Recent Area News

Dundas gets their financial house in order; Hillmann with construction update; Nelson has Halloween tips and warns of state HS cross country traffic; Nlfd extends board/commission application deadline

October 31, 2019
By Teri Knight, News Director As the City of Dundas is evaluated for bond issuance on the new city hall project, City Administrator Janelle Teppen said the council approved a number of financial policies this week and amended a couple more. She said, “This is all getting our financial house in order. Not that it was out of order, but just putting some organization and structure around it. And having all of those policies and up to date policies to help throughout this bonding process.” The council also approved hiring a part-time office staff person and also will be adjusting the hours (more…)

Teppen looks forward to new City Hall and opportunities; Martig preps for Northfield budget/levy work session; MDA awards multiple grants to Rice County farmers/researchers; 2020 Living Treasure sought

October 30, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

Contractors broke ground on the new Dundas City Hall; the forms have been poured and the parking lot is graded. Dundas Administrator Jenelle Teppen shared [the update] yesterday, also noting that the precast concrete forms will be set so they can work on the actual building over the winter. They extended the parking lot to accommodate further development. Teppen said she’s had “…a couple of conversations with developers not only for that piece of property but for the existing city hall because we’ll be selling that once we move over to the new city hall. And I’ve had a couple of local people who are interested in some kind of retail/commercial business out of that location.” Mayor Glenn Switzer has been taking photos and videos. Some of which have been shared to our KYMN Facebook page. 

Martig preps for Northfield budget/levy work session


There was no Northfield Council meeting this week but City Administrator Ben Martig kept busy preparing for the budget and levy workshop coming up in mid-November. The final levy must be set by December 15, 2019. Martig said, “People will be getting their tax statements at the end of the month in November, what the preliminary levies might be and what that might look like. We are looking at a lower amount than what we had initially put out as a preliminary levy so we are going to be doing some public education. We’ll have a shorter piece coming out probably the end of this week. And then we’ll have a more detailed one later in November leading into those statements coming up.” In September the council set the Preliminary levy at 11.5%. Martig introduced a 7.5% levy early this month, however his recommendation after adding staff positions was 9.56% with a budget of just over $10 million.There will be a public hearing on December 3 for the community to give feedback. Martig’s full interview is HERE

MDA awards multiple grants to Rice County farmers/researchers

Kraus, A.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has awarded Agricultural Grants (SustAg) totaling $241,009 to nine farmers and researchers across Minnesota. Four of the nine are in Rice County as well our other area counties. Alan Kraus, Conservation Program Manager of the Cannon River Watershed Partnership, received over $41k ($41,534) to determine a pathway for greater farm profitability by testing the effect of corn row width on cover crop biomass and yields. Additionally, three farmers from local counties will receive a total of nearly $73k to explore a sustainable agri-tourism model, test the viability of a Forever Green poultry ration built on small grains and perennial crops for production of small-flock meat chickens, and evaluate hazelnuts as a soy-protein replacement in free-range poultry systems for feed quality, nutrition and palatability. The full press release is HERE

2020 Living Treasure sought

The Arts and Culture Commission invites Northfielders to nominate someone for the  2020 Northfield Living Treasure Award. The annual award honors an individual who has, over time, made significant contributions to Northfield in, through, or on behalf of the arts and culture to enhance the reputation of the city and the quality of life of its residents. Forms can be picked up at the Public Library, City Hall and the Northfield Arts Guild. You have until November 18, 2019 to nominate someone. The full press release is HERE

10-30-19 News
10-30-19 News

Nfld School Board member has 1st Amendment rights; One EDA voice questions finance gap in lending $ to 5th Street Lofts developers; Franek and Simonson attend Fire Chief Convention and Board Chair looks to examine operations

October 29, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

A little over a week ago, a Northfield School Board member, Tom Baraniak, was accused of cyber-bullying and a resident asked for his removal. Northfield Schools Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann commented this morning on KYMN that, as a board member is elected, there are a few key things to remember: “School Board members, when they become elected, they don’t shed the rest of their 1st Amendment rights. They still maintain their individual right to free expression. But it’s really important to make sure that people understand that one individual school board member who is expressing their (more…)

Motorcoach pulls out in front of pickup on Hwy 3; Motorcyclist airlifted after crashing on Roberds Lake Blvd; I-35 construction update; “Hunters don’t have to look a certain way” says first time hunter Lt. Gov. Flanagan

October 28, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

photo from Kath’s Facebook page

A 23-year-old Faribault man was injured Saturday afternoon when a motorcoach pulled out in front of him on Highway 3. According to the State Patrol, Joshua Kath was driving southbound in his pickup just after 1 p.m. when a Van Hool motorcoach headed east off of Riverview Drive pulled out in front of him. Kath struck the bus in the center, disabling both vehicles and stopping traffic in both directions for some time as Northfield (more…)

Faribault PD nabs man suspected in over a dozen burglaries; Nfld asks for $2.25M for Mill Towns Trail; Randolph woman opens her yard to Shoe Box Mission; Nfld Promise selected by KaBOOM! for “quality, imaginative play space” for all kids

October 25, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director 

Yesterday, Faribault Police detectives executed a search warrant at a Faribault residence in relation to numerous burglary investigations. 28-year-old Austin Steven Veal was arrested. In a post-Miranda [warning] interview, Veal admitted to committing several of the burglaries. Over the past two weeks, Faribault officers have responded to numerous burglaries of businesses and commercial buildings in Faribault. Detectives are currently investigating approximately 14 of them. During the search warrant, detectives seized numerous items which had been reported stolen, including three safes, keys, office equipment and money. Detectives were able to identify Veal through one business’ security video surveillance. A photo of the suspect was quickly identified by several police officers and staff as Veal, which led to the search warrant. Faribault Police Chief Andy Bohlen said, “This string of burglaries were solved through great detective work and images provided (more…)

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