Why case of Florida child was different from Jacob Wetterling and Dru Sjodin
by Timothy Charles Holmseth on May 22, 2017, 3:01 P.M. CST
Is the primary mission of the entire judicial community in Polk County, Minnesota to perpetually protect itself from federal prosecution after decades of criminal corruption and rights violations?
It appears the Minnesota county may actually be that far gone.
Black Operations by members of Polk County law enforcement and task force agents are surfacing, and reveal the State of Minnesota and its official seal are being used to advance federal crimes against children.
One horror story (out of the many) out of Polk County involves a child that was reported missing from her Florida home in February, 2009 and has never been found. The little girl, HaLeigh Cummings, 5, was reported missing on February 10, 2009 and her whereabouts is being sought by the FBI.
Evidence shows the police in East Grand Forks and others across the judicial community including Polk County Attorney Greg Widseth and EGF City Attorney Ronald Galstad, are up to their eyeballs in covering up the kidnapping, which involves child rape pornography that was created of the little kindergartner.
Evidence implicating police and attorneys in Polk County, Minnesota are so abundant it’s difficult to find a starting line for a discussion. We’ll start with a false police report that was made about the whereabouts of the missing little girl.
On July 26, 2011 the police in East Grand Forks received a call from am “Investigator” from “Indiana” using the name “Tina Church” who claimed “Timothy Holmseth” just told her he had the missing child named “HaLeigh Cummings” in his home.
Of course – the police report was false.
Rest assured…the 2011 false police report against me came as no shock whatsoever to the EGFPD.
The onslaught of attacks upon me had begun two years prior in 2009 when the EGFPD received a barrage of police reports from out-of-state actors that were angry about my journalism regarding the missing child.
Is it possible the ‘crack detectives’ at the EGFPD and Polk County Sheriff’s Office didn’t realize the people calling in the complaints were the very people that had kidnapped the little girl?
No…nobody could be that damn stupid.
As you are going to see, Polk County law enforcement already knew that the people calling the police were the kidnappers – and the police were actively helping to cover it up. You will also see this involves perverts from inside the Deep State Shadow Government that use rogue FBI and CIA to kidnap and traffic children.
Let’s begin by taking a closer look at the July, 2011 call to the EGFPD by Tina Church about me having HaLeigh Cummings.
The police possess a report and audio statements that reveals:
- The caller that made the false police report was NOT Tina Church
- The caller was NOT an investigator
- The caller was NOT from Indiana
- The caller was NOT alone on the telephone because there was more than one person on the line
Try to imagine what would have happened if someone had made a false police report against a local Minnesota journalist – reporting the journalist had just claimed to have Dru Sjodin or Jacob Wetterling in his home.
Can you imagine the media firestorm?
What is so different about HaLeigh Cummings?
I’ll tell you.
HaLeigh was kidnapped by Deep State operative running an organized pedophile network that involves pervs in the Minnesota (and North Dakota) judicial community.
I’m going to show you something else the EGFPD now knows for sure about that false police report.
It has now been revealed the caller that falsely claimed to be Tina Church is a self-professed psychic from Florida that has an extensive history of nefarious involvement with missing person and murder cases. The new information the police possess is nothing short of astonishing because it leads to FBI and CIA being involved in the HaLeigh Cummings kidnapping.
In 2016, Tina Church, president, Specialized Investigative Consultants, Mishawaka, Indiana, telephoned me and said the call to the police was actually made by a woman from Florida who claims to be a psychic.
Church also says she has a recording of the call that she can play to the police.
The name of the ‘psychic’ from Florida is being redacted but can be obtained from Michael Hedlund, chief of police, EGFPD or Captain John Greenwood, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Florida. .
On May 17, 2017 I delivered audios of Tina Church to the East Grand Forks Police Department and filed a formal police report. Here is some of what the police heard in the audios. Remember – this fake report involves a missing person actively being sought by the FBI.
“I have a tape that confirms it was not me who made that report against you with the police. It was [REDACTED] acting as me with Levi Page,” Church said.
“[REDACTED] told me herself a long time ago that she was bi-polar and at one time she had a heavy drinking problem,” Church said.
“[REDACTED] thinks she’s a psychic. She’s not. She’s a very troubled person. She lived in Indiana in South Bend. I met her about 20 years ago. She interjects herself into every case of a missing person or a murder that you can possibly think of,” Church said.
“The older people at the South Bend Police Department would know who she is,” Church said.
You will note Tina Church said she’s known [REDACTED] for 20 years. That’s right – Tina Church and [REDACTED] knew each other for a long time – and it was no accident [REDACTED] made that telephone call to the police with Levi Page and identified herself as Tina Church.
