Recent Area News

McGowan pleads, NPD praised; Repair work on river wall; New banners unveiled; Randolph BBQ

August 16, 2019
By Teri Knight, News Director Deandre McGowan plead guilty in Federal Court last week for robbing Premier Bank in Northfield in January 2019. The 33-year-old used force to steal over $11,000 in cash from the bank on January 15. He was charged in Rice County on January 21 with 1st degree Aggravated Robbery and multiple charges of 2nd degree Assault with a dangerous weapon. Rice County Attorney John Fossum praised the Northfield Police Department for their investigation that lead to McGowan’s arrest. He said, “The Northfield Police Department did a tremendous job of going around and talking to some of the local businesses and saying, ‘hey do you have security cameras, are they pointed out this way, can we get a little look at footage from about this time.’ And they did and they found this car (more…)

Amidst incorporation talk, Northfield meets with Bridgewater; Public parking or not in the 5th Street Lofts project; Bids for Dundas City Hall project due August 20; MnDOT schedules meeting on Hwy 21 project; No Wake restrictions lifted on Rice County lakes

August 15, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

Bridgewater Township has yet to decide on whether to file for incorporation but the notion has the cities of Dundas and Northfield setting aside dollars to challenge it before an administrative law judge, if necessary. In the meantime, Dundas City Administrator Jenelle Teppen is looking to talk with Bridgewater supervisors while the Northfield City Council just approved a resolution clarifying their position and committing $100,000 for legal fees, if needed. Following that resolution, a committee made up of Northfield Mayor Rhonda Pownell, Councilors Brad Ness and Jessica Peterson White and Northfield City Administrator Ben Martig met with (more…)

Missing person from Edina

August 14, 2019

UPDATE: The BCA reports at 8:13am 8/15/19 Canceled Alert – Melinda Larson was located safe. Thank you to all who helped look for her.

The Edina Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance to locate Melinda Ann Larson,
age 64. Larson left on foot from her assisted living facility in Edina, MN on 08/13/2019 at 1100 hours. She was last seen wearing a multi-colored dress and black sweater, likely carrying a green and blue over-sized bag with tassels. All medication was left behind and authorities are concerned for Larson’s welfare. Larson may possibly be headed to the Duluth area.

If you have seen Melinda Ann Larson or have any information regarding her whereabouts, please contact the Edina Police Department at 952-826-1600.

Several arrests for DWIs; Northfield School Board approves building contracts for Greenvale Elementary; It’s thumbs-up for backyard chickens

August 14, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director


There were several arrests for DWIs in Rice County over the last week, including a Faribault woman with multiple convictions. 39-year-old Jennifer Denise Eckart was arrested in Bridgewater Township last Thursday after State troopers and Rice County deputies responded to a rollover crash on Highway 3 at 130th Street East. Eckert’s license was suspended due to non-payment of child support. A breath test revealed a blood alcohol level at twice the legal limit. She has convictions in 2015 and 2018 of 3rd and 2nd degree DWI. Eckart is now charged again with 2nd degree DWI. Her initial court appearance is August 21, 2019.  (more…)

Court of Appeals upholds decision in favor of Northfield; Public comment continues on Wolf Creek Autobahn EAW; Northfield Council holds budget retreat

August 13, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

In a debate that’s gone on for nearly a decade, yesterday the Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the City of Northfield over Waterford Township. In March, a Dakota County judge declared that the 1980 annexation agreement with Waterford was null and void. But the disagreement began in 2010 when the Northfield City Council stopped making tax reimbursement payments to Waterford Township. At the time, Northfield City Attorney Chris Hood told the council, including then councilors Erica Zweifel and Rhonda Pownell, that Northfield had no obligation to continue the payments due to legislation that (more…)

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