After nearly a month of searching a young Randolph man is found. 29 year old Adam Gilbertson had moved to Denver. He went missing December 15th after leaving a bar around 1am. Family and friends, unable to reach Gilbertson, flew to Denver a few days later. Family reported to FOX news that his phone was shut off, the door to his apartment locked and his keys inside. They filed a missing person report and started knocking on doors. A volunteer search party found his body yesterday afternoon at the edge of the south Platte River just south of Interstate 25’s Alameda Avenue.
The cause and manner of Adam’s death is under investigation. A Gofundme page was set up to help defray travel costs for the family. Gilbertson’s family are heavily involved in the agriculture community, owning Gilbertson Feed and Grain.
Faribault man pleads guilty to Arson
A Faribault man charged with arson in connection to a fire outside a mobile home in late November, pled guilty Friday to 2nd degree Arson. As reported previously, Faribault fire, police and Rice County deputies responded to an active fire burning on the deck and on the front door of a mobile home on Western Ave. 33 year old Stephen Wayne Clendenin had made several threats against the owner of the trailer and were told that he was the new boyfriend of the man’s wife, who were separated. Clendenin admitted that he did it and he was really drunk. He is scheduled for sentencing Feb. 20th. Clendenin is currently out on bail. Clendenin complaint
Renewed interest in HRC brings about change/ MLK Jr. celebration tonight at Emmaus
The Northfield Human Rights Commission has been around for over 30 years. Member Corrine Smith has been a part of it for 8 years. She explains they’re tasked with the responsibility to respond to human rights concerns brought to them and to promote positive human rights in the Community. The Commission is allowed 9 members, for years it stayed at about 5 or 6. That changed when members of the community came forward in the last year to voice concern over local treatment of some community members. That lead the HRC to become a driving force for the Municipal ID council just recently voted in. They now have a full 9 members with a more diversity than ever before. Today is Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day. HRC member Richard DeBeau commented that King was his “hero” and always, “insisted on a non-violent response”. A community wide celebration takes place tonight at Emmaus Church. Part of it will be the annual Human Rights Award. This year it goes to Jennifer Lompart, an English language teacher at Northfield High School. She not only teaches the students but is involved in their lives. She’s also been voted as Teacher of the Year. Along with performances, Lompart and Sarah Swan McDonald, another Northfield High School teacher, will speak. There will also be open mic time. The event starts at 7 tonight, again, at Emmaus Church on N. Linden St. All are welcome. There will be light refreshments. Listen to Smith and DeBeau’s full interview as they share their own stories about growing up during segregation.