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BRAINERD, Minn. — Valentine’s Day should bring a joyous celebration of love, family and friendship, St. Louis County prosecutor Jessica Fralich told a jury Friday, Dec. 28. But for the family of 22-year-old University of Minnesota Duluth student William Grahek, who was slain in his own residence on Feb. 14, 2017, that will never be the case again.
DULUTH — A man was being violently attacked when he produced a knife and began swinging it at his assailant, fatally wounding him Sunday night, Nov. 4, in Duluth, police said. Police Chief Mike Tusken said the man responsible for the stabbing was cooperative with officers and was not taken into custody, pending further investigation. He added that the man’s account was corroborated by other witness statements.
DULUTH — After nearly 21 months, the first trial in the February 2017 shooting death of University of Minnesota Duluth student William Grahek is set to get underway Tuesday, Nov. 6. Noah Anthony Charles King, a 20-year-old alleged accomplice, will have his fate decided by a judge. He is one of five defendants charged in the case, with two guilty pleas already entered.
DULUTH — A Grand Rapids man charged in a 2017 Hibbing homicide case "knowingly, willingly and voluntarily" provided a confession to law enforcement, a judge said. Judge Mark Starr on Friday denied a motion to suppress statements made by Benjamin David Lundquist in the investigation of the stabbing and beating death of 54-year-old Joel Dean Gangness.
DULUTH — Vying to fill one of Minnesota's U.S. Senate seats for the remaining two years of President Donald Trump's first term in office, both major party candidates said they aren't afraid to challenge the president on immigration. That comes as little surprise from Sen. Tina Smith, the Democrat appointed to the seat in January, who has joined a chorus of critics, particularly on the administration's policy of separating children from their parents at the Mexican border.
DULUTH, Minn.—Proceeding without the benefit of a plea agreement, a Duluth teacher admitted Friday, Oct. 5, to sexually assaulting a 15-year-old former student. Karla Jean Winterfeld, 33, pleaded guilty in State District Court to a felony charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, acknowledging that she engaged in multiple sex acts with the victim over the course of about two weeks in May.
DULUTH — A Minnesota middle school teacher admitted Friday, Oct. 5, to sexually assaulting a 15-year-old former student. Karla Jean Winterfeld, 33, pleaded guilty in State District Court to a felony charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. She did so without the benefit of any plea agreement, telling Judge David Johnson that she understood she is facing a presumptive prison sentence.
DULUTH — The city is asking a judge to vacate an arbitrator's decision to reinstate a police officer to his position after he was fired for dragging a handcuffed man through a hallway and ramming his head into a steel door. Officer Adam Huot, a nine-year veteran with a history of excessive-force complaints, was terminated by the Duluth Police Department in wake of the May 2017 incident in which he was captured on video pulling an intoxicated man approximately 100 feet through the downtown skywalk system.
A Hibbing murder defendant's confession to investigators should be tossed because he was severely impaired by mental illness when he waived his right to remain silent, his defense attorney argued. Benjamin David Lundquist, 34, of Grand Rapids, Minn., is charged with intentional second-degree murder in the random stabbing and beating death of 54-year-old Jean Dean Gangness in January 2017.
DULUTH — A jury's verdict has both sides claiming victory in the lawsuit that brought a prominent Duluth priest against a man who accused him of child sexual abuse. The eight-member Duluth jury concluded late Thursday night that T.J. Davis interfered with the contractual duties of the Rev. William Graham when he filed abuse claims in May 2016, but that he did not intentionally inflict emotional distress on the priest.