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Today’s news update – Northfield Noise Ordinance gets First Reading; Faribault man hits 123 mph on I-35; Night to Unite – just right!

August 3, 2016

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Northfield Noise Ordinance gets First Reading

The Northfield City Council approved a new Unlawful Noise Ordinance last night.  This was carried over from 2 weeks ago.  Co-owner of the Contented Cow, Diane Burry, spoke at the open mic reiterating the statistics she had brought forth from police data shows that downtown music accounts for a very small percentage of noise complaints.  She added that the call report shows that only 10 of the 390 complaints in the last 18 months were related to downtown businesses.  Don McGee called the last meeting “troublesome” adding that there were a number of people in the audience who were “troubling and maybe even embarrassed” .  He chastised Council for trying to create the ordinance from the dais at their last meeting and confusing everyone.  Police Chief Monte Nelson worked from the discussion and introduced 3 options for (more…)

Community News: 3rd annual Sports Special Sale

August 3, 2016

Just a reminder that the annual Community Services Sports Special will be held this Friday, August 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Northfield Community Resources Center (near the Youth Wing Lobby).  Details are in the attached flyer.

Sports Special Sale details

Sports Special Sale details

Community News: State agencies seek feedback on Minnesota Walks

August 2, 2016

bf50fd8a54723dbc8810313d6a4f321cState agencies seek feedback on Minnesota Walks

The Minnesota departments of transportation and health are seeking public feedback on Minnesota Walks – a statewide guide for creating safe, desirable and convenient places to walk and roll where Minnesotans live, work, learn and play.

Minnesota Walks is Minnesota’s first comprehensive statewide effort to address pedestrian needs and challenges. When completed, it will guide transportation and pedestrian planning, decision-making and collaboration for agencies, organizations, policymakers and public and private entities across the state. The goal of the work is to make walking safe, convenient and desirable for everyone in Minnesota.

The document is available for review at Minnesota Walks. Members of the public are invited to share their feedback through August 21. (more…)

Today’s news update – 3 options for Noise ordinance will be heard at Nfld Council meeting tonight; NAFRS Board continues to talk Taxing Authority – public meeting to be held; Filing begins today for 4 opening Board seats in the Northfield School District

August 2, 2016

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3 options for Noise ordinance will be heard at Nfld Council meeting tonight

The Northfield City Council will hear options surrounding a Disorderly Conduct and Loud Parties/Assemblies, and a proposed new Unlawful Noise ordinance to the City Code tonight.  Staff will bring back their original proposed ordinance that encompasses the whole City and would have any noise/loud music shutdown at 10pm Sunday through Thursday and 11:30pm on Friday and Saturday.  The 2nd option would parcel out Downtown C1 and C2 and Industrial zones to allow outdoor music till 11pm on Thursdays and midnight on the weekends.   The 3rd option that staff is putting forth would be the same as the 2nd except shutdown would remain at 10pm on Thursday as well.  All the options include a residential (more…)

Today’s news update – Hiawathaland Transit sees increased ridership as Nfld considers Transit Hub; Northfield Council seats and Congress position on the Primary ballot August 9th; Co-chair bringing Vietnam Wall replica to Faribault encourages the Community to escort the Memorial to the Fairgrounds

August 1, 2016

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Hiawathaland Transit sees increased ridership as Nfld considers Transit Hub

Northfield City Administrator Ben Martig attended a “Rice County Joint Administrators Meeting” in Faribault recently and received an update from Amy Repinski.  She’s the Director of Transportation for Hiawathaland Transit.  Ridership in Northfield has been increasing since they took over in 2012. The 2015 statistics show annual ridership at just over 94,000 for 2015 and expect to exceed 100,000 in 2016.  A current priority for our area includes adding a route between Northfield and Faribault. They’re also looking at adding service in Lonsdale which could lead to a route between Lonsdale and Northfield.  This information comes as City officials consider a Transit Hub at the Depot site on 3rd street in Northfield. (more…)