I saw this news this morning and it both stunned and saddened me:
Stephen G. Posniak, an outdoorsman, retired federal employee and former advisory neighborhood commissioner, died at his home on Windom Place, according to police sources and his lawyer.
The apparent suicide came the day after a federal magistrate judge in Minneapolis denied motions challenging key aspects of the charges filed in the 2007 Ham Lake fire, which burned for days, destroying more than 75,000 acres.
Perhaps there were other reasons for his suicide, but if it was all or mostly related to the fire than this is just so wrong. The people with homes and businesses that were affected by the Ham Lake fire deserved to have some measure of accountability seen in this case, but I am certain that never in a million years would they want it to result in this. The link to the story is broken from when I posted on Posniak's indictment back in October, but I remember the general reaction from Gunflint Trail residents was reserved at the time and not vindictive. There was a fair amount of "there but for the grace of God, go I" thinking, from myself included. Regardless of what Mr. Posniak did or didn't do, this is a terrible and tragic end to it. My thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Posniak's family and friends.