Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, Dec. 25, 2000

Waverly man charged with second degree murder

By Lynda Jensen

A Waverly man was charged with second degree murder Wednesday following the death of a Minnetonka man Dec. 16.

Michael James Dahlin, 21, Waverly, was jailed after the Hennepin County Attorney arrested him last Monday on suspicion of murder.

Dahlin was charged Wednesday in connection with the death of Dustin Jirasek, 23, Minnetonka.

Dahlin is being held at the Hennepin County jail unless he can post $500,000, said Minnetonka Police Chief Joy Rikala.

A grand jury trial will be scheduled for Dahlin, according to state law regarding murder cases, Rikala said.

At the time of the murder, Jirasek was home with his wife, Angela, and his father-in-law, when the couple's dog started to bark at about 11 p.m., according to a report by the Minnetonka police.

When Jirasek opened his front door, Angela heard gunshots. She dialed 911.

When police arrived, they found Jirasek dead. The cause of death was determined to be from a shotgun wound to the chest, according to the Hennepin County medical examiner's office.

The Jiraseks have an 8-year-old daughter who was staying with relatives at the time of the shooting.

Dahlin was brought in for questioned at the Wright County Sheriff's Office before he was arrested last Monday.

Dahlin has lived in Waverly for five months, at the corner of Fifth Street and Lake Avenue, Waverly.

Dahlin and his girlfriend, Sarah Troska, jointly purchased the home last summer, according to real estate agent Dave Perry. A different agent handled the purchase, he said.

Formerly, Dahlin lived in Montrose, Perry said.

"They kept saying 'Waverly,' commented Waverly Clerk Deb Ryks. She was surprised to hear the town's name in the news, she said.

