Rest in peace



Jesse James Peterson, 38, Moose Lake, died Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016 in Coshocton, Ohio.

He was born in Moose Lake on May 9, 1978 to James and Mary Peterson.
Jesse grew up west of Moose Lake on a portion of the original Peterson farmstead. While younger, Jesse began a lifelong passion of reading and was also involved with Boy Scouts. He graduated in 1996 from Moose Lake High School and continued his education at Fond Du Lac Community College where he received his A.A. Degree. Jesse later attended Hibbing Community College and achieved his skills to become a police officer. He worked for Moose Lake Police Department, Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office, Benton County Sheriff’s Office, and for the past 11 years worked for Carlton County Sheriff’s Office attaining the rank of Patrol Sgt.

Jesse was like a walking google, and could often recall shocking facts and MN Statutes. He was fascinated by all things nerdy and the last few years built several hives of honey bees to harvest and raise honey. Jesse was a member of the NRA and liked guns. His true passion in life was his children. Jesse was an awesome Dad who loved his children and could immediately transition from his squad car to a wonderful caring parent at the end of his day.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jim Peterson; and an uncle, Ed Heikkila.

Jesse will be remembered by his wife, Heidi; his four children whom he loved incredibly, Preston, Paris, Pierce, and Piper; mother, Mary Peterson; sister, Jasie Peterson; grandmother, Ina Heikkila Johnson; aunts and uncles, Fay (Don) Klande, Jerry (Glenna) Peterson, Larry (Sally) Peterson, Susan Vincent, Dave (Lea) Heikkila, Barb Heikkila; and numerous brothers and sisters in his law enforcement family. Blessed be the memory of 2110.

VISITATION: 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, 2016 in Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake and continue Saturday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Celebration of Life in Holy Angels Catholic Church, Moose Lake. Cremation will follow the services. To sign the guestbook online, go to

Arrangements by Hamlin-Hansen-Kosloski Funeral Home, Moose Lake.

Let the insanity ensue. Only in America can a union public servant show up for work drunk and win a $75K settlement. Is this a great country or what? Its for the kids, right??

Ex-teacher gets $75G in settlement after showing up to elementary school field trip drunk
Published October 26, 2016


A former elementary school teacher who passed out after showing up drunk to a bowling alley field trip is getting a $75,000 settlement from the Wisconsin city she sued.

The ex-teacher, Maria Caya, filed a $5.5 million lawsuit against the city of Janesville last year claiming police improperly released her blood alcohol tests, Fox 6 reported. The city council approved the settlement Monday night.

Investigators said her blood alcohol percentage was 0.27 percent on the day of the field trip in June 2013. The legal limit for driving in Wisconsin is 0.08 percent.

Another staff member took Caya to the hospital after finding her passed out in the bowling alley bathroom, WKOW reported. As many as eight other adults were chaperoning the group of 4th graders.

The school district paid her $18,000 to resign in a separate agreement. District officials said firing her would have resulted in legal costs exceeding that payout.

Caya claimed the city caused her stress and public embarassment by releasing her blood alcohol levels. Still, it’s unclear whether police actually broke any laws.

One of the seven Janesville City Council members voted against the settlement, Fox 6 added. “I think that there’s a lot of things that happened that day and I would think that a judge and jury of her peers would be able to see through all of that and make the correct decision on that,” Jens Jorgensen told the news station.

“She put our children in jeopardy,” parent Christine Nimmo said about the teacher.

Janesville is an hour’s drive southwest of Milwaukee.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Unfortunately, the FOIA request proving this will not be answered before the election…I’m sure Nolan’s lie won’t matter to staunch supporters anyway.

