Rather refreshing to read this…

Muslim Woman Attacks Muslims For Demanding Halal Food At Minnesota Food Banks

By  @ZoeMintzz.mintz@ibtimes.com on October 24 2014 8:46 AM

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A Muslim woman’s Facebook post went viral this week after she criticized members of a Muslim Somali community in Minnesota. Flickr

An organization representing Somali refugees in Minnesota is demanding more availability of halal products on food pantry shelves, asking local officials to reallocate part of their budget to accommodate Islamic dietary restrictions.

Emina Dedic could relate to the community’s struggle. The 25-year-old Muslim woman came to America more than two decades ago after her family escaped a concentration camp during the Bosnian genocide. While she remembers what it was like to struggle during her family’s resettlement in the U.S., the idea that a Muslim community was asking for government accommodation didn’t sit well with her.

“I’m about to put a smack down on my brothers and sisters,” Dedic wrote in her Facebook post on Oct 20. “Why on earth [do] they think it is okay to look into the eyes of the already generous US taxpayer and say your charity is not good enough for me. I demand special treatment.”

A political activist who holds conservative beliefs, Dedic added, “If you truly have trouble getting Halal foods, ask your mosque. Ask the Islamic community.”

Its kind of nice to see a group stand up to the union thugs, isn’t it?

Law Enforcement Unions Endorse Scott Walker

Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker speaks in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in this June 4, 2012 file photo.  REUTERS/Darren Hauck
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“The Milwaukee Police Association, Milwaukee Police Supervisors’ Organization, and Milwaukee Professional Firefighters Association formally announced their endorsement of Governor Scott Walker’s re-election today. The organizations highlighted the governor’s “strong commitment to public safety in Wisconsin” a press release from the Walker campaign announced.

“Our police force and firefighters are critical to the safety of Milwaukee and its citizens,” Gov. Walker said in a statement. “My administration is committed to ensuring these professionals have the resources and information they need to serve and protect our communities. In a second term as Governor, we will continue our commitment to the brave men and women of our public safety community.”

The Milwaukee Police Supervisors’ Organization told The Daily Caller News Foundation that they are “proud to endorse Governor Walker for a well-deserved second term. We know Governor Walker is committed to public safety. He is a proven leader and supporter of Law Enforcement and law enforcement related issues across the State of Wisconsin.”

“Governor Walker understands the complexities law enforcement officers and their supervisors face on a daily basis, as they protect every member of their communities,” the statement continued.  ”We appreciate and trust Governor Walker to continue his support for keeping our citizens and communities safe.”

In a statement given to TheDCNF from the Milwaukee Police Association (MPA), their president, Michael Crivello, declared, “Governor Walker has demonstrated an absolute unwavering focus towards safer communities and quality of life for Wisconsin citizens – all very evident in his clear vision for Public Safety and continual support of law enforcement.”

MPA is a local chapter of the International Union of Police Associations (IUPA), which is an affiliate of the AFL-CIO. On the national level, the AFL-CIO has been adamantly opposing Walker.

Walker’s poor standing with unions stems from him winning the enactment of Act 10, a state law that prohibited collective bargaining on anything beyond raises tied to inflation, eliminated automatic union dues deductions from public workers’ paychecks and required these workers to contribute more to their health insurance and pensions.

The AFL-CIO reaffirmed their long held commitment to defeat Walker in a recent radio ad, “We have to hold Gov. Walker accountable, for refusing to raise the minimum wage, for killing paid sick leave in Milwaukee and for making Wisconsin last in jobs in the Midwest.”

Police and fire unions were exempt from Act 10, although there has been talk of extending it to include them.


If its so overwhelming, change careers.

St. Louis County child protection worker tells task force about overwhelmed system

By Brady Slater on Oct 22, 2014 at 11:19 p.m.

David Vukelich asked to be forgiven for sweating. He was sick, he said. But it did not stop him from addressing the Governor’s Task Force on the Protection of Children on Tuesday in Duluth City Council chambers.
Vukelich, a St. Louis County child protection social worker, spoke as part of a panel that addressed the task force. The task force was in town for the second in a series of statewide meetings.

Vukelich said he worked on 120 child protection cases last year.

“One hundred twenty is completely overwhelming,” he said. “If every agency in the state is at that level, it’s a disaster.”

