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Cloquet Police Chief Steve Stracek was exonerated of all allegations and reinstated — but also agreed to retire from the city’s police department — under the terms of a “separation and release agreement” reached early Wednesday after a marathon meeting.
A 21-year veteran of the Proctor Police Department took the oath this week as the city's new police chief. Kent Gaidis, who had been serving as the department's interim chief since February, was officially sworn in during Monday night's Proctor City Council meeting following his selection by the city's Police Civil Service Commission.
A St. Cloud-area woman who admitted to driving to Duluth with her boyfriend with the intent of having sex with a 14-year-old girl they met online will serve five years of supervised probation. Kayla Marie Frank, 34, pleaded guilty in State District Court in March to a felony charge of electronic solicitation of a child. Under a plea agreement with the St. Louis County Attorney's Office, Frank received a stay of imposition from 6th Judicial District Judge Sally Tarnowski at her sentencing Monday.
From his job at NorthStar Ford, Andy Saari was able to enjoy the view of some practice runs by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels in recent days. But that early preview didn’t keep Saari and his wife, Jackie, from attending the Duluth Air and Aviation Expo on Sunday. They were there to see the iconic aerobatic demonstration team provide the grand finale to the two-day show. “They’re amazing to watch,” said Saari, of Solon Springs. “It’s the main reason I’m here.”
The Grand Rapids man accused of taking part in the stabbing and beheading death of a Hibbing man last summer can stand trial on murder charges, a judge has ruled. Ninth Judicial District Judge Lois Lang on Wednesday denied defendant Joseph Christen Thoresen's motion to dismiss a four-count indictment in the June 2016 death of 20-year-old David Haiman. The judge also ruled that the majority of an interview Thoresen gave to investigators will be admissible at trial, as will other evidence seized through search warrants.
A McKinley man allegedly attempted to ram a squad car, nearly struck a parked ambulance and pointed a rifle at deputies during a pursuit that reached speeds up to 115 mph following a domestic incident Sunday. Robert George Getty, 48, was charged Wednesday with six crimes — including use of deadly force against a peace officer, a charge that carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison — in the incident that started on the Iron Range and ended just northwest of Duluth.
An Eveleth man "acted in conscious disregard of the substantial and unjustifiable risk" that his girlfriend would die when she began displaying symptoms of an overdose after he provided her with synthetic drugs, an appeals court said. The Minnesota Court of Appeals said Bryan Joseph Hodapp, 30, was responsible for the August 2013 death of 21-year-old Krystal Wicklund by providing her with a dose of synthetic mushrooms and then delaying medical treatment that could have saved her life.
Larry Stauber hasn't worked at the St. Louis County Courthouse in nearly nine years, but he remains a familiar and friendly face as he walks the halls. Seemingly everyone stops to greet him, all of them met with the hearty smile, firm handshake and genial conversation that made him a popular figure during his three decades as an attorney at the Duluth courthouse. Since 2008, Stauber has served as a judge on the Minnesota Court of Appeals — the lone representative from Northeastern Minnesota serving on either of the state's appellate courts.
A Finland man dropped his self-defense claim and pleaded guilty to a murder charge Friday in a fatal shooting outside a popular North Shore resort in 2015. Kirk Lee Bigby, 62, admitted to unintentional second-degree murder in the slaying of 35-year-old Marcus Lee Roberts during a holiday party at Bluefin Bay in Tofte. With the plea, he averts a two-week trial that had been set to begin June 5 in State District Court in Grand Marais.
A judge urged settlement talks Thursday in the federal discrimination suit brought against the University of Minnesota Duluth by three former women's sports coaches. Senior U.S. District Judge Richard Kyle also told attorneys that he wants the case to go to trial in September if no resolution can be reached, imposing a hard deadline that he said he would not change.