Track him down and make him go away.

Hibbing police search for man impersonating a police officer

By Brady Slater Today at 8:55 a.m.

 Hibbing police are searching for a man who is allegedly impersonating a police officer in his attempts to lure children into his car.
The initial call from witnesses came August 29, according to Officer Adam Kladivo, who added that there have been some subsequent calls. There have been no reports of anyone missing.

Kladivo said the man is driving an older white car that looks like a squad car with the words “Police” on its side. He is described as being between 20 and 30 years old with a white or light skin complexion. He is also missing a ring finger on his left hand and has a tattoo of a skull with snakes as hair on his left arm.

“He’s wearing a T-shirt that says ‘Police,’” Kladivo said.

The man has been spotted twice near the Brooklyn area, but Hibbing police do not know who the suspect is, and are asking for information leading to his arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at (218) 263-3601.

The police are patrolling areas around the schools, as their call volume allows.

Why a Grand Jury?

Grand Jury Investigating Who’s Trying to Recruit Somali-Americans in Minnesota to Join the Islamic State

A federal grand jury has been meeting for weeks in St. Paul, Minnesota, to discover who tried to recruit up to 30 Somali-Americans to join ranks with the Islamic State, the Minneapolis Star Tribune and Fox News reported.

An FBI source told Fox News that an individual in Minnesota has been involved in convincing young men and women to travel to Syria as well as financing their trips. One focus of the probe has been the Al Farooq Youth and Family Center and mosque in Bloomington, Fox reported.

Two people who attended the mosque, a 19-year-old Somali woman and a 20-year-old man, are believed to have traveled to Syria, the Star Tribune reported.

In this undated file image posted on Monday, June 30, 2014, by the Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, a militant extremist group, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, fighters from the al-Qaida-linked Islamic State group parade in Raqqa, Syria. (AP Photo/Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, File)

In this undated file image posted on Monday, June 30, 2014, by the Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, fighters from the Al Qaeda-linked Islamic State group parade in Raqqa, Syria. (AP Photo/Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, File)

According to unnamed sources who spoke to the Star Tribune, the two “may have fallen under the influence of Amir Meshal, a 31-year-old American of Egyptian descent who allegedly spoke often to them about joining in a jihad.”

Meshal was arrested in Kenya in 2007 and was accused of undergoing training at an Al Qaeda camp in Somalia, the newspaper reported. After being held without charges for four months, he sued the FBI for civil rights violations, but the case was dismissed.

The director of the Minnesota mosque said he secured a no-trespass order against Meshal due to his interactions with the young attendees.

“I made a decision that he needs to be removed from the premises,” Hyder Aziz told the Star Tribune. “I will call police if he ever shows up and they will arrest him.”

Federal officials believe that more than a dozen Somali-American Minnesota men and three women have traveled to the Middle East in the name of jihad, out of an estimated 100 nationwide.

Two Americans from Minnesota were killed last month while fighting for the Islamic State group in Syria.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said last week that she is introducing legislation to prevent any U.S. citizen who travels to fight with a jihadi group overseas from returning to the United States.

“In my opinion, they should lose their American citizenship,” Bachmann said on The Glenn Beck Program. “Because at that point, you have turned against the United States. ISIS has declared the United States as their enemy. Once you join an enemy army … you should, by definition, lose your American citizenship, therefore your passport. You should have no ability to get back into the United States.”

U.S. Homeland Security officials, like their European counterparts, are concerned that those traveling on jihad could later return and launch a terrorist attack back at home.

Last summer, a terrorist propaganda video was posted online aiming to recruit Somali-Americans from Minnesota to Middle Eastern terrorist groups, comparing the excitement of the experience to a visit to Disneyland.

The photo says it all.

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Photo from NATO summit appears to catch Obama getting a couple of winks.

Your tax dollars hard at work.

Duluth woman faces welfare fraud charges

By News Tribune staff on Sep 8, 2014 at 8:32 p.m.
A Duluth woman was charged with four felonies for allegedly receiving more than $8,400 in public assistance and unemployment insurance while working at a resort.
Andrea H. Pollard, 31, was charged Monday in State District Court with wrongfully obtaining general assistance, food stamps and medical assistance, as well as theft by swindle.

According to the criminal complaint:

Pollard applied for assistance from the St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services Department in June 2011. She reported that she was unemployed, homeless and not receiving any unemployment income. She was approved for general assistance.

Pollard’s payments were stopped in April 2012 when she reported that she was employed by McDonald’s. Five months later, she began receiving benefits again when she reported that she was no longer receiving any hours to work.

In March 2013, the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office received a referral from the Fraud Prevention Unit, indicating that Pollard had been working at Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd. The report alleged that she failed to report that income.

Further investigation revealed that Pollard had received state unemployment benefits over several periods between March 2011 and December 2012. She did not report the benefits.

