An unprecedented cold snap brings an unprecedented 4 days in a row of no school! Local gas stations were dealing with frozen pumps and the weather had the Community Action Center’s Food shelf running very low. Many families in need have used their reserves this week. The community stepped up big time. The CAC reports on their Facebook page that, quote, “our generous community, donated 1,885 pounds of food, contributed money to purchase food, and gave your volunteer time in the food shelf. You asked if you could
deliver food to those who couldn’t get to the food shelf so we packed up boxes and connected you with people who were in need.”. You can still donate. Donations can be brought to the food shelf or CAC’s main office M-F 9a-5p. 1651 Jefferson Parkway
Nfld Schools consider technology upgrades
Technology has changed how school is taught. A couple of years ago, Northfield teachers were transitioned from desktop computers to laptops. The School Board got an update from IT Director, Kim Brieske. Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann said with change there are challenges, however, teacher satisfaction “increased substantially from 2017 to 2018”. As the student device (iPad) leases are up at the end of the school year, Brieske has formed a group of 36 staff members looking at what they might want next. Hillmann said a lot of data showed that people still like the iPads but they’re also exploring Chromebook (at the high school level specifically). They’ll get parent and student feedback as well. The iPad is down to about $299 a piece while a touch screen Chromebook is about $325. Hillmann said they’ve had some feedback that would suggest going to a laptop, but he says, “that’s easier said than done”. That adds an additional level of maintenance with a tech staff the same size as before they all got iPads. The laptops also cost about $800 to $1k.
Bridgewater Township schedules meetings on Incorporation
The first of four township meetings to discuss Bridgewater becoming a city will be held tomorrow morning at 9 o’clock at the town hall. This is an opportunity to answer questions and gather opinions on incorporation and changes in land use that could occur. According to the Township website Newsletter, the primary reason to consider becoming a city is that it gives more control over what happens to Bridgewater in the future. The town would gain control over its borders and zoning. There would also be no more annexations. Currently, Bridgewater has annexation agreements with Northfield and Dundas. The Northfield agreement expires at the end of this year and the Dundas agreement expires in 2033. There have been a handful of Minnesota Townships that have incorporated in the last two decades including Rice Lake (2014), Nowthen (2007), Scandia (2005) and Columbus (2005). As for their timeline, the plan is to decide in late April whether to continue exploring incorporation. If so, then from May through August, they would develop the petition. A final decision would happen in September on whether to petition for incorporation. Becoming a city would give the opportunity to broaden their tax base. Potentially this means more revenue without increasing taxes.
You’re invited to a Museum Mingle on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at the Northfield Historical Society. Beginning at 6:30, Karl Fredrickson presents ‘The Liberators of the Minnesota Ninth Infantry.’ Admission is free. Find details on our Upcoming Events Calendar on kymnradio.net.