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'Creative budgeting' brings park to local kids

Lots of people complain about government not working, but we have a story of government working very well, indeed.

The story started a year ago, when a routine safety evaluation of all the city’s parks showed that three sets of playground equipment needed to be taken out. At Riverside Park, there was a second, newer set that could remain. But late last fall city officials had to remove the only play equipment at Sechler, Grant and John North parks.


Hospital construction means change in access

Due to new construction at Northfield Hospital, patients and visitors are asked to use the Emergency Department entrance as the hospital’s front door for the next several weeks. Parking is available on the north side of the building.

The driveway and parking near the hospital’s main entrance are being reconfigured in conjunction with the construction of the new clinic space on the northwest corner of the hospital. The project will allow for more parking and convenient access to the clinic and the hospital. The work is expected to take four to six weeks.


Buckheit and Malecha will face off in November

 Follow the key races with one click here.

Election LogoEditor's note: This story has been updated as numbers became available.

Attorney Betsy Buckheit posted a solid first place finish, with Northfield City Councilor Galen Malecha a weak second in the only contested county primary race. They will continue to the Nov. 7 general election to see who wins the District 2 County Commissioner seat vacated by Jessica Peterson, who is running for the Minnesota State Senate. Buckheit's lead appears strong, but with a dismal 11.22 percent voter turnout and no incumbent in the race, anything can happen in this campaign.

You can follow this race and Rice County results for state races just by clicking here. Dakota County residents can click here for results.


State Representative Ray Cox to host veterans' forums

I’ll be hosting two town meeting forums on veterans' issues on Tuesday of next week, September 19, from 2-4 p.m. The first one will be in Northfield at the American Legion Post 84.

The American Legion is located at 1055 North Highway 3. This is next to the John Deere implement dealership.

Then I’ll move on to Belle Plaine at the Veterans Club, 221 North Meridian Street. This forum will go from 7-9 p.m.

Read more inside...


City Hall Insider

Al RoderAs usual City Administrator Al Roder has prepared a detailed report of everything that went on at  City Hall last week. Everything's here, from police activity statistics to street closings and budget meetings.

Just click here to read the pdf version of the report. You need Acrobat Reader to read the file. And head to the City Hall site to check out the complete city events calendar and find the agendas and other details for all meetings.

The most important thing this week isn't a meeting, but Election Day on Tuesday. You can check the city site for information on polling places and other election details.

This week...


Dog park proponents take plans to City Council Monday

Submitted by Amy Gage

The City of Northfield and Canines at Play (CAP), a volunteer organization dedicated to bringing off-leash dog parks to Northfield, have finalized a development agreement that would locate the first off-leash dog park at Babcock Park in Northfield.

CAP Board Chairman Rich Lorang, a veterinarian who runs Countryside Animal Hospital in Dundas, and CAP board member Rick Estenson, an executive with First National Bank in Northfield, will present the agreement to the Northfield City Council on Monday, Sept. 11.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in City Hall council chambers, Washington and Ninth streets.

Babcock Park is located on the northwest corner of Highway 3 and Woodley Street, just north of Southgate Cinema and adjacent to the outdoor hockey rink and the Defeat of Jesse James Days (DJJD) rodeo grounds. The proposed dog-park site has 1.4 acres along the Cannon River, with fencing and a separate area for small-breed dogs, should their owners prefer to keep them segregated.


Fall library story times resume soon!

After the big kids go to school we will be resuming our story times for little ones at the Northfield Public Library.

The programs, which are free and open to all, begin Wednesday, September 13.

  • “I like books!” preschool story time returns on September 13.  We will have two story times each week: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. for ages 3 to 5 with caregiver.
  • “Patty Cake, Patty Cake” Infant Lapsit returns Tuesday, September 19 at 10 a.m. for children 6 to 24 months.
  • Our on-going FIRST STEPS Early Literacy Center is open Monday, Friday and Saturday mornings from 10a.m. – noon.  It features hands-on fun and learning for children 6 months to 5 years! 
  • “Merlin Mondays” is a boys-only book group that meets Monday evenings at 7 p.m.  New members are always welcome. 

Watch for updates on when the following activities resume:

  • Saturday morning Carleton ACT Student’s story hour 
  • Adventure Girls, St. Olaf Honor house's girls only book group. 

Library programs are free and open to all.  For special needs or more information please call 645-6606 or visit Northfield Public Library website.


Meet the candidates here -- and in a forum tonight

There are three candidates from Northfield running for District 2 of the Rice County Board, meaning that voters will have to narrow the field in the primary next Tuesday, Sept. 12. And now you have a chance get up to speed – in just one evening.

