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For Rita Licari, early October is a painful reminder of the tragic and still-unknown circumstances of her son's death. It was a year ago that her son, 24-year-old Scott "Scotty" Christensen, was found dead in the middle of County Highway 100 near Palo, about 12 miles south of Aurora. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office determined that his death appeared to be consistent with a vehicle-pedestrian crash, but the driver has never been located. "It's hard to move forward when you can't get any answers or closure," Licari, of Biwabik, told the News Tribune recently.
Brenda Leffler Harteau started off a recent training session for local law enforcement officers with an anonymous survey. She wanted to know what officers think when they hear the terms "biased policing" and "racial profiling." No politically correct answers, she requested — just the first words that come to mind. She received an array of written responses from the 16 officers in the room at Duluth's Public Safety Building: • "Citizens not getting their way; chance to riot." • "Lack of compassion, unprofessional, not the norm."
CARLTON — The Korby family didn't celebrate Christmas last year. They say it'll be hard to find joy during the holiday season ever again. They spent the holidays last year planning and attending a funeral for John Korby, a 36-year-old father of six who was fatally shot on the Fond du Lac Reservation in Cloquet on Dec. 23. His killer, 34-year-old Wayne Joseph Bosto, was supposed to be a friend, said the victim's mother, Gail Korby, who is dreading the first full winter and holiday season since her son's death.
A Grand Portage woman burned down her own home in an effort to “destroy a bad spirit,” according to charges filed Wednesday. Lori Jean Dahmen, 46, was arrested Tuesday evening after she reportedly used a cigarette lighter to set fire to a bed in the house at 71 Townsite Road. Authorities reported that she was intoxicated. Dahmen’s son, who was also home at the time, escaped without injury. The residence was considered a total loss.
Thirty years ago, David Johnson was stationed at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, commanding drill instructors responsible for the training of new recruits. On Friday, the Duluth judge and retired colonel is returning to his old base with a special duty. He will lead the graduation ceremony for more than 300 of the country's newest Marines. "It's kind of fun to come back, since I retired seven years ago, and put the uniform on again," Johnson told the News Tribune recently. "It was really nice of them to do that."
VIRGINIA — There are roughly 300 judges serving at about 100 courthouses throughout Minnesota. In rural parts of the state, where a courthouse may be served by only one or two judges, vacancies are few and far between. With judges serving six-year terms and rarely facing election challenges, it can often take a decade or more for a seat to open.
When Michelle Anderson was sworn in last month, she made history as the first woman to serve as a district court judge on the Iron Range. But her selection hardly came as a surprise to the local legal community. During his nearly seven years in office, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has transformed the makeup of the state's judiciary — from the Supreme Court down to the district courts in the state's most rural counties.
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.