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1 dead, 2 injured after worker strikes power line in faribault


a waterville man is dead after being electrocuted saturday afternoon in a construction accident in faribault. another worker was seriously injured.eric hunter, 42, of waterville, was electrocuted while working on a new senior living apartment building in northwest faribault, police said.three workers were up in a boom lift, installing gutters on the building, when one struck a power line, according to a news release provided by the faribault police department. a worker on the ground lowered the victims.the city's police and fire departments responded to the scene, along with the rice county sheriff's office and north ambulance.hunter was taken to district one hospital in faribault, where he was pronounced dead. another injured worker, anthony bendrick, 39, of warsaw, minn., was airlifted t






memorial tree for faribault teen chopped down; 3 suspects id'd


felony charges loom against three men in their late teens accused of cutting down trees near faribault high school and the soccer complex, including one planted in memory of a student who died at age 16.the chopping of the five trees, including a maple planted after the death in 2009 of high school junior nicholas paulson, was discovered on wednesday. a review of surveillance video led police to the three suspects, said police chief andy bohlen.“i don’t know why anybody would do this,” bohlen said. “there was no indication that they were targeting [paulson] in any way whatsoever. ... it’s like vandalizing a cemetery.”bohlen said his detectives have spoken with the three men, all from the faribault area, and will present a case to the rice county attorney’s office “for review of criminal ch






dangerous drug carfentanil blamed in 5 minnesota overdoses


authorities in minnesota say the dangerous drug carfentanil is to blame for five recent overdose deaths.carfentanil is a synthetic opioid that's 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl. according to information from the u.s. drug enforcement administration, carfentanil is often disguised as heroin and has been blamed in recent overdoses around the country.the five minnesota overdoses happened in minneapolis, apple valley and faribault.faribault police capt. neal pederson says his department and others were notified wednesday that their victims had carfentanil in their systems. the faribault victim was a 43-year-old woman who overdosed feb. 14, and pederson says it's the first carfentanil overdose his city has seen.authorities are planning to release m






dangerous drug carfentanil blamed in 5 minnesota overdoses


minneapolis — authorities in minnesota say the dangerous drug carfentanil is to blame for five recent overdose deaths.carfentanil is a synthetic opioid that's 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl. according to information from the u.s. drug enforcement administration, carfentanil is often disguised as heroin and has been blamed in recent overdoses around the country.the five minnesota overdoses happened in minneapolis, apple valley and faribault.faribault police capt. neal pederson says his department and others were notified wednesday that their victims had carfentanil in their systems. the faribault victim was a 43-year-old woman who overdosed feb. 14, and pederson says it's the first carfentanil overdose his city has seen.authorities are plannin






memorial tree for s. minn. teen chopped down; 3 face charges


felony charges loom against three men in their late teens accused of cutting down trees near faribault high school and the soccer complex, including one planted in memory of a student who died at age 16.the chopping of the five trees, including a maple planted after the death in 2009 of high school junior nicholas paulson, was discovered on wednesday. a review of surveillance video led police to the three suspects, said police chief andy bohlen.“i don’t know why anybody would do this,” bohlen said. “there was no indication that they were targeting [paulson] in any way whatsoever. ... it’s like vandalizing a cemetery.”bohlen said his detectives have spoken with the three men, all from the faribault area, and will present a case to the rice county attorney’s office “for review of criminal ch






3 charged with chopping down tree near faribault high that memorialized teen


three southern minnesota men in their late teens have been charged with chopping down several trees near faribault high school and the neighboring soccer complex, including one planted as a memorial to a student who died in 2009.charged by summons on friday in rice county district court with felony first-degree property damage are isaac j. chavie, 19, and cody k. schuette, 18, both of morristown, and christian j. morales, 18, of faribault. all three have attended the high school.on may 4, a city employee discovered that five trees, including a maple planted after the death of high school junior nicholas paulson, had been cut and left behind. the city put the replacement value of the trees at $3,000.surveillance video led police to the suspects.according to the prosecution:the surveillance






