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GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. — A woman will spend more than 30 years in prison for beheading a Hibbing man whom she said sexually assaulted her. Kayleene Danielle Greniger, 23, of Grand Rapids, pleaded guilty earlier this year to intentional second-degree murder in the June 2016 killing of 20-year-old David Haiman. On Monday, Oct. 16, a judge ordered her to serve 367 months in prison -- the maximum sentence permitted under state guidelines.
DULUTH — Brenda Leffler Harteau started off a recent training session for local law enforcement officers with an anonymous survey. She wanted to know what officers think when they hear the terms "biased policing" and "racial profiling." No politically correct answers, she requested — just the first words that come to mind. She received an array of written responses from the 16 officers in the room at Duluth's Public Safety Building: • "Citizens not getting their way; chance to riot." • "Lack of compassion, unprofessional, not the norm."
A Grand Portage woman burned down her own home in an effort to “destroy a bad spirit,” according to charges filed Wednesday. Lori Jean Dahmen, 46, was arrested Tuesday evening after she reportedly used a cigarette lighter to set fire to a bed in the house at 71 Townsite Road. Authorities reported that she was intoxicated. Dahmen’s son, who was also home at the time, escaped without injury. The residence was considered a total loss.
DULUTH — Thirty years ago, David Johnson was stationed at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, commanding drill instructors responsible for the training of new recruits. On Friday, Oct. 6, the Duluth judge and retired colonel is returning to his old base with a special duty. He will lead the graduation ceremony for more than 300 of the country's newest Marines. "It's kind of fun to come back, since I retired seven years ago, and put the uniform on again," Johnson recently said. "It was really nice of them to do that."
DULUTH — When Michelle Anderson was sworn in last month, she made history as the first woman to serve as a district court judge on the Iron Range. But her selection hardly came as a surprise to the local legal community. During his nearly seven years in office, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has transformed the makeup of the state's judiciary — from the Supreme Court down to the district courts in the state's most rural counties.
VIRGINIA, Minn. — There are roughly 300 judges serving at about 100 courthouses throughout Minnesota. In rural parts of the state, where a courthouse may be served by only one or two judges, vacancies are few and far between. With judges serving six-year terms and rarely facing election challenges, it can often take a decade or more for a seat to open.
DULUTH — The beds have been made at the Duluth Detoxification Center's new opioid withdrawal unit. Now, officials are eager to see them filled. That should happen in the next few weeks — as soon as the facility can add staff members to serve clients in the first-of-its-kind service that promises to fill a critical treatment gap in the Northland, said Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment Gary Olson.
HIBBING, Minn. — A Hibbing woman will go to prison for providing her boyfriend with a fatal dose of a highly potent prescription painkiller. Sixth Judicial District Judge David Ackerson on Thursday handed down a guideline, four-year prison sentence to 48-year-old Kimberly Ann Elkins in State District Court in Hibbing. Elkins, in pleading guilty to a second-degree manslaughter charge in July, admitted that she caused 36-year-old Aaron John Rost's death by providing him with a portion of her prescription fentanyl patch in December 2015.
MINNEAPOLIS — A Hibbing man who twice admitted in state court to spying on and recording naked and partially clothed women through residential windows has now been convicted on federal child pornography charges. A Minneapolis jury on Wednesday, Aug. 30, found Kevin James Petroske, 36, guilty of eight counts of production and attempted production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography after a three-day trial in U.S. District Court.
Here are a few missing person cases from recent months and years still being investigated by the Duluth Police Department and other area law enforcement agencies. Anyone who may have information about any of the cases is asked to call 911. Sheila St. Clair Last seen: Aug. 15, 2015, in Duluth Age at disappearance: 48 Description: Native American, 5-5, 125 pounds, black hair, brown eyes