High speed chase leaves damage but no suspect
A high speed chase through Northfield leaves damage behind but no suspect. According to Faribault Police Chief Andy Bohlen, agents of the Cannon River Drug and Violent Offender task force learned of a stolen black Ford F-150 crew cab and spotted it traveling northbound on Hwy 3 yesterday afternoon around 2:30. It was towing an enclosed snowmobile trailer. Agents following the vehicle verified it was stolen and then three marked squad cars attempted to stop it in Northfield. Police Chief Monte Nelson said, “right when the pursuit started it was in a parking lot area between Sheldahl and the offices for Taylor Trucking and that’s where two parked cars were hit”. Nelson said there was only minor damage. The truck then went out onto Hwy 3 and hit an SUV causing more significant damage but no one was injured. The chase was on as the driver headed for Farmington. Nelson said, “via a very circuitous route out County Rd. 47 to 86 and then around and round on a bunch of country roads and eventually into Farmington”. Dakota County, Farmington and Lakeville police joined in. Nelson said it was a dangerous situation adding that the driver was dragging the trailer on one wheel. Law enforcement ended their chase in Lakeville at Cedar Avenue and Dodd due to the reckless driving of the suspect, that’s where the trailer broke free. The suspect remains at large. In his press release, Chief Bohlen said “The driver had a complete disregard for other motorists and law enforcement attempting to stop the vehicle,” “All agencies involved are working diligently to identify the reckless driver.” If anyone has information about the driver’s whereabouts, you’re asked to contact the Cannon River Drug and Violent Offender Task Force at (507)334-4305.
Point of Order – Rules of Business hold court at Council
The Northfield Council met last night for a work session. Mayor Graham said they had a good discussion on their Rules of Business. He said, “that’s exactly what our work sessions should be. We’re giving direction to staff by our conversation and we’re talking about how we want to function as a group”. They discussed the definition of Point of Order and how to use it properly. Peterson White said, “the idea of a Point of Order is not to actually just shut someone up, and that is how we have used it sometimes… not always”. Another piece was where to place the Council Reports and how often they allow Public Comment. Mayor Graham said City Code calls for open comment period for the public but, “there’s nothing in here by our rules or in our code that says we need to do and open mic…. open public comment AND each individual item”. Council has allowed comments at each item along with Open Comments. Some councilors expressed an interest in allowing just 1 comment period in the interest of time, others felt it was an effort to stifle certain commenters. Graham said, “I’m not advocating that we only do it once, I wanted to get the conversation out there last night and say how we wanna handle this and if we are going to handle it a different way then let’s make sure our rules reflect that”. Graham said they may experiment with different formats of the meeting but until someone makes a motion, they won’t change anything permanently. There’s more on this subject. View the meeting on the City’s website. Listen to the Mayor’s interview on kymnradio.net.
Budget bites on School Board menu
Northfield Schools Superintendent Dr. Chris Richardson says he likes to give the School Board bite-size budget topics over multiple months for easier digestion. He said over the course of 2 or 3 months, they’ll talk about food service, scholarships, Capital, General fund, Debt service and so on. The hope is that by their June meeting they’re ready to approve the budget. The Board reviewed their financial situation. Richardson said he feels they ended the year in a very solid position. Their fund balance was brought up by $218,000. They have a $42 million budget. Richardson says they’re in good financial shape and doesn’t anticipate any changes to programming for this budget cycle.
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