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Prisoner beaten in Minnesota jail saw bright light and tunnel

Names and players in 1991 abuse case surface in police shooting of unarmed man in front of emergency room in 2015 

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on February 26, 2016 at 12:19 P.M.

Jon Osowski, Grafton, North Dakota, was beaten so savagely in the East Grand Forks Police Department that his soul left his body.

Osowski has permanent physical scars on his neck and back from the torture that involved multiple officers and included his head being smashed into the wall and floor, chest suppression and suffocation, eye gauging, kicking, punching, and being drug around by his hair – all while handcuffed.

The case is now being examined for violations of Jon Osowski’s constitutional rights.

Police Corruption

The disturbing events surrounding the Osowski case sparked a journalistic investigation in the 90’s by Neil Carlson, Channel 11, which featured interviews with a host of other abuse victims in East Grand Forks, Minnesota.

“It was about two days later the back window was shot out of my car when we were on Columbia Road and I thought maybe these guys were going come after me again, so I was scared,” Osowski told Write Into Action.

Documents obtained by Write Into Action reveal a police officer that witnessed the event and sought to obtain medical help for Oswoski, captured Rodney Hajicek, now the ranking officer at the EGFPD, stating he witnessed the event, but noting he would lie to state and federal investigators if asked about what he witnessed.

The blatant indifference to honesty, integrity, the law, and human life by Hajicek appears symbolic of everyone involved.

Documents reveal one officer asked if an ambulance had been called for Osowski and was told, “Don’t fucking worry about it.”

Jon Osowski recalled the experience.

“I blacked out and just remember feeling myself – total silence – I thought I was dead for sure. And I did see a bright light and a – it was the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen,” Jon Osowski said.

Jon Osowski’s fiance’ and girlfriend of 15 years, Jody, said Jon is troubled by the event. “Jon said himself that he felt his body – or if you want to put it ‘his soul’ leaving his body and he seen a bright light and the tunnel – and just – all he said was he didn’t want to die so his soul went back into his body,” she said.

Disturbing events on the other side of the Red River in Grand Forks, North Dakota, appear to show a connection between officers involved in the East Grand Forks abuse cases, and an officer involved shooting in 2015.

In February, 2015, David James Elliott was targeted and hunted for hours before being shot three times in the head in the Altru Hospital parking lot.

Jon Osowski said he believes East Grand Forks, Minnesota is a very dangerous place to live or visit.

Write Into Action is beginning an investigation.

Return for updates.



Update: Journalist requests EGF mayor and city council to invite FBI to investigate child rape porn

East Grand Forks Mayor Lynn Stauss, as well as the EGF city council, has been asked to extend an invitation to the Minneapolis FBI to investigate evidence involving rape porn of a little girl under six years-old.

In a letter dated May 30, 2015, Timothy Charles Holmseth (this reporter) said (in part):

Clarence Vetter
Mike Pokrzywinski
Craig Buckalew
Mark Olstad
Henry Tweten
Chad Grassel
Marc DeMers
Lynn Stauss

Council Member,

EGF Chief of Police Michael Hedlund telephoned me yesterday and requested I come into the police station so he could question me regarding press releases I have done (see below). Mr. Hedlund told me that it is his opinion that my press releases are criminal in nature (implying I have committed a crime).

The press releases that Mr. Hedlund was referring to were informing the public that the Minnesota State Auditor and Minneapolis FBI had been given information regarding a child rape porn scandal. The reports contain/include information about EGF Police Sgt. Aeisso Schrage.

I told Mr. Hedlund I will not meet with him without a lawyer, and I would also like an FBI agent present at the meeting.

The situation in front of us involves:

  • Minnesota Pine to Prairie Gang and Drug Task Force
  • EGF Police Department
  • Aeisso Schrage
  • Child Pornography
  • Distribution of Child Pornography
  • Rape of a Child Under Six
  • (Possible) Murder

I am asking you, the East Grand Forks City Council and Mayor, to formally request Richard T. Thornton, special agent in charge, Minneapolis FBI, to order an investigation into the aforementioned matter.


