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South end of Nfld hit with multiple thefts from vehicles

January 9, 2018

The Northfield Police Department would like to notify residents of recent Thefts from Motor Vehicles in Northfield.

At approximately 6:00 a.m. on Monday, January 8th, Northfield Police responded to a report of several suspicious males in the area of Aspen St. Officers located two adult males in their vehicle. Officers eventually searched the vehicle and took both suspects into custody.  They recovered numerous items suspected to have been stolen from motor vehicles. The suspects were interviewed and released, pending further investigation. The suspects are not Northfield residents.  Police believe they’ve hit at least 30 vehicles.  PLEASE report to police if you believe you’ve been a victim.  Read the full press release below for more information:

NPD Press Release – TMVs – 010918 (1)

Clocked at 123 mph, Montgomery man jailed; Dundas planning downtown development; Nfld hears from HRC; “under construction” at NHS; Township candidate filing

January 9, 2018

A Montgomery man is in jail facing several charges including fleeing an officer and 2nd degree DUI.  According to the criminal complaint, 49 year old Christopher Todd Johnson, was clocked by a Rice County deputy traveling 123 mph on Dundas Blvd.  Johnson eventually wound up in a water ditch just north of 130th street.  The vehicle was in about 2 feet of water.  Other law enforcement arrived and they found Johnson in another field with the smell of alcohol on him.  He has 2 previous DUI’s and a revoked drivers license. He’s also charged with refusal to submit to breath test, driving after cancellation and fleeing an officer on foot.  His initial court appearance is January 22nd. Criminal complaint:  Johnson, C 49

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Opinion: Rep. David Bly on Education in America

January 8, 2018

Since the 1980s, politicians have blamed American public schools for our economy falling behind Japan. We‘ve struggled with how to improve our schools, and many decided that a slash and burn approach would be better than consulting with experts and learning from the latest research.

In America, we rely on an educational approach that tests students’ performance on high stakes tests, shutting down schools that do not measure up. Still, many politicians hold to this hard-hearted approach.  Continue reading below:

Rep. David Bly on Education in America – Learning Beyond our Borders

Rice Co. gets more deputies; History Collaborative offers wealth of history online; Frigid weather, sickness causes urgent need for blood

January 8, 2018

Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn thanked the Rice County Commissioners last week, for their support.  For 25 years, his office was unable to hire anyone.  But last year, the Commissioners allowed them to hire three additional Deputies and this year, they’ll get two more.   They’ll promote someone to a Sergeant’s position later this year to take over the Drug Task Force Commander position.  They’ll add an additional deputy at the Courthouse. Dunn said the additions will help them immensely, explaining that, “State Patrol goes off at 2 or 3 in the morning, and then when Faribault or Northfield or Lonsdale needs assistance, they’re calling on the Sheriff’s office and we want to be able to have adequate staffing”.  They also take care of the rural districts.  Dunn commented that the number of candidates for law enforcement (more…)

Red Cross urgent blood shortage

January 8, 2018

This January, National Blood Donor Month, the American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donors of all blood types to make an appointment to give now and help address a winter blood donation shortage.

Severe winter weather has had a tremendous impact on blood donations already this year, with more than 150 blood drives forced to cancel causing over 5,500 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected. This is in addition to seasonal illnesses, such as the flu, and hectic holiday schedules collectively contributing to more than 28,000 fewer donations than what was needed in November and December.   Read the full release below with various Blood Drive dates and times below:

Red Cross blood shortage prompts urgent call for blood donations

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