Law enforcement officials tell the Duluth News Tribune police are looking into an incident at the Thompson Hill rest area off Interstate 35 near Proctor last month involving state Rep. Kerry Gauthier. A State Patrol officer made contact with the DFLer from Duluth after a witness reported suspicious activity, but details aren't being released because it is "part of an active investigation and classified as criminal investigative data," State Patrol spokesman Lt. Eric Roeske said.
The Raptor Center says downward trend holding for avian influenza
A "baby shower" fundraising campaign hopes to help return young raptors to the wild.
Commemorative street name for Prince approved in Minneapolis
The block next to the First Avenue nightclub will be named Prince Rogers Nelson Way.
Monitoring severe storm threat Saturday-Tuesday in Minnesota
The holiday weekend won't be a washout, but multiple rounds of strong and severe storms are possible.
Charges: St. Cloud meth dealer had numerous weapons. body armor
Shawn Lawrence Jacobs, 38, faces 12 felony-level charges.
South Minneapolis tenants declare rent strike; allege unsafe conditions
A group of Powderhorn Park residents say they'll withhold May rent due to health and safety concerns.
Threats involving 2 students at West St. Paul middle school
Police said there is no reason to be concerned for the safety of the rest of the student body at Heritage E-Stem Magnet Middle School.
Controversial Two Harbors mayor told: Resign or face recall election
The mayor has come under scrutiny for unusual behavior this year.
3M fined $2.8M for hazardous waste violations in Cottage Grove
The company's violations spanned more than two decades.
Couple charged after $75k worth of fentanyl pills seized during traffic stop
Christopher James Payne and Kaley Maria Wethern have been charged in the seizure.
Appeal to find man, 30, missing near Mille Lacs Lake since early April
Mille Lacs Band Tribal Police issued the appeal.
Lawmaker questions police action during Gauthier investigation
An Andover lawmaker is questioning whether Duluth police broke the law by not providing public information during the investigation into Rep. Kerry Gauthier after he was involved in sexual conduct with a 17-year-old boy at a rest stop.
Duluth lawmaker at center of sex scandal released from hospital
DFL State Rep. Kerry Gauthier was hospitalized with breathing difficulty last week, soon after acknowledging to police he'd had a sexual encounter with a 17-year-old boy at a highway rest stop near Duluth. Gauthier and the teen say the sex was consensual and the boy lied about his age. The St. Louis County attorney decided against prosecuting Gauthier, but a fellow DFLer has started a write-in campaign for his legislative seat.
No charges against state lawmaker in teen sex tryst
The St. Louis County Attorney's office tells the Duluth News Tribune state Rep. Kerry Gauthier will not face charges after "suspicious activity" last month at the Thompson Hill rest stop along Interstate 35 involving a 17-year-old boy. According to police records released Thursday, Gauthier admitted he met the teen through Craigslist. Both parties told investigators that the sex was consensual and that no money was exchanged. The 17-year-old also told police that he told Gauthier he was 18.
Special session ends without action against lawmaker in sex scandal
Disgraced Democratic state Rep. Kerry Gauthier escaped any action for his removal at the Republican-controlled Minnesota House as Friday's special session keyed in specifically on flood relief. GOP House Speaker Kurt Zellers called Gauthier's sexual encounter with a 17-year-old boy at a rest stop "egregious" and still called for the Duluth lawmaker's resignation. Gauthier skipped Friday's session.
House speaker calls for resignation of Minnesota lawmaker in sex tryst
Minnesota Speaker of the House Kurt Zellers (R-Maple Grove) called Friday for the resignation of state Rep. Kerry Gauthier (D-Duluth) following the revelations of a sexual encounter last month between Gauthier and a 17-year-old boy. Authorities said Thursday that no charges would be filed in the incident, since the sex was consensual sex and no money was exchanged.
Daughter of Duluth House candidate says she was abandoned
A write-in candidate for House district 7B in Duluth is being accused of abandoning his daughter 18 years ago. His estranged daughter reached out to the local newspaper claiming his actions are no better than those made by Rep. Kerry Gauthier. Gauthier recently dropped his bid for reelection after admitting to engaging in sexual activity with a 17-year-old boy at a Duluth rest stop.
Duluth school superintendent has no Minnesota license, is under investigation
Duluth school Superintendent I.V. Foster is on paid leave while he is the subject of an investigation. He also has been serving in the post without the required license from the state.
Lawmaker warns of court fight over wolf season
Duluth DFLer Kerry Gauthier says Ojibwe tribes could be gearing up for a legal challenge over the state's proposed wolf hunting season, though the bill's sponsor, Republican Tom Hackbarth, says no tribal members have come forward to testify despite the bill's wide publicity.
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