A Golden Valley man has been charged with harassment for allegedly sending threatening letters to Hennepin County commissioners who voted for a publicly financed Minnesota Twins ballpark.
A Nov. 27 search warrant executed at the home and vehicle of Steven Wellens included saliva and fingerprint samples found to match those collected from the mailings. The search also yielded a handgun and a handwritten note that read, "Have you ever heard the phrase `Death to tyrants?"'
The 53-year-old Wellens has a permit to carry the gun.
The commissioners who received the letters are Chairman Randy Johnson, Peter McLaughlin, Mike Opat and Mark Stenglein. Wellens ran unsuccessfully against Stenglein in 2006 on a platform of reversing the decision to build a new ballpark.
Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com