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Today’s news update – Neuville sentences Moreland to the max

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 4:05pm

Neuville sentences Moreland to the max

Michael Moreland sat quietly as Kimberly Motzko’s family read numerous victim impact statements before Judge Neuville yesterday morning.   His attorney David Hvistendahl said he read statements from 2 people who testified to Motzko walking in the road with her back to traffic.  Moreland apologized to the family and said it was a tragedy for all of them.  Judge Neuville rejected Hvistendahl’s motion to restore Moreland’s drivers license but did recommend he have a work permit.  It’s a 6 month suspension.  Moreland was ordered to serve 90 days with work release.  He’ll start a 60 day stretch on January 9th and then 30 days to start August 1st.  If the court receives a letter from probation stating that Moreland is in compliance, the 30 days would be stayed.  He also has supervised probation for up to 1 year.  He’s also ordered to pay a fine and surcharge of $1080.  Hvistendahl continued saying that Moreland will do 100 days community service.  Neuville gave Moreland the maximum sentence.  He also brought up the letter to the editor that Moreland had written bashing Rice County attorney Paul Beaumaster.  The Judge acknowledged Moreland’s First Amendment right to say it but thought it was “inappropriate”.  Motzko was killed 2 ½ years ago when Moreland’s vehicle struck and killed her and one of her dogs as they walked along a rural road in Webster Township.  After years of court drama, Moreland pled guilty to Careless Driving last week.

LISTEN for audio from Hvistendahl on the 5pm news

 

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Community News: HANG UP BEFORE YOU PAY UP – Scam Alert

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 2:18pm

HANG UP BEFORE YOU PAY UP

There’s a new warning from the IRS.

Taxpayers are receiving calls from scammers pretending to be with the IRS and demanding payment. Not only has the IRS agency been flooded with these calls, but so has the Rice County Attorney’s Office.

“We continue to hear from taxpayers who have received unsolicited calls from individuals demanding payment while fraudulently claiming to be from the IRS.” says Debra Shampanier, Economic Crime Specialist.

There are clear warning signs about these scams, which continue at high levels throughout Rice County and
the nation. Remember, your first contact with the IRS will not be a call from out of the blue, but through official correspondence sent through the mail. A big red flag for these scams are angry, threatening calls from people who say they are from the IRS and urging immediate payment. This is not how the IRS operates. If you get a call like this hang up and immediately call the IRS and/or the Rice County Attorney’s Office Fraud Line.

• Ask for credit card, debit card or prepaid card information over the telephone.

• Insist that taxpayers use a specific payment method (often Green Dot Prepaid money cards) to pay tax

• Request immediate payment over the telephone and will not take enforcement action immediately
following a phone conversation. Taxpayers usually receive prior notification of IRS enforcement action
involving IRS tax liens or levies.

Potential phone scam victims may be told that they owe money that must be paid immediately to the IRS or
they are entitled to big refunds. When unsuccessful the first time, sometimes phone scammers call back trying a new strategy.

Protect Yourself:

Be vigilant against phone and email scams that use the IRS as a lure. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. Do not open any attachments or click on any links contained in the message.  This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels.   The IRS also does not ask for PINs, passwords or similar confidential access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts.

Need help or have a question?

Rice County Attorney’s Office 507-332-5934

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Today’s news update – Passenger rail could be on track for Northfield’s future; Blueprint For Safety grant for Rice County; Calling all bellringers

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 1:39pm

Passenger rail could be on track for Northfield’s future

The passenger rail discussion has picked up steam in Northfield and surrounding areas.  District 20b representative David Bly has been gathering support up and down the rail lines, talking and meeting with communities as well as MnDot who said Northfield is advantageous with 2 lines.  One follows the old Dan Patch line that went through Lakeville, Savage and Edina, which is where the legislator who put the gag order on the Dan Patch line, lives.  The other is the old rock island line that runs to St. Paul.  Those lines are in MnDot’s 30 year plan or Tier 2.  If Bly can convince them of the interest in passenger rail then MnDot would consider the area to be a Tier 1 and passenger rail could be a possibility in Northfield in “3 to 5 to 10 years”.  Other things must fall into place but right now the focus is establishing support within the communities.  The deadline to inform MnDot is January 31st.  Dundas and Northfield councils both wrote letters of support this month.  This line would eventually go to Des Moines and could potentially go all the way to Dallas/Ft.Worth.  A point Bly wanted to make as well is that rail money doesn’t compete with highway dollars.  It would not take away from bridges and maintenance.  It’s not the same fund.  Money would have to come from the general fund, there could also be bonding.  Another notable is that IF passenger rail comes to our area, the whistle blowing would be curtailed as all crossings would have to be upgraded, meaning crossarms.  Bly offers much more information in the full interview available on kymnradio.net.

