State representative arrested for trespassing

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

Multiple Twin Cities news outlets are reporting that Republican Representative Matt Grossell of Clearbrook was arrested early Saturday morning.

The Star Tribune, Minnesota Public Radio and the Pioneer Press reported that Grossell, a former Clearwater County Sheriff’s deputy and currently in his second term in the Minnesota House, was removed from a St. Paul hotel for being disorderly and taken to Regions Hospital by police, who believed he was too intoxicated to care for himself.

After Grossell was cleared by doctors, he refused to leave, prompting the arrest for misdemeanor trespassing. He was released a short time later on promise to appear in court.

Grossell issued a statement later on Saturday apologizing for the incident. According to the Ramsey County Jail roster, he was arrested just after 3:30 a.m. Saturday.

A court date has not been posted yet, according to Ramsey County Court records. Grossell has not yet been reached for comment, despite attempts made by this reporter.

This is a developing story.


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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