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MINNEAPOLIS — A federal discrimination lawsuit brought against the University of Minnesota Duluth by three former women's sports coaches appears headed to trial, though a judge indicated Monday, Oct. 30, that he's inclined to toss parts of the case. During a three-hour hearing, U.S. District Judge Patrick Schiltz expressed skepticism over arguments made by both sides in the university's motion for summary judgment.
AURORA, Minn. — For Rita Licari, early October is a painful reminder of the tragic and still-unknown circumstances of her son's death. It was a year ago that her son, 24-year-old Scott "Scotty" Christensen, was found dead in the middle of County Highway 100 near Palo, about 12 miles south of Aurora. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office determined that his death appeared to be consistent with a vehicle-pedestrian crash, but the driver has never been located. "It's hard to move forward when you can't get any answers or closure," Licari, of Biwabik, said recently.
CARLTON, Minn. — The Korby family didn't celebrate Christmas last year. They say it'll be hard to find joy during the holiday season ever again. They spent the holidays last year planning and attending a funeral for John Korby, a 36-year-old father of six who was fatally shot on the Fond du Lac Reservation in Cloquet on Dec. 23. His killer, 34-year-old Wayne Joseph Bosto, was supposed to be a friend, said the victim's mother, Gail Korby, who is dreading the first full winter and holiday season since her son's death.
DULUTH, Minn. — Three defendants were arraigned Tuesday, Aug. 29, on first-degree murder charges in the February shooting death of Duluth college student William Grahek. Deandre Demetrius Davenport, 21; Noah Duane Baker, 20; and Noah Anthony Charles King, 19, all made initial appearances before Judge Mark Munger in State District Court in Duluth.
DULUTH, Minn. — As a Duluth police officer, Gary Waller investigated the 1977 murders of a wealthy heiress and her night nurse at Glensheen Mansion — a case that remains one of Minnesota's most infamous and intriguing crimes. As St. Louis County sheriff, he was credited with ushering in a modern age of law enforcement training and technology, improving investigations and overseeing the construction of a new jail. Waller, a familiar face in the local law enforcement community for more than 40 years, died Tuesday at his Moose Lake home. He was 72.
DULUTH, Minn. — Sixth Judicial District Judge Shaun Floerke said he spent one day this week thinking about Theresa Marie Katzmark, the 49-year-old registered nurse who admitted she was under the influence of sleeping medication when she fatally struck a pedestrian along Duluth's London Road in April. The judge said he spent another day thinking about Donna Ruth Estrem, the 62-year-old good Samaritan killed in an instant when she stopped to check on Katzmark after leaving a shift at her job as a caregiver for seniors.
DULUTH, Minn. — A half-day of private settlement talks Wednesday, July 19, failed to resolve the $18 million discrimination suit brought against the University of Minnesota Duluth by three former women's sports coaches. U.S. Magistrate Judge Leo Brisbois spent 3 hours and 40 minutes meeting with two attorneys for each side in his chambers and courtroom at the Federal Building in Duluth.
SOLWAY TOWNSHIP, Minn. — A Solway Township man had nearly twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system when he fell asleep at the wheel early Memorial Day morning, killing one passenger and injuring three others in a rollover crash, according to a criminal complaint. Austin Darrell Hilden, 19, was charged Wednesday, July 12, by summons with felony criminal vehicular homicide in the May 29 death of 19-year-old Axton Dylan Whitfield. He also faces three counts of criminal vehicular operation.
SUPERIOR, Wis. -- A bar fight allegedly led to a double shooting that left one man dead and his brother seriously injured on New Year’s Day in Superior. The Superior Police Department on Monday identified the homicide victim as 21-year-old Kyle Androsky. Authorities said he was fatally shot behind the Third Base Bar Sunday morning. His brother, David Androsky, 27, was shot in the chest and taken to Essentia Health St.
A Minnesota Court of Appeals panel seemed to agree Thursday with a district court judge's assessment that Roger Weber was "rash" in his decision to saw his neighbor's garage in half after a long family dispute. But the three judges, hearing oral arguments at the St. Louis County Courthouse in Duluth, didn't appear inclined to award the significant monetary damages sought by Mark Besemann, the Iron man caught in the middle of the quarrel.