Just after 7 on Friday night, Rice County Sheriff’s deputies, North Ambulance, Northfield Rescue and Air care responded to a medical in the 13000 block of Culver Avenue. 69 year old George Sticha had been working on repairing a flatbed trailer that was jacked up into the air. The jack slipped and a part of the trailer came down on his ankle/foot. Bystanders on site rendered medical care and called emergency responders. Sticha was transported by helicopter to North Memorial in Robbinsdale. A call to the hospital offered no further information.
Summary judgement set for Waterford vs Northfield
A summary judgement hearing is set for September 20th in Dakota County Court regarding the dispute between Waterford Township and the City of Northfield. This cuts out a trial. Once that happens, either party has 60 days to appeal it to the Court of Appeals. That process could take 9 months to a year, then it’s an option to appeal to the MN Supreme Court, which will decide whether or not to hear it. About 10% of those cases actually go to the Supreme Court. In 1981, Waterford alleges that the two entities signed an agreement that sought special legislation that they share “revenue” in perpetuity. Northfield would pay Waterford tax reimbursement on the annexed land (formerly Sheldahl, now Multek) and legislators ratified it. Northfield disagrees and, in 2010, they stopped paying Waterford Township after nearly 38 years.
Council holds budget work session tonight
The Northfield City Council will hold a work session tonight in the Northfield Police Department Conference Room. On the agenda are their Strategic Targets and the 2019/20 budget in preparation for setting the preliminary levy on September 18th. A cursory look at the materials for the discussion of budget will mean another levy increase. The presentation will be available on our website kymnradio.net at noon today. The meeting is open to the public and begins at 5:30 this evening. It will likely not be videotaped. Mayor Pownell and Administrator Martig will be in studio Wednesday morning. There will be no Council meeting tomorrow due to Night to Unite. 1 – 2019 Budget Retreat 8.6
Pawlenty visits Nfld farm and comments on tariffs
The Minnesota Corn Growers Association invited gubernatorial candidates to visit farms throughout the state. Last week former Governor Tim Pawlenty was at Fargaze Farms in Northfield. Prior to his visit he spoke with Jeff Johnson on the KYMN Morning Show. When asked about the recent tariffs and how they are affecting farmers he said China cheats and hasn’t played fair, adding, “most Minnesotans, most Americans, would agree that it’s appropriate to take a stronger approach toward China, however, we can’t let that be at the price of hurting our soybean farmers and other farmers in Minnesota. So our message to the President would be, yes, if you’re going to get a better deal get one but please do it in a time and in a way that doesn’t hurt our farmers”. President Trump has pledged $12 billion in transition aid. Pawlenty called it, “a helpful step but it’s temporary and doesn’t make farmers whole. So it’s a little bit of saying, yes, if it’s a tactic to get a better deal, please get the better deal and quickly so that the negative effects don’t boomerang on Minnesota farmers”. The primaries are coming up August 14th. You can vote absentee at Northfield City Hall Monday through Friday from 8am to 4:30pm and also on August 11th from 10a to 3pm. Pawlenty is running against GOP Jeff Johnson in the primary.