Boardwalk Enterprises and City of EGF reported to Department of Justice – National Department For Disaster Fraud

by Timothy Charles Holmseth

The activities of the Boardwalk Enterprises/EDHA/EGF loan fraud money laundering scheme have been reported to the Department of Justice.

The Complaint reads in part:

East Grand Forks city employees and elected leaders are using their positions to steal government money and enrich themselves. The flow of funds originated from state and federal disaster relief that came as result of the historic flooding of the Red River in 1997.

I reported the City of EGF to the Minnesota State Auditor on December 8, 2013, and requested an audit. At some point an audit was called for. On April 30, 2014, the Grand Forks Herald reported ‘$510,000 loan to EGF goes unpaid for 10 years’.

The fraud was connected to a group of local officials including the mayor, city attorney, EDHA director, and several others.

Attempts to cover up the fraud and organized criminal activity were made by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office and East Grand Forks Police Department. see above-mentioned lawsuit

The fraud involves a company called Boardwalk Enterprises LLP that borrowed over half a million dollars. Annual payments of $30,000 were supposed to begin in 2003 but never did. Not a single payment was ever made and the mortgage was never filed. Virtually all traces of the loan disappeared from the record. Neither the lender nor the loaner said anything.

On May 7, 2014, local officials held an official (closed) meeting with representatives of Boardwalk Enterprises and their (Boardwalk’s) attorney to discuss a ‘solution’ to the unpaid loan problem.

The May 7, 2014, meeting was suspicious because it was held at the private office of EGF City Attorney Ronald Galstad (Galstad, Jensen, & McCann).

On May 7, 2014, EGF city administrator David Murphy told WDAZ news that city officials met with representatives of Boardwalk Enterprises and their “attorney”. However – to this very day – Murphy and city officials will not disclose who Boardwalk Enterprises’ attorney was on May 7, 2014.

Boardwalk Enterprises: Timothy Charles Holmseth reported City of EGF to auditor in December of 2013

Plaintiff in civil rights lawsuit reported City only months before audit that exposed massive loan fraud scandal

Timothy Charles Holmseth
320 17th Street N.W.
Unit # 17
East Grand Forks, MN
218.230.1310 (cell)

December 8, 2013

Celeste Grant
Deputy State Auditor
525 Park Street
Suite 500
St. Paul, MN

Deputy Grant,

I have an issue I would like to address with your agency. Before doing so, I believe it would be prudent to share my background.


I am an investigative journalist/author residing in East Grand Forks, Minnesota.

My professional references include statements from people of good repute such as elected officials, community leaders, and a County Attorney.

I have been recognized with first place awards by the North Dakota Newspaper Association, as well as Boone Publishing. In 2009 I passed a state and federal background check in advance of a social worker position, which required I submit documents to the Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, INS, and FBI.

I was interviewed by the Minneapolis FBI in 2010 about a journalism project I endeavored regarding the kidnapping of HaLeigh Ann-Marie Cummings. The FBI requested I turn over copies of journalistic interviews I conducted with certain individuals of interest to the FBI in that that case. The Special Agent that interviewed me told me I was deemed credible.


I am contacting you today in regards to the East Grand Forks Police Department (EGFPD).

On November 27, 2012 the Office of the State Auditor advised the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, as well as the Oversight Committee for the Pine-to-Prairie Drug Task Force, that issues needed to be addressed with the EGFPD regarding the EGFPD’s failure to report monies received at auction for the sales of seized motor vehicles.

I have reason to believe the irregularities discovered by the auditor were only the tip of the EGFPD corruption iceberg. I have information and evidence that shows the EGFPD habitually refuses public records requests; hides records; destroys records; alters documents; intimidate witnesses; ignores crime; and falsely arrests dissidents.

My first experience with the EGFPD was in 2009 when the ranking officer at the Department, Lt. Rodney Hajicek, telephoned me on behalf of a company from Florida called Xentel, Inc. He advised me the Company did not want me to publish the story I was working on regarding a Photoshopped picture of the missing child HaLeigh Cummings, which was being used to advance an online charity fraud scam.

