Recent Area News

Dundas denies “personnel oversight” amendment for NAFRS; Northfield council considers 9.5% to 11% preliminary levy; AgeFriendly Northfield celebrates “Red Chairs”

September 11, 2019
By Teri Knight, News Director

Teppen

In July, the Northfield Area Fire and Rescue Service (NAFRS) Joint Powers Board approved a third amendment to their joint agreement with Rural, Northfield and Dundas. Before it went to those entities for approval, they saw some language inconsistencies and approved a change of those at their August meeting. The revised amendment then went to Dundas. Dundas City Administrator Jenelle Teppen said on Monday, “…and the Dundas City Council voted to deny that, so it’s our understanding that those amendments are not effective.” Remarking on those changes, she said, “Many of them, the city council did not have a problem with, but the one that was a real sticking point with them was related to oversight of personnel.” That includes taking away board authority to have control over employees, human resources and a succession plan and giving (more…)

Bids come in 34% higher than estimated for Dundas City Hall parking lot; Sheriff Dunn gets more than a year extension on jail facility; Greenvale Park groundbreaking tonight; 9/11 memorial at Faribault Fire Hall

September 10, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

The bids came in high. The City of Dundas bid their new City Hall project and parking lot separately. City Administrator Jenelle Teppen commented this morning on the parking lot bid, saying that they opened the two bids last week with the low bid about $100,000 higher than the engineers’ estimate. That’s about 34% higher. Part of the issue is the required retaining wall and the fact that it’s already September and they want at least a portion of the parking lot completed this fall so work can (more…)

Family affair in drug bust; Council OKs request proposals for preliminary design of local Mill Towns Trail; Council work session on 2020 budget/taxes; Northfield Library offers high-powered computer time with professional software

September 9, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

It was all in the family – a drug bust in Faribault netted four. The Cannon Valley Drug and Violent Offender Task Force (CVDVOTF) executed a search warrant at 611 5th Street NW on Tuesday. The residence had been under surveillance due to a previous bust  which yielded over 4 pounds of marijuana, small amounts of cocaine and marijuana wax, and over $4,100.00 in cash. The Roloff family — Tami, Peter and Jordan — all have pending drug charges for 5th degree sale and possession in that case. Haily Roloff opened the door to agents last week. During their search they found marijuana wax residue and drug paraphernalia in the 18-year-old’s bedroom. She’s charged with a (more…)

DJJD Antique Tractor and Truck Pull cancelled

September 8, 2019

Martha Kasper reports that the DJJD Antique Tractor and Truck Pull scheduled for today has been cancelled. The weight skid broke down.

Sheldahl employees protest; Dundas and Bridgewater in talks; Dunn gives crash update

September 6, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

Sheldahl employees took to the corner of Highways 3 and 19 yesterday and raised their signs to share their frustration with management over contract negotiations. KYMN spoke with laminator operator Linda Samlaska. She’s a 40-year-employee. She said, “The main issue is healthcare. We want a better healthcare plan and wages. They’ve offered us 35 cents an hour across the board and it’s just not enough.” Employees started negotiations in July and settled on language but when it came to economics, she added, “We gave them our proposal and they just declined (more…)

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