By Teri Knight, News Director
With statewide speeding enforcement, the Northfield police department handed out plenty of citations over the long 4th of July holiday. Approximately two dozen tickets were handed out from July 1st to July 7th. Along with speeding came numerous other citations including not wearing seatbelts, open bottle, no insurance and revoked license. The speed enforcement campaign runs through July 21, 2019.
Transferring land to enable driveway and parking lots
In order to put in a driveway to the depot on the Q-block in Northfield, the city needs to own it. City Administrator Ben Martig said the action taken last week by the council opens the door “…clearly how we should subdivide the property and actually get the properties back from Save the Northfield Depot. They would retain the one lot for the actual historic depot building.” He continued, “But there’s going to be legal work. I’m presuming the city’s going to pay for all the costs and basically engineering work to do some surveying, legal work, then get the properties transferred over. And we’ll be working closely with the Save the
Northfield Depot group. So dollars are going to be expended on the project. I wanted the council to know and see is there anything we’re missing, or getting feedback from the council on it.” The city had owned the land but deeded it to the non-profit, Save the Northfield Depot, group who then completely restored the building. City staff plan on going out for bids on the road and two parking lots with the intention of having a transit hub on the site. The city will again seek dollars from the legislature next year for the hub. A reminder, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railway, the Big Boy steam engine train will be stopping in Northfield on July 17. We’ll be talking with Clark Webster on Friday about this amazing train, the largest steam locomotive of its kind in the world. There will also be a concert, Raggin’ at the Depot, before and after the Big Boy’s stop. We also have safety information on our Community News page for viewing of Big Boy.
Medicaid beneficiaries beware of genetic testing scammers
The Minnesota Department of Commerce is echoing a warning by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding a fraud scheme involving genetic testing. Scammers across the country are offering Medicare beneficiaries cheek swabs for genetic testing to obtain their Medicare information for identity theft or fraudulent billing purposes. Fraudsters are targeting older adults through telemarketing calls, booths at public events, health fairs and door-to-door visits. We have further information and tips along with website links on our Community News page.
Northfield Shares a Dinner
Northfield Shares is putting together a community dinner and you’re invited. Registration begins today! “Northfield Shares a Dinner” is an opportunity for the people of Northfield to gather with friends and members of the community to share a meal together. The meal will feature local food grown by local farmers and prepared by local chefs. Art activities and entertainment featuring local artists and musicians will also be part of the event. The dinner will take place on Sunday, August 25 on Division Street. The event is free but you must reserve your spot; go to northfieldshares.org. All this information along with a direct link is on our website kymnradio.net. For several months, a group of Northfield volunteers, spearheaded by Jennifer Sawyer, Jill Metz and Nancy Carlson, have been working on their vision of 1,000 community members sharing a meal at one long table. The event is free, however, you are welcome to donate to the cause at any level directly at their website. There’s also a GoFundMe page. Any dollars raised above the cost of the event will be donated to Northfield Community Action Center. They are also needing volunteers, especially the day of the event. Sign up on their website.