By Teri Knight, News Director
All Flex Flexible Circuits has been in business in Northfield since 1994 and they have plans. Chief Financial Officer, John Fallon, presented a loan application to the Northfield Economic Development Authority for $50,000. The company plans on adding 14,000 sq ft to their existing production facility, adding $8 million of new capital equipment and 38 full time positions locally. The EDA approved the $50,000 revolving loan, which helps in the company’s effort to receive $300,000 from the Minnesota Investment Fund. The $50,000 is contingent on MIF approval. Allflexinc.com
New laws to regulate pharmacy middlemen and controlled substance providers
Some new laws that go into effect tomorrow include new rules for pharmacy middlemen. Minnesota will join a number of states that regulate pharmacy benefit managers, the entities that negotiate how much health plans pay drug manufacturers for the meds they cover. Under the new law, those managers must be licensed by the Dept. of Commerce and disclose rebates and other financial arrangements they make. – Controlled substance providers will now be required to take an additional two hours of continuing education on best practices for prescribing opioids. It will become part of renewing licenses which is intended to compel state boards of those professions to enforce the requirement.
Turkey hunters have more options
Hunters hoping to bag a tom turkey with a firearm this Spring will no longer be restricted to a single permit area. With the exception of three major wildlife management areas, a spring turkey license will allow hunting in all permit areas in the state. Beginning March 1, all spring turkey hunters can purchase a license. The Minnesota DNR is announcing the season details now so hunters can apply for permits drawn in a lottery for the three wildlife management areas. Turkey season runs from April 15 to May 31 and is divided into six hunt periods. Complete information is on our Community News page on kymnradio.net.
Crews trimming branches
The City of Northfield is not under a Snow Emergency but crews are out plowing. The overnight parking ban will be enforced. If your vehicle is on the street and a plow has to go around it, you will, not only have to dig out your car, you’ll likely get a citation too. Northfield Public Works crews are out trimming low lying branches on boulevard trees in areas of the city to make it easier for the plow drivers.
Big Woods volunteers needed for Candlelight Event
The Nerstrand Big Woods Candlelight Event is coming up in February. Assuming there’s snow, there will be snowshoeing or cross country skiing on the trails lit by luminaries. There are a number of volunteer opportunities for folks including lighting the luminaries, directing cars for parking, tending to the bonfire and cleanup. For more information contact Park Specialist Emily Greger at 507-384-6144