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Charges filed in Minnesota over City Council brawl

July 20, 2018

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Charges have been filed against two City Council members in Minnesota who were involved in a knockdown, chair-swinging brawl during a discussion about a children’s splash pad.

The Pennington County attorney has charged Joshua Hagen with fifth-degree assault and Jerald Brown with disorderly conduct stemming from the fight at a Thief River Falls City Council committee meeting more than a week ago.

Brown tells the Star Tribune that a heated discussion over swimming pool money and a splash park escalated.

Charging documents say the men were shoving each other and ended up on the floor. Brown suffered injuries to his face. Hagen sustained abrasions to his back and chest. Brown says he doesn’t plan to contest the charges. Hagen resigned his council seat earlier this week, citing medical reasons.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com