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Faribault man accused of assault with knife

A Faribault man is accused of assaulting a woman he knows and threatening her with a knife. Daniel Ryan Torkelson, 51, was charged with felony domestic assault and felony assault with a dangerous weapon. A woman called 911 Saturday afternoon and said Torkelson was outside her Faribault residence with a knife. Responding police officers found Torkelson near a window with a knife in his sweatshirt pocket, according to a court...

Morristown murder suspect found competent to stand trial

A Morristown man accused of murdering his roommate last spring has been found competent to stand trial. Cody Vernon Kolstad, 33, is charged with first-degree (premeditated) and second-degree (not premeditated) murder in the May 31 shooting death of Daniel Stoeckel, 41. An initial competency examination conducted last fall determined Koldstad was not mentally fit to be prosecuted in the murder case as well as in an unrelated DWI case, court...

Fire damaged house on Mitchell Avenue

Recharging batteries are suspected of causing a small house fire in Faribault Monday evening. Closed doors limited the fire’s damage, according to Fire Chief Dustin Dienst. First responders were called to smoke in a residence at 1317 Mitchell Drive just after 5 p.m. There were no flames visible when they arrived, according to a news release from Dienst. Firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to find a fire in a...

Unique farm south of the metro dedicated to giving a home to cats deemed unadoptable

An animal sanctuary in Faribault is gaining national attention for its work saving feral cats. At Furball Farm Pet Sanctuary, these cats are given shelter, food and a cage-free life. They’re also spayed or neutered and given vet care. Some of the cats begin to like the company of the volunteers and can be adopted out, but mostly these cats will live out the rest of their lives in the sanctuary and out of the elements. Many of the residents are now internet-famous thanks to Furball Farm’s Facebook page and live videos.

Top 3 sledding places in Owatonna

During winter, many people like to go outdoors and do all types of fun activities when the snow is perfect. One activity that is most popular among OHS students is sledding. Sometimes It is hard to know where to go sledding due to the copious amounts of hills in Owatonna; and their verging attributes.

Goodbye Blue Monday says 'Hello' to new owner

Eclectic, not pretentious. That’s how Goodbye Blue Monday new owner Chloe Kierner describes the iconic downtown coffeehouse she purchased in September from longtime owners Dan Rigging and Catherine Dominguez. Not much has changed inside or outside the narrow, elongated shop that sports a giant white coffee cup on the blue sign stretching across the top facade of the Division Street store. ...

Falcon wrestlers win 2 of 3 meets in home quad

Faribault boys wrestling (5-1 Big 9, 10-7 overall) had a very successful day Saturday against some very good non-Big 9 Conference opponents. Faribault beat Prior Lake 45-27. The Falcons got wins from Aiden Gruber, Lucas Nelson, Isaac Yetzer, Hunter Conrad, Elliot Viland, Gabe Shatskikh. Key victories came from Yetzer, who beat Prior Lake’s Ben Brennan, the No. 10 ranked wrestler at 132 pounds, and from Gabe Shatskikh, who beat the No. 4 ranked wrestler in the state Lakers Brock Zurn 18-13. Both were considered upsets...

Winter Play: Dog sledding in Southern Minnesota

As winter cold bites deep, MPR News is celebrating the best of the season through a new series called Winter Play. Our staff across the state set out to try a new-to-them winter pastime. Rochester reporter Catharine Richert spent the afternoon dog sledding near Cannon Falls. Here's the first thing...
St. Olaf College

Barbershop at St. Olaf to be featured in CBS documentary ‘CROWN’

When St. Olaf College students Aidan Lloyd ’24 and Giovanni Green ’23 began leading efforts to get a barbershop on campus, they were eager to bring a much-needed service to the Hill. But they were just as focused on creating a place for connection and community. Their commitment...

County's maps reveal crime stats and more

Fridays were when the most crime happened in 2022 Faribault, according to a collection of reports from the Faribault Police Department and Rice County Sheriffs Department. The LexisNexis Community Crime Map shows many trends, which can be viewed in charts on the web app. The crime map is among many interactive maps available the public on the county’s website. Go to In 2022, the most crime happened downtown and...

United Way opening community-focused used bookstore in Faribault

ONCE UPON A TIME, Faribault was home to bookstores, the first inside the mall, the second downtown on Central Avenue. Both closed years ago. But soon we’ll have a bookshop back in town, located in the former Dandelet Jewelry store, right next to the corner building that once housed Central Avenue Books.

17 apply for open City Council seat

Seventeen people have applied to serve on the Faribault City Council. Someone will be appointed to fill a vacancy on the council through January 2025. The applicants range from a pastor to a Realtor to a Heritage Days organizer. Only one applicant has experience on a city commission; a few applicants work or have worked for other cities or other levels of government. The appointee will replace Jonathan Wood, who...

Historian gives presentation on WWII POW camps

World War II touched all corners of the globe, including the small Minnesota town of Faribault. A historian provided one example to a room of interested guests at the Rice County Historical Society on Thursday evening. Between 400,000 and 600,000 German prisoners of war were sent to the United States during WWII after being captured by Allied forces, according to Matt Carter, executive director of the Dakota County Historical Society. Seven base camps were established in certain regions known as service commands. From there, many...

Northfield boys basketball bounces back with win over East

Northfield boys basketball picked up a bounce-back victory Monday night, making it six wins in seven games, as the Raiders pulled away from Mankato East for a 82-72 victory behind 38 points by Soren Richardson. Despite a more comfortable final score, the eventual outcome was far from obvious in the first half, as both teams traded baskets and physical defensive plays. Both teams drew multiple charges and converted on and-1 opportunities in the opening half looking to assert themselves in a key Big 9 clash....