Recent Area News

Three plea to 1st degree burglary in home invasion; Late start for Nfld secondary schools on board radar; Corrections officer escorting female inmate through Dakota County accused of sexual misconduct

October 18, 2019
By Teri Knight, News Director

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Three have pled guilty in a home invasion last month in Greenvale Township. On September 21, 2019, a woman called 911 when she heard people in her home on the 4900 block of 315th Street West. A Dakota County Sheriff’s Deputy pulled over a vehicle in the area; three were arrested immediately, one fled and was arrested the next day. On Wednesday of this week, 34-year-old Ashley Rebecca German pled guilty to 1st degree burglary. Dakota County Judge Joseph Carter gave her 180 days in jail with 25 days time served. She will be on work release and probation for 10 years. Conditions include restitution, chemical dependency treatment and aftercare as well as all the rules pertaining to convicted felons. 53-year-old Stefan Arnason Egilsson also pled guilty Wednesday to 1st degree burglary. Sentencing for him is set for December 16, 2019. Yesterday, 22- (more…)

Chief warns of farm equipment, deer and wild animals; Dundas looks to change zoning for craftmakers; Nfld School District enrollment slightly down

October 17, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

It’s fall and the fields are finally drying out and farmers are taking advantage as much as they can. Northfield Police Chief Monte Nelson warns, “The big farm machinery is out and about. Semi tractors, combines, grain carts, all of that stuff; give them a lot of room.” It’s sometimes difficult for those driving those large pieces of equipment to see you, especially if you get too close to them. Another issue in the fall is deer, especially at night. Be on the lookout, if you spot one in (more…)

Name released of man suspected in overdose death; Fire called “suspicious” at Faribault PetSmart; Northfield man couldn’t run fast enough; Climate Action Plan packs chambers

October 16, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

Northfield Deputy Police Chief Mark Elliott reports that the Hennepin County Medical Examiner has released the name of the man found deceased last week in an apartment on Division Street. He is 39-year-old Robert Todd Schueneman of Northfield. The official cause of death is pending toxicology reports. There is no further information at this time as the investigation continues. 

Fire called “suspicious” at Faribault PetSmart

The Faribault Fire Department responded yesterday near 5 p.m. to a suspicious fire at the PetSmart in the Faribault West Mall. Fire Chief Dustin Dienst reports that people were evacuating the building and light smoke could be seen in the back of the business. Police officers made entry to locate the fire, evacuate animals and give the fire department a size-up. Firefighters determined the fire was in a bathroom and the sprinkler system had extinguished it. The sprinkler system was shut down and firefighters used squeegees to clean up the water. Faribault police did an on-scene investigation and the State Fire (more…)

Fugitive arrested “without incident”; Northfield man arrested less than 2 weeks after another arrest; Body cams offer “valuable information” says Fossum; Council talks Climate Action and 2020 roadwork

October 15, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

Yesterday afternoon, a man wanted in at least two counties was taken into custody. Last week, Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn issued an “Attempt to Locate” to the community for 31-year-old Nicholas John Boie Thompson. Dunn commented yesterday, “We were able to get a location in Waseca County and so, with the assistance of agencies in Steele, Waseca, Freeborn and Rice Counties, we were able to surround the location and take him into custody without incident.” Thompson is currently in the Rice County jail. Dunn added, “Having those connections and partnerships with other agencies that we can call on one another and be there to help take him into custody because I feel that if he (more…)

Fire at Discovery School caused by electrical short; Post Brands and MOM celebrate milestone anniversaries with large donation; Scriven to manage Split Rock Lighthouse

October 14, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director


A weekend fire at the Discovery School in Faribault was started by an electrical short. Late Saturday night the Faribault Fire Department, Police Department, and North Memorial Ambulance responded to the fire on 8th St. NW. Fire Chief Dustin Dienst reports that alarms were sounding upon arrival. The building was secure at the time and no one was inside. Fire crews located the fire on the thirrd floor and made a quick knock-down with help from the sprinkler system in the building. The majority of the fire was in the ceiling, although a small fire started on the wood floor below from burning materials falling. That fire was extinguished by the sprinkler system. The Fire Department and the State (more…)