Jeremiah Jon Smith preyed on the kindnesses of others when he told people he had terminal cancer. The now 39 year old, pled guilty in October of 2018, to theft by swindle in a case that began in October of 2015. He set up a gofundme page claiming that he had stage 4 cancer and had 18 to 24 months to live. A month later, he said he had 6 months to live. He received $6800 in donations. A benefit on Feb. 6th, 2016, netted Smith $6600. Another benefit, held at the Northfield Ballroom 2 weeks later, netted $9000. For months, Faribault and Northfield police questioned Smith and asked for medical records. In total, Smith bilked the local community for $23,000. Smith was sentenced this week in Rice County Court. Attorney John Fossum said there was a plea agreement. He received 10 years probation, $3600 restitution, pay fines and 480 hours of community service. The idea is for Smith to repay the community. He’s also not allowed to play video games. Fossum said, “as part of
his probation because what he was doing with his money was, he was just blowing it on video games. He was playing Clash of Clans and buying extra lives or tools or whatever it is people buy in that game”. He was also buying marijuana and paying off credit cards. (His wife became suspicious when she couldn’t find any medical records) Gofundme has indicated that they’ll reimburse those who donated through them.
Bridgewater Incorporation meeting tomorrow
As Bridgewater Township Supervisors continue their discussions of incorporation, they have set another public meeting for residents tomorrow (Saturday) at 1pm at Little Prairie Church. An incorporation study was done by Northland Securities. Incorporation-study-report-final-feb19 A final decision would happen in September on whether to petition for incorporation. According to Supervisor Glen Castore, Bridgewater would intend to follow the statutory process to become a “home rule charter city” to preserve important township characteristics. The Clerk position would become full-time to manage the transition and then to provide support to the City Council. Bridgewater would contract with Rice County for police protection. The fire service joint powers agreements would need to be amended to reflect the change from township to city, however, this change will not affect the service. The financial implications of incorporation are in the document. Pared down, the idea of becoming a City is to have local control over land use rather than Northfield or Dundas annexing land.
Dundas Admin candidate bios
The five candidates vying for the Dundas City Administrator position have been released. The four men and one woman will be interviewed by Dundas Council on May 1st. Current Administrator John McCarthy is retiring at the end of May. Dundas Admin Finalist Bios (003)
It’s all about the animals! PEHS fundraising event
Prairies Edge Humane Society is holding their 9th annual fundraiser for the animals tomorrow! Gratefully the weather will cooperate for the event which is held at the Northfield Ballroom. Ex. Dir. Kathy Jasnoch explains there will be a dinner, silent auction, trivia and a program that is focused, this year, on the animals who found their forever home and the people whose lives they’ve affected. A couple of the dogs will be making an appearance. Tickets are $22 for adults, kids 9 to 16 are $10, 8 and under are free. You can buy them online at prairiesedgehs.org or at the door. The silent auction items are wide-ranging from golf to The Guthrie, kids items to pets and numerous. The event is kid-friendly with trivia and more. Doors open at 4pm, dinner begins at 6pm.