Written by Ashton Snyder on
 April 23, 2024

DFL Senator Detained in Detroit Lakes on Burglary Allegations

A surprising incident has rattled the quiet community of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. Early Monday, State Sen. Nicole Mitchell was arrested under suspicion of first-degree burglary.

This concerning incident began with an early morning distress call. Detroit Lakes Police Chief Steve Todd stated that local authorities were notified at 4:45 a.m. by a homeowner on Granger Road, according to the Minnesota Reformer. The homeowner urgently reported the presence of an intruder in her house.

Distress Call Leads to Arrest

Responding officers quickly arrived at the scene, where they apprehended a woman inside the home. To their astonishment, the suspect was later identified as Nicole Mitchell, a state senator representing Woodbury.

Nicole Mitchell, who took office in 2022, is in her first term and serves as the vice chair of the Senate State and Local Government and Veterans Committee.

Beyond her political role, she is recognized for her previous career as a TV meteorologist and her ongoing service as a commander in the Air National Guard’s 126th Weather Flight.

Community and Career at Stake

The incident has cast a shadow over Sen. Mitchell’s career and has left the local community in disbelief. Arrested and booked into Becker County Jail, Mitchell remained on the jail roster into the early afternoon.

This arrest comes at a critical time as the Legislature, of which Mitchell is a part, is on a recess for Passover. The session is scheduled to resume on Wednesday, leaving many to wonder about the implications this event may have on her political future.

The homeowner, notably distressed by the event, has a personal connection to Mitchell. She is the widow of Mitchell's late father, adding a layer of complexity to the circumstances of the break-in.

Senate DFL Withholds Comments

In the wake of this unexpected event, the Senate DFL Caucus has chosen to maintain a reserved stance. "The Senate DFL Caucus is aware of the situation and has no comment pending further information," stated Marc Kimball, a spokesperson for the caucus.

The case has shocked constituents and colleagues alike and attracted media attention. KVRR-TV in Fargo, North Dakota, was the first to report on the arrest.

As details continue to emerge, the community is left grappling with the revelations about someone they elected to represent their interests and uphold the law. The full implications of this incident remain to be seen as investigations continue and more information becomes available.

In conclusion, State Sen. Nicole Mitchell's arrest on charges of suspected first-degree burglary has stirred significant concern and speculation.

Her position in the Senate, her previous public persona as a respected meteorologist, and her military role are all scrutinized as she faces serious allegations. How this will impact her career and her constituents' trust is yet to unfold.

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