I’ll show you why.
Let’s take a look at what [REDACTED] said in her LinkedIn business bio profile.
“I am available for private readings by appointment only. I have worked on missing persons cases and murders. A 20 year old case I have worked was finally solved one month ago with the arrest of the man I told them killed the female 20 years ago. I have worked on this case along with prosecutors office, police and private investigators. The reason it took so long to make an arrest is because the police had tunnel vision for someone else,” she said.
Now, let’s take a look at how Levi Page identified himself in his online bio.
BlogTalkRadio blog – Featured Host: Criminal Investigator Levi Page – Levi, 34, says his eponymous show wouldn’t be what it is today without criminal profiler Pat Brown —also a BlogTalkRadio host—who helps get inside the mind of many of the criminals highlighted on his show. Former CNN reporter Art Harris, now freelance journalist, also assists in providing updates and details on cases.
In July, 2015 the EGFPD inadvertently discovered Levi Page, who stated in his bio he was 34 years-old, was actually only 25.
[REDACTED] and Levi Page are charlatans that created bogus credentials to explain their involvement in missing children cases.
[REDACTED] and Levi Page were both associates of Specialized investigative Consultants, Inc. when they called the East Grand Forks Police about the missing child. They were operatives that regularly executed illegal actions and then ‘reported’ to Church. That was their regular job and function.
Lt. Detective Rodney Hajicek (a.k.a. Jerry Sandusky Jr.) and Chief Michael Hedlund don’t want this to be known because it will all lead back to the EGFPD and Polk County Attorney’s involvement in the kidnapping cover-up.
This is a very serious federal issue that goes to the highest levels of the United States government including the FBI and CIA.
I’ll show you why I mention those agencies.
[REDACTED] telephoned me years ago and claimed she knew what happened to HaLeigh Cummings. She told me she had a ‘psychic vision’ of HaLeigh being raped and murdered in a van and then thrown out the window into a ditch.
Of course – [REDACTED] was simply spreading disinformation to advance the agenda of Specialized Investigative Consultants, Inc., which I am going to show you.
[REDACTED] told me she had a meeting with Peggy Cone, lead detective, HaLeigh Task Force, Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, after HaLeigh vanished. She said she told Cone of her psychic visions. Of course, the average person following that national profile kidnapping on television would have fallen of their damned chair if they found out the lead detective was utilizing valuable investigative time by sitting around with a self-professed local psychic.
Det. Cone was let go from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office (because she was a dirty cop just like Hajicek at the EGFPD) because her communications and activities with the group became too big of a problem to overcome.
I learned during interviews that [REDACTED] was part of a group that was planting evidence and publishing false information about the HaLeigh Cummings kidnapping shortly after it happened.
I interviewed Donald Knop, a legal assistant at a Florida law office that was involved in the HaLeigh Cummings case. Knop said his boss directed him to go for a ride with [REDACTED]. During their ride down rural roads [REDACTED] told Knop she was getting ‘visions’ that HaLeigh was thrown in a ditch near San Mateo, Florida. As you are going to see, they were very convenient visions that streamlined with a plan by the larger group to conduct a fake search at a staged crime scene to find evidence that created the appearance HaLeigh was dead.
Now…watch me put my money where my mouth is.
I authored a 20-page report for the FBI in 2009, which detailed a fake search conducted at San Mateo, Florida where planted evidence was found that included a ‘bloody glove’ and items that personally belonged to HaLeigh.
Do you think my information was solid?
You better believe it.
Minneapolis FBI special agent A.J. Eilerman, as well as Major Gary Bowling, who was the Director or Law Enforcement at the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office when the child vanished, both told me they knew the search was staged and the evidence was planted.
Agent Eilerman told me the reason the people planted the evidence was because they wanted everyone to “stop looking for her”. Major Bowling told me the police knew they had “sprinkled” evidence around.
Essentially, the fake private search at San Mateo was conducted, based upon a fake ‘tip’ the Florida law office received from a fake ‘psychic’.
But it gets much worse.
THE UNDERCOVER PEDOPHILE FOR THE FBI
The fake search was overseen by John Regan, Hastings, Florida, Regan regularly dressed as a pastor and said he was an undercover FBI agent (he also said he was CIA).
Regan told people he was an ‘undercover pedophile’ for the FBI. He said he went undercover as a pervert to catch other perverts.
I reported ALL OF THAT to the FBI in June and July of 2009.
Now watch what happened to me for doing it.
