Tagged: Sheriff Barb Erdman

The Red River Valley Had It’s Dreams (sung to Class of ’57)

Lyrics and vocals by Timothy Charles Holmseth on May 16, 2017 at 10:08 A.M.



The Goblins of Polk County (sung to Okie from Muskogee)

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on May 6, 2017 at 9:27 P.M.


Special Investigation: East Grand Forks – History of Darkness – Culture of Death

Exponent photograph illuminates East Grand Forks Police Department’s dark history – Jim Grabanski

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on November 27, 2015 at 12:25 P.M.

Exponent Retired EGFPD Officers

Write Into Action is investigating public and private statements made by former EGF police officer Jim Grabanski regarding knowledge he claims to have regarding the Daryl Sindermann murder.

On November 26, 2015 Write Into Action reported the Polk County Sheriff’s Office buried four Crime Stopper leads in the Sindermann murder that would have likely brought the case to a conclusion in 1987.

In November, 2014, KVLY-11 reported that Grabanski had information about the identity of the person(s) that murdered Sindermann. “Retired Officer, Jim Grabanski doesn’t plan to let this case remain unsolved,” Neil Carlson reported.

“Though he’s retired, Grabanski says he’ll never stop doing his duty. He now has the statement of a man who claims, he was a witnessed Daryl Sindermann’s murder,” Carlson said.

KVLY never reported the name of the “witness”.

Grabanski has a long history of possessing information about very serious crimes against persons, which he then uses to play games to get attention.

As previously reported by Write Into Action, Grabanski witnessed the near fatal beating of Jon Osowski in the East Grand Forks police station by Sgt. Curt Ellingson, which was covered up by multiple police officers including Lt. Det. Rodney Hajicek.

Grabanski witnessed Ellingson manically beat others, including a mentally handicapped man that was crying for his “mom”.

Grabanski openly admits to knowing about these crimes but refuses to go on the record at the last second; after he gets attention.


On April 25, 2014, an Affidavit of Probable Cause was filed by the Grand Forks Police Department alleging James Edward Grabanski committed the criminal offense of Reckless Endangerment, which is a Class C Felony in the state of North Dakota.

On April 24, 2014, Grabanski discharged his Ruger .40 caliber handgun inside his apartment. The bullet went through the wall into the neighboring apartment.

According to the criminal charge, Grabanski’s actions “created a substantial risk of serious bodily injury or death to his neighbor, Dorothy Schue”.

James in a retired law enforcement officer and has extensive knowledge of firearms. James made no attempt to contact the Police or check the well-being of the resident in #27 after he negligently discharged his firearm,” the Affidavit stated.


KVLY did a two part series on the Daryl Sindermann murder based solely upon statements from Grabanski.

“Tuesday on Valley News Live at six, Officer Grabanski reveals details from that witness, who explains how Sindermann died in a fight, what happened to his body and how all this has been kept a secret for so long. That witness also claims to know the name of a local man responsible for Sindermann’s death, which has also been passed on to investigators,” KVLY reported.

NOTE: The Valley News Live report looks eerily like the information contained in the Crime Stoppers report obtained and published by Write Into Action, which provided the names “Chris Pesche” and “Steve Boushee”.

Although Grabanski appeared on KVLY to create a big stir with the November, 2014, two part report on the Daryl Sindermann murder, basically nothing new was learned by the public whatsoever.

According to KVLY nothing new was learned by the Sheriff’s Office, either.

On December 4, 2015 KVLY reported that they spoke with Sgt. Michael Norland, investigator, PCSO. “Investigators say after interviewing several people, they have not uncovered any new information in the case”.


Write Into Action has also learned from reliable source(s) that Grabanski is presently being professionally treated for mental health issues.


Write Into Action has learned Grabanski is employed by American Crystal Sugar and has told people he is the “chief” of “security”.

One reader contacted Write Into Action concerned that if Grabanski is carrying a firearm at the “beet plant” something bad could happen because Grabanski has been asking odd.

Write Into Action will continue to investigate.


Records: Polk County Sheriff’s Office buried four tips in 1986 Daryl Sindermann murder

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on November 26, 2015 at 11:01 P.M.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) in Minnesota may have inadvertently revealed who murdered Daryl Sindermann in 1986.

Daryl Jeray Sindermann

Daryl Jeray Sindermann

They revealed who did it by trying to cover it up in the first place.

Records obtained by a document request reveal the disturbing truth.

In 1987, the PCSO was told of four suspects reported to have beaten Sindermann up with plans to throw him in the river.

In once instance, according to records, the Sheriff’s Office waited 17 years to interview a suspect.

Two of the suspects were never interviewed at all.

On September 10, 2015, Write Into Action published a Crime Stopper tip/document that had been called in to Grand Forks Crimes Stoppers on June 29, 1987.

The June 29, 1987 report read in part:

“Caller stated that he was at a party by the Thompson Bridge – the same party Daryl Sindermann was at. Caller stated that suspects and two other guys beat up Daryl and were going to thrown him in the river. Suspects tried to beat up caller and some other guys too. Caller says suspect #1 is involved the most. Suspects were drunk and/or stoned. Caller says his wife knows more about this, she was at the party too, and he will see if she will call us”.