The task force was convened to address a child protection services system that has come under fire for having presided over too many tragedies across the state. It is expected to have early recommendations for changes to the system presented to the governor in December and final recommendations to the Legislature in March 2015.

The panel of Vukelich and two other area child protection workers talked about how there is a child foster care crisis in St. Louis County, with not nearly enough beds. They spoke of a drug problem that is at the core of almost all the work they do with children and families. They said there is so much data entry required in their work that it threatens to compromise their investigations and responses — if it hasn’t already.

“We’re spending a lot more time at our desks,” said Vukelich, who investigates reports of child maltreatment to determine the county’s course of action.

Vukelich and the other members also spoke of long hours and of priorities and timelines that don’t always sync with the law enforcement officials with whom they’re supposed to be coordinating. At one point, Vukelich pleaded, “The important piece for us is we need help — resources.”

Vukelich and the panelists answered questions from the task force of 16 people and additional  voices who were on speaker phone — human services directors, county commissioners and agency presidents and legislators, and even a former state Supreme Court judge, a police chief and a physician.

When they were done, Vukelich had a question for them.

“Are you considering a line worker on the panel?” Vukelich said, referring to the workers like himself who members of the task force had previously referred to as “the guts” and the “front lines” of the child protection process.

Lucinda Jesson, the state’s Department of Human Services commissioner, gave a polite reply but not the affirmative answer for which Vukelich was looking.

“It is worrisome,” said Jean Sewell, a Lake County child protection worker based out of Two Harbors who spoke after the hearing. “He was dismissed, and that’s a concern for me. I hope this isn’t a politically motivated show.”

Scott County Director of Health and Human Services Judith Brumfield is a member of the task force. She said that what’s important is the task force is listening to line workers.

“It is our job to represent and to go to the Legislature,” Brumfield said. “I was a child protection worker. It was the job I wanted.”

Gov. Mark Dayton assembled the task force earlier this fall. He was responding to a Minneapolis Star Tribune investigation into the death of Eric Dean, a 4-year-old Pope County boy who was killed by an abusive stepmother. The death, in February 2013, occurred despite 15 maltreatment reports from child care workers leading up to it. Only one of the reports ever reached law enforcement. The state’s reliance on family assessment over investigation has come under intense media scrutiny.

Family assessment is a practice intended to keep the family unit unified while it works on specific issues with the involvement and support of social workers. Dean’s death is not the only tragedy to occur while under the purview of the state’s child protection services. There are several others, including Layna Peterson, the 13-month-old Duluth girl who was killed by her father, Eric Peterson, earlier this summer. The Peterson family was being supported by social workers through the family assessment process at the time of Layna Peterson’s death in July.

More lefty hypocrisy,,,

Just Guess What Ferguson Police Found on Missouri Democrat Who Has Sponsored Several ‘Anti-Gun’ Bills…

Missouri state Senator Jamilah Nasheed, a Democrat who was sponsored several “anti-gun” bills in her state, was arrested Monday night during a protest outside of the Ferguson Police Department. However, it’s what police officers found on her that is raising eyebrows.

Nasheed was carrying a loaded 9mm handgun and extra rounds of ammunition, according to Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson. She also refused to take a breathalyzer test after officers determined she “smelled strongly of intoxicants,” sources told KMOV-TV.

Screengrab via KMOV-TV

Screengrab via KMOV-TV

Nasheed claimed on Tuesday that she was not intoxicated at the time of her arrest and emphasized that she is a legal concealed carry permit holder.

Police arrested and charged the state senator with failure to obey lawful order of police and manner of walking in the roadway after she and other protesters refused to get out of the street.

On Tuesday morning, Nasheed said it was a “symbolic arrest” to send a “message to the protesters that we can protest peacefully and that we must protest peacefully and that we want justice for Michael Brown.”

On Oct 20 19:23:16

Sen. Nasheed had handgun on her at time of arrest, refused breathalyzer, police say

Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed had a gun in her possession at the time she was arrested Monday night outside the Ferguson Police Department, according to Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson. view full article


The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action has dubbed several pieces of legislation sponsored by Nasheed “anti-gun,” including an amendment that would require gun owners to report a firearm stolen within 72 hours.

Nasheed also reportedly pushed for a bill that would have required any “parent or guardian of a child who attends a public, private, or charter school shall notify, in writing, the superintendent of the school district, or the governing body of a private school or charter school, that such parent or guardian owns a firearm within thirty calendar days” of enrollment.