Blueprint For Safety grant for Rice County

Bringing down recidivism in domestic violence cases has been an ongoing discussion within Rice County criminal justice departments for a year and now they have a grant to move forward.  Attorney Paul Beaumaster explains that Hope Center Director, Erica Staub, wrote the Blueprint for Safety grant.  They’ll receive $135,000 for a coordinators position who would be  housed at Hope Center.  The Blueprint for Safety is a uniform policy between all departments that will center around hope for victims and getting offenders out of cycle of violence.  Beaumaster says they’ve also started administering a lethality assessment     Law enforcement are asking questions of a perpetrator  to determine if victim is in danger of being victimized again.  The hope is this will spur victims to have a safety plan.

Calling bellringers

The Rice County Salvation Army is still asking for volunteers to ring the bell this season.  There are 2 hour shifts in Northfield at Econofoods or Cub Foods. Call Rice County Kettle Coordinator Gina Little at 507-456-7076 or email northfieldbellringer@gmail.com.

Hideaway offers free Christmas dinner

The Hideaway is once again serving up Christmas dinner to those in the community who don’t have a place to go.  The Spauldings started this last year and it was so successful, they wanted to do it again.  They’ll be open from 1 to 5 on Christmas Day serving up all the fixin’s for a traditional dinner.

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ArtZany!-Radio for the Imagination | Fine Craft Collective 12/19/2014

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 10:54am

 

Listen Fridays at 9:00am (replayed on Saturday at 9:00am) to Paula Granquist on ArtZany! – Radio for the Imagination

Today in the ArtZany! Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomes welcomes artists Heather Lawrenz, Dave Peterson and Juan Fried from the Fine Craft Collective.

Click here to listen to the show!  Art Zany 12-19-14

 

Today in the ArtZany! Radio studio Paula Granquist welcomes artists Heather Lawrenz (composed jewelry), Dave Peterson (turned wood), and Juan Fried (composed jewelry) from the Fine Craft Collective. finecraftcollective.com

The Fine Craft Collective is a seasonal venue featuring the work of professional artists. The pop-up art store is open now through December 24, 2014 at the Northfield Arts Guild Gallery, 304 Division Street South in downtown Northfield, MN. This co-operative gallery and shop features hand-made objects from over 20 artisans. The pieces include both functional and decorative items and this model allows for members of the community to meet the artisans, learn about their work, and support the local economy.

Fine Craft Collective: Holiday Reception
Saturday, December 20th 10-6pm

Northfield Arts Guild Gallery,
304 Division Street South in downtown Northfield, MN

Take care of your last minute shopping while enjoying treats, coffee during our holiday open house! This is our end-of-season ‘thank you’ to you for supporting our artisans again this year! finecraftcollective.com

Juan Alejandro Fried Ortiz de Zarate is an architect and artist whose work reflects the complexity of his ancestry, his urban experiences, and a new home in the country. Juan studied art history and architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Minnesota.  As an architect and urban designer, he has completed award-winning designs for public agencies and community groups.  As a maker, he continues his study – on a more intimate and  personal scale – of form, space, and materials.

Heather Lawrenz has been creating jewelry since childhood and launched her business, Lawrenz Jewelry in 2003.  Found objects and natural stones inspire the jewelry she designs, and she finds gratification in bringing together unexpected components. Her current jewelry lines feature colorful discs she cuts from decorative tins, and up-cycled leather from purses and belts. With each new design, she strives to create beautiful jewelry that women want to wear every day.  Lawrenz Jewelry can be found online at www.lawrenzjewelry.com, and in galleries, boutiques and salons across the Midwest.

Dave Peterson now turns wood full time to make useful, sometimes adorned, objects. This past year he has: produced less scrap (i.e., less fire wood), made nice things a little faster and made things that come out closer to what his eyes were anticipating, and his shop is better organized and more presentable. Turning wood is more fun than ever for him. He says the fine-craft community is a bunch of truly wonderful people: friendly, helpful, encouraging, and open to newcomers.

