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Today’s news update – Barron bail set at $1.5 million; Heroin toxicity ruled cause of death for woman; TIF 4 dollars and Rules of Business on Council’s agenda

February 9, 2016
news radio Barron bail set at $1.5 million Joshua Paul Barron of Northfield was out on bail when he led several law enforcement agencies on at least 2 high speed pursuits.  Rice County has 3 open files on him.  Rice County attorney John Fossum said one of those files is 1st degree controlled substance.  Barron was found in a stolen truck with 65 grams of methamphetamine.  Fossum, “that’s a lot”.  Twenty grams is a 1st degree felony.  He also had a gun.  Fossum’s office asked for $200,000 bail.  The judge set bail it at $100,000 or $50,000 with conditions but Barron was able to post $160,000 bail for charges in Rice and Steele counties on 3 or 4 open files when he was involved in these pursuits.  Barron is currently in the Dakota County jail having been arrested in Farmington after he went into the ditch.  His bail has been set at $1.5 million or $750,000 with conditions.  An omnibus hearing is scheduled for February 24th and a jury trial for June 27th.  Barron will be prosecuted in several counties.  When Rice County gets him for the 1st degree drug charges, Fossum said, “because of his criminal history score, he’s looking at a guideline sentence of something like 160 months plus an extra 5 years for the gun so we’re really looking at close to 20 years on our file”.  He’s eligible for the the “Career Offender” penalty which is up to 40 years in prison, “and so we’ll be looking for a way to get him close to that 40 years in prison because, clearly, he’s not a person we can have in the community”.  Barron shot a Northfield man in 2010 when the man tried to leave his residence after a domestic incident.  Barron was caught and convicted of 2rd degree assault and spent about 18 months in prison. Heroin toxicity ruled cause of death for woman Autopsy results revealed that Tiffany Louise Smith died of heroin toxicity.  The 31 year old woman was found on the grounds of Parrish House on the Carleton campus on January 3rd.  Smith had been reported missing on the afternoon of January 1st.  A resident discovered her body as they were preparing to return to classes after the holidays.  The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office noted that hypothermia could have contributed.  In a press release the “Manner of Death” is listed as “undetermined”.  Police Chief Monte Nelson, “that means that with the information we had from the autopsy and the whole investigation, that would be like our police investigation, anything the coroner did, anything the medical examiner did,  that the coroner was not comfortable determining a manner of death”.  That could mean intentional or accidental overdose. TIF 4 dollars and Rules of Business on Council’s agenda The Northfield City council will talk TIF.  The City has excess TIF 4 dollars from the redevelopment district that expired in 2013.  They need to spend down what’s left.  Determining which projects will get dollars is the aim.  They’ll also revisit their lengthy discussion on Rules of Business.  The meetings are streamed live on the City’s website.  Mayor Graham will be in tomorrow morning at 7:20 with a recap. Click below to listen to the 2-9-16 NEWS podcast:

 
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Today’s news update – As NAFRS works on SOG’s elected officials share concerns; Narcan video aimed at loved ones of addicts; Northfield Hospital – best place to have a baby; NEC lunch & learn on Facebook marketing

February 8, 2016

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As NAFRS works on SOG’s elected officials share concerns

NAFRS is in the process of updating their Standard Operating Guidelines or, SOG’s, from those written a few years ago when it was the Northfield Fire Department.  There were a number of red-lined items to the document that elected officials on the Joint Powers Board were concerned with and wanted further discussion.  Mayor Graham wanted to clarify that the Board was not discussing whether to have live-in personnel at the fire station, they definitely do, but rather, “that question at the Board meeting was under what rules and regulations should our sleepers have?”  Graham also took issue with Chair Glen Castore saying that the report done in 2011 as Northfield created SOG’s for the Fire Department was “osha-like”, when in fact it was done by OSHA’s Vikki Sanders.  KYMN spoke with the Communications Director for the Dept. of Labor and Industry, James Honerman who oversees OSHA.  He stated that Sanders is the leading compliance consultant in the State.  OSHA provides a free consultation to any small to medium sized company.  It is an effort to keep employees in a safe working environment.  Sanders went through every department in the City at the time.  Her report helped shape the SOG completed in 2012.  Graham added that the City of Northfield is the landlord of the building, “in that OSHA report it talks about the liability that Northfield has under certain circumstances.  So we can’t just brush it this off”.  The Board chose to send it back to committee.  As board members adjust to the new government entity, “this is Boardroom politics and we have to get these things settled before this new entity of NAFRS is going to be effective for the long range”.  NAFRS will meet with the City of Northfield at a work session on February 23rd.  Part of that discussion will be centered on the facility.

