Recent Area News

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…)

Nfld man charged again with domestic violence; TZD kickoff includes passion, personal stories and stats; Stratmoen to be recognized for 40 years on school board

December 3, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

A Northfield man with multiple convictions for domestic abuse is charged with two counts of felony domestic assault. Just after 2 a.m. on Thanksgiving, Northfield police were dispatched to 420 Viking Terrace. Upon arrival, officers spoke with KMH who said her live-in boyfriend, 52-year-old Nicholas Glen Thomas had assaulted her. According to the criminal complaint, she appeared upset and had been crying and explained that her daughter had called earlier in the night and woke them both up. That made Thomas extremely angry and he began physically kicking KMH out of the bed. As she decided to go to her daughter’s, Thomas blocked her and began punching her in the back of her head. She told officers that she previously had brain cancer and Thomas likes to target her head when he becomes abusive. She also stated that he had assaulted her four days previously with a toolbox and she’d sought (more…)

Faribault firefighters challenged by high winds and LP tanks; Nfld Council to vote on 9.4% tax levy tomorrow – public comment available online; Nfld school district sails through audit; Pesta heads to Hastings; Rice Co. commissioners to hold public hearing on 10-year transportation plan

December 2, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

A blaze near two large LP tanks early Saturday morning had Faribault firefighters initially fighting to cool the tanks that were venting gas and keep the fire contained to the 30 x 52 foot shed. Just after 1 a.m. Saturday morning, the Faribault Fire Department, Rice County Sheriff’s Deputies and North Memorial Ambulance responded to 2687-158th Street East. Fire Chief Dustin Dienst reports that the building was engulfed in flames when responders arrived. Windy conditions were blowing hot embers at both the home and another out building. Crews were able to keep the fire from spreading and the LP tank fires were mitigated. Sheet metal roofing was pulled out by hand by (more…)

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