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A wild reversal of fortunes took Alan Klapmeier from being the recipient of a $10 million verdict to owing more than $671,000 in a prolonged legal battle with Cirrus Aircraft, the Duluth-based company he co-founded more than 30 years ago. On Wednesday, Aug. 17, he received a partial reprieve from the state's high court. The Minnesota Supreme Court, in a split decision, slashed more than $542,000 from the sum he was previously ordered to pay to Cirrus.
ST. PAUL—A wild reversal of fortunes took Alan Klapmeier from being the recipient of a $10 million verdict to owing more than $671,000 in a prolonged legal battle with Cirrus Aircraft, the Duluth-based company he co-founded more than 30 years ago. On Wednesday, he received a partial reprieve from the state's high court. The Minnesota Supreme Court, in a split decision, slashed more than $542,000 from the sum he was previously ordered to pay to Cirrus.
PINE CITY, Minn.—A Pine City teen, irate over being ripped off in a marijuana transaction, retaliated by opening fire on a 22-year-old dealer, fatally wounding him in a confrontation over a $180 debt, according to court documents. Patrick James Root, 17, was charged in juvenile court last week with two counts of second-degree murder in the death of Timothy Cary Hughes, who was gunned down in a Pine City mobile home park on Aug. 4.
DULUTH — A West Duluth assisted living facility has settled the wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of a 74-year-old resident who died after wandering away from the care center in 2013. The Wesley Residence and parent company At Home Living Facilities of Hermantown last month resolved the civil suit brought in February 2016 by Mark Gerard. The disappearance of his dementia-stricken mother, Dale Gerard, set off months of searches before her body was found nine months later in the Lincoln Park area.
GRAND MARAIS, Minn. — Marcus Lee Roberts was a hard-working father of five who cared deeply for his family and spent every spare dollar helping others, those closest to him told a judge Wednesday. Nearly two years after the 35-year-old Twin Cities native was fatally shot while working at a holiday party at a popular North Shore resort, his family was left with far more questions than answers.
About four years ago, Karl Tarnowski built a new house for his parents adjacent to his own home along Norton Road in upper Kenwood. His dad, Ron, is 82 years old and has early stage dementia. His mom, Mary, 78, suffers from right-side paralysis and has difficulty speaking. At the new home, Karl and his wife, Bev, could check in every morning, noon and night to visit his parents and tend to their medical needs.
BOVEY, Minn. — With a population of only about 800, the Iron Range town of Bovey is governed by a mayor and four city councilors. Two of them are currently facing felony charges in State District Court. Councilors Michael Bibich and Bryan Johnson have each been charged this year with theft — though the alleged incidents are unrelated and have little in common. Bibich, a 64-year-old former mayor, is accused of stealing more than $1,600 worth of kitchen equipment from a gas station that had been tax-forfeited to Itasca County.
HIBBING, Minn.—A 48-year-old Hibbing woman admitted Thursday to providing her boyfriend with a fatal dose of fentanyl, a highly potent prescription painkiller, in 2015. Kimberly Ann Elkins pleaded guilty to a second-degree manslaughter charge before Judge David Ackerson in State District Court in Hibbing. Elkins admitted she was responsible for the death of 36-year-old Aaron John Rost, who authorities said overdosed after ingesting a portion of a prescription patch given to him by his girlfriend.
HIBBING, Minn.—A Hibbing murder defendant was found competent to proceed in court Thursday, nearly six months after his case was put on hold while he underwent a mental health evaluation. Benjamin David Lundquist, 32, of Grand Rapids, is accused of fatally stabbing Joel Dean Gangness inside an apartment building in January. Lundquist allegedly admitted that he knocked on Gangness' door and confronted him at random, stating that he stabbed and bludgeoned the victim because "Jesus directed him to do it," according to a criminal complaint.
DULUTH, Minn. — Eric Ringsred, a Duluth property owner and preservationist, owes more than $2.5 million in unpaid federal taxes over the past decade, the Internal Revenue Service said in a recent document filed in St. Louis County. The IRS in May issued a federal lien against Ringsred, reporting that he has failed to pay significant taxes on personal income for each year from 2007 to 2014.