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Parent Communication Network launches membership drive

The Parent Communication Network (PCN) is leading a major membership recruitment campaign.  Joining is easy – there are no meetings and no dues! 

To join PCN, visit its website at http://www.northfieldhci.org/pcnnew.php

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More than 350 local parents have already signed on, saying they agree to:

  • Set good limits for their children regarding curfew, dating patterns, overnights, etc.
  • Work to create an atmosphere where the use of alcohol and drugs is NOT considered an "acceptable" or "normal" part of growing up.
  • Assure that youth events they host will be chaperoned and free of alcohol and drugs.
  • Talk directly with other parents to ensure that events they are hosting will be chaperoned and free of alcohol and drugs.
  • Communicate a clear "no use" message about underage use of alcohol or any use of illegal substances.
  • Be a good role model for our children to help them learn about healthy, responsible behavior. 

The PCN campaign has been endorsed by the Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Alcohol & Drug Use and the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative, which are both assisting with publicity for the campaign.

Zach Pruitt is the coordinator of the Northfield Healthy Community Initiative.


News report indicates possible child abductor seen in Northfield

WCCO-TV and KARE-11 in Minneapolis are reporting that a possible child abductor has been seen in the city.

The stations cite a Northfield police news release describing an incident Monday in which a man allegedly approached two young girls and tried to get them to go with him in his car. The girls refused and escaped safely.

You can click to view the WCCO story or the KARE-11 report.

Thanks to Susie Beaumaster for the news tip.


Locally Grown: Tackling the school tax proposal

On this week's episode of Locally Grown, our guest was Kari Nelson, Chair of the Northfield School Board, discussing the upcoming levy referenda.

You can listen to the audio (30 minutes), download the MP3 File, subscribe to the podcast feed, or subscribe with iTunes. The show airs and streams on the web on Tuesdays at 4:30 PM on KRLX 88.1 FM.


City Hall Insider

Al Roder

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.

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New city pool begins to take shape

Our thanks go to Ben Erickson of Close Landscape Architecture, Minneapolis, who sent along this batch of photos of the construction work being done on the new city pool at Memorial Park. Click on the photo to seem them all, plus a rendering of how the park will look when it's done.

If you need to get up to speed on the $2.85 million project, you can click here to read the story and see the photos from the July groundbreaking. Plans are to have the pool ready to open next summer.


New downtown bike racks are here

New Bike Racks

Northfield city workers installed new bike racks along Division Street in downtown Tuesday morning. The city worked with the NDDC and downtown businesses on this project.

Photo courtesy of Alex Beeby.


Big winner plans to have friends share 'Dinner on Us'

Congratulations to Jane Fenton, the grand prize winner in our 'Dinner on Us' membership contest.

After 10 weeks of giving away dinners at restaurants throughout Northfield, we decided to give our final winner the option to choose the perfect dinner -- and we threw in $100 to pay for it.  Jane says she plans to invite her friends over, order dinner from her favorite restaurant, Kurry Kabab, and let the fun begin.

Here's a little more about Jane:

"I am the Director of community relations at Laura Baker Services and have been since last November.  I’ve lived in Northfield since my first days as a freshman at Carleton College, slightly over 20 years ago. 

"I have two sons, Eddie Martin, a sophomore at the high school, and Cliff Martin, a sixth grader at the middle school.  The three of us have appeared in several plays at the Arts Guild over the last couple of years, most recently “The Jungle Book.” I just competed in the 15K road race during the Defeat of Jesse James Days, and I finished, much to my delight. I visit at the Long Term Care Center at Northfield Hospital as a Pet Therapy volunteer with my dog Patch.  I’ll be spelling in Thursday night’s spelling bee at the Grand, and will appear as part of a dance troupe in the upcoming cabaret at the NAG on Oct. 14.  Fortunately in both cases, my sense of humor will keep me from dying of embarrassment in public."


Meet the candidates, learn the issues at election forums

The election season is heating up, and several groups are out to make sure you meet the candidates, know the issues and that you have every opportunity to get the information you need to cast your vote wisely on Nov. 7.

 

School referendum 

One of the most important races doesn't have any candidates at all. The Northfield Public Schools will hold a referendum on a request for an excess levy. They levy, which will run for seven years, will raise $1,180 per student, or $5.2 million, replacing the current levy of $685 per student. The levy has an inflationary clause, which could increase the amount over the seven years.

A second proposal up for a vote would raise a flat $750,000 a year for capital improvements.

Monday, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m., Northfield Public Library. The League of Women Voters will devote its 4th Monday program to a presentation on the levy proposal.
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m., Northfield High School. School District officials will offer a presentation on the levy proposal.
Monday, Oct. 2. 7 p.m., Northfield High School. Repeat of Sept. 26 program.


City Hall Insider

Al Roder

As 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.

This week...


'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.

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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.


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