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DULUTH — A jury has found that former University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey coach Shannon Miller was subjected to sex discrimination and retaliation when her contract was not renewed after 16 seasons at the school. The jury awarded Miller $3.74 million. The panel of eight women and four men reached the verdict this afternoon at the federal courthouse in downtown Duluth. They started deliberating at 11:30 a.m. after hearing closing arguments from either side on the eighth day of the trial.
DULUTH—Eight witnesses took the stand Wednesday, March 14, for what felt at times like a rapid-fire lightning round as testimony concluded in the Shannon Miller and University of Minnesota Duluth trial. Miller, who coached the Bulldogs women's hockey team for 16 seasons before her contract was not renewed in December 2014, is suing the university for sex discrimination and Title IX retaliation.
DULUTH, Minn.—University of Minnesota Duluth Chancellor Lendley Black sat in the front row of a courtroom Tuesday, surrounded by fellow school officials and supporters. On the opposite side sat his predecessor, Kathryn Martin, accompanied by past players and supporters of former women's hockey coach Shannon Miller. If the seating arrangement didn't provide a clear juxtaposition, their trips to the witness stand would.
DULUTH—A federal judge on Monday, March 5, sought to narrow the focus of evidence in the discrimination lawsuit brought against the University of Minnesota Duluth by former women's hockey coach Shannon Miller. Judge Patrick Schiltz spent nearly three hours meeting with attorneys on the eve of the long-awaited trial in U.S. District Court in Duluth. The judge did not outright exclude any potential witnesses, but he did place some parameters for the introduction of expert testimony and other evidence that could be heard by jurors.
DULUTH—The time has come for Shannon Miller and the University of Minnesota Duluth. More than three years after the school announced it would sever ties with its five-time championship-winning women's hockey coach, sparking controversy and a federal lawsuit, a jury will finally have its say. Miller's high-stakes discrimination case against her longtime employer goes to trial this week at the federal courthouse in Duluth. Jury selection will start Tuesday, March 6, with a verdict expected next week.
DULUTH, Minn.—A jailhouse informant provided crucial information that helped investigators arrest five suspects in last year's fatal shooting of a Duluth college student, newly filed documents reveal. The "primary source" of information pertaining to the February 2017 death of William Grahek came from an inmate who reportedly received a confession from one of the three men present at the crime scene, according to briefs filed this month by defense attorneys.
PROCTOR, Minn.—A northeast Minnesota man was sentenced Friday to more than 16 years in prison for unloading an AR-15 in the direction of his girlfriend during a domestic dispute in November 2016. Rusty George Kallis, 41, of Proctor pleaded guilty in December to a charge of attempted premeditated first-degree murder. He admitted that he threatened his girlfriend and two children with the firearm before firing off more than three-dozen rounds at the woman, missing her but striking a house across the street, and later pointing the weapon at a neighbor.
TWO HARBORS, Minn.—Soon after a federal agency pulled his commercial trucking license and a judge ordered him not to drive, John Ray Carpenter was back behind the wheel. The owner-operator of a Hibbing, Minn., septic services company, Carpenter had a documented history of sleep apnea that resulted in at least six crashes in recent years and dozens of violations of federal regulations. But even after he blacked out at the wheel of his tanker in October 2015, crossing the centerline and killing an oncoming motorist, Carpenter disobeyed orders to stay off the road.
DULUTH — A federal judge on Thursday, Feb. 1, threw out significant portions of an $18 million discrimination lawsuit brought against the University of Minnesota Duluth by three former women's sports coaches, including all claims from two of the plaintiffs. U.S. District Judge Patrick Schiltz said only Shannon Miller, the ousted longtime women's hockey coach, can proceed to trial next month on allegations that she was subjected to gender discrimination and Title IX retaliation.
DULUTH—A Carlton County man who admitted to stalking multiple joggers in West Duluth last spring will spend the next several months in the Northeast Regional Corrections Center. Tyler Rodney Stohlberg, 22, of Wright, received his sentence Thursday, Feb. 1, in State District Court in Duluth after a judge last year rejected a plea agreement that would have allowed him to avoid additional time in custody.