Investigators said Pollard’s resort employment made her ineligible to receive $5,120.07 in medical assistance and $1,300 in food support benefits. Additionally, she was overpaid $1,987.20 in general assistance.

Another plea agreement for a career criminal.

DNA testing on cigarette butt puts man behind bars

By Wendy Johnson on Sep 5, 2014 at 6:32 a.m.

A Duluth man with a long history of criminal offenses was sentenced to serve 21 months in prison for his role in the theft of a vehicle and other property in Carlton County.
David Robert Houle, 53, pleaded guilty to one felony count of receiving stolen property during his appearance in Carlton County Court Thursday before Judge Robert Macaulay. A misdemeanor charge of receiving stolen property was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

According to the complaint filed in the case, officers from the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, Fond du Lac Police and Thomson Township responded to the report of an abandoned white Saturn motor vehicle in a field in the 2600 block of Highway 210 over a year ago, on July 17, 2013. In the follow-up investigation, officers learned that the Saturn had been reported stolen from a garage in Esko the previous evening.

While processing that vehicle for evidence, officers received another call regarding an abandoned vehicle on Interstate 35 near the Esko exit. As it turned out, that vehicle belonged to the resident who lived at the residence on Highway 210 where the other abandoned vehicle was discovered. He told authorities that he had not noticed his farm truck, a green Sonoma pickup, was missing up until that point.

Upon examining his stolen vehicle, the owner told authorities that some of the items found in and around the truck did not belong to him, including three bicycles and a gas can. The bicycles were later found to have been taken during a garage burglary at a Central Hall Road address the previous evening.

Officers swabbed the truck for DNA samples and discovered a cigarette butt lying on the floorboards. The owner of the truck told authorities that he did not smoke, so the cigarette butt was collected as evidence.

After the owner of the vehicle returned home, he later reported to officers that he had discovered items missing from his garage, including a stereo, a battery-operated drill and a skill saw.

Evidence, including the cigarette butt from the floorboards of the truck, was sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) for DNA analysis. The BCA was eventually able to obtain and analyze DNA from the cigarette and ran the results from the state DNA database. The DNA sample profile was found to match a known sample from David Robert Houle. Further investigation revealed that Houle has relatives who live a short distance from where the truck was taken.

A warrant for Houle’s arrest was issued on Jan. 27, 2014, and he was charged with theft of a motor vehicle and receiving stolen property. He made his initial appearance on March 10.

Houle’s criminal history dates back as far as 1980, spans several counties, and includes burglary, aggravated robbery, second-degree criminal sexual conduct, auto theft, attempted first-degree kidnapping, receiving stolen property, violation of predatory offender registration requirements and DWI.

His current sentence will be served concurrently with one he was serving in St. Louis County.

What a surprise…I mean..who would have guessed?

Barack Obama Admits Immigration Reform is a Political Issue

By: Joe Cunningham (Diary)  |  September 6th, 2014 at 12:00 PM  |

This morning, news broke that signaled the end of immigration reform attempts by the White House and pro-amnesty groups within Congress.

Obama ImmigrationThis move by the White House shows everyone what you and I have known all along – immigration reform has never been about doing what’s morally right. It’s about building up a voting base. The funny thing is that the Republicans were suckered in to thinking it would expand their voting base. Even Marco Rubio, who has otherwise been a great force in the Senate, took the side of the reformers (all for the right reasons, but working with people who had no interest in doing things the right way, but simply wanting a conservative, Latin-American face for their amnesty push).

This development doesn’t really surprise us, but it is a brazen admission of two things. The first is the admission to the rest of the country that this is a political issue. We have been force-fed the idea that we have a moral imperative to “fix” the issue at the border, and that we as a nation can certainly do more to welcome the outside world into our states. Because of the softness that was perceived at our southern border, we were flooded with children (and others!) who were shuttled to our doorstep and left. The administration showed further weakness then by shuttling them further into the nation without consulting the cities they were shuttling them to. The idea that immigration reform is way more political than it is morally right is no longer some Republican conspiracy – it has been admitted by the president himself.

The second admission is one that should come as a great relief to conservatives. The president will not be taking further executive action on the issue for the time being. One might say that the president has learned there are limits to his power and that he realizes he needs to work with Republicans to come to a true bipartisan solution, but the one who says that is probably living in a dream world so pleasant that I cannot bear to wake them from their wonderful fantasy.

There are good ways to fix our immigration issues. But they would require a Congress that is not as interested in increasing its voter base and a president that is not so hyperpartisan as what we have now*.



*A cynical man would say these conditions will never fully be met. And I may be a cynical man.

Isn’t it funny how the DNT concentrates on the intoxication of Sikorski instead of the criminal history of the suspect?

Duluth police arrest suspect in stabbing of UMD football player

Austin Sikorski

 By Tom Olsen Today at 3:51 p.m.

