Today’s news update – Lights out on Small Business Saturday; Rice County funds Nfld Library and Senior Center at 2015 levels; WW II Home Town Heroes to speak tomorrow; Dukes to celebrate and kick off their ball park renovation campaign

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Lights out on Small Business Saturday

A car accident resulted in a power outage on Saturday as local businesses were gearing up for Small Business Saturday.  Northfield police were called to a vehicle striking a light pole at 8th and Water street around 7am.  That caught the pole on fire which then ignited equipment on the pole resulting in a power loss to over 2300 on the east side of Hwy 3 in downtown.  As NAFRS extinguished the fire, Xcel Energy arrived on scene.  Jill Erickson of Salon Synergy said they used the natural light in the building to cut hair by.  The power was restored just before noon.

Rice County funds Nfld Library and Senior Center at 2015 levels

The Rice County Board of Commissioners voted to fund outside agencies at 2015 levels.  Twelve agencies requested funds for 2016  including the Northfield public library.  They’ll be funded at $188,470.  They asked for about $7500 more.  The Northfield Senior Center will receive $4300.  Commissioner Miller felt some of the agencies justified their reasons for an increase but the vote was 3 to 1 with Commissioner Dokken absent.  A public hearing on the County budget will be held next Thursday at 7pm in Government Services building in Faribault.  They’ll set their levy December 8th.

WW II Home Town Heroes to speak tomorrow

The Northfield Leo Club is a group of  junior high and high school students who volunteer in service to the community sponsored by the Lions Club.  They’re hosting “World War II Home Town Heroes” tomorrow night at United Methodist Church.  You are invited to hear the stories of several local Vets including Elizabeth Strohfus, a WW II pilot from Faribault who served in the Women Airforce Service Pilots; Chuck DeMann, who was on the U.S.S. Little when it was sunk in 1945 by a kamikaze; Helen Leqve, who worked alongside Italian prisoners; Rueben Kvidt, who started his long military career in WW II; and Erling Kindem, who was an Army Air Corp radioman and gunner on 28 combat mission.  The event is free and open to the public, but free-will donations will be accepted to offset the cost of the program.  The program starts at 6:30.

Dukes to celebrate and kick off their ball park renovation campaign

The Dundas Dukes have something to celebrate!  They are the 2015 Class B State Champions.  Infielder Mike Ludwig said he didn’t think they could win the whole thing but they planned on making a good run at it.  Turns out, they could win it and they plan on celebrating this Friday.  They’re hosting live music at The Grand beginning at 7pm.  They’ll also be throwing out the first pitch on their $100,000 campaign to renovate their ballpark including moving the back stop and add 100 studio seats in the grandstand area.  They’ve already started the project.  Ludwig says the sites will be a lot better.  At the event they’ll provide details of their plan, offer sponsor seats, have championship apparel for sale and most of the Dukes will be there.  The Rice County All-Stars will provide the entertainment.  The tickets are $20 in advance.  You can get them at Frandsen Bank in Dundas, from any of the Dukes or online at


Northfield Historical Society Executive Director Hayes Scriven made a big announcement this morning on KYMN regarding a large donation from the Campbell family, heirs of MOM Brands.  I’ll have details coming up.

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15 with the Author | ‘Playing with Fire’ by Tess Gerritsen 11/30/15

FIRE34-197x300Teri Knight’s guest on today’s 15 with the Author is Tess Gerritsen.  When last they talked, she had written her 11th Rizzoli & Isles suspense novel.  Today, it’s a different tune, literally, as she discusses her new novel, PLAYING WITH FIRE.  It was born out of a very real experience she had while traveling in Italy.  The story revolves around a mysterious piece of music and the frightening response of a child who hears it.


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‘Morning Show’ with Jeff Johnson | Jayne Hager Dee of Nfld ACT 11/30/15

79037f390a037917ec73403ac7fa4e4bJeff Johnson speaks with Jayne Hager Dee of Northfield ACT – Act on Alzheimer’s.  They’re holding an event tonight at The Contented Cow at 7pm.

Join us for an informal conversation on Alzheimer’s, how it effects someone you know living with memory loss and resources in our community.

Conversation led by:

  • Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Local Attorney
  • Caregiver for parent of Alzheimer’s

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