By Teri Knight, News Director
A Northfield man who admitted to feeding his own heroin habit by selling the drug, pleaded guilty to 2nd degree drug sale last Friday in Rice County court. On February 7, 2019, agents with the Cannon River Drug Task Force searched 1210 Greenvale Avenue where 37-year-old Jeremy Jacob Hagen, his girlfriend, their 1-year-old and her two other children live. Agents found drug dealing paraphernalia and heroin residue in a bedroom where children appeared to sleep. In exchange for the guilty plea on 2nd degree drug sale, charges of 3rd degree sale and possession and child endangerment were dismissed. He is scheduled for sentencing on August 28, 2019. Hagen remains in the Rice County jail.
Man suspected of being high on meth has “huge knife”
A Faribault man suspected of being high on methamphetamine was arrested in the Dundas Menards parking lot. On Friday evening around 7 p.m., police received a report that there was a suspicious person with a “huge knife” in the parking lot sitting in a maroon SUV. The Menards manager stated he could see the defendant swing a large knife inside the SUV, as if he were stabbing the dashboard. A Dundas officer identified 20-year-old Chaz Anthony Strobach. The officer asked Strobach if he had a knife and he said, “Yes I do.” In fact, he had a large knife holstered to his right hip. Due to erratic behavior and sores on his arms, a K-9 unit was called and the vehicle searched. There was drug paraphernalia with methamphetamine residue as well as brass knuckles, a BB gun designed to look like a handgun, and numerous knives and an ax inside the vehicle. Strobach is charged with gross misdemeanor 5th degree controlled substance and misdemeanor weapons charge. His initial court appearance is tomorrow.
With five women and a vision, WINGS took flight
With five women and a vision, WINGS was born. Since its inception in 2000, Women in Northfield Giving Support has given over a million dollars to area women and youth. WINGS President Margit Johnson said that at the time, women and children were given less of the area’s philanthropic funding. WINGS chose to give to organizations such as the Community Action Center, Healthy Community Initiative, the Youth Sports Collaborative, HealthFinders, the Arts Guild: “programs that specifically target women and youth.” From giving about $5,000 that first year, to nearly $82,000 in grants this year, Johnson said one of her favorite things is to see how the dollars have funded small projects that have continued through the years. WINGS also offers a “Dare to Dream” grant of anywhere from $10 to $25k a year for an organization to stretch and try out a new idea. Johnson said, “And that was actually the initial funding for the Greenvale Park Community School. That ‘Dare to Dream’ funding helped Healthy Communities Initiative launch the community school in what eventually became the Northfield Promise program.” WINGS started with about 60 charter members; they now have nearly 300 members and continue to work to expand opportunities for women in philanthropy, pooling resources to focus funds that make a difference. For more information go to wings-mn.org. Tonight you’re invited to help WINGS celebrate their milestone with dessert and music at 6:15 p.m. in the Sun Room in Buntrock Commons at St. Olaf College.
Street assessment alternatives on the list for tonight’s Northfield City Council work session
Tonight, the Northfield City Council will receive a comprehensive financial audit from their consulting firm, Abdo, Eick and Meyers. The council will discuss alternative options for special assessment street bonding and revenue including possible gas and electric franchise fees, their prioritization of trails and sidewalks, and do some pre-budget planning. The work session begins at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend but no public comment is taken at work sessions. City Administrator Ben Martig will be in studio tomorrow morning with a recap.