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Toys for Tots donations and volunteers see unusual scarcity

This year, “toys are scarce” and demand is high, according to retired E7 Gunnery Sgt. Douglas Truman, the Rice County Toys for Tots coordinator. In the State Bank of Faribault’s Toys for Tots donation bin, two bags of toys laid at the bottom Wednesday afternoon. T-mobile on Central Avenue in Faribault had just a few also. Truman said this is not the norm for Faribault and Rice County. ...
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Plans for downtown park with skating and splash pad take shape

A splash pad, skating track, multi-use building and other amenities proposed for a new park in downtown Faribault would cost $6.8 million to $9.2 million, city leaders learned Tuesday. The Faribault City Council and Park Board held an open house and met with consultants to see and give feedback on more detailed plans for the park. The 3-acre park will be located just north of the Highway 60 viaduct and...
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School District preparing to cut spending even with 10% tax levy increase

After attempts to secure additional funding through a pair of taxpayer funded levies were unsuccessful, Faribault Public Schools will need to make significant cuts in the spring to maintain its fund balance. Despite those cuts, local property taxpayers will still be paying more next year to fund school operations. With increases to the district’s net tax capacity and referendum market value, property taxpayers will be asked to pay about $1 million more than last year. ...
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Freeway standoff with kidnapping suspect ends peacefully

Northbound I-35 was shut down in northern Rice County late Tuesday night during a standoff with a woman who allegedly kidnapped her son. The standoff ended without incident, and the child was returned to a foster home, according to a news release from the Rice County Sheriff’s Office. A 33-year-old woman was suspected of taking her biological son from a foster home in Mankato after her parental rights were terminated, according to the news release. Around 11:15 p.m., Lonsdale police officers spotted the woman’s vehicle...
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Furball Farm starting spay/neuter program, holding weekend fundraiser

Gabrielle, or “Gabby” for short, is a timid, black cat that lived near Carbone’s Pizza and Sports Bar in Faribault. David Craig caught Gabby and brought her into the Furball Farm Pet Sanctuary in Faribault on Tuesday. “I didn’t want to (cage her), but it was hurting me seeing her outside,” Craig said. “She was freezing.” “She will never be hungry or cold again, ever,” assured Janis Goehner, a volunteer...
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Faribault boys swim and dive want continued improvement this season

The Faribault boys swim and dive team is looking to continue improving in the 2022-23 season, with returning senior captains Chriz Ferris and Caleb Sadergaski leading the way. Last year, the Falcons were able to finish ninth at the Section 1A Championship, having multiple personal bests at the meet. This year, they hope to do better. Captain Caleb Sadergaski said “I’m excited about the new season. One thing I would...
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Faribault School Board accepts state grant targeting students of color

At a raucous final meeting of 2022, Faribault’s School Board pleased an overflow crowd by voting 5-1 to approve a $1.1 million state grant designed to address substance abuse among students of color. Tuesday’s meeting received attention from activists and media outlets across the state and nation after Board Chair Chad Wolff decided that the board would revisit the grant application after deadlocking 2-2 on the issue at its Nov. 21 meeting. Board members LeeAnn Lechtenberg and Richard Olson opposed the Minnesota Department of Health...
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Faribo Sno-Go 'takes the whole community'

Strolling down Central Avenue on Saturday afternoon, folks may have noticed some nostalgic designs that brought them back to the infamous movies set on the slopes in the ‘80s. But rather than strapping on clunky ski boots, members of the Faribo Snow-Go Club start their engines to shred some cheese. The family was one of many who brought their vintage snowmobiles out for the Faribo Sno-Go Sleds on Central Vintage Snowmobile Show on Saturday. For snowmobilers, it’s not unusual to brave the freezing weather to...
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Free classes for future paraprofessionals, food service workers

Looking for a career change? Faribault Public Schools Adult Education has upcoming free classes for adults interested in working in food service or becoming a paraprofessional. Area adults can earn a food handler certificate and become a certified food manager by attending a class Saturday mornings beginning Jan. 7. Completing the class will open the door for a variety of jobs in food service, said Kim Munson, a Faribault Public...
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Future Lonsdale business seeking county tax break

