Recent Area News

Faribault police take multiple calls on thefts from vehicles; Area Learning Center meeting goals; 2019 Rice County Ambassadors named; Northfield PD holds blood drive tomorrow; Big Boy stops in Northfield

July 17, 2019
By Teri Knight, News Director The Faribault Police Department reports they’ve taken a number of calls this morning regarding thefts from vehicles within a three-block radius of Division Street and 7th Avenue in Faribault, not far from Bethlehem Academy. The suspect(s) have been entering garages. If anyone has information or home surveillance video which may help identify the suspects, please give the police a call at 334-4305. Chief Andy Bohlen reiterated that if you’ve seen anything out of the ordinary to call and if you live in the area and have video door bell alarms, let them know as there may be video of the suspects.  (more…)

Stolen dump truck out of Shafer, MN

July 16, 2019

MN BCA ALERT 8:30am 7-17-19

UPDATE: The Shafer Contracting dump truck stolen from Pine County has been recovered in St Paul. Thank you for the assistance .

On the evening of 07/15/2019, Pine County Deputies responded to a report of a vehicle prowl at the Shafer Contracting construction site office and storage area near State Hwy 70 and I35. A Shafer Contracting employee advised that one of the dump trucks had been moved and other tools and equipment had been rummaged through. (more…)

Stolen by the owner? Not so much; Northfield school district receives $124k grant; Northfield council talks budget, roundabout and energy report; Dundas 2020 general fund will get boost for elections

July 16, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director


A stolen truck leads to a felony stop in Faribault Friday night. Faribault police ran a plate on a truck at the Speedway gas station. It came back stolen, however, the registered owner, 30-year-old Derek Emmanuel Tolbert, was also identified as the potential thief. The three people inside were ordered out of the truck at gunpoint. Tolbert told officers he bought the truck two or three days prior from someone named “Shawn,” although he didn’t know the last name but said they were old friends. The truck was reported stolen on July 7, 2019, from someone named LFG out of Wabasha County. The Department of Motor Vehicles shows the truck title was transferred July 9 from LFG to Tolbert. He’s been charged with felony Receiving Stolen Property and (more…)

Fugalli is turned down in plea change for 1st degree drug sale; Comments open for Northfield council session on climate plan, roundabout and budgets; When Roles Reverse – Jim Comer seminar tomorrow; It weighs 1.25 million pounds and is 133 feet long and it’s stopping here in Northfield

July 15, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

Fugalli 2019

Fugalli 2019

In April of 2018, Anthoney Fugalli was charged with 1st and 2nd degree controlled substance for selling heroin. He pled guilty to the 1st degree charge and the 2nd degree was dropped. Rice County attorney John Fossum said last week, “He reached the point where he didn’t like the plea deal and he tried to withdraw his plea and the court wouldn’t allow him to do that.” Fugalli is looking at about five to six years of prison time. Fossum said that you can’t just change your mind after you’ve made a deal, adding, “Because what happens once somebody has pled guilty, we kind of stand down and the evidence is still there, we’re still preserving it, but once we’ve geared down for trial, the longer these cases drag out, the harder they become (more…)

Sex offender’s probation revoked, Akida to serve sentence; Fifth Street Lofts garners attention – not all good; Roundabout on Northfield council work session; Scaffolding stays as rain and restoration issues delay project on Central Block building

July 12, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

Akida 2013

In 2013, Adam Akida pled guilty in Rice County court to sexual contact with an underage girl. She was 15. He was sentenced at the time to three years in prison, stayed and put on probation. Rice County Attorney John Fossum said in 2015 he left the country, managing his grandmother’s rental properties in Tanzania. He did not follow any of the mandates for probation including not leaving the country and completing a sex offender treatment program. He flew back to the U.S and was caught and held in Chicago under a Rice County warrant. On Tuesday he went before Rice County Judge Christine Long. Fossum said, “He [Akida] admitted that he violated his conditions of probation and the judge revoked the probation and sent him off to prison, so he’s serving that three-year sentence he was initially (more…)