Community News: Estrem Family Farm highlighted by Microsoft and Land O’ Lakes

David and Kevin Estrem, brothers who grew up on their family’s dairy farm in Minnesota, now grow corn and soybeans there, managing 5,400 acres over 45 farms. The Estrem family meets at “Grandpa and Grandma’s house” over their traditional morning coffee every day to discuss their game plan, and then they turn to modern Microsoft and Land O’Lakes technology for efficiencies that help get more bushels out of every acre. “My dad would be very, very proud,” David Estrem says.

Today’s news update – Morristown woman pleads guilty; Cannon Valley Special Ed Coop to start it’s first year; Kruggel heads to LeSueur; Local man on AGT tonight!


Morristown woman pleads guilty 

A Morristown woman pled guilty yesterday to Financial Exploitation of a Vulnerable Adult.  Northfield police were called to Three Links Care Center in September of last year on report of a resident’s Power of Attorney not paying the bills.  53 year old Loretta Anne Fossum was accused of bilking an elderly Northfield woman out of thousands of dollars over a nearly 2 year period.   According to a source, Fossum moved into the woman’s home on Meldahl Lane in April of 2014 and started using her (more…)

Community News: Local man juggles his way to America’s Got Talent

Jonathon Wee was raised in Northfield and started performing juggling from age 14.  Now, for the 2nd time, he and his juggling partner will be performing live on America’s Got Talent Tuesday, August 23rd.  The show starts at 7pm central time.  This is the show where the audience gets to vote..  The Passing Zone was on the show 10 years ago when it first started.  I had a chance to talk with Wee as he had moments between rehearsals…  Click to listen to the full interview:

Jon Wee of The Passing Zone

Passing Zone photographed in LA, CA December 11, 2014©Jay Blakesberg

Passing Zone photographed in LA, CA December 11, 2014©Jay Blakesberg

Community News: Northfield Police Chief issues update on Cannon River levels

Nfld police deptThe City of Northfield is issuing an update to the Press Release of 8-21-16

Police Chief Monte Nelson says as of this morning it appears that the Cannon River is 897 feet.  He says We have noted water filling into “Storage Areas” along the River at Riverside, Babcock and Sechler Park area as well as the West River Walk.

Read the complete Press Release by clicking below:

RiverLevels-Upadate – 082216

Today’s news update – Hawanchak competent to stand trial; Northfield Police Chief Nelson says “we’ve peaked”; 2 will challenge Farmington Council incumbents


Hawanchak competent to stand trial

The Northfield man involved in a stand-off with law enforcement last October has been deemed competent to stand trial.  46 year old Mark Thomas Hawanchak threatened to shoot his mother if she didn’t give him her car keys.  She called Northfield Police and told them he had a black gun in his hand and showed her blue-tipped bullets that would go through a Kevlar vest.  He said he would shoot any Hawanchakpolice officers who showed up.    ERU, Emergency Response Unit, was called and a stand-off went on for hours as no one was certain he was still in the home.  About 3 hours later, Inver Grove Heights police picked him up without incident in a Walmart parking lot after he called his wife.   A search warrant of the home on Harbor Dr. revealed a Glock .40 caliber gun with a modified barrel and a 9mm (more…)

Community News: River levels rising in Owatonna affects Northfield

Nfld police deptNorthfield Police Chief Monte Nelson issued this press release at 1:45pm today.

The Northfield Police Department is monitoring rising water levels in the Cannon River and would like to warn Businesses and Residents in flood prone areas that the river could continue to rise to problematic levels in Northfield.   Please click on the link below for the full release talking about waters rising in Owatonna, which runs toward Northfield:

Press Release – RiverLevelsRising – 082116