Immediately after I began assisting the FBI, Lt. Rod Hajicek, EGFPD, who was already communicating with the aforementioned Florida law office, began secretly communicating with former CNN journalist Art Harris via his (Hajicek’s) private Gmail account where they discussed concerns the FBI in Florida was acting on my leads.
The East Grand Forks police took an interest in interfering with an FBI investigation.
Hajicek secretly solicited assistance from the Polk County Attorney’s office regarding the Timothy Holmseth problem. Hajicek gave the County Attorney the 20-page report I authored for the FBI and asked if there was anything they could do to stop me.
The secret records never came up in a public records request to the East Grand Forks Police; but were produced by Polk County Attorney Greg Widseth.
Donald Knop told me the Florida law office had child rape photos of HaLeigh Cummings and he personally handed them to his boss – an attorney.
The law enforcement community in Polk County, Minnesota is hopelessly compromised and cannot be trusted in the administration of justice.
Indiana Attorney General and State of Florida reportedly involved in investigation
by Timothy Charles Holmseth on May 17, 2017, 8:36 P.M. CST
An Indiana private investigator that says she was impersonated during a police report to the East Grand Forks police says the Indiana Attorney General, Indiana Licensing Board, and Florida Licensing Board is involved.
The bogus police report was regarding a missing child from Florida named HaLeigh Cummings who is presently being sought by the FBI.
The East Grand Forks Police Department has now received evidence that multiple members of an Indiana corporation conspired to file the false police report to the EGFPD.
And – the devil is in the details.
On July 26, 2011 somebody called the EGFPD, identified herself as an “investigator” from “Indiana” named “Tina Church” and claimed “Timothy Holmseth” had just told her he had a missing child named “HaLeigh Cummings” in his home.
It was a planned lie to send police to Holmseth’s home and generate a record.
The evidence turned over today is recordings of Tina Church, president, Specialized Investigative Consultants, Inc., Mishawaka, Indiana. Church on the telephone stating she did not make the police report on July 26, 2011 attributed to her.
But she says she knows who did and says she has a tape of the call being made. Church states she was impersonated by a woman from Florida named [REDACTED PER COURT ORDER] who made the call along with Levi Page, Tennessee – both associates of Specialized Investigative Consultants, Inc.
Page is already in the records of the EGFPD after the Department briefly looked into his involvement with publishing sexual stories about Holmseth’s children, along with threatening videos that warned Holmseth he must remove all of his websites or face dire consequences. Some of the threatening calls were placed by telephone numbers from the “Trump Organization” “Clinton Global” “Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi” “New Jersey Governor Christ Christie” and others.
The callers spoke into a voice changer and said he was “The Deep State”.
Statements by Church reveal there was a covert operation to build up a story that Timothy Holmseth was a pedophile that had life-sized posters” of the missing child in his home.
There is a plethora of evidence to support Church’s claims about private calls with police where she said Holmseth’s “obsession” with HaLeigh Cummings was discussed. .
Timothy Holmseth originally attempted to provide the new audio evidence to EGFPD Chief Michael Hedlund, due to assertions by Church that she communicated with officers of Hedlund’s police department about Holmseth on other occasions, which made the issue a matter of Internal Affairs.
Hedlund instructed Holmseth to come to the Department and file a report, which Holmseth did today.
Holmseth also previously contacted Polk County Attorney Greg Widseth and asked to meet with him to turn the evidence over but Widseth did not reply.
There is a reason.
There is very disturbing evidence that the EGFPD and Polk County Attorney conspired with Specialized Investigative Consultants, Inc. to silence Holmseth after he (Holmseth) began assisting the FBI in 2009 regarding the HaLeigh Cummings kidnapping. .
56 pages of documents that included private emails between EGFPD Lt. Detective Rodney Hajicek (on his personal Gmail account) and former CNN journalist Art Harris contained a 20 page report Holmseth provided the FBI. The 56 pages did not turn up in a records request to the EGFPD but were turned over by the Polk County Attorney.
In one email, Harris advises Hajicek the FBI in Florida is acting on Holmseth’s information and tells Hajicek he needs to be “stopped”.
Hajicek noted in a suspicious police report that he hand-delivered the 56 pages to Widseth to see if there was anything that could be done about Timothy Holmseth’s “obsession” with the missing child.
Holmseth was formally interviewed by the FBI in 2010.
Holmseth obtained evidence that child rape pornography of HaLeigh Cummings was created and in the secret possession of a Florida attorney associated with Specialized investigative Consultants, Inc.
Holmseth also obtained evidence that strongly suggests HaLeigh Cummings was transported across state line by Tina Church and her group.
