Board member’s nose broken in fair assault, man charged
A Fair Board member suffered a broken nose during an altercation Sunday night at the Steele County Fairgrounds in Owatonna.
The sheriff’s office responded to a report of an assault involving Rick Ellingson around 8:22 p.m. at the intersection of Elm Avenue and Livestock Lane. Ellingson is a member of the Steele County Fair Board and serves as the sanitation superintendent during the fair. He is also a paramedic and part-time police officer, though he was not serving in those capacities at the time of the assault.
Paul Scott Seeman, 47, of Faribault was charged Monday in Steele County District Court with felony third-degree assault and misdemeanor fifth-degree assault.
According to the criminal complaint, Ellingson reported he was controlling traffic when a Black Chevy Traverse approached his location. Ellingson asked Seeman to turn around because Livestock Lane was closed to the public. Seeman refused to turn around and instead exited the vehicle and became confrontational with Ellingson.
Ellingson stated Seeman spit on him and then without warning headbutted him, striking him in the nose with his head. The sheriff’s deputy noted Ellingson had a clear cut on the bridge of his nose and the area appeared to be swollen red.
Ellingson later told sheriff’s deputies that his nose was in fact broken and partially dislocated.
After the assault, Seeman got into the vehicle and took off, court records said.
Using the vehicle’s license plate to locate a photo of the owner from DVS records, Ellingson positively identified the suspect as Seeman.
A short time later, deputies with Rice County went to Seeman’s residence in Faribault where he was taken into custody and transported to the Steele County Detention Center. Seeman faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine on the most serious charge.
He has a lengthy criminal history.