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Senate Capital Investment Committee makes second stop in Northfield; Faribault man charged with DWI and child endangerment; Climate Action Plan vote tonight

November 5, 2019
By Teri Knight, News Director About 20 senators from the Capital Investment Committee made their way to Northfield this morning as part of a multi-area visit on infrastructure asks from across the state. District 20 Senator Rich Draheim is part of that group. The first stop was at the Northfield depot. Mayor Rhonda Pownell spoke for several minutes on the importance of the depot as the city asks for $2.5 million to build a transit hub. Pownell stressed the importance of affordable transportation, saying, “Our businesses need workers and our workers need affordable transportation, not only to Lakeville, Lonsdale but also to Faribault. Making that possibility easier is absolutely essential to our whole Northfield area and the cities around (more…)

Nfld Council will hear police dept. study at Nov. 12 work session; On council agenda for tomorrow, Kahlo requests wine and 3.2 beer sales; A serendipitous visit to the Northfield depot!

November 4, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

The Northfield Police Department was evaluated by The Novak Consulting Group. According to their website, assessing and optimizing the performance of organizations is one of their core services. They have evaluated the police department for efficiencies and that study will be out to the public soon. Chief Monte Nelson said they received the study last week which will be presented at the November 12 city council work session. A representative of Novak will share the study and have room for Q&A by the council. (These meetings are open to the public but they do not take public comment). Nelson said they’re looking forward to it: “It’s working out well that it’s happening during the budget discussion, so I think it will be good information for the council, give them some perspective. Hopefully we’ll be using it not just for planning now but in the future strategic plan for the department and identifying those things and prioritizing our goals.” Nelson said his department will be given a list of recommendations.  (more…)

Possible indecent exposure incident

November 4, 2019

From Northfield Police Chief Monte Nelson:

On 10/31/19 a person reported that on 10/16/2019, while walking their dog at Riverside Lions Park, she saw a male sitting in a white pickup truck with blue striping and it appeared that the male was masturbating. Today she saw the same truck parked there again, but did not see what the male was doing. She returned home and then called police to report the previous behavior.

The male was described as older, possibly 65 to 70 years of age, appeared heavier set, with a white/grayish beard/goatee. The truck was gone when officers arrived.

Northfield police encourage residents to call 911 immediately to report suspicious behavior, as an immediate call leads to a higher likelihood of being able to identify those involved and investigate the circumstances involved.

Media teleconference with DNR officials regarding water well request

November 1, 2019

Teleconference at 3 p.m. on 11-1-19 with DNR Deputy Commissioner Barb Naramore and Conservation assistance and regulations section manager, DNR Ecological and Water Resources Division, Randall Doneen. They discussed and answered some questions from media regarding Empire Building Investments, the real estate arm of Progressive Rail, preliminary application to drill two wells on six acres in Randolph within a mile of Lake Byllesby in the Cannon River Watershed. KYMN will post the letter the commissioner sent to Empire when we receive it.  Bottom line – this is “unprecedented in Minnesota” and unlikely there would be a scenario in which it could happen; however, that doesn’t mean there won’t be another request. 

Teleconference with DNR officials on request to drill for water 11-1-19
Teleconference with DNR officials on request to drill for water 11-1-19

DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen said in a press release just minutes before:

Based on our initial review of the Empire Builder request, we are notifying the company today that we see virtually no scenario where the DNR would grant a water appropriation permit for the project, as it does not appear it could meet applicable statutory requirements, including significant restrictions on use of the Mt. Simon aquifer.

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November 1, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

UPDATE with comment from DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen.

A Lakeville-based railway wants to drill two wells in Dakota County that would annually produce 500 million gallons of water to be shipped by rail to the drought-stricken southwest, areas like Colorado, Arizona and Utah. According to the Star Tribune, Empire Building Investments, the real estate arm of Progressive Rail, filed a preliminary application with the DNR last month. They want to drill two wells on six acres in Randolph within a mile of Lake Byllesby in the Cannon River Watershed. This is the first of its kind request. According to the article, there will be challenges to the proposal from a variety of (more…)

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