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As mayor in Bayfield in the late 1960s, Julian Nelson went to Washington to testify in favor of the creation of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Not only was the position controversial among his constituents — it also directly affected Nelson, who would lose ownership of his fish camp on Rocky Island and have the land transformed into a national park.
A former Minnesota state trooper on the Iron Range has pleaded guilty to charges that he inappropriately touched two women during a bonfire gathering in July 2015. Todd Allan Lindstrom, 46, of Hibbing, entered into a plea agreement with the St. Louis County Attorney's Office on Thursday in State District Court in Hibbing.
When a neon sign at the old Jade Fountain restaurant caught fire last summer, officer Eli Anderson sprung into action, using a fire extinguisher to quickly knock out the blaze while partners Andrew Meier and Jacob Peterson ushered building occupants to safety. When Mollie Sebok caught a man breaking into her Duluth home in September 2015, she called police. A month later, the burglar's appearance still fresh in her mind, she recognized the same man at a gas station and followed him to an apartment building, where officers were able to arrest him for first-degree burglary.
Two Northland law enforcement coalitions are joining forces to combat opioid sales and other serious crimes across the region. Separate task forces serving the Twin Ports and the Iron Range areas merged last month, creating the single largest geographical partnership of law enforcement agencies in the state. The Lake Superior Drug and Violent Crime Task Force has long operated in the Twin Ports area, while the Boundary Waters Drug and Violent Crime Task Force has covered the Iron Range and points north.
The investigation of a homicide in Duluth's East Hillside neighborhood is ongoing and no arrests had been made as of Thursday afternoon, the city's police chief said. William Andrew Grahek, a 22-year-old University of Minnesota Duluth student, was fatally shot inside his residence at 510 E. 11th St. around 2 p.m. Tuesday. Police had initially detained several people and identified a "person of interest," but Chief Mike Tusken declined to elaborate on the status of the investigation.
Three men have been charged in a shooting along Interstate 35 in Duluth that police said stemmed from a botched drug sale. Police said Brandon Edward Spence, 21, was arrested around noon Monday, the same day the St. Louis County Attorney's Office issued a warrant charging him with second-degree assault and aiding and abetting a drive-by shooting in the Feb. 5 incident. Authorities allege that Spence fired a single shot from a moving car into another vehicle, striking a 19-year-old male, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
A Superior man was sentenced to 7½ years in prison on Monday after admitting to his role in a September drive-by shooting in Hermantown. Denzel Sheldon Perrin, 20, pleaded guilty last month in State District Court in Duluth to three felony counts of drive-by shooting.
When thieves broke into the fire-ravaged Koslucher residence in December, stealing the Hibbing family's Christmas presents from under their tree, community members and organizations stepped up to help the family of four. A Duluth nonprofit sent a check for firefighters to purchase and deliver new gifts to the family just days before the holiday. An online fundraiser garnered nearly $500. And a school fundraiser brought in more than $1,700 for the family.
A Hibbing teen has been placed on probation after admitting that she witnessed the murder of her roommate, traveled with the killer to dispose of the body and lied in several interviews with police. Julianna Christine Sala, 17, received an extended juvenile jurisdiction sentence Thursday in connection with the death of 20-year-old Jaysen Greenwood, whose burned remains were found in an abandoned mine pit in Mountain Iron in May.
A Nashwauk man allegedly had THC in his system and was in possession of marijuana when he caused a wrong-way, head-on collision that injured a woman along Minnesota Highway 61 between Duluth and Two Harbors last spring. Shawn Patrick Bennett-Casanova, 31, is charged with criminal vehicular operation in the March 2016 crash that left an 18-year-old Silver Bay woman hospitalized. Authorities said Bennett-Casanova was driving south in the northbound lanes of Highway 61 when he collided head-on with another vehicle, also collecting a third car in the process.