By Teri Knight, News Director
Joshua Larkin Reiter received 100 months in federal prison. In September of 2017 he and his accomplice, Cole Thompson, were arrested at the Kwik Trip in Northfield by agents of the Cannon River Drug Task Force with over a pound of methamphetamine, specifically 455 grams; as well as marijuana, black tar heroin and a large supply of various controlled substance pills. The Federal government had an interest in both of them so
the case was turned over to them for investigation. The pair were each convicted in Federal court of 1st degree drug sale. Thompson received 80 months. Reiter is being allowed to serve his time in a Florida penitentiary to be near family. He will also be on three years probation.
Northfield council hears “Partners in Energy” plan
The City of Northfield has a goal to achieve a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality by no later than 2050. The city’s Climate Action Plan Advisory Board subcommittee drafted a 56-page plan. Click on the plan: CC energy subcommittee presentation 7-16-19 As part of the plan, the city has partnered with Xcel Energy in their “Partners in Energy” grant program which was presented to the council Tuesday at their work session. City Administrator Ben Martig explained there are 21 communities that have utilized the program seeking ways to lower their carbon footprint. A lot of it centers on educating the public utilizing Xcel’s home energy audit, and the city is looking at, “…adding some electrical charging stations in town and maybe electric vehicles are some options, door to door outreach and those types of things.” From a commercial side, “They gave an example of a business with some of their production changes that they had on changing their manufacturing where their heat processes were high and being able to drop it down to a lower temperature, allowed them to basically gain or add two full time employees by the cost savings.” Martig said there are no “mandates” for the public but rather “encouragement” at this point. He said it’s an 18-month implementation process that the council will vote on next week. Click for the plan1 – CAP Final Draft 6_18 (1):
Lacrosse field gets crossed with tires
Someone drove through the newly added lacrosse fields at Sechler Park this morning tearing up the turf. They also damaged a piece by the 1st National Bank field. The city posted pictures which we’ve shared on our Facebook page. The sod will be repaired. So far no suspects have been identified.
Residents take issue with tall grasses hindering line of sight
On another aesthetic note, the grass has been cut back. Northfielders have not been happy about the bumpouts on Division Street in front of Family Fare — and when the native grasses grew tall and made line of sight more difficult, they went to Facebook and discussed it. Northfield Communications Director Michelle Mahowald was listening. She encourages residents to contact them with issues. There are multiple ways including Polco, an online platform for citizens to express their opinions. While the app requires your personal information, it cannot be seen by city staff or elected officials.