Reader's View: Would Rubin prosecute the DNR?
A Jan. 27 "Local View" commentary and the Jan. 29 News Tribune "Our View" editorial regarding St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin hiring his son deserve an opinion from someone familiar with Rubin, his past handling of multiple suspected violati...
A Jan. 27 "Local View" commentary and the Jan. 29 News Tribune "Our View" editorial regarding St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin hiring his son deserve an opinion from someone familiar with Rubin, his past handling of multiple suspected violations of state laws by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and my concerns about Rubin's prosecution of the DNR in the future.
First off, the county attorney's job is not like the job of any other county employee. By law, the county attorney's charge is to prosecute anyone who violates state law in St. Louis County, whether they're a DNR employee, county employee, or average person.
In numerous opinion letters over the past six years, I've told News Tribune readers that the U.S. Forest Service and the DNR trespassed on private property on the Dark River north of Chisholm and secretly dug up a stream riffle and took trees. I also wrote that in March 2015 the aggrieved landowner and I testified about the trespass to the St. Louis County Board at the Comet Theater in Cook, a meeting at which Rubin was present. I also said that in 2011 I twice reported the trespass to St. Louis County deputies but that nothing was done. In 2017, I wrote Rubin and asked that he file formal charges against the DNR, but he refused.
Because Rubin did not act on my request, I sent 17 letters to the U.S. Attorney for the Minnesota District, alleging one of the most complex white-collar crimes perpetrated by multiple agencies, including St. Louis County employees.
David G. Holmbeck