|Foster County Recorder Lynelle Hoppe|
Around last Thursday, June 4, 2015, new Emergency Manager Jess Earle received a text message thread from a group of people. The phone she received the messages on was the Foster County Emergency Manager's cell phone which was previously used by Emergency Manager Teresa Risovi. These messages became a public record when they were transmitted to a County-owned phone.
Although the person being threatened was never referred to by name, it's easy to conclude that the only person they could be referring to is County Recorder Lynelle Hoppe.
One party In these messages refers to throwing Recorder Hoppe over the railing in the Courthouse. "I hope so. Shoulda threw her over the railing. Dangit." This message was sent from phone number 701-307-0741.
The next message in this thread referred to hitting Recorder Hoppe with a vehicle. "I cud always hit the bitch in the parking lot!" This message was sent from phone number 701-652-5790.
The next threatening message referred to shooting Recorder Hoppe from the overpass near the courthouse. "I could sniper her.... I'll lay on the overpass." This text threat was sent from 701-652-5725.
Carrington News called the numbers above in an attempt to get statements from the people who were texting these messages. We were hoping to identify the texters and give them a chance to explain themselves. Only one person answered her phone, and she immediately hung up when we explained what we were investigating.
Note: We apologize for the poor quality of the public record below. This is how it was given to us. There are many other pages in the thread, and more participants involved in the texting which was sent to nine phone numbers. However, we are publishing only the pages with threatening messages. The entire texting conversation can be obtained at the Foster County Courthouse.