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Ironton City Council woman charged with stealing a shed

An Ironton City Council member was charged this month for allegedly stealing a shed that she claims has historical value and was part of her history.

Laura E. Ukura-Leir of Ironton was charged Jan. 9 in Crow Wing District Count on misdemeanor charges of theft and for receiving stolen property.

Ukura-Leir will appear next in court at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 10.

According to court documents, On Oct. 25, 2013, a Deerwood police officer noticed a red and white shed missing from the 500 block of Mattson Avenue in Ironton. The property was vacant as the owner is deceased and the real estate taxes on the property are delinquent.

The officer learned the shed was allegedly at the property of Ukura-Leir, on Viola Avenue in Ironton. The officer went to her property and observed the missing shed and spoke to the woman. Ukura-Leir, who admitted to taking the shed, was refusing to return it.

During a subsequent investigation, Ukura-Leir stated she took the storage shed because it has historical value and was part of her history, She admitted that she did not have permission to take the shed. She again refused to return the shed, saying she had made up her mind made up to take it and it was her way of doing things.

The shed has a value of $460.

Ukura-Leir recently was elected to serve a four-year term seat on the Ironton City Council, according to Ironton City Hall. She began serving this January and her term will expire Dec. 31, 2016.

A message was left at city hall for Ukura-Leir to call the Dispatch, but the call was not returned.

JENNIFER STOCKINGER, staff writer, may be reached at or 855-5851. Follow on Twitter at