By Teri Knight, News Director
The Northfield Council will meet Tuesday night. On their agenda are items related to the Mill Towns Trail from Riverside Park to the Waterford Bridge, and authorizing the roundabout design for Highway 246 and Jefferson Parkway. According to the packet information, Alternative 2 with underpasses on all four legs is the preferred design at $3.3 million. Residents have until noon on Tuesday to comment online on any item on the agenda. Go to ci.northfield.mn.us.
City wants your input on DMV
The City of Northfield is asking for the public to participate in short survey questions related to what is important to a good Department of Motor Vehicle services (DMV) experience by using POLCO, an online public engagement platform. Survey results will be tabulated and shared with the city council and community through the city website.
NAFRS to hold open house in October
Northfield Area Fire and Rescue Services (NAFRS) has several reasons to hold an open house. Chief Gerry Franek named, first, their expansion and rehabilitation of the Fire Hall, the hiring of six new firefighters, and memorabilia that the Northfield Historical Society archived for them. They’ll have a “picture reel” down in the basement and start decorating. (That’s not Franek’s thing!) Right now, the plan is to hold the open house in October.
NHS bringing in three authors for DJJD
Speaking of the Historical Society, Executive Director Cathy Osterman stopped by the KYMN studios to talk about all the goings on at the museum and store. Coming up Wednesday at noon is the graveside service for Joseph Lee Heywood and Nicholas Gustafson, who were killed during the bank raid. This year’s Heywood Award winner, Clancy Dokmo, will be honored that evening at the Northfield Ballroom. The Historical Society is hosting three authors this year. Osterman says Gayle Lunning, who wrote the book, “Cole Younger,” will be here to talk about bushwackers, those who were also with Frank James and Cole Younger. The new book isn’t quite finished but he would love to talk bushwackers with anyone Friday through Sunday. Johnny Boggs is coming back with his new book, “Hard way out of hell, the confessions of Cole Younger.” Osterman had high praise for the historical fiction, commenting on how Boggs wove in all the facts into the fictionalized story. There’s a female writer, Pat Wahler, who wrote a book called “I am Mrs. Jesse James.” Osterman says it’s fiction but it’s an amazing take on the story. Boggs and Wahler will be moving between the tent out on Bridge Square and inside the store on Friday and Saturday. Books will be available at the tent and inside the museum store. Thursday night will be a Historical Society open house. If you have a DJJD button you can tour the museum for free between 6 and 8 p.m. This is the last year of this Raid exhibit and the Malt-O-Meal exhibit. The store, of course, will be open with all kinds of new items.