Yesterday, Rice County conducted a very successful state-mandated recount of votes cast in two randomly selected votes districts within the county from the election earlier this month.
After the 2020 election, the Rice County Department of Property Tax and Elections came under fairly close scrutiny over baseless allegations of voter fraud. As a result, the county took extra care in conducting the midterm elections this year, giving the process as much transparency as possible. In a continuing effort to promote this policy, the county announced that yesterday’s vote count matched perfectly with the machine count from the Nov. 8 election.
The review, which Minnesota law requires after every general election, this year looked at the Minnesota governor and US Congress races. The two boroughs of Morristown City and Northfield Township Precinct 2 were randomly selected during the November 14 election committee meeting.
The manual recount, performed by hand, is an audit to determine if the accuracy of the voting system is up to the defined standard. The process, while straightforward, is specific and requires secured ballots to be unsealed for counting after the November 8 election and resealed once verification is complete.
In each case, the counts matched exactly the machine counts reported to the Secretary of State after polling closed on November 8th.
Northfield School Board investigates school selection numbers
Last week, the Northfield School Board looked at student enrollments to determine the count Students living in the Northfield School District who choose to attend a school that is not a Northfield Public School and the number of students who come from other districts to attend Northfield Schools.
The Northfield School District will face declining enrollment for most of the next decade. While initial enrollment figures show more students than expected this year, Dr. Northfield Public Schools Superintendent Matt Hillman said the district is losing students over the course of each school year, so the final numbers will be particularly important.
Hillmann said the district has long been a proponent of public school choice. In fact, Northfield is one of only two more public school districts in the state that will certify public charter schools, and while the presence of Prairie Creek Community School and Arcadia Charter School can be seen as detrimental to the district’s funding, Hillmann said this is the It is important to support these schools and give parents the choice of where they send their children to school, so Northfield is proud to certify both schools.
Because of Prairie Creek and Arcadia, as well as St. Dominicks’s School and a strong homeschooling community, Hillmann said the district will always see a net loss of students. This current school year, 375 students chose to attend a school other than one of Northfeld’s public schools, but that number is down from 399 students last year, with 10 fewer students at home and 26 fewer students at charter schools.
“But that doesn’t mean the charter schools suffer,” he said. “It just means more students are coming from outside the district and choosing Prairie Creek or Arcadia.”
There are 270 students, 20 more than last year, from the Northfield area who have chosen to enroll in another district, while there are 464 students, 10 more than last year, who have chosen to enroll in a public School to visit in Northfield from out of town district.
Hillmann said the number of open enrollments is beginning to decline, but Northfield remains a solid choice for students statewide.
“We’ll see if there’s another resurgence of that. We know the Northfield School District is a target district. There are people who want their children to be here. They don’t always find housing, so sometimes they’re in a neighboring community and openly enroll in Northfield, or there’s a specific program here that people want to join our district for. We welcome that.”
The numbers are yet to be fully played out, but Hillmann said as they plan for the future, they will continue to examine the impact of post-pandemic school choices in the community.
Jeff Johnson’s full interview with Northfield Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillman, can be heard here
Food delivery volunteers are still needed for the LBSA Thanksgiving dinner
Three years after the Laura Baker Services Association last held its annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner, The tradition returns tomorrow with a full meal of turkey and all the trimmings.
LBSA Director of Community Relations Andrei Sivanich said LBSA does this to thank the community for the support they receive throughout the year. And as a special thank you, they also offer home delivery of meals.
“We could probably use another driver or two to help with the food delivery,” he said. “It’s not much different than delivering Meals on Wheels.”
Volunteers are an important part of the event, Sivanich said, and it’s something people have returned to over the years. Even after a three-year break, there are still many people willing to help.
“People reached out to us months ago and asked if we were going to do this Thanksgiving dinner this year,” he said, “and they asked if they could volunteer.”
The event is not something LBSA can run alone, in fact Sivanich called it a “team effort” and thanked all the organizations that offered to help.
“We have many great partners who are donating to the event so we can host it. So thanks to Holden Farms, Reinhart Foodservice, Just Food Co-op, Brick Oven Bakery and Cub Foods. The Scott and Lesueur County Dairy donated milk for us. And Northfield VFW made a nice donation and they also provide us with some volunteer drivers.”
Though he didn’t have all the details on the menu, Sivanich said it will be a full turkey meal with all the trimmings. LBSA will host the meal tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Millis Dining Hall at 211 Oak Street on LBSA’s main campus. No reservations are required. Those interested in volunteering to help with the in-home portion of the event should call the main switchboard at 507-645-8866.
Jeff Johnson’s full conversation with Andrei Sivanich of the Laura Baker Services Association can be heard here
Rich Larson is the news director of KYMN. Contact him at email@example.com
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