Lawsuit filed in E. coli outbreak on reservation

Published 10:05 am Monday, September 8, 2014

CLOQUET — A lawsuit has been filed over an E. coli outbreak on a Chippewa reservation in northeastern Minnesota.

Bob Danielson, a member of the Fond du Lac Lake Superior Chippewa reservation near Cloquet, is suing Jim-N-Jo’s Northland Katering, which provided the food at three events in July at which people got sick.

“I thought somebody needs to call some attention to this,” Danielson said. “Put the fear in somebody, or make sure that things are done right from here on out before somebody gets dead.”

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The state Department of Health is investigating whether the E. coli came from ingredients in a potato salad that Danielson ate at an elder’s picnic, where 20 to 60 people likely became ill.

Danielson, 62, said he was hospitalized for a day.

He filed suit Aug. 28 in Carlton County and is seeking compensation for medical expenses and loss of wages.

The owner of the catering company declined comment.

Danielson’s attorney is Seattle-based Bill Marler, who has filed numerous other E. coli-related lawsuits across the nation over the years.

Also in July, 15 people in Minnesota were sickened by a different strain of E. coli that was traced to several Applebee’s restaurants. A lawsuit has also been filed in that case.