Recent Area News

Five years for multiple molestation charges; Don’t file for incorporation, let’s talk – Northfield council passes resolution regarding Bridgewater Township; Objection gets street assessments lowered nearly $1400; NDDC Taste Tour offers lots of little nibbles

June 19, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

A Faribault man was sentenced yesterday to five years in prison and a lifetime of conditional release for molesting two of his fiance’s children. The original complaint, issued in March of 2018, states that 37-year-old Keith Richard Falkenstern came to Faribault with his fiance and her four children in late February last year. They were living in a hotel when the mother walked in on Falkenstern in bed with one of her two daughters. The child told her mother Falkenstern had touched her. Both girls were interviewed by Rice County Social Services and reported being molested by Falkenstern multiple times in North Carolina, where they came from, and in Minnesota. Falkenstern pled guilty in January of this year to two counts of 2nd degree criminal sexual (more…)

EDA approves loan for mental health business; Apple Valley cyber stalker gets 8.5 years; A minor burglary turns into a major annoyance for the court

June 18, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director


Secure Real Estate, LLC (d.b.a Secure Base Counseling Center) requested a $50,000 loan from the Northfield EDA City-Wide Revolving Loan Program. Secure Base Executive Director Jennifer Simpson-Dahl said they opened the doors seven and a half years ago in Northfield with a staff of three. They are now a staff of 100 with additional offices in Lakeville and New Prague. Secure Base Counseling treats children and adults. Simpson-Dahl said the piece they’re struggling most with is a way to support their clients with medication, which has meant seeing a psychiatrist who can prescribe those medications. There are lengthy waiting lists. Simpson-Dahl added, “We found our clients often have to travel (more…)

Northfield native christens USS Mpls/St. Paul warship; Cedar Ave shutdown for improvements; NH&C adds specialized staff to expand birthing options; Closed session causes concern for one council member

June 17, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

The USS Minneapolis/St. Paul was launched into Lake Michigan this weekend and a Northfield native is the sponsor. Deputy Undersecretary of the US Navy, Jodi Greene, christened the combat ship. As sponsor she will forever be tied to the latest stealthy hi-tech ship that will be able to get into areas never before seen by Americans. The Minneapolis/St. Paul will be commissioned next year. Jeff Johnson interviewed Greene last May about the ship and the honor of being its sponsor. Find a link to that interview and more HERE (more…)

Bridgewater supervisors take another step toward incorporation; ‘It’s not hopeless,’ Knecht determined to battle wild parsnip and win; Last chance to go to Gooter’s

June 14, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

Bridgewater Township supervisors voted on Wednesday evening to move ahead on developing a petition for the incorporation of Bridgewater Township. Glen Castore, Gary  Ebling and John Holden voted unanimously on the resolution that states, in part, at town meetings held in 2019, the consensus of citizens attending was to continue to examine the feasibility of incorporating. This process has been discussed by the supervisors for over a year. They’ve held public and private, neighborhood meetings. The City (more…)

Northfield city leaders ponder ways to pay for streets; Farmington woman accused of writing nearly $4500 in fraudulent checks; What’s up with all that scaffolding on Division?; LaCannes named Farm Family of the Year

June 13, 2019

By Teri Knight, News Director

For some time, the Northfield Council has discussed setting up franchise fees on gas and electric utilities to pay for street repairs, rather than using street assessments per property owner. This week the council took up the subject again at a work session with consultant Doug Greene of Baker/Tilly. City Administrator Ben Martig explained that, “Right now we do special assessments with projects, where under state law we can issue debt to reconstruct streets if we do, basically, assess at least 10% of the improved value to properties.” He noted that it is not a science but an “art,” continuing, “It’s a more costly process that takes longer for staff and for publications and for council revue. (more…)

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