The Northfield City Council approved a bid for improvements to be made at the train depot and transit site. The project, to be completed by BCM Construction, came in at just under $413,000 dollars. Northfield’s engineer’s estimate was at $272,000. Ultimately there were two bids to be decided upon, both in the $400,000 range, so the city council took the lowest bid. Mayor Rhonda Pownell explains the project will entail upgrades to the existing depot site and the construction of a driveway to prepare for an eventual transit hub. With the public support of that site, especially with “Big Boy” making an appearance a few weeks ago to much fanfare, and the historical significance of the site to Northfield, the council has typically voted unanimously in favor of improving the site, as was the case with a 6-0 vote to accept the bid and move forward with construction. Work will begin between August and November of this year, with a final resolution to accept improvements and authorize final payment in June 2020.
Matthew Bret Quast, age 43, of LeCenter was arrested July 19, 2019 for allegedly possessing with intent to sell methamphetamine in the city of Faribault. According to a report from Rice County District Court, agents saw the defendant driving in Faribault and directed a patrol officer to conduct a traffic stop. The officer conducted the traffic stop and searched Quast and the car Quast was driving. During the search, the officer located a straw in Quast’s pocket. The straw tested positive for methamphetamine. Following the arrest, agents performed a search of the defendant’s vehicle. On the floor in front of the driver’s seat was a hard plastic “Xtreme” brand case. In the case was 6.25 grams of methamphetamine, along with multiple instruments used to sell or distribute the drug. Also located in the vehicle was a glass pipe in the center console, another broken pipe, and residue in a baggy under the driver’s seat and also on the defendant’s cell phone. No court date has been set.
The Northfield Area Fire and Rescue Service (NAFRS) responded to 25 service calls during the month of June. The report was released during the NAFRS board meeting last week. In the report, there were two vehicle fires, two power lines down calls, a rural grass fire and one building fire (that would be the Chapati restaurant location in the Archer House Rive Inn). The good news is that many of the calls in June were false alarms; one-fifth of all calls were cancelled while the squad was en route. Members of the NAFRS board were on the KYMN Morning Show today to discuss last week’s meeting. That interview can be found under the Morning Show on the KYMN website.