Dakota County

Legislators agree to pay 'nuisance' fine

Two Republican state representatives cited for public nuisance by a Dakota County park ranger who wrote that they were "making out" in a car at an Eagan park — a characterization they strongly denied — said Friday they have paid their fines to settle the matter.

Rep. Tim Kelly, R-Red Wing, and Rep. Tara Mack, R-Apple Valley, were issued the citations Aug. 25 at Lebanon Hills Regional Park. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported this week that in court documents, the ranger said the two were double parked and that he discovered them making out in one of the cars. Both Kelly and Mack, who are married to other people, called that report false.

But both legislators released separate written statements Friday saying that they had paid respective $260 nuisance fines. "Although I still do not agree with what was written in the report I have settled this parking/nuisance citation and have paid the fine," Kelly said. "With the loving support of so many, I'm moving on to focus my time and attention on my marriage, my family and those in my community," Mack said.

Patrick Condon


Two arrested in shooting of taxi driver

Two people are in custody after Minneapolis police say they fired multiple shots into a taxi cab on the Hennepin Avenue Bridge early Friday morning, injuring the driver. Police were dispatched to the bridge just before 3 a.m., where they found the driver with multiple gunshot wounds. He suffered noncritical injuries and is expected to recover. A man and a woman were arrested Friday and formal charges are pending. Police believe the driver was targeted in the drive-by shooting and say there is no threat to public safety.

Liz sawyer


Man honored for role in saving trucker

Authorities said Friday that they would not have been able to rescue a semitrailer driver from a fiery crash earlier this week without the help of a good Samaritan who was passing by. Paul Langseth, of Worthington, was recognized for his efforts at a news conference in Mankato. State Patrol Sgt. Ron Richards said the crash happened Monday on Highway 60 near Heron Lake, Minn.

Richards said that as flames began creeping into the semi's cab, Richards looked at Langseth and said he needed help. Together, they pulled Mike Junker, of Trimont, Minn., out of the truck moments before the cab caught fire. "Paul was instrumental," Richards said. "There is no way I could have got him out alone."

Langseth's wife, Leanne, said she was watching nervously from their car. "I was doing a lot of praying," she said.

Langseth is downplaying the praise. "They call me a good Samaritan, but it's just reacting to a situation that was there," he said.

Junker, who has been released from the hospital, wrote a statement thanking Langseth, Richards and two nurses who stopped to assist. Junker was cited for inattentive driving in the crash.

Mankato free press

Hennepin County

Boat crash victim was Coon Rapids resident

The name of a Coon Rapids man killed Thursday when the speedboat he was driving capsized on the Mississippi River in Champlin was released Friday by the Hennepin County medical examiner's office. Lorne Jon Lindberg, 72, of Coon Rapids, died of blunt-force injuries suffered in the one-boat crash, the medical examiner said.

Rescuers were called to Mississippi Point Park about 4 p.m. on a report of a person in the water. They pulled Lindberg, the boat's lone occupant, to shore. He died at the scene.

staff report