Both continue to be paid their regular salaries as negotiations continue.

Though the Devils Lake City Commission again went into closed session Monday to negotiate separation packages for DLPD Chief Keith Schroeder and Capt. Jon Barnett, both on paid suspension, no decision was made after the approximately hourlong session.

Once the agreement has been finalized, both officers will have 21 days to respond to the offer. Both men continue to be paid their regular salaries as negotiations continue.

The Journal has filed a request with the city offices to acquire emails between Police Commissioner Craig Stromme and Schroeder from the months of May and June of 2016, the two months prior to a performance evaluation of Schroeder done by Stromme, which indicated that the chief gave a “satisfactory performance” during the year the evaluation covered.

The request for the emails is an attempt to verify whether or not Stromme mentioned issues at the police department to Schroeder that did not appear in Schroeder’s evaluations, two years of which (2014 and 2015) are missing. Further requests may be made as necessary.

The Journal has also requested emails between Schroeder and Barnett during the same time period.


In Monday’s story about the construction on College Dr. near 6th St., which will replace the current rail bridge and improve the busy road, it was reported that the work will be finished this construction season.

However, while the temporary rail bridge is planned for installation this year, much of the work will be taken up next construction season. The permanent bridge will likely be completed next year, as will  improvements to College Dr., which will be the final step in the complex project.

Fire Dept. receives grant

Fire Chief Jim Moe reported at Monday’s meeting that the USDA has approved a grant that will contribute $50,000 toward a new rescue truck for the DLVFD.

The grant is part of the USDA’s rural development program. Moe estimates the cost of the rescue truck at $580,000.