Jury Awards Ventura $1.8M in Defamation Case

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Jul 29, 2014, 3:30 PM ET
By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press
 Associated Press

A jury has awarded former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura $1.8 million in his lawsuit against the estate of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle.

The federal jury in St. Paul found Tuesday that the 2012 best-selling book libeled Ventura in describing a bar fight in California in 2006. Kyle wrote that he decked a man later identified as Ventura after the man allegedly said the Navy SEALs “deserve to lose a few.”

Ventura, a former governor and professional wrestler, testified the incident never happened. Kyle insisted in testimony videotaped before he was slain last year that it did.

Both sides put witnesses on the stand during the two-week trial that backed their version of events.

Legal experts said before the trial Ventura had to clear a high legal bar to win.

Is he sorry for his disgusting behavior or is he sorry he got convicted?

Cook County Attorney Scannell apologizes after conviction for sexual misconduct

By Kyle Farris on Jul 28, 2014 at 10:58 p.m.

“I apologize to the young woman involved from the bottom of my being for hurting her in any way and to her family for the pain that I have caused them,” Scannell wrote, adding that the girl and her family “always treated (him) with kindness and respect.

“I apologize to my incredible wife and sons, our supportive families and friends, and the Cook County community for the trouble I have caused. I have done wrong, and I take full responsibility for those mistakes and the pain that resulted. I hope some of you can forgive me someday.”

The conviction came Friday from a Duluth jury of nine men and three women, following nine hours of deliberation over two days. Scannell, 48, was released without bail and is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 26.

Special prosecutor Tom Heffelfinger said the apology Scannell issued Saturday is inconsistent with the testimony he gave Wednesday, in that the statement refers to the remorse he feels for how he treated the alleged victim. Scannell testified that he had “thoroughly, utterly and evilly” betrayed the trust of the 17-year-old girl’s mother but did not expand his statement to include the girl herself when Heffelfinger asked if he had betrayed her trust in the same way.

“Mr. Scannell’s apology is ironic in light of the fact that during the trial he admitted to violating the trust of the victim’s mother but denied violating the trust of the victim herself,” Heffelfinger said in an interview Monday. “Nevertheless, it is my hope that Mr. Scannell’s apology will help heal the wounds that have been suffered by the victim, her family and also the broader Cook County community.”

Joe Tamburino, the attorney who defended Scannell, said he doesn’t feel the apology is inconsistent with his client’s testimony.

“I think it’s an evolution of thought,” he said.

“Once a trial is over, you have a chance to reflect on what has occurred and the pain you might have caused other people,” said Tamburino. “It’s an evolution of his thought, and he is truly sorry.”

According to Tamburino, who said he has not spoken with his client since Friday, it was Scannell’s decision to make a formal apology. Tamburino said the trial “took a lot out of (Scannell),” who, he said, is resting at home with his family.

“He wishes none of this had happened,” Tamburino said.

Still unresolved is Scannell’s future practicing law in Cook County.

Scannell has five months remaining on his term as county attorney, and it’s unclear whether any attempts will be made to remove him from office. He did not file for re-election.

Cook County Commissioner Garry Gamble said the county’s Board of Commissioners will address Scannell’s status at a special public board meeting Thursday.

The board is seeking legal counsel as to how it may proceed, Gamble said, and will hold off any action until a collective decision is reached. In Cook County, there isn’t a set protocol for unseating a public official such as Scannell, Gamble said.

Also in question is Scannell’s career in law altogether.

Martin Cole, director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility, said the agency monitored the proceedings of Scannell’s case and will conduct a further review after the sentencing.

Felonies don’t always result in disbarment, Cole said, though Scannell’s behavior likely warrants punishment.

“I’m confident there will be some sort of disciplinary action,” he said.

Molly Hicken, Cook County’s assistant attorney, has been filling in for Scannell. Hicken, who testified during the trial that Scannell had discussed his relationship with the girl several times while at work, could not be reached for comment.

In most instances, the age of sexual consent in Minnesota is 16. But criminal charges still can be made if the alleged perpetrator was in a position of authority over the alleged victim.

Now 19, the woman with whom Scannell was convicted of using his position of authority to initiate a sexual relationship alleged that Scannell touched her breasts, abdomen, legs and buttocks in August 2012 and that she resisted his attempts to engage in sexual intercourse. She had known Scannell since she was 9, she testified, and saw him as a family friend and father figure.

Scannell admitted to kissing the girl and, on one occasion, inadvertently touching her breast.

