East Grand Forks City Attorney Ronald Galstad – what have you done?

Bizarre culture of tolerance for sexual abuse taking root in Polk County, Minnesota

by Timothy Charles Holmseth

On October 9, 2013 Honorable Tamara Yon heard arguments regarding the welfare and future safety of a minor child in Polk County after a Group from the southern United States targeted the child’s father – a former news reporter residing in East Grand Forks who had become a witness in a national profile missing child case.

The most serious matter before the Court involved the actions of a man from Florida, William Murtaugh, who contacted Timothy Holmseth (this writer throughout) and requested sexual information about his children.

Murtaugh is a man with an extremely disturbing background, which includes a Pal Talk instant messaging exchange wherein an author using the name ‘murtwitnessonelive’ and claiming to be Murtaugh, bragged about murdering six children, including a missing child from Florida named Trenton Duckett. The instant messaging exchange included specifics, such as Murtaugh bragging about going to a mall to abduct children, and, killing a small child through use of the sex act.

Polk County Sheriff Barb Erdman and Polk County Attorney Greg Widseth are both involved in the matter, which was turned over to Polk County Child Protective Services by Widseth. 

During the October 9 hearing, the Court openly expressed concern over what appears to be a child protection issue to the Judge.

While the District Court examines the evidence in the matter in advance of an official Order, members of the concerned public have increasing questions about how a culture of threats, blackmail, and perverse sexual publishing from out of state actors against a local journalist and his family has been able to flourish for so long. The questions invariably lead to one person – East Grand Forks City Attorney Ronald Galstad, and his possible connection to an x-rated cyber-stalking website called http://www.radionewz.net.

The website is used to anonymously to abuse, threaten, and sexually harass witnesses in cases involving missing children.

On October 31, 2013 the anonymous Administrator of the website targeted Mary Lee, a 67 year-old grandmother from North Carolina that supplied the Polk County authorities with an Affidavit regarding Murtaugh and his actions against Holmseth’s children. The x-rated website mocked Lee, a former police officer that worked with sex abuse victims, and said she has photographs to which she “masturbates to daily”.

The intimidation and stalking has been reported to Sheriff Erdman.

In the wake of the Dru Sjodin tragedy, there exists an increasing sense of alarm regarding the sheepish and tolerant nature of sex crimes by law enforcement in Polk County, Minnesota. Amidst the horrific statements made (allegedly) by Murtaugh in the Pal Talk exchange, is a statement that he is going to a “mall” to find a victim. A growing sense of outrage is mounting as law enforcement appears to forget the lessons of the Sjodin murder. 

Identifying the reason for the deafening silence is not impossible.

In 2012 http://www.radionewz.net published tiny tidbits of information that were only known to Ronald Galstad, Polk County Public Defender Michael LaCoursiere, Minnesota Bar Association, and the FBI. The knowledge of the website’s Administrator indicated she/he was communicating with someone in the Northern Minnesota legal community.

Galstad’s conduct has been in serious question since 2012 when he allegedly conspired with LaCourisere, to force a Defendant into a plea bargain, under extreme duress and threats of illegal activity. The details of Galstad’s and LaCoursiere’s misconduct was drafted into an Affidavit by the victim and forwarded by Honorable Yon to the Minnesota Lawyer Board.

In a bizarre twist, a Guardian Ad Litem for the State of Minnesota, Matthew Petrovich, addressed the Court on October 9th and lamented that Timothy Holmseth was using the grievance procedure often, and noted Holmseth had filed a formal complaint against Galstad.

While attempting to blame the victim, for telling on the perpetrator, Petrovich did not escape reality. Already known to the Court at the time was that Holmseth had just filed a Misconduct complaint against Petrovich, after he (Petrovich) suggested in writing to the Court that the publication and sexual exploitation of the minor child on the Web was no big deal – if it happened at all.

During the hearing, Holmseth demonstrated to the Court that Petrovich had been in direct communications with actors from the South that were involved in sexually exploiting his (Holmseth’s) children.

At the end of the court hearing Petrovich asked to be dismissed from the case. 

Petrovich is not the only official that has mentioned Ronald Galstad during family court proceedings involving Holmseth’s child. During a court hearing in Roseau, Minnesota, Attorney Michael Mattocks, Charlson & Jorgenson Law Office, invoked the East Grand Forks City Attorney’s name – advising he had been contacted by Galstad who advised he was going to have Holmseth put in jail.

What appears to be complicated and convoluted is actually quite simple. The cover-up is always worse than the crime.

Exhibits and evidence now before Honorable Yon, shows a timeline that begins in 2009, and an official police report, that reveals Lt. Rodney Hajicek, East Grand Forks Police Department, telephoned Holmseth in 2009 as a favor to a Florida company called Xentel, Inc. Hajicek advised Holmseth that Xentel did not want him to write the story he was working on.

Xentel is a company that has been sued by the State’s Attorney General of Iowa, Colorado, Missouri, Ohio, and South Carolina for defrauding the citizenry and charity scams.

The City of East Grand Forks had assisted organize crime.

During the same time window Hajicek was pressuring Holmseth to stop his story about a Photoshopped picture of the missing child HaLeigh Cummings that was being used in a charity scam, the FBI in Florida was visiting the workplace of Donna Wagoner, based upon information they received from Holmseth. Wagoner is named in the police report and was the Xentel employee Hajicek was trying to assist by making menacing communications to Holmseth.

Holmseth was taking flak because he was directly over the target.

It is well known the communication records of Ronald Galstad and Rodney Hajicek will lead authorities to the anonymous publisher of http://www.radionewz.net and the organized crime apparatus that is terrorizing witnesses.

It is also quite clear, that having used their one chance to make a false arrest of an innocent journalist; seize and destroy his computer; the two men are now hiding underneath their desks – waiting for the Man.


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