MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A former news anchor for KEYC-TV in Mankato has pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated.

Twenty-eight-year-old Annie Stensrud was arrested in the city of North Mankato just before noon on Dec. 21, 2011, for probable cause DWI. She pleaded guilty to third-degree DWI in Nicollet County Court and is scheduled to be sentenced at 10:30 a.m. on May 29.

Stensrud was thrust into the spotlight after a video showing her slurring through a newscast went viral.

Station general manager Dennis Walhstrom talked with WCCO Radio about the newscast, claiming Stensrud had “been sick.” He said she was taking medication and missing a lot of work, but wanted to get back on air.

Walhstrom said, on the day of the newscast in question, she was not drunk but had a bad reaction to the medication.

Regarding the night of her alleged DWI, a witness had called 911 to report a possible drunk driver, and the call was transferred to Nicollet County dispatch. Nicollet County then sent one of their officers to pull Stensrud over. The complaint states as she attempted to get out of her car for field sobriety tests, she struggled to stand on her own and had to hold her open car door to stay upright.

Stensrud then refused to perform those sobriety tests, as well as a preliminary breath test.

She was arrested and booked into the Nicollet County Jail. Toxicology tests put Stensrud’s blood alcohol at 0.31, which is nearly four times the legal limit.

KEYC-TV is an CBS affiliate. Stensrud is no longer employed at the station, according to KEYC’s news director Dan Ruiter.

Comments (42)
  1. Truth is tough says:

    Let her live her life and leave her alone now huh….I do not remember Don Shelby’s face getting plastered everywhere by ‘cco when he had his issues years back.
    I’ve been in recovery for over 30 years. It hard enough to overcome – why hammer someone time and time again when they are down ?
    just my .02

    1. Troy G says:

      I agree with you. Hopefully she’ll now get help for her addiction. She’s a public figure and unlike years (decades) ago when this was swept under the rug and not publicized, all public figures now get crucified very openly. Usually by the same people who have the same or worse issues.

      1. Whatever says:

        I’ll leave her alone if she gets help, and doesn’t kill someone. .31 is professional; the average person couldn’t get near that and stay upright let alone drive. This was not a one time mistake, and she needs serious help and supervision. I hope she gets it, for all our sakes. She made it everyone’s problem when she hit the roads and put us all at risk.

    2. the daily funny says:

      Thank you. I agree whole-heartedly with you. It’s been a while for me, but let’s not make it any more challenging for her than it already is being a public figure.

    3. See BS says:

      It was the same with Beth McDonough

      Sometimes the news comes across like a Kindergarten tattle tale mindset.

      1. Rauol Duke says:

        Her 14th Amendment rights have been violated because some other guy once drove drunk and didn’t get arrested.

        1. See BS says:

          Are you hitting on me?

    4. bob says:

      what is a scull?

      1. Just sayin' nuthin' again says:

        It’s where Just sayin’ keeps it’s brines.

    5. Truth is tough says:

      That’s up to the Courts to do and they’ll do it.

      The issue I have with idiots like yourself Just sayin’ is if it was you, a family member or someone you know it’d be a different story.
      Or the gal gets sober and a miserable individual like you gets in her life and she slips …. and indeed causes an accident and kills your child. Then you be screaming “why didn’t people help her – this may have been prevented”
      She been creamed in the press and media – time to let it go. Even a nasty sour cuss like you should get that 😉

    6. No sheep here says:

      Truth is if the media would report the REAL news there wouldn’t be time for this. It’s just a way for the liberal bullies to gang up on someone!!

    7. jackactionhero says:

      My Mom drinks at Epic all night long on the weekends & makes some bad choices with the “Brothas”…As a kid, I’d see her bring home black guys for one-night-stands all the time..Now I do the same.

  2. luck to you says:

    I hope she gets help if she needs it, so she can get her life back. She’s too young to throw it all away.

  3. tom says:

    Must be something else to report on. Like Amy Senser.

  4. Sue says:

    Dennis Walhstrom is a liar – she was hammered.

    1. Dennis Wahlstrom says:

      Dear Sue,

      Be careful when you call someone a liar.
      On the evening that Annie appeared on air disoriented, we had no proof that she had been drinking. Previously, she had been taking a medication and was quite ill with bronchitis. I came to the station that evening but Annie had already left so we had no proof nor do we still have any proof that she had been drinking. What we knew, at the time, is what Annie shared with us after the fact.
      That is also what I shared with the media.
      Her DWI arrest didn’t happen until several weeks after the December 4th incident. The story seems to want to tie her DWI arrest with the evening of December 4 and her appearance on air.
      They are two separate incidences. In fact, the arrest occured during the daytime and not “on the night of the alleged DWI arrest” as reported in the story.
      So, please have the facts before you call someone a liar.
      Annie has taken some time off and is no longer with KEYC-TV.
      We continue to wish her the best as she moves forward with her life.