Another settlement for the license snoopers.

By Staff reports, Moose Lake Star Gazette

Settlement reached in sheriff’s dept. lawsuit

A $29,000 settlement, plus legal fees, which Pine County Attorney John Carlson stated could reach over $100,000, was reached in a lawsuit regarding former Pine County Sheriff’s Department employee Anne Rasmusson and four Pine County employees. In a 2012 lawsuit, the plaintiff, Rasmusson, alleged that four Pine County Sheriff’s Department employees had violated her right to privacy by unlawfully accessing her driver’s license information through law enforcement access with no legal reason for the look-up. It was determined the unlawful look-ups violate the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA). Pine County will pay a $2,500 deductible to the county’s insurance company for the settlement amount.

The unlawful look-ups of Rasmusson’s driver’s license began, according to an article in Citypages.com, after Rasmusson took a medical retirement caused by an injury working as a police officer for the Eden Prairie Police Department. In the City Pages article she alleged that while reconnecting with a law enforcement academy friend, he mentioned that he and his partner had looked up her driver’s license photo on the computer in their squad car and commented that she looked great. Rasmusson then allegedly began getting unsolicited dating offers from policemen. In another event, Rasmusson alleged that a man she stopped seeing continued to call and drive past her house and stated to Rasmusson that another police officer had “filled him in” on her past, her dating life and kind of car she was driving.

She also claimed that while at the gym, she overheard police officers who frequented the gym talking about what she looked like before losing weight, even though she hadn’t met them until after she lost her weight. According to the story, she moved away from Lakeville, where she had been living, to a 160-acre bungalow far away from the city where she would later find employment with the Pine County Sheriff’s Department. To the City Pages reporter Rasmusson stated, “I just wanted some privacy. I didn’t know what more to do.”

After continued harassment and a feeling of paranoia, Rasmusson, according to the article, contacted the Department of Public Safety Data Practices coordinator to find out if people had been accessing her private data. The coordinator told her that her private data was accessed over and over by police officers all across the state going back to 2007. After that, each of the look-ups would be investigated. It was discovered that a large number of police officers would look up Rasmusson’s photo for the reason of comparing old pictures to new ones to see if there was plastic surgery done.

In all, 104 officers in 18 different agencies across the state accessed her data over 400 times. The story of the lawsuits and the unlawful look-ups then made national news. According to one national news article, Rasmusson has won over $1 million in lawsuits regarding the data look-up, including close to $400,000 each from both the city of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

The DPPA established in 1994 states, “A state Department of Motor Vehicles, and any officer, employee, or contractor, thereof, shall not knowingly disclose or otherwise make available to any person or entity personal information about any individual obtained by the department in connection with a motor vehicle record.” And according to the act’s civil action options, the act states, “A person who knowingly obtains, discloses or uses personal information, from a motor vehicle record, for a purpose not permitted under this chapter shall be liable to the individual to whom the information pertains, who may bring a civil action in a U.S. District Court. The court is allowed to award $2,500 for each case.”

According to epic.org (Electronic Privacy Information Center), DPPA was established in response to a series of abuses of drivers’ personal information held by the government. The 1989 death of actress Rebecca Schaeffer was a prominent example of such abuse. In her case, an obsessed fan was able to obtain her address through her California motor vehicle record. The fan used her information to stalk and kill her.

County Attorney Carlson stated during the board meeting, “All of the employees from the sheriff’s department have access to license information, but it is improper to look someone up out of curiosity. This all would be easily fixed if a person logged in and wanted to run a name and they type in reason for wanting information. People are doing it everywhere. This law firm will keep going because they get their money. This claim was in Pine and Chisago counties. Both counties need to do better in training and documenting these things.”

“The practice of people looking up driver’s licenses for no good reason needs to end,” he added.

County Commissioner Steve Hallan of Pine City asked, “At some point, John, when people have been trained and someone goes against policy, when will the person that does the wrong deed be held responsible and not the agency they work for?”

“Do we do a good job in this county to know that people know the rules? Probably not. Everyone in my office has to log on the reason and it would be good if the sheriff’s department would do the same,” Carlson said.

Pine County Sheriff Robin Cole responded, “This lawsuit is over one look-up and we haven’t had any since.”

Attorney Carlson replied, “That is not true. We have had a couple former dispatchers.”

Cole added that all new employees cannot get access to the system without going through the training required by the state. “Anne Rasmusson was the first one on the ride and the ride is ending because the municipalities around the state can’t afford it,” stated Cole.

