Recent Area News

Two men sought in alleged assault; Appeals Court reverses Gibson’s sentence – sides with Prosecutor; ADU’s, Snow Removal and Street reclamation

April 9, 2019
Just after 6 o’clock Sunday evening, the Faribault Police Department took a report from a juvenile female of an attempted assault in the area of 14th St NE at the bike trail crossing. The victim said two African American males, armed with handguns, came out of a wooded area and grabbed a hold of her. She struggled with the men, who then fled the area on foot. The victim ran to a relative’s residence nearby and contacted law enforcement. Officers responded immediately and searched the area, but didn’t find the suspects. Suspect one was described as 5’7” tall, slender build, wearing a red sweater and black (more…)

Missing person alert

April 9, 2019

UPDATE from BCA 11:20am 4-10-19:

Cancel Coon Rapids PD missing person Theodore Copeland alert. Theodore was located safe in St. Louis County. Thank you to all who helped look for him.


The Coon Rapids Police Department is asking for assistance in locating Theodore Copeland, 85, of Coon Rapids. Theodore was last seen at his residence in Coon Rapids on Monday morning when he left in his vehicle. Theodore may have headed to Minneapolis but he may be lost or confused and unable to find his way home. He is described as 5’10”, 250 pounds with gray hair and blue eyes and was last seen wearing a green sweater, black pants, black jacket and black knit hat (same as photo below. Theodore is driving a silver 2003 Chevy Silverado with a blue/green bed cover and Oregon plate 760BQD. If you think you have seen Theodore or have contact with him please contact the Coon Rapids PD at 763-427-1212 or dial 911.

City officials seek State $ for Transfer Station; Severe Weather Awareness week; NHC releases online collections of Nfld historical materials; Jefferson Rd to close

April 8, 2019

Northfield has asked the State for dollars for a transit hub in the Q-Block where the Old Depot continues restoration.  Administrator Ben Martig said they’re looking at a heated Transfer Station with a waiting area and bathroom facilities, an access road and a parking lot.  They’ve asked for $2.5 million to pay for the whole project.  There will be more discussion of this item at the Council level to see about taking an incremental step forward regardless of state funding because they (Martig and Mayor Pownell) will likely go back next year if they don’t receive the funding this year.  It is being reviewed by the Capital Investment Committee.  Hiawathaland and Northfield Lines is also involved in working on this.  Capital bonding requires a supermajority vote. (more…)

Severe Weather Awareness week April 8 – 12

April 8, 2019

Minnesota’s Severe Weather Awareness Week is April 8-12, 2019 with two statewide tornado drills on Thursday, April 11 at 1:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. This annual public education event is designed to remind individuals, families, businesses, schools, and institutions that it’s essential to plan ahead for Minnesota’s severe spring and summer weather.  Please click below for much more information including a specific weather event each day and information on what to do.

This is a full presentation on severe weather:  SWAW 2019 PPT Presentation

SWAW 2019 Flyer Business

SWAW Participation INFO SHEET 2019 Specific


Carleton student charged

April 5, 2019

UUPDATE:  Mikolchak has waived the time requirement for a hearing.  An omnibus hearing is scheduled for July 9th. 

A Carleton student was charged with possession. Carleton College security contacted the Northfield Police Department after multiple complaints of heavy use of marijuana and the possible sale of drugs from a campus dormitory room. On Wednesday, April 3, security searched the room of 19-year-old Alexei Mikolchak and found evidence that warranted contact with police. A search on Mikolchak’s person by Northfield officers revealed a marijuana grinder, marijuana pipe, a baggie containing marijuana, and $340. In his room they found over 142 grams of marijuana, nearly 52 grams of MDMA (street name is Ecstasy) , and a possible LSD tab. Mikolchak admitted to officers that it was all his. He has been charged with two counts of 5th-degree controlled substance, both felonies. His initial court appearance is Wednesday, April 10. Mikolchak has been released without bail with conditions.  

Mikolchak complaint

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