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Unemployment was down slightly across the region from June to July, according to figures released Tuesday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, with most counties showing a dip of about 0.1%.

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In 2018, civil forfeitures across Minnesota reached their highest level yet under the new, more stringent reporting guidelines required which have been in place since 2010. Across Minnesota, law enforcement agencies completed 8,091 forfeitures in 2018, an increase of 239 from 2017.

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Northfield Area Fire & Rescue Services on Thursday announced the hiring of six firefighters after receiving approximately two dozen applications to fill four open firefighter spots.

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A recent decision from the Minnesota Department of Corrections leaves the main Rice County Jail at risk of becoming a 90-day facility. The department argues that the change is necessary because of the dearth of recreational facilities and programming at the jail.

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A wealth of anecdotal and research data shows that children who spend more time outdoors playing, exploring, and hanging out with friends tend to be happier and healthier than youth who spend most of their time in front of electronic screens.

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Representatives from the St. Paul-based Mexican Consulate gave local immigrants an overview of their rights Wednesday, and advised them of the steps they should take in case they’re taken into custody by federal officials.

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Almost a year after tornadoes ripped apart Roberds Lake homes, uprooted trees and hurled just about anything that wasn't nailed down into the water, county officials are starting the cleanup process.

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Hy-Vee, Inc. is investigating what it's calling "a data incident involving its payment processing systems" at some of its fuel pumps, drive-thru coffee shops and restaurants.

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The Northfield Police Department hopes to hire a fourth patrol sergeant and an evidence technician, purchase body cameras and replace radio equipment within the next two years.

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Federal prosecutors agreed Friday not to prosecute a Bloomington man for two area bank robberies and illegally purchasing five guns in exchange for an admission of guilt in a January robbery at Northfield’s Premier Bank.

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Every chair in Buckham West’s large meeting room was taken, leaving a few latecomers to mill around the exits as one speaker after another pointed to flaws in a proposed car club planned for 466 acres just off the interstate and a review of environmental impacts the completed development mig…

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At all levels, law enforcement agencies of all types are increasingly using drones to conduct their work. Outside of established protections established in the Bill of Rights and freedom of information laws like Minnesota’s Data Privacy Act, few restrictions currently exist on the use of dro…

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Two people briefly submerged Tuesday on the Cannon River south of Dundas were rescued by first responders after swimming to shore.

The Northfield Community Action Center expects to open a fourth emergency shelter within the next week to help more people who are experiencing homelessness transition to a healthy environment.

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For 33 years, Bob Baker has navigated a difficult physical condition to provide friendly customer service to countless Northfield McDonald’s customers.

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