Erik Simonson

Synthetic Drugs In Cross Hairs Of Minn. LawmakersMinnesota may be taking a big step to stop the sale of synthetic drugs in the state. A special committee of lawmakers approved a sweeping set of changes Wednesday to end what some describe as an "epidemic." They are substances sold in head shops around the state as incense and bath salts, but they're extremely dangerous when ingested. The drugs have exotic names and seductive websites, but they're easily available on Minnesota Main Streets.
Committee Holds Hearing On Synthetic Drugs' ImpactA legislative committee formed in response to synthetic drug use in Minnesota is holding its first hearing. The Select Committee on Controlled Substances and Synthetic Drugs is meeting Tuesday morning to talk about the impact of synthetic drugs.
Ruling: Gauthier Had Right To Withdraw From RaceThe Minnesota Supreme Court says the Democratic Party had the authority to put another candidate's name on the ballot after Rep. Kerry Gauthier decided he would not seek re-election for his Duluth-area legislative seat.
Duluth Precinct Supplies Outdated BallotElection officials in Duluth say they have scrambled to replace a bad ballot that was briefly supplied to voters in one precinct. The ballot listed a Democratic state lawmaker whose name had been removed after he decided not to seek re-election.
Minn. Supreme Court Removes Gauthier From Ballot Minnesota Democrats won a lifeline Tuesday in their effort to hang on to a Duluth-area legislative seat after a disgraced Democratic lawmaker dropped his re-election bid.
Minn. Dems Sue To Replace Candidate On BallotMinnesota Democrats and a write-in House candidate are suing to replace a Democratic state lawmaker on the ballot after he had a sexual encounter with a 17-year-old boy.
Duluth Democrats Meet To Nominate House CandidateDuluth Democrats meet Saturday to nominate a write-in candidate for the seat of a lawmaker who dropped out after a rest-stop sex scandal.
Minn. Lawmaker In Rest-Stop Scandal Still SilentThe Minnesota state lawmaker involved in a sex scandal involving a 17-year-old boy at a rest stop maintained his public silence Tuesday as another Democratic candidate for his seat emerged.
'Person Of Interest' Arrested In Duluth FireDuluth police have arrested a "person of interest" in a fire that gutted the Peerless Collision Center.