Recent Area News

Guilty plea in largest drug bust initiated by Cannon River Drug Task Force; City of Northfield launches Polco; Northfield School Board approves four-year lease for iPads

April 25, 2019
  By Teri Knight, News Director An investigation begun last year by the Cannon River Drug and Violent Offender Task Force (CRDVTF) led to a major bust in September of 2018. Yesterday, United States Attorney Erica MacDonald announced the guilty plea of one of four individuals involved. 34-year-old Fernando Ramos-Meza pled guilty to conspiring to distribute approximately 191 pounds of methamphetamine. Patiently following leads for months, law enforcement officers of the CRDVTF executed a search warrant on September 11, 2018, at Ramo-Meza’s residence in north Minneapolis. During the search, officers located a (more…)

Man pleads guilty to second-degree murder in death of 3-year-old Eagan boy; Northfield gymnastics team will bus to Farmington; Developer plans on Bridgewater Heights expansion; Quality finalists for Dundas administrator

April 24, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

In April of last year, two people were charged in the death of a 3-year-old boy in foster care. Yesterday afternoon, 28-year-old Charles Homich pled guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 3-year-old Zayden Lawson, a foster child in the care of his girlfriend Zeporia Fortenberry, in June of 2017. Sentencing is set for August 13, 2019, at 9 a.m. in Hastings. On the afternoon of June 7, 2017, Eagan police officers and paramedics were dispatched to a townhome on a report that a 3-year-old male was not breathing. Evidence in the criminal complaint suggested that Homich had been beating the child for having to use a diaper and that Fortenberry (more…)

Changes in banking industry lead to decision; NHS graduation rates soar over statewide averages; No wake!

April 23, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director



There’s been a lot of change in the banking industry over the past 11 years while Tim Viere has been the President of the First National Bank of Northfield. He said, “The model that we’re under is making loans and bringing in deposits but we don’t have a lot of other sources of income like trusts, wealth management, leasing, insurance, those types of things.” Technology is changing faster than ever before, which means increased costs that many community banks are not able to keep up with. These are a couple of the factors that initiated the sale of First National Bank to Merchants Bank. First National Vice President Rick Estenson added that, over his 15 years at the bank, the board has continually monitored the banking industry. The concern recently was to,


First National Bank of Northfield is being sold; An Easter gas grill explosion injures one and destroys 2 mobile homes; CAC/HRA partnership aids homeless

April 22, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

First National Bank of Northfield is being sold. According to President and CEO Dave Shumway, Merchants Bank will acquire the local bank by the end of 2019. Shumway and President & CEO of Merchants Financial Group, Greg Evans, said the agreement is subject to shareholder and regulatory agency approval but it is fully expected that the (more…)

$60k bail for man charged with 1st degree drug sale; Ten years after it was offered for fire practice, the Northfield Depot is poised for occupancy; Northfield city officials plan for Transit Hub; Three Rivers and Rice County awarded funding for home visits that serve at-risk families

April 19, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director


A Faribault man is in jail charged with 1st degree drug sale. On Wednesday, agents of the Cannon River Drug Task Force obtained a search warrant of the home and vehicle of 30 year old Victor Manuel Moreno. They first followed him from his home in the 500 block of 3rd st. nw to a business parking lot in Eagan where they observed, what they thought, was a drug transaction. He was stopped by a Rice County Sheriff’s K-9 Deputy in a gas station parking lot where the vehicle was searched.  Agents then searched his home. (more…)

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