- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 19, 2014
‘Lady Chisholm’ pleads guilty to welfare fraud

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota woman who once claimed to be Scottish nobility has pleaded guilty to welfare fraud.

Andrea Chisholm, 54, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting wrongfully obtaining public assistance. She admitted in court Tuesday she signed welfare applications that were inaccurate, but told the judge they were filled out by her husband, Colin Chisholm.

Her plea agreement calls for one year and one day in prison, with credit for 142 days already served.

The couple allegedly collected more than $167,000 in in fraudulent medical and food-stamp claims in Florida and Minnesota while living in a lakefront mansion in the Minneapolis suburb of Deephaven. They also owned a yacht in Florida.

It’s not clear if Andrea Chisholm will testify against her husband, who has a pretrial hearing set for Sept. 10.


Fire that damaged historic house ruled arson

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - The fire that damaged a historic house on one of Duluth’s busiest streets has been ruled arson.

Damage to the red sandstone Traphagen House is estimated at over $150,000. It was built in the 1890s and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

No one was inside the three-story building when the fire broke out about 1 a.m. Monday. Firefighters got it under control quickly.

The mansion currently houses HTK Marketing and Communications.

The designer of the house, Oliver Traphagen, also had a hand in other distinctive buildings in Duluth, including the former City Hall and Fitger’s Brewery.


Kluwe, Vikings reach settlement to avert lawsuit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Vikings and former punter Chris Kluwe said Tuesday they reached a settlement averting a lawsuit over Kluwe’s claim that the team wrongfully released him last year because of his outspoken support for same-sex marriage rights.

Under the deal, the Vikings will donate an undisclosed sum of money to five human rights charities over the next five years, including at least two that focus on gay rights. Kluwe said he won’t receive any money as part of the settlement.

“This will help a lot of people that really do need that help,” Kluwe said. He said he was convinced the Vikings and owners Zygi and Mark Wilf were committed to the cause, and committed to being leaders on this issue in the NFL.

“They want to make this a reality where there is no discrimination in sports, there is no homophobia,” Kluwe said at a news conference.

The Vikings said in a statement that the deal resolves all issues related to Kluwe’s departure from the team and his accusations that a coach made anti-gay comments. Zygi Wilf said he wished Kluwe the best.


NHL concussion lawsuits consolidated in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Three lawsuits filed by retired NHL players over concussion-related injuries have been consolidated and will be heard by a federal judge in Minnesota.

A special panel assigned the cases Tuesday to U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson of St. Paul.

The order says Minnesota provides a central location for parties and witnesses, including those from Canada. It consolidates lawsuits filed by over 200 former players in Minnesota, New York and Washington. It notes that Nelson is already presiding over one of the cases. The order says two similar cases pending in Minnesota and New York may be added later.

The lawsuits are similar to those on behalf of former NFL players, which resulted in an $870 million settlement. The NCAA agreed to a $70 million settlement in another concussion lawsuit.



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