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NU councilor investigated for impeding underage-drinking case

No charges brought against Schultz

October 24, 2013

NEW ULM — A New Ulm City Council member was investigated by authorities this past summer — accused of impeding an underage-drinking case, according to a report Wednesday from KEYC-TV....

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Oct-26-13 4:31 PM

My question is why Mr. Schultz was asked in the first place. If security gets info that there are minors drinking they usually don't seek out the parents\guardian to vouch for them. They should of immediately located the minors, carded them, arrest them if warranted, and then seek out the furnisher of the wristband \alcohol and then talk to the quardian(Mr. Schultz). What Mr. Schultz did was wrong(if reported right). I agree that the Blast should be punished. Any liquor store, bar, etc. would have been.

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Oct-26-13 12:57 PM

Two years ago when my son was 19 years old he got a "hosting a party" ticket from the NU Police. Present was himself, his girlfriend and one other minor, everyone else was over 21. Is my math wrong? But isn't that the same number involved with Les and the two minors? Why is it that my family got hit with this ticket and all the legal hassle that went with it, but Les got nothing out of this? Is it once again an example of the social structure in this community? We don't run with the right group of people in town, we don't have the right last name or job? I read all the comments about what a nice guy he is, well, my family is nice, we do a lot of volunteer work in town and we have both held the same jobs for over 25 yrs. I was told at the police station, the law is the law....well apparently not....once again.

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Oct-26-13 11:59 AM

The Free Press has a great article. "Schultz told him (officer) that one of the Germans was 21 and the other had just turned 22. Schultz then left quickly..."

Wow, nothing to hide?? Why leave quickly?

Then when Schultz was confronted again he "seemed put out that his word was being questioned".

Jason Fairbairn interviewed Schultz, and I would put his word above Les Schultz any day of the week. Jason told the investigator that he thought Schultz' judgement was clouded by alcohol.

I guess! When you let two underage boys drink to nearly twice the legal limit and then try to lie to police to cover it up, that shows a HUGE lapse in judgement. And alcohol isn't an excuse for someone who is supposed to uphold the law.

Schultz should step down before he is recalled.

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Oct-26-13 10:47 AM

I would like to know why charges weren't brought against Mr. Schultz and possibly even the Bavarian Blast organization. If it were any average Joe that did this, you can bet that you'd be in a heap of trouble. Why is it that if a city official or employee or friend of a city official helps a minor obtain alcohol, speeds down the street going 70 MPH and kills two people, drives drunk, whatever, they always get off scott free?

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Oct-26-13 6:55 AM

Because of his job and city position Mr. Schultz is held to a higher standard. Its understandable why people are upset hearing this. It may be hard for some to take him seriously after this alleged incident and he may have lost some respect, others may not care. If he did have a lapse in judgment and allow this, i would hope he would own up. His denial of the incident makes the police/staff out to be liars. What reason do they have to lie? Schultz would be the one with something to hide here. Not very professional.

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Oct-26-13 3:41 AM

From the Mankato Free Press: Off-Duty Brown Co. Sheriff Deputy Jason Fairbairn was told by Schultz "The Germans weren't drinking and driving or fighting". Schultz " I don't understand what the big deal is. These guys are fine." The investigator interviewed schultz, who didn't allow the interview to be recorded, which was something he said was learned in "City Council 101." Really Les? If you didn't have anything to hide why not record the interview? I live in your ward and I know that I do not want a council member that lies to the police to protect his german teenage friends.

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Oct-26-13 2:31 AM

Come on NUCares, REALLY? Nice attempt on trying that avenue to take with this story.

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Oct-26-13 2:07 AM

I don't expect him to be perfect. This isn't just a parking or speeding ticket. This is like a DWI, or when our former mayor got caught stealing baseball cards. Just like our former mayor, this doesn't make him a bad person, but it does impact his integrity, particularly with his probation career. I'm wouldn't say that he should or shouldn't resign. He should, however, issue a statement as a public official and own up to his poor judgement. With time, his reputation and the trust of the community that he serves can be restored.