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Today’s news update – Moreland to be sentenced tomorrow; Man who shot dog charged; Stay Away – that’s the warning to visitors of the Hospital or Long Term Care

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:02pm

Moreland to be sentenced tomorrow

Michael Moreland will stand before Judge Neuville tomorrow morning to be sentenced in his role in the death of Kimberly Motzko on a rural road in July of 2012.  The 58 year old Northfield man pled guilty to Careless Driving, a misdemeanor, before his trial date Monday in which he was also charged with Criminal Vehicular Homicide.  Defense lawyer David Hvistendahl will call 4 witnesses to the stand on behalf of Moreland.  Rice County attorney Paul Beaumaster says there will be victim impact statements by the family and another person who was on the scene.  Beaumaster said that the sentence allowed is 90 days in jail and/or $1,000 fine.  Moreland’s plea means that he has lost his license right now.  Hvistendahl has motioned the court to sentence the Careless Driving as a petty misdemeanor, which means it was not a crime and his license would be returned.

Man who shot dog charged

The man who shot a dog while hunting will be arraigned on a charge of animal cruelty according to Rice County attorney Paul Beaumaster.   James Peters, of Nerstrand, was out hunting on neighboring property in rural Northfield on November 15th when he admits to shooting a dog.   “Diesel”, did not return home after being let out to go to the bathroom.  The family searched the area, posted a missing dog sign along their road and finally called the Rice County Sheriff’s department.  A landowner who saw the sign called his friend, Peters, to ask if he’d seen the animal as he knew he’d been hunting out there at the time.  Peters told the landowner he saw two dogs run by a deer trail, one of them sniffing the area.  He said the dog was not chasing deer.  Peters then shot the dog, which, he said had no collar or tags.  Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn said his office received numerous phone calls with people asking for justice for the dog.  He said that Peters said in a statement the same thing he told the landowner.  He apologized to Diesel’s owners and offered restitution.  They did not accept money.   Beaumaster says during the arraignment Peters will hear the charge against him and ask if he understands it.  He’ll also be told he has a right to an attorney.  He is scheduled to appear in court January 6th.  If convicted he could get up to two years in jail, and/or a $5,000 fine.

Stay Away – that’s the warning to visitors of the Hospital or Long Term Care

Northfield Hospital and its Long Term Care Center are asking visitors to stay home if they have any flu-like symptoms.  Director of Quality Ann Reuter says, “Influenza can be serious and even life-threatening for the elderly and for those who are already hospitalized with an illness, and it spreads quickly”.  Prospective visitors are asked to stay away if they have any symptoms such as cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, fever, or body aches.  With the flu now categorized as “widespread,” the Minnesota Department of Health reminds folks to wash your hands often.  Germs are often spread when you touch something that is contaminated with germs and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth.  Keep yourself more resistant to disease by getting plenty of sleep, exercise, and drinking plenty of fluids and eating nutritious food.

Sister tix reduced for tonight only

In collaboration with Thrivent Financial, Rice County Habitat for Humanity presents Sister at The Grand tonight.  Tickets are regularly $23 but tonight they’re on sale for $15.  Doors open at 6, the show starts at 7 o’clock.  Experience the voices of the angels, the fun of the elves, the joy of the Aunts, the feeling of home, the warmth of friendship and share in the miracle of live theater. Sister is also playing on Saturday and Sunday.  Call Jo Odell at 612-210-8832 for tickets.

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Wayne Eddy Affair | Don Pavek

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:12am

Northfielder Don Pavek joins Wayne to talk about a recent humanitarian trip to Nicaragua.

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Listen in to the Wayne Eddy Affair every weekday. Monday through Thursday, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Fridays from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

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The Unexpected Caregiver | Adaptive Equipment for Older Adults

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 11:02am

Broadcast on KYMN every Thursday from 11-11:30am. Ready or not, you’re a caregiver and Kari can help. This weekly program will help arm the average “boomer” with valuable help on getting the proper care for and reconnect with your aging parents.

Adaptive Equipment for Older Adults with Angelene Volpatti, Occupational Therapist from Hospice of Dayton, OH. Learn just how an OT can benefit you in your caregiving, and what adaptive equipment is especially useful.

