State briefs: Mankato football coach's case expunged

  • Updated: May 10, 2014 - 9:24 PM

MANKATO

Coach Hoffner’s criminal case has been expunged

With a judge’s order, the legal nightmare that haunted Minnesota State University, Mankato football coach Todd Hoffner for two years has been formally erased. Blue Earth County Judge Bradley Walker signed the order last week, expunging the legal case against Hoffner. He was charged in 2012 with child pornography after videos of his children dancing after a bath were found on his work cellphone. The charges were dismissed three months later when a judge ruled the videos were innocent children’s play.

Hoffner was eventually fired in the uproar only to have an arbitrator reinstate him last month. He then resigned from the head coaching job at Minot State University in North Dakota, which he had accepted in January.

His attorney, Jim Fleming, says all reports from the criminal case have been purged.

CURT BROWN

CROOKSTON

Pushback for RV park

Crookston is looking to move and expand a chronically flooded campground from a downtown Red Lake River location to a park on higher ground about eight blocks away. But residents are putting up a fight about how it’s being done.

The proposed site at Castle Park would require selling or giving away about 3 acres of city parkland to a private developer, who would also use 2.5 acres of adjoining private land to install full-service hookups for 40 to 45 RVs, including those of seasonal sugar beet workers who arrive during harvest.

The city had hoped to develop campsites itself, but wasn’t able to get grants to pay for the several hundred thousand dollar cost, City Administrator Shannon Stassen said.

Residents have started a petition to stop the development, saying the proposed RV park is too big.

“Other cities are buying parkland or increasing their green space … our city is reducing it,” said Shirley Iverson, 57.

Pam Louwagie

Rochester

End near for historic house

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