DeKruif out, Dudley in

In the redistricting process, Senator Al DeKruif lost most of his district. His position moved to District 23 which is currently represented by Republican Julie Rosen. DeKruif has decided not to run against Rosen or make a move to run in District 20 this Fall. Chair of the Rice County Republican party, Bron Scherer says he’s sad to see DeKruif go but happy that he’s satisfied with his decision. Former DFL Senator Kevin Dahle, who lost to DeKruif in 2010, has announced his bid to regain the seat. While Scherer announced the Republican candidate for District 20 is former Northfielder, Mike Dudley. Dudley is a retired FBI agent and former District Attorney. Dudley stopped by the KYMN studios this morning. He describes himself as mainstream Republican. He emphasized that education is a priority for him. Scherer says there may be more candidates to announce. They’ll hold an endorsing convention in April.

Another attempt to fill out the EDA and the PSC is back on the agenda

When the Northfield city council meets tomorrow night, Mayor Rossing will once again attempt to appoint someone to the EDA. In several attempts at putting together a slate of names, the council has declined to approve them. She’s putting forward a single name this round, Ray Cox. Other names for other appointments include Susan Crow and Erica Zweifel to the HRA along with appointments to 2 subcommittees, Downtown Parking and Complete Streets. Another area that council’s had a hard time agreeing on is the Public Safety Center. According to the agenda, there will be a motion on Policy Direction for the PSC. Also on the agenda will be motions pertaining to a downtown parking lot. At their work session last week, the majority of the council were in agreement that a parking lot was needed and that TIF money should be allocated for it. The meeting will be streamed live online at

Farmington man charged in child sex case

A Farmington man has been charged with attempted criminal sexual conduct with children. 30 year old Adam Eugene Berg is accused of at least 4 attempts of either exposing himself to children or attempting to lure them for purposes of his sexual gratification. He’s also accused of exposing children to pornographic photos. The parent of two of the children saw Berg talking to them and was able to describe the vehicle to police. Based on that information, Farmington police located the truck and the owner, Adam Berg. He admitted to the accusations and is charged with 2 felonies and 2 gross misdemeanors. Dakota County Attorney, James Backstrom, said Farmington police are continuing their investigation to see if there are other children who’ve been victimized. Berg is out on bail with multiple conditions of his release. His next court appearance will be April 2nd.

Crops day tomorrow

Dakota Electric Association in Farmington is hosting the 6th annual crops day tomorrow. Farmers and other agricultural professionals can learn about the latest crop nutrient and irrigation management strategiesfrom 9 til 1. Several speakers will discuss irrigation, chemical management and energy conversation programs. The event is free.

 Spring load restrictions in place

As of early this morning, Spring truck Load Restrictions on Rice County State Aid Highways and County roadways have gone into effect. The restrictions include the state highway system as well.
Load Restriction maps are posted on the Highway Department page of the Rice County website.

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