“There is a long back story but I won’t say what it is because these folks are sitting here typing it all out. We have other ones downstairs that are bubbling here, but legislators are looking at putting an end to it. The state owns and operates the system and it is their responsibility to monitor the lookups,” added Cole.

County Commissioner Steve Chaffee of Hinckley asked Cole, “Do you have training for your employees?”

Cole responded, “The deputies that were involved in the 2011 case, when were they trained? We have no record of it.”

Discipline has varied within the enforcement agencies involved in the lawsuit from termination, suspension and demotion to no discipline. Cole said all involved employees in Pine County have been gone for at least three years, with most incidents happening before April 2011.

In case you didn’t notice..

Barack Obama has already checked out of his job

The degree to which Barack Obama is now phoning it in – sleepwalking perfunctorily through his second term, amid golf rounds and dinner parties – is astonishing

US President Barack Obama enjoys a round of golf in Hawaii, January 2014

US President Barack Obama enjoys a round of golf in Hawaii Photo: EPA

By Matt K Lewis

12:04PM BST 26 Jul 2014

President Obama has emotionally checked out of his job a couple of years early, it seems. How can one tell?

Candidates for president who brazenly assume they are the inevitable victor are sometimes accused of “measuring the drapes” for the White House.

Obama, conversely, seems to be prematurely packing his bags in hopes for an early departure.

Top priority? Barack Obama greets people in Delaware (AFP/Getty)

Just last week, for example, the Los Angeles Times reported that “The First Family is believed to be in escrow on a contemporary home in a gated community where entertainers Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby once maintained estates”.

George Santayana observed that “Americans don’t solve problems, they leave them behind”. Perhaps the president is taking this to heart.

For rumours to catch fire, an element of truth must typically be involved.

The fact that the press would find relevance in speculating on Obama’s post-White House residence – and identify California as the kind of scene the future ex-president would want to hang out in when he leaves office – is perhaps telling.

And, indeed, this comes on the heels of multiple reports from outlets such as The New York Times and Politico, detailing how Obama has increasingly been spending his time at trendy restaurants and fancy, late-night dinner parties with celebrities and various intellectuals.

Rubbing elbows with the rich and elite is fine enough. Unfortunately, the work suffers. The degree to which he is now phoning it in – sleepwalking perfunctorily through his second term – is astonishing.

And based on his recent handling of situations much more serious than a possible post-presidential move to sunny California, it seems as if “No Drama Obama” is no longer even worried about keeping up appearances; he doesn’t care enough to fake it.

Consider this: In recent days, a) Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down, apparently by Russian separatists in Ukraine, b) In the Gaza strip, the numbers killed continued to mount as Israelis and Palestinians exchange rocket fire, c) a huge influx of children fleeing Central American poverty and gang warfare swamped America’s southern border, creating a humanitarian crisis. And, oh yeah, d) Christians living in Mosul were given the choice to either convert to Islam or flee the area they have inhabited for nearly two thousand years.

You know what else has happened during this time? a) Obama played many rounds of golf, b) he attended numerous fund-raisers, c) he dined on barbecue in Texas and burgers in Delaware, and d) he almost appeared on the comedian Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night television show in Hollywood.

I say “almost” because the White House finally relented. “We ultimately elected not to have the president do that interview over the course of this trip,” the White House press secretary, Josh Earnest, conceded. “And that is at least in part related to the challenges of doing a comedy show in the midst of some of these other more serious matters that the president’s dealing with in the international scene.”

The irony is that Obama won election in 2008, partly based on his ability to demonstrate leadership (at least, rhetorically).

And, despite a less-than-perfect first term, the public believed enough in his “hope and change” mantra to return him to office – a move reminiscent of Samuel Johnson’s observation about second marriages being “a triumph of hope over experience”.

But today, one wonders if Obama even has the energy left to summon some of the old magic that got him elected. A souffle, as they say, doesn’t rise twice.

While we tend to think of them as polar opposites, Obama’s predecessor had been similarly excoriated for similarly botching a few big moments where he should have been on the job. For President George W Bush, the images of Hurricane Katrina continue to haunt his legacy. He later regretted not going to there immediately after the hurricane hit.

“I should have touched down in Baton Rouge, met with the governor, and walked out and said, ‘I hear you. We understand. And we’re going to help the state and help the local governments with as much resources as needed’,” he confessed in 2010.

