Northfield is offering Waterford Township $47,000 to end litigation. The dispute began in 2010 when,then Northfield Council on advice from City Attorney Chris Hood, chose to stop payments to Waterford for the land that Multek sits on, saying the 1980 annexation agreement had been fulfilled. Former Mayor Dana Graham came close to a resolution but it fell apart when the rest of the Council wouldn’t jump on board. Waterford Supervisors chose to litigate. In December 2018, the Dakota County District Court issued an order dismissing Waterford Township’s complaint against the City. The Township is now appealing this decision to the Minnesota Court of Appeals. On Tuesday, Northfield Council
held a closed session. Administrator Ben Martig said in an email, In order to avoid additional time and cost for both parties, and to demonstrate the City values building and maintaining positive relationships, the Council acted to make a settlement offer to Waterford in exchange for the Township’s dismissal of the appeal. Mayor Pownell, who was a Councilor at the time they chose to stop payments to Waterford, added, “The city council wants to have good relationships with our neighbors and believes our community will be better served by dedicating more attention to resolving this dispute, than by spending more time and resources in the court system,”. In the meantime, Waterford Supervisor, Larry Odegard, told KYMN in an email to watch for a posting on Monday morning after their closed session. I have included a letter from Attorney and former Council member, David Ludescher, to the Northfield council. D.-Ludescher-letter-to-Nfld-Council-3-8-19
Recent drug bust highlights cooperation/training throughout law enforcement agencies
A recent drug bust worth, at street-level prices, over $3 million, has been a real cooperative endeavor. The Cannon River Drug and Violent Offender Task Force, made up of one member each from the Rice County Sheriff’s office, Faribault and Northfield police and Le Sueur Sheriff’s office, worked with the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force. Local Commander Sgt. Paul LaRoche said they “meshed well together”. Sheriff Dunn said the Cannon River Task Force was patient to follow leads and work the case. There are 23 violent crime enforcement teams across the State. They stay in contact, discuss trends and, Dunn added, “we have a great working relationship, we train together, we share resources. And you have to do that, I think that’s what makes us successful out here”. Speaking about the effect in the community in terms of drugs on the street, LaRoche said, “I definitely think it’s making a difference. We’re hearing out on the street too that people are becoming more tentative to bring that into our area. I’m not saying that it’s still not there but it’s definitely making a difference for sure”. Speaking for himself and Chiefs Bohlen and Nelson, Dunn said he’s really proud of the great job the Cannon River task force is doing. Getting all the evidence, reports and paperwork together to get convictions is also a key part of the whole process. Dunn noted other recent busts including 10lbs of heroin, 171 lbs. of meth as well as this one.
Cannon Valley printing shop to close- move to Princeton
The Northfield News reports the closing of their Cannon Valley Printing location in town. On April 1st, the newspapers of APG Media of Southern Minnesota will begin printing in Princeton, Minnesota. This will impact 24 full time jobs. The employees have been offered positions at parent company, Adams Publishing, in Princeton, Minnesota, or Ashland, Wisconsin. Regional Publisher Chad Hjellming said, “The decision to consolidate our printing facilities wasn’t an easy one. We understand the decision will impact employees, and we don’t take that lightly. But the reality is finding employees has been difficult at our Northfield facility, and there are additional printing advantages for us to begin printing in Princeton”. The Northfield plant will remain in operation through the end of the month.