By Teri Knight
A Northfield man is charged with assault after allegedly pointing a rifle at a family member and threatening to kill him. On Tuesday, Northfield police received a call from a man who asked what his rights were about living in the basement of his home without being bothered by family members who live upstairs. He then told the officer that 23-year-old Aaron Lewis Griffin assaulted him and he had it on video. The officer responded to the 1500 block of Pheasant Wood Trail. According to the complaint, the video clearly shows Griffin pointing what appears to be a Russian bolt-action rifle with a folding bayonet. The bolt was in the rifle, and the defendant’s hand is on or near the bolt numerous times; he’s also yelling, “I’ll *bleeping*
kill you.” Griffin admitted to having the gun, an M-53 bolt action military style rifle. He’s charged with 2nd degree assault with a dangerous weapon and making terroristic threats, which are both felonies. Bail was set yesterday at $15,000 with conditions. Griffin’s next court appearance is May 8, 2019. The alleged assault took place in February 2019.
Another community bank, another change
Community Resource Bank President and CEO Denny Hanson is retiring this year. After 40 years in the banking industry, he’ll step down. Stepping up will be James Loe. According to a press release, Loe brings over two decades of banking experience to his new position. Most recently, Loe served as Regional President of Security Financial Bank in Ladysmith, Wisc. Speaking of Loe, Hanson said, “We conducted an extensive search to find the right candidate for this important position. We were impressed with Jim’s broad experience with community banks and significant accomplishments throughout his career. We believe he is an excellent fit for Community Resource Bank.” Loe will step in May 16, 2019. Community Resource Bank has offices in Northfield, Roseville and Cannon Falls. The full press release is on kymnradio.net.
“Eat, Drink and Gather” soon at Reunion
From the Rueb to Reunion, the new restaurant at 501 Division Street in Northfield opens to the public next week. It’s been a long road transforming the old J. Grundy’s Rueb ‘N’ Stein to a new bar/restaurant. Freetime Restaurants co-owner Brett Reese commented on the renovations saying the idea was to, “bring it back to the basics.” Reese said they stripped it all back to the original walls, floors and ceilings—and has been opened up between the upper and lower floors. The space now has an historic/industrial feel. There is a wood-fired grill open for view to the public in the main dining room. Reese explained there are different venues including the bars, the food areas, and entertainment and event spaces. The bartops are recycled from the old beams of the building and the lighting is reproductions from the 1800s. Chad Jenkinson, part owner and president of Freetime, said the renovation was like taking away layers of time. He, along with other partners Jennifer Sawyer, Greg Heymans and Joshua Drivdahl, wanted to strip the space down to its original 19th-century look. After 18 months of renovations, this weekend is a soft opening by invitation only.
National Drug Take Back Day
Northfield Police Chief Monte Nelson stopped by the KYMN studios to talk about tomorrow’s National Drug Take Back Day. His full interview is HERE. Citizens can drop off their old prescriptions and over the counter drugs in the front lobby of the Police Department, located at 1615 Riverview Drive.