(H/T: TS)

Someone finally pulled their head out…its a start, I guess.

Homeland Security Announces Travel Restrictions for ‘Protective Measures’ Against Ebola

Flights between the U.S. and Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea will now require additional screenings.

People wait in a security line at John F. Kennedy Airport on Feb. 28, 2013.(Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

October 21, 2014 Travelers flying between West African nations affected by Ebola and the United States will now be subject to additional screenings and “protective measures” to help prevent the disease from spreading into the U.S., the Homeland Security Department announced Tuesday.

All passengers flying from Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea into the U.S. will be required to enter the country through five major airports: Dulles International Airport in Virginia; John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York; Newark Liberty International Airport; Chicago O’Hare International Airport; and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

All five airports will now be required to specially screen passengers whose trips originated in any of those three countries and to submit passengers to “added protocols, including having their temperature taken,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a release on Tuesday.

Johnson stopped short of announcing a full ban on travel between the three nations and the United States, despite increasing calls from members of Congress to do so. The White House has said as recently as last week that it opposes such a restriction. However, Johnson added: “We are continually evaluating whether additional restrictions or added screening and precautionary measures are necessary to protect the American people and will act accordingly.”

The changes announced by Johnson on Tuesday will take effect on Wednesday morning.

These restrictions alone aren’t likely to seriously quiet the calls from congressional Republicans and others for more restrictive measures, such as instituting complete travel bans from those countries or visa bans for their citizens trying to come to the U.S.

Matt Berman contributed to this article.

But wait, I thought they were “The JV team”.

Bachmann Gets Security Detail After ISIS Threat

by  20 Oct 2014 
After an ISIS (or ISIL - Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) threat against Rep Michele Bachmann emerged online last week, federal law enforcement took it seriously enough that Capitol Police have now assigned her a special security detail.

An online threat against Bachmann emerged recently, according to multiple law enforcement officials familiar with the situation. Last week, Bachmann was provided a security detail in response, according to the sources.

Technically no longer a Congressowman given her retirement, members of “the U.S. Capitol Police’s Dignitary Protection Division were briefed on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The police security will continue until Bachmann, who will retire at the end of this Congress, is no longer in office”.


I doubt it will backfire, all democrat politicians are hypocrites and its no secret. Blame, defame, lie…it doesn’t matter to them.

Franken’s Attacks on ‘Fat Cat’ Financiers Backfire

Minnesota Democrat invested in opponent’s tax-inverting company as son’s private equity firm opens shop in Caymans
Al Franken

Al Franken / AP

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Sen. Al Franken (D., Minn.) is hoping to saddle his Republican challenger with Mitt Romney-esque charges of “vulture corporatism,” but his own investment activities, and those of his son, could blunt those attacks with charges of hypocrisy.

Franken’s campaign has scoured public records for evidence that his opponent, investment banker Mike McFadden, has closed business deals that resulted in layoffs.

“‘The Democrats are going to try and nail McFadden as the incarnation of a Wall Street fat cat, as they did with Mitt Romney,” University of Minnesota political scientist Larry Jacobs told Bloomberg.

The Franken campaign points to a 2012 deal in which McFadden’s firm, Lazard Middle Market, organized a merger that relocated the corporate headquarters of Jazz Pharmaceuticals to low-tax Ireland, a move commonly known as a tax inversion.

McFadden says he was not directly involved in striking the deal, but Franken’s campaign has seized on it. “He knew he was helping an American company dodge paying taxes and is just as culpable for this deal as anyone else,” Franken spokeswoman Alexandra Fetissoff said in August.

Tax inversions have become a rallying cry for Democrats looking to penalize companies that seek to reduce their tax burdens and shore up their populist credentials.

However, Franken’s attack is complicated by the fact that he himself was an investor in Lazard’s parent company.

His stake in the company even came by way of a mutual fund billed as “socially responsible.”

Franken says that his stake in the company was small, and that he did not have control over the mutual fund’s specific investment decisions.

McFadden’s campaign insists that Franken is trying “to demonize anyone’s business background that runs for public office.” Franken says he simply objects to McFadden’s chosen line of work.

“Bad for workers, good for workers—no matter what, he got paid,” the comedian-turned-senator quipped.

