Representative Matt Grossell may be able to have charges dismissed

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

ST. PAUL– Representative Matt Grossell may be able to avoid conviction if he successfully completes a court diversion program.

The Pioneer Press reports that Grossell, a Republican representative from Clearbrook representing district 2A, was admitted into the program yesterday in Ramsey County District Court.

The five-month program requires its participants to follow an outline of goals as an alternative to detention. 

Through completion, Grossell can avoid entering a guilty plea in court.

Grossell was initially charged this past May after an incident of disorderly conduct in a hotel bar, where he was then transported to a local hospital because officers didn’t believe he could take care of himself.

Law enforcement was again called to the hospital when Grossell refused to leave, prompting an additional citation for trespassing. 


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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