Timothy Holmseth responds to Grand Forks / East Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce President / CEO

Timothy Charles Holmseth
East Grand Forks, MN
218.230.1310 (1310)

July 4, 2014

In Re: Grand Forks / East Grand Forks

Barry Wilfahrt
Chamber of Commerce
Grand Forks · East Grand Forks

Mr. Wilfahrt,

I received your email today.

I guess I will contact you via a Web letter per your request to be unsubscribed, which was accompanied by your vile statement.

While I do not know you and have never met you, I cannot say I am entirely surprised you were willing to say such an outrageous thing to me. However – I was a little surprised you would represent local businesses, community leaders, and Chamber members of the Grand Cities with language like that.

In my experience – that is not the way to make a proud community shine and attract positive energy to the budding endeavors a chamber of commerce typically nurtures.

Apparently you feel my tentative lawsuit against the City of East Grand Forks is “unproductive”. While that is your opinion; I have to wonder, just exactly what ‘production’ will it be encroaching upon?

I am quite familiar with the facts and circumstances surrounding the shell game that comprised the ‘Boardwalk Enterprises’ scheme – is that your idea of being ‘productive’? I must say – it required time and energy to keep that scam under wraps – Karl Lindquist wore so many hats he was the Agent 007 of East Grand Forks. But who was benefiting from it besides the obvious suspects? The citizens and taxpayers certainly were not.

In my Open Letter to the Citizens of Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, which drew your ire, I addressed the issue of HaLeigh Cummings and Dru Sjodin – your dismissive and arrogant attitude was outright offensive.

Is that was HaLeigh Cummings was to the EGFPD, City Attorney Ronald Galstad, EDHA Director Jim Richter (retired), Karl Lindquist, Chief Michael Hedlund, and the Stauss brothers in 2009? Was HaLeigh going to be “unproductive?”

Of course she was.

I disagree that a little kidnapped girl, subject to an Amber Alert is expendable – and the fact-pattern of record is indisputable – the EGFPD treated HaLeigh like something else existed that was more important than her.

On July 10, 2009, Art Harris (formerly of CNN), sent an email to Lt. Detective Rodney Hajicek, EGFPD, complaining to him that the FBI was actively using information they were receiving from me. “I’m in shock, but just heard the FBI actually paid a visit to the Web design firm in Florida that donated their time to the website for the missing child. Based on [Timothy Holmseth’s] absurd accusations he’s now almost gotten a 23 year employee fired for sending the child’s photo on her company email to the pro bono web firm,” Harris said.

Harris was lamenting the fact the FBI was investigating DONNA WAGONER; and, DONNA WAGONER had been calling Lt. Hajicek on me since June of 2009.

Do you think maybe that would send some red flags up to the detective?

Actually – Lt. Hajicek filed a police report dated June 2, 2009, that connects a handful of individuals that all started calling him at the same time about HaLeigh Cummings – complaining about me – a journalist that Lt. Hajicek had otherwise never heard of before in his life.

Harris wanted Lt. Hajicek to ‘press charges’ against me. “He’s (Timothy Holmseth) got to be stopped”, Harris said, in an email dated July 10, 2009.

Lt. Hajicek was talking to the SUSPECTS in the HaLeigh Cummings kidnapping on a regular basis. And – he was discussing how a journalist had to be stopped.

So what did Lt. Hajicek do?

His police report log on July 20, 2009 tells us what he did.

“I have printed all of the emails from my computer and will have the County Attorney’s office review them to see if any other action can be taken,” Lt. Hajicek said.

He couldn’t charge me with a crime – he had already called and harassed me – so he decided to see if the County Attorney could cook something up.

Like I stated in the beginning of my letter – you and I don’t know each other. However – there’s a chance that might change in the relatively near future in light of the legal situation between the City of East Grand Forks and myself.

Therefore – as a courtesy – I thought I would provide you with a brief background of who I am and how I got here.

* * * * *

In 2008, [Timothy Holmseth], re-located to East Grand Forks, Minnesota, from Breckenridge, Minnesota, where he had been the Minnesota government news reporter for the Wahpeton Daily News and won two first place awards for his writing and reporting.

One first place award [Timothy Holmseth] won from the North Dakota Newspaper Association was for Best News Series for a regional news story he worked that covered nearly a year regarding an embattled school board suspected of open meeting law violations and other scandalous activities.

