THIEF RIVER FALLS-A former Thief River Falls City Council member pleaded guilty last week for his part in a brawl that ended with chair swinging and punches during a public meeting in July.
A judge ruled the misdemeanor charge will disappear from 39-year-old Joshua Mark Hagen's record within six months as long as he doesn't break any other laws.
Hagen and council member Jerald Brown both pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges related to the July 10 fight.
Council members were discussing a proposed splash park during an Administrative Services Committee meeting when Brown and Hagen began to argue, a court document said. Later in the meeting, Brown, who is head of the committee, told Hagen to "shut up" and "I'm going to take you outside," according to court documents.
The men allegedly started shoving each other, and Brown eventually picked up a chair and swung it at Hagen.
A court document said witnesses told police Hagen was "pounding on Brown's head as hard as he could."
Hagen resigned a week after the fight and said he was having health issues. In his resignation speech he accused council members and the mayor of bullying.
Brown pleaded guilty for misdemeanor disorderly conduct in August and is still a member of the council. He also received a stayed sentence and the charge is no longer on his record.
Hagen pleaded guilty March 20 and will be on probation to the court for six months. He could not be reached for comment by the Herald before Wednesday's deadline.