Recent Area News

Developer request on park fee reduction on hold; Northfield PD keeping us safe; Nfld Transportation Committee has four priorities

February 20, 2020
By Teri Knight, News Director A resolution for a reduction in park dedication fees is on hold. The Northfield City Council was asked to reduce the fee that the developers of the 5th St. Lofts would pay in lieu of parkland. Due to the location of the downtown lofts, land for a park isn’t an option, however, a clause in city code, allows for a cash donation instead. Administrator Martig explains, “there is a calculation of fees based on the type of  use and then the value of the property, (more…)

Runoff holds up decision on Solar Garden; St. Olaf bringing U.S. – China Relations lecture series to the public; Hwy 52 Open House in Zumbrota

February 19, 2020

By Teri Knight, News Director

There was a lot of discussion around stormwater runoff during last night’s Northfield City Council meeting as they deliberated a Conditional Use Permit for a 1MW solar garden proposed by Hyacinth Solar, which is a part of Geronimo. It would be located adjacent to an existing 5MW garden on St. Olaf land. During the Planning commission meeting in January, neighboring farmers spoke of the current solar garden that is producing enough runoff to render some of their farmland useless, with no resolution from the company. That one was also built by (more…)

Solar Garden CUP and Park dedication funds on Nfld Council agenda; Advocacy group asks City Council for support of Medicare For All; Lippert wants big investment in Early Childhood Education; Daniels supports bill on improving public safety

February 18, 2020

By Teri Knight, News Director

The Northfield Council meets tonight. First up is a presentation of the City’s Cultural Plan. There are multiple items on the Consent agenda, however, just two items on the Regular Agenda. Hyacinth Solar is proposing up to a 1MW solar garden project west of the Northfield Hospital and Benedictine Living Community in Dakota County and are seeking a conditional use permit. The parcel is owned by St. Olaf College and is zoned Agricultural. Two adjacent property owners spoke at a public hearing by the Planning Commission in January. They had concerns over runoff from the existing 5 MW solar garden, which would be adjacent to the proposed one. The other item is a request to (more…)

Endangered missing person alert – Richard Sanders

February 18, 2020


Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s assistance to locate Richard Glen Sanders, age 37. Richard was last seen leaving the Oak Lane Mobile Home Park on foot between 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. on February 2, 2020. Investigators believe Sanders has no money, no phone and no vehicle. He was possibly seen walking west on Highway 19 near 40th Avenue Way near Cannon Falls. Sanders is 5’11”, 175 lbs., with brown hair and hazel eyes. At the time of his disappearance, Sanders was wearing a camouflage coat (in the photo), jeans and green shoes. He has tattoos on his left arm (as seen in picture) and left leg. Authorities are concerned for his well-being.

If you have seen or know the whereabouts of Richard Sanders, please contact the Goodhue County Sheriff’s office at 651-385-3155 or dial 911.

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Faribault Firefighters save home; Post will try again to inspect of Ames Mill dam and building foundation; Hickey steps down as ED of Ruth’s House; Nfld Shares Moos for Kindness; Semi truckloads of snow

February 17, 2020

By Teri Knight, News Director

Yesterday afternoon, Faribault Fire, Police and North Ambulance responded to a fire at 607 Hullet Avenue. When they arrived, light smoke was coming from the home. The occupants believed the fire started in a basement bedroom. Chief Dustin Dienst reports crews were able to get at the fire quickly. Some floor joists were damaged but the fire damage was contained to the room of origin. There is smoke damage throughout the home and all utilities were shut off.  Firefighters kept the fire from causing extensive damage to the structure and its contents. They cleared the scene a couple of hours later. The results of the investigation are not yet available. No one was injured. Full press release: Structure Fire at 607 Hullet Ave (1) (more…)