MILACA (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings Arctic Blast snowmobile rally is meant to be four days of fun to raise money to help children.
But this year's fund-raiser has been marred by allegations of sexual assault involving at least one player and at least one fan, and the top Vikings executive at the event was ticketed for refusing to take a driver sobriety test.
The annual event at Mille Lacs Lake features appearances by Vikings players, coaches and alumni and is staged at several resorts and businesses.
It's supposed to benefit the Vikings Children's Fund, but records indicate its expenses have outpaced revenues. And the Mille Lacs Area Tourism Council dropped out as a sponsor two years ago because of the costs, questions about where the profits were going and concerns about drinking and rowdy behavior.
Investigators were examining a 30-year-old woman's claim that she was sexually assaulted while socializing with members of the Vikings organization early Sunday at Eddy's Resort near Onamia. She was treated at an Aitkin hospital.
No charges were immediately filed, but the investigation focused on several members of the Vikings, both players and personnel. Authorities were trying to track down witnesses, Mille Lacs County Undersheriff Alan Marxhausen said Tuesday.
Asked if the team was cooperating in the investigation, Marxhausen said, "No, they're not. ... They exercised their right to counsel, so basically they all have attorneys already."
Executive Vice President Mike Kelly, who was stopped on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, said he had no specifics about the alleged assault. He said the team has instructed its attorneys to cooperate fully with law enforcement officials.
Marxhausen interviewed the woman on Sunday after the assault and said she was shaken. "She's doing as best as can be expected," he said.
The undersheriff said DNA evidence would be examined by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
About 10 current and 10 former players were at the event, including Randy Moss and Daunte Culpepper. Marxhausen declined to say which players were being investigated but did say Moss and Culpepper were not involved and were not being investigated.
Also, authorities charged a Shorewood man, Joel Vincent Blatz, 39, with first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct after an alleged attack on a woman to whom he had offered a ride after the event. Blatz is the brother of Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz. He intends to plead innocent, said his attorney, Bill Mauzy.
About 1,600 people paid $20 to $35 apiece to join in the parties and other Arctic Blast events. The level of partying was similar to past Arctic Blast celebrations and on par with other big weekend events on the lake, Marxhausen said.
Nevertheless, he questioned some of the behavior, saying, "It doesn't seem like people represent themselves as being professionals when they are supposed to be here doing fund-raisers for kids and they are acting like kids themselves."
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