Habitat for Humanity broke ground in Dundas last week. Rice County Habitat Community engagement coordinator Cheri Johnson said that Rice County has built 42 homes in total and 38 families are still in their homes. Recipients must donate a total of at least 350 hours of work related to the building of the home, they also carry a 30 year mortgage based on their income. Johnson says they are always looking for volunteers. There are opportunities for any skill level, including those who don’t have
any building skills. For instance, people will cook meals for the crew (usually 20), there are those who deliver the food, servers and clean up. Johnson said there are businesses who get their employees together to, not just promote their business, but also to foster camaraderie. Go to habitatricecounty.org for complete details. Over 100 businesses give in-kind support of materials and skilled labor. Next year they’ll be building 2 homes in Faribault, one in Northfield and have 5 lots for families available in Morristown. Habitat will also take cash donations.
Nfld Library offers free family entertainment
The Northfield Public Library has a wealth of opportunities for free/family entertainment all summer long. Their Books and Stars program is every Wednesday evening at 7 o’clock. This week will be a mariachi band – from 7 to 8 at Way Park. The following Wednesday, July 12th, it’s off to the pool and the entertainment will be Bob the Beachcomber. He’ll supply a beach party atmosphere with familiar tunes from The Beach Boys to Raffi. The concert includes free admission to the pool from 6-8pm! Made possible by a SEMAC grant. Administrator Ben Martig commented that the Library is more than books, it’s like a community center. For all the events go to kymnradio.net and I have a link to their page from today’s news update.
Former Nfld engineer named Rosemount PW Dir.
Former Northfield city engineer and Public Works assistant, Brian Erickson, was named the new Public Works Director for the City of Rosemount. Erickson left Northfield in 2015 after 10 years, for a 2 year stop in Moundsview where he was Public Works Director. The Independent Pages reports that Erickson was one of 3 finalists. Rosemount City Administrator Logan Martin recommended the council approve his appointment. He starts mid-July.
Council seeking volunteers for Boards and Commission seats
The Northfield City Council is seeking applicants to fill vacant volunteer positions on several City advisory boards and commissions including, the Northfield Charter Commission, Human Rights Commission and Planning Commission. Go to the city’s website search Boards and Commissions. The application review process will begin immediately. Applications may be turned in throughout the year, however the deadline for those wanting to be considered for the current openings should apply no later than 4:00 pm on July 14th. I’ll have a link on kymnradio.net.