From the Mesabi daily news…



Jim Romsaas Oct 22, 2016

Rick Nolan is NOT for the military. I see Rick has been caught again. Between supporting Hilary Clinton and not standing against Anti mining legislation, he claims to have served in the Army Reserve. There is not record of him with the National Archives and Records Administration or with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Nothing! I personally had a face to face conversation with him May 28th 2016 and he stated he had been in the Army Reserve, this when I was speaking with him on veterans issues. He also stated this when talking with veterans in a forum in Hibbing recently. This is the lowest of lies, to promote yourself as a veteran. He voted for giving himself a raise and nothing for military members pay. In his first term in office he voted to give Vietnam draft deserters automatic entitlements to veterans benefits. So all the adds your hear about him being for the veterans, its totally false. He is only running ! with it because its a election year. Shame on you Rick. Go pick you wild rice. I bet you don’t know the first thing about harvesting wild rice. I see you corrected that in your current ads on TV, Our gun rights are not about hunting, they are our right to own. You still receive a F rating from the NRA. That is the truth. Please vote Mills, not Nolan.

Cory Pylkka


Today’s feel good story with a happy ending.

An armed man held a toddler hostage for hours. A police sniper fired one shot and saved her.

By Kristine Guerra October 24 at 11:27 AM

Officer Jason Lawless, an Oklahoma police sniper, had one chance, one narrow window to save a 2-year-old girl who had been held hostage for hours by an armed man.

The suspect, Salvador Reyes, had barricaded himself inside the Tulsa home of his estranged wife. He was holding a handgun in one hand and the toddler in the other.

Police said the 42-year-old suspect forced his way into the home and started an argument. The woman, her boyfriend and three other children were able to escape while Salvador grabbed his estranged wife’s 2-year-old daughter, prompting a three-hour standoff, Officer Leland Ashley, a spokesman for the Tulsa Police Department, told The Washington Post.

Ashley said a Spanish-speaking police officer tried several times to persuade Salvador to release the child and come out of the house — to no avail. At one point, Reyes went out on the home’s balcony and pointed his handgun at the officers, and then at the child.

When he came out on the balcony again, still holding the toddler, Lawless fired one shot from his .308 semiautomatic rifle, striking Salvador in the head. He died immediately. The child was not injured.

Officer Jason Lawless shot and killed an armed man who held a 2-year-old girl hostage on Tuesday in Tulsa, Okla.

The incident happened early Tuesday, about 14 miles outside downtown Tulsa. Reyes showed up at the home shortly before midnight, Ashley said. He was shot at about 3 a.m.

Ashley said he does not know the nature of the suspect’s relationship with his estranged wife, or what prompted him to take the little girl hostage. The police department is not releasing the names of the others involved in the domestic dispute. Reyes is not the toddler’s father.

Lawless, who has been a patrol officer for the police department since 1998, is a precision rifle operator — more commonly known as a sniper — for the agency’s Special Operations Team, which is often called to deal with sensitive hostage situations.

He did not respond to an interview request from The Post. Efforts to reach a supervisor for the Special Operations Team were unsuccessful.

But Shannon Kay, owner and instructor at K&M Shooting Complex, a Tennessee-based sniper training facility, said the incident sounds like a textbook scenario of what officers like Lawless face regularly.

“Basically, it’s not just to protect and save the lives of those in danger, but also minimize the injuries not only to themselves but also on the first-responders,” Kay said. “He saved a little girl’s life and quite likely, saved potential harm to other people.”

Kay, who has taught snipers for the U.S. military, said the pressure that officers face when dealing with sensitive hostage situations “should not be underestimated.” Usually, when snipers go through training on how to deal with certain types of scenarios, their targets are static and they know what they’re about to face, Kay said.

Real-life situations are different.
“These guys are getting called into a tense situation already. The target is moving,” Kay said. “One tragic mistake, one slight mistake to the level of precision that these guys are shooting can be absolutely catastrophic.”

In the Tulsa case, not only was the suspect likely moving, but he was also holding the toddler in his arms. And Lawless had to wait for the right time to fire, Kay said.

“To me, that shows a tremendous amount of restraint…. You had to be very deliberate. You’ve got to be perfect 100 percent of the time, and he was this time,” Kay said of Lawless. “I guarantee you all the training he’s been through absolutely prepared him for this.”

How police snipers are trained varies across the country and often depends on a police department’s budget and size. Some train officers in-house, while others go through outside agencies like Kay’s.

If people understood the training that snipers — and law enforcement in general — have to go through, “I think they’d respect them a lot more,” Kay said.

“You think the sniper woke up that morning and said, ‘I want to go take another person’s life?’ No. They want to get up, they want to do their job and they want to come home and raise their family like everybody else,” Kay said.