Holmseth directly alleges that select officers at the EGFPD illegally conspired with the child traffickers at Specialized Investigative Consultants, Inc to conceal the whereabouts and welfare status of the kidnapped child.
Holmseth has also reported this information to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office in Florida; Mishawaka Indiana Police Department; Nashville Metro Police; Dover Tennessee Police Department.
by Timothy Charles Holmseth on April 3, 2017, 11:28 A.M. CST
Write Into Action (Timothy Charles Holmseth) has contacted Judge Lolita G Hartl Romanick and Grand Forks States Attorney David Jones regarding the court record that vanished from the Register of Actions.
On April 2, 2017, Write Into Action published Another critical record vanished! Explosive development in child rape cover-up! – – – Did North Dakota Judge and Grand Forks States Attorney fake a court hearing to protect a pedophile ring?
Write Into Action will keep you updated.
Hidden hand guiding dangerous predator around the Grand Forks area?
Is there a hidden hand guiding the movements of a man charged with rape in Northern Minnesota?
The oddities surrounding the George Lyons rape case gets stranger everyday.
George Lyons, the man charged with 1st degree sexual assault of a minor in Polk County, Minnesota, once worked at the University of North Dakota.
It’s only the latest revelation is the bizarre rape case.
Mystery surrounds the Lyons case because he publically claims to be engaged to Grand Forks State prosecutor Carmell Mattison who does not deny the claim.
Furthering the mystery is the fact there is no longer any record in the Polk County Court’s ‘Register of Actions’ regarding the criminal charges against Lyons.
However, the East Grand Forks Police Department confirmed to Write Into Action there is an “active investigation” regarding Lyons.
Write Into Action learned Lyons was charged in January, 2016 for sexually assaulting a girl. He was reported to UND and was terminated sometime thereafter.
Lyons recently obtained a job where I am employed. .
On Lyon’s first (and only) day of work he told several people he was engaged to the prosecutor that was prosecuting the Delvin Shaw murder trial (Carmell Mattison) in Grand Forks.
Lyons’ connection to UND and the local judicial community raises questions.
UND is plagued with internal crime that includes drug trafficking and child porn.
In February, 2017, UND police officer Paul Bradley Meagher was sentenced after pleading guilty to charges of child pornography following an investigation by the North Dakota BCI and the Department of Homeland Security.
In July, 2016, Robert William Beattie, a former UND chairman of the Family and Community Medicine Department, was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for having 3,233 images and 100 videos of child porn.
Eric Hewitt Basile, 37, was charged with eight Class C felony counts of possession of certain materials prohibited in Grand Forks District Court on September 8, 2016 after a UND administration request for a computer search revealed multiple images of children between 1 and 3 years old being sexually assaulted.
Lyons’ association with UND along with his claims to be engaged to a Grand Forks State prosecutor appears extremely problematic.
UND / DANGEROUS PLACE
Higganbotham said he has been pulled over several times in the past few weeks. During one event, he said he was pulled over by UND police who proceeded to have his car searched by a GFPD K-9 unit. The K-9 located nothing but Higganbotham was arrested for an unpaid fine and put in jail. He said he told the police the fine was already paid.
After bailing out of jail, Higganbotham was told by court administration there was an error and he had actually paid the fine.
“I was kidnapped,” Higganbotham said.
Higganbotham said a Grand Forks Police Officer terrorized his mother who had arrived to pick up his automobile. Despite finding no evidence of any crime, the officer told his mother to sell the car and have nothing to do with it (or her son).
Higganbotham said while he was in the Grand Forks County Correction facility, staff member Hunter Nelson, the son of Grand Forks Police Chief Mark Nelson, asked Higganbotham if he works with “Timothy Holmseth”.
On the only day Lyons worked alongside Holmseth, he asked “can we drink anything at work”.
Both Higganbotham and Holmseth locked their car doors while Lyons was present.
Minutes taken during the Alcohol and Other Drug Committee meeting held in January, 2013, lists Lyons as a member and notes UND Police Chief Eric Plummer in attendance.
Court records in North Dakota show Lyons has criminal convictions of delivering methamphetamine and providing alcohol to minors.
I (Timothy Holmseth) have obtained never before seen dash-cam video that shows UND police officer (now GFPD) Jerad Braaten shooting David James Elliott in the parking lot of Altru hospital in 2015.
The day before I received the video from the North Dakota Attorney General’s office, a vehicle attempted to ram me while I was working and ran me off the road. On another occasion a GFPD police vehicle sat outside my place of employment and waited for me to see it before driving away (captured on my dash-cam).
The police shooting video destroys the false story put out to the public by Grand Forks States Attorney David Jones regarding the shooting and will be included in an upcoming documentary.
