Local/state briefs

Residents sue MPCA for data on White Bear Township business

WHITE BEAR LAKE (AP) — More than 100 residents near a White Bear Township manufacturer that’s been cited for violating its permit are suing the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, saying it has refused to release data about the company.

The residents’ attorneys say they’ve been trying to get inspection records and other data on Water Gremlin for more than four months. They say the records will help homeowners prove that pollutants emitted by the company cause cancer and other illnesses.

MPCA spokesman Darin Broton told the Star Tribune the agency is reviewing the lawsuit. He says the MPCA receives hundreds of data requests monthly and is still compiling requests on Water Gremlin.

Water Gremlin makes fishing sinkers and lead acid battery terminals. In January, the state found it inaccurately reported emissions data for more than 15 years. Water Gremlin agreed to a more than $7 million penalty.

Former Rangers and ‘Miracle on Ice’ player charged in attack

GRAND MARAIS (AP) — Mark Pavelich, a forward on the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” U.S. Olympic hockey team who went on to play for the New York Rangers and two other NHL teams, has been charged with assault for allegedly beating a neighbor with a metal pole and breaking several of the man’s bones.

The 61-year-old Pavelich attacked his neighbor last week at Pavelich’s home in the small Lake Superior community of Lutsen, Minnesota, after they returned from fishing, authorities allege in the criminal complaint. Pavelich told investigators he believed the man had “spiked” his beer, leading to the alleged attack, it states.

First responders found the neighbor in shock with “obvious disfigurement of his leg,” KMSP-TV reported. He also had a bruised kidney, two cracked ribs and a fractured vertebra.

Pavelich faces charges of second- and third-degree assault, possession of an illegal shotgun and receiving a gun with an altered or missing serial number. During a hearing Monday in Cook County District Court, the judge ordered a mental competency hearing for Pavelich, who didn’t have an attorney listed in online court records as of Wednesday.

He remains in custody in lieu of $250,000 bail, the Star Tribune reported.

Pavelich played five seasons with the Rangers and parts of one season each with the Minnesota North Stars and San Jose Sharks, potting 137 goals and dishing out 192 assists in his 355 NHL games. He also played professionally in Europe.

Pavelich had two assists in the United States’ “Miracle” 4-3 win over the Soviet Union in the semifinals of the 1980 Olympic tournament. The U.S. went on to beat Finland in the finals to win the gold medal.

In 2012, his 44-year-old wife, Kara, died in an accidental fall from a second-story balcony at their home.