The tip specifically named two suspects.

Suspect # 1: Chris Pesch, EGF
Suspect # 2: Steve Boushy [sic], EGF


On October 19, 2015, Write Into Action requested documents from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) regarding the 1987 Crime Stopper’s tip. On November 17, 2015, Write Into Action received documents from the PCSO.

Documents show that:

Suspect # 1: Chris Pesch, was interviewed by Curt A. Nelson, special investigator, Polk County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) on March 19, 200417 years after the tip was called in.

Suspect # 2: Steve Boushy [sic], “Steve Boushee” was interviewed by the BCA on April 4, 1990, when the case was opened back up by the BCA – almost four years after the tip was called in.

Two of the four suspects mentioned in the narrative were apparently never identified. There is also no record that the tipster’s wife was contacted.

The date of the tips and the deliberate neglectful actions of the Sheriff’s Office demonstrate conscious thought and willful deception by investigators to help the suspects avoid prosecution for murder.

Write Into Action will continue to investigate and report to the public.


Police officer that shot David Elliot receiving legal advice from newly retired Grand Forks County prosecutor Peter Welte

by Timothy Charles Holmseth

Jerad Braaten, the UND police officer that shot David James Elliot, is receiving legal advice from Peter Welte, the former chief prosecutor in Grand Forks County.

Braaten’s legal representation has been secured by the Fraternal Order of Police.

Welte announced his resignation abruptly in December, 2014, sending a letter to the Grand Forks County Commission saying he was leaving the county to venture into private practice with Vogel Law Firm. He also submitted an application for a district judge position in November, 2014, which he withdrew.

Welte provided no explanation for his resignation, other than to say he had received an offer by Vogel Law Firm to go back into private practice, which gave him more flexibility and “security for my family”.


Vogel Law Firm is representing Boardwalk Enterprises.

The Boardwalk Enterprises loan-fraud money-laundering scheme was exposed in April, 2014, after the Grand Forks Herald reported over half a million dollars had gone missing amidst a scheme that involved an unpaid loan through the EGF EDHA.

Timothy Charles Holmseth reported the City of East Grand Forks to the Minnesota State Auditor in December, 2013, and requested an audit.

Holmseth is the plaintiff in a Deprivation of Rights lawsuit filed in United States District Court – HOLMSETH V. CITY OF EAST GRAND FORKS ET AL.

Named as defendants in the lawsuit are:

  1. EGF Police Chief Michael Hedlund
  2. Polk County Sheriff Barb Erdman,
  3. EGF City Attorney Ronald Galstad
  4. EDHA Director James Richter (retired)
  5. Minnesota Public Defender Michael LaCoursiere (now Red Lake County prosecutor)
  6. EGF Police Officer Lt. Detective Rodney Hajicek
  7. EGF Police Officer Aeisso Schrage
  8. Polk County Deputy Sgt. Michael Norland
  9. Jeannette Ringuette
  10. John Doe


Timothy Holmseth reported Tampering with a Witness to the Minneapolis FBI and Federal Judge Leo I. Brisbois after receiving death threats in East Grand Forks, Minnesota, and Grand Forks, North Dakota.

The certified mail receipt shows the FBI received the information on February 26, 2015. The information to the FBI and United States District Court included audio, as well as reports made to the EGFPD and GFPD.

On February 28, 2015, at 12:45 a.m. UND Police Officer Jerad Braaten shot David Elliot.


East Grand Forks police sergeant-detective no longer listed as investigator for department

Detective that seized hard-drive of HaLeigh Cummings book author re-classified as patrolman as color of law lawsuit looms in U.S. District Court

by Timothy Charles Holmseth

An East Grand Forks police detective that was allegedly going to lie on the witness stand to convict a local journalist is no longer listed as an investigator with the police department, according to the city’s website.

Sgt. Detective Chris Olson’s name, which previously appeared under the section that listed the police department’s investigators, now appears under the section that lists patrol officers.

Olson’s name, and allegations of his misconduct, appear in a federal civil rights lawsuit, filed in July of 2014 by Timothy Charles Holmseth against the City of East Grand Forks and Polk County Sheriff – – – Holmseth v. City of East Grand Forks et al.

According to Holmseth’s complaint, Michael LaCoursiere, an attorney for the Minnesota Public Defenders office, who represented Holmseth in 2011-2012, told Holmseth that Olson, along with a Polk County Sheriff’s deputy, Jesse Haugen, was going to lie on the witness stand if Holmseth didn’t accept an Alford (no contest) plea.

Holmseth alleges the push for a false criminal conviction was based upon critical discoveries he made during his investigative journalism projects regarding the high profile child kidnapping case of HaLeigh Ann-Marie Cummings; the murder of Orlando toddler Caylee Marie Anthony; and financial crimes and fraud that led to the exposure of the Boardwalk Enterprises money-laundering loan-fraud scheme in East Grand Forks.

The criminal charges against Holmseth were pushed and prosecuted by EGF City Attorney Ronald Galstad; a central figure in the Boardwalk Enterprises scandal.

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.