Son of former EGFPD officer says federal authorities are in the area
by Timothy Charles Holmseth on December 20, 2016, 10:20 P.M. CST
Jared Rasmussen, the son of retired East Grand Forks police officer Vern Rasmussen, says federal authorities are in the area.
Jared Rasmussen said is being gang-stalked by local fireman, police officers, social services, and members of a local group called the Blue Line Club that is headed by EGFPD chief detective Lt. Rodney Hajicek.
The bizarre activity is only the latest account of citizens being terrorized in the Red River Valley region.
Jared Rasmussen contacted Write Into Action today and said he has been terrorized for a steady month.
“[It’s] the same vehicles – the same people – all the time. This has been going on a month of pure hell,” he said.
“I don’t know if I fucking seen something I wasn’t supposed to but I am going to fucking find out,” he said.
“I know who some of them are – I know where some them work – some of them are firemen on the east side – some of them are cops – some of them are social services,” he said.
Jared Rasmussen said he does not know exactly why he has been targeted but did say his ex-girlfriend told police he is a drug dealer.
Taken at face value, Jared Rasmussen’s allegations are very serious because under no circumstances do ‘fireman’ and ‘hockey parents’ assist law enforcement in investigations and surveillance.
“I got shit on them. I mean my dad was a cop for 33 years. I know what kind of pieces of shit these guys are. I know about a lot of stuff. I know about (Pine to Prairie Task Force Commander Aeisso) Schrage – (former Task Force Commander Scott) Jordheim – I know all these guys,” he said.
His story has credibility.
Jared Rasmussen said he has repeatedly gone to the police department and other agencies and attempted to report what is going on – to no avail.
“I talked to the head of social services in Crookston on the phone. He called me one day. And I told him – I said I was going to go a TV station – and he tried to file a complaint against me to the east side for threatening. I said it was no threat. I’m going call the TV stations for real,” he said.
Jared Rasmussen said he was told he is the subject of an “ongoing investigation”.
“I said ‘when did social services become an investigative service,’” he said, noting he was being followed by social services vehicles late at night.
One event involving EGF Lt. Detective Rodney Hajicek appears to be a text-book move used by government officials to discredit witnesses to serious crimes.
Jared Rasmussen said he went to the EGFPD to talk to Lt. Hajicek who refused to investigate his allegations. Hajicek then attempted to have him committed to a psyche ward.
“He had the hospital – the ambulance – come and pick me up from the police station and told them you’re just so tired – stuff in your head – you’re not really seeing this stuff,” Jared Rasmussen said.
“He put me on a 72 hour hold,” he said.
However, according to Jared Rasmussen, he passed all the evaluation with flying colors. “I went up there. I did their evaluation. Blood test. I walked right out of there,” he said.
Jared Rasmussen said he called up the police after he got out and said “I’m out”.
“I know [Rodney Hajicek] is a liar. I’ve known him for a long time. I’ve known him for many years. And I know what he’ll do to cover shit up,” Jared Rasmussen said.
Jared Rasmussen said he (Jared) can do anything he wants and local law enforcement will never intervene or initiate contact with him.
“I did shitty’s in the parking lot by the Post Office until there was so much smoke you couldn’t see the building and nothing happened – no one came. I have people with me when I do this stuff,” he said, noting he has filmed much of the gang-stalking.
“I can see them – they have radios in their cars. They have cell phones but they have two-way radios – some of them. I’ve seen them hold it up too high on accident and I seen it in their hand,” he said.
“I went a hundred miles an hour on the highway just to see who would follow me – sure enough they were there,” he said.
Jared Rasmussen described an incident when a white pick-up truck, which he believes is associated with Rodney Hajicek, was tailgating him extremely close. He said he slammed on his breaks and the truck almost him.
He said the incident was witnessed by EGFPD Sgt. Chris Olson. “I tried to stop him after that white pick-up almost rear-ended me. I jumped out of the car and waved at him and he turned the other fucking way,” Jared Rasmussen said.
He said on one occasion after a roadway incident he was approached by a deputy and told to stop to following people. He said he told the deputy to “fuck off” – noting they won’t do anything to him.
According to Jared Rasmussen, he is even being stalked by aircraft that circles him at nearly tree-top level. The allegation involving aircraft is compelling because in August, 2016, a Polk County Deputy was injured after a man shot the Border Patrol helicopter that was buzzing his property as part of a supposed Drug Task Force mission.
Jared Rasmussen said there are weird things going on with his telephone. “I tried to get a hold of the Minnesota police corruption line – you know where I got transferred to – the New York City Sanitation Department,” he said.
