A Lakeville man was found deceased inside his vehicle yesterday afternoon. Rice County Sheriff’s Deputies were notified of a vehicle on the side of the road at Union Lake Trail and Dalton Avenue in Webster Township about 5 o’clock yesterday afternoon. Dunn identified the man as 32 year old Tyler Lee. They’re working on the case and will know more once the autopsy is done today. They do not suspect foul play. He added a friendly reminder to people, “if they see vehicles that are abandoned or stopped on the side of the road to let law enforcement know so we can go and see if we can help in any way”. The vehicle had been there several hours but with the conditions of the road, it was difficult to see if there was anyone inside.
Support for Fire Facility but questions still remain
The Northfield City Council passed a resolution of support concerning NAFRS efforts to renovate the current fire facility. Administrator Martig shared what questions the Council had including the financing mechanism, management oversight and more. The City of Northfield would continue to own the facility through the bond term at least. Martig says what might change that is if NAFRS becomes a taxing authority. The Rural Fire District board offers their support but want to know that NAFRS will own the building upon the final payment. Dundas is in support but has also raised multiple questions regarding process and transparency. The NAFRS joint powers board met this morning. Chair Glen Castore will be in studio Monday morning at 7:20 with details.
Scriven trades Posse for Planes
Hayes Scriven is exchanging a posse for planes. The Executive Director of the Northfield Historical Society will be heading north to take over the Richard I Bong Veterans and Historical Center in Superior, WI. For 11 years Scriven has guided the Northfield Historical Society with innovative programming and new ideas to engage the community. That has set NHS apart as one of the preeminent local history organizations. His philosophy is clear, “you have to come up with something new and unique if you’re going to make yourself relevant in the community but you also have to be, specifically for a historical society, you should be a social center”. Places for people to come and learn, do things and “hang out”. Scriven has always pushed the envelope to escape the idea of a boring history center. He added, “you have to put a personal face to it, you have to put a personal story behind it, or a personal connection to it. You have to connect to it somehow”. Under his leadership, the society has been awarded nearly $450,000 through the legacy grant program. As for his replacement, the Board of Directors is working on a transition plan and Scriven hopes to have someone place before he leaves. His last day is February 28th. He and his family will be finding a home in Duluth. In the meantime, there’s a program tonight “The Carleton Presidency of John Nason starting at 6:30. And the annual membership meeting on Feb. 4th. Featuring KARE 11’s Boyd Huppert. My full interview with Hayes is online at kymnradio.net.
“The Other Brighter Side” shines in various corners of Nfld
And speaking of engaging the community, NHS and the Arts Guild collaborated on “The Brighter Other Side”, a community art project now on display in several locations across Northfield. Around 225 members of the Northfield area community submitted a small square of artwork depicting personal history and colorful futures. The squares are now joined together in exhibitions at the Northfield Arts Guild Up Gallery, the YMCA, City Hall and the Northfield Senior Center through February 28, 2017. The artwork shows that “people genuinely want a brighter future, even if the particulars of how we get there might be different,” said Northfield Arts Guild Executive Director, Alyssa Herzog Melby.
On January 17, three new deputies were sworn in at the beginning of the Rice County Board of Commissioners Work Session. Justin Hunt, Markus Lukes and Colbey Hullett. We have a picture of them being sworn in by Sheriff Troy Dunn on kymnradio.net.
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