By Teri Knight, News Director
The Northfield Council will be voting on a preliminary tax levy tomorrow night. The resolution calls for 11.5%. Whatever level they set now can be lowered but not raised. They will also be voting on levies for the EDA and HRA, increased utility rates, approval for a drive-through at Premier Bank off 2nd Street West, whether to partner on the 5th Street Lofts project for public parking, and more. You can comment online on any item now through noon on Tuesday. Go to ci.northfield.mn.us, click on City Council. Scroll down this LINK to eComment on the right side.
Veterans Court meant to restore lives
Veterans Court begins next month. Rice County Attorney John Fossum explained that it includes all 11 counties in the 3rd Judicial District. He explained, “The secret of Veterans Court is that what we do is make sure that we’re connecting the people in the Veterans Court who have criminal justice issues with their Veterans benefits. And the tremendous benefit of that is that then the VA, the Federal government takes on the cost of the CD (Chemical Dependency) treatment, the alcohol treatment, the mental health treatment and it can deal with a broader range of issues than we do in our treatment court.” Fossum said they’ve been working with five veterans since last March with local funding. With such a large geographic area to cover they’ll be meeting in Fillmore County and Steele County so veterans shouldn’t have to travel more than a county away. The 5th District has had some successes already. Fossum shared, “To see a career military guy standing there in formal at-ease with his legs spread apart, his hands behind him, addressing the court as to what’s going on with his life… it’s a tremendously, frankly, moving experience and I’m really looking forward to seeing what we get out of this and what we can do for these folks who have served our country.” This is similar to treatment court but with a focus on the specific issues that veterans face. Restoring their lives is the goal. A ribbon cutting event takes place this week. Fossum’s full interview is HERE.
NPD puts in lots of OT for DJJD – six arrested for DWI
Northfield Police Chief Monte Nelson reported a very busy Defeat of Jesse James Days weekend for his department, mostly due to the events themselves, not because of problems. All his officers worked throughout the weekend with an estimated 500 overtime hours. Seventeen reserves put in 441 volunteer hours from Thursday to Sunday. Nelson said, “We appreciate all the work our reserves provide to help make the event successful; our sworn officers could not accomplish a safe event without them.” There were six DWI arrests related [to the event]; three by Northfield PD, one by Dundas PD, and two by Rice County Sheriff’s deputies.
Division Street closes today
Road work is scheduled to start today with Division Street closing from Eighth to Sixth Streets, including the intersection at Division Street and Eighth Street. Complete details with a detour is on our Community News page at kymnradio.net. Work is expected to be in place until September 27th.