Lawless has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard practice in officer-involved shootings.


I guess cartoon county isn’t the only jurisdiction with prosecutors more concerned with plea agreements than justice.

Former mayor of Minnesota town pleads guilty to breaking into current mayor’s home
By Forum News Service Today at 5:48 p.m.

MONTEVIDEO, Minn. — Described at the time as believing the western Minnesota town had “a conspiracy going against him,” the former mayor of Watson pleaded guilty earlier this month to breaking into the current mayor’s home in March.

Joseph Mark Rongstad, 34, will be sentenced Dec. 13 on a felony charge of third-degree burglary. As part of an Oct. 10 plea agreement, additional charges of felony first-degree burglary and misdemeanor trespassing will be dismissed.

Rongstad was also facing charges from February for allegedly firing a rifle through the sunroof of his truck, saying, according to court documents, that he was “trying to get away from the corpses that were after him.”

Those charges will also be dismissed at the sentencing hearing in the burglary case, as part of the plea agreement.

Rongstad lives across the street from current Watson Mayor Kyle Jones, according to court records. Rongstad was elected mayor of Watson in 2012, and Jones was elected mayor in 2014.

Anyone remember Sarah Palin being incessantly mocked for talking about death panels? Its here..I don’t hear any apologies..

Assisted-suicide law prompts insurance company to deny coverage to terminally ill California woman

By Bradford Richardson – The Washington Times – Thursday, October 20, 2016

A terminally ill California woman says her insurance company denied her coverage for chemotherapy treatment but offered to pay for her to kill herself, shortly after California passed a law permitting physician-assisted suicide.

Stephanie Packer, a wife and mother of four who was diagnosed with a terminal form of scleroderma, said her insurance company initially indicated it would pay for her to switch to a different chemotherapy drug at the recommendation of her doctors.
“For a while, five months or so, we’ve been trying to get me on a different chemotherapy drug for the infusions, because my doctor felt that it would be less toxic than some of the other drugs that we were going to be using,” Ms. Packer said in a video distributed by The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network on Monday.
“And I was going back and forth, and finally I had heard back from them, and they said, ‘Yes, we’re going to get it covered, we just have to fix a couple of things,’” she continued.
But shortly after California’s End of Life Option Act, which authorizes physicians to diagnose a life-ending dose of medication to patients with a prognosis of six months or less to live, went into effect, Ms. Packer’s insurance company had a change of heart.
“And when the law was passed, it was a week later I received a letter in the mail saying they were going to deny coverage for the chemotherapy that we were asking for,” Ms. Packer said.

She said she called her insurance company to find out why her coverage had been denied. On the call, she also asked whether suicide pills were covered under her plan.
“And she says, ‘Yes, we do provide that to our patients, and you would only have to pay $1.20 for the medication,’” Ms. Packer said.
Ms. Packer said her doctors have appealed the insurance company’s decision twice, to no avail. She said the assisted-suicide law creates an incentive for insurance companies to deny terminally ill patients coverage.
“As soon as this law was passed — and you see it everywhere when these laws are passed — patients fighting for a longer life end up getting denied treatment, because this will always be the cheapest option,” she said.
Her story comes as the D.C. Council considers permitting physician-assisted suicide. Modeled on Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act, the District’s legislation would allow terminally ill patients to self-administer life-ending drugs at home.
The “Death With Dignity Act” will go before the D.C. Council for a final vote on Nov. 1.
After the right-to-die movement began garnering national attention, Ms. Packer said she noticed a change in tone at her support groups for terminally ill patients. While the meetings were formerly positive and encouraging, she said the specter of suicide now hangs above them like a dark cloud.
“And people, once they became depressed, it became negative, and it started consuming people,” she said in the video. “And then they said, ‘You know what? I wish I could just end it.’”
Ms. Packer said her children motivate her to fight her illness.
“I want to live for my kids,” she said. “I want them to see that dying is a part of life. Your end of life can be that opportunity to appreciate things that you didn’t appreciate before, to say things that you didn’t say before.”

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Meanwhile, barely a whisper of the $80 million spent by obama on his vacations …..