3 charged with chopping down tree near faribault high that memorialized teen


three southern minnesota men in their late teens have been charged with chopping down several trees near faribault high school and the neighboring soccer complex, including one planted as a memorial to a student who died in 2009.charged by summons on friday in rice county district court with felony first-degree property damage are isaac j. chavie, 19, and cody k. schuette, 18, both of morristown, and christian j. morales, 18, of faribault. all three have attended the school.on may 4, a city employee discovered that five trees, including a maple planted after the death of high school junior nicholas paulson, had been cut and left behind. the city put the replacement value of the trees at $3,000.surveillance video led police to the suspects.according to the prosecution:the surveillance video






fugitive wanted in faribault assault arrested at a missouri liquor tasting


a minnesota fugitive wanted for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend was found in missouri on saturday, according to authorities.matthew dale ceplecha, 32, was taken into custody by u.s. fugitive apprehension bail enforcement investigators in republic, mo., after investigators received several witness accounts that brought them to a liquor store.“we knew he was in that area based on social media and his history in that area,” said lead investigator stew peters. “we stumbled across him at a liquor store in republic where we observed him walk in. we went in to grab him and he was at a liquor tasting table doing shots of bourbon.”peters said ceplecha was taken into custody without incident and was being transported to the rice county jail in faribault on saturday night.ceplecha had been on the






talented teens share faribault's back stories in polished, folksy videos


a young filmmaking history buff was making a pitch at a recent diversity coalition meeting in faribault. the community about 50 miles south of minneapolis has always embraced its cultural mix, samuel temple told the group, ever since early mixed-blood fur trader and town namesake alexander faribault offered shelter to dakota tribal members after the bitter u.s.-dakota war in 1862.temple explained how his next video would carry that inclusive theme through ensuing influxes of german, norwegian and somali newcomers.“about halfway through his presentation, our board chairman said, ‘what? wait a minute,’ ” local history writer lisa bolt simons recalled, with a chuckle.in passing, temple had mentioned that both he and his storytelling partner, logan ledman, were high school sophomores.“everyone






talented teens share faribault's back stories in polished, folksy videos


a young filmmaking history buff was making a pitch at a recent diversity coalition meeting in faribault. the community about 50 miles south of minneapolis has always embraced its cultural mix, samuel temple told the group, ever since early mixed-blood fur trader and town namesake alexander faribault offered shelter to dakota tribal members after the bitter u.s.-dakota war in 1862.temple explained how his next video would carry that inclusive theme through ensuing influxes of german, norwegian and somali newcomers."about halfway through his presentation, our board chairman said, 'what? wait a minute,' " local history writer lisa bolt simons recalled, with a chuckle.in passing, temple had mentioned that both he and his storytelling partner, logan ledman, were high school sophomores."everyone






memorial tree for faribault teen chopped down; 3 suspects id'd


felony charges loom against three men in their late teens accused of cutting down trees near fari­bault high school and the soccer complex, including one planted in memory of a student soccer player who died at age 16.on wednesday officials discovered the five trees, including a maple planted after the death in 2009 of high school junior nicholas paulson. surveillance video led police to the suspects, said chief andy bohlen."i don't know why anybody would do this," bohlen said. "there was no indication that they were targeting [paulson] in any way whatsoever. … it's like vandalizing a cemetery."bohlen said his detectives talked with the three men, all from the faribault area, and will present a case to the rice county attorney's office "for review of criminal charges." the star tribune gen






driver killed in head-on crash with semi south of twin cities is id'd


funeral services are saturday for a driver who was killed near faribault, minn., when her vehicle veered into the path of an oncoming semitrailer truck.katie l. kohlman, 27, of holloway, minn., was heading east on hwy. 60 toward faribault, where her car strayed into the westbound lane and collided head-on with the big rig, according to the state patrol.kohlman was taken to north memorial medical center in robbinsdale and died just before midnight on oct. 26, less than eight hours after the crash, the hennepin county medical examiner's office said wednesday.the semi's driver, joel l. harms, 46, of st. peter, minn., survived his injuries, the patrol said.a memorial service for kohlman is scheduled for 10 a.m. saturday at zion lutheran church in appleton, minn.






