A three year old boy was injured Saturday morning in a sledding accident. The Rice County Sheriff’s department along with Lonsdale fire and police were called to rural Lonsdale. Dylan Pint of Veseli, had collided with a tree and was transported by air ambulance to a metro hospital. Sheriff Dunn just got off the phone with Dylan’s mom. She told him, “he’s in stable condition. He suffered a concussion and hairline skull fracture”. Dunn reports that Dylan is eating and talking and things are looking much better than Saturday. He’d been sledding with his grandparents. Dunn commented, “I mean any kid can have an oops or you hit something and go a different way or you lean and at 3 years old you just go where the sled takes you”. Dunn said it was an unfortunate accident.
Having a “frank conversation” and Wurzer coming back for ReConvenings
Northfield Hospital EMS Director, Brian Edwards, urges people to talk. He said, “have a frank conversation with your adult children…” whoever is going to be involved in decision on your end-of-life medical care, have a conversation with your physician about what’s practical, what’s not, what your medical issues are that need to be addressed, etc. He suggests putting the information into a form called POLST, Provider Orders For Life Sustaining Treatment. This form must be signed by a physician and the person in question or their proxy. Edwards added that, for Emergency Responders, it’s important to have all that information in one place (generally on the refrigerator). He also said that what they really need is the name of a person to talk to if they’re called. That could be a family member, friend, neighbor. Edwards said they’ve had great success with people filling out these forms whether in their own home or at the nursing homes. He said it’s never too earlier for these conversations. Speaking of that, Cathy Wurzer will be back in Northfield on February 8th for ReConvenings – living well and dying well. We’ll hear from Cathy and Susan Lohmann on the Jeff Johnson morning show on February 6th.
Open house on I-35 construction
The public is invited to an open house Thursday, Feb. 1 in Faribault to learn more about this summer’s southbound Interstate 35 concrete overlay project, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Members of the MnDOT design team will be available to answer questions and gather input from 4p.m. to 6 p.m. in the first floor public meeting room in Faribault City Hall. In July, a MnDOT contractor will pave approximately 4 miles of southbound I-35 from Rice County Road 9 to Highway 21. Additionally, crews will repave the Highway 21 exit ramp, extend the deceleration lane off of southbound I-35 to Highway 21 and repair culverts on I-35. Expect lane changes and detours. Completion of the project is expected in the Fall. People may drop by at any time during the session to offer feedback, ask questions and learn more about the project. No formal presentation is planned. I-35 overlay, Faribault, 1-22-18
Sidewalk Poetry contest kicks off Thursday
The eighth year of Northfield’s Sidewalk Poetry contest begins Thursday. The contest is open to anyone living in the Northfield School District and students of any age enrolled in Northfield Schools. Each poet may submit up to two poems for consideration. You’ll find complete instructions on the City’s website under the Arts & Culture Commission page. Since its inception, 46 poets have been honored and 66 poems have been selected as contest winners. Poems appear in locations throughout downtown and in a number of Northfield Neighborhoods. The contest runs through February 28th. Judging will take place during the month of March, with winners being announced at the start of National Poetry Month in April.