By Teri Knight, News Director
A stolen truck leads to a felony stop in Faribault Friday night. Faribault police ran a plate on a truck at the Speedway gas station. It came back stolen, however, the registered owner, 30-year-old Derek Emmanuel Tolbert, was also identified as the potential thief. The three people inside were ordered out of the truck at gunpoint. Tolbert told officers he bought the truck two or three days prior from someone named “Shawn,” although he didn’t know the last name but said they were old friends. The truck was reported stolen on July 7, 2019, from someone named LFG out of Wabasha County. The Department of Motor Vehicles shows the truck title was transferred July 9 from LFG to Tolbert. He’s been charged with felony Receiving Stolen Property and
gross misdemeanor drugs for methamphetamine. The rear passenger, 32-year-old Lekeisha Theresa Hofbauer, was also busted for methamphetamine. Tolbert has a 2015 conviction for 1st Degree Burglary-Possession of a Dangerous Weapon. Hofbauer had two pending 3rd Degree Sale cases in Rice County. Both of them make their first court appearances on July 24, 2019.
Northfield school district receives $124k grant
The Northfield school district received a renewal grant. Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann explains the 21st Century Learning grant of $124,000 a year will go to support the Greenvale Park Community School, which provides numerous academic and enrichment evening programs for students of all ages including adults. He said they’ve seen some very positive results. Hillmann said this particular grant is very competitive. The funding is guaranteed for three years and, if they meet their goals, it’s a guaranteed another three more. Hillmann congratulated grant team lead, Erin Bailey, as well as Principal Sam Richardson and Finance Director Val Mertesdorf, for getting the grant. The funding covers all the costs of the community school.
Northfield council talks budget, roundabout and energy report
Cities are reviewing their budgets in anticipation of setting the preliminary levy in September. As for Northfield’s budget, City Administrator Ben Martig said they’re starting with the big picture. At tonight’s work session the intent is to look at items related to NAFRS (Northfield Area Fire and Rescue Services) capital equipment plan and replacement policy and the city’s employee costs and debt forecasts. Other items include discussion on the Jefferson Parkway/Highway 246 roundabout project and the city’s energy report. Martig will be in studio tomorrow morning with a recap of tonight’s meeting.
Dundas 2020 general fund will get boost for elections
Dundas Administrator Jenelle Teppen said last week that council reviewed their general fund which includes staff and consultants for engineering, planning and, most recently, financial services. With three elections next year, a presidential primary in March, then a primary and general election, Dundas will increase the budget for election judges and related equipment. Teppen said that’s really the only expected change in their general fund. City staff will present construction documents to the council for the proposed new City Hall at their July 22, 2019 meeting with the intent to authorize them to solicit bids for the project.