The facts and circumstances of XXXXXXXXX show, that although it would not finally explode into the headlines until some six years later, [Timothy Charles] had un-wittingly re-located into the jurisdiction of a corrupt police department and city government, that was infested with fraud and corruption, post flood, which generated a large amount of government dollars for flood recovery.

In 2009, [Timothy Holmseth] became journalistically involved in two national profile child cases in Florida after conducting interviews in the cases of the missing child HaLeigh Cummings and murdered toddler Caylee Anthony. [Timothy Holmseth] interviewed law enforcement’s suspects and recorded an [REDACTED] missing child across state lines.

East Grand Forks Police Department (EGFPD) reports/records show that in June of 2009 the Florida [REDACTED] media team began calling the EGFPD and making unfounded reports about [Timothy Holmseth].

FBI records that begin approximately the same time show that while the FBI was acting on information they received from [Timothy Holmseth] regarding the HaLeigh Cummings child kidnapping, the EGFPD was simultaneously communicating with law enforcement’s suspects in that same kidnapping, discussing the fact the FBI was working with [Timothy Holmseth]; and dialoguing how they might be able to silence [Timothy Holmseth’s] publication and/or have him arrested.

The EGFPD – rather than alert the FBI that their suspects were blowing the EGFPD’s phone up – set out to shut [Timothy Holmseth] up.

Between 2009 and 2014 [Timothy Holmseth’s] constitutional rights, including his 1st, 2nd, 4th, 7th, and 14th Amendment protections were systematically butchered as his life was deliberately destroyed by XXXXXXXXXX.

‘Boardwalk Enterprises”

In April of 2014 the City of East Grand Forks erupted with scandal after the Grand Forks Herald and WDAZ reported ‘$510,000 to EGF goes unpaid for ten years’ – ‘City officials to meet with company that owns Boardwalk building’.

The headline was the result of an audit that ultimately uncovered over a decade of unpaid loans and fraudulent corporate shell games being played by local government officials to enrich themselves and their friends.

Within a short period of time the director of the city’s Economic Development and Housing Authority (EDHA) Jim Richter was on administrative leave; and then allowed to retire. Shortly thereafter, public outcry resulted in the city council voting to hire an outside lawyer to handle the ‘Boardwalk Enterprises’ affair because of potential conflict of interest issues that existed with the city’s present attorney, Ronald Galstad.

[Timothy Holmseth], an investigative journalist turned author, was inspired by the headline, because he had been suffering under the tyranny of rights violations by the local government since 2009. In 2012, [Timothy Holmseth] had begun reporting the widespread corruption he witnessed and investigated to the Minneapolis FBI, Minnesota Attorney General, Minnesota District Court, Minnesota State Auditor, Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility, etc.

On 05/01/14, [Timothy Holmseth] went into the EDHA office at EGF City Hall to speak with Kim Nelson, the housing specialist that handled his HUD housing case file. He had previously submitted to Kim Nelson an address verification reference for a background check being performed by the U.S. Department of Commerce in advance of his job at the National Weather Service building in Grand Forks, North Dakota, which he began in January of 2014 – but he had not yet received the federal clearance.

When [Timothy Holmseth] sat down to speak with Kim Nelson she told him she had received the address verification form from the U.S. Security Office in the U.S. Mail but never filled it out and/or sent it back. She said she was out on sick leave when it arrived and it was placed on her desk. She picked it up one day while briefly in the office and took it home. She said after she opened it she telephoned Jim Richter; told him it was an address verification form for Timothy Holmseth; and asked what she should do with it. She said [Jim Richter] became nervous; instructed her to not send anything to anybody; and ordered her to shred it.

When [Timothy Holmseth] asked Kim Nelson why her supervisor would be nervous about something so seemingly innocuous she replied, “Because they don’t fucking trust me.”

* * * * *

It is unfortunate this correspondence had to be so public but you made it quite clear you did not want to receive any more emails from me and told me exactly what you thought of me.

In a final note of irony – I remember how the EGFPD and City Attorney would communicate ad nauseam with callers out of Florida and load up police reports with associated notes – but when I reported death threats from the same they would make no report; when I made public records request they would not honor them for over a year.

Perhaps it all falls under one’s perception of what is ‘productive’.

Timothy Charles Holmseth
Investigative Author

Cc: Local Government


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