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‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Representative David Bly discusses passenger rail 12/18/14

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:15am

Jeff Johnson speaks with State Rep. David Bly (District 2oB), regarding passenger rail service in Northfield.  He mentioned after the show that dollars for passenger rail do NOT compete with State Highway funds.  Money for bridges and road repairs are separate dollars.

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Morning Show – Rice County Attorney G. Paul Beaumaster 12/18/14

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 7:42am

KYMN’s Jeff Johnson interviews Rice County Attorney, G. Paul Beaumaster 12/18/14

about a grant, the Moreland case and the man who shot a dog while hunting

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Community News: Nfld. Hospital, long term care center limit visitors due to flu

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 3:19pm

Dec. 16, 2014

From: Scott Richardson, Director of Community Relations, Northfield Hospital & Clinics

Re: Northfield Hospital restricts visiting hours

Northfield Hospital, long term care center limit visitors due to flu

Northfield Hospital and its Long Term Care Center are asking visitors to stay home as a precautionary measure if they have any flu-like symptoms.

Influenza can be serious and even life-threatening for the elderly and for those who are already hospitalized with an illness, and it spreads quickly, said Ann Reuter, Director of Quality at Northfield Hospital & Clinics.

Prospective visitors are asked to stay away if they have any of these symptoms:

  •  Cough
  •  Sore throat
  •  Runny or stuffy nose
  •  Fever, or
  •  Body aches.

With the flu now categorized as “widespread,” the Minnesota Department of Health offers these reminders to help you stay healthy:

  •  Wash your hands often to protect yourself from germs
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing to prevent those around you from getting sick
  •  Stay home if you feel ill.
  •  Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  •  Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when you touch something that is contaminated with germs and then touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
  •  Keep yourself more resistant to disease by getting plenty of sleep, exercise, and drinking plenty of fluids and eating nutritious food.

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Today’s news update – Rice County sets levy at 5.65%; A Solar Garden to be planted in Nfld; Free bikes program gives 100 bikes to area children in need

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 12:02pm

Rice County sets levy at 5.65%

Rice County Commissioners set the preliminary levy at 5.65%.  At that time Commissioner Malecha said no one advocates to raise taxes but there’s a definite need.  And raise them they did.  Yesterday morning the Rice County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the levy at 5.65%.  Malecha explained that they’ve gone years with very little tax increases so they have to make adjustments.  They could’ve lowered the levy but the County had labor negotiations and health insurance increases this year in each of the departments adding personnel cost.  The total increase in the net levy in dollars, including the Rice County HRA comes out to $1.1 million.

A Solar Garden to be planted in Nfld. thanks to local group

The seeds of a Solar Garden to be planted in Northfield.  Northfield Area Community Solar is a group started last year after the climate summit.  NACS co-founders Mary Jo Cristofaro and Erica Zweifel announced that a Solar Array will be installed at Eastgate Farms in partnership with developer Minnesota Community Solar.   A solar “array” is a group of solar panels.  This particular garden will take up 4 to 5 acres just off Hwy 19 by the turkey farm.  “The turkeys will have a birdseye view” says Zweifel.  Cristofaro explains that the land used is called “brown” land.  “The goal is to use unusable land”.  This is land that is not farmed or used for anything else.  Their hope is to start installation in the Spring and have it up and producing energy by Fall of 2015.  Anyone with an Excel Energy bill is eligible.  NACS has a buy-in from MCS right now for locals to have first chance at purchasing a subscription.  The local period is 120 days.  If you want to participate use the link provided and you can save $5 on a leaf.   We have a link to Minnesota Community Solar and the local landing page on our website kymnradio.net inside Today’s News Update.  If it is not sold out, then anyone in Rice County is eligible and it will go out from there.  The State has a cap of 40% for allowable solar energy usage in an area covered.  Cristofaro explains how it works for users.  You purchase a 25 year subscription and the amount of solar energy you use is credited to your Excel energy bill.  You can buy a “leaf”, which is 205 watts, up to 120% of your usage.  Your average usage is taken into account and you buy whatever you choose.  A “leaf” is $889, which turns out to be considerably cheaper than if you installed panels on your home.  You also don’t pay for maintenance.  NACS is the first such group of it’s kind.  They’re holding a Just Talk Turkey about Solar at Just Food Coop on December 28th from 7 to 9pm.  For the full interview find it on kymnradio.net.

