A traffic stop nets over 28 grams of methamphetamine, a handgun and a drug runner. A Minnesota State Trooper stopped a vehicle along I-35 near Warsaw Township because of objects hanging from the rearview mirror and dark tinted side windows. The car had South Dakota plates. Driver, 19 year old Leon Wade Whitney had just lit a cigarette so when the trooper approached the car, he smelled a strong odor of smoke. He told the officer he had no insurance and had just paid off the car. Passenger, 18 year old Shanna Ann St. Cloud wouldn’t look anywhere but straight ahead or at her feet. The trooper wrote out a warning for no insurance and for the objects hanging from the mirror. As he approached the vehicle again, he could smell marijuana. After a thorough search of the vehicle, including a duffel bag and a speaker box, he found 3 pounds of marijuana, over 28 grams of meth, a loaded 9mm handgun, various paraphernalia, nearly $300 in cash, and tablets with drug notes with dollar amounts adding up to $20,500. Whitney is charged with 3 felonies and a misdemeanor. His bail was set at $100,000 without conditions. $40,000 with. St. Cloud is charged with 2 felonies. Her bail is $100,000 without and $20,000 with conditions. Their court date is March 10th.
Bug B Gone
German cockroaches make an appearance at Greenvale Elementary. It’s not a band, it’s the bug. Buildings and Grounds Director Jim Kulseth said the insects are sometimes carried in on a person on their backpack or they can hitch a ride on luggage. They can’t pinpoint where they came in but Kulseth says they’re very common here. The first step was to bait and trap them with a sticky trap similar to what they use for mice. He said, “we’ve had less than 12 sightings total,” he continued, “it wasn’t a huge thing but of course we wanted to get on top of this right away because it can turn bad quickly”. They’ve had no further sightings but to make sure, the next step is a gel treatment. It comes out of a caulking gun. It’s squeezed out and injected into common places the insects reside like cracks and crevices. Orkin will do this tomorrow after school. Kulseth says the product kills for more than a month. Because it’s a gel, it’s very localized. The roaches were found in a couple of classroom areas. The building will be available again Saturday morning. A letter went out to parents explaining the process and asking that they tell their children not to keep food in their backpacks or cubbies.
Grant approved to help put out popcorn fires
NAFRS okay-ed a grant request to reduce the number of fire incidents on the college campuses. Many of which are microwave popcorn/snack fires. Carleton will write the grant which must be received by the Fire Department. It’s a piece of equipment used to train people on how to use fire extinguishers. Chair Glen Castore said it’s a $15,000 portable system that can be used for various types of fires and train non-firefighters to extinguish typical fires (microwaves). NAFRS already provides fire extinguisher training but this is more comprehensive. They would actually own this piece of equipment and be able to use it at Three Links and various other facilities. This will not cost NAFRS any dollars.
Hort Day deadline tomorrow
Rice County Master Gardeners Horticulture Day is March 12th. This year’s theme is “Gardening in Harmony with Nature” Registration deadline is Friday. The event will be held in Buntrock Commons on the St. Olaf Campus. Pre-registration and fee is required. Space is limited. For more information contact Rice County Extension Office at 507-332-6109.
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