Lawmakers blast Pentagon over ‘boneheaded’ clawback of improper military bonuses
Published October 24, 2016

Outrage after thousands of soldiers asked to repay bonuses
California lawmakers from both sides of the aisle piled on the Pentagon after reports it is forcing service members to repay enlistment bonuses improperly paid to thousands of National Guard soldiers a decade ago.

The Defense Department ordered as many as 10,500 former National Guardsmen from California to pay back enlistment bonuses totaling as much as $20 million, or $15,000, according to The Los Angeles Times. The bonuses were paid to entice more people to enlist during the U.S.-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a 2013 Inspector General’s report deemed some excessive.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy called the Pentagon demands “disgraceful.” McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, said the House will demand answers from the National Guard Bureau, the Pentagon agency that oversees the California branch of the Guard.

“I find it hard to believe either you or your leadership team was aware that such a boneheaded decision was made to demand repayment,” Hunter wrote in a letter to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter in which he asked Carter to put his weight behind a quick remedy.

Takano called it “ridiculous,” and said Congress is prepared to act.
“These service members — many of whom were sent into combat — are now being forced to make difficult and painful decisions to pay back thousands of dollars they never knew they owed,” said Takano said, a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee. “The solution to this ridiculous situation is an act of Congress.”

Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said those who have been told to repay their bonuses can appeal the order.

“Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who volunteer to serve this country deserve our gratitude, respect, and the full support of the Department of Defense,” Davis said.

“We have the authority to waive individual repayments on [a] one-by-one basis,” added Davis. “Individuals have to apply. There is not currently the authority to waive these things writ large.”

Iraq veteran and former Army Capt. Christopher Van Meter, 42, was ordered to repay a $25,000 reenlistment bonus the Pentagon said he was ineligible to receive. He was also asked to repay $21,000 in student loan repayments.

Van Meter told the LA Times that rather than fight the Army he paid back the money after refinancing his home.

“These bonuses were used to keep people in,” Van Meter said. “People like me just got screwed.”

The Times reported that 48-year-old Army Sgt. Robert Richmond, who suffered permanent injuries in an Iraq roadside bomb attack, is refusing to repay his $15,000 cash bonus. The Army contends he was ineligible to receive the bonus in 2006 because he had already served 20 years in the Army.

“I signed a contract that I literally risked my life to fulfill,” Richmond told the paper. “We want somebody in the government, anybody, to say this is wrong and we’ll stop going after his money.”

Investigations determined that fraud and mismanagement due to poor oversight contributed to the California Guard bonus overpayments, according to the Times.

California Guard officials conceded to the paper that taking back the money from military veterans is distasteful.

“At the end of the day, the soldiers ended up paying the largest price,” Maj. Gen. Matthew Beevers, deputy commander of the California Guard, said. “We’d be more than happy to absolve these people of their debts. We just can’t do it. We’d be breaking the law.”

Some guardsmen face even more serious punishment. Eight current or former members of the California National Guard were indicted in 2014 on federal charges for fraudulently obtaining recruiting referral bonuses, according to The Associated Press. reported that one former service member was enticed by a $10,000 bonus to leave the Reserves and join the California National Guard as a military police member for a deployment to Iraq in 2009.

“I served two years in Iraq and then came home in 2011 to find out the CA ARNG did not have the correct paperwork and I was required to pay back the bonus,” the individual wrote to’s Paycheck Chronicles blog in 2014.

Issa said the effort to recoup bonuses from men and women who wentinto harm’s way to serve their country is “unconscionable.”

“The recent report regarding reenlistment bonuses being clawed back are extremely troubling,” Issa said. “It is unconscionable that the responsibility for paying for bureaucratic malfeasance and corruption over a decade ago is being laid at the feet of the heroes who put themselves in harm’s way to keep our nation safe. The Department of Defense should forgive these debts immediately.”

Other parts of the Defense Department have mismanaged similar bonus programs.

Earlier this year, the Pentagon’s bomb squad team was saddled with debt due to an accounting error. One member of the team committed suicide. The department agreed to forgive the debt after and The Washington Post reported on the case.

