Recent Area News

Chief Monte Nelson

August 23, 2019
Northfield Police Chief Monte Nelson talked with Teri Knight about school bus safety, crosswalk safety and an update on how the new hands free law is working locally.
Chief Nelson on bus safety, crosswalks and more
Chief Nelson on bus safety, crosswalks and more

Jefferson Parkway/Highway 246 discussion draws a crowd; Six new firefighters for NAFRS; DWIs up in Northfield, extra enforcement in place

August 23, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

alt 2

The Northfield City Council chambers were filled Wednesday evening as city officials and SEH Design representatives presented alternatives suggested for moving pedestrians and bicyclists through the proposed roundabout at Jefferson Parkway and Highway 246. The intersection is near three schools, neighborhood developments and a senior center. City Engineer Dave Bennett said the goal is improved safety and a roundabout is considered the best in terms of moving traffic including vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. There are four alternatives to moving foot and bike traffic; three include underpasses. The SEH Design consultant said they are essentially box culverts that are 10 feet high and 14 feet (more…)

Eagan man charged in Starbucks crash; Northfield woman injured in H&R; Greenvale Township will hold public hearing August 26 on building permits; A number of residents attend 246/Jefferson Parkway open house

August 22, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

Daniliuk

The man who allegedly drove into a Starbucks in Eagan was charged in Dakota County yesterday. 44-year-old Ihar Daniliuk (pronounced E-har Danna-lick) of Eagan was charged with one count each of Criminal Vehicular Operation Resulting in Great Bodily Harm and Criminal Vehicular Operation Resulting in Substantial Bodily Harm. On the evening of Monday, August 19, 2019, Eagan police responded to a report of a vehicle that had been driven into a Starbucks, seriously injuring two people. On arrival, officers found a vehicle with its front-end inside the building. Daniliuk, the driver, smelled of alcohol and blew a 0.18, just over twice the legal limit. He told officers he accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake. When he hit the curb, he said it caused his foot to push harder on the gas pedal. A man and woman, found on the floor inside, sustained substantial injuries. The female had multiple lacerations to her face that required stitches, glass was found in her leg, and a broken fibula in her right leg. The male has a broken leg, three broken ribs, a fractured spine, internal (more…)

Carleton student pleads guilty on drug charge; People have to “reach their own rock bottom” for Treatment Court to work; Northfield City Council ponders 7.5% preliminary levy; Cannon River sediment testing

August 21, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

A Carleton College student charged in April with two counts of drug possession pleaded guilty yesterday in Rice County Court to one count of 5th degree possession. The Northfield Police Department responded to the college after Carleton security contacted them with multiple complaints of heavy use of marijuana, and someone possibly selling drugs in one of the dorm rooms. A search of 19-year-old Alexei Mikolchak revealed various marijuana paraphernalia, a baggie with pot and $340. In his room, they found over 142 grams of marijuana and nearly 52 grams of methamphetamine. Mikolchak said he did it for extra money. His sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 22, 2019. (more…)

Lonsdale man jailed for felony violations; DOC gives a “verbal yes” to Sheriff Dunn for extension on county jail; River sampling upstream of Ames Mill Dam; Northfield Shares reaches out to Hispanic community for a seat at the table

August 20, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

A Lonsdale man with repeated convictions for domestic assault and violations of Orders of Protection is back in jail for the same things. Last Thursday evening Lonsdale Police responded to a call from a woman who said 29-year-old Michael Thomas Ziegelman had been contacting her through scrambled and blocked phone numbers. Officers spoke with him a few hours later and he said he might have left her one message and that he thought messages were coming from the victim. He was convicted in July of felony domestic assault of the victim in this criminal complaint and also of the same woman in 2016. Ziegelman had two convictions in Scott and Carver Counties in 2012. He’s (more…)

Upcoming Events