Recent Area News

Ninth version of ADU ordinance to get second reading; With two pending criminal complaints, Faribault woman gets charged again; Northfield CVB awards Excellence in Tourism 

May 23, 2019
By Teri Knight, News Director Four Northfield councilors, Erica Zweifel, Suzie Nakasian, Clarice Grabau and Jessica Peterson-White voted yes on the first reading of the initial version of an Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) ordinance. It came from the Planning Commission with very little regulation regarding parking, size of structure, compatibility and rental rules. Since the ordinance’s passing in February, the public weighed in with a decidedly different attitude and the ninth version of the ADU resolution came before the Northfield City Council this week as a discussion item. Councilors Brad Ness, David DeLong and Mayor Rhonda Pownell voted against the first reading. Two big sticking points were required parking (more…)

Youth highlighted at Northfield council meeting; Northfield Rotary offers grants for electric vehicle charging stations; More solid concrete installed at fire hall

May 22, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

Last night was about the kids at the Northfield City Council meeting. From 2nd graders to seniors, the first highlight was the recognition of Arcadia Charter School’s Bella Callery for her accomplishment in winning the National Poetry Out Loud contest. She bested 275,000 other student competitors with her performance of “Perhaps the World Ends Here” by Joy Harjo.  Listen to her recitation on the City’s website by clicking here.  Mayor Rhonda Pownell then recognized 25 graduating seniors from the Youth Council, thanking them, “…for the many meetings that (more…)

Traffic stop leads to arrests; Dokmo chosen as 2019 Joseph Lee Heywood Award recipient; Northfield Hospital Auxiliary Book Fair nets $67K and donates it back

May 21, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director


Two men from Faribault were arrested after a traffic stop in Morristown. 18-year-old Mason Scott Kryzer was clocked driving at 72 mph in a 60-mph zone on Morristown Blvd just before 4 p.m. on Sunday. A Rice County Deputy pulled him over near Iona Avenue. As the deputy approached the passenger side of the car, an overwhelming odor of marijuana came from inside. A search of the vehicle revealed a gram of marijuana wax, a scale and a pipe in the center console. A red and blue backpack held 11 baggies of marijuana with a total weight of over 333 grams. A blue backpack owned by passenger 21- (more…)

Cannon River Drug and Violent Offender Task Force investigation instrumental in sentencing of Burnsville woman for intention to distribute heroin

May 21, 2019

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the sentencing of ANGELICA PINO PERALTA, 37, to 24 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute heroin.

PERALTA, who pleaded guilty on January 22, 2019, was sentenced on May 17, 2019, before Chief Judge John R. Tunheim in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (more…)

Legislators compromise but special session still likely; Mayor may relent on charter amendment; Northfield Strategic Plan and ADU ordinance updates; A soggy Almanzo still attracts hundreds of bicyclists; Northfield Area United Way awards over $240K

May 20, 2019

The big news is that last night the Minnesota Senate and House agreed on a budget before the deadline tonight, with compromises on both sides. Some major issues that required compromise are the gas tax that Governor Walz wanted being dropped and, on the Republican side, concessions on the Healthcare Access fund, which has been a 2% provider tax; this was reduced to 1.8%. District 20 Senator Rich Draheim said the money will be directed to, “…medical assistance programs. Right now it’s been in a slush fund. In fact, in the last three years, only 13.3% of the hundreds of millions of dollars collected went to what it was intended for.” The Republicans wanted the tax eliminated completely. Draheim said the (more…)

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