Woody Allen famously said, 80 per cent of life is just showing up. He wasn’t wrong. But, in lieu of showing up, there is an even easier way to avoid looking quite so out of touch. If Obama were worried about bad optics – about appearing out of touch – he might play a bit less golf (another lesson he could have learned from his predecessor).

During one unfortunate event caught on tape, and featured in the Fahrenheit 9/11 film trailer, the then President Bush was unfortunately filmed saying: “I call upon all nations to do everything they can to stop these terrorist killers. Thank you.” Then, holding up a golf club, he added: “Now, watch this drive.”

This was a brutal blow. Fair or not, playing golf has a way of making one look simultaneously elitist and aloof. Obama tends to dismiss such cautionary tales.

For example, the suggestion that while in Texas he should have gone to the border and addressed the growing humanitarian crisis (instead of attending fund-raisers) was dismissed as the suggestion he do a theatrical “photo-op”.

This is at best unromantic, and, at worst, cynical. Words matter.

Showing up matters. Was it a “photo-op” when Ronald Reagan spoke in front of the Brandenburg Gate and declared: “Tear down this wall!”?

I suppose one could have made that argument.

Obama’s not dumb, and he’s clearly capable of marshalling an effective propaganda campaign when he wants to. So what explains this series of bad optics, which might be described by PR professionals as political malpractice?

The only thing that makes sense is that he is exhausted and, perhaps, has checked out of the job early.

If Nero fiddled while Rome burned, then Obama is dining out, golfing, and raising money while the world collapses.

Matt K Lewis is a senior contributor at The Daily Caller website in Washington, DC

Will he be fired? Of course not.

Police Chief Charged With Signing Up Tea Party Leader on Gay Porn Sites

July 24, 2014 – 3:11 PM

Campbell, WI Police Chief Tim Kelemen (center) in court after being charged with unlawful use of a computer to harass a Tea Party member. (AP/LaCrosse Tribune)

(CNSNews.com)– A  police chief in Wisconsin has been charged with a misdemeanor after he used the name of a local Tea Party leader to create fake accounts on gay dating and pornographic sites, as well as HealthCare.gov and Match.com, to harass him.Tim Kelemen, chief of police in the Town of Campell in western Wisconsin, faces one count of unlawful use of a computerized communication system, which carries a maximum penalty of $1,000 in fines and 90 days in jail.

However, his attorney. Jim Birnbaum, and Monroe County District Attorney Kevin Croninger have worked out a deal that will allow Kelemen to avoid conviction if he pleads no contest and completes counseling and 40 hours of community service, according to the Associated Press.

Kelemen admits to signing up La Crosse Tea Party leader Greg Luce for the websites, Birnbaum told the Associated Press.

According to the incident report of the case, “Kelemen went on to confirm what he had done and said he wasn’t going to deny it, but said he didn’t think it was that big of a deal.”

Kelemen and Luce have reportedly been at odds since last fall, when Kelemen convinced the town’s board to pass an ordinance banning signs, banners, and flags on an Interstate-90 overpass frequented by Tea Party protesters as part of the Overpasses for Obama’s Impeachment project.

Last December, a Campbell police officer issued citations toTea Party members for displaying the American flag on the overpass.


Overpass protestProtesters in Campbell, WI on Interstate-90 overpass. (AP/Thomas More Law Center)


Kelemen says that Luce then urged his supporters across the country to bombard the Campbell Police Department with phone calls to protest the move.

“I think it isn’t fair when the behavior of the Tea Party has been unchallenged and unabated,” Birnbaum said in defense of his client. “Then to have a charge filed against the chief because of, really, an act of frustration is unfortunate.”

However Luce’s attorney, Erin Mersino, disputed Kelemen’s claims.

“I think that this is a person who has made a terrible mistake who is trying to divert away attention from what he personally did,” Mersino told CNSNews.com.

“All of these claims, to us, are totally unfounded and not based in truth, and we have not seen any evidence other than the attorney’s statements to the media,” Mersino noted.

Luce has filed a federal lawsuit against the police chief accusing him of identity theft and violating his First Amendment rights. Kelemen’s attorney did not return multiple calls from CNSNews.com for comment.

A decision has not been made on whether Kelemen will remain police chief. That decision is up to the Campbell Town Council, Mersino told CNSNews.com. Only those with felony misdemeanor convictions related to domestic violence are barred from the police force, according to the Wisconsin Department of Justice.