 Free bikes program gives 100 bikes to area children in need

A free bikes program was held on December 6th as part of the Greenvale Community School Program.   Allina Health, HCI, Northfield Police Department staff, and other volunteers distributed 100 bikes and helmets to area children.  One of Northfield’s retired police officers, who wishes to remain nameless, contacted Evidence Technician Lynn James to see about donating any bicycles the police department has.  James said last year, the first year they’ve been involved,  they gave 6 bikes.  This year she had 14 bikes.  She continued that these bikes are found and/or abandoned.  James holds them for 90 days.  If no one’s claimed them they’re given to an auction company out of state but, at this time of year, the retired officer picks them up for donation.  The Free Bikes 4Kidz program is a non-profit that helps kids in need ride into a healthier lifestyle.

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Wayne Eddy Affair | Ann Simon

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 10:35am

Ninety year old Ann Simon talks about her life growing up in the Lonsdale area.

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Listen in to the Wayne Eddy Affair every weekday. Monday through Thursday, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Fridays from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

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‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | NACS founders Erica Zweifel and Mary Jo Cristofaro 12/17/14

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 9:27am

Jeff Johnson speaks with Erica Zweifel and Mary Jo Cristofaro on the Solar Garden coming to Northfield.  They are co-founders of Northfield Area Community Solar and will be selling subscriptions to solar energy.  Minnesota Community Solar/Northfield

 

Learn more by listening to the full interview below: 

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Community News: Farm and Ranch management for Women

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 8:24am
Annie’s is Risk Management training for farm and ranch women and run over a course of six weeks.  This national program connects women with a passion for agriculture (of ALL kinds) and helps them develop a strong, well-rounded understanding of their farm and the agriculture industry.

University of Minnesota Extension is proud to be a contributor to this outstanding program.  This course is being brought to you in Minnesota by AgStar.  You do NOT have to be an AgStar client to enroll in this program – it is open to ALL farm and ranch women wanting to learn multiple aspects of their agriculture based business.

For more information and registration information, visit AgStar Edge.

It’s a fantastic program and certainly worth the drive to Mankato!

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Today’s news update – Nfld School offering $500 reward; Nfld man accused of felony domestic assault; NRC receives grant $ for training course; Lamperts accepting coats

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:02pm

Nfld School offering $500 reward

At a special meeting held yesterday afternoon, the Northfield School Board approved a reward policy in response to the vandalism at the Northfield High School the weekend of December 6th  They then approved a $500.00 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible.  Superintendent Dr. Chris Richardson said he’s never seen such destruction in his 11 years with the Northfield School District.  Sgt. PT Haider said “they really did a number on that room”.  He added that, so far, no one’s been talking.  The Police Department recommended the reward.  If you have any information you’re urged to call Northfield Sgt. Haider at 507-663-9485

Nfld man accused of felony domestic assault

A Northfield man is in jail for domestic abuse.  Northfield police were called to a domestic Sunday morning at an apartment building at 720 Hwy 3.  Two neighbors reported breaking the door to get to the victim.  She told police that her boyfriend,  23 year old Mario Antonio Garcia-Alvarez, became upset with her for dancing with others while at the Northfield Ballroom and attacked her in the apartment they share.  According to the criminal complaint, Garcia-Alvarez reportedly punched the victim in the face several times and choked her to the point she couldn’t breathe.  He then got a knife from the kitchen and held it to her throat then tried to stab her in the abdomen before the victim’s daughter and her boyfriend, who witnessed the assault, were able to get the knife away.  Garcia-Alvarez fled the scene but returned hours later.  Police were called again and arrested him without incident.  He told officers he was “just trying to control her, you know how women are”.  He’s charged with Domestic assault by strangulation, 2nd degree assault with a dangerous weapon both felonies and a misdemeanor of assault.

