Transit officials hold Open House in Northfield
Northfield was the target for Transit talks with MnDot’s Principal Planner Noel Shughart this week at an open house at Northfield City Hall. Councilor Erica Zweifel said there was a lot of information but the biggest reaction from attendees came with the very narrow parameters used in the study. They reached out to just a 5 mile radius along the stops planned at Owatonna, Faribault, Medford and Northfield. Those attending from Lonsdale were not pleased about that. I have posted the map they used which went from Albert Lea to Bloomington. Nothing of Minneapolis or St. Paul, another issue for those attending. Shughart explained that the parameters were set by past studies. Zweifel said attendees suggested they be broadened. She added that the audience included, “a very knowledgeable crowd from service providers to commuters to school district to economic development. The Director from Faribault, the Rice County Commissioner, officials from both cities (Nfld. and Faribault)”. Included in the presentation was a DOT exercise. She said they had a big map and they want to know where you’re starting and stopping at. They also surveyed whether people wanted a fast commute to get from A to B or if they wanted a slower commute with more stops. They’re still taking input on transit and Zweifel encourages people to go online and fill out the survey. Links are on kymnradio.net. There are also details of a webinar scheduled for Monday at 3pm. Zweifel added that there was also interest in a regional route between Northfield and Faribault. http://www.dot.state.mn.us/transit/reports/system-studies/pdf/se-mn-travel-study-overview.pdf Interested persons can go tohttps://global.gotomeeting.com/join/142366741. For audio only, dial 877-309-2073 and use access code 142-366-741.
Another acronym with potential
There are lots of acronyms within the education system and Superintendent Dr. Chris Richardson introduced another one, ADSIS, “which is an alternative to referring a student for evaluation for special education”. That’s ADSIS. The federal government could allow special education funding to be used for intervention. The idea behind it is, “can we look at intervention strategies and processes that will get a student back on track so that they don’t end up needing to be evaluated for special education and they can remain in regular classroom space”. If it’s possible, they would avoid much more expensive school programs through their education career. Most of their issues are behavioral. Typically, once a student was 2 years behind their peers, they went through an evaluation process for special ed. The hope of ADSIS is to change the trajectory and get these kids back on track before that happens. Richardson said the first year has been very positive.
Color Dash for Habitat
Rice County Habitat for Humanity has plans for 2016. Representative Dayna Norvold said they plan on building a home each in Northfield and Faribault and also to rehab a home in Faribault. They have a new fundraiser The ‘Color Dash’. It’s a 5K Run/Walk wherein volunteers throw colored non-toxic, biodegradable powders on the participants. If you have a good arm, you’re invited to volunteer to throw the powder. Dayna Norvold said they’re also looking for a couple of businesses to sponsor color stations. The advantage at this event is that your business colors (logo colors) are used in the powder. The 5K race will start at the Middle School on April 9th. Registration begins at 8am. All the details are on our website kymnradio.net. Click HERE for their full interview and more information on Color Dash.
Omelet breakfast for Boy Scouts
Sons of the American Legion are sponsoring an Omelet breakfast on Sunday at the Eagles Club from 8:30 to 12:30. The fundraiser will benefit the Northfield Boy Scouts Troop #313.
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