I was born in Worthington, MN, and grew up in Spring Valley, MN, where I graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1977 and later the Brown Institute Minneapolis. I've worked in Desoto, MO; Ottumwa, IA; North Platte, NE; Des Moines, IA; and Rochester, MN; Started KDHL June 1, 1987, where I serve as the News and Program Director. From 1997-99, I left news to join sales dept. and returned as the News Director in 1999, continued sales work. In 2002, I also became the Sports Director. Awards: Associated Press in NE in 1985 and 1986, best small market newscast and best documentary both years. Documentary on the 10th anniversary of the exit from Vietnam selected best documentary regardless of market size. In Faribault, News Network awards. 2001, MN Emergency Management Directors Outstanding Media Award. 2009 and 2011, the Region One athletic directors award. October 2014, Angelo Giuliani Award from MN High School Baseball Coaches Assn. 2013 President's Call To Service Award from Barack Obama. 2014, Book of Golden Deeds Award Faribault Exchange Club. 2017 Faribault Daily News Lifetime Achievement Award. Voice of the Carleton Knights since 2003.
Keep Butts in Your Vehicle
River Bend Nature Center is a blessing Dienst says, "A lot of fire departments don't have what we have to do grassfire training within the city limits."
Faribault Police Arrest Man With No License, Drugs Inside Vehicle
Faribault Police also want to remind people not to have their traditional Super Bowl party this weekend with the current pandemic still happening.
Minnesota Radon Expert Encourages Testing Your Home Due to COVID
Dan Tranter, Minnesota Department of Health authority on radon says from staying home more due to the pandemic we might be more exposed to the radioactive gas.
COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution in Minnesota
The COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed in phases. All Minnesotans will have access to the vaccine. No timeline is given for the phases.
Kenyon Home Destroyed by Fire Mysterious Death Involved
All Peterson family members are accounted for and I was told the vehicle did not belong to any Peterson family members.
Six Year Old Faribault Boy Gives Police a Gift
Faribault Police Chief Andy Bolen says, "We are very grateful to all of the support we receive from community members."
Minnesota DNR Reminder: No Ice is 100 Percent Safe
Dienst agrees with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) when they recommend the first thing you should do if you are with someone who breaks through the ice is phone 911
Faribault 7th Street Bridge Claims Another Victim
Do you have any suggestions about what could be done to help the situation? Years ago I suggested pulling the railroad bridge out but was told it was the railroad's decision to make.
Rice County Farm Field Remains Identified
The cause of Mr. Ramirez's death is still under investigation.
An Open Letter to Gov. Walz About Graduations and Opening Businesses
Governor Walz, please trust your fellow citizens to open their businesses with social distancing in mind. Like at the two events I attended over the last few days.