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A former prosecutor and nonprofit organizer with a familiar last name has entered the race for Carlton County attorney. Lauri Ketola on Monday filed for the nonpartisan office, mounting a challenge to incumbent Thom Pertler. She worked as an assistant county attorney in the 1990s, and will now seek to lead the office.
A monthslong investigation of illegal drug sales in and around Cloquet has resulted in charges against at least 15 people in Carlton and St. Louis counties, authorities announced Tuesday. The Cloquet Police Department in February launched what it has dubbed "Operation Spring Cleaning" — an effort to round up major local distributors of controlled substances, particularly methamphetamine.
CARLTON — A Bayfield man was charged Tuesday with murder and assault, even as authorities said it remained unclear why he allegedly opened fire on his uncle and cousin late Friday in rural Carlton County. James Francis Montano, 32, was arraigned in State District Court on charges of intentional second-degree murder, attempted premeditated first-degree murder and second-degree assault in the incident that killed 57-year-old Andrew James Gokee of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
A Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa councilor allegedly pocketed a $2,000 check that was intended to finance the construction of a bike path on the reservation. Court documents state that Reservation Business Committee member Vanessa Northrup deposited the check from the University of Minnesota into her personal bank account in September 2016.
In fact, when he retired after 33 years in law enforcement, Twomey acknowledged that he entered the profession on a lark and never envisioned spending his career as a cop. But he proved to be a popular figure, earning the overwhelming approval of Carlton County voters in four consecutive elections and serving as chief law enforcement officer from 1972 to 1990.
Authorities said he admitted to exposing himself to one of the women and chasing another on foot.
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. The seven-member Cloquet City Council unanimously found that a complaint brought against Stracek in March was "unfounded." Under the agreement, Stracek was immediately reinstated to his post but agreed to retire effective Thursday.
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 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.
In a one-page order issued Wednesday, Chief Justice Lorie Gildea said the high court would not accept the Carlton County Attorney's Office petition for further review in the case of Robert Todd Ferguson. The Minnesota Court of Appeals in February reversed Ferguson's 2015 conviction on a third-degree murder charge, ruling that the case was largely built on testimony of an accomplice and lacked corroborating evidence.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals reversed a Cloquet man's murder conviction for allegedly providing a fatal dose of a prescription painkiller to his daughter's friend on Monday. Robert Todd Ferguson, 53, was sentenced to more than seven years in prison in December 2015 after a Carlton County jury concluded that he was responsible for the death of 25-year-old Paul Duane Mrosla. Mrosla died from an overdose of the potent Schedule II drug on Jan. 15, 2014. He was a friend of the defendant's daughter, Charity Ferguson.