Summary judgement denied – Schmelzer case will move forward
Summary judgement denied and a jury trial is set to begin next Monday. That’s the decision by Rice County District Judge John Cajacob in the case of Schmelzer versus the Nfld. Chamber of Commerce. Mary Schmelzer is the former Chamber of Commerce Executive Director who was let go from that position in November of 2013. Her attorney Alf Sivertson alleges,”basically, she was terminated because she engaged in protected activity by raising concerns to the [Chamber] Board about this Jerry Anderson’s conduct in the workplace. She then was retaliated against and terminated”. In October of 2013, the Board felt that Anderson had done nothing wrong in an incident over the annual meeting but should not be a Board member, in November they terminated Schmelzer’s employment citing her “distrust in the Board”. Sivertson added that, “she has not found other comparable employment now for over 2 years so her … damages is wage loss”. He said that would be in excess of $100,000. Sivertson says, under the Human Rights Act, she is entitled to punitive damages if the jury determines they’re warranted and court costs. The complaint was filed October 14th, 2014. A motion for summary judgement was brought forward by the Northfield Chamber and heard in August of last year. Cajacob denied it in November. The trial is scheduled for Monday but Sivertson says there are 11 criminal cases to be heard before that so the actual trial may not begin until Tuesday or Wednesday. We will continue to follow the story.
The water’s back on!
Folks in a 2 block area of Woodley and Linden Street had been without water from yesterday morning till about 10 this morning. Police were called to a water main break around 7 yesterday morning. Utilities Manager Doug Lien said the water was contained and the intersection closed, a detour is posted. American Excavating is wrapping up work, filling in the whole and the intersection should be open by 1:30 this afternoon.
More block closures on Division for movie production
Expect more parking restrictions all this week as the movie crew takes over Division street for parts of the 300 block and all of the 400 block much of the week. Bridge Square will shut down on Friday. Police Chief Monte Nelson says they’ll start around noon and will go all night until they get what they need. It’s their last night of filming. The movie crew will be recreating Winter Walk and need lots of extras. Go to kymnradio.net and search “A Call for Extras” for more details. Parking signs are posted. You can call Northfield police at 645-4475 if you have questions on parking.
MLK Day Community celebration
Northfield’s Human Rights Commission invites you to their 22nd Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration tonight at Emmaus Church beginning at 7 o’clock. Speaker Sara Small is a sophomore at St. Olaf and involved with Black Lives Matter. Susan Sanderson, 10 year coordinator for the TORCH program will receive the Human Rights award.
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