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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.


Northfield Swimming Pool Construction Update

Progress is being made on the new $2.85 million Northfield Swimming Pool at Memorial Field.  The construction started on July 7th and target opening date is June 2007.  The pictures show several sections of the new pool under construction along with the sign showing the completed pool.

More details, plans and documents can be found on the Pool Project section of the city website.



Hospital breaks ground for new clinic

Editor's note: Our thanks go to City Councilor and professional photographer Scott Davis of Stone Cottage Photography, who provided photos from Tuesday's groundbreaking. Click on the photo to see a few additional shots, or click here to go to his studio site and see a whole gallery of photos.

Northfield Hospital broke ground Tuesday on an 18,600 square foot medical clinic that will provide space for the Women’s Health Center and an expansion of physician services provided by Cannon Valley Clinic -- Mayo Health System.

The new clinic, called FamilyHealth Medical Clinic -- Northfield, will be attached to the northwest corner of the hospital. It will provide space for the Women’s Health Center and the departments of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, General Surgery and Ear, Nose and Throat.


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. There's a LOT 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 check out the details for all meetings for this week.

And it's a busy week...

City Council meets at 7 tonight at City Hall. One of the topics will be a recommendation by the Environmental Quality Commission to adopt an organic pest management policy, basically limiting pest control to organic products and processes. This is an information and is expected to be referred to staff for study.


Way Park plans met with enthusiasm

Spencer JonesThe City of Northfield presented a public forum to review designs for Way Park on Wednesday evening at the Community Resource Center. About 50 citizens attended, most of whom were residents of the park's west side neighborhood.

After comments from a few city officials, landscape architect and Park Board member Spencer Jones presented four different designs for the park, which doubled in size after the demolition of the old Northfield Hospital in 2005. The plans were greeted with enthusiasm by the crowd, particularly the members of the Friends of Way Park who have worked to make the expanded park a reality.

Citizens were given a chance to provide written feedback about all the designs and also to participate in a Q&A session that was moderated by Charley Skinner.

All four designs present different approaches to dealing with First Street, which bisects the park. One of the plans features the street routed around the park, funneling traffic to Second Street. The other plans run the gamut from narrowing the road to expanding it with a greenspace median or sculptural elements. Much of the public discussion focused on the street issue and safety concerns, but attendees also spoke of the desire for the park to become a true community park—not just a neighborhood resource—and to that end all four designs feature some form of performance space, in addition to maintaining the park's "tot lot" playground and ice rink.


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. There's a LOT 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 details for all meetings for this week. Although it's a slow week, there is an important meeting Wednesday at 7 p.m., as the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board holds a public review of the city parks master plan for Way Park. The meeting will be held at the Northfield Community Recreation Center.

Editor's Note: This story was updated to include the meeting location and a clarification that the master plan under review is for Way Park. 


Northfield Under Construction: An Update

Construction continues apace for Northfield, and we've got news on three of the bigger projects - Highway 3, Northfield Crossing, and the new Library Plaza.

There's more inside and we've got a photo gallery also...


City Hall Insider

Al RoderEver wonder what happens at City Hall each week? Here's the scoop. City Administrator Al Roder (left) has agreed to share the memo he sends to city officials each Friday. There's a LOT 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.


Finally -- a primary

Right up until 4:55 p.m. Tuesday it seemed as though Northfield voters would skip local primaries and go straight to the November election to fill three open School Board and three open City Council seats.

And then Terry Gersemehl walked into City Hall and became the third candidate running for the at-large seat.

And that meant a primary for that one race. Two other City Council races will be contested in November, while all three School Board incumbents are running completely unopposed.  

City Council incumbent James Pokorney will face a challenge by James Herreid in the first ward. In the Fourth Ward, Jon Denison and Victor Summa will run for the seat Galen Malecha gave up to make a run for Rice County Commissioner. In the at-large race, Dixon Bond didn't file for re-election, but Norman Butler and Noah Cashman did. That leaves two people who have filed as of mid-afternoon Friday. Norm Butler, 1001 Division St., has filed in the at-large race. James Herreid, 13 Riverside Commons East, has filed in the first ward race.


This week at City Hall

It's another short week at City Hall, with lots of paperwork but no big issues or controversy. You can check for agendas by clicking on the individual meetings or go to the City of Northfield for a complete calendar of events.

Monday
City Council, 7 p.m.

Tuesday
Charter Commission, 4 p.m.
Environmental Quality Commission, 7 p.m.
Library Board, 7 p.m., Northfield Public Library.

Thursday
Historic Preservation Commission, 4:30 p.m.


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