At the time the EGFPD was pressuring me at the request of Xentel, Inc.; the FBI in Florida was physically visiting Xentel based upon a lead they received from me.

Xentel, Inc. is a company that has been sued by the Office of the Attorney General in Iowa, Colorado, Ohio, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina for defrauding the citizenry. It is very disturbing the EGFPD was doing a favor for Xentel, Inc. – a company that may be involved in a federal kidnapping.

The amount of evidence I acquired between 2009 and 2013 regarding corruption by the EGFPD and EGF City Attorney is absolutely astonishing, and far beyond the scope of this correspondence.

Suffice to say – the City of East Grand Forks knew/knows what I had on them, because I reported their organized criminal activity to the FBI in early 2012. I reported it to the feds because it is multi-jurisdictional, serious, dangerous, and organized.

On December 14, 2012 the EGFPD obtained a Search Warrant from a District Judge to seize my computer, telephones, credit card numbers, U.S. Mail, recorders, discs, flash drives, etc.

On January 4, 2013 EGF City Attorney Ronald Galstad told Judge Tamara Yon in open court that the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) would not forensically search my hard-drive without a proper Warrant.

The Court subsequently ordered the property be returned. It was returned to me on April 26, 2013. However – wires had been pulled out from inside the computer’s tower and the hard-drive no longer worked.

The arrogance of this gangster tactic by the EGFPD is amazing.

I began to file complaints to EGF Police Chief Michael Hedlund regarding the destruction of my computer, as well as other infractions.

I learned on September 30, 2013 via a letter from Chief Hedlund, that law enforcement had searched my hard-drive. That was the first time I had proof they had been inside of it. That would have been a warrant-less search, because the initial Warrant only allowed the EGFPD to retain the property and hold it.

That is very disturbing, because Attorney Galstad had already told Judge Yon that the BCA would not search the hard-drive without another Warrant.

Sgt. Michael Norland, Polk County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO), testified in Court on November 25, 2013 during a Motion to Compel hearing filed by me, that he searched my hard-drive at the request of Officer Aeisso Schrage.

Schrage was an officer at the EGFPD.

However – records generated by Sgt. Norland, which I recently obtained from the PCSO, show Sgt. Norland referred to Schrage as being with the “Pine-to-Prairie Drug Task Force” (as opposed to the EGFPD – not mentioned by Norland).

The suggestion that I am connected to gang activity or drug dealing is completely and utterly ridiculous. It appears the EGFPD may have used their Pine-to-Prairie Drug Task Force agent to request the Search Warrant from the Judge to add credibility to the request.

Sgt. Norland stated in his report that he found nothing illegal on the hard-drive. He also said that after he gave the hard-drive back to Schrage; Schrage later returned with it and wanted him to make a “copy” of it.

Another oddity of the situation is the fact that some of the items that had been seized on December 14, 2012, were returned to me on April 26, 2013 with BCA evidence stickers on them. However – there is no indication at this point that the BCA was ever even involved in this Warrant. Two different types of evidence stickers were used.

During the November 25, 2013 hearing I tried several times to question Sgt. Norland on the witness stand regarding his search of the hard-drive (I wanted to know if he believed he had a Warrant to search the hard-drive). However – every time I began that line of questioning, Attorney Galstad would object on the basis it was beyond the scope of my Motion.

The EGFPD seems to move seamlessly from one lie to another – one act of corruption to another.

In my experience, this type of activity is almost always indicative of something much bigger that is hidden very deep below the surface.


I have been very diligent in filing written complaints to the EGFPD so I have a wealth of documentation.

The before-mentioned information I shared with you is only a very, very small sample. I could show you much more regarding things such as evidence-tampering and document manipulation.

I believe your auditor would find a great deal more if he dug deeper.

I am copying the BCA on this letter because I recently communicated with a special agent regarding the BCA stickers that appeared on some of my property.

Please feel free to contact me at any time.

Timothy Charles Holmseth

Cc: Donald Cheung, Greg Hierlinger

City of EGF lawyers up!