“They are all corrupt – every one of these pieces of shit in town,” he said.
“This should not happen to anybody,” he said.
Jared Rasmussen said the police blew it. “You should have had me on your side – but now, fuck off”.
Write Into Action has been receiving reports by people in the Valley Region that allege Hajicek is part of a criminal drug trafficking operation with a cabal of others.
Write Into Action is also receiving reports naming police officers at the Grand Forks Police Department and other agencies.
The people calling are describing creepy surveillance, death threats, rape cover-ups, and murder cover-ups.
Write Into Action will continue to investigate and report.
by Timothy Charles Holmseth on November 8, 2016, 7:28 P.M. CST
Disgraced East Grand Forks gypsy mayor Lynn Stauss has been run out of office and will leave in complete shame.
Steve Gander will replace Stauss as EGF mayor.
Lynn Stauss, along with his con artist brother Dan Stauss, and a band of local gypsies including EGF city attorney Ronald Galstad, was exposed after a secret society theft ring stole over one half million dollars in a scheme known as Boardwalk Enterprises.
Lynn Stauss caused great embarrassment to the small Northern Minnesota town’s residents that he and the gypsies betrayed.
East Grand Forks residents recall the embarrassing spectacle Lynn Stauss made after the gypsies got busted. Lynn Stauss quickly checked himself into a hospital with a fake medical problem and told the nurse he was too sick to take phone calls from the media.
East Grand Forks and Polk County, Minnesota is widely known for Valley News Live media investigations into ritualistic abuse of prisoners at the local police department and mysterious unsolved deaths.
Gander has expressed a love for the community.
Conflict of Interest existed between EGF City Attorney Ronald Galstad and Boardwalk Enterprises
by Timothy Charles Holmseth on September 13, 2016, 8:51 A.M. CST
Timothy Charles Holmseth
320 17th Street N.W.
East Grand Forks, MN
In Re: Complaint /Ronald Galstad
September 12, 2016
Office of Lawyer’s Professional Responsibility
1500 Landmark Towers 345 St. Peter Street
St. Paul, MN
I am in receipt of your letter dated August 31, 2016.
Please accept this response as an AMENDMENT with clarifications to my complaint filed against Ronald I. Galstad on August 15, 2016.
I am amending my complaint as it pertains to Attorney Galstad providing ‘legal representation’ to Boardwalk Enterprises (hereby referred to as BOARDWALK).
While I still maintain GALSTAD provided legal advice to BOARDWALK, I stipulate it is very possible GALSTAD did not actually submit an actual bill to BOARDWALK for the legal services.
GALSTAD would not have submitted a bill for any services or advice provided because GALSTAD was aware he enjoyed a business and financial relationship with BOARDWALK that precluded him from acting as BOARDWALK’S attorney against the City of EGF.
Whether or not GALSTAD was the official attorney for BOARDWALK is wholly irrelevant because Conflict of Interest existed to the great detriment of GALSTAD’s client – the City of EGF.
As a licensed attorney in the State of Minnesota, governed by code and rule, GALSTAD automatically represented and advanced the legal interests of BOARDWALK during the May 7, 2014 meeting, and again at later times, because GALSTAD himself held/holds an existing legal relationship with BOARDWALK and its owners.
In fact – facts and circumstances show GALSTAD was actually a member of the BOARDWALK group at the time the unpaid loan was discovered.
GALSTAD should have, and was obligated to, recuse himself from any and all legal matters between BOARDWALK and the City of EGF; but he didn’t do it; he knowingly and deceptively proceeded onward despite Conflict of Interest.
GALSTAD remained involved in the legal affairs and on-going disputes between BOARDWALK and the City of EGF, which included a court case regarding the City Council’s legal ability to suspend BOARDWALK’S liquor license at the Boardwalk Complex if an agreement was not reached regarding the unpaid loan; a court case that went to the Minnesota Supreme Court.
The Boardwalk Entertainment Complex is a riverside business located in East Grand Forks, Minnesota. The complex was built with monies from an EDHA loan that became the center of the Boardwalk Enterprises, LLC scandal. In 2014 an audit discovered that not a single payment had ever been made on the $510,000 loan which was made a decade prior.
After the scandal broke in the news on April 30, 2014, the Grand Forks Herald reported “modification of mortgage and security agreement’ documents revealed that on March 1, 2002, East Grand Forks Mayor Lynn Stauss’ brother, Dan Stauss, was listed as a partner in the Boardwalk Enterprises business.
GALSTAD was the attorney for the City of East Grand Forks for most of the time this fraud against the city was perpetuated.
