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The Center of the American Experiment is issued a statement regarding the dismissal of its lawsuit against of the Rochester Country Club.

The Twin Cities-based think tank indicated it agreed to drop the lawsuit against the Country Club and its claim against Erin Nystrom because the venue provided the organization with just over $5300 to cover all of its costs associated with a forum on crime that was abruptly canceled by the Country Club in February. The lawsuit against Nystrom alleged she was behind a "falsehood-laden" online petition that prompted the Rochester Country Club to cancel the think tank's event.


Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - A lawsuit filed against the Rochester Country Club over the cancellation of an event organized by a conservative Minnesota-based think tank has been dismissed.

A judgment of dismissal filed in Olmsted County Court indicates the Center of the American Experiment and the Country Club have agreed to dismiss the Think Tank's claims with prejudice, but “without cost disbursements or attorneys fees paid any party.” The court filing also states the dismissal "is intended to have no effect whatsoever” on the Center of the American Experiment's claims against Erin Nystrom in connection with the cancellation of a presentation and panel discussion concerning crime that had been scheduled to take place at the Rochester Country Club in March.

The original lawsuit accused the Rochester Country Club of breach of contract over the cancellation of the event. The Center of the American Experiment alleged the cancellation was due to a "twisted and falsehood-laden petition spearheaded by Defendant Erin Nystrom and signed by a few politically active club members." The ongoing lawsuit against Nystrom contends she acted with "malicious intent" based on her social media posts concerning the think tank.

The Golden Valley organization later rescheduled the forum, which included the participation of Rochester Police Chief Jim Franklin and Olmsted County Sheriff Kevin Torgerson. The delayed event attracted a considerably larger audience than was expected for the original forum at the Country Club.

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