While that might be an effective election year line—it took its toll on Republicans’ 2012 presidential nominee—an attack on investment banking might also ensnare Franken’s own son.

“Mike McFadden knew what kind of buyer he would attract when he represented a company in a nation known for being an offshore tax haven,” Franken declared in one of his salvos against McFadden’s business career.

Franken was referring to Ireland. However, a more notorious tax haven, the Cayman Islands, enjoy the business of private equity firm Cohesive Capital Partners.

Joseph Franken, the senator’s son, is a senior associate at the firm, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission show that Cohesive has two private equity funds that, while headquartered in New York City, are incorporated in the Cayman Islands.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Caymans are “a favorite destination for private-equity managers to locate new partnerships, mostly because foreign investors can participate while avoiding some U.S. tax entanglements.”

One of Cohesive’s funds, Cohesive Capital Partners II (Offshore), L.P., was incorporated this year. The other was formed in 2010.

Franken’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment by press time.


Sadly, Pertler’s only competition in the County Attorney race withdraws.

Surprise! Candidate forum takes unexpected turn

 Today at 7:10 a.m.
The only truly jaw-dropping moment during the Cloquet Candidate Forums Thursday came when Dennis Genereau announced he was withdrawing from the Carlton County Attorney’s race, leaving incumbent Thom Pertler unopposed in theory, if not on paper, since it’s too late to alter the ballots.
“Up until about five minutes ago, I was involved in this race for County Attorney,” Genereau told an astonished audience, including moderator Pete Radosevich, who’d found out only minutes earlier that Genereau intended to bow out. “I’ve worked for Carlton County since 1998, in the County Attorney’s office [as an assistant county attorney] until 2011. I threw my hat in the ring because, although the office handled a number of issues well, I felt there were some things that the County Attorney’s office could have handled differently. There were some opportunities to make a difference that I could definitely be part of.”

Working as County Coordinator for the past three years has been demanding, he said, but added that a lot of the changes that he’s been working on are happening now.

“For that reason and other personal reasons, some health issues, I’ve not been able to put the time that I’d like to in this campaign and with this, I’m officially noting my withdrawal from the race,” he said. “I want to continue to focus on my job, doing it well, and spending time with my family and our farm.”

Genereau apologized to supporters and any who have already voted for him via absentee ballot. He said the move came only after a doctor told him he needed to cut back and friends and family that he consulted said they supported the move.

“You really do know how to steal the show,” Radosevich told him. “Announcing on the night of the forum that you’re no longer running for office is a big deal.”

Radosevich noted that Genereau had appeared on his political talk show, Harry’s Gang, more than once.

“Your issues with the County Attorney’s office weren’t really with how Mr. Pertler ran the office, rather how you would have run it yourself,” he posed to Genereau, who concurred, saying he would have focused on the things he could have brought to the office rather than on the current County Attorney.

Radosevich turned to Pertler.

“It’s an interesting position for you, Mr. Pertler,” the moderator said. “You will have to continue to let people know that you are the only candidate now.”

Rather than end the County Attorney forum early, Radosevich proceeded to question both men on their jobs with the county, a parallel line of questioning that was awkward at times, especially because Genereau’s position as county coordinator is not an elected position and was never in doubt.

Pertler stressed his qualifications for the job, including nine years as Carlton County Attorney and 10 years as assistant county attorney before that. He talked about his role in the recently created Carlton County Drug Court and his service heading up a legislative drug task force in 2009. He noted that the County Attorney’s office handles both the criminal and civil legal matters of the county, and advises the County Board and all the county departments. He acknowledged a growing crime rate and pointed out that his department continues to handle the increased number of cases with the same number of staff members.

“I’m very mindful of taxpayer dollars,” he said.

After the forum, Pertler said he only found out minutes before the forum and had no prior notice that Genereau might pull out of the race. He was not disappointed, however.

“I respect his decision to do it publicly and I thank him for his support,” Pertler said, referring to Genereau’s statement that he was throwing his support to the incumbent.

For his part, Genereau said after the forum that he felt some relief.

“To be honest, it’s been weighing on my mind for probably two or three weeks,” he said.

Whether or not he will throw his hat back into the ring in four years is an unknown. Genereau said he’d rather focus on his work as county coordinator.

“I hope in four years the community will be proud of the work that we’re doing on a county level,” he said. “I hope to get kids and adults understanding what the county does, our role.

