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Today’s news update – Barron indicted in Federal Court; Pownell files for Mayor, Ludescher backs out; Ice Arena? Liquor Store?; Volunteer Coordinator needed for Believet

May 20, 2016


Barron indicted in Federal Court

KYMN has updated information on convicted criminal Joshua Barron.  He is now in federal custody. Read the update from Rice County Attorney John Fossum.  Barron – Indictment

Pownell files for Mayor, Ludescher backs out

In filing news, Councilor at Large Rhonda Pownell filed for Mayor yesterday, she’ll run against Mayor Graham.  Councilor at Large David Ludescher filed to drop out of the race, leaving 2 now running for his seat, Brad Ness and Greg Colby.  David DeLong is seeking re-election in Ward 2, Erica Zweifel filed for re-election in Ward 3, Jon Denison will run against her.  Filing closes at 5pm May 31st. (more…)

Community News: NAUW allocates $265,000 to area non-profits

May 19, 2016

NAUWNorthfield Area United Way Makes Grants to Local Agencies

NORTHFIELD, Minn. (May 19, 2016) – Northfield Area United Way will allocate $265,000 in grants to local nonprofit agencies in the areas of education, health and financial stability/basic needs in fiscal year 2016-17 (July through June).

The total allocation was slightly higher than last year’s grant total of $263,000. An additional sum of approximately $18,000 will support Northfield Area United Way’s sponsorship of Imagination Library, promoting literacy by sending books home to 700 children ages birth to five years old. (more…)

Today’s news update – Northfield man convicted – faces more charges; 4-way stop in the future for 5th and Washington?; Candidate filing update; HRA asks for more $ for dilapidated property; 4 finalists for Rice Co. Admin

May 19, 2016


Northfield man convicted – faces more charges – UPDATED with more comments from Rice County Attorney John Fossum:

Joshua Barron is currently in federal custody and made an appearance in federal court yesterday.  A three count indictment was unsealed charging him with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, felon in possession of a firearm , and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime.  Because of his criminal history, Barron may face a sentence of 30 years to life if convicted at trial.  Now that Barron is in federal custody it may be some time before he can return to Rice County to face his pending charges.  I have attached a copy of the federal indictment.  Barron – Indictment

BarronA Northfield man who led multiple law enforcement agencies on 2 pursuits in February pleaded guilty to 2nd degree assault with a deadly weapon.  32 year old Joshua Paul Barron, will remain in the Dakota County jail until his sentencing on July 19.  Rice County Attorney John Fossum said, at that point he will be transferred to Department of Corrections custody.  Once he is in prison, Fossum’s office will seek a writ to have him come to court for his cases in Rice County, of which there are 3 open files.  Fossum remarked (more…)

Today’s news update – It’s a go! The last hurdle jumped for The Crossings project; Basement fire loads house with smoke and smell; Northfield filings

May 18, 2016


It’s a go!  The last hurdle jumped for The Crossings project

Construction on an 80 room Marriott hotel should begin this year!  That’s the plan after the Northfield council voted to approve a development agreement with Developer Brett Reese over The Crossings hotel at Hwy 3 and 2nd street.  Community Development Director Chris Heineman told Council that the project price has increased to $13.2 million, up about $400,000 due to engineering costs and the underground parking.  In terms of financing, Heineman breaks it down.  It includes $3 million of investor funding (that includes a number of entities), $8.4 million in a private bank loan and  $1.755 million of public funding.   (more…)

Community News: Rice County Historical Society Flea Market

May 18, 2016

Rice Co Hist. Soc.Rice County Historical Society Flea Market

The Rice County Historical Society will be hosting its Spring Flea Market on Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 8:00 am-2:00 pm, rain or shine.

Flea Market vendors will bring a wonderful variety of items to shop for. Shoppers are invited to come and see items like antiques, collectibles, crafts, glassware, kitchen appliances, wood benches, and more. We hope that you will be able to join us in supporting these wonderful vendors. (more…)