GALSTAD was the city attorney when the unpaid loan was discovered. The players in the scheme managed to avoid making the $30,000 monthly payments on the loan by neglecting to file a mortgage at the courthouse and making the paper trail of the loan disappear so payments would not be expected during internal audits.
The fraud translated to massive profits by all involved parties because while reaping in monthly profits at the Boardwalk Complex – no $30,000 monthly payments were required on the loan.
GALSTAD was part of BOARDWALK.
Additionally – when the story regarding the loan fraud scandal broke in the news on April 30, 2014, the specific unit in the Boardwalk Complex that presently houses Galstad, Jensen, and McCann P.A., was occupied by Altru Hospital in the photo published by the Herald. SEE ATTACHED
If the Herald photo was taken at that time; it would mean GALSTAD moved in to the Boardwalk Complex AFTER the load fraud scandal became known.
- GALSTAD’S EXISTING LEGAL RELATIONSHIP WITH BOARDWALK AT THE MAY 7, 2014 MEETING
At the time of the May 7, 2014 meeting, and at other times, GALSTAD held legal, business, and financial interests in BOARDWALK’s enterprises.
GALSTAD’s private law office, Galstad, Jensen, and McCann P.A., is physically located at the address of 411 2nd Street N.W, STE D, P.O. Box 386, East Grand Forks, Minnesota (The Boardwalk Complex).
Boardwalk Entertainment Group (Executive Director Jane Moss) is located at 415 2nd Street N.W., East Grand Forks, Minnesota, which is another suite in the Boardwalk Entertainment Complex where GALSTAD’S law office is located.
GALSTAD had a legal and business relationship with Dan Stauss (the mayor’s brother) and Jane Moss (and the other unidentified partners).
- CITY of EAST GRAND FORKS WAS A LEGAL ADVESARY OF BOARDWALK
GALSTAD had/has a legal relationship with BOARDWALK and its shadowy group of owners and actors that were simultaneously and deeply entangled in two legal disputes with the City of EGF:
- The unpaid EDHA loan to BOARDWALK
- The liquor license dispute with BOARDWALK BAR & GRILL
- OPEN MEETING LAW VIOLATION
Evidence shows GALSTAD arranged, presided over, and/or participated in secret and/or illegal meetings following the uncovering of the unpaid EDHA loan.
On May 7, 2014, GALSTAD broke from pattern and practice of City meetings being held at 600 Demers Avenue (City Hall) and arranged for a closed meeting to be held at GALSTAD’s private office in the Boardwalk Complex at 411 2nd Street with unidentified persons.
EGF City Administrator David Murphy, during a televised interview with WDAZ-TV said, “We met with representatives of Boardwalk Enterprises and their attorney.”
However – BOARDWALK did not even have an attorney yet. GALSTAD was the only attorney known to be at the meeting.
- EVIDENCE AND RECORDS SHOW BOARDWALK ENTERPRISES HAD NOT YET RETAINED AN ATTORNEY AS OF MAY 7, 2014
Following the May 7, 2014, meeting, EGF City Administrator David Murphy told news reporters “We met with representatives of Boardwalk Enterprises and their attorney.”
However, evidence and records show BOARDWALK did not retain an attorney until June 14, 2014.
On June 11, 2014, Prairie Business Magazine (and many other news outlets) reported, “The city of East Grand Forks is waiting for a recommendation from an attorney it hired to work on an unpaid $510,000 public loan, but it may have to act soon. “ [Brad]Sinclair, an attorney at Kaler Doeling who the City Council voted to hire last week, will also serve Boardwalk Enterprises with a request for a response. That will include a request for information on who the partners in the company are, and who is their legal representation, Murphy said.
As the EGF City Attorney, GALSTAD should have already taken the legal actions (e.g. served a Request for Response upon BOARDWALK) that Attorney Sinclair took on June 11, 2014; but he didn’t.
GALSTAD’S dereliction of duties and failures as the City’s attorney is without a doubt connected to the conflict of interest.
- BOARDWALK MEMBERS IDENTITIES UNKNOWN
In addition to Boardwalk having no official lawyer on May 7, 2014, evidence and records show the City of EGF did not even know the actual identity of the members of the BOARDWALK group at the time of the meeting (which appears to be a conundrum of logic considering city officials met with members of BOARDWALK).
Despite City of EGF’s professed lack of information regarding the identity of BOARDWALK’s members, and the fact BOARDWALK had no lawyer, GALSTAD, nonetheless, was able to arrange a closed meeting at his private office with un-identified persons.
At this meeting – GALSTAD and City officials, according to Murphy, “met with representatives of Boardwalk Enterprises and their attorney”.