“As for the County Attorney’s office, I would expect things to be handled there in a good way and I would support Thom. If they’re not … I’d support whatever brings about that improvement.

“It’s a very important office and it needs to be handled well.”

The County Attorney forum was, rightly, the shortest event of a night that also included candidate forums for Cloquet School Board, Cloquet City Council Ward 1 and Cloquet Mayor (together), and Minnesota House Seat 11A. All of the forums were broadcast live on CAT-7 TV (channel 7 for cable TV subscribers) and on WKLK at AM 1230 or FM 96.5 or online at northwoodsradio.com. CAT-7 will rebroadcast the forums regularly until shortly before the General Election on Nov. 4.

Highlights of the different candidate forums follow:

subhed: Cloquet School Board

All five candidates for three Cloquet School Board seats were present for the forum, including incumbents Dave Battaglia, Dan Danielson and Ted Lammi as well as challengers Richard Colsen and James Mallery II.

In their introductions, Battaglia stressed his 34 years as a school teacher and administrator; Colsen talked about his 17 years in human services and concerns about being prudent with school district dollars. Danielson said his background in law enforcement offers him a unique perspective, while Lammi, a pilot for Delta Airlines, pointed to his work as chief financial officer for his church. Mallery, an accountant by trade who now oversees an organization (Mash-ka-wisen Treatment Center) with a $4 million annual budget, said he could bring financial knowledge and acumen to the board that he thinks is lacking.

All five candidates either have or had children in the Cloquet School District and said they wanted all children to have the same opportunities they did when they went to school.

The first and most telling question to the candidates was about the proposed new middle school. Pete Radosevich — who alternated moderator duties with Barry Bergquist — asked each one if they thought the school would be built and if so, what they’d like to see. Most of the answers turned into a commentary on whether or not the candidates thought now was a good time to try to build a new school.

Both Colsen and Mallery don’t want a new school built until the district pays off all its current debt, which is close to $20 million.

Colsen pointed to the district’s space issues. (Both elementary schools are very full, and a new middle school would likely include students in grades 5 through 8, moving the fifth grade out of the elementary schools and creating more space.)

“I believe … some of the space issue is an artificial problem created by open enrollment [by students outside the district] and the district’s not capping open enrollment,” he said, adding that he didn’t like what he heard about the district diverting funds from the middle school to other building projects. “The district is holding us hostage. We’ve got space — we just need to make some tough decisions.”

Danielson spoke next, and talked about a failed referendum for a new building 15 years ago, and the lack of space.

“The security issues are near and dear to my heart,” Danielson said, voicing his support for a new middle school and renovations at several other schools. “I want to make sure our staff and children are safe.”

In his response, Lammi compared investing in major repairs (like the heating system, which was installed in the 1950s) to putting new tires on an old car a week before you were going to sell it.

He said janitors at the middle school go up to a room on the third floor and “feel the temperature,” then run down three flights of stairs to adjust the ancient boilers.

“That building needs to be replaced,” he said. “And decisions made earlier [about spending money elsewhere] don’t change the fact that there is no parking and no green space at the middle school.”

Battaglia said people need to make up their own minds.

“I’ve been told a new school will cost me about $10 a month in property taxes,” Battaglia said, adding that the school portion of his property taxes has only gone up $19 in the last five years. “People need to look at their own taxes. You can’t just say there’s going to be a tax burden. Look at your own situation.”

Open enrollment, he pointed out, brings in between $6,000-$8,000 in funding per student, so he thinks it’s a good problem to have.

“Get 10 new students and it more than pays for a teacher,” Battaglia said.

Mallery hammered the issue of fiscal responsibility, and said if he is elected he will make sure people understand the district’s current debt (estimated at more than $20 million) and what will happen to that debt if the referendum (and additional debt of close to $50 million) are approved.

There were more than 30 people in the audience for the school board forum, the largest crowd in the past few years for the candidate forums sponsored by the legislative affairs committee for the Cloquet Area Chamber of Commerce and its media partners.

subhed: Mayor of Cloquet, Cloquet City Council Ward 1

Ward 1 incumbent Dave Manderfeld and challenger Jeff Rock answered questions about their priorities for city government along with incumbent Cloquet Mayor Bruce Ahlgren, since the issues are largely the same. Mayoral candidate Dave Hallback had work obligations and couldn’t make the forum but sent his regrets.

