By Teri Knight, News Director
Deandre McGowan plead guilty in Federal Court last week for robbing Premier Bank in Northfield in January 2019. The 33-year-old used force to steal over $11,000 in cash from the bank on January 15. He was charged in Rice County on January 21 with 1st degree Aggravated Robbery and multiple charges of 2nd degree Assault with a dangerous weapon. Rice County Attorney John Fossum praised the Northfield Police Department for their investigation that lead to McGowan’s arrest. He said, “The Northfield Police Department did a tremendous job of going around and talking to some of the local businesses and saying, ‘hey do you have security cameras, are they pointed out this way, can we get a little look at footage from about this time.’ And they did and they found this car
actually circling around beforehand.” The cell phone one of the robbers took from a teller was used to track the getaway car from Highway 19 to an apartment complex in Bloomington. Robbing a bank is a Federal crime and so Fossum turned the case over to them who prosecuted the case. In exchange for his plea, McGowan will not be charged for two other robberies including a previous robbery of Premier bank in October of 2018 and another in Lakeville in December of 2018. McGowan is looking at 8 to 10 years in prison.
Repair work on river wall
Repair work is set to begin on the Cannon River limestone river wall on Monday. The project includes the west river wall adjacent to 307 Water Street South, just north of the Third Street Bridge, the Froggy Bottoms area. The project includes cleaning, tuck-pointing, repairing and sealing the existing river wall. Construction crews anticipate completing work by August 30. They’ll be using the city-owned lot at 219 Water Street South as a construction staging area throughout the project. Pedestrians can expect to see work crews in the area but the riverwalk will remain open during construction. The full release is on our Community News page.
New banners unveiled
The Northfield Downtown Development Corporation and the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission unveiled the winning design from their street banner competition this week. The new banners will be hung on lamp posts along Division and Water Streets beginning this fall. The winning artist is Steve Maus, a local artist and staff member at the Northfield Public Library. The Public Art Review Committee (PARC) reviewed and selected the winning design. Besides having his design displayed for thousands of visitors and residents, he also received $400. The new banner features the words “Welcome” and “Downtown Northfield since 1855,” a silhouette of a windmill and buildings, and incorporates part of the city logo with the swooping blue and green indicating the river and farmland on a brightly colored backdrop of orange and yellow flowers. It replaces the current banner design which have been hanging since 2005. The full press release is on our Community News page. Click to see the design: Street Banner Design (1)
Randolph volunteer firefighter Chris Opelt stopped by KYMN studios to talk about tomorrow’s Randolph Chicken BBQ put on by the Randolph/Hampton Fire department. He said, “Actually this event didn’t start as a fundraiser. Actually it started as the firefighters and their families getting together on a weekend and cooking chicken and kinda grew to 2500 people coming down and enjoying the secret recipes that they have.” Highway 88 will be shut down for the day as they begin serving chicken with all the fixings at 3 p.m. The band Hillbilly Inc. will be begin at 8 p.m. and you can dance in the street. Adults are $15, which includes half a chicken, and the children’s ticket is $8. Opelt added that they ” …work with Dakota County Commission to compost everything, recycle and very little trash actually goes to the landfill. We try to be good stewards of the environment.” His full interview is on our Morning Show page.