One major media outlet is reporting the recent duplex fire which killed five people (so far) was at 2818 Colfax Ave. N. This troublesome slumlord entity is controlled by Paul Bertelson, whose neglectful doings have slimed their way through the virtual pages of this blog a handful of times...
In June of last year, one of Bertelson's properties came up in association with a story about gangs and gun crimes, click here.
The name of Mission Inn Minnesota came up with yet another story about gun crime in May of 2012, click here. It was Halloween of 2009 when this blog first urged city officials to have Paul Bertelson on their radar and look into his slum lording practices and do something about him. City officials apparently were not listening very hard and now five people are dead.
At the beginning of this month, a Paul Bertelson property at 3103 James Ave. N. was raided by police. That particular entity was under the name Renewal Development LLC but was, once again, a Paul Bertelson entity. One neighbor took a photo of the aftermath of the raid and posted it on North Vent Facebook Forum where it was used as "wall paper" for a while.
In January of 2013, this blog wrote about an incident at a Bertelson property where Desmond Deshaw Cathron was accused of domestic violence by banging a woman's head against a bed, over and over.
There are reports, so far, of 15 people in that duplex. That is simply too many but you can bet Bertelson was raking in the dough the more people he could pack in a duplex and charge rent. Even if people are related by blood, there needs to be some kind of upper limit on the number of people who can live "per square foot" in rental housing, particularly if the rental housing is subsidized.
Though I do not have proof this housing was subsidized, I will eat a can of fried silkworm pupae and post it on YouTube if solid proof comes my way it WAS NOT.
JNS blog urges the city of Minneapolis to revoke all the rental licenses of Paul Bertelson and, by any legal means necessary, take emergency control of his rental properties.