By Teri Knight, News Director
A Northfield man is in jail after pointing a gun at a Cub Foods employee. Around 10 p.m. Friday night a Loss Prevention Officer (LPO) was watching the cameras in the store off Highway 3, when he saw 26-year-old Joshua Lee Roder carrying what appeared to be a gun on his right hip. As an employee was stocking shelves, Roder walked past him a second time, removed the gun from the holster, extended his arm and pointed the gun at him. The employee, who was familiar with Roder, was frightened and believed the gun to be real. He said that a short time later Roder allegedly came back up to him, laughing, and told him it was empty showing the gun again. The LPO saw Roder pull the gun out of the holster and point it at an employee. He then walked around the store, paid for some items, and left. Officers responded to the 1500 block of Eisenhower Court, Roder’s address. According to the criminal complaint, the pistol was
an extremely realistic looking BB gun in a nylon holster. The “magazine” contained several BBs and was in the front pocket of the holster. Although it was a BB gun, they are designed as a weapon. Roder has been charged with 2nd degree assault with a dangerous weapon, making terroristic threats and disorderly conduct. Bail has been set at $25,000 with conditions. His initial court appearance is May 15, 2019.
Debate over Ivanhoe, 2019 Street projects in jeopardy and ADUs on Council agenda
It’s been brought up before the Northfield City Council off and on for 10 years. After more discussion, the council is poised to approve installation of a sidewalk on Ivanhoe Drive. As reported on April 29, the area was identified as a “Safe Routes to School” route. Mayor Rhonda Pownell explained that the stretch on Ivanhoe would connect to a trail that leads to Greenvale Park Elementary School. About six homes will be affected and those residents are pushing back after receiving notification by letter on April 30. With a vote scheduled tonight to approve the plan, the residents are upset about the last minute notification and consequent limited time for public comment. Carol Eyler, who plans to move into one of the homes affected, has written a letter about the residents’ concerns to council, the mayor and the city administrator. The point may be moot, however, with the entire 2019 street reclamation project at risk. No bids came in for the project that was bid out in late March. The timeline that the city required to have work completed, in particular on Third street by the NAG Theater was too tight, too late. The engineering consultant from Bolten & Menk is urging the council to alter their plans to allow for work to be done on the north side of the project, which includes 8 cul-de-sacs north of North Avenue, and begin the southern portion next spring, which includes Third Street. Another big topic on the agenda for tonight is the Accessory Dwelling Unit ordinance. Council meetings begin at 6 p.m.; the public is encouraged to attend. Mayor Pownell and City Administrator Martig will be in studio at 7:20 a.m. tomorrow morning with a full recap.
Speed limit change on Highway 19
You can’t drive 55 mph. Well, you can but soon, the stretch of Highway 19 from New Prague to Highway 61 north of Red Wing will see speed limits raised to 60 mph, according to MnDOT. The speed limits become official once the new signs are in place this week, weather permitting. Additional highways in southeastern Minnesota will also have their speed limit raised to 60 mph.