Duluth police say they have arrested a suspect in the stabbing of a University of Minnesota Duluth football player last month.
Xavier Devon Davis, 23, was arrested without incident just afternoon noon Friday at the corner of Canal Park Drive and Railroad Street, police said. A warrant was out for his arrest on suspicion of stabbing UMD running back Austin Sikorski on Aug. 2.

Davis was taken to the St. Louis County Jail on a formal charge of second-degree assault.

Sikorski, 22, a senior running back for the Bulldogs,was found to have a stab wound to his lower right abdomen after Duluth police received a call to a street fight on West Superior Street near Lake Avenue.  He was treated for his injuries at St. Luke’s hospital.

Police said in a release that Sikorski was not able to communicate very well, was intoxicated and hurting. Officers spoke to multiple witnesses in the area that were also very intoxicated. Through follow-up investigation it was learned that Sikorski was in a fight with a male near 1st Avenue West and 1st Street. It was also reported that Sikorski ran from that area and was chased by some males. Sikorski met up with his friend at Lake Avenue and Superior Street, where he collapsed.

Around the same time as his release from the hospital, Sikorski was named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division Preseason Offensive Player of the Year.

Criminal history of the perp… I’d bet there’s more since he’s got a history of using false names….




Dopers do what dopers do.

Cloquet man faces murder charge in overdose death

By News Tribune Today at 11:18 a.m.

Robert Todd Ferguson

A Cloquet man is facing a third-degree murder charge for allegedly providing another man with a Fentanyl drug patch that triggered a fatal overdose, according to police.
Robert Todd Ferguson, 51, was arrested without incident Thursday in Cloquet, the Carlton County sheriff and attorney said in a news release. He is being held in the Carlton County Jail awaiting arraignment.

Authorities said Ferguson provided 25-year-old Paul Duane Mrosla with Fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic, on Jan. 15. Emergency personnel responded to 615 Third Street in Carlton that day on a report of a drug overdose.

Attempts to revive Mrosla were unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

A lengthy investigation was conducted by the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office, Cloquet Police Department and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. After interviewing witnesses and medical experts, it was determined that Mrosla had died of an overdose from ingesting the Fentanyl.

A warrant for Ferguson’s arrest was issued Thursday.

This should never happen to our Veterans.

Minneapolis VA Hospital allegedly falsified records

KARE11 News is reporting that 2 whistleblowers have stepped forward to report that records were allegedly falsified at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center:

Employees at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center were pressured to falsify patient appointment dates and medical records in order to hide serious delays, potentially comprising the health of veterans, according to former employees, internal emails and a complaint filed to the VA’s office of the Inspector General.

In some cases, the employees say they were instructed to falsify medical records by writing that patients had declined follow-up treatments when, in reality, they say the veterans had never been contacted.

Patient’s lives may be at risk, they fear, because they say some cases involved suspected colon cancer.

If these claims are verified with documentation, some employees at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center will be in a difficult legal situation. Potentially, they could be facing civil litigation if any of these alleged patients died of colon cancer. Certainly, a wrongful death lawsuit would be justified in such situations.

It’s possible these employees could face criminal charges for falsifying federal records, too.

In an exclusive interview, the women told KARE 11 investigative reporter A. J. Lagoe they were abruptly fired after trying to alert top VA administrators about the problems.

“I have family members that are veterans. They should know actually what’s going on at the VA,” Rossbach told KARE 11 reporter Lagoe.

“Do you think lives were being put at risk,” Lagoe asked? “Yes, yes,” both Rossbach and Alonso said.

If it can be verified that these women were fired when they attempted to report the alleged falsification of records, their superiors might be in serious legal trouble. If these whistleblowers were fired to hide the falsification of records, these women’s supervisors might be prosecuted criminally for hindering a federal investigation.

“I caught one with bleeding 46 days with no action whatsoever,” Alonso said.

To keep evidence of delays in Minneapolis out of VISTA , the VA’s official electronic record tracking system, the women claim a supervisor ordered them to keep a secret patient waiting list.

“They had this list they kept that was kinda hidden,” Rossbach told KARE 11.
“Just so it couldn’t be audited. It wouldn’t even be in the system at all,” Alonso added.
“You were directly instructed to cook the books?” Lagoe asked.
“Yes,” Alonso replied.

Minnesota’s VA system, unlike other VAs across the nation, has had a pretty good reputation. If these allegations are verified, that reputation will be sullied.

Finally, if these records a) were falsified and b) were used to get administrators bonuses, then that’s another potential criminal investigation. Potentially, that’s a difficult legal challenge for the administrators.

Do you think the Lutheran Church expected this when they started importing Somalis and Ethiopians?


Al-Shabaab, al-Qaida’s Somali affiliate, wants Muslims from Minnesota to sign up. A new video released last week by the terrorist group’s media arm, the Al-Kataib Foundation, urges Minnesotans along with jihadists from Great Britain, Germany and other non-Muslim nations to join its jihad.