Weapons an “eye opener” for Task Force
Rice County Sheriff Troy Dunn produces “Chat with the Sheriff” every month on the Rice County website. Last month he talked with Northfield Police Chief Monte Nelson said, “it’s very important that the Sheriff’s department and the police departments all in our area work together. There are many investigations, in fact, it’s almost few investigations that don’t cross some boundary”. They also work together through the Cannon River Drug and Violent offender task force which is now fully staffed with the addition of an agent from Northfield. What was surprising, even to the agents involved, “firearms was a big eye opener for the Task Force on search warrants and arrests. How often they were running into firearms being present and many times they were stolen firearms”. A large bust for Northfield was the man manufacturing and selling automatic weapons and suppressors in town. Nelson said Northfield didn’t have the ability and resources to investigate that. He added, “because of our ATF agent who was assigned to the Task Force this last year, along with the work of the Task Force, they were able to bring that investigation to a close and arrest the person who was charged in federal court”. 37 year old Edward Evan Lasley of Northfield pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a machine gun in November but has not yet be sentenced. Guidelines provide for 24 to 30 months in federal prison. Nelson will be in studio tomorrow morning to discuss the recent arson and other issues.
Northfield Manor receives AED from Mdewakanton Life Program
Northfield Manor, the affordable senior living community at the Northfield Retirement Community, received an Automatic External Defibrillator from the Mdewakanton Life Program. Vice President of Residential Housing and Property management, Shelly Holden, explained that a resident, Tom Maus, heard about the program and applied for it. She said it’s basically a lottery program. They select a name and it was theirs! She said, “It was really pretty exciting for us to receive this”. Maus and Holden received the AED at the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Fire Department earlier this month. Holden said, “I think it’s their way of giving back to the community, the greater community and to date they’ve given out over 800 this year. Which is a considerable amount”. The new AED’s literally talk you through CPR so there’s really no room for error. Holden has been with the Manor for 10 years. She oversees all of the different housing and assisted living and memory care units that they have for rent. Northfield Retirement Community has a 45 year history, Northfield Manor was built in 1981 and has expanded with independent housing and assisted units. In error, they were identified with the Northfield Senior Center. They have no affiliation to them. The Manor is one of the housing option on our campus which has several different housing options including independent, assisted Living and Memory care. The Manor is an independent affordable housing option.
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon helping veterans “old and new”
Northfield became an official Beyond the Yellow Ribbon City last Veterans Day. Organizer Virginia Kaczmarek, a former Marine and Adjutant of the Northfield American Legion, explains that it is a network of businesses, service organizations, individuals and more that support our local active military families and veterans with a wide variety of needs including transportation to the VA, job placement assistance, help to families of deployed veterans with household chores or daycare and more. They’ve had 4 requests so far from both old and new veterans. Kaczmarek noted that the U.S. has been in constant conflict since the ‘80’s. She said many military returning home don’t feel like they belong, she said, “serving your military, in our military services, is a different experience and they just need a friend sometimes with friendly eyes and sometimes they need a little more”. Beyond the Yellow Ribbon does that. If you have a service or could offer assistance of any kind, contact Virginia at [email protected].org
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