He’s no less of a shitbag because his confession was ruled inadmissible. Your tax dollars hard at work.

Charge in Iron Range Cold Case Thrown Out, Ex-Suspect to Be Released

Bruce Wayne Cameron will be released from jail after a judge threw out a second-degree homicide charge against him.

bruce-wayne-cameron-with-sidebarsOctober 24, 2016 11:58 AM

A man held for more than a year in a decades-old Iron Range homicide case is set to be released from jail after a judge threw out the charge against him.

Forty-six-year-old Bruce Wayne Cameron was arrested in June of 2015 and had been charged with intentional second-degree murder. The charge came in the death of Leona Mary Maslowski, who was 83 when she was killed in her Virginia apartment in 1987.

Cameron’s public defender argued that Cameron’s confession was coerced, and that he was allegedly mislead into believing he would only face juvenile charges.

On Friday, Judge David Ackerson threw out the confession as inadmissible. The confession had been used to establish probable cause in the case.

The document specifies that Cameron should be released ten days from the date of the order, which is Oct. 31.


Police brutality protest briefly blocks Edina intersection
“I Am a Man” rally was held to highlight allegations of police brutality against black men.
By Liz Sawyer Star Tribune OCTOBER 22, 2016 — 7:02PM

Protesters marched down the middle of the street during a protest march on 50th Street on Saturday, October 22, 2016, in Edina, Minn.

About 100 people rallied and marched in Edina on Saturday to protest police brutality, blocking the busy intersection at 50th and France for about 40 minutes.

The gathering, organized around the theme of “I Am a Man,” was held to address the issues of racial profiling and police violence against black men, including fatal police shootings of Jamar Clark and Philando Castile. Its initial inspiration was last week’s encounter between a black pedestrian and a plainclothes Edina police officer, part of which was caught on camera.

Black men were invited to stand together on the steps of City Hall, where speakers challenged the police’s account of the incident and the way they interact with black residents.

John Thompson, of St. Paul, pointed to his 7-year-old son, Myzjohn, and other little boys in the crowd, declaring: “They won’t be Philando! They won’t be Jamar!”

“They won’t be standing here begging for the same rights,” said Thompson, who worked with Castile in the St. Paul School District.

Edina was chosen before organizers were aware of Friday’s announcement by Minneapolis police that officers involved in Clark’s November 2015 fatal shooting would not face disciplinary action after being cleared by an internal affairs investigation.

Hashim Yonis, center, raised his fist alongside others protesting the issues of racial profiling and police violence against black men.

The peaceful protest, which began around 1 p.m. at Edina City Hall, wound its way through residential streets before blocking 50th and France, the heart of a popular upscale shopping area. Most onlookers from nearby restaurants and stores appeared to be sympathetic, despite the resulting traffic jam.

March marshals clad in bright yellow vests held signs up for riders on a blocked bus to read that said, “One race: Humans.” The protesters let one driver pass after he told them he had to go to work and expressed support for their message.

Several male organizers removed their shirts during the march to show support for Larnie B. Thomas, the pedestrian in the Edina video who ditched his shirt to try to prevent plainclothes officer Lt. Tim Olson from grabbing him.

“I understand that people have died for this cause, and the sad part is that they still are,” said longtime north Minneapolis activist Bill English, 82.

Last week, Thomas was detained and cited by Edina police for walking in the street. Charges were later dropped. A seven-minute bystander video of the incident went viral, garnering more than 8 million views on social media and sparking national outrage about how the man was treated.

This week, city officials said they believe “officers followed established protocol,” but dismissed the citation and apologized to a crowd that jammed the City Council chambers to discuss the incident.

Three separate dashcam videos released Friday show the aftermath of the altercation. There’s no footage of Thomas walking in the street or the confrontation between Thomas and Olson.

The Rev. Danny Givens, clergy liaison for Black Lives Matter Minneapolis, said Thomas was simply a black man trying to get to work on time, navigating around sidewalk construction. Protesters blocking the intersection Saturday demanded that Olson be fired.

“That’s not how you treat a black man,” Givens said to cheers at Saturday’s rally. “That’s not how you treat any man.” 612-673-4648 bylizsawyer