charge: faribault man raised $22,000 off fake cancer claim


a southern minnesota man claimed he was on the verge of dying of cancer, held fundraising events and started an online campaign that cheated donors out of more than $22,000, which he spent mostly on playing a video game, darts competitions, and drinking and drugs, according to authorities.jeremiah j. smith, 37, of faribault, has been charged in rice county district court with theft by swindle, a felony that could mean several years in prison if convicted. smith was charged by summons.court records do not list an attorney for smith, and he was unavailable to respond to the allegations. he and his wife filed for personal bankruptcy in 2011.according to the criminal complaint:in late 2015, smith claimed he had cancer and had anywhere from six to 24 months to live. he started a campaign on gof






charge: faribault man raised $22,000 off fake cancer claim


a southern minnesota man claimed he was on the verge of dying of cancer, held fundraising events and started an online campaign that cheated donors out of more than $22,000, which he spent mostly on playing a video game, darts competitions, and drinking and drugs, according to authorities.jeremiah j. smith, 37, of faribault, was charged last week in rice county district court with theft by swindle, a felony that could mean spending several years in prison if convicted. smith was charged by summons.court records do not list an attorney for smith, and he was unavailable wednesday to respond to the allegations. he and his wife filed for personal bankruptcy in 2011.according to the criminal complaint:in late 2015, smith claimed he had cancer and had anywhere from 6 to 24 months to live. he sta






lawsuit: elmore, minn., youth correctionally facility failed to protect teen who


a teen who was left bloodied and with a badly broken jaw after a beating inside a for-profit youth correctional facility in the southern minnesota town of elmore is now suing officials whom he said failed to protect him after repeated threats from a fellow inmate.according to a federal lawsuit filed this week in the u.s. district of minnesota, officials at the since-shuttered elmore academy knew that the facility was not adequately staffed to take additional inmates when a faribault county sheriff’s deputy brought cullen kennedy, then 14, for intake after his arrest for fleeing police in 2012.during kennedy’s first full day at elmore academy, the complaint said, an inmate who was a “believed gang member” ordered him to attack other inmates in exchange for drugs, money and sex with female i






lawsuit: elmore, minn., youth correctional facility failed to protect teen who w


a teen who was left bloodied and with a badly broken jaw after a beating at a for-profit youth correctional facility in the southern minnesota town of elmore is suing officials who he said failed to protect him after repeated threats from a fellow inmate.according to a federal lawsuit filed this week in federal court in minneapolis, officials at the since-shuttered elmore academy knew that the facility was not adequately staffed to take additional inmates when a faribault county sheriff's deputy brought cullen kennedy, then 14, for intake after he was arrested for fleeing police in 2012.during kennedy's first full day at elmore academy, the complaint said, an inmate who was a "believed gang member" ordered him to attack other inmates in exchange for drugs, money and sex with female inmates






faribault man driving motorcycle dies in rice county crash


a 79-year-old faribault man driving a motorcycle died friday afternoon in a crash with a pickup truck in rice county friday, according to the minnesota state patrol.the man, driving a 2000 harley-davidson, was traveling west on hwy. 99 when it struck the left corner of a 2006 chevrolet silverado as it made a left turn.the silverado driver, darrin richard turek, 35, of montgomery, minn., who was driving south on kanabec avenue, had stopped for the stop sign and “checked traffic,” the patrol said. turek, who was wearing a seat belt, was not injured.the motorcyclist’s death was the first reported fatality on minnesota roads of the long memorial day weekend. according to the state department of public safety, the weekend “marks the start of the 100 deadliest days on minnesota roads.”in 2016, t






3 faribault men use paddleboard to rescue fawn struggling on thin ice


three faribault men carried out an unusual rescue mission last saturday after they received a call about a deer stranded on ice-covered cedar lake.when a cedar lake resident noticed a doe and her fawns being terrorized by coyotes, brad and john standke, and ronnie hendrickson were called to pursue the rescue mission."for us, this was no big deal," said john standke, who grew up on the lake with his brother brad. "we've done similar things over the years and we're usually the first to get a phone call when someone needs help with something around the lake."when the men arrived, they realized the doe had already been killed by coyotes and one of the fawns made her way to land. the other fawn wasn't so lucky."she was struggling out there," standke said. "she had no chance."as avid hunters and






