By Teri Knight, News Director
There were several arrests for DWIs in Rice County over the last week, including a Faribault woman with multiple convictions. 39-year-old Jennifer Denise Eckart was arrested in Bridgewater Township last Thursday after State troopers and Rice County deputies responded to a rollover crash on Highway 3 at 130th Street East. Eckert’s license was suspended due to non-payment of child support. A breath test revealed a blood alcohol level at twice the legal limit. She has convictions in 2015 and 2018 of 3rd and 2nd degree DWI. Eckart is now charged again with 2nd degree DWI. Her initial court appearance is August 21, 2019.
A couple in one vehicle, who were both stopped for DWI, are in jail charged with multiple counts. Early Sunday evening, Rice County deputies assisted with a traffic stop at Highway 21 and I-35 on a report of a hit-and-run. When pulled over, 40-year-old Stephanie Michelle Bursik was in the drivers seat but quickly informed police that 40-year-old Eduardo Guerro was the one behind the wheel when the crash occurred. He told the deputy that it wasn’t a serious crash so he drove away. Both of them had allegedly been drinking. Bursik blew a PBT of twice the legal limit while Guerro’s was more than 3 times the limit. Their court appearances are August. 21, 2019.
Northfield School Board approves building contracts for Greenvale Elementary
The Northfield School Board approved more than $21 million in construction contracts this week for the new Greenvale Park Elementary School. Last year, voters approved a $41 million referendum to pay for the new school and other building renovations. Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann said right now they’re about $690,000 under budget but once furniture and technology needs are met they’ll be at their projected budget of $28 million. They received 102 bids for the new school, most having three or more competitive bids. Hillmann added that of the 35 contracts being recommended, four companies are within a 30-mile radius of Northfield. The new school will take up a smaller footprint with two stories to accommodate increased enrollment. Energy efficiencies and safety features will also be added as well as gender-neutral bathrooms. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of summer 2020. The 1971 building will be used for early childhood education.
It’s thumbs-up for backyard chickens
Chickens were approved. Dundas City Administrator Jenelle Teppen commented that it was “5 thumbs up” from councilors to allow chickens in residential zones. There are a number of municipalities, including Northfield, that allow chickens. There were already a number of residents in Dundas with coops; now they’re legal. There are some caveats that include allowing up to five chickens, no roosters and you can’t slaughter the chickens on site. They must be housed properly and the feed secured from wildlife.