UPDATE: KYMN spoke with Det. Scovill at 1:30 today. He reports that the name of the woman will not be released until the autopsy is complete by the Hennepin County Medical Examiners office. He added that law enforcement was there from 3:20pm to midnight on Monday. He also said that she fired a round inside the house but they did NOT determine that she fired at police.
A Farmington woman killed herself Monday at her Twin Ponds Circle townhome during an hours-long standoff with police. TwinCities.com reports that Farmington police responded just after 3pm when the woman’s mother and friend said she was threatening suicide and had a handgun. When officers opened a window and called out to identify themselves, the woman yelled, asked police to leave and threatened to shoot her gun. Farmington police Det. Shawn Scovill said the woman then shot at
police. A Dakota County SWAT team, a crisis negotiation team and other officers formed a perimeter around the home. Scovill said intermittent text messages from the woman stopped about 6 p.m. Two remote-control robots were deployed into the residence, and video showed the woman dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to police. Her name is being withheld by Farmington police. I have a call into Det. Scovill.
Parking problem? Depends on who you talk to
The 2018 Northfield street project on Division between 6th and 7th Sts, 7th St between Water and Washington are full reclamations which means an opportunity for enhancements. At the last council meeting, they approved a design concept that included a raised intersection, bumpouts, landscaping and the loss of at least 2 dozen parking spaces. Councilor Ness commented that it’s a big issue for him as he’s received “a lot of calls from senior citizens that are saying, we drive downtown and we don’t want to lose parking in the downtown areas”. Additionally, Northfield Hospital and Clinics will be opening an express clinic in that area early next year. C. Peterson White said the overall proposal has, “a lot of different components to it, most of them are aimed at really making the whole area around Division between 7th and 6th more pedestrian friendly”. Safety is the biggest issue. The area is not safe for pedestrians, bicycles and, oftentimes, cars as they try to cross Division street. The idea is to give drivers the sense that they’re entering a pedestrian zone rather than making pedestrians feel like they’re imposing on drivers. She says more people would walk if they thought it was safer. Business and building owners have spoken up at the meetings regarding the disruption of their business and the loss of parking. How that is to be addressed is yet to be seen. This will be on council’s agenda for November 14th. For a look at the design go to the City’s website. Click HERE
Messner named “2017 Dakota County Township Supervisor of the Year”
Waterford Township Supervisor Liz Messner was selected Township Supervisor of the year. Dakota Electric Board member Judy Kimmes presented Messner with the award. Kimmes said, “Liz is firmly planted and unwavering in the belief that Waterford remain a farming community. She is also unwavering in the importance of progressive, inclusive and transparent township government. Her style of long-term solutions have been supported by the implementation of a budget committee, a road committee, a semi-annual newsletter, a website, ordinance changes and numerous administrative protocols to name a few.” Messner was instrumental in the restoration of the 1909 Waterford Bridge. She’s been a driving force for Waterford Township since 1999.
Dundas State of the City
The Northfield Chamber is hosting a Dundas State of the City luncheon on November 14th. Get an update on the new developments and City plans for 2018. Meet members of the Dundas and Northfield business community and partake in the areas newest catering facility Ruth’s on Stafford. Guest speakers are Mayor Glenn Switzer and City Administrator John McCarthy. For more information go to northfieldchamber.com.
Posch set to retire
Long time Northfield Banker, Tom Posch, will be formally retiring from First National Bank on November 15th. The public is invited to stop in the bank on the 13th, 14th or 15th to greet Tom and wish him well! He’s been a banker for 41 years, the last 24 with First National. Before that he was with, what is now Wells Fargo (10 years) and Community Resource Bank (7 years). Vice President of Business Development, Rick Estenson,, said First National will miss Tom’s presence and wisdom in their offices