Recent Area News

As temps rise, so do thefts from vehicles; Dundas to hold closed session; Cities to see increase in local government aid; Northfield DMV to get $58k from state

June 24, 2019
By Teri Knight, News Director As the temperature rises, so do the number of calls to the Northfield Police Department about thefts from vehicles. Police Chief Monte Nelson says, “Don’t leave valuables in your cars, lock your vehicles, lock up your garages including the door from the garage into your house.” He said don’t make it easy for a thief, and, “If you see something, call immediately, call our non-emergency line and pass on the information. And don’t just assume it can only happen at night.” If you see someone going door to door in neighborhoods, ask them if they have a solicitor’s (more…)

Eagan couple plead guilty in death of foster child; Council debates affordable housing opportunity as neighbors say they were promised parkland; Carleton and baseball bringing visitors to Northfield

June 21, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director


In April of last year, two people were charged in the death of a 3-year-old Eagan boy in foster care. In April of this year, 28-year-old Charles Homich pled guilty to 2nd degree murder in the death of 3-year-old Zayden Lawson, a foster child in the care of his girlfriend, 32-year-old Zeporia Fortenberry. His sentencing is set for August 13, 2019, in Hastings. Fortenberry pled guilty Thursday to one count of 2nd degree manslaughter and was sentenced to 41 months in prison. On the afternoon of June 7, 2017, Eagan police and paramedics were sent to a townhome where a three-year-old was not breathing. Evidence in the criminal complaint suggested that Homich had been beating the child for having to use a diaper (more…)

2019 street projects bid twice and cost 20% more than anticipated; Appeals court upholds sentencing in distracted driving case; Dundas Chief Kline looks to continue collaboration 

June 20, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

The City of Northfield bid the 2019 street reclamation project twice. The first time was in April and they didn’t receive any bids, largely due to the size of the project, in particular the Third Street corridor and the timeline that they had to work with. They rebid the job to allow for work to take place into 2020. On Tuesday, staff reported they had four bids come in about 20% higher than anticipated. The award went to Heselton Construction out of Faribault for nearly $3.6 million – $36,000 of that will (more…)

130 months for multiple molestation charges; Don’t file for incorporation, let’s talk – Northfield council passes resolution regarding Bridgewater Township; Objection gets street assessments lowered nearly $1400; NDDC Taste Tour offers lots of little nibbles

June 19, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

A Faribault man was sentenced yesterday to 130 months in prison and a lifetime of conditional release for molesting two of his fiance’s children. The original complaint, issued in March of 2018, states that 37-year-old Keith Richard Falkenstern came to Faribault with his fiance and her four children in late February last year. They were living in a hotel when the mother walked in on Falkenstern in bed with one of her two daughters. The child told her mother Falkenstern had touched her. Both girls were interviewed by Rice County Social Services and reported being molested by Falkenstern multiple times in North Carolina, where they came from, and in Minnesota. Falkenstern pled guilty in January of this year to two counts of 2nd degree criminal sexual (more…)

EDA approves loan for mental health business; Apple Valley cyber stalker gets 8.5 years; A minor burglary turns into a major annoyance for the court

June 18, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director


Secure Real Estate, LLC (d.b.a Secure Base Counseling Center) requested a $50,000 loan from the Northfield EDA City-Wide Revolving Loan Program. Secure Base Executive Director Jennifer Simpson-Dahl said they opened the doors seven and a half years ago in Northfield with a staff of three. They are now a staff of 100 with additional offices in Lakeville and New Prague. Secure Base Counseling treats children and adults. Simpson-Dahl said the piece they’re struggling most with is a way to support their clients with medication, which has meant seeing a psychiatrist who can prescribe those medications. There are lengthy waiting lists. Simpson-Dahl added, “We found our clients often have to travel (more…)

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