New police reports detail events of northern Minnesota lawmaker’s arrest

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

ST. PAUL– St. Paul police reports acquired by the Pioneer Press allege that northern Minnesota lawmaker Matt Grossell acted belligerently towards hotel security, law enforcement and hospital staff.

The St. Paul newspaper reports that Grossell cursed at a nurse, shoved hotel security staff and repeatedly told officers about his former law enforcement career and current status as a lawmaker, as well as accuse them of police brutality.

Grossell represents District 2A and is a Republican legislator from Clearbrook, and was a former Clearwater County sheriff’s deputy before he was injured in the line of duty and retired.

Grossell authored a bill that increases penalties for those who assault first responders and medical personnel.

He will likely not face any charges for the May incident, where he was cited for trespassing and disorderly conduct, as he entered into a community service and treatment program with the Ramsey County court, where upon successful completion of the program, his charges will be dismissed.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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