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Rest stop incident involving state lawmaker investigated

Posted: August 15, 2012 - 1:50pm

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Authorities are looking into an incident at an interstate rest stop in Duluth that involves a state representative.

State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske (RAHS'-kee) says a witness approached a trooper at Thompson Hill rest area off Interstate 35 about 11 p.m. on July 22 and told the officer about some "suspicious activity." Roeske says the trooper had contact with Rep. Kerry Gauthier (goth-ee-AYR') and turned the matter over to Duluth police because it was a "non-traffic" incident.

Duluth police said in a statement the incident is still being actively investigated and released no further details. Gauthier, a Democrat, did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press seeking comment. But he earlier told the Duluth News Tribune (http://tinyurl.com/9xyjlj4 ) that the matter is private and he doesn't plan to discuss it.

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Information from: Duluth News Tribune, http://www.duluthsuperior.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.