clarence purfeerst, quotable longtime state senator, dies at 89


clarence purfeerst was the yogi berra of the minnesota senate.“correct me if i’m right,” he said once, or, “if i make a mistake, let me know in advance.”when a matter in the senate was postponed, he said, “we’ll just let our predecessors figure it out.”a farmer from faribault who served in the senate for 21 years, purfeerst died sept. 25 at his home in st. paul. he was 89.as a lawmaker, he was the senate’s point man on highways and trucking for two decades, sponsored “living will” legislation that allows minnesotans to make advance decisions about life support, and helped bring betting on horse races to shakopee.but his most enduring legacy was his knack for the mangled axiom, which came to be known as “purfer-isms.”even in his final days, said his friend janet paulsen, purfeerst was quota






j.c. penney will start closing sale at southdale location on june 19


j.c. penney has officially added its southdale location to the list of stores it is soon closing, raising to nine the number of minnesota stores that are part of a broader downsizing.the closing sale will begin june 19 and is expected to end about aug. 13, said carter english, a j.c. penney spokesman. the retailer based in plano, texas, has eight other twin cities locations that will remain open.life time, the chanhassen-based fitness company, plans to move into the penney’s space at southdale with a 120,000-square-foot athletic center. the center is reported to include a rooftop pool.closing sales are in progress at j.c. penney stores in baxter, fairmont, faribault, hibbing, hutchinson, red wing, thief river falls and winona, minn. most are expected to close by july 31 except for faribaul






j.c. penney will start closing sale at southdale location on june 19


j.c. penney has officially added its southdale location to the list of stores it is soon closing, raising to nine the number of minnesota stores that are part of a broader downsizing.the closing sale will begin june 19 and is expected to end about aug. 13, said carter english, a j.c. penney spokesman. the retailer based in plano, texas, has eight other twin cities locations that will remain open.life time, the chanhassen-based fitness company, plans to move into the penney's space at southdale with a 120,000-square-foot athletic center. the center is reported to include a rooftop pool.closing sales are in progress at j.c. penney stores in baxter, fairmont, faribault, hibbing, hutchinson, red wing, thief river falls and winona, minn. most are expected to close by july 31 except for faribaul






about 90 will lose jobs when j.c. penney closes store at southdale


ninety-one employees are slated to lose their jobs in august when j.c. penney shutters its department store at southdale center in edina.the retailer notified the city of edina and the minnesota department of employment and economic development of the impending layoffs this week.the store is expected to close on aug. 13. some employees may hang onto their jobs until aug. 27, a couple of weeks after the store closes, the company said. in addition, j.c. penney said it expects some employees will find positions at other stores within the chain.the southdale store is one of nine stores in minnesota, and is among more than 130 stores nationwide that j.c. penney is closing this year as it cuts underperforming stores and retools its stores and business for the digital age. it’s one of many retail






j.c. penney will start closing sale at southdale location on june 19


j.c. penney has officially added its southdale location to the list of stores it is soon closing, raising to nine the number of minnesota stores that are part of a broader downsizing.the closing sale will begin june 19 and is expected to end about aug. 13, said carter english, a j.c. penney spokesman. the retailer based in plano, texas, has eight other twin cities locations that will remain open.life time, the chanhassen-based fitness company, plans to move into the penney's space at southdale with a 120,000-square-foot athletic center. the center is reported to include a rooftop pool.closing sales are in progress at j.c. penney stores in baxter, fairmont, faribault, hibbing, hutchinson, red wing, thief river falls and winona. most are expected to close by july 31 except for faribault, whi






snow misses twin cities, but pounds southeast minnesota


the twin cities narrowly escaped the grips of a big winter storm that socked much of south central and southeastern minnesota with up to a foot of snow, forcing some schools and businesses to close and mndot to advise motorists to take it slow.flakes came as close as hastings in the far southeastern part of the metro, said national weather service meteorologist mike griesinger, but the landscape friday is white just down the road in places such as red wing, faribault, northfield, owatonna, rochester and winona.from the metro, "you can drive south on i-35 and might say, 'what is the fuss?'," griesinger said. "then you hit the northfield exit and it turns white and by faribault you have over 8 inches on the ground. conditions got bad pretty quick."blizzard warnings remain in effect friday mo






