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ROOSEVELT, Minn. — Three city council members in the northern Minnesota community of Roosevelt were replaced during Tuesday's election following a meeting in which incumbent council members allegedly refused to answer questions and voted to pay unopened bills. The council has been under fire since last month, when the former city clerk swore at a reporter and a council member towered over and berated her for asking questions during a meeting.
ST. PAUL — Julie Blaha led Pam Myhra for Minnesota State Auditor with 25 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday, Nov. 6. Minnesota is one of 24 states that elect an auditor. The position focuses on oversight of about $20 billion spent by local governments yearly and involves auditing, reviewing, investigating, reporting and educating, according to the state website. The auditor is paid $108,485.
ROOSEVELT, Minn.—A Roosevelt City Council member who allegedly threatened a reporter during a public meeting was charged with disorderly conduct Monday, Oct. 22, said Roseau County Sheriff Steve Gust. Arlyn Stewart allegedly stood over reporter Doris Knutson, from Baudette's weekly Northern Light Region newspaper, and berated her during an Oct. 1 meeting after she questioned the council for holding a meeting without public notification. He then immediately adjourned the meeting.
ROOSEVELT, Minn.—Half a month after a small-town City Council member in northern Minnesota allegedly threatened a reporter during a public meeting, the investigation is still open and council members have dodged phone calls and an open records request. At the Oct. 1 Roosevelt City Council meeting, reporter Doris Knutson from Baudette's weekly Northern Light Region was sworn at by the city clerk and said she felt threatened by a council member who towered over her and yelled.
ROOSEVELT, Minn.—A small-town city clerk who swore at a reporter last week during a public meeting said she has resigned. Reporter Doris Knutson from Baudette's weekly Northern Light Region questioned the Roosevelt City Council during its Oct. 1 meeting when she discovered they'd met without proper public notification. Knutson reported that clerk Alyce Siats shouted "My (expletive) dad died!" at her when she pressed the legality of the meeting.
The State auditor's race seems to be in the background of Minnesota politics as election day approaches. Nevertheless, Democratic-Farmer-Labor-backed candidate Julie Blaha and Republican Pam Myhra are both vying for the position. Blaha said the most common question she's asked is simple: "What does the state auditor do?" Minnesota is one of 24 states that elects the position. The role focuses on local government oversight and involves auditing, reviewing, investigating, reporting and educating, the state website said.
ROOSEVELT, Minn. — A northwest Minnesota reporter said she was threatened during a Roosevelt City Council meeting Monday, Oct. 1, after asking pressing questions. City clerk Alyce Siats allegedly swore at Doris Knutson, a reporter at Baudette's weekly Northern Light Region, and council member Arlyn Stewart allegedly got up from his chair, towered over her and berated her after she questioned whether the council was complying with open meeting laws, Knutson said. He ended the meeting after the outburst, less than five minutes after it began.
HALLOCK, Minn.—Deputies in Kittson County spent the week digging animal bones out of rock piles at a rural Minnesota farm in hopes of uncovering human remains. But after 23 years, they still haven't found Becky Jo Look's body. Sheriff Steve Porter said the search is far from over. After reopening the cold case this summer, he said deputies have interviewed nearly 60 people about the missing woman.
CAVALIER, N.D.—A Minnesota man pleaded guilty Monday, Sept. 10, in a Pembina County courtroom to five felony counts of child pornography possession. He previously served time in Canada for trying to smuggle the explicit content into the country. Craig Eugene Leslie, 27, of Anoka was flagged for additional security checks May 27, 2017, at the Pembina and Emerson border crossing, court documents said.
CAVALIER, N.D.—The owner of a historic nuclear missile bunker in Cavalier has big dreams for the site—including a survival TV show, a bed and breakfast with a dance floor and an indestructible home for the end of the world. Melbourne Sann, of Rome, N.Y., started offering tours this summer of his nuclear bunker, Remote Sprint Launch 3, which is part of the Stanley R. Mickelsen Safeguard Complex. He purchased the site during a 2013 government auction and has spent every summer since living there while working on repairs.