Responding to a public records request, Murphy advised me in writing on July 27, 2016, “Representatives from the City Council and Staff met with officials from Boardwalk Enterprises on an informal basis to discuss the recently discovered Boardwalk loan. Therefore, no minutes or records were required or taken.”
Murphy referred to the May 7, 2014 meeting as a “closed session meeting”.
I assert that meeting was an illegal meeting overseen by GALSTAD for illegal purposes to the great disadvantage of his client – the citizens of East Grand Forks, Minnesota.
- GALSTAD’S COMPLETE ACCESS TO THE FILES
On May 27, 2014 Galstad gave a presentation to the EGF EDHA board during a public meeting. The presentation was a report of his internal investigation regarding the files connected to the BOARDWALK unpaid EDHA loan.
GALSTAD should not have had such access to the EDHA loan files and should not have conducted any investigation because he had a conflict of interest.
- CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Evidence exists and clearly shows there was a conflict of interest because the EGF city council took formal action regarding it.
On June 3, 2014, the Grand Forks Herald reported the City of East Grand Forks hired an attorney to handle matters regarding the outstanding Boardwalk loan. “This is just for removing any questions of conflict of interest or just to get a neutral third party to look at it,” [City Administrator David] Murphy said.
Administrator Murphy publically admitted/stated the EGF City Council knew there was a question of “conflict of interest” regarding GALSTAD and a “neutral third party” was needed.
GALSTAD’s misconduct was again in plain view because he should have advised his client, the City of EGF, immediately about the conflict. GALSTAD failed to do that and the City simply acted regarding the conflict of interest on its own.
- CONTINUED CONFLICT OF INTEREST
The following is re-stated in part from my original complaint.
Evidence shows the hiring of Attorney Sinclair to represent City of EGF regarding Boardwalk did not keep GALSTAD from being involved.
Two years later, on June 7, 2016, the Grand Forks Herald reported BOARDWALK filed a lawsuit against the City of EGF regarding Boardwalk Enterprises, which included allegations of “civil conspiracy”.
On Jun 7, 2016 GALSTAD (acting as EGF City Attorney) declined to turn a copy of the lawsuit over to the media upon request.
It should be noted that it appears the City of EGF no longer had an outside attorney representing the BOARDWALK matters, because GALSTAD told the Herald the lawsuit documents had been submitted to the League of Minnesota Cities for insurance purposes.
“And then the league, we’re anticipating, will assign it to an attorney to represent us,” Galstad told the Herald.
The Herald further reported on June 7, 2016 that Mark Anfinson, the attorney for the Minnesota Newspaper Association, said the city is “definitely required to provide a copy of the summons and complaint upon receipt, regardless of whether they’ve been filed with the court.” He cited a section of Minnesota’s Government Data Practices Act.
Therefore, GALSTAD, having received an official document/communication on behalf of the City of EGF from Boardwalk and their attorney, willfully refused to turn it over to the media.
Thus, GALSTAD was again engaging in blatant obstruction YEARS AFTER the City of EGF had replaced him (with Attorney Sinclair) due to CONFLICT OF INTEREST issues.
Galstad was clearly involved in negotiations regarding a pending settlement between BOARDWALK and the City of EGF.
On June 28, 2016, the Herald reported “City Attorney Ron Galstad cited a “short timeframe to draft up all the settlement documents to get approval.” The City Council met in a closed-door meeting Monday evening to discuss a possible settlement.
“We just weren’t able to do it, to finalize it today,” Galstad added. “There is a settlement agreement being drafted right now.”
On June 29, 2016 the Herald reported, “The council approved a settlement agreement that stipulates Boardwalk Enterprises, the entity that owns the commercial building at 415 Second St. N.W., and Boardwalk Bar and Grill pay $250,000 in cash. City staff members first said in April 2014 a $510,000 loan to Boardwalk Enterprises went unpaid for more than a decade.”
The Herald further reported, “In a joint news release, the city, the EDA, Boardwalk Enterprises and Boardwalk Bar and Grill said they were “pleased to announce that they have resolved all disputes between them.”
“The settlement is based on all parties recognizing the expense and risks of not bringing their disagreements to a close,” the brief statement added.
- CONCLUSION – GALSTAD SHOUD BE ORDERED TO PAY CITY OF EGF BACK ALL FEES BILLED REGARDING BOARDWALK
Ronald Galstad owes the City of EGF all the fees he acquired while knowingly violating conflict of interest codes and other forms of misconduct and crimes during his improper involvement in the Boardwalk Enterprises loan fraud scheme.
Timothy Charles Holmseth