Not all Councilors pleased with Regional Priorities
Rice County Commissioners along with City Administrators from Dundas, Lonsdale and Faribault held meetings and came up with priorities for Regional Economic Development. Lobbying the legislature as a group for state and federal funding has proved to be more successful. Northfield was not involved as we didn’t have an Administrator at the time. Commissioner Galen Malecha brought an agreement forward to Northfield Council this week stating the group’s priorities which included, in part, development along I-35 between Co. Rd. 1 and Hwy 19, Mill Towns Trail, broadband internet and a transit center. Northfield was left out of the process due to the untimely exit of Administrator Nick Haggenmiller. Councilor Zweifel was not pleased with the transit center being a Park n Ride for those heading up to the Cities, “I want to express my disappointment that that’s the direction the County is heading”. She said we have a need “here, very strongly” for people to get to the Regional Center which has been “articulated for many many years”. Nakasian questioned why there was nothing on passenger rail. While the document can’t be changed, it can be added to. Interim Administrator Linstroth said Northfield is now in the loop and they will be hosting the next regional meeting. She said the great part about it is, “the conversations that have been started by the formation of this document have led to quite a bit of connectivity between the Cities”. The document will come back to Council next week for adoption. Northfield could abstain from voting on it this year and join in next year. Dundas, Lonsdale and Faribault have already adopted the agreement.
Superintendent closes school from a snowdrift
When the Superintendent of Northfield Schools gets stuck in a snow drift, chances are school will be closed. Chris Richardson has a habit of driving the roads on questionable mornings, so last Wednesday, he did.. and got stuck, as did Matt Hillman and Barb More from the bus company. Richardson said he had his emergency kit and had one of those portable shovels. “The first scoop of snow that I took the end of the shovel flew off and flew into a snowdrift”. He sat for an hour and a half in the snow drift in the middle of a gravel road. That’s where he called KYMN to report school closed! The school calendar builds in 2 snow days, which they used last week. If there’s another snowday, that means going longer in June. So you might not want to wish for a snow day.
NRC to receive a Star of the North Award
The Northfield Retirement Community will receive an award next week on their efforts with Alzheimer’s. 2nd District Congressman John Kline has invited team members from the NRC to the Star of the North Award ceremony as representatives of Northfield’s Walk to Remember event, which last fall raised more than $5,500 for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. The event was co-hosted with Three Links Care Center. NRC Director of Health Services, Emily Kerling and Amanda Gruber, staff member at Three Links, will accept the award on the volunteers’ behalf at the Star of the North Awards Ceremony next Tuesday, at 6:30 p.m., at Kenwood Trail Middle School in Lakeville, Minn.
Valentine’s Mystery Dinner Theater
If you haven’t made plans yet for Valentine’s Day, the Northfield Arts Guild is collaborating with the Northfield Golf Club for an evening of mystery dinner theater. “The Case of the Riverboat Rendezvous” is an interactive stand-up comedy, mystery dinner theatre performance held at the Northfield Golf Club this weekend. Ray Young the 3rd plays the Captain, “we’re actually going to have a ‘name that detective’ quizz with door prizes”. Performances will be Saturday at 6:15pm and Sunday at 5:15pm. Call the Guild at 645-8877.
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