Facebook ‘likes’ lead to Douglas County burglary arrests

By News Tribune on Jul 26, 2014 at 9:55 a.m.

Authorities say two burglary suspects “liked” a photo posted on the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page of their accomplice using a credit card they allegedly stole from a town of Lakeside residence.

Lisa J. Schulties

Lisa J. Schulties, 32, and Jeorge A. Sales, 26, were charged this week with felony burglary in the June 26 burglary. They are scheduled to appear in Douglas County Circuit Court for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday.

The sheriff’s office on July 11 posted a surveillance image on Facebook of a man walking into a local retailer with credit cards that were taken from the Lakeside burglary. Both Schulties and Sales liked the photo.

The investigation led to the arrest and confession of Schulties. She also implicated Sales, who is her boyfriend, the sheriff’s office said.

The man seen in the surveillance photo is not a suspect in the burglary and no charges have been filed against him. The sheriff’s office said he apparently fled after seeing his photo on Facebook. Investigators said they still would like to speak with him.

As it should be. Now, he should be tarred, feathered, and required to repay the taxpayers for his “leave”.

Jury finds Scannell guilty on multiple counts

By Tom Olsen Today at 2:59 p.m.

 A jury of nine men and three women found Cook County attorney Tim Scannell guilty of two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct Friday in his sexual misconduct trial.
Scannell, 48, has admitted that he had a relationship with a 17-year-old girl in the summer of 2012. He was accused of kissing and touching her sexually while the two were parked in his family van on a rural Cook County road. Scannell.

During the trial, the girl testified that she had known Scannell since she was about 9 years old. She said their physical relationship began with kissing when she was 17. During August 2012, it progressed to touching of her breasts and buttocks, she testified. The girl said she refused several of his advances to engage in sexual intercourse.

Scannell admitted that they kissed fewer than 10 times, but rebutted much of her testimony. He said he never touched her sexually, only inadvertently touching her breast once, and denied that he ever suggested they engage in sexual intercourse.

Because the age of consent in Minnesota is typically 16, the jury was asked to decide whether Scannell was in a “position of authority” over the girl at the time of the acts. That became a major sticking point between the two sides. Scannell’s defense said that while his behavior was “distasteful” and “immoral,” there was nothing illegal about the physical relationship.

Scannell remained county attorney during his trial, but had been on medical leave since last October as he continued to recover from a courthouse shooting in December 2011. Scannell was shot four times after prosecuting Daniel Schlienz for sex crimes involving a minor.

He was not running for a third term in this fall’s general election.

Why do judges accept ridiculous plea bargains? Nothing goes better than porn, pot, and probation, right?

Minnesota man caught with child porn, pot avoids prison

By Dan Nienaber

POSTED:   07/25/2014 12:01:00 AM CDT
UPDATED:   07/25/2014 06:25:29 AM CDT

An Eagle Lake man, who avoided a prison sentence after pleading guilty to selling marijuana and possessing child pornography, told a judge he learned his lesson and promised he would never break the law again before she sentenced him to seven months in jail.

Scott Michael Schaible, 51, was scheduled to be sentenced Friday but the hearing was moved to Thursday. He pleaded guilty to one count of felony drug dealing and six felony counts of possessing child pornography in May. That was after prosecutors agreed to recommend a downward sentencing departure that would allow Schaible to avoid the prison term recommended by sentencing guidelines.

Agents with the Minnesota River Valley Drug Task Force obtained a warrant to search Schaible’s rural Eagle Lake house during an April 2013 drug-dealing investigation. They reported finding a cache of child pornography, 5 pounds of marijuana, a digital scale, property that had been reported stolen from area residences and tools Schaible had reported stolen. He had collected a $13,000 insurance claim for the stolen tools, according to the criminal complaint.

Schaible forfeited all the property, including 34 guns, that were confiscated from his house during the search.

Felony charges of receiving stolen property and insurance fraud along with seven additional counts of child pornography possession also were dismissed in exchange for Schaible’s plea.

District Court Judge Krista Jass accepted the plea agreement, noting it had also been recommended by Schaible’s probation officer and mental health professionals, before staying the execution of a five-year prison sentence.

“I’d like the court to know I’ve been carrying this cross for a year and a half,” Schaible said before he was sentenced. “I never quit thinking about it from when I get up until I go to bed at night. I dream about it.”

Schaible was placed on five years probation with the condition he serve 120 days in jail. He is scheduled to start his jail sentence, which will allow him to leave for work, in two weeks. His jail term could be reduced to 80 days with good behavior.