Northfield.org and KYMN radio are hosting a candidate forum at 7 p.m. tonight, Sept. 7, in the City Council chambers at City Hall. Charles Skinner will be the moderator.

The candidates are: Betsey Buckheit, Galen Malecha and David DeLong (left to right, above). We have asked them all some basic questions and we’re presenting their answers here. If you have a question or comment, feel free to add it to the comments at the end of this story.

One other candidate, Bill Rossman, a former mayor of Northfield, has withdrawn from the race.

We will have complete election results Tuesday evening.


City Hall Insider

Al RoderIt's a holiday and City Hall is closed, but City Administrator Al Roder and his staff will be back to work Tuesday.
As usual Al has prepared a detailed report of everything that goes on at  City Hall each week. Everything's here, from police activity statistics to street closings and budget meetings.

Just click here to read the pdf version of the report. You need Acrobat Reader to read the file. And head to the City Hall site to check out the complete city events calendar and find the agendas and other details for all meetings.

This week...

Tuesday
Planning Commission, 7 p.m., City Hall
Mayor's Youth Task Force, 7 p.m., NCRC Room SS 106

Thursday
Housing and Redevelopment Authority, 5 p.m., City Hall
County Board Candidate Forum, 7 p.m., City Hall 


Northfield.org, KYMN radio to host candidate forum Thursday

The election is almost here.

What election, you say? Sure, you’ve been busy and it’s hard to keep up with the news and all, but there is a primary next Tuesday, Sept. 12.

There are three candidates from Northfield running for District 2 of the Rice County Board, meaning that voters will have to narrow the field next Tuesday. And now you have a chance get up to speed – in just one evening.

Northfield.org and KYMN radio are hosting a candidate forum at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7 in the City Council chambers at City Hall. You can meet them all, ask questions and compare their ideas – and still have time later to debate their merits over a beer at the DJJD festival. You just can’t beat that.


New for 2006: Live election results!

On August 31, I attended the Northfield area election judge training at the Northfield Community Recreation Center. County and city election officials handed out manuals and gave an overview of election day procedures, including the new procedures and the use of voting machines. While the Secretary of State's Web site provided state-wide election information and basic voter information last election, this year, the site will include local election information, too.

Full post at Beeby-us.com


Northfield in the News

The Sunday edition of the New York Times featured a piece in their Real Estate section titled, Why Some Towns Place Roadblocks on Cul-de-Sacs. The "Some Town" highlighted is Northfield, with quotes about the controversy provided by city planner Dan Olson and planning commissioner Tracy Davis. The article contrasts Northfield's stance with our near neighbor, Eagan.

Check out the story.

If you have trouble viewing the story from this link, Tracy Davis' blog also provides a PDF download.


City Hall Insider

Al RoderFirst, my apologies to City Administrator Al Roder and his staff. They sent the weekly report on time, but due to an oversight, I didn't get it posted as scheduled Monday.

As usual Al has prepared a detailed report of everything that goes on at  City Hall each week. Everything's here, from police activity statistics to street closings and budget meetings.

Just click here to read the pdf version of the report. You need Acrobat Reader to read the file. And head to the City Hall site to check out the complete city events calendar and find the agendas and other details for all meetings.

This week...

Tuesday
Planning Commission, 7 p.m., City Hall
Mayor's Youth Task Force, 7 p.m., NCRC Room SS 106


City Hall Insider

Al RoderEver wonder what happens at City Hall each week? Here's the scoop. Each week City Administrator Al Roder (left) shares the memo he sends to city officials summarizing all the work of all the departments. Everything's here, from police activity statistics to street closings and budget meetings.

Just click here to read the pdf version of the report for last week. You need Acrobat Reader to read the file. And head to the City Hall site to check out the complete city events calendar and find the agendas and other details for all meetings.

This week...

City Council meets at 7 tonight at City Hall for a quick business meeting to clear up the liquor license for the upcomming Defeat of Jesse James Days and then a work session.

Tuesday offers a full slate of events at City Hall:
Charter Commission
, 7 p.m.
Candidate Information Session, 7 p.m.
Environmental Quality Commission
, 7 p.m.


Election Judge Training: New Machines

The AutoMark Voter Assistance TerminalI went to my my first election judge training for the year on Wednesday, August 9. Primarily, the training was for head election judges, like me, and city clerks. We were given a brief overview of the changes to the post election review process, and the new election equipment.

Read the rest of this post for more information about the new equipment at beeby-us.com.


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