Recent Area News

Seasoned officers and rookies see benefit in crisis intervention training; Arcadia’s Innovation Day goes outside the box; Area men winners of DNR Pheasant and Turkey stamp contests

October 4, 2019
By Teri Knight, News Director With a mix of mental health problems, drugs and family dynamics, first responders are getting more and more calls for people who are trying to harm themselves or others. Rice County law enforcement agencies just recently received training on crisis intervention through Minnesota CIT (Crisis Intervention Training). The group at Minnesota CIT brings in role players. Sheriff Troy Dunn commented, “The job that they do is phenomenal. I know [Police] Chief Monte Nelson went to the last one and he said after one of his scenarios he was mentally exhausted, it felt that real.” He said from seasoned officers to newly hired, the training is beneficial for everyone. The idea is to give officers the tools they need to end the event peacefully. Dunn said, “Unfortunately we’ve seen in the media that they don’t all end peacefully and there’s a lot of finger pointing and blame placed on law enforcement, why didn’t you do this different. The bottom line is we have to make sure people are safe, that no other people get injured.” He added that often those in crisis are focused on one thing; part of the training is learning how to redirect that focus. (more…)

Winners of the MN pheasant and turkey stamp contests are from Albert Lea and Lakeville

October 4, 2019

Mark Kness of Albert Lea won the Minnesota Pheasant Habitat Stamp contest and Stephen Hamrick of Lakeville won the Turkey Habitat Stamp contest. Both of the annual contests took place Sept. 19 and were sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

This was the first time Mark Kness has won the pheasant stamp contest. His painting, selected by judges from among 11 submissions, will be featured on the 2020 pheasant habitat stamp. Other finalists were Mark Thone of Shakopee in second place, Stephen Hamrick of Lakeville in third place, and Nicholas Markell of Stillwater in fourth place. (more…)

Rice Co Sheriff’s Dept gifted with a drone; Change order and more work continues to complete 2018 Division St project; Rice County Area United Way launches new website; Nfld Shares accepting grant applications

October 3, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

Law enforcement agencies have been using drones for a few years but the price has been too high for Rice County’s budget. Sheriff Troy Dunn said he’s looked for grants but just recently, after hearing Dunn talk about it, someone came into the office and offered to purchase one for the department. Dunn said, “Tom McDonough, who passed away a short time ago, donated $15,000 to help purchase a drone for the sheriff’s office.” About the one they purchased, he said, “There’s only so much room on the drone so we went with a regular high definition camera and then the infrared camera so we can use it for searching at night.” Particularly helpful will be searching for people caught in the river or in wooded areas. Special zoom cameras and larger ones that can stay up longer can go for more than $20,000. They’ll be looking to possibly purchase another one that could be used with all the local law enforcement agencies. He (more…)

5th Street Lofts TIF approved; Nfld Charter members want to give hospital board control; Water main flushing!

October 2, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

Last night, the Northfield City Council approved Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for the 5th Street Lofts development at 5th and Washington Streets. Nick Anhut with Ehlers and Associates explained TIF “as the value of a property is increased from that development, there’s an ability to separately capture that increased value and allocate the taxes generated from it towards a financing to assist in bringing about that redevelopment or overcoming some other barriers.” The current taxes, or base value taxes, are not captured nor are the school referendum dollars. Within this district will be the two municipal parking lots. (more…)

Bail for woman with loaded handgun set at $50k; Negligence lawsuit filed against City of Northfield; State of the Nfld School District Chamber Luncheon

October 1, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

Formal charges have been filed against the woman who had a loaded handgun in her vehicle. Northfield police arrested 28-year-old Brianna Gabrielle Armstrong after a traffic stop revealed she had a warrant out from Carver County involving a drug charge. According to the criminal complaint, Armstrong had a small amount of marijuana and 82 ecstasy pills in the car as well as a loaded handgun tucked inside a boot. The gun was a .38 special with four live rounds and the hammer was cocked, making it ready to fire. The serial number of the gun had been filed off. The weapon was within reach of the driver’s seat. Armstrong (more…)

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