      1. Brian says:

        good for you Dennis

      2. luck to you says:

        How very sad. Her behavior has cost her dearly. She may have lost her dreams and career. I understand why the station let her go, but I still had hopes they would give her another chance to get her life back. The road back to any kind of life will now be all the harder.

        1. bigdee63 says:

          doesn’t her employer have to help her with a treatment program??

      3. bob says:

        if you are the real Dennis Wahlstrom then I’m the real easter bunny, the real santa clause and the tooth fairy

        1. Dennis Wahlstrom says:

          Congratulations Bob on your new status as the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus
          and the Tooth Fairy. We look forward to your good works.

          Dennis Wahlstrom

      4. Anna says:

        To say she was not using anything other than a medicine for an illness is putting your head under the covers. It would have been better to have stated you were unsure what happened but would like to investigate it. Remember the truth always comes out in the end.

      5. Rauol Duke says:

        You wish her the best even though she made you look like a buffon, Dennis? Or are you really that scared of a lawsuit?

  5. Marine 0311 says:

    Stop drinking and driving people! Call a cab it’s so easy. Don’t give the government your money.

  6. BOB says:

    Guilty-Guilty-Guilty. She should lose Her license to drive for good. We do not need people like Her on the road. She will stop only after she kills someone and is put in prison. Hopefully they will put her in manditory in patiant treatment for however long it takes to dry her out.

    1. jackactionhero says:

      Dumb Comment of the Day Award Winner! Way to go Bob!

      A DUI, so never drive again and be put in mandatory in-patient to force her to stop drinking, eh?

      Welcome to America, right Bob? What a MORON!

    2. Truth is tough says:

      wow – no comment needed from me. What an idiot BOB.

      BTW – you foolish enough to think she;s using today? When a UA may be given her? Wow ….. wow wow wow

  7. Rita says:

    I hope she has learned a lesson and is on the way back to get her life back it may seem tough right now but it will pass best wishes to her everyone is HUMAN

    1. Niki says:

      Yes she is human and as humans we make mistakes, but not everyone chooses to drink and drive…there is no excuse for it, it’s just stupid.

  8. Common Cents says:

    I bet shes a mean drunk!

  9. pilk says:

    .31 at how many hours after being stopped? She has huge issues…

    1. jackactionhero says:

      Your math skills are downright embarrassing.

      There is no chance this was a “morning after” DUI.

      No human can be over .30 at 11am from the night before.

      Which public school wasted their diploma on you?

      1. pilk says:

        How long do you think passed between the time she was behind the wheel and the time they got her to give blood for a test? That is the time I am talking about.

      2. Anna says:

        .30 means she is a chronic drinker, this story should read “First time caught”. She really needs help.

      3. desert eagle .50 says:

        Ever the expert, JAQ?

        Please be specific.

  10. Nooner says:

    Or in her case just before noon.

  11. Tenbears says:

    Tenbears thinks that good looking peoples should not get arrested for anything.

  12. Life on MN Hwy. 22 says:

    Hey Dennis Walhstrom any chance of getting the John Deere Polka Hour back on the air? I know its been about 30-40 years but its one of the great things I remember livin’ in Mankato. I mean its bad enough that the only decent polka station broadcasts out of Faribault. Its hard to get it in on the radio don’t cha know by golly! OOPs sorry didn’t mean to cus at ya!

    1. Dennis Wahlstrom says:

      Good Morning,

      “Bandwagon” is still on the air. It has not been called the John Deere “Bandwagon” show since John Deere dropped their sponsorship in about 1974. It is interesting to note, however, how many people still refer to it as John Deere “Bandwagon” show. It is taped on the first Monday of each month at the Kato Ballroom. We tape four shows the the month and each taping and dancing session lasts about 2 hours.
      “Bandwagon” has been on the air for the past 51 years and may be one of the oldest running local program in Minnesota and, possibly, the U.S.
      Each week, “Bandwagon” runs on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. on KEYC CBS and at 7 a.m. on NEYC FOX Mankato. The tapings are free and open to the public.

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