At 6:14 this morning, Dakota County Sheriff’s Office deputies and first responders from Randolph/Hampton Fire and Northfield Fire were dispatched to a house explosion at 24705 Lewiston Boulevard, which is south of the City of Hampton. The Sheriff’s Office received reports that the explosion could be heard as far away as Hastings and Farmington. On arrival, Deputies observed a male wandering the scene with severe burns over much of his body. He said he was looking for
his wife. Deputies and firefighters began providing care and first aid and searching for the spouse. The male was later brought to Regions Hospital Burn Center for care. At approximately 8:55 a.m., a body was recovered from within the blast debris. At this time, it is believed the man and his wife were the only occupants inside the home at the time of the explosion. Identification of the victims will be released once confirmed and family members are notified. Chief Whitson of the Randolph/Hampton Fire department and the Fire Marshall are investigating the cause of the explosion. We have no word yet on how the man is doing.
Bridgewater Township holds Incorporation meeting
Bridgewater Township Supervisors held their first of three public meetings on Saturday regarding the possibility of incorporation. Glen Castore led the meeting. The idea of becoming a city, he said, is to strengthen local control, preserve quality agricultural land and broaden their tax base. There were more than a few farmers in the audience that were not happy about it and questioned what was meant by “quality’ ag land. They were also concerned about taxes. Others voiced concern over preserving undeveloped land, such as wooded areas and maintaining their rural feel. Bridgewater shares a border with Northfield and Dundas, both of which can annex land from Bridgewater. There was mention of Faribault possibly annexing land off Hwy 3 and 140th st. near the Railroad Tracks but Faribault Administrator Tim Murray says there are no plans to do so now and no future plans for that gravel pit area regarding Faribault. Along with becoming a City would be paying for police protection, voting in a 4 member council and Mayor and hiring a City Clerk, among other things. As of 2017 there were 689 households with 1819 residents. The original land area was 42 square miles but Northfield and Dundas have annexed 5.6 of those. The next public meeting is this Thursday evening from 5 to 7 at the Township Hall.
ADU’s and Hwy 246 and Jeff Pkwy on Council agenda
The Northfield City Council meets tonight. Two items of interest include revising the Accessory Dwelling Unit regulations and Initiatiating a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the TH 246 and Jefferson Parkway Project that could include a roundabout and pedestrian crossing. There are concerns around the rental code for the Accessory dwelling units that could delay the discussion. Mayor Pownell and City Administrator Martig will be in studio tomorrow morning at 7:20 with a full recap.
City seeks to fill Charter seat
The City of Northfield is seeking applicants for a vacancy on the City’s Charter Commission. The vacancy is for a term that expires at the end of this year. Go to the City’s website Charter Commission page for information and applications, which are due no later than 4:00 pm February 20th. You can also get information in the Administration Office at City Hall. There are 4 current members whose terms expire at the end of 2019.