EGF demands court order for public records

East Grand Forks received a records request from Timothy Charles Holmseth – refused to fill it – and decided to contact a lawyer.

EGF City Administrator David Murphy told Holmseth today he would be forwarding the record request to Attorney Brad Sinclair, the Fargo-based lawyer that represents the City for matters regarding the “Boardwalk Enterprises’ scandal.

Murphy stated the City is not going to provide any more documents to Holmseth until the City is served with Holmseth’s lawsuit. “Please serve the City at your earliest possible availability so that this matter may be handled in accordance with the rules of the court,” Murphy said.

At one point, Murphy even suggested Holmseth may not be telling the truth about being a Plaintiff in a lawsuit. “You continually claim that you have filed a lawsuit against the City and claim that the City will be served in the near future,” Murphy said. He made the disparaging comment, even after receiving a copy of the federal court docket that contains the actual case number and the names of all the Defendants.

Holmseth is in full compliance with federal rules of civil procedure and the City has no justification to arbitrarily declare it is going to withhold public records – unless select officials have something to hide, which is exactly how it appears.

Holmseth recently requested Accounts Payable records that shook the entire foundation of a fraudulent criminal case and malicious prosecution brought against Holmseth by EGF City Attorney Ronald Galstad in 2011. During the recent exchange, the City realized Holmseth knew far more about their activities then they ever suspected; and lawyered up.

Murphy’s sudden desire to involve an attorney is an attempt to withhold records that Holmseth knows exist. Holmseth will have no problem proving to the Judge what he knew and how he knew it.

Holmseth believes Murphy conducted an internal investigation of Ronald Galstad; by method of questioning Ronald Galstad; and then received legal advice from Ronald Galstad regarding what findings he should make regarding Ronald Galstad’s thorny situation.

Murphy attempted to justify withholding the records by claiming his staff was too busy and suggested Holmseth’s requests were un-necessary.

But that’s simply not true.

“[I received records that I requested] only to find that all of Lt. Rodney Hajicek SENT ITEMS had been strategically removed from the email threads. Yet, there is clearly a conversation occurring somewhere, somehow, because the one Party is engaging in what is clearly an ongoing conversation with Hajicek. The conversation is about me and having me arrested – for nothing,” Holmseth said.

The arbitrary act of refusing public records requests to protect an illegal enterprise is commonplace within the City of EGF and set forth by fact pattern and timeline in the Complaint filed by Holmseth.

Injunctive relief requested against City of East Grand Forks

Timothy Charles Holmseth has submitted a Motion to the Minnesota State District Court requesting an Injunction against the City of East Grand Forks.

Holmseth is requesting the District Court issue a Temporary Injunction forbidding the City of EGF from shutting off Holmseth’s power.

The statement of facts submitted by Holmseth, and exhibits in support of the request, sets forth irrefutable evidence that the City of EGF, EDHA Director James Richter (retired), and several others are directly responsible for Holmseth being unemployed.

Holmseth is the Plaintiff in a civil rights lawsuit against the City of EGF.

READ lawsuit @ http://writeintoaction.com/Injunctive%20Relief%20Sought%20Against%20EGF.html

READ injunctive relief request @ http://writeintoaction.com/Injunctive%20Relief%20Sought%20Against%20EGF.html

Visit http://www.writeintoaction.com

EGF Police Chief resists public records request to Plaintiff in federal lawsuit against City

EGF Police Chief Michael Hedlund is resisting a request for documents recently submitted by Timothy Charles Holmseth.

Holmseth is the Plaintiff in a 42 – U.S.C. – 1983 (Deprivation of Rights) lawsuit against the City of East Grand Forks and Polk County Sheriff, among other defendants.

Hedlund’s objection to the document request creates even more suspicion about the City of East Grand Forks, EGFPD, EGF EDHA, and employees that appear to be in a perpetual state of cover-up.

READ Hedlund’s letter and Holmseth’s response @ http://writeintoaction.com/EGF%20Police%20Chief%20resists%20public%20records%20request.html

READ federal complaint at http://writeintoaction.com/EGF%20Police%20Chief%20resists%20public%20records%20request.html