The three candidates talked about why they were running for office.

“If I’m elected, my No. 1 priority is curbing the escalating crime problem,” said Rock, noting that if elected he will support the police department any way he can. “Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve seen the increased burglaries, robberies and vandalism. This stuff never used to happen in this town. We all have to be more vigilant. … I’m running for City Council because I want to make Cloquet better and safer.”

Manderfeld talked about his experience working 22 years in everything from logistics to quality management at USG, plus his time on the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District Board and what those things have taught him about leadership and life. He said he ran four years ago after his cousin told him if he was going to complain, he should get involved.

“I will listen to you,” he said. “I’ve been in this community listening all along. … I want to see this community grow. I don’t want ridiculous taxes, but I also don’t want to lose services.”

Ahlgren listed the things he’s helped make happen — the Cloquet Senior Center, the Cloquet Area Recreation Center (now Northwoods Arena) and the local option sales tax, something he lobbied for at the Legislature for close to 10 years.

He promised this would be the last term, but said there are things he wants to finish.

“Cloquet is in great financial shape,” he said. “We’re going to do what’s right. We’re going to fix more streets. We are studying facilities, housing, parks. We need affordable housing and I’d like to see a skate park. And a splash pad for the young kids who don’t swim yet. I’ve got 40 years of community service, volunteering, and 40 years of networking. I know people at the national level, local, county and at the governor’s office. I know I can do the best job for the people of Cloquet because of my networking abilities.”

Editor’s note: The Pine Journal is working with Cloquet High School teachers to arrange at least one forum for both mayoral candidates.

subhed: Minnesota House of Representatives, District 11A

Challenger Tim Hafvenstein and incumbent Mike Sundin had plenty of differences, making the job that much simpler for voters.

Hafvenstein would trash MnSure, the state’s version of the Affordable Care Act because “so much of it is unworkable.”

Sundin supports it.

“I believe the closer we move to affordable healthcare for everyone, the better off we’ll be as a society,” Sundin said.

On the fact that the Polymet mine has yet to get approval, eight or nine years later, the two also differed.

“If we can do it safely, let’s do it, but the burden of proof is on the company,” said Sundin. “Until they prove themselves capable, that project should be on hold. Those minerals will still be in the ground and when we get to them, we get to them. We need to protect our waters.”

“I’m for the mine being open,” Hafvenstein said. “Yes, we need to make sure it’s safe, but I think that eight or nine years figuring out whether or not it’s safe and all the regulations and all the hoops they’ve had to jump through. There’s nothing there showing there’s a problem. I think it’s time to start giving approval.”

Hafvenstein, a Republican, is a former shop teacher in Esko who was laid off when the district dropped its shop program. Since then he’s been office manager at two different businesses, and now works as a substitute teacher during the school year and a camp maintenance director near Mahtowa in the summer. He and his wife homeschooled their three children.

Sundin grew up in International Falls and then Grand Rapids, moving to Cloquet in 1977. He was involved in coaching while his boys were growing up and his building trades union. He’s also been active in politics for a long time, and decided to run for office two years ago when the redistricting created an entirely new district for Cloquet.

On whether or not they would consider an increase in the state gas tax to pay for repairs to state highways and bridges, Hafvenstein said no and wondered what happened to funds he thought voters had approved for road projects.

Sundin said he would prefer to fund improvements another way, stressing that it’s important for commerce and safety. He gave as an example using a hybrid system that would tax wholesale sales of petroleum products.

Sundin was all for public transportation, including a high speed train to Duluth and expressed concerns about the state’s rail system hauling dangerous and large quantities of oil.

Hafvenstein said he is opposed to light rail because he thinks it is too heavily subsidized, adding that it makes no sense to run a train from Duluth to Minneapolis. He would, instead, put that money back into roads and bridges.

Editor’s note: Check out the Pine Journal website next week for additional highlights from each forum and look for our special Voters’ Guide section in next week’s paper, which will include information on any candidates in elective contests who responded to our questions.


More dopers…

Four Cloquet residents face charges in meth bust

By Wendy Johnson Today at 12:09 p.m.