Jass also ordered Schaible to register as a predatory offender, have no unsupervised contact with females younger than age 18, comply with treatment recommendations, not possess any pornography or visit establishments with sexual entertainment, pay a $3,000 fine and not use alcohol or drugs. Schaible will be required to take random drug tests, polygraph tests related to pornography and can be searched at any time without a warrant.

Misleading? I’d call it fraud.

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Minnesota Sues For-Profit Colleges For Misleading Students

8:13 PM 07/23/2014
Blake Neff

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson announced Tuesday that the state will be pursuing claims against Globe University and its sister school, the Minnesota School of Business.

Swanson accused the schools of using high-pressure tactics “reminiscent of sales boiler rooms” to swindle prospective students. The school’s recruiting team, she said, “train[ed] representatives not to take ‘no’ for an answer” and exploited their dreams to lure them into pursuing degrees that didn’t qualify them for the careers they desired. In the end, she said, students were left with tens of thousands of dollars in debt without being any closer to a job.

One example of Globe’s duplicity, Swanson said, is how it lured in students who wanted to become police officers. Minnesota law requires that prospective officers graduate from a school with proper regional accreditation. Globe, however, lacks such an accreditation, meaning that its criminal justice degrees are invalid for students seeking to join police forces in the state.

Similarly, Swanson accused Globe of convincing students to enroll in a two-year program to become parole officers, when a four-year degree is needed to earn such a job.

“It isn’t right for students whose goal is to protect and defend the public as police officers to be sold a degree that doesn’t even allow them to become a police officer in Minnesota,” said Swanson in a press release.

At one point during a news conference announcing the suits, Swanson played a clip from the recent film “The Wolf of Wall Street” in which Leonardo DiCaprio, playing a penny stock kingpin, explains how to scam individuals with aggressive sales tactics.

To be successful, DiCaprio says, one makes a compelling pitch, “and then you wait, and whoever speaks first loses.” Globe’s training is nearly identical, Swanson said.

“When you ask the question at the final close, remain silent. The next one who speaks loses,” says a Globe guide for recruiters.

The Globe University system has approximately ten thousand students, spread across the northern Midwest, with 12 campuses in Minnesota.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/07/23/minnesota-sues-for-profit-colleges-for-misleading-students/#ixzz38QOGZUNr

Its a good start…but it should be more. If you’re a “wolf supporter”, come up, trap one, take it home, and see how well you can train it.

A gray wolf rests in the snow in this National Park Service file photo.

Minnesota DNR to allow more licenses, set higher harvest level for 2014 wolf hunt

By John Myers Today at 12:47 p.m.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Thursday announced the parameters for the 2014 wolf hunting and trapping season, adding 500 additional licenses over last year’s total and increasing the total number of wolves that can be killed by nearly 14 percent.

The DNR said it will make 3,800 hunting and trapping licenses available for the coming season and will allow up to 250 wolves to be killed before the seasons are closed, up from 220 last year.

The move to kill more wolves is likely to please some farmers and hunters who continue to say too many wolves roam the northern third of the state, killing too many livestock and deer.

But the increase in permits also will anger wolf supporters who have been working to overturn the state’s recreational wolf hunt since it began in 2012 after federal protections were removed

The first hunting season runs Nov. 8-23. A second hunting season is set for Nov. 29 to Jan. 31, the same dates for the wolf trapping season. The seasons will close earlier than their stated closing dates if harvest quotas are reached.

Hunters and trappers can apply for 2014 wolf licenses, which are awarded in a lottery, starting Aug. 1.

The DNR said Thursday that a winter population survey showed the state’s wolf population is stable and can sustain a more liberal hunting and trapping harvest. The latest DNR estimate is that 470 wolf packs and an estimated 2,423 wolves lived in Minnesota’s wolf range this past winter, 212 more wolves than estimated on the survey conducted in early 2013.

“Estimates show a stable population with no significant change from the 2013 estimate of 2,211 wolves,” said Dan Stark, the DNR’s large carnivore specialist, in a news release. “We will continue to evaluate the wolf population annually to ensure the wolf population remains well established across northern and central Minnesota.”

To apply, applicants need to pay a $4 fee, show proof of a current or previous hunting license and choose one of three available license options. The statewide bag limit is one wolf and licenses are not zone-specific. Lottery winners will receive a wolf hunting booklet with their notification. Wolf license fees are $30 for residents and $250 for nonresidents.