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With a population of only about 800, the Iron Range town of Bovey is governed by a mayor and four city councilors. Two of them are currently facing felony charges in State District Court. Councilors Michael Bibich and Bryan Johnson have each been charged this year with theft — though the alleged incidents are unrelated and have little in common.
A 48-year-old Hibbing woman admitted Thursday to providing her boyfriend with a fatal dose of fentanyl, a highly potent prescription painkiller, in 2015. Kimberly Ann Elkins pleaded guilty to a second-degree manslaughter charge before Judge David Ackerson in State District Court in Hibbing. Elkins admitted she was responsible for the death of 36-year-old Aaron John Rost, who authorities said overdosed after ingesting a portion of a prescription patch given to him by his girlfriend.
A half-day of private settlement talks Wednesday failed to result in a resolution to the $18 million discrimination suit brought against the University of Minnesota Duluth by three former women's sports coaches. U.S. Magistrate Judge Leo Brisbois spent 3 hours and 40 minutes meeting with two attorneys for each side in his chambers and courtroom at the Federal Building in Duluth.
A retired electrician and college instructor who wants to see a light-rail system built in Duluth is seeking a seat on the City Council. Richard Williams, 73, entered the race for an At Large seat on Tuesday, the final day of the filing period for local offices. Williams said he has a "strong interest" in light rail and has been researching the feasibility of a system being constructed in Duluth.
A former youth pastor who recently served five years in Illinois prison for sexually abusing several young girls is now facing similar charges stemming from a stint in Duluth more than a decade ago. Ellis William Simmons, 38, is accused of assaulting two girls between 1999 and 2005, when he was living and working in Duluth. The girls were 11 and 14 years old at the time of the reported incidents.
A Hibbing murder defendant was found competent to proceed in court Thursday, nearly six months after his case was put on hold while he underwent a mental health evaluation. Benjamin David Lundquist, 32, of Grand Rapids, is accused of fatally stabbing Joel Dean Gangness inside an apartment building in January. Lundquist allegedly admitted that he knocked on Gangness' door and confronted him at random, stating that he stabbed and bludgeoned the victim because "Jesus directed him to do it," according to a criminal complaint.
A Solway Township man had nearly twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system when he fell asleep at the wheel early Memorial Day morning, killing one passenger and injuring three others in a rollover crash, according to a criminal complaint. Austin Darrell Hilden, 19, was charged Wednesday by summons with felony criminal vehicular homicide in the May 29 death of 19-year-old Axton Dylan Whitfield. He also faces three counts of criminal vehicular operation.
Duluth property owner and preservationist Eric Ringsred owes more than $2.5 million in unpaid federal taxes over the past decade, the Internal Revenue Service said in a recent document filed in St. Louis County. The IRS in May issued a federal lien against Ringsred, reporting that he has failed to pay significant taxes on personal income for each year from 2007 to 2014.
St. Louis County Commissioner Pete Stauber appears to be entering the race for the 8th Congressional District seat held by U.S. Rep Rick Nolan, DFL-Crosby. Stauber, 51, has served on the county board since 2013 and earlier was a member of the Hermantown City Council. He has been a Duluth police officer for more than 23 years, currently holding the rank of lieutenant. Stauber would be the first Republican to officially declare for the 2018 race. Stewart Mills, who suffered narrow defeats to Nolan in 2012 and 2014, has said he is considering another run.
A Duluth man sustained life-threatening injuries in a high-speed crash in Gnesen Township early Sunday, the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office said. Authorities were called to the 6400 block of Rice Lake Road around 4:45 a.m. for a single vehicle that had left the southbound lane and tumbled more than 100 yards through the ditch and woods. The driver, who was the only person in the car, was ejected and was found approximately 10 feet from the vehicle, Sgt. Brent Donahue said.