By Teri Knight, News Director
The Rice County Sheriff’s Department reports that yesterday on May 9, 2019, at approximately 2:15 a.m., two subjects broke into a convenience store located in Dennison, Minn. Both subjects entered the store through a broken door. The subjects arrived and left in a 2007-2014 GMC Yukon which appears to be white in color. Both subjects were wearing masks and gloves. If you have any information related to this burglary, please call 507-334-4391 and ask to talk to an investigator. This information is on the 95.1 The One Facebook Page, along with a larger photo taken from the scene.
ADUs get further review at Northfield council meeting
Accessory Dwelling Units have had a lot of attention since the City of Northfield’s Planning Commission gave them a nearly “blank check” in terms of regulations. The commission’s plan did not include owner/occupied specifics, parking spaces, compatible exteriors, any rental ordinance, nor a clearly defined allowable structure size. The original plan passed its first reading in a 4-to-3 vote. In March 2019, an open house was held at city hall and was packed with citizens that were more in favor of some regulations. At the council’s meeting at the end of March, staff brought back five options for a second reading. Councilor Brad Ness said he wouldn’t vote for any of them. Then council then held a work session in April. Staff came back this week with revised language that included a restriction that the owner must live on the property. Because of that, Mayor Rhonda Pownell commented that, as for requiring a parking space, the owner could decide for themselves if that was necessary. In a show of hands, four councilors wanted no parking required, three were for parking. There was discussion regarding the definitions of tiny homes, homes with wheels, and RVs on a foundation. City staff will bring back another draft for discussion. 2 – ADU Ordinance Language for 5-7-19 CC Mtg
New deputy chief and an old favorite patrol officer are sworn in
In other City of Northfield news, two police officers were sworn in this week. Of new Deputy Chief Mark Elliott, Northfield Police Chief Nelson commented, “We can be proud and consider ourselves lucky that we were able to tempt him in, bring him to Northfield. We think his experience, training and education will help improve and lead the Northfield Police Department into the future.” Elliott was then sworn in. (Find audio of the swearing in, in the podcast below). Elliot’s daughter, Gabby, pinned on his badge. And, alocal favorite is back, Mark Murphy Sr., who retired in 2013 after serving 22 years here in Northfield. Chief Nelson said, “He told me one of his dreams was to someday be able to work as a police officer alongside his son, Mike.” Then Murphy (aka “Murph”), a ‘townie’ through and through, was, once again, sworn in as a patrol officer. His son, Mike, who has worked for the NPD for years, pinned his badge on him with two of his grandchildren assisting. This Sunday begins National Police Week, an opportunity to thank officers and commemorate those who died in the line of duty. To demonstrate support local officers, residents are encouraged to shine a blue light from their porch.
Details of Northfield’s citywide clean-up day tomorrow
A reminder that tomorrow is a city-wide clean up day in Northfield, running from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. City Administrator Ben Martig said the event will be held again this year at 1710 Riverview Drive. Go to ci.northfield.mn.us for more information on what’s acceptable, what’s not, and what costs may be attached to disposing of certain items.