Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12ST. LOUIS COUNTY ATTORNEY My fellow citizens of St. Louis County This year I have again chosen a poem by my favorite poet Naomi Shihab Nye to grace our back cover. Gate A-4 blew me away when I first read it and it continues to exude deep meaning every time I re-read it. I hope you enjoy it. The poem helped me to realize and clarify that our mission truly is to work together to build the kind of world we want to live in. This work cannot be done alone. Former professional basketball star and U.S. Senator Bill Bradley knew how important this was when he said Respect your fellow human beings treat them fairly disagree with them honestly enjoy their friendship explore your thoughts about one another candidly work together for a common goal and help one another achieve it. No destructive lies. No ridiculous fears. No debilitating anger. Our Civil Division attorneys not only continue to address any outside legal claims against our county but they are also building on strong relationships with our County Commissioners and excellent department heads to help them address issues ranging from wetland banks septic systems property leases tax forfeitures planning and zoning to an all-terrain vehicle ordinance. Our collaboration as their attorney and counselors at law has paid great dividends for our citizens. Our Public Health and Human Services Division attorneys are working on overdrive with our county social workers to keep up with the sad and alarming increase in child protection cases and child support contempt proceedings. We are also doing what we can with our schools and Men as Peacemakers to keep low-level juvenile offenders out of the judicial system through our innovative and highly successful Youth Accountability Program. In our Criminal Division both in Duluth and on the Iron Range the workload and pressure continues. Despite all of our best efforts collaborating with law enforcement and advocacy programs domestic abuse remains one of our greatest challenges. We will continue to be relentless in trying to find a more effective way to protect women and children and to hold offenders accountable. In the process maybe we can even change the behavior of offenders. Heroin trafficking and the ensuing addictive behavior with all of its collateral consequences by those who use the drug and other opioids is requiring an unprecedented collaboration between not only law enforcement and our office but other community treatment professions our schools and even a highly touted partnership that we have established with my colleague Andy Luger United States Attorney for Minnesota. Through it all our support services staff is dedicated to also doing its part in helping the office meet the challenges of its important work. And so like my friend Naomi Shihab Nye concludes Not everything is lost ... even though there are days when it might feel a little bit overwhelming. We will continue to do the work it takes to build a better world ... the kind of world you deserve. Warm regards Letter from St. Louis County Attorney Mark S. Rubin To Build the Kind of World We Want to Live In WWW.STLOUISCOUNTYMN.GOVCOUNTYATTORNEY 3 Board of County Commissioners 1st District Frank Jewell 2nd District Patrick Boyle 3rd District Chris Dahlberg 4th District Tom Rukavina 5th District Pete Stauber 6th District Keith Nelson 7th District Steve Raukar Mark Rubin St. Louis County Attorney ON FRONT COVER The photograph on the cover of the annual report was taken last Fall when the St. Louis County Attorneys staff met for its annual meeting at 80-year-old Camp Esquagama near Gilbert.