Weather Forecast


Vergas child airlifted to Fargo after lawn mowing accident

Frazee man, woman charged with growing pot

Two Frazee residents have been charged with drug possession in Becker County District Court as the result of a Sept. 21 incident in Becker County.

Jeremy Jeff Pihlaja, 34, and Heather Anne Rowan, 33, both of 18879 Blauert Road, Frazee, are each facing one count of fifth degree controlled substance crime-possession.

Law enforcement officers had come to the residence the two defendants shared on Sept. 21, to investigate a report that marijuana was being grown there.

Upon questioning, Pihlaja allegedly admitted that he had been growing marijuana at two nearby locations -- about 40-50 plants in total -- but had removed them due to worries about the weather and possible frost damage.

A subsequent search of an outbuilding on the property yielded eight gallon-sized plastic bags and two sandwich-sized bags, all containing marijuana buds and plant material.

Also found at the scene was a large black garbage bag containing a green-colored dugout and some plant material, six sandwich sized-bags with more marijuana buds, and other paraphernalia.

Both Pihlaja and Rowan were released on their own recognizance following their initial court appearance.