Comissioners get threatening letters over Twins stadium support

11:55 PM, Nov 10, 2007   |    comments
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Four Hennepin County commissioners who supported a tax for the Minnesota Twins ballpark have received threatening letters, commissioners and authorities said. Commissioner Mark Stenglein said one letter asked, "What do you do with someone who steals tax dollars?" Another said "Judgment day is coming," which Stenglein found particularly disturbing since none of the commissioner were up for re-election this fall. The three commissioners who opposed the stadium have not received the letters, officials said. The four who did are Stenglein, Mike Opat, Peter McLaughlin and Randy Johnson, all of whom supported the stadium plan last year in a 4-3 vote. Each has received about five unsigned, typed letters at their homes in the past year or so. The case started when Opat, who lives in Robbinsdale, asked Police Chief Wayne Shellum to look into the threats. The chief said the suspect has refused to talk to police but that the county attorney is reviewing possible charges. Shellum is also looking for two armed men who attacked and robbed Opat of his wallet and Jeep outside his home Tuesday night. The chief said nothing indicates the letters and robbery are linked. Opat received cuts and bruises while fighting to escape the shotgun-wielding robbers.

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