The Cannon river is holding steady at just under 898 ft right now. Protocols are in place at Froggy Bottoms River Pub with their barriers up and areas of the west side of the Riverwalk are closed but so far there’s been no report of water coming into the businesses. There are areas of trails near the river that are also seeing some minor flooding. If the temperatures stay moderate during the day and cold at night, that will
help lower the chance of major flooding but there’s a question as to the fallen trees from last September’s tornadoes creating jams in the river. City officials are monitoring the situation. A quick video of the log at the dam. (still trying to figure out how to hold the phone!)
Rice Co. jail adds Social Worker to staff
A new program through Rice County Social Services is being offered. Rice County Attorney John Fossum explains that a social worker will be stationed at the jail. They’ll do screening for mental health and chemical dependency issues and see if they can mitigate those issues, “up front”. This isn’t a diversion from jail program but if there’s a way to get needed services to them more quickly to mitigate further problems, it can be impactful in many ways. The program has had some success in Blue Earth County. Social Services Director Mark Shaw has modeled the program after Blue Earth. He expects to make this a permanent position. Fossum added that he thinks it’s a program, “that will speak for itself, in terms of what kind of outcomes we have if we’re getting people treatment up front and reducing the burden on the jail of people in real mental health crisis”. Fossum’s full interview is on kymnradio.net.
Hampton man reunited with classic car
A Hampton man has been reunited with his classic car. In early February, a 24 ft trailer was stolen with a 1951 Chevrolet styleline two-door coupe inside. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that, last Thursday, the Dakota County Sheriff’s office recovered the trailer and vehicle after a tip from a local resident. Detective Sean Qualy, declined to give the specifics of where they were recovered as it’s still a very active investigation, adding that no suspects have been arrested. Social media helped get the word out about the stolen trailer and vehicle.
Nfld Council agenda includes Cultural Plan, Street reclamation and pool repair
The Northfield City Council meets tomorrow night. On the regular agenda is a resolution to approve the City’s 2019 Cultural Plan. The Arts & Culture Commission, last year, began a year-long plus process to update the plan which includes four strategic priorities: Building the Brand, Working Together, Placemaking: Products and Projects, and Guiding Implementation. ACC Chair Alyssa Herzog Melby will present to the Council on the Plan including its economic impact. The council has already voted and been collecting 1% for arts on capital projects including last year’s Division Street construction with plans for this years 3rd Street Arts corridor. Also on the agenda is approving plans and specs for the 2019 street reclamation project, a budget amendment to repair the pool and more. You can comment online now through noon tomorrow. 1-Nfld-Cultural-Plan
State of the City address tonight
Mayor Pownell will be delivering a State of the City Address tonight at 6:30pm in Kracum Performance Hall at the Weitz Center. There will be desserts and refreshments immediately following the program along with music from the talented Randy Ferguson.