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.
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.
Rural Faribault Home Flattened in Explosion
The Chief indicated nobody was living in the house.
K9 Assists in Million-Dollar Meth Bust on I-35 in Rice County
The amount of methamphetamine located in the vehicle totaled over 25 pounds with packaging. The methamphetamine seized has an approximate street value over nearly 1 million dollars at the gram level.
Minnesota COVID-19 Deaths Surpass Seasonal Flu
Over the last 5 days there have been 66 COVID-19 deaths reported in Minnesota.
Cannon Falls Area Farmer Killed in Tractor Rollover
The man was pronounced deceased at the scene. His name will be released Tuesday when all family members have been notified.
Cannon Falls Woman Injured in Accident During Parade
Laura Stolper, 66, of Cannon Falls was on the Cannon Valley Senior Center float when she lost her balance and fell to the ground. Stolper was then run over by the back trailer wheels according to eyewitness accounts.