By Teri Knight, News Director
It could be a month before The Tavern of Northfield Restaurant is open for business, said Archer House General Manager Arianna Graves yesterday. The Tavern’s kitchen had extensive water damage after a fire broke out July 1, 2019, in the Chapati Restaurant kitchen one floor above. The Tavern’s walls and flooring have to be replaced. There’s food safety clean up of everything in the kitchen and it must all be inspected including every electronic component for oven hoods, refrigeration and point of sales. At Chapati, who could open sooner, they’re dealing with smoke damage, which means replacing walls, wood shelving and plastics that were infiltrated by the smoke. The damage is in the tens of thousands of dollars and all due to an unattended cooking fire.
Dundas council approves development and easements for 37 single family homes
Fenway Land Company continues to move ahead with plans to build the second addition to Bridgewater Heights. Dundas City Administrator Jenelle Teppen said the council approved the development agreement and easements for 37 single family homes. Fenway will now apply for building permits to start work this year. They hope to have a couple of model homes up by the Parade of Homes this fall. Teppen sees no obstacles for the company to receive building permits. Since 2006, at the beginning of the economic turndown, the second addition to Bridgewater Heights has been idle as the original developer failed to make required fees to the city. Fenway agreed to pay the fees plus interest for the last 13 years which amounts to about $390,000. In return, the city will reimburse the developer for oversized piping laid by the first developer. That amounts to about $190,000. With the additional $200,000, the city will reduce debt on the water service.
Vigorous testing weans out NAFRS applicants
Over two dozen people applied to the Northfield Area Fire and Rescue Service (NAFRS) to become firefighters. Chief Gerry Franek said, after going through cognitive and physical agility testing, they interviewed eleven applicants. The last steps in the process are physicals to make sure the applicants’ heart and lungs — the respiratory system — are in good shape and they’re healthy enough NAFRS plans to make offers to six applicants by August 1, 2019.
Fractured right wing for rescued Bald Eagle
KYMN received an update on an adult male Bald Eagle that Northfield Police, NAFRS and citizens helped rescue last week. Jamie Clarke with the University of Minnesota Raptor Center reports that he’s suffering from a right radius fracture which is close to the elbow and is currently undergoing treatment. The prognosis is guarded due to the proximity to the joint and the chance of developing arthritis. Clarke said the center doesn’t have the resources to provide ongoing updates on every case but they will notify KYMN via email of the outcome when the case is resolved. Which hopefully means freedom for the bird; if not, there will be a new permanent resident at the Raptor Center.