Today’s news update – Gov’t building evacuated after package found; Contentious Council will hold special E. Cannon River trail meeting next week; School Board will review changes to District’s disciplinary handbook


Gov’t building evacuated after package found

The Rice County Government Services Building in Faribault was evacuated for a time yesterday morning after Sheriff’s Deputies were called on report of a suspicious package at an employee entrance on the west side.  Sheriff Troy Dunn’s name was on the package along with 2 other employees.  Dunn said there was writing on the package that read, “I found this and I’m giving it to the Sheriff and Eric as is”.  They evacuated the building just after 7am and shut traffic down on the west side of the building.  The Bloomington Bomb Squad responded.   (more…)

Community News: 2nd St. W. closure

city-of-northfield-logoSecond Street West Closure

Second Street West between Madison Street and Orchard Street will be closed to traffic for utility construction on Wednesday April 20, 2016.

During this closure, motorists are encouraged to use alternate east/west routes around the construction area such as St. Olaf Avenue and Forest Avenue/Third Street in lieu of Second Street.

The closure is expected to last from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The City of Northfield urges motorists to always drive with caution, slow down in work zones, and never enter a road blocked with barriers or cones.

For additional information contact Sean Simonson at 507-645-3049

Today’s news update – Body found at Flying J; Schmelzer trial reset; E. Cannon trail questions still unanswered; School disciplinary handbook review; Dahle comments on buffer zone


Body found at Flying J

The body of a dead man was found at the Flying J truck stop.  Early yesterday morning a Rice County deputy was checking the plates on a vehicle parked in the lot.  The vehicle had a missing persons alert attached to the registered owner. When the deputy looked inside the vehicle, he noticed a deceased male.  Rice County Investigators and a Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) Agent arrived on scene and are investigating the death.  Sheriff Troy Dunn said they do not have a positive identification of the deceased and the investigation is on-going.  He added that they have no reason to believe the public is in any danger.   (more…)

Today’s news update – Crash victim airlifted to HCMC; $900,000 for a well house; E. Cannon trail on agenda and new legal disbursements;


Crash victim airlifted to HCMC

A serious motorcycle crash this morning sends the rider to Hennepin County Medical Center via air ambulance.  According to the MN State patrol, 50 year old Britt Olson Sr. of Dennison was traveling northbound on Hwy 246 when a truck driven by 32 year old Luis Madrid-Morales broadsided him in the intersection at Co. Road 1.  Firefighter Sean Simonson reports the call came in at about 5:40 this morning.  “Traffic was blocked on Co. Rd. 1 to the west side of 246 so we could land the helicopter otherwise traffic was able to go through single lane during the scene”.  Olson was not wearing a helmet.  We do not know the extent of his injuries but he is expected to survive and posted a picture on Facebook.  The State Patrol is investigating the crash for possible charges to the truck driver.  Their office says it may be a week before that information is available.  A representative of HCMC has not yet returned a call.  NOTE:  according to a facebook post, Olson has had facial surgery with more to come.   (more…)

Community News: Rice County Burning Ban LIFTED 4/18/16

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News Release

Rice County Burning Ban LIFTED

April 18, 2016

Due to reduced winds and a forecast for moisture, the burn ban is now lifted in Rice County today at 8:00 AM this morning. Please continue to use caution and common sense when burning. Thank you for your cooperation this past week.

Sheriff Troy Dunn – Rice County Sheriff – 507-334-4391

Jim Edgar, – MN DNR – 507-765-2740

News: No charges will be filed in the Lakeville rollover that killed 2 students

da63eb4f5c33cea0268ab57e0bd9abbdDakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced today that his Office will not be filing any criminal charges in connection with the December 4, 2015 one vehicle rollover accident in Eureka Township involving students from Lakeville South High School. The rollover occurred after school resulting in the ejection and death of two Lakeville South students, Jacob Christian Flynn, age 17, and John Ashton Price, IV, age 18, who were passengers in the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was a 17-year-old male student who was seriously injured in the crash. A fourth occupant, an 18-year-old male, who was the only individual in the vehicle at the time of the crash who was wearing a seatbelt, was not ejected from the vehicle, and suffered minor injuries.

The investigation into this incident revealed the following facts:

Read the entire press release by clicking below:

Lakeville Vehicle Crash Resulting in Death and Injury