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Continued: Armed man killed outside slain Orono physician's home identified

  • Article by: ANTHONY LONETREE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 17, 2013 - 11:31 PM

Ramon Sola, a neighbor who lives two doors away, recalled seeing Ted Hoffstrom walking the family’s two dogs.

“We would comment about the weather — and that’s about it,” Sola said.

Although authorities declined to give any new information in the case on Sunday, a search of social media found that a Ted C. Hoffstrom graduated from the University of St. Thomas law school in 2009.

An online resume listed brief stints as an intern for state Sen. Chuck Wiger in 2006 and for two Hennepin County District Court judges in 2008.

A University of St. Thomas law school classmate, Katharine Tinucci, now press secretary for Gov. Mark Dayton, expressed shock at the news that Hoffstrom was killed.

She said she could not imagine that he would be in any kind of trouble.

She had seen him recently, she said, working the phone banks for the DFL Party and chatted with him.

He told her that he was looking for work.

“He was just the nicest guy,” she said.

Dana Nelson, who works at the law firm Nichols Kaster & Anderson, said that he knew Hoffstrom when he was an intern there a few years ago.

He described him as personable “and always in a good mood.”

The note posted by his family on their front door said in part: “Our hearts are broken for all of those affected by this tragic event. We are shocked and saddened by this news.”

So, too, was Sola, the neighbor, who chased down reporters to verify that Hoffstrom truly was dead.

“Sorry,” he added. “I’m trying to put the pieces together.”


Staff writer Josephine Marcotty contributed to this report.

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