Polk County Commissioner won’t provide source of Task Force statistics published in newsletter

Grand Forks Herald – East Grand Forks Exponent – Polk County Newsletter – all under fire for misinforming the public

by Timothy Charles Holmseth on April 30, 2015 at 7:42 P.M.

Suspicion increases as the Polk County Commissioner that authored an article with statistics regarding the Pine to Prairie Gang and Drug Force (Task Force) now refuses to respond to questions about the information and numbers he published.

Warren Strandell, Polk County Commissioner, authored an article for the Spring Edition of the Polk County Newsletter entitled “Pine to Prairie Drug Task Force making dent in drug activity”.

Write Into Action was directed to Strandell by Polk County Administrator Chuck Whiting. “Warren Strandell, County Commissioner, authored the article in question. He puts together the newsletter each quarter,” Whiting said.

Strandell will not respond to questions about the article.

Warren Strandell

Controversy surrounding the Polk County Newsletter’s article began on April 28 when Write Into Action filed Polk County Attorney Greg Widseth using fake numbers to camouflage operations of task force - Pine to Prairie Gang and Drug Task Force publishing fraudulent statistics in county newsletter as secret society across region rampages against the innocent.

“I am not in charge of the Polk County Newsletter, nor is it something authored by our office. You should direct your request to the County Administrators office,” Widseth said.

Widseth is an advisor to the Task Force and conducts prosecutions supported by affidavits of Task Force agents.

Irrefutable evidence exists to show the Task Force has been grossly misused and exploited for illegal purposes.

In December, 2013, Aeisso Schrage, an East Grand Forks Police Officer assigned to the Task Force, involved the Task Force in an application for a search warrant for an investigative journalists computer, and then got caught fabricating a police report on behalf of the Task Force against the journalist.

Schrage is now a defendant in Holmseth v. City of East Grand Forks et al, a deprivation of rights lawsuit which was filed in U.S. District Court in July, 2014.

The information that Strandell is now refusing to discuss, according to Whiting, ultimately leads back to Schrage.

“[Strandell’s] practice is to have the article cite the author if it is not himself, otherwise it is him. For his articles, he has the respective department head proofread the story prior to printing,” Whiting said, responding to Write Into Action’s questions.

But in the case of the Task Force, Strandell did not follow policy.

Write Into Action responded to Whiting and asked, “Who is the department head that proofreads articles regarding the Minnesota Pine to Prairie Gang and Drug Task Force? Where do the statistics and numbers for the article(s) come from?”

Whiting responded.

“Aeisso Schrage from the task force reviewed the article. He is not a Polk County Department head. I believe he is an East Grand Forks staff member and would know where the statistics and numbers came from,” Whiting said.

Write Into Action contacted all members of the Polk County Commission regarding this matter and received no response.


Write Into Action previously published Grand Forks Herald caught deceiving the public to protect organized crime - Wholesale deception of the public by Forum Communications Company.

The article revealed the Grand Forks Herald concealed evidence from a whistleblower that had information about sadistic beatings of prisoners and suspects, and drug trafficking in the region.

Write Into Action also published evidence that Rollin and Julie Bergman at the East Grand Forks Exponent published a timeline of events regarding the ‘Boardwalk Enterprises’ loan-fraud money-money-laundering scheme, that was strategically printed out of chronological order.

All the acts of misinformation and disinformation appear to be done to advance or protect existing criminal activity.

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