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The court filings totalled 127 pages and nearly 30,000 words. They provided the most-detailed look to date of the University of Minnesota Duluth's defense in a high-profile federal discrimination lawsuit brought by three former women's sports coaches. And now a judge says he won't consider any of it. U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle on Friday threw out the motions brought by UMD seeking summary judgement in the lawsuit filed by former women's hockey coach Shannon Miller, former softball coach Jen Banford and former women's basketball coach Annette Wiles.
A Duluth man charged in connection with a New Year’s Day homicide in Superior has waived extradition and is expected to make his first appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court on Tuesday. Jamar Maurice Smith, 25, has been jailed in western Minnesota for more than three months on an alleged probation violation in an assault case there.
Longtime University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey coach Shannon Miller met with athletic director Josh Berlo and Chancellor Lendley Black through the summer and fall of 2014 to discuss a new contract. Then beginning her 16th season as the Bulldogs head coach, Miller wanted a two-year extension through June 2017, after which she planned to "take a year off and then do something else with my life," according to documents filed recently in the federal lawsuit she brought against the university.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton wasted no time in making his pick for the next judge to serve on the state’s Court of Appeals. Sixth Judicial District Judge James Florey of Virginia received a call notifying him of his selection late Monday, just a few hours after he was interviewed by the governor. “It’s really been overwhelming,” Florey told the News Tribune shortly after his appointment was publicly announced Tuesday morning. “It’s just such an honor to be considered and appointed to that position.”
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is considering three finalists from Northeastern Minnesota for a seat on the state's Court of Appeals. Assistant St. Louis County Attorney Sharon Chadwick and 6th Judicial District Judges James Florey and Eric Hylden were interviewed Monday by the governor for an opening on the state's second-highest court.
A judge has imposed a deadline for prosecutors to turn over the identities of two key witnesses to defense attorneys in a Duluth homicide case. Sixth Judicial District Judge Mark Munger said the St. Louis County Attorney's Office must disclose the names by June 1 to attorneys representing the five defendants charged in connection with the fatal shooting of University of Minnesota Duluth student William Grahek.
When David Alexander Haiman was found dead last June in rural Itasca County, Kayleene Danielle Greniger told investigators that her boyfriend killed the 20-year-old man in retaliation for a sexual assault. She stated at the time that Joseph Christen Thoresen lured Haiman to the Ball Club area and stabbed him numerous times — ignoring her pleas to stop the assault — before beheading the victim with a machete.
At least nine people witnessed a Superior woman fatally strike a good Samaritan who came to her aid after her vehicle skidded off London Road on Tuesday, according to charges filed Friday. Theresa Marie Katzmark, 49, was arraigned in State District Court in Duluth on a felony charge of criminal vehicular homicide in the death of 62-year-old Donna Ruth Estrem of Duluth.
A 49-year-old Superior woman is expected to face formal charges and be arraigned Friday in State District Court in connection with the crash that killed a pedestrian along London Road in Duluth earlier this week. A judge granted a one-day extension for the St. Louis County Attorney's Office to formally charge the suspect, who continues to be held in the St. Louis County Jail on a preliminary felony charge of criminal vehicular homicide.
Police have identified the pedestrian who was struck and killed by a vehicle Tuesday in Duluth, while the driver remains jailed and awaits vehicular homicide charges. Donna Ruth Estrem, 62, of Duluth, was struck and killed by an SUV at about 12:40 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of London Road and 40th Avenue East, in the city’s Congdon Park neighborhood, according to the Duluth Police Department.