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DFL offers up few facts in Davids’ investigation


Fri, May 7th, 2004
Posted in Features

LANESBORO - Rep. John Lesch, DFL from St. Paul, held a press conference in Lanesboro on Friday afternoon, April 30, to discuss the preliminary findings of an investigation concerning allegations of intimidation by Rep. Greg Davids.

Lesch told the media that he has spoken with 10 people and hoped to meet with a half dozen others while in Lanesboro.

Lesch gave no specifics, other than to say the allegations concerned a pattern of intimidation by Davids having to do with people opposed to the Heartland tire-burning plant being developed by Davids’ father-in-law.

When asked by the Journal when his investigation would be concluded, Lesch said he couldn’t say and that any decision to proceed with an ethics complaint would be up to the DFL leadership.

Back in March, the DFL Caucus announced that it would conduct an internal inquiry into whether ethics charges should be brought against Davids.

At that time, Davids played a voice mail he received from DFL House Leader Matt Entenza in which Entenza tells Davids “they (DFL) are not going to file an ethics complaint.” The tape alluded to the need to show “folks” that we have a process in place.

On the tape, Entenza said that Davids would be contacted within a week to discuss this matter.

Rep. Greg Davids, who was present at Lesch’s news conference, said that he had yet to be contacted.

When asked when he intended to speak with Rep. Davids about the matter, Lesch said he wasn’t sure, but before there was any decision to go forward with an ethics complaint they would do so. Lesch also said that he had not had a chance to look at material profiling Davids’ voting record that the representative had turned over to the DFL leadership.

When asked why he picked Lanesboro to hold the press conference (did he know the DFL endorsed candidate running against Davids lived in Lanesboro?), Lesch said his staff picked the site and, no, he didn’t know who the endorsed candidate was.

After Mr. Lesch left, Greg Davids referred to the DFL investigation as “dirty politics.” According to Davids, the DFL has a short window in which to file any complaint as the legislative session ends on May 17.

“I was told five weeks ago that Rep. Alice Housman would be contacting me within one week,” Davids said. .....
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The Battle Over Heartland

Fri, May 7th, 2004
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Preston: A town divided  By John Torgrimson  When you mention Preston to anyone in Minnesota nowadays they say, “Oh, isn’t that where that tire plant is being built?”  The bat ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Attorney Sandy Keith to mediate Heartland v. Preston

Fri, May 7th, 2004
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Initially a closed door meeting of the Preston City Council had been requested by council member Steve Knoepke for the purpose of approving a mediator. Apparently, there was some miscommunication since not everyone appeared for the 5:30 p.m. meeting. ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Update on Church Hill development

Fri, May 7th, 2004
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Northcountry developers Jeff Allman and Warren Kramer updated the Lanesboro City Council on development plans for Church Hill Properties at the regular council meeting held May 3rd. The new plans included an increase from sixteen to twenty-one units ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: Board continues discussion on additional Zoning staff

Fri, May 7th, 2004
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As the demand for zoning permits continues to increase in the county, and the need for visiting each site to determine that county requirements are being met, has forced the county board to review options that would provide additional zoning office h ..... 
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Preston comes together to assist at accident

Fri, May 7th, 2004
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Today (Thursday, May 6) I had the unfortunate experience of being one of the first on the scene of a horrible accident on Hwy 52 by Citgo in Preston. After doing what little I could to help, I stood nearby praying Godspeed for the individuals involve ..... 
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Behind the scenes at the Minnesota Book Awards

Fri, Apr 30th, 2004
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ST. PAUL - Minnesota has a rich literary heritage. We have our share of big names, like F.Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, Robert Bly, and Tim O’Brien. But the big names only represent the surface of all the books written, and being written, in Minn ..... 
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County asks judge for reconsideration in zoning case

Fri, Apr 30th, 2004
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PRESTON - Fillmore County Attorney Brett Corson has written a letter to Judge Robert Benson asking the court to allow the county to file a motion to reconsider the judge’s decision in the Slabaugh case.

Motions to reconsider ar ..... 
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Zumbro Valley Medical Society calls for EIS on Heartland

Fri, Apr 30th, 2004
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ROCHESTER - The Zumbro Valley Medical Society, which represents the counties of Fillmore, Olmsted, Dodge and Houston, is the latest organization to call on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to conduct an environmental impact statement (EI ..... 
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