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The beds have been made at the Duluth Detoxification Center's new opioid withdrawal unit. Now, officials are eager to see them filled. That should happen in the next few weeks — as soon as the facility can add staff members to serve clients in the first-of-its-kind service that promises to fill a critical treatment gap in the Northland, said Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment Gary Olson.
A Cloquet man who reportedly told police that he has "impulse control issues with sexual behavior" has admitted in court to stalking several female joggers in West Duluth this spring. Tyler Rodney Stohlberg, 21, pleaded guilty to two gross misdemeanor counts of stalking and one misdemeanor count of indecent exposure last week in State District Court in Duluth.
Three monks who served at parishes within the Diocese of Duluth decades ago have been added to a Minnesota monastery's list of priests credibly accused of child sexual abuse. The Revs. Casimir Plakut, Augustine John Strub and James Kelly were added this week to the list of clerics "likely to have offended against minors" by St. John's Abbey of Collegeville. The three former monks, who have all since died, were never before publicly named.
A Duluth man dubbed the "ball slasher" has admitted to causing more than $1,000 in damage to at least 30 exercises balls at two educational facilities in Superior. Christopher Neil Bjerkness, 39, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Douglas County Circuit Court to two misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property.
One of the biggest challenges often cited by local officials in their efforts to combat opioid addiction is lack of immediate access to treatment. Even when a person struggling with addiction has contact with police or medical professionals and expresses a desire to enter treatment, they say it can often take up to a month for a bed to open.
Mike Letica and a group of fellow Duluthians took off Friday with a convoy of trucks bound for Texas to deliver locally collected donations for disaster victims. Over the course of just a few days, Letica and other volunteers had collected about 43,000 pounds worth of supplies through a donation drive — including roughly 1,000 cases of water — as well another $12,000 in cash donations.
A fierce and quick-developing thunderstorm wasn't the only thing putting a damper on Duluth's annual Labor Day picnic. "The crowds are getting a lot smaller than they used to be," said attendee Lori Hashey, who took cover from intense rain under some trees at Bayfront Festival Park. "Unions are getting smaller."
The man who was responsible for overseeing social services in Cook County is himself accused of engaging in a years-long pattern of child abuse. Former public health and human services director Joshua David Beck, 40, was charged last month in State District Court with multiple felony and gross misdemeanor charges stemming from allegations of abuse toward two children.
A Hibbing woman will go to prison for providing her boyfriend with a fatal dose of a highly potent prescription painkiller. Sixth Judicial District Judge David Ackerson on Thursday handed down a guideline, four-year prison sentence to 48-year-old Kimberly Ann Elkins in State District Court in Hibbing. Elkins, in pleading guilty to a second-degree manslaughter charge in July, admitted that she caused 36-year-old Aaron John Rost's death by providing him with a portion of her prescription fentanyl patch in December 2015.
A Hibbing man who twice admitted in state court to spying on and recording naked and partially clothed women through residential windows has now been convicted on federal child pornography charges. A Minneapolis jury on Wednesday found Kevin James Petroske, 36, guilty of eight counts of production and attempted production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography after a three-day trial in U.S. District Court.