Recent Area News

Hastings man pleads guilty in death of two; Dunn discusses new warden and jail study; Estrem benefit; McCarthy goes out with a party

December 6, 2019
By Teri Knight, News Director The driver accused of killing two people pled guilty in Dakota County Court yesterday. 34-year-old Joseph Paul Czeck of Hastings pled guilty to two counts of Criminal Vehicular Homicide in connection with a fatal crash on July 9 of last year. A 1,100 pound boulder fell off the back of the commercial truck Czeck was driving and struck a vehicle driven by 67-year-old Karen Christiansen. Her passenger was 32-year-old Jena Christiansen, both of Shoreview. Czeck left the scene and didn’t return. Rosemount Police responded to the scene at Rich Valley Boulevard and 125th Street and found the Christiansens suffered significant trauma and died at the scene. Rosemount detectives were able to identify Czeck Services as the company that owned the commercial (more…)

Holiday PSA from our Local Law Enforcement

December 5, 2019

Thanks to Faribault Chief Andy Bohlen, Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn, Northfield Chief Monte Nelson and Lonsdale Chief Jason Schmitz…

9.4% tax levy approved by Nfld Council; TZD stats for 1st night of Enhanced DWI wave; Utility company hits a service line; Ring the Bell or drop some cash

December 5, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director


In a 4-to-2 vote, the Northfield City Council approved a 9.4% tax levy, 2.5% above last year. Mayor Rhonda Pownell, citing the need for more dollars for parks and streets, voted no. Councilor David DeLong voted it down as he thinks it should have been lower. Pownell commented on KYMN, “For this public hearing on the budget there were no community members there in the audience, no one there to speak to us. We did hear from somebody early that expressed some concern.”  That resident said his taxes overall have gone up 15.2%. He told the council they use residents “like a credit card” and added, “how about if we put some of these pet projects on hold for a while. This is absolutely ridiculous. How can anybody living on a fixed income  afford (more…)

T’is the Season to Ring the Bell – Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign

December 5, 2019

It’s that time of year. Sign up to be a Salvation Army bell ringer. Rice County Co-Chair Gina Little said they have two-hour slots to fill in three cities. Eighty-eight percent of each dollar raised stays in Rice County and assists in emergency situations such as gas vouchers, food, prescription medications, shelter, etc. The funds also provide programs for youth such as Shop with a Cop and Summer Camp. They also have a senior visiting program. Sign up with your church group, a work group, a group of friends or family. This link takes you to the Sign-Up Genius where you can select Faribault, Northfield or Lonsdale and the time and dates open. You can also call 507-649-9134.  Sign up now to get the time YOU want!

Residents fill Nfld Chamber on 2020 street project; A Nfld party serves up double-digit citations; Recycle those old holiday lights

December 4, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

The Northfield Council Chambers filled with voices of residents who spoke out against various aspects of the 2020 mill and overlay project. In particular was the proposal of bump-outs on Third Street at Oak, Winona and College and bike lanes in which parking would be completely lost. Laura Baker Services Associate Director Sandi Gerdes said she’s concerned due to space in the area of 3rd and Oak Streets for deliveries, adding, “We also have a number of buses and public transportation that stop at the end of our driveway and it already causes a backup in the street and if we are to add a bump out there, it will make it worse because it will make it more difficult.” This intersection was an addition by councilors, not the engineers. Several Carleton College neighbors, some who’ve lived in the area for decades, spoke out regarding construction at Carleton College and the constant heavy truck traffic on roads not designed (more…)

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