Northfield Council will hold a special meeting tonight to consider approval of a Community Development Director. Of the 27 applicants, the list was narrowed to four by October 11th. Each of those candidates were further interviewed and spent time with staff. Administrator Ben Martig then selected two finalists. Mitzi Baker rose to the top. She had been with the Rochester-Olmsted Planning Department since 1996 and took over as department director in 2014. In March of this year, Baker was put on administrative leave, she resigned in April. According to the Post Bulletin, while the reason for her leave was not revealed, it seemed to come down to relationships with county and city officials which had changed in the last year of her employment. Rochester officials would not comment citing data privacy. In the meantime, Northfield Council’s meeting tonight will include 45 minutes for introduction, presentation and questions. Baker will
then be excused for Council deliberation. According to the City’s packet, they could move for approval tonight or hold another special meeting while they consider. If hired, her first day on the job could be December 3rd. This meeting is open to the public and begins at 5pm in Council Chambers at City Hall. The meeting will also be streamed live online on the City’s website. 1- Resolution Appointing Community Development Director
Woman busted for meth outside The KEY
On Sunday, the Northfield Police Dept. were called to The Key on report of two men attempting to get inside someone’s vehicle. The person reporting, 26 year old Amber Nicole Nordrum of Willmar, was a passenger in that vehicle. As police spoke with her, they noticed a wooden dugout pipe and a one-hitter used to smoke marijuana on the floor on her side. They then searched the vehicle. Inside Nordum’s handbag was a glass pipe and nearly a gram and a half of methamphetamine. She’s charged with felony 5th degree possession. Nordrum’s initial court appearance is November 5th.
Campaign sign courtesy
Northfield City Clerk Deb Little issued a press release regarding campaign signs. They may not be placed in public rights of way, public property, power poles or within 100 ft of a polling place. They may be placed on private property with the owner’s permission. The signs may be up until ten days after the election. Complaints should be reported to Terry Bestul at 507-645-3056. Click on the link to read all the rules: Campaign Signs