Recent Area News

Convicted drug dealer is finally sentenced; Faribault man pleads to selling “magic mushrooms;” Roundabout options for 246 and Jefferson Parkway; ‘Northfield Shares a Dinner’ celebrates community

July 19, 2019
By Teri Knight, News Director Demarcus Barker will finally serve his sentence for a 1st degree drug sale conviction. Having been convicted in 2017 of incidents in 2016, he continued to appeal. One court agreed to his appeal of the length of his sentence. Rice County Attorney John Fossum appealed that ruling and the sentencing was held up in court on July 19, 2019. Fossum said that Barker, 40, was resentenced to 316 months or 26 and 1/3 years in prison. He was investigated by the Cannon River Drug and Violent Offender Task Force in 2016 for traveling to Chicago to bring drugs back to Rice County. He attempted to flee officers, tossing out drugs along the way and then crashing his car which had bundles of powder cocaine, crack cocaine, and methamphetamine. In 2017, Barker was tried and convicted of all nine counts in the complaint including Importing Controlled Substances Across State Borders, two counts of 1st Degree (more…)

The Weekly List – 7/18/19

July 18, 2019

With the 20th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing this week, Rich Larson explores the ‘Moon and Space’ side of popular music.


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The Weekly List - Moon and Space_mixdown

Reiter gets 100 months for 2017 Northfield bust; Northfield council hears “Partners in Energy” plan; Lacrosse field gets crossed with tires; Residents take issue with tall grasses hindering line of sight

July 18, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director


Joshua Larkin Reiter received 100 months in federal prison. In September of 2017 he and his accomplice, Cole Thompson, were arrested at the Kwik Trip in Northfield by agents of the Cannon River Drug Task Force with over a pound of methamphetamine, specifically 455 grams; as well as marijuana, black tar heroin and a large supply of various controlled substance pills. The Federal government had an interest in both of them so (more…)

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…)

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