St. Paul pair charged with multiple felonies
A chase that ends near the Northfield exit nets two. An agent with the Cannon River Drug and Violent Offender Task Force made arrangements to make a buy of methamphetamine with 28 year old Anton David Banks of St. Paul. They made a plan to meet at Bashers in Faribault last Friday. After several communications, a U-Haul truck arrived at Bashers about 2 hours late. BANKS wanted the agent to follow the U-Haul truck. The agent said he was having problems with his car and asked if he could just approach the passenger side of the U-Haul. As he did, he noticed the driver was a woman later identified as 39 year old Rebecca Lynn Ziemer also of St. Paul. The deal went down with the agent
handing over $1300 in marked money for 28 grams of meth. As he gave the arrest signal, the U-Haul took off. Officers gave chase into a cul-de-sac. Zeimer then struck the squads and got out of the cul-de-sac. Traveling in Faribault at nearly 60 mph in a 30, Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn said they deployed stop sticks at Western Ave but Ziemer got on Hwy 21 and then onto I-35. She lost control and crashed near Mile Marker 71. The pair then fled. Dunn added that their K9 unit caught up with Banks in the woods after he fled. Banks is charged with First degree sale which carries up to 30 years in prison. Ziemer is charged with First degree sale, 2nd degree assault with a dangerous weapon, fleeing, property damage over a thousand dollars and driving after revocation. She faces up to 45 years. Bail has been set at $100,000 with conditions for both of them, they have court appearances scheduled for August 26th.
NAFRS will gather more information on forming a Taxing District
When NAFRS joint powers board was formed, part of their charge was to look at becoming a Taxing Authority. Eduardo Wolle will be moderating a discussion on the topic in September. Mayor Dana Graham said, ultimately, it has to be approved by the Legislature. The Board can make a recommendation, giving their reasons. If it passes through the Legislature, it then goes into effect. The Board will also hear from representatives of the Cloquet Fire district. Graham said one controversial item, “there’s been talk about trying to make part of our Joint Powers a different tax rate than the other parts … and, on the surface, I certainly don’t think that’s fair. I think it has to be fair for everyone, the taxing rate has to be the same”. NAFRS just recently approved recommending the fire facility remain in it’s current location and $3.5 million to renovate the building and add an additional garage.
Candidacy filing ends at 5pm TODAY
Two Dundas City Council seats are opening up, Chad Pribyl and John Cruz. They have both filed for re-election and Fred Weed has also filed. In Northfield, Amy Goerwitz filed yesterday for the School Board. Filing ends at 5 this afternoon.
Nfld Council tackles fishing ordinance and more
Northfield Council meets tonight – on the agenda is the 2nd reading of the Noise Ordinance(midnight in c1c2 industrial and 11pm residential 10pm sun – thurs everywhere) and the Fishing Ordinance. Two Northfield police officers will receive Life Saving Awards for their efforts in saving a 35 year old man experiencing cardiac arrest. Mayor Graham will be in studio at 7:20 tomorrow morning with a recap.
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