snow misses twin cities, but pounds southeast minnesota


the twin cities narrowly escaped the grips of a big winter storm that socked much of south central and southeastern minnesota with up to a foot of snow, forcing some schools and businesses to close and mndot to advise motorists to take it slow.flakes came as close as hastings in the far southeastern part of the metro, said national weather service meteorologist mike griesinger, but the landscape friday is white just down the road in places such as red wing, faribault, northfield, owatonna, rochester and winona.from the metro, “you can drive south on i-35 and might say, ‘what is the fuss?’,” griesinger said. “then you hit the northfield exit and it turns white and by faribault you have over 8 inches on the ground. conditions got bad pretty quick.”blizzard warnings remain in effect friday mo






snow misses twin cities, but pounds southeast minnesota


the twin cities narrowly escaped the grips of a big winter storm that is socking much of south central and southeastern minnesota with up to a foot of snow, forcing some schools and businesses to close and mndot to advise motorists to take it slow.flakes came as close as hastings in the far southeastern part of the metro, said national weather service meteorologist mike griesinger, but the landscape friday morning is white just down the road in places such as red wing, faribault, northfield, owatonna, rochester and winona.from the metro, "you can drive south on i-35 and might say, 'what is the fuss?'," griesinger said. "then you hit the northfield exit and it turns white and by faribault you have over 8 inches on the ground. conditions got bad pretty quick."blizzard warnings remain in effe






snow misses twin cities, but pounds southeast minnesota


the twin cities narrowly escaped the grips of a big winter storm that is socking much of south central and southeastern minnesota with up to a foot of snow, forcing some schools and businesses to close and mndot to advise motorists to take it slow.flakes came as close as hastings in the far southeastern part of the metro, said national weather service meteorologist mike griesinger, but the landscape friday morning is white just down the road in places such as red wing, faribault, northfield, owatonna, rochester and winona.from the metro, “you can drive south on i-35 and might say, ‘what is the fuss?’,” griesinger said. “then you hit the northfield exit and it turns white and by faribault you have over 8 inches on the ground. conditions got bad pretty quick.”blizzard warnings remain in effe






snow misses the twin cities, but pounds s.e. minnesota


the twin cities narrowly escaped the grips of a big winter storm that is socking much of south central and southeastern minnesota with up to a foot of snow, forcing some schools and businesses to close and mndot to advising motorists not to travel.flakes came as close as hastings in the far southeastern part of the metro, said national weather service meteorologist mike griesinger, but the landscape friday morning is white just down the road in places such as red wing, faribault, northfield, owatonna, rochester and winona.from the metro, “you can drive south on i-35 and might say, ‘what is the fuss?’,” griesinger said. “then you hit the northfield exit and it turns white and by faribault you have over 8 inches on the ground. conditions got bad pretty quick.”blizzard warnings remain in effe






snow misses the twin cities, but pounds s.e. minnesota


the twin cities narrowly escaped the grips of a big winter storm that is socking much of south central and southeastern minnesota with up to a foot of snow, forcing some schools and businesses to close and mndot advising motorists not to travel.flakes came as close as hastings in the far southeastern part of the metro, said national weather service meteorologist mike griesinger, but the landscape friday morning is white just down the road in places such as red wing, faribault, northfield, owatonna, rochester and winona.from the metro, "you can drive south on i-35 and might say, 'what is the fuss?'," griesinger said. "then you hit the northfield exit and it turns white and by faribault you have over 8 inches on the ground. conditions got bad pretty quick."blizzard warnings remain in effect






gordy the goat briefly kidnapped from herd grazing in st. paul park


one of the goats gnawing on invasive species along the mississippi river bluff in st. paul was kidnapped and taken for a high-speed ride early friday.st. paul police found the goat named gordy in the back of an suv after a 2-mile chase, police spokesman steve linders said. gordy had an orange extension cord wrapped around his neck.jake langeslag, owner of faribault-based goat dispatch, which is renting the goats to st. paul, said gordy, a nubian dairy goat, is one of the most popular of the 150 goats on his farm.“he’s a real good buckthorn-eater and he’s a good thistle-eater,” langeslag said. “he’s a very friendly goat, so that’s why we thought he was more likely to be captured.”the incident began as police were patrolling near indian mounds park just before 1 a.m. and a yukon denali blew






florida de mayan ahanotu commits to gophers


joe christensen covered major league baseball for 15 years, including three seasons at the baltimore sun and eight at the star tribune, before switching to the college football beat. he’s a faribault, minn., native who graduated from the university of minnesota in 1996. he covered jim wacker’s gophers for the minnesota daily and also wrote about usc, ucla and the rose bowl for the riverside press-enterprise before getting this chance to cover football again. email joe to talk about the gophers.