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Oct-26-13 1:03 AM

NUcares, you should read the Free Press article. Sounds like they got both sides. My conclusion with their article, Schultz lied. My guess is you're a friend of Schultz and like I wrote in a previous report, I'm sure this is hard for you to handle. However, it happened, he lied. The blame is on him. Own up to

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Oct-25-13 10:26 PM

In reading all these posts its quite obvious most are political. Good job chuck hanson fans (opponent in last race). Problem with all this is that the newspaper report lists only one side of the story...we all know reporters go for the story, not the truth. Why is it the fest guards didnt do their job and card the germans when told they were underage early in the evening vs 11pm? Maybe the spotlight is on the wrong person. Several people told security Schultz had told them weeks before the Germans were underage as they had worked for them and they should be carded. Security failed to card until many hours later and had to call schultz at home to come down and get them. Humm..always more to the story folks.

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Oct-25-13 7:33 PM

Schnauser, I think what you don't get is this story really doesn't have a whole lot to do with the two boys. If it isn't enough for you that all of us in this country should be law-abiding, then I really can't help you.

Again, for the third time, the story is about an elected official who purposely lies to law enforcement to cover the crimes of others.

Look at the details as provided by some of the other posters: These boys were staying with him. He knew their ages as posted by a close friend of his. He even told other people they were too young and couldn't be drinking. Yet at Bavarian Blast, we know they had over 21 wrist bands and they were both with him. Are you telling me he didn't see the wrist bands or didn't see them drinking?? But even if you believe that, nothing can excuse him going out of his way to lie to police! He told them both boys were over 21 and that one even turned 22 the other day. That was an absolute lie. That is the issue.

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Oct-25-13 6:15 PM

I don't have strong feelings one way or another for this guy, but I still can't believe many of your comments. So many of you are so righteous it really floors me. The let's lynch 'em attitude is so over the top. I hope some of you run for public office some day and no I am not an elected official. Oh and the comment about the Audubon and driving a 100 miles an hour, I love it, nothing like comparing apples to oranges and driving home my point of understanding the reason for the law in the first place. So you want to alter two German youth's lifestyle by enforcing an American law on them. Sorry don't get it.

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Oct-25-13 1:35 PM

I'm sure he was told the ages of the boys he was going to be in care of so he could plan accordingly. Lies are hard to hide when you get caught red handed as Mr. Schultz has. I think the city is trying to cover this up as they did with Mr. Rassunson.

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Oct-25-13 1:30 PM

The city uses underage minors to attempt to purchase alcohol from local bars and if they do purchase that bartender is charged with selling alcohol to minors and get their names in the paper. The bar loses it license for awhile.So New Ulm is not allowing minors to buy alcohol in bars. Maybe they should be watching the beer fest better as this incident should not have happened if law enforcement were doing there job. What makes matters worse is the director of Brown Co Probation allowed minors in his care to purchase wrist bands and drink beer illegally.If a bartender is charged with selling to minors and the bar gets it's license revoked what makes Mr. Schultz actions any different. He should be in trouble because minors in his care from an exchange program committed a crime and I beleive he okayed it and than lied to police saying they were of age. Shouldn't he have been told their ages when he accepted the task of letting them be under his care.

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Oct-25-13 12:42 PM

Can you believe this guy? Surprised that KEYC would run this story....its called Karma Les.....Karma......all those people who have made poor decisions and had personal shortcomings as they go through the probation dept that you are a head of wonder the same thing Mr Shultz!!! Karma Les....karma

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Oct-25-13 12:06 PM

It amazes me that people are saying "this isn't a story" or deflecting the real issue here!


What about that don't you excusers get? That is the story. That is why people should be outraged. He is an elected official and tried to use either his position on the City Council or as the director of probation to cover the crimes of two other individuals. I applaud the officers involved for treating him as any other citizen.

I agree that at a bare minimum he needs to pay the City of New Ulm back the $2,000 he cost us. If he had any ethics he would resign from the City Council.