Narcan video aimed at loved ones of addicts

Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn was asked to assist with a naloxone and narcan video.  He said, “we reenacted an overdose scene utilizing the Sheriff’s office and Northfield Ambulance”.  They also shot a scene at Rolling Green cemetery.  The idea is to get people who have loved ones with a chemical addiction to purchase narcan.  It can save the life of someone who’s overdosing.  Jessica Astrup and Dr. Jennifer Fisher of Sterling Drug, and Kathy Sandberg from the Chemical Health Coalition put it together.  Kids from the Mayors Task Force on Youth Alcohol and Drug Use acted in the video.  Dunn says they’re still editing but hope the finished video will be available this week.

Northfield Hospital – best place to have a baby

Northfield Hospital is one of the best places in Minnesota to have a baby, according to the Women’s Choice Award, which rates healthcare organizations based on patient satisfaction and clinical excellence.  Northfield Hospital is one of 17 Minnesota hospitals to earn the award, and one of just five small hospitals (fewer than 100 beds) honored statewide.  The Award is based on patient recommendations collected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The award is given to hospitals that rank above the national average for patient recommendations. Other factors include above-average rankings for patient safety, and low rates of early elective deliveries. (Northfield Hospital has a policy against early elective deliveries, for best baby health.) Read the entire press release on kymnradio.net.

NEC lunch & learn on Facebook marketing

The Northfield Enterprise Center is offering a free Lunch & Learn this Thursday from noon to 1pm.  Facebook for Small Business.  Social media is everywhere and your business can utilize the online marketing tools. Facebook can be an asset for your business if used correctly. Holly Sobrack (Westbrack Marketing) will share the basics, show you the tricks and answer questions regarding this rapidly changing social media platform .  A light lunch will be provided free. Limited spaces available, please reserve your seat.  Call 507-786-9065.  The NEC is at 510 Washington St.

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Community News: Northfield Hospital among best places to have a baby

February 8, 2016

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Northfield Hospital is one of the best places in Minnesota to have a baby, according to the Women’s Choice Award, which rates healthcare organizations based on patient satisfaction and clinical excellence.

Northfield Hospital is one of 17 Minnesota hospitals to earn the award, and one of just five small hospitals (fewer than 100 beds) honored statewide.

The Women’s Choice Award is based on patient recommendations collected by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The award is given to hospitals that rank above the national average for patient recommendations. Other factors include above-average rankings for patient safety, and low rates of early elective deliveries. (Northfield Hospital has a policy against early elective deliveries, for best baby health.)

In all, 431 hospitals across the U.S. were honored for offering exceptional obstetric services.Northfield Hospital baby PHOTO

“It’s gratifying that this honor is based on what patients themselves have to say about their experience here,” said Steve Underdahl, president and CEO of Northfield Hospital & Clinics. “We’re proud that women – and their families – feel so comfortable and well-cared for in our Birth Center.”

The Birth Center at Northfield Hospital delivers over 500 babies a year in a nurturing, family-friendly environment that offers attentive, individualized care.

Birth Center features include:

  • Large private birthing rooms with whirlpool tubs, birthing balls, and scenic views
  • Mom/Partner/Baby rooming together
  • State-of-the-art infant security with mom/baby electronic identification system
  • Epidural as well as natural childbirth support (plus nitrous oxide, new in 2016)
  • Movement encouraged during labor, with intermittent or telemetry fetal monitoring
  • Cesarean birth and recovery with care partner at mom’s side and baby skin-to-skin
  • Breastfeeding consultation and coaching
  • Childbirth education classes, including Baby Basics and Breastfeeding
  • Birth planning and pre-registration

“New moms have many choices when it comes to having their baby, so choosing the best birthing experience is right up there with choosing the best doctor,” said Delia Passi, CEO and Founder of the Women’s Choice Award, in a release. “We’ve made it easy for moms to vet out the hospitals that are proven to deliver an outstanding experience.”

The Women’s Choice Award uses data reported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in its Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) surveys. For more information on the 2016 America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics, visit: http://www.womenschoiceaward.com/awarded/best-hospitals/obstetrics/

About Northfield Hospital & Clinics

Northfield Hospital & Clinics is an independent, integrated health care organization providing a wide range of healthcare services to patients throughout the Twin Cities south metro and southern Minnesota.  We combine advanced technology with personalized, patient-centered care to provide excellent service in primary and specialty healthcare.

Northfield Hospital & Clinics has a 100+ year history of serving the healthcare needs of local communities. Our regional approach is designed to provide primary and specialty care services to all residents throughout the region.

