Recent Area News

Bridgewater supervisors take another step toward incorporation; ‘It’s not hopeless,’ Knecht determined to battle wild parsnip and win; Last chance to go to Gooter’s

June 14, 2019
By Teri Knight, News Director Bridgewater Township supervisors voted on Wednesday evening to move ahead on developing a petition for the incorporation of Bridgewater Township. Glen Castore, Gary  Ebling and John Holden voted unanimously on the resolution that states, in part, at town meetings held in 2019, the consensus of citizens attending was to continue to examine the feasibility of incorporating. This process has been discussed by the supervisors for over a year. They’ve held public and private, neighborhood meetings. The City (more…)

Northfield city leaders ponder ways to pay for streets; Farmington woman accused of writing nearly $4500 in fraudulent checks; What’s up with all that scaffolding on Division?; LaCannes named Farm Family of the Year

June 13, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

For some time, the Northfield Council has discussed setting up franchise fees on gas and electric utilities to pay for street repairs, rather than using street assessments per property owner. This week the council took up the subject again at a work session with consultant Doug Greene of Baker/Tilly. City Administrator Ben Martig explained that, “Right now we do special assessments with projects, where under state law we can issue debt to reconstruct streets if we do, basically, assess at least 10% of the improved value to properties.” He noted that it is not a science but an “art,” continuing, “It’s a more costly process that takes longer for staff and for publications and for council revue. (more…)

Studies say teens need sleep, will that mean a later start for Northfield schools?; Dundas readies to go out for bids on new city hall; Washington Street milling work begins; Bridge Square to be abuzz with celebrations

June 12, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

Should Northfield schools change their start time? After a lot of research regarding teenagers and sleep, this consideration continues to come up. Northfield Superintendent Dr. Matt Hillmann said that biologically as kids grow into teenagers, their internal clock shifts a couple of hours later.  He said, “We’ve been working very closely with local physician Dr. Brian Hoff who’s been a strong advocate for this. He’s talked with the [school] board several times over the past five years and this spring we brought together a task force to take a look at the research around later school start times.” They’ve also been looking at the potential impact of later start times, saying, “There’s some things obviously around transportation, there’s around making sure how much instructional time we (more…)

Northfield man pleads guilty to selling heroin; Man with “huge knife” suspected of being high on meth; With five women and a vision, WINGS took flight; Street assessment alternatives on the list for tonight’s Northfield City Council work session

June 11, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director


A Northfield man who admitted to feeding his own heroin habit by selling the drug, pleaded guilty to 2nd degree drug sale last Friday in Rice County court. On February 7, 2019, agents with the Cannon River Drug Task Force searched 1210 Greenvale Avenue where  37-year-old Jeremy Jacob Hagen, his girlfriend, their 1-year-old and her two other children live. Agents found drug dealing paraphernalia and heroin residue in a bedroom where children appeared to sleep. In exchange for the guilty plea on 2nd degree drug sale, charges of 3rd degree sale and possession and child endangerment were dismissed. He is scheduled for sentencing on August 28, 2019. Hagen remains in the Rice County jail. (more…)

Twist on check theft and $7k is written out of victim’s account; With “a lot going on,” Northfield city staff “very strongly” recommends renewing civil/criminal attorney contracts; We Are Water MN exhibit coming to Northfield; Registration is open for Night to Unite

June 10, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

Last week, the Rice County Sheriff’s office was contacted by someone who had a personal check stolen. But this story is unique. Sheriff Troy Dunn explains that, with that old check, “…they made new checks through an online service like Deluxe or ChecksUnlimited or something like that and they made new checks with that account number on there.” Once received, the thief started writing checks, so many that the bank called the victim and informed them that  $7,000 worth of checks had been written in the last week. The checks were written all over the (more…)

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