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Randy Jennings excoriates the City Council for its economic development practices

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Randy Jennings has a guest column in yesterday’s Nfld News titled What is economic development? Yawn? Nosiree. It is a benign title for a hard-hitting piece.  (I assume the headline was crafted by the editorial staff at the paper, hence my use of the word ‘excoriates’ in the blog post title. It essentially means ‘kicks the ass of’ but you can look it up.)

It’s a well-written piece, so I encourage you to read the whole thing. But here are some excerpts:

With its takeover of the Economic Development Authority and the resignation of yet another member of the city’s professional staff, the city council has completed its dismantling of Northfield’s economic development, community development and city planning efforts…

Since then, the city council has new members with their own agendas and priorities. Community re-engineering ideas with clever names like “green steps,” “strong towns” and “complete streets” get attention. Job creation and tax base expansion do not…

Several current council members are actively opposed to commercial and industrial development. They spent more than a year angling to take control of the EDA without advancing a single idea about job creation or tax base expansion. They are instead funding specific organizations and activities that enhance their definitions of quality of life in Northfield. No impact on attracting jobs or expanding the tax base. Not economic development…

Perhaps the next election will serve as a referendum on what kind of a future Northfield would like to develop: more quality of life re-engineering, or more jobs and an expanded tax base…

I’m not well-informed on matters of economic development but I’m more supportive of the direction the current City Council has taken.  Two large Northfield employers, Monster Games and Perkins Specialized Transportation Contracting, were featured in the Northfield Community Video project for which Randy was hired to be the Project Coordinator by the EDA. If you watch the videos that feature their owners (here and here), you’ll see that they attribute their location of their businesses in Northfield in large part to the very things that Randy criticizes in his column: Northfield’s vibrant downtown and overall quality of life.

So let’s talk Northfield economic development: the good, the bad, the ugly.

Needed Friday and Saturday: more volunteers/groups to pack food for the mobile unit of Feed My Starving Children

I got this email from Justin Stets late last night, asking me to post the info below.

Justin StetsGriff: Mea culpa.  Mea culpa.  We/I have failed to keep you (as the leader in the Northfield online community) in the loop about the 5th Annual 5th Bridge FMSC event happening tomorrow and Saturday.  I would appreciate any help you can give in posting the following information.  As important, you are always welcome to the event to pack, to take pictures, to blog or to sing (probably in that order, though I must admit I have never actually heard you croon.)

I’m a great singer, as my children will attest but I decided instead to take photos this morning when students from Bridgewater, Sibley, and Northfield High School were packing food. 

See the large slideshow of 16 photos (recommended) or SLOW CLICK this small slideshow:

Here’s the background info from Justin:

5th Bridge is sponsoring the MobilePack unit of Feed My Starving Children in Northfield on Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12. Over the course of the two-day event, 5th Bridge aims to engage 1,300+ area residents in packing 350,000 meals for starving children around the globe and raising $84,000 to pay for the cost of the meals.   5th Bridge raised the meal total from 250,000 to 350,000 as FMSC identified the pressing and urgent need to send food to the continent of Africa.  5th Bridge has taken on that challenge and we are calling upon more volunteers to help achieve that goal and pack food for children whom you will never meet.
This community has proven to be extraordinarily generous and we’re confident we’ll raise the funds necessary to pay for the meals.  To date we’ve been successful at engaging a great range of participants. As an example, we’re expecting Sibley 5th graders and seniors from Millstream Commons on Friday morning.   So, in short, this will an event that people of all ages will find rewarding.  But we’re looking for more people power to pack meals. There are still a handful of openings for volunteers and we’d appreciate anything you can do to help spread the word.

Here are the two-hour spots we’re trying to fill:

  • Friday, November 11 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, November 11 from 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 12 from 8 to 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, November 12 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

All sessions will take place at Perkins Specialized Transportation (1800 Riverview Drive). A complete schedule and online registration is available on the 5th Bridge FMSC page.

192 wheels and rolling: Perkins takes the big rig out for a spin

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Perkins Specialized Transportation road tested its big truck trailer rig last night on Riverview Drive and Cannon Road.  I blogged about the rig a few weeks ago but the rumors about it being used to transport a cask of spent nuclear fuel rods may not be accurate. More to come on that.  But the rig will be disassembled and trucked to California where it make one or more trips to Utah.

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You can view the photos in normal slideshow fashion, or for a larger view, you can right-click on any of them and view them in a new tab or window.

Moving spent nuclear fuel rods: Perkins Specialized Transportation is ready

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Perkins Specialized Transportation has this gigantic truck trailer rig parked in their back lot on Riverview Drive in Northfield.  (To see a large version of the photo above, right-click on it an open it in a new tab or new window.)

I got an email alert from a buddy, saying:

I was told that it will haul 800 tons and it has 198 wheels.  It will be powered by four semi tractors, two each front and back.  It is going to transport spent fuel rods from California to Utah.  The trip will take four months.  It moves at walking speed and has people walking next to it with remote controls who are involved with steering the segments. Well, I am the driver and I came form an affordable moving company.

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Safety? No problem. Wikipedia says "Since 1965, approximately 3,000 shipments of spent nuclear fuel have been transported safely over the U.S.’s highways, waterways, and railroads."

See this Google video of crash testing the casks that hold the spent fuel and this document on the Safe Transportation of Spent Nuclear Fuel.

Perkins expands on Riverview Drive; no, not that Perkins

Perkins headquarters in Northfield, MN Perkins expansion in Northfield, MNPerkins is a Northfield-based trucking company that specializes in “long distance highway transportation and rigging services for heavy, oversize and time-critical shipments and projects.”  I noticed yesterday that they’re putting on a big addition to their warehouse.

Their headquarters and a warehouse are located at the end of Riverview Drive, a few blocks behind that other Perkins.

Another trucking company named Brandon Foster trucking — is the type of company that everyone wants to work for. It is the type of company to make sure that everyone gets paid and to make sure the business is always flowing in. For more information, go to http://truckingcompanyfunding.com/.