38 year old Cole Earl Thompson of LeSueur was sentenced in federal court yesterday to 80 months in prison, 6.6 years. He was arrested at a gas station in Northfield last September with his partner, Joshua Reiter. Agents of the Cannon River Drug and Violent Offender Task Force had been observing the pair, due to their involvement in the drug trade. Thompson has been a top distributor and Reiter is a runner for him. Agents found just over a pound of methamphetamine as well as marijuana, black tar heroin and a large supply of various controlled substance pills. They each pled
guilty to drug sale. Thompson is already serving for other felonies and is awaiting another Rice County court date on June 15th. He’s currently in Federal custody. Reiter will be sentenced July 10th. Both men are deemed career offenders.
NHS Sophomore Schroeer heads to DC to lobby Lewis
Two Northfielders are headed to Washington, DC on Sunday for the 2018 Citizens Climate Lobby Conference. Katie Schroeer and Howard White stopped by KYMN studios to talk about CCL and their advocacy of a Carbon Fee and Dividend. White explains that producers of carbon fossil fuels would be charged a fee, that fee would then be put into a U.S. Treasury trust fund and be distributed each month to every household in the Country. The idea is that if you put a truer cost on fossil fuels it will spur interest in finding alternatives. Schroeer added that, “a huge part of Citizens Climate Lobby is that it’s bipartisan”. They know they only way they’re going to get something done is if they work together and, “both sides of the aisle think it’s effective”. The impact of a carbon fee solution, White says, “is we’ll be able to reduce carbon emissions to 69% of what they were in 1990 in the space of 10 years or less”. Schroeer added, “we have the chance with this, not only to prevent catastrophe but, potentially do things better than before and make them better than they’ve ever been”. Schroeer, a Northfield High School Sophomore, added that there’s a genuine concern from her peers and she’s excited to have this opportunity to work toward solutions. During the conference there will be a full day of meetings and a chance to lobby. They’ll be meeting with Congressman Jason Lewis. Listen to their full interview on kymnradio.net.
Dunn jams for Special Olympics
Five of Minnesota’s standing Sheriffs performed a live concert June 5th at the Minnesota Sheriffs’ Association (MSA) annual Summer Conference in Brainerd and turned the performance into an opportunity to support the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics. The band, affectionately branded The Brasshholes, consists of Sheriffs from all corners of the State and includes our very own Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn on Percussion and vocals. They raised $2500. We’ll be hearing more about Law Enforcements fundraising efforts for Special Olympics Sheriff Dunn will be in studio Monday morning at 8:45 with more! Sheriffs Band Pledges (1)