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Oct-25-13 8:05 AM

How did they get the wristbands without a picture I.D.? Somebody should be in trouble .

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Oct-24-13 10:30 PM

I have been a friend of Les' for over 20 years. He is smart, works hard; advocates for and supports his employees - as well as for many members of the New Ulm community. Les is generous with his time in both his business and personal life - as noted by his public service and volunteering to help make New Ulm a better place to live. Les is honest, has integrity, and I do not believe for one moment that he would ever contribute to or overlook minors consuming alcohol - quite the opposite as a matter of fact as he has always had a very anti-alcohol/drug use stance regarding teens. The Journal and KEYC should be ashamed of themselves for publishing such a "non-story" that was likely driven by someone local with an ax to grind. The media - once again are out to publish sensational stories without regard for the facts, or the damage this can cause others. The coverage was extremely offensive and I think our community needs to take note - as obviously this could happen to anyone.

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Oct-24-13 10:24 PM

cont... what he did and resign. For the record, I voted for Chuck Hanson and right now I feel pretty darn good about that decision.

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Oct-24-13 10:20 PM

Not an issue? It's an issue when your local government officials make poor ethical decisions. We see it on the national level, however, it hits you a little harder when it's your local officials. Especially an official that could jeopardize the liquor licensing of a city festival, which brings in money to the very city he sits as a council member. It also stings when we have to foot the bill for his poor ethical decisions. As for betabeta, you’re correct he didn't get charged, however, there are ethical issues here. Also, correct me if I’m wrong, he lied to security guards that are otherwise local law enforcement that he works with. In all honesty they could have swept this under the rug, but they choose to make a good ethical decision on reporting it to local law enforcement. You’re obviously a friend of his, so I’m sure it’s difficult for you to find the logic in this news story. When you step back and look at it as a non-bias tax payer. The best thing for him to do is to accept wha

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Oct-24-13 9:26 PM

I have watched the comment section of the new ulm journal for a long time now and feel compelled to join in. STOP IT. This is insane. With all of the real things happening in the world it amazes me that this is even a story. These are a couple young men who got beer, stop the presses. This is not political, not a leadership issue, not an issue. I am not from New Ulm originally but have spent a great deal of time here. Get over it, this is typical nonsense I have read every day. Time to join the real world and realize that things happen. I do like many things about this town but there are so many that are embarrassing - leave this guy alone and move on. Sorry for rambling, but I can't take it any more.

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Oct-24-13 8:37 PM

continued from prior comment...If this were any of us regular Joes,this would not have been an issue. Peoples lives have been ruined by the media reporting such things, I am very disappointed in KEYC and the Journal for reporting an investigation based on the position Mr. Schultz holds. Not only were there no charges filed, there has certainly not been a conviction...except in the media and online with these comments. For shame.

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Oct-24-13 8:30 PM

I believe Mr. Schultz said he could not believe they were running the story because it was a non-issue. He was investigated, no charges were filed. I know Mr. Schultz personally and had dinner with him and the young men on a number of occasions. Mr. Schultz was always clear with the boys they should not be drinking and with the wait staff that they were not old enough to drink. Mr. Schultz was clear with anyone and everyone around town that the two visitors from Germany were not old enough to drink. Mr. Schultz has spent a lot of time and energy in this community supporting policies against underage drinking. I am very surprised at the comments here that folks have found him guilty of various things in the media when in actuality he was only part of an investigation. No charges were filed. The only reason this is news is because of his position on the city council and his employment.

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Oct-24-13 8:26 PM

Lol. Honestly is this a story? News flash...all of your 19 year olds in new ulm are drinking, and I'm betting at least half know about it.

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Oct-24-13 7:39 PM

They are boys that was visiting a AMERICAN town.Last I looked, this is not Germany. They have laws when we go to their country we must obey, we have laws here they must obey.Big deal German make believe beer fest another reason to drink more in New Ulm. This small town has more bars then it has stores. Your not in OZ folks this in Minnesota a state in the United States. Shame, Shame on you Schultz you knew better. I am disappointed.

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