Jeff Johnson speaks with Hope Center Executive Director, Erica Staab-Absher, on the recent tragedies in Faribault and the affect on the community as a whole. She also talks about resources.
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Township election results are in and Greenvale had a record turnout! Supervisor Greg Langer said they had 247 voters, that’s almost 50% of their population. He received 148 votes to Tom Sorem’s 98 and there was 1 write-in. Linus Langer was re-elected as Clerk with 209 votes. There were 17 write-ins and 21 left blank. In Castle Rock Township Seat A Supervisor is Kelly Elvestad with 128 votes and Seat B is David J. Nicolai with 110. Mark Elliot won the Randolph Supervisor seat with 35 votes. In Northfield Township, Supervisor Brian Peterson and Clerk Marjorie Randolph were re-elected sweeping all 33 voters. In Waterford Township, Larry Odegard won Supervisor with 62 votes and Clerk Elizabeth Wheeler was re-elected with 55 votes. And in Bridgewater, Gary Ebling ran unopposed for the Supervisor seat with 71 votes cast and 1 write-in vote. For more information on Dakota County townships click on the link below:https://services.co.dakota.mn.us/electionresults/#at/4a3f7919-788d-4a65-8041-5813f562becd/ar/12/
Council okays fewer and quicker meetings by slim vote
The Northfield City Council voted to approve 3 meetings per month and keep those meetings to 2 hours. There was debate over time limits. Councilor DeLong said he would vote against it saying the time limit is “problematic”. Council can vote to go beyond the 2 hours at any given meeting if ⅔ majority agree. DeLong reminded Council that “you’re putting a tool in the tool box, don’t whine if someone uses that tool”. Zweifel is excited to try it, especially the week off for staff to focus on professional development and projects. However she was less excited about the 2 hour time limit as other members expressed those same thoughts. Mayor Graham commented that if the majority supports it, “that’s fine, I have a hard time believing that we’ll be able to hold ourselves to 9 o’clock on these meetings but, we’ll see”. He added that they can always change it back if it’s not working. Graham recently implemented the practice of allowing just 2 comments per item from Councilors, “Hopefully we put more effort into our preparation than just expressing differences of opinion”. Graham added that he hopes their work sessions can be more productive as well. The resolution passed 4 to 2. Councilor Peterson White was absent due to the recent birth of her son, Thor. Council postponed voting on authorizing plans and specs for Grant Park pond fund. Mayor Graham’s interview this morning is posted online.
Domestic violence a persistent problem
Domestic Violence is a persistent problem. Rice County Attorney John Fossum said the majority of the cases are handled by City Attorneys however, his office tends to get the more serious cases, the more violent cases or the multiple repeat offenders. “It’s an ongoing challenge for us”. Victims tend to shy away from testifying, some due to fear. Fossum added that his office as a victim witness coordinator. Fossum says there are resources out there and encourages people to get the help they need. The Hope Center in Faribault has an excellent staff of advocates. Their 24 hour safeline is 800-607-2330. For additional information go to hopecentermn.org. The important thing is safety for the victim and for the police officers who respond.
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The executive director of the Hope Center, Erica Staab, joins Wayne to talk about the her job and her life. [Read more…]