Recent Area News

Missing teen

November 26, 2019
The Willmar Police Department and the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are seeking the public’s assistance in locating an endangered juvenile runaway. Madison Hjermstad (age 17) left a juvenile facility in Willmar, MN on foot with another juvenile in July 2019. The other juvenile was subsequently located. Madison has not had contact with any family since that time and there is concern for her well-being. Madison is described as a caucasian female with long dark hair, approximately 5’8” and 135 pounds. Anyone with information about Madison’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Willmar Police Department at (320) 235 -2244. MadisonHjermstad Missing Person Alert

On week after probation ends, Faribault man busted again and again; Nfld School Board to discuss late start tonight; Crash at a friends, not on the road: DWI enforcement starting Wednesday

November 25, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

Continued surveillance of a suspected drug dealer has sent a Faribault man to jail again. In 2017, 22-year-old Dylan James Knott was convicted of 3rd Degree Drug Sale and given 12 months, stayed for 5 years. In August he was charged with selling 3.5 grams of marijuana wax to a cooperating source within 300 feet of Trails Edge Park. With a history of continued suspected drug sales, Cannon River Drug Task Force agents collected the curbside trash from his apartment on 1st Ave NE. The search yielded documents in Knott’s name along with a THC oil cartridge and remaining oil in the reservoir, vaping products and one large heat sealed plastic bag capable of holding several pounds of marijuana. On September 5, 2019, they searched his apartment and found 40 THC oil cartridges, (more…)

Melee at North Memorial involves gunshot victim from Faribault; Nfld HRA offers many assistance programs; Parking ban – “it’s about safety”

November 22, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

A crowd of 50 to 70 people fighting at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale put the hospital on lockdown.  According to the Star Tribune, it started after a gunshot victim arrived from Faribault. KYMN spoke with Faribault Police Chief Andy Bohlen who reported that officers responded yesterday to the 1600 block of 17th Street NW on an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The patient was treated at the scene and then transported to District One hospital as the extent of  injuries were unknown as patient became unresponsive. Bohlen said the person was transported to a metro hospital (North Memorial) and the investigation is ongoing. He said, as of this date, they do not suspect others were involved and there is no risk to the (more…)

T21 advocates share eye-popping statistics with Nfld council; Before legalizing pot, Fossum wants to know “actual impacts”; Hwy 3 “can be dangerous” says police chief

November 21, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

There were several advocates of the “Tobacco 21” ordinance urging the Northfield City Council to raise the buying age within city boundaries. They had some eye-popping statistics. Three local students shared stories, with one saying there’s not a day that goes by that there aren’t students inside the school vaping. Northfield Police Chief Monte Nelson added, “The use in school is unreal because it is so easy to use because the devices are so small.” That includes both the middle and high school. Mayor Pro-tem Brad Ness commented yesterday morning, “I was middle of the road on this whole thing until I saw this presentation and the vaping issue is huge.”  Shelly Dickinson has children in Northfield schools and teaches addiction in adolescents at St. Olaf. She said (more…)

Motorhome fire deemed electrical; NPD already implementing Novak study changes; NHS grad sworn in to NPD; Breadth of Nfld HRA/EDA activities are overwhelming

November 20, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

Rice County Deputy Sheriff Jesse Thomas updated KYMN late yesterday afternoon on the suspicious fire at the Flying J Truck Stop. Upon inspection, the Fire Marshall ruled it an electrical fire that started in the engine compartment. As for tracking down the owner, he had sold it but there was no bill of sale. He paid to have the motorhome towed. 

NPD already implementing Novak study changes

The Novak Consulting Group recently evaluated the Northfield Police Department, looking at all aspects. Two representatives from Novak shared the full report with the city council last week. Police Chief Monte Nelson said they also spoke with their sergeants group and administrative team, adding, “We already have implemented a schedule change for next year that aligns with some of their recommendations in the study.” The biggest thing that came out was that Novak recommended the (more…)

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