Northfield Hospital is a regional medical destination that provides state-of-the-art care in a tranquil environment that’s easy to reach, easy to navigate, and always welcoming.

Clinics include four primary and specialty care clinics in Lonsdale, Northfield, Farmington and Lakeville. Specialty clinics include the Women’s Health Center, Cancer Care & Infusion Center, Breast Care Center, Sleep Center, Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic, Northfield Eye Physicians & Surgeons, and the Center for Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation in Northfield and Lakeville. For more information, visit www.northfieldhospital.org.

Community News: Northfield youth spotlighted

February 5, 2016

4f1a3f8beeab9a1a5e821fdf516d73bfA Northfield youth was recently spotlighted in the national State Farm good neighbor blog

“It takes a village to raise children.” How many times does one hear that phrase in a lifetime? Imagine raising a successful individual without the support of friends, family and acquaintances along the way to offer their advice and expertise. Think about it for a minute. Northfield, Minnesota figured out just how important caring adults can be in the lives of youth, so they set up Northfield Promise, a Healthy Community Initiative (HCI).

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Through this effort, the group has pulled together resources to support Americorps Promise Fellows in the schools, coordinate a citywide after-school network, offer scholarships to low-income youth to participate in sports, and provide mini-grants for youth-designed community engagement initiatives.  Continue reading:

http://goodneighbors.com/post/138542773161/gradrates?cmpid=PAgn020216gradrates

Today’s news update – A new City Administrator is named; Drug Task Force “hits it out of the Park”; Permit denied (again); Resthaven Rescue holds fundraiser

February 5, 2016

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A new City Administrator is named

MartigThe Northfield City Council selected a new City Administrator.  Yesterday they directed Gary Weiers of Drown and Associates to negotiate a contract with Ben Martig.  He’s currently the City Administrator in Marshall, MN. Mayor Graham said they were very fortunate to have 4 highly qualified candidates which made their deliberations tough for the first round but he’s “very excited” to offer the postion to Martig “who will be a wonderful addition”.  Council’s initial straw poll had Martig with 2 first choice votes and 3 – 2nd place votes.  Graham said he wanted to welcome someone here by consensus.  He moved his vote to Martig because he was the consensus candidate.  Zweifel, Peterson White and Delong moved their votes as well.  Graham said it sends a message of unity and welcome. The final vote was 6 to 1 with Ludescher voting no. Martig plans to move his family to the community.  Graham added that he thinks everything about it is “very promising” and he looks forward to working with him.  Martig is scheduled to start Feb. 29th, Interim CC Linstroth’s contract is up March 2nd.

Drug Task Force “hits it out of the Park”

As witnessed the last couple of weeks, the Cannon River Drug and Violent Offender Task Force has been busy.  They’ve been fully staffed now for a year.  While understaffed in 2014, they had about 40 cases.  Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn set a goal to open 75 cases in 2015.  Dunn said the opened 156 new cases, made 168 arrests and seized over $400,000 in drugs and property.  Dunn appreciates the support of the public and believes they’ll see big changes in decreasing property crimes and assaults.  In nearly all the search warrants they’ve executed where there were narcotics, weapons were also found with the drugs.  He added, “kudos to our staff.  Chief Nelson said it the other day, they hit it out of the park in 2015”.  He says they want to bring back the quality of life.  The task force is made up of officers from the Sheriff’s department, Northfield and Faribault PD’s and an additional agent from the ATF.

Permit denied (again)

The Northfield City Council again denied a resident a permit for 4 dogs.  Helen Edell has been cited twice for having too many animals.  Northfield police got involved last July when an agency checking on her welfare asked police for assistance.  That’s when they discovered 4 adult dogs in cages.  Their fur matted and the smell of urine in the home.  Councilor Ludescher, acting as Edell’s attorney, the City Council approve the permit.  Peterson White questioned why it was on the agenda since they already denied it late last year.  Council DID approve Staff to revise the City’s ordinance.  Many nearby communities, including Northfield, allow only 3 adult animals but the way the ordinance is enforced varies widely.

Resthaven Rescue holds fundraiser

Resthaven Horse Rescue of Cannon Falls is holding a fundraiser tomorrow night at The Grand.  The group rescues horses possibly bound for slaughter.  While it’s illegal in the U.S., the horses are shipped to Mexico.  The event includes live entertainment, a raffle and silent auction.  Funds will be used for additional quarantine pens and outbuildings. Doors open at 7 o’clock.  Find their facebook page and get tickets through eventbrite or purchase at the door.

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