Minnesota woman acquitted of illegal sexual contact charges in South Dakota

Kendra Lindblad of Dawson has been acquitted of sexual contact with a child, charges for which she was indicted in South Dakota in October 2019. She was found not guilty by a jury late last week.

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DAWSON, Minn. — A Dawson, Minn., woman has been acquitted of two charges of illegal sexual contact with a young girl in South Dakota, according to her attorney.

Kendra Lindblad, 27, of Dawson, had been charged with sexual contact with a child under 16 and attempted sexual contact with a child under 16, both felonies. She had pleaded not guilty in January 2020.

Lindblad’s attorney, Ron Frauenshuh, of Ortonville, Minn., said in a news release that Lindblad was found not guilty March 12 by a 12-member jury in Lincoln County, S.D., south of Sioux Falls.

A grand jury in Lincoln County had indicted Lindblad for alleged contact with a 12-year-old child in 2017 and 2018, when Lindblad was 24.

FROM 2020: Dawson basketball academy owner pleads not guilty in sexual contact case


Lindblad owns Redemption Basketball Academy, which operated in the gymnasium of Dawson Covenant Church near Dawson. The academy’s website is still online but it has had nothing on the calendar after February 2020.

Lindblad had attempted to purchase the old Clarkfield Gymnasium and had planned to move her basketball academy there.

Lindblad is a graduate of Dakota State University in Madison, S.D., where she was a well-known basketball player.

Kendra Lindblad

Kendra Lindblad

In 42 years in the newspaper industry, Linda Vanderwerf has worked at several daily newspapers in Minnesota, including the Mesabi Daily News, now called the Mesabi Tribune in Virginia. Previously, she worked for the Las Cruces Sun-News in New Mexico and the Rapid City Journal in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She has been a reporter at the West Central Tribune for nearly 27 years.

Vanderwerf can be reached at email: or phone 320-214-4340
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