Recent Area News

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…)

Will Northfield get a new liquor store?; Dundas has a ‘cool little downtown’; Nfld Council agenda includes public hearing on TIF funding, more $ for 2019 street projects and changes to 2020 projects

September 30, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

That’s the first question new municipal liquor store manager Brian Whitt is asked. He said, “The short answer would be, we’re always looking for a new location. You almost have to be if it’s on the horizon.” While they [currently] have a prime location, there are challenges: “number one would be space. It’s a pretty small, small footprint right now. The other piece that we’re really focused on right now, too, is being able to offer accessibility.” The aisles [at the current location] are narrow and you have to go upstairs for wines and such. This discussion will continue. Whitt joined the Northfield “Muni” about nine months ago. He comes from a hospitality business in Bloomington. His full interview is HERE (more…)

Missing teen

September 27, 2019

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Joseph Voss has been located safe in Hudson, WI. Thank you to all who helped look for him.

The Stillwater Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance to locate JOSEPH VOSS, age 15. Joseph left his residence in Stillwater, MN on 09/26/2019 at approximately 11:00 p.m.
He was last seen wearing a grey sweatshirt, black skinny jeans, black Under Armour shoes, and carrying a black backpack. Joseph is autistic and is dependent on medication which he does not have with him. Joseph is possibly in the Stillwater, MN area or Hudson, WI area.

If you have seen JOSEPH VOSS or know of his whereabouts, please contact the Stillwater Police Department at 651-439-9381.    VossJoseph Alert Public

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