Derus believes that Star Tribune readers casually glancing at the headline may have believed he was involved in charity fraud, and that misperception caused his primary defeat.
22, charges that the Star Tribune "intentionally, recklessly or negligently" misrepresented Derus to the public"and engaged in a fraud which obstructed or prevented the free exercise of the right to vote by the voters in the primary election .
For now, Derus is suing only to win a new election.
Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson has sided with Derus, even though Carlson is a Republican and Derus is a Democrat.
Rice believes Derus has a viable shot at winning a new election.
In response to a question from the board, Derus explained that there were currently nine members of the Towing Association County of Brant, and that five of the six towing companies operating in the county who are not members of the association were present at the meeting.