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A West Duluth assisted living facility has settled the wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of a 74-year-old resident who died after wandering away from the care center in 2013. The Wesley Residence and parent company At Home Living Facilities of Hermantown last month resolved the civil suit brought in February 2016 by Mark Gerard. The disappearance of his dementia-stricken mother, Dale Gerard, set off months of searches before her body was found nine months later in the Lincoln Park area. The case had been set to go to trial before a Duluth jury this week.
Sixth Judicial District Judge Shaun Floerke said he spent one day this week thinking about Theresa Marie Katzmark, the 49-year-old registered nurse who admitted she was under the influence of sleeping medication when she fatally struck a pedestrian along Duluth’s London Road in April. The judge said he spent another day thinking about Donna Ruth Estrem, the 62-year-old good Samaritan killed in an instant when she stopped to check on Katzmark after leaving a shift at her job as a caregiver for seniors.
GRAND MARAIS — Marcus Lee Roberts was a hard-working father of five who cared deeply for his family and spent every spare dollar helping others, those closest to him told a judge Wednesday. Nearly two years after the 35-year-old Twin Cities native was fatally shot while working at a holiday party at a popular North Shore resort, his family was left with far more questions than answers.
A Superior man fatally overdosed on Thanksgiving night from a heroin and fentanyl mix that his dealer described as “the killest killer you ever had,” according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday. Nathan Edward Birkholz, 22, was charged in Douglas County Circuit Court with first-degree reckless homicide in the death of 25-year-old Neil James Christianson of Superior.
About four years ago, Karl Tarnowski built a new house for his parents adjacent to his own home along Norton Road in upper Kenwood. His dad, Ron, is 82 years old and has early stage dementia. His mom, Mary, 78, suffers from right-side paralysis and has difficulty speaking. At the new home, Karl and his wife, Bev, could check in every morning, noon and night to visit his parents and tend to their medical needs. "We've been taking care of them," Karl Tarnowski said, "and I thought we were doing a good job."
The $18 million federal lawsuit brought against the University of Minnesota Duluth by three former women's sports coaches has a new judge and a new hearing date, though it remains unclear when the case could go to trial. U.S. District Judge Patrick Schiltz — incidentally, the only Duluth native actively serving on the federal bench in Minnesota — was recently assigned to hear the case, which is now several months behind schedule.
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.