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A former prosecutor and nonprofit organizer with a familiar last name has entered the race for Carlton County attorney. Lauri Ketola on Monday filed for the nonpartisan office, mounting a challenge to incumbent Thom Pertler. She worked as an assistant county attorney in the 1990s, and will now seek to lead the office.
A North Shore restaurant will be remain temporarily closed following a Saturday fire.
A Chicago-area man was under the influence of alcohol but not directly responsible for the death of his fishing companion, who drowned after falling from their boat on Lake Kabetogama last year. That was the basis of a plea agreement reached Thursday between prosecutors and 56-year-old Stanislaw Jan Kozaczka in State District Court in Hibbing. Kozaczka, of Harwood Heights, Ill., entered a guilty plea to a misdemeanor charge of operating a motorboat while intoxicated in the September incident that resulted in the death of 66-year-old Wlodzimierz Dziechciowski.
When Gary Olson accepted an entry-level job at the Center on Problem Drinking in 1972, the Duluth nonprofit had three employees and was preparing to open the region's first detoxification center. Today, as the leader of the Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment, he oversees about 150 employees who provide clinical and residential treatment, counseling, recovery services and medical care to more than 4,000 people every year.
Officials credit Narcan, the fast-acting opioid overdose antidote, with saving as many as 57 lives in the area since Duluth police officers began carrying the substance two years ago. A donation announced Tuesday should ensure that regional law enforcement agencies don't soon run out. The Duluth Police Department was awarded 300 Narcan kits from the Steve Rummler Hope Network, a Twin Cities nonprofit addiction-awareness group operating with grant funding from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
A trial date has been scheduled for the Hibbing man facing manslaughter charges in the death of his infant nephew in a Tower house fire. Jesse Lee Bonacci-Koski, 25, will face a jury Sept. 19 in State District Court in Virginia. He is accused of causing the death of 11-month-old Bentley Joe Lewis Koski. Authorities said Bonacci-Koski was babysitting overnight when he left the boy home alone for at least two hours in order to purchase drugs. Upon returning to the residence and discovering it on fire, he allegedly stole a neighbor's vehicle and fled the scene.
William Grahek called his father on Feb. 14, 2017. The University of Minnesota Duluth student and U.S. Army reservist said was planning to join the military full time. Twenty minutes later, Jon and Heidi Grahek received another phone call. They learned that their eldest son had been shot inside his home. An hour after that, a third phone call. The 22-year-old had died from his injuries.
A Duluth attorney has again been indefinitely suspended, less than a year after he was conditionally reinstated to his law practice. The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday suspended Brian Campbell Fischer for failing to complete a professional responsibility examination. Fischer was placed on probation in 2013 and suspended last year for ethical violations. But the Supreme Court in September allowed him to resume practice, four months after his suspension, with numerous conditions.
A Duluth teacher is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old former student. Karla Jean Winterfeld, a 33-year-old Lincoln Park Middle School teacher, was charged Wednesday with felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
A man who was shot by Hibbing police last year after reportedly pointing a gun at officers following an assault has pleaded guilty to three felony charges. Che Nathaniel Jones, 25, of Rochester, Minn., entered a Norgaard plea, which allows a defendant assert that he is unable to recall of the facts of the incident due to intoxication or amnesia while acknowledging that there is sufficient evidence to obtain a conviction.