lakeville north's nathan boe commits to gophers


joe christensen covered major league baseball for 15 years, including three seasons at the baltimore sun and eight at the star tribune, before switching to the college football beat. he’s a faribault, minn., native who graduated from the university of minnesota in 1996. he covered jim wacker’s gophers for the minnesota daily and also wrote about usc, ucla and the rose bowl for the riverside press-enterprise before getting this chance to cover football again. email joe to talk about the gophers.






perham dt logan richter commits to gophers


joe christensen covered major league baseball for 15 years, including three seasons at the baltimore sun and eight at the star tribune, before switching to the college football beat. he’s a faribault, minn., native who graduated from the university of minnesota in 1996. he covered jim wacker’s gophers for the minnesota daily and also wrote about usc, ucla and the rose bowl for the riverside press-enterprise before getting this chance to cover football again. email joe to talk about the gophers.






javacycle turns coffee-bean waste into sweet-smelling fertilizer


if you are a java junkie, you may be unwittingly contributing to landfill waste. but a faribault coffee roaster thinks he has found a sustainable answer to the conundrum.the parent company of hills bros. coffee and chock full o’nuts has partnered with the tiny minnesota-based operation to convert millions of pounds of roasted coffee-bean waste into commercial fertilizer.the new partnership, between javacycle in faribault and massimo zanetti beverage usa (mzb) in virginia, turns the agricultural waste into a sustainable product worth real cash. the companies involved are hopeful the venture will eventually lead to millions of dollars in revenue and scores of new jobs.mzb usa is the u.s. arm of an italian company that grows, roasts, grinds and sells coffee under american brand names such as






south metro sports notes: new coaches take over at st. thomas academy, rosemount


st. thomas academy has a changing of the guard in both lacrosse and track.luke marks has been promoted to head coach for lacrosse after serving as assistant coach the past four years."luke has a wealth of ideas for the program, a poise beyond his years, and a well-articulated vision of the future of the lacrosse program," said bob slater, st. thomas academy director of athletics and activities. "i am confident that luke will be a dynamic and positive leader. he has demonstrated this ability in so many areas during the past year."tony kinzley and rick stevson were named co-coaches for the boys' track team. kinzley is also coaching the cadets' cross-country squad while stevson has previously worked with and developed the school's sprinters and jumpers in track."tony and rick will be a dynami






defensive tackle noah shannon decommits from gophers


joe christensen covered major league baseball for 15 years, including three seasons at the baltimore sun and eight at the star tribune, before switching to the college football beat. he’s a faribault, minn., native who graduated from the university of minnesota in 1996. he covered jim wacker’s gophers for the minnesota daily and also wrote about usc, ucla and the rose bowl for the riverside press-enterprise before getting this chance to cover football again. email joe to talk about the gophers.






gophers land wr recruit manns; also had offers from wisconsin, penn state


joe christensen covered major league baseball for 15 years, including three seasons at the baltimore sun and eight at the star tribune, before switching to the college football beat. he’s a faribault, minn., native who graduated from the university of minnesota in 1996. he covered jim wacker’s gophers for the minnesota daily and also wrote about usc, ucla and the rose bowl for the riverside press-enterprise before getting this chance to cover football again. email joe to talk about the gophers.






serena williams wins record 23rd major, beats sister venus


melbourne, australia — serena williams has won her record 23rd grand slam singles title, and her sister was right there on court to give her a congratulatory hug.the all-williams final — the first at the australian open since serena won the first edition of the family rivalry here in 2003 — went to the younger sibling 6-4, 6-4 on urday night.with her record seventh australian title, the 35-year-old williams moved ahead of steffi graf for the most major titles in the open era. margaret court has the all-time record and was also in the crowd for the final at rod laver arena.court won 24 majors, but collected 13 of those before the open era which began in 1968 after the sport be e professional.the victory also ensured serena williams will regain the top ranking, which she lost in september af