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The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to open a civil rights investigation into the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old boy by an Ashland County Sheriff's Office deputy. The band said in a statement Thursday that it wants the agency's Civil Rights Division to conduct a "criminal civil rights and civil police misconduct investigation" into the Nov. 8 death of Jason Ike Pero.
The future of an $18 million discrimination lawsuit brought against the University of Minnesota Duluth by three former women's sports coaches will be on the line in a Minneapolis courtroom Monday, Oct. 30. The university's attorneys will argue that former women's hockey coach Shannon Miller, former softball coach Jen Banford and former women's basketball coach Annette Wiles have failed to produce evidence that they were forced from their positions due to age, gender, sexual orientation or national origin.
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. — A woman will spend more than 30 years in prison for beheading a Hibbing man whom she said sexually assaulted her. Kayleene Danielle Greniger, 23, of Grand Rapids, pleaded guilty earlier this year to intentional second-degree murder in the June 2016 killing of 20-year-old David Haiman. On Monday, Oct. 16, a judge ordered her to serve 367 months in prison -- the maximum sentence permitted under state guidelines.
DULUTH — 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."
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.
DULUTH — 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.
About four years ago, Karl Tarnowski built a new house for his parents adjacent to his own home along Norton Road in upper Kenwood. His dad, Ron, is 82 years old and has early stage dementia. His mom, Mary, 78, suffers from right-side paralysis and has difficulty speaking. At the new home, Karl and his wife, Bev, could check in every morning, noon and night to visit his parents and tend to their medical needs.
HIBBING, Minn.—A Hibbing murder defendant was found competent to proceed in court Thursday, nearly six months after his case was put on hold while he underwent a mental health evaluation. Benjamin David Lundquist, 32, of Grand Rapids, is accused of fatally stabbing Joel Dean Gangness inside an apartment building in January. Lundquist allegedly admitted that he knocked on Gangness' door and confronted him at random, stating that he stabbed and bludgeoned the victim because "Jesus directed him to do it," according to a criminal complaint.
DULUTH, Minn. — Eric Ringsred, a Duluth property owner and preservationist, owes more than $2.5 million in unpaid federal taxes over the past decade, the Internal Revenue Service said in a recent document filed in St. Louis County. The IRS in May issued a federal lien against Ringsred, reporting that he has failed to pay significant taxes on personal income for each year from 2007 to 2014.
WRENSHALL, Minn. — A Carlton County man allegedly carved the word "snitch" into a 17-year-old hostage's chest and circulated a Snapchat photo of the victim tied to a chair with a bag over his head. Scott Kendrick Lindgren, 21, was charged Thursday, May 18, with seven felonies in the alleged kidnapping and assault Monday at his home in Silver Brook Township, near Wrenshall. The teen, who is from Duluth but was not identified by authorities, also suffered serious head injuries and burns to his neck, according to a criminal complaint.