By Teri Knight, News Director
One of two men charged in a rash of armed robberies last October was sentenced in Dakota County Court. 21-year-old Daiquawn Michael Burrell-Smith of St. Paul was sentenced late Friday to 75 months, or just over six years, in prison in connection with an armed robbery spree that took place in Apple Valley, Eagan and Burnsville on October 10, 2018. Burrell-Smith pled guilty last December to three counts of Aggravated Robbery in the 1st Degree, and one count of 1st Degree Burglary with a
Dangerous Weapon. Two others were also charged with multiple felonies. The case against 27-year-old Jared Otha Washington is still pending. The teenager’s case was sent to Hennepin County for adjudication where he will remain on probation until October of 2022. The trio victimized several people, robbing them at gunpoint in their cars and on the street.
No bids for 2019 Northfield street project
The City of Northfield did not receive a single bid on the 2019 Street Reclamation project. Public Works Director Dave Bennett said they are reaching out to contractors to find out why. They’re hearing that the schedule was too tight for the Third Street area, where they’d planned a number of bump-outs and other enhancements. The stretch of Third Street between Highway 3 and Longfellow School is designated as part of downtown Northfield. Bennett said there’s a lot of work out there that needs to be done before September 1, 2019. On March 20, KYMN’s Jeff Johnson asked City Administrator Ben Martig if the bids weren’t going out too late: “Are we going to be able to find somebody that can do this for the right price?” Martig answered, “Well for the street projects, absolutely. I think that we took action last night (March 19) which falls pretty well right in line with our schedule that we had planned on, so that’s pretty typical.” Bennett said yesterday that staff will most likely have some revision to bring back to the city council next Tuesday (May 7).
A second opinion on Northfield waste water plant procedures
The city is planning an analysis of the Northfield Wastewater Treatment Plant. They had planned on doing it before the flooding in January of last year that dumped wastewater into the Cannon River and the fire last June that burned down the bio-solids building. City Administrator Ben Martig said they’ve called for proposals on an analysis that includes, “taking a fresh look at, following some of the problems that we had, having an outsider come in and look at all our policies and procedures on maintenance and standard operating procedures with our staff so that as we have our checklist of everything that we’re doing day to day, what is the best practices across the country.” Bolten & Menk is the company they work with; this analysis would provide a second opinion. City staff intend on updating the public next week on the repair work. There’s no council meeting this week. Community Development Director Mitzi Baker will be in studio with Northfield Mayor Rhonda Pownell to discuss some of the latest development projects at 7:20 a.m. tomorrow morning.
Walz chooses Northfield for first Turkey Hunt
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz was in Northfield on Saturday for the first ever Turkey Hunt. During his campaign he promised to add the hunt in the spirit of longstanding events like the Governor’s Fishing, Deer and Pheasant Hunting Openers. He, along with U.S. Representative Angie Craig, DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen, Senator Matt Little, and Representative Todd Lippert were among the guests invited to hunt on Jerry Wicklund’s Farm on Danbury Avenue. Hunters from the Dakota County Strutters Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation guided them. Only Commissioner Strommen was successful in Saturday’s hunt. Walz commented, “I might not have walked away with a turkey this time, but I’m proud to draw attention to a Minnesota pastime and the decades-long commitment to conservation that made this possible.” The Governor’s Turkey Hunt is expected to continue in the future.