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Northfield man sentenced after multiple violations in domestic assault; Carleton student charged with felony assault of ex-girlfriend; ADUs on Northfield Council agenda

June 4, 2019
By Teri Knight, News Director

Anthony

A Northfield man was sentenced to 17 months in the St. Cloud prison. On Friday, 34-year-old Marc Lewis Anthony was sentenced for multiple violations of domestic abuse while on probation (for previous domestic abuse charges) as well as storing methamphetamine in the presence of a child. In 2017 he hit and choked his 32-week-pregnant girlfriend. Since that time, he’s racked up three more criminal convictions. Anthony will get credit for 140 days already spent in jail, and will serve all sentences concurrently. Anthony has an extensive criminal history that dates back to 2003. (more…)

Kallestad to coordinate council strategic plan; NHS graduates look forward, know they’re “enough” and remember how they made each other feel; NDDC awards grants to ten local artists

June 3, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

Beth Kallestad is now the Program Coordinator for the City of Northfield, hired to help implement two of the council’s six-part strategic plan. Mayor Rhonda Pownell explained that one initiative is “diversity, equity and inclusion, a community that welcomes everyone” and the other is climate change impacts. Kallestad said, “While those two areas are somewhat different, they’re similar in that they cut across everything. We really just didn’t have one person that could help to focus on that and so my role is really to help see where all the pieces are and help the different departments carry out the pieces that apply to them.” City staff are charged with the actual work and Kallestad’s role will be to help staff coordinate and manage this very ambitious plan. As for climate change, it’s about mitigation, what we can do to help slow down the effects of climate change, she said, “…that’s (more…)

Convicted sex offender facing nine new charges; Bridgewater supervisors “planning ahead” as they move toward incorporation; Northfield 13AAA are Player Buddies for Miracle League; Northfield wants to hear from you on recycling

May 31, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

Wenner, Ross

Convicted sex offender, 38-year-old Ross Matthew Wenner, has been charged with eight counts of distributing child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. Rice County Attorney John Fossum reports that Wenner has previously been convicted of Kidnapping and Criminal Sexual Conduct. According to the BCA, he was set to be released on June 10, 2019, however, he’s scheduled to be sentenced in Rice County on June 7 for violations of the predatory registration requirements. Additionally, he’ll be arraigned on the new charges on June 7. Speaking on sentencing for the new charges, Fossum said, “There’s a statutory maximum of 15 years for the distribution count; given his criminal history, I think there’s a fair chance that we would get 15 (more…)

Hilleman calls United Way merger a “great opportunity;” SCOPE students present “Youth in the 1970s” program tonight; Northfield School District to collaborate on funding for “Achievement and Integration Program”

May 30, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

It was just announced that the Faribault and Northfield area United Ways are merging to become the Rice County Area United Way. NAUW board member Greg Closser said there had been informal discussion for years but the time [to merge] was right now. He said they were waiting for a “formal approach from the Faribault United Way.” It wasn’t something they were very excited about as they knew it would be a lot of work. Last March the Faribault board formally asked [for the consideration of a merger] as they knew they could not sustain their own organization. Closser said, after much discussion they came to the opinion that it was best for the organizations and those they serve. NAUW executive director Penny Hilleman commented this morning that there are a lot of programs they’ve helped that serve our wider community including HealthFinders Collaborative, Hope Center and Ruth’s House. For those agencies, a merger makes a lot of sense. She (more…)

Saturated soil, precipitation and wind create No Wake emergency; U.S. Representative Craig holds Northfield Town Hall; Northfield and Faribault United Ways unite

May 29, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

With continued rising water levels, Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn issued emergency wake restrictions this morning. He checked six area lakes and they’re all high. He’s received calls from those living on the lakes who are concerned about erosion. Dunn said we need warmer weather, and less precipitation and wind. He said, “With those high winds, especially on the lakes, it tends to pound those waves in on the shores and, when it’s higher, it’s eroding away the timbers and rock and (inaudible) and everything else that people have along their shorelines and it’s deteriorating some of the areas.” The Cannon River is also  rough. Dunn said, “There’s (more…)

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