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Rice County Boards of Appeal & Equalization and Alternative Meetings 2018

March 20, 2018

Have an issue with your property taxes?

Property owners recently received a Notice of Valuation and Classification for Taxes Payable for 2019.  This form is to notify you of the market value and classification of your property for assessment year 2018.  The property taxes that you pay in 2019 will be based on this classification.

Listed are the dates and times of the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization.  Also listed are three dates and times for Alternative Meetings for 2018.  Click on this LINK for dates and times, phone numbers and more

Sex Offender charged with 11 counts of molesting children; A later start time for teens?  Nfld School Board starting the conversation; Five DUI’s in Rice Co.; Mayor for a Day Essay contest winners

March 20, 2018

A man living in Faribault for just a few weeks is charged with nearly a dozen counts of criminal sexual conduct with a child under 13.  According to the criminal complaint, 36 year old Keith Richard Falkenstern, came to Faribault with his fiancee and her 4 children three weeks ago.  Early on the morning of March 9th, the mother walked in on Falkenstern and one of her daughters. The mother had taken their infant son to emergency for an ear infection, when she returned to the hotel room, the little girl was naked. The child ran into the bathroom and told her that Falkenstern had touched her.  The mother called 911 and informed Officers that he’s required to register as a sex offender due to a previous conviction in North Carolina in 2013. She’s been with the man for 2 ½ years but has known him for 20. He was arrested and the (more…)

Fire officials and private investigators to look into barn fire; NH&C Express Clinic update; Nfld School Board presents letter to legislators on gun safety

March 19, 2018

Five fire departments responded to a barn blaze Saturday morning.  Shortly after 7am the Faribault Fire Department, Rice County Sheriff’s Office and North Memorial Ambulance responded to a turkey barn fire at 24811 Cabot Ave. just south of Faribault.  Fire Chief Dustin Dienst reports the barn was fully engulfed upon arrival of fire crews.  Medford, Morristown, Nerstrand and Kenyon fire departments were called in to assist with water supply and manpower. Firefighters were on scene for nearly 4 hours.  The building is a total loss and all 18,000 day old turkeys perished (more…)

Five fire dept’s respond to turkey barn fire

March 17, 2018

Rice County Deputies responded to a barn fire at 24811 Cabot Avenue in Faribault this morning around 7 o’clock.  There were 18,000 day old turkeys in the barn.  All were lost including the structure.  The fire is under investigation but no foul play is suspected.   Fire departments from Faribault, Kenyon, Medford, Morristown and Nerstrand responded.

Randolph man convicted in assault

March 16, 2018

A Rice County Jury today convicted Casey Bauer of two counts of Felony Assault.  Bauer, 27, of Randolph was charged with assaulting the victim with a baseball bat.  The victim was in his garage when he was attacked by Bauer, who he knew.  The victim defended himself with a folding knife, stabbing Bauer who fled and sought treatment for his wounds in Cannon Falls. Bauer was wearing a skeleton mask at the time of the assault, the night before Halloween.   Bauer told the victim “tonight is the night you die,” and hit the victim in the head three times with the bat. (more…)


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