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Opinion piece by House District 20b Representative David Bly

September 19, 2017

An America that Works for Everyone:
5 Building Blocks for a Land of Opportunity

Today we are in the midst of a great shift away from a middle class economy, where the majority of the people have the majority of the wealth, to a rich-and-poor economy. Benefits and opportunities have been unraveling for the majority of working Americans, who fall further behind while a handful of people enjoy a massive increase in wealth. (more…)

Prosecuting drug cases in 2017 by Rice County Atty John Fossum

September 18, 2017

By John L. Fossum, Rice County Attorney

There have been many commentaries on drug prosecution and sentencing practices, mostly they seem to describe a system I don’t recognize.  I have been practicing criminal law in Minnesota in state and federal court since 1993.  In that time, I have never seen a low level user with a small amount of marijuana go to prison.  Possession of a small amount of marijuana, less than 42.5 grams, or about an ounce and a half is a petty misdemeanor in Minnesota, the same level offense as a parking or speeding ticket, and the only possible penalty is a fine of $300 or less. (more…)

Design of roadway used to control driver behavior; Community presentation on Northfield School District referendum; Cannon Valley Indivisible organized rally in defense of DACA and Municipal ID’s; Day of Peace celebration will feature a variety of musicians, poetry and an open mic

September 18, 2017

Last week the Northfield Council discussed the 2018 street projects which includes a mill and overlay on Washington St. between 2nd and Woodley, 7th street from Water to Washington and Division St. from 6th to 8th.  There are several options that include greenspace, bumpouts, raised intersections and more that are a part of the complete streets concepts.  Mayor Pownell says the idea is for safety of pedestrians and bicyclists. The Toole Design Group who are working with the City, had a slide that compared driver speed and the survival rate of a person hit by a vehicle.  At 40 mph, the survival rate (more…)

I-35 traffic stoppage in Owatonna on Thursday night

September 18, 2017

OWATONNA, Minn. – Northbound Interstate 35 motorists approaching Owatonna will be stopped for 15-minute intervals Thursday night, Sept. 21, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

The work is expected to begin at 8 p.m., Sept. 21 and be completed by midnight.  Read details below:

I-35 bridge beam placement, stoppages, 9-15-17

Major drug bust in Northfield

September 15, 2017

Press Release from Rice County Attorney John Fossum:

Cole Earl Thompson, 38, and Joshua Larkin Reiter, 43,  were charged today in Rice County District Court with 8 counts of felony violations of controlled substance laws. Thompson and Reiter were arrested by agents of the Cannon River Drug and Violent



Offender Task Force at Kwik Trip in Northfield.  Thompson was known to have a federal warrant for his arrest from a prior felony drug conviction.

Thompson and Reiter had picked up drugs from drug cartel member in Minneapolis and were transporting them for distribution. After obtaining a warrant to search the vehicle the two officers found just over a pound of methamphetamine, worth approximately $45,000 on the street.  (more…)


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