Recent Area News

Hastings School Official charged with multiple counts of embezzlement

February 12, 2019
Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Joshua Gerald McLay, age 37 of Hastings, has been charged* with eight counts of Embezzlement of Public Funds and eight counts of Theft by Swindle in connection with the alleged theft of over $13,900 from Independent School District #200 in Hastings. At the time of the alleged thefts, McLay was working as the Hastings High School Head Wrestling Coach. He has also served as the Hastings High School Assistant Principal since July 1, 2016.  Read the full press release below: McLayCharge2.19 And the criminal complaint:  McLay complaint

Schools close again; Woman stuck on RR tracks is hit; Local artists chosen for Information kiosk design; Draheim introduces Optional DL bill and transparency on medical statements

February 12, 2019

First they were 2 hours late, then they were closed.  The 7th closure since the polar vortex. Northfield Schools Superintendent Matt Hillmann called it at about 8 this morning when reports of blowing snow and unplowed roads were making driving difficult.  Rice Co. Sheriff Troy Dunn reported vehicles off the road and a few minor crashes. Northfield Deputy Chief Mark Dukatz was helping with traffic on Hwy 3 northbound near the Ballroom after a vehicle went into the ditch after a small tangle with a plow truck.  No injuries (more…)

Nfld declares Snow Emergency

February 12, 2019

The City of Northfield declared a Snow Emergency:

Date Snow Emergency is declared: 2/12/2019

Date residential streets will be plowed: 2/12/2019 AND 2/13/2019

Date all downtown parking lots except 5th & Washington Street are closed: 2/13/2019

Date of downtown snow removal: 2/14/2019

Date 5th & Washington Street lot is closed: 2/14/2019

Length of Snow Emergency: 72 hours

Read all the details below:

Snow Emergency Feburary 12, 2019

Missing person

February 11, 2019

Jeanne Marie Lundeen last seen 02/11/2019. Left home without her car, winter boots, cellphone and purse (unknown clothing description). Suffers from anxiety and depression. If seen contact St. Anthony Police Department at 612-782-3350. After hours Hennepin County Dispatch at 952-258-5321 or 911.


KYMN there as Klobuchar announces Presidential bid; The Wolf (Auto Club) is knocking at the door; Sheriff Dunn in favor of legislation concerning DNR Officers

February 11, 2019

On a snowy afternoon, Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced her Presidential bid yesterday in front of thousands gathered on Boom Island. Using the Mississippi River as a connector of our nation’s history, she said, “For that is how this country was founded, with patriots who saw more that united them than divided them.” While never mentioning President Trump by name, she spoke of the division in our country and the “dark” money in politics.  There is much more to her speech which is posted in it’s entirety on our website. We also have video and pictures from the event on our Facebook page.   Sen. Klobuchar speech as she announced her Presidential bid (more…)