A Minneapolis-based air filter distributor is coming to Lonsdale soon, bringing jobs along with it. The company has asked Rice County to prove a tax abatement to help the development. A public hearing on the request will be held later this month. Scan Air Filter Inc. is opening up a new $1.65 million plant in Lonsdale. According to an abatement request that was brought to the Rice County Board of Commissioners on Nov. 22, the business claims it will initially employ 11 full-time workers at...
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Northfield fends off Faribault in close contest

In a classic Big 9 battle that saw neither squad lead by more than nine points, the Northfield High School girls basketball team (1-0, 1-0 Big 9) opened its 2022-23 season with a 46-41 win at Faribault High School (1-1, 0-1 Big 9) Thursday, Dec. 1. The Raiders were originally slated to open their season on Nov. 29 with a home game against Mankato West but weather conditions postponed that contest. Meanwhile, Faribault opened its season on Nov. 30 with a 49-38 victory at home...
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Merlin Players stages final show

After nearly 30 years of staging live theater in Faribault, The Merlin Players are ending their run. Their final show is the same one that brought live theater back to what is now the Paradise Center for the Arts. With audiences on the decline and founding Artistic Director Julianna Skluzacek deciding to step back, the Board of Directors for the theater troupe decided it was time to take a final...
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Local youth collecting Farmer Seed artifacts

Chandler Apling has some vague memories of visiting the Farmer Seed and Nursery every spring and Christmas season with his parents. The 18-year-old was among the onlookers who watched pieces of the building come down on Friday. Born and raised in Faribault, Apling has always been intrigued with Faribault’s history. “I started collecting stuff on...
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Annual bake sale returning to First English Lutheran

Flour covered their shirts and occasionally puffed into the air as about 30 people worked together in the kitchen of First English Lutheran Church in Faribault to make lefse Thursday morning. Separated into various stations, some were rolling dough, some cooked on the special grills, some placed the lefse in wax paper to cool, and others were putting them into plastic bags. Each workstation contributed to the process, allowing for about 1,200 servings of lefse to be made within just a few hours. ...
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CHANGING THE CULTURE: Faribault girls basketball makes long awaited return to win column

When the Faribault Falcons stepped off the court in Rochester after defeating the Rochester Century Panthers 74-70 on Feb. 4, 2020, they’d just snapped a 25-game losing skid. From that moment on, the next 50 games, ranging across the end of the 2019-20 season and throughout the shortened 2020-21 season and 2021-22 season, were uphill battles, and the Falcons just missed out on the elusive victory a handful of times. ...
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Charges: Drunken driver fled from Faribault police

A drunken driver allegedly fled from a Faribault police officer, tried to hide by parking in a driveway and said he was too drunk to try to run away. Ramiro Daniel Izaguirre, 36, of Faribault, was charged with felony fleeing police and misdemeanor DWI Thursday in Rice County District Court. A Faribault police officer tried to stop a male driver for The driver reportedly would not stop and turned onto...
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Local farmers eligible for drought emergency loans

Though winter is around the corner, dry conditions in southern Minnesota haven’t let up. According to the United States Drought Monitor, the roughly northwestern half of Rice County is in severe drought and the southeastern half is in moderate drought. This year was one of the area’s driest in the last five, second only to the record drought of 2021. More than half the county fell under moderate drought conditions...
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Artist helps preserve Farmer Seed and Nursery's history

As demolition of the iconic former Farmer Seed and Nursery building continues, Jeff Jarvis is working on ways to keep its memory alive. The artist, who grew up shopping at the Farmer Seed and Nursery, will paint a mural, build a memorial garden and compile a book of locals’ memories about the longtime former business. Jarvis, who lives a few miles west of Faribault, has been commissioned by the redeveloper...
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FHS graduates finish in top 10 in national livestock judging championship

In 2014, they were the Minnesota intermediate livestock-judging champions. This time around, they went head-to-head to represent their colleges in a national competition. After graduating from Faribault High School, Cal Schultz, Nick Flom and Tar Tut went to different colleges. The three former teammates reunited at the 2022 North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) in Louisville, Kentucky. Schultz was on the winning team and Tut was on the team that...
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