A Faribault postal worker reports a fire and Chief Dienst calls in the State Fire Marshall. At 10:30 yesterday morning Faribault Fire and Police responded to a house fire at 516 Hullet Ave. Light smoke was coming from the attic when crews arrived. Officers and firefighters confirmed there was no one home. Dienst said the fire was extinguished with minimal water but extensive damage had already been done. Based on evidence found at the
scene, he called the Fire Marshall for assistance in the investigation. Dienst gave credit to the Post Office employee for noticing and calling it in. He said damage to the home is extensive but it could’ve been a lot worse. Full press release: House Fire at 516 Hullet Ave Media Release.doc (1)
Some slight Utility fund increases proposed
As Northfield continues their budgeting process, Council heard from Public Works Director David Bennett regarding the Utilities department. Among items related to water and wastewater, he’s advocating for a Utilities Operator at $75,000 and is looking for $50,000 for further flooding resistance on the west side past Froggy’s and also on the east side near Carlson Mgmt. As for rate raises to citizens, Finance Director Brenda Angelstad said there will be a 3% increase in wastewater. She said it comes out to 52 cents a month for low water users (which is about 50% of the citizens), 91 cents per month for medium users and $1.56 for high users. The increase is due to Treatment plant upgrades. Stormwater will increase by 6% which will be about 26 cents a month for those with a quarter acre and $1.06 for an acre. No increase to the garbage fund or water fund is recommended. The final budget will be set in December. Link to City information .
NAUW Pulls Together
Could you pull a big truck filled with Northfield area leaders? Probably not by yourself but if we pull together with a clear goal in mind, Northfield Area United Way believes we can move just about anything – or anyone – forward. NAUW invites the public to help celebrate the power of pulling together with a community Truck Pull on Bridge Square starting at 5 o’clock tonight! Teams will attempt to pull a giant Dokmo Ford truck filled with Northfield-area leaders over the Fourth Street bridge. Cheer on teams and enjoy free cookies, apples and cider. Downtown businesses will support the event with some special deals. Imminent Brewing will donate 10% of their sales. One in three people have benefitted from NAUW. All dollars raised locally, stay local. Executive Director Penny Hilleman commented that they serve 17 non-profits locally including the Community Action Center, child education programs, health issues and the list goes on. Jeff Johnson will be emceeing tonight’s event.
5th St. closes at 4:30pm for NAFRS event
Fifth Street from Highway 3 to Water Street will be closing this afternoon at 4:30 till 9 o’clock for NAFRS Fire Prevention Open House which runs from 5:30 to 8pm.