Northfield woman in critical condition after rollover
A Northfield woman is in critical condition after a rollover accident on Saturday. The Pioneer Press reports that a couple was injured in a one-car accident in Chisago County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 69-year-old Patricia Errington and 72-year-old David B. Errington were northbound on Interstate 35 around 11 o’clock Saturday morning when their vehicle veered onto the right shoulder. Patricia overcompensated, causing the vehicle to strike the left median, spin around and go into a ditch, where it rolled over several times. She’s reportedly in critical condition at Regions Hospital. David Errington suffered injuries that weren’t life threatening.
The State Patrol is still investigating the incident.
Armed robbery in Lonsdale – police seeking information
Police cordoned off a full block of Lonsdale early Saturday morning following an armed robbery at Casey’s General Store,. According to a release from the Lonsdale Police Department, dispatch received a 911 call just after midnight from a Casey’s store clerk saying an armed robbery had just occurred. The store clerk described the suspect as a white male in his mid-20s with a smaller build. The suspect pointed a hand gun at the store clerk, then ran before officers arrived on the scene moments later. No one was reported injured during the robbery. The Dundas Police Department, Northfield Police, Minnesota State Patrol and the Rice County Sheriff’s Office were all assisting. Shortly after the armed robbery occurred, at least seven police vehicles were on the scene as officers searched surrounding areas on foot. Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to call the Lonsdale Police Department at 507-334-4391. The case is under investigation.
Jacob’s Law takes effect
Several new laws took effect August 1st. One important law to Rice County Attorney Paul Beaumaster is Jacobs Law. This law stems from a Fillmore county case where one parent had been notified of the sexual abuse of their child but the other parent was not.
Beaumaster says that a group of citizens went to the Legislature saying “that’s not right”. Social services and law enforcement need to tell both parents so they both might get counseling for the child and themselves. The question became how far do public officials go to notify the other parent especially when they may live out of state or even out of the country. This new law requires each parent subject to a custody order to notify the other if a child is the victim of an alleged crime and to provide the name of the investigating officer or agency. But really, Beaumaster says this law puts the onus on law enforcement and social services. The hope would be that parents would work together for the betterment of their child, however, the burden will be on social services and law enforcement to make sure each parent is aware of any issues.
Dundas council talks budget
Tonight’s Dundas city council work session is all about the 2013 Budget. City Administrator John McCarthy reports Total General Fund Operating expenditures are just over $800,000 a decrease of about 1% from the 2012 budget. The meeting starts at 7 o’clock.
Temporary closures for Jefferson
Expect temporary closures starting tomorrow on Jefferson between Hwy 246 and Maple Street for a seal coating project. Sweepers and trucks will come along 2 to 3 days after the project is complete to clean up.
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