Thom Pertler quit his job as adjunct instructor at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College after sharing two pitchers of beer with a friend at a bar before driving to teach a class at the college. He tells the Duluth News Tribune that he thinks his inability to teach the class was exacerbated by pain medication he was taking for an injury.
Motorcyclist, 59, killed after losing control on right curve
The Harley Davidson rider was thrown from his bike.
Minnesota's 2022 legislative session: What's happening?
A list of items agreed upon and yet to reach any bipartisan agreement in the latest legislative session.
Water main break floods 40-45 homes in St. Louis Park
The city says the rupture happened on Minnetonka Boulevard.
Charges: 6-year-old Eli Hart shot up to 9 times by his mother
The 28-year-old is facing 2nd-degree murder charges.
Former WCCO Radio host Dave Lee moves into podcasts
His new podcast, called 'My First Concert,' launched last week.
Tow boat collides with Mississippi River lock and dam in Alma, WI
The crash remains under investigation by the United States Coast Guard.
Police: Man in minivan approached kids, claimed he was former principal
Investigators say children were approached by a man in a white minivan who falsely claimed he'd been a local school principal.
Police: 2 people shot, 1 fatally over the weekend in La Crosse
Officers arrived to the scene and found one person suffering multiple gunshot wounds.
Wisconsin couple fight, kill bear that broke into their home
The incident happened last week in north-central Wisconsin.
USS Minneapolis-St. Paul officially launched in Duluth ceremony
It's the first U.S. Navy ship to be commissioned in Minnesota.
Carlton County attorney accused of DWI
Thom Pertler, 47, was booked into the St. Louis County Jail on suspicion of drunken driving Tuesday afternoon. The Duluth News Tribune reports the Carlton County attorney refused to submit to a chemical test of his blood, breath or urine. Pertler has been the county attorney since 2005.
Carlton Co. attorney apologizes for drunken driving
Carlton County Attorney Thom Pertler apologized to his family, colleagues and constituents for a drunken driving incident. He's been in an inpatient treatment program at Hazelden Treatment Center in Center City, Minn., for the past month. He's back at work this week. Pertler is scheduled to make his first appearance in St. Louis County Court on the charges against him in early September.
County attorney charged with DWI now in rehab
His lawyer says the Carlton County Attorney has checked into the Hazelden treatment center. His blood alcohol content was three times the legal limit to drive when he was pulled over earlier this month. The County Board of Commissioners is still awaiting word on if and when he plans to return to work.
Why do Minnesotans drink so much booze?
The Star Tribune takes a look at the data and, apparently, people in the Upper Midwest really like the liquor. The newspaper says Minnesota, particularly, consistently ranks in the top five states for alcohol consumption. The theories? Many of us trace our ancestry to northern Europe, another land known for heavy consumption. We also seem to be prone to depression. And, yes, the weather might play a part in that.
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