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Assault charges filed against man who grabbed mask proponent at Eastern Carver school board meeting

Video of Eastern Carver County school board meeting captured attack


October 19, 2021


Jonas Sjoberg, seated, got in a scuffle with Thomas W. Kahlbaugh at an Eastern Carver County school board meeting last month.

Assault charges have been filed against a 47-year-old man who accosted, then grabbed the phone and shirt of a fellow Eastern Carver County school board meeting attendee following the district's decision to extend masking requirements for students amid rising COVID-19 cases.

Thomas W. Kahlbaugh, of Carver, was charged last week in Carver County District Court with two misdemeanors, fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct in connection with the incident in Chaska on Sept. 27 with mask-wearing Jonas Sjoberg.

Kahlbaugh was charged by summons and is due to appear in court Nov. 15. Court records do not list an attorney for him. Messages were left with Kahlbaugh on Monday seeking a response to the allegations.


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