 Just as the Cloquet City Council was meeting last Tuesday evening, a major methamphetamine bust was going down practically right outside city hall.
Four Cloquet residents are now facing charges as a result of that drug bust, as well as a related one conducted the following day. Dawn Marie Seaman (AKA Clarissa Tillries Landowski, Dawn Marie Larsen and Dawn Marie Larson), 45, has been charged with felony first- and second-degree possession of a controlled substance, and Shane Orrin Johnson, 28, has been charged with felony aiding and abetting second-degree possession of a controlled substance.

Zachary Ryan Bissell, 32, faces charges of felony first-degree sale of a controlled substance and felony first-degree possession of 25 grams or more of methamphetamine. Amelia Marilyn Baker, 30, has been charged with felony fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance.

According to Cloquet Police Chief Steve Stracek, on Oct. 3 detectives received information that led them to launch an investigation into a group of suspects believed to be involved in distributing meth within the city.

The criminal complaints filed in the cases reported that arrangements were made by detectives through a confidential reliable informant to purchase two grams of meth from one of the suspects in exchange for $200 in marked money. The deal was consummated by the informant and the meth was turned over to police.

Similar arrangements were made for a controlled buy on Oct. 6, this time using $360 in marked bills for the purchase of an additional three grams of meth, which was also turned over to police.

Then, on the evening of Oct. 7, another controlled buy was set up using $200 to purchase three more grams of meth. The informant then requested to buy seven more grams of meth at a price of $700 from the suspect, who agreed. At the time of that sale officers moved in and arrested Dawn Marie Seaman, 45, and the $700 in marked money was recovered.

With Seaman at the time of the arrest was Shane Orrin Johnson, 28, who was riding along with Seaman, allegedly to assist in the sale of the meth. Johnson was arrested at that time as well.

According to police detectives, Seaman admitted to possession and sales of meth, and Johnson acknowledged he was providing assistance to Seaman during the sale of the seven grams of meth by “providing protection and making sure the sale went down as planned.”

As detectives continued their investigation, they learned from Seaman that her source for the meth was Bissell, who resided in the 300 block of 21st Street in Cloquet.

Detectives then obtained a search warrant and executed it at Bissell’s residence on Oct. 8. There, they found meth in excess of 25 grams. Baker was also present at the residence at the time of the search, and she was found to be in possession of a small amount of meth. Bissell reportedly acknowledged that he had been selling large amounts of meth to Seaman, including that which was sold during the controlled buys, and added he had been selling meth to Seaman and others for a period of time.

Judge Robert Macaulay set bail in the amount of $100,000 bond or $10,000 cash on Seaman. She is now slated for an initial appearance/Rule 8 hearing at 9 a.m. Oct. 15.

Bail in the amount of $40,000 bond or $4,000 cash was set on Johnson, and he was granted a pretrial conditional release. He will make an initial appearance at 9 a.m. Nov. 17.

Judge Macaulay set bail on Bissell in the amount of $40,000 bond or $4,000 cash. His next court date is at 9 a.m. Oct. 15.

Baker received bail in the amount of $10,000 bond or $1,000 cash and was granted pretrial conditional release. She is slated for an initial appearance at 9 a.m. Oct. 20.

Only Seaman remained in custody as of Tuesday, according to Jail Administrator Paul Coughlin.


Do you suppose the garbage nazi will snitch out any accomplices? Were any taxpayers contacted as victims of her theft? Of course not…

Former Transfer Station employee expected to plead guilty of embezzling

By Forum News Service Today at 6:29 a.m.

A Cloquet woman accused of embezzling some $1 million while working at the Carlton County Transfer Station is expected to plead guilty at a hearing next month.
Joanne Wappes, 63, is charged with theft by swindle and embezzlement of public funds. She appeared before Judge Robert Macaulay in State District Court in Carlton last Wednesday.

Attorneys met with the judge and informed him that there is a resolution in the matter, but asked for more time to finalize documents. Terms of the plea agreement were not disclosed.

“We’re making sure everything is in line,” Assistant St. Louis County Attorney Karl Sundquist, the case’s special prosecutor, explained after the hearing. “We want to get it all in writing.”

Macaulay scheduled a plea hearing for 9 a.m. Nov. 14. Wappes remains free on pretrial supervised release.

The case has been plagued by delays and continuances since Wappes was charged in September 2013, as the parties have sorted through voluminous financial records and attempted to hammer out an agreement. Among the issues, a significant amount of restitution is expected to be ordered.

Wappes worked as a clerk at the transfer station for nearly three decades, collecting money from customers at the gate.