Police investigate partisan harassment claim


Police reports document the existence of an investigation about an alleged assault on a vehicle Oct. 11 on U.S. Hwy. 71.

According to the Hubbard County dispatch report, the following incident was reported at 5:01 p.m. on Oct. 11: “Caller wants to report an assault on a vehicle while on Hwy. 71. A sports drink bottle was thrown at their car while moving.”

Asked for more details, Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes said the call was forwarded to the Minnesota State Patrol for follow up, as the incident occurred on a state highway and no deputies were in position.

However, Sgt. Neil Dickenson with the Minnesota State Patrol said the captain for the MSP’s Brainerd District had not heard about a state trooper handling this type of call.

Aukes also recalled that the bottle was thrown in the city of Park Rapids, and would therefore be a Park Rapids Police Department investigation.


According to the Park Rapids Police Department incident report, Michael Peinovich reported that Biden supporters were harassed by several vehicles within Park Rapids while en route to Menahga on U.S. Hwy. 71 during a Biden for President parade. Peinovich told police there were approximately 30 vehicles in the parade, and drivers not in the group were cutting them off and yelling obscenities at them.

Peinovich “felt that this was racially motivated because he had a black male in the backseat of his vehicle,” the police report states.

The reporting officer advised Peinovich to call police while similar activity is in progress, noting that officers patrolling the parade did not observe any illegal activity.

The police report also reports that the MSP investigated a subsequent part of the incident in which an orange bottle was thrown at Peinovich’s vehicle while traveling south on U.S. Hwy. 71 approximately two miles south of the Lamb Weston/RDO plant.

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