Recent Area News

Guns, drugs and body armour – Wallace gets 9 years; After changes, Council accepts bike/ped update recommendations; After 4 inches of rain, Cannon still at minor flood stage; Sidewalk poetry winners

April 18, 2019
Guns, drugs and body armour.  32 year old Kieran Wallace of Montgomery was wearing a bulletproof vest when he was pulled over last April.   Cannon River Drug Task Force agents had been watching Wallace and an accomplice. A search revealed 83 grams of methamphetamine, a loaded Glock handgun, more ammunition for the Glock and an AR platform rifle as well as other drugs.  Wallace pleaded guilty in February to 2nd degree drug sale. Rice County Attorney John Fossum reported that Wallace was sentenced yesterday afternoon to 108 months (or 9 years). Wallace’s criminal history in Minnesota stems back 15 years involving alcohol and drugs.   (more…)

Some minor flooding of local city streets and Flash Flood warning till 3pm

April 17, 2019

The intersection of Lincoln Street and Cannon Valley Place is under water. It is fairly deep and Police are stopping people from driving through it. Barricades will be posted. Please drive carefully and use alternate routes until the water recedes.

The City is aware other areas of town are experiencing flooding. Police and Public Works crews are on scene doing what they can.  They ask that you do NOT drive through flooded areas and stay away from the creeks.  If you live in a flood prone area, have your protective measures in place.  Rice, Goodhue and Dakota counties are in a Flash Flood Warning until 3pm today (Wednesday)

Driver in Northfield standoff pleads guilty; Mill Towns Tr. to run along Jefferson; iPads and a cool new stylus

April 17, 2019


35 year old Nicholas Allen Anderson of New Prague, the driver who took police on a high speed chase from Faribault to Northfield, pled guilty yesterday (April 16th) to fleeing police.  On March 25th, Anderson and a passenger, 26 year old Matthew Wayne Jones, were finally stopped in Northfield after Dundas officers put down stop sticks. The chase reached speeds of 120 mph on I-35 and they were clocked at 95mph into Dundas.  Anderson fled through the strip mall parking lot off Hwy 3 and Heritage Dr. before being detained at gunpoint by law enforcement. Jones refused to get out of the vehicle until, eventually South (more…)

Legislators consider forfeiture $ for General Fund; Draheim wants CBD Oil safety regulations; Mill Towns Tr, bicycle trails and sidewalk gaps on Nfld Council agenda; Hands Free information

April 16, 2019

Forfeitures help pay for Drug Task Forces and County Attorney offices across the State.  But legislators are looking to change that. Rice County Attorney John Fossum commented last week that legislators are looking at taking those dollars and putting them into the General Fund instead of those departments that do the seizures and those that do the legal work.  That would be a big change.  Fossum said what’s not understood about forfeitures is that it’s not intended as a punishment or a “funding resource”.  It is, “a way of removing the instrumentality of the crime from the (more…)

Hands Free law and what it means

April 16, 2019

The Minnesota Dept. of Safety has released some educational pieces to help spread the word about the new Hands Free Cell Phone bill that will become law on August 1st, 2019.  Northfield Police Sgt. Kevin Tussing sent along this information:

What can I do under the new law? The new law allows a driver to use their cell phone to make calls, text, listen to music or podcasts   and get directions, but only by voice commands or single touch activation without holding the phone.   Remember, hands free is not necessarily distraction free.

What can’t I do with my phone under the new law? You may not hold your phone in your hand. Also, a driver may not use their phone at any time for video  calling, video live‐treaming, Snapchat, gaming, looking at video or photos stored on the phone, using  apps, reading texts and scrolling or typing on the phone.


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