18-year-old woman charged with threatening to bomb Carlton County courthouse


An 18-year-old woman is charged with threatening to blow up the Carlton County Sheriff's office at the courthouse in Cloquet.

The criminal complaint filed Friday says Amber Rose Schadewald of Scanlon, Minnesota, admitted to investigators she made the bomb threat and similar ones against agencies or businesses in Minneapolis; Aitkin County, Minnesota; Superior, Wisconsin; and Kansas City.

A conviction in the Cloquet case could bring a sentence of up to three years in prison and a $3,000 fine. Cloquet police say they contacted authorities in Minneapolis and the other jurisdictions so they could start their own investigations.

Police said this week no explosives were found in Cloquet and they do not believe Schadewald had a device capable of blowing up the building.

Allegations in Carlton County

According to the criminal complaint, Cloquet police received an anonymous tip on Monday night saying a bomb would be detonated at the Carlton County Sheriff's office on Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

Police used a subpoena to learn from the internet service provider the address where the tip had originated. The complaint says the investigator, Commander Derek Randall, was familiar with Schadewald through a previous threat she'd made against Cloquet police.

Randall spotted Schadewald at the courthouse on Wednesday and questioned her about the bomb threat, leading to her confession, authorities say.

Specifics about what establishments were threatened in the other areas have not been released.

A Minneapolis police spokesman tells BringMeTheNews the department is in contact with Cloquet police but no decision has been made about whether to pursue charges in Hennepin County.

Next Up

Kyle Rudolph

Rudolph sends farewell to Vikings fans in Players Tribune piece

"Every season I played here, every game I played here — you all believed."

Megan Ryan

Star Tribune's Megan Ryan named new Twins beat reporter

Ryan replaces LaVelle E. Neal who is now in a columnist role.

minnetonka MME

Minnetonka in spotlight after teacher threatened for discussing Black trans woman

Parents and community members are calling on the district to do better and will hold a march prior to the school board meeting on Thursday.

Richard Pitino

Talk grows that this season will be Pitino's last at Gophers

A report says Pitino's tenure could be "down to his final games."

Screen Shot 2021-03-02 at 1.40.17 PM

Two gas trucks collide in Stearns County, neither explodes

The unlikely collision happened Monday afternoon.

unnamed (1)

MSP Airport expecting spring break to be busiest period since pandemic began

Passenger numbers will still be about a third lower than a year ago, though.

Target store

After bumper earnings, Target will accelerate new store openings

The retailer has revealed its plans for the next few years, which includes an investment in Minneapolis.

starbucks wayzata

100% plant-based restaurant coming to Wayzata this spring

The restaurant has plans to add additional locations in Minnesota this summer and franchise nationwide.

Patric Richardson

'Laundry Evangelist' from St. Paul gets his own Discovery+ show

Patric Richardson has built a career around the appreciation and care of clothing.


Minnesota man suspected of threatening U.S. courthouse in Fargo

The U.S. Marshal Service says a Battle Lake man was wanted for threats against the U.S. Courthouse and the police department in Fargo. At his weekend arrest he tried to flee authorities but was subdued with a Taser.

County assessor charged, suspended for bringing shotgun into courthouse

The Swift County assessor reportedly told sheriff's deputies in Benson he didn't realize he couldn't bring his shotgun to his office in the courthouse.