NRC receives grant $ for training course

The Northfield HCI and Rotary Club of Northfield have granted donations to the Northfield Retirement Community.  HCI gave $300 and the Rotary Club awarded $500 in support of “Launching a Nursing Assistant Career: Training with Innovation and Care” – a course led by NRC staff at the Northfield High School. Through the program, youth can explore a career option and receive training free of charge to prepare themselves for work as a nursing assistant or residential aide – areas where jobs are available and health care professionals are needed as America’s population is aging.  In NRC’s training program, students receive instruction in classes that prepare them for future testing. Practical instruction in a laboratory setting follows. Students develop hands-on nursing care skills in an environment that replicates a nursing station. A clinical learning experience in NRC’s Care Center ‒ caring for actual residents – completes the comprehensive learning program.

 Lamperts accepting coats

Lampert Lumber is accepting new or gently used coats, hats, gloves and blankets through Friday.  All donations will be taken to the Clothes Closet.  They’re looking for warm clothes for all ages.  Every donor will get their name in a drawing for a $100 gift certificate to be given away on December 22nd.

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Today’s news update – Nfld man pleads guilty in July shooting; Budget amendments call for “shuffling” of dollars; Recycle your holiday lights; PEHS in need of Foster homes – informational meeting scheduled; Warm weather brings out the runners

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 12:02pm

Nfld man pleads guilty in July shooting

A shackled Shane Hejl pled guilty to 1st degree assault with great bodily harm in Rice County court this morning.  The 27 year old Northfield man, was charged with 5 felonies including attempted first degree murder.  The deal demands that Hejl tell Northfield police where the weapon is.  According to the criminal complaint, Hejl allegedly followed the victim, 29 year old Travis Frederick, also of Northfield, for a few blocks to 3rd street just west of Hwy 3 when he demanded money and personal items.  Frederick did not want to give them up.  He told police that’s when he was shot.  A witness saw the 2 men standing about 3 feet apart when he heard a gunshot then saw the suspect run to a minivan.  Later that day, a citizen called police to say she knew who shot Frederick.  The complaint states that a friend of Hejl’s girlfriend, was told by her that Hejl shot Frederick.  Hejl and 30 year old Tammy Lynn McGerr were living together at 207 Greenvale Avenue with their child and her other 3 children.  McGerr told Northfield police that Hejl jumped into the van she was driving and started throwing things like bullets and possibly a gun out of the window as they drove around Northfield.  McGerr is charged with aiding an Offender to avoid arrest, a felony.  Judge Cajacob allowed her out on bail.  Her case is pending trial.  As the victim and his mom sat in court, Hejl told Judge Neuville that he was just walking home when the victim approached him for drugs.  He said his intent for taking the gun out was to get away from the victim but the victim reached for it and the gun just “went off”.  Before his time in front of the judge, Hejl occasionally glanced at the victim and his mother, who were unsettled, later, as they listened to Hejl’s version of the events.  Frederick’s mom told KYMN that it’s been 109 days of hospitalizations and multiple surgeries for Travis.  He had his final surgery on December 9th when they removed the bullet lodged near his spine.  Sentencing will take place February 10th. Frederick will be able to make a victim impact statement at that time.  Hejl remains in custody.  Hejl could get anywhere from 104 to 144 months in prison.  He named his accomplice, Tammy McGerry, in court after questioning from Rice County attorney Paul Beaumaster.

Budget amendments call for “shuffling” of dollars

Finance Director Melanie Schlomann presented the Northfield Council with the final budget amendments for 2014.  Budget adjustments are not statutorily required, but a best practice.  It is also a way to “clean up” the budget to accurately reflect actual expense.  Schlomann said they’re not asking for any increase in dollars but will be shuffling money around from other funds.  Of the 5 General Fund budgets, the Ice Arena had increases.  The electricity is over budget for the year due to not adjusting high enough for summer ice, requesting an additional $18,000.  The Building maintenance account is also over budget due to heaters breaking down twice in 2014. To address, an additional $5,000 is needed for the budget.  The money will come from a contingency fund.  In the Street Department they are over budget in several areas.  Schlomann will be holding monthly meetings with them to determine if they’re really over budget or not budgeting correctly.  “They’ll be monitored closely”.  The entire overage of $149,700 is being transferred from various general fund departments which have surplus.  The contingency fund is also being used for the street department. For more on the amendments you can view it on the City’s website.

Recycle your holiday lights

On an average day, a typical Minnesotan creates roughly six pounds of waste.  But from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, household waste increases by more than 25%.  Added food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons – it all adds up to an additional 1 million tons a week to the nation’s garbage piles.  In an effort to reduce the 25% increase during the holidays in Rice County officials are asking residents to commit to doing at least one waste reduction activity throughout the holiday season.  One activity may be the recycling of old or unwanted holiday lights.  These can be recycled!  In Northfield, lights can also be dropped off for recycling at the ACE Hardware Store on Water Street.

PEHS in need of Foster homes – informational meeting scheduled

Prairies Edge Humane Society is hosting an informational meeting for those interested in fostering dogs.  They are currently very badly in need of fosters for dogs.  They have dogs waiting but their current foster homes are full!  If you have ever considered becoming a foster for homeless animals, now is the time!   The informational meeting will cover all aspects of fostering and honestly answer any questions or concerns.  It’s Wednesday evening from 6 to 7 at their new facility on Professional Drive in Northfield.  Administrator Kathy Jasnoch says this is a no pressure, no obligation way to learn more about the joys of fostering, plus they’ll have refreshments!  There’s no need to register.

Warm weather brings out the runners

Division Street was packed on Saturday as warm temps drew hundreds of runners and walkers out for the 13th annual Jingle Bell Run.  The 2k or 5k Run is put on by the Northfield Area Family YMCA and Carlson Capital Management. One hundred percent of the registration fees go to the Y.  According to the Y’s Maggie Malecha, there were 400 participants of all ages represented this year, up from 311 last year.   After the run, participants enjoyed hot apple cider and treats and photos with Santa Claus.

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15 with the Author | ‘Socialcide’ by Leo J. Battenhausen 12/15/14

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 11:10am

How many selfies have you taken today?  On today’s 15 with the Author, Teri Knights talk with Leo Battenhausen, author of “Socialcide – How America is Loving Itself to Death”.  There’s no way to sugar-coat the conclusions of Battenhausen; he says Americans have become so obsessed with themselves that our country’s once-great bedrock of dignity and respect is crumbling from underneath us.   Leo has two Masters Degrees, one in Behavioral Sciences and one in Clinical Social Work and has counseled families for 20 years.  He says childhood social problems prevail at record levels, crime is becoming more heinous and the number of narcissists is exploding.  What’s to blame? How do we fix it?  Find out on today’s 15 with the Author.   Socialcide

Socialcide – Leo Battenhausen

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Fine Tune #263 ‘sing’ songs… 14 Dec 2014

Sun, 12/14/2014 - 7:15pm

Fine Tune 12-14-14 #263Host Wendy Nordquist hosts an eclectic hour of acoustic, Americana, jazz, old-time, roots and world music every Sunday evening from 6-7 p.m.

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This time of the year, there’s more singing going on! so why not songs about singing? presented in this show are just a few of many possible choices:

1 Benny Goodman / Sing, Sing, Sing (with   Swing)

2 Swingle Singers / Christmas Medley

3 Arthur Freed & The MGM Studio Orchestra / Singin’ in the Rain

4 Dean Martin / If I could Sing like Bing

5  Mel Tormé / Sing for your Supper

6  Mahalia Jackson / I’m Going to Live the Life I Sing

7 Marcia Ball / Sing It!

8 Eliza Lynn / Sing a New Song

9  Cat Stevens / If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out

10 Gillian Welch / I Want to Sing that Rock and Roll

11 Gordon Bok, Ann Mayo Muir & Ed Trickett / How Can I Keep from Singing?

12 Nanci Griffith / Sing One for Sister

13 Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson & Ricky Skaggs / Who will Sing for Me?

14 Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem / Singing in the Bathtub

15 Tim & Mollie O’Brien / That’s How I Learned to Sing the Blues

16 Bill Staines / A Place in the Choir

17 VocalEssence Ensemble Singers / Oh, Dear, What can the Matter Be?

18 John Gorka / When You Sing

 

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Raider Wrap with Dusty Budd | Raider Girl’s Basketball

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 10:47am

Dusty Budd chats with local high school players and coaches as he wraps up the week in Raider sports. You can listen live to Raider Wrap every Saturday morning at 10am.
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Raider Wrap with Dusty Budd |Raider Boy’s Hockey/Recap of Week

Sat, 12/13/2014 - 10:45am

Dusty Budd chats with local high school players and coaches as he wraps up the week in Raider sports. You can listen live to Raider Wrap every Saturday morning at 10am.
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