Police had 7 DWI arrests and 2 controlled substance arrests, Faribault had 5 DWI and the Rice County Sheriff’s Office had 2. The numbers reflect additional TZD officers working overtime as well as on-duty officers. Berger says if you choose to drink, you have a responsibility to find a sober ride home. If you don’t, you’re putting other lives at risk.
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