City council member who threatened reporter is charged with disorderly conduct

The incident during a meeting in Roosevelt happened earlier this month.
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A city councilor in Roosevelt, Minnesota, has been charged with disorderly conduct after he allegedly threatened a reporter at a council meeting.

Bring Me The News reported earlier this month that Doris Knutson, of the Northern Light Region newspaper in Baudette, was allegedly verbally berated and intimidated by council member Arlyn Stewart at a Roosevelt City Council meeting on Oct. 1.

It came after Knutson had questioned the council over a special meeting that been held the month prior, which had not been announced to the public as is required under law.

In the ensuing exchange, Stewart allegedly crossed the room, "towered over" and "berated" the reporter, before adjourning the meeting.

The Roseau County Sheriff has confirmed that Arlyn Stewart is facing a disorderly conduct charge over the incident.

In court documents obtained by the Forum News Service, Roosevelt mayoral candidate Gerald Landby told police that Stewart approached Knutson "like a grizzly bear would do a bluff charge."

Stewart, on the other hand, told police he was at least 2 feet away from Knutson, saying she was interrupting the meeting.

The city clerk Alyce Siats also swore at Knutson, saying: "I'm so g--damn sick and tired of this bull----." The Forum News Service reports she has since resigned early, having planned to step down from her role anyway at the end of October.

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Knutson previously told BMTN that Roosevelt City Council has had "transparency issues" in the past.

"They have been asked to provide city financials for past years and have been unable to do so and they also make it pretty difficult to obtain meeting minutes," she said.

In addition, Knutson wrote, council members once "voted to not share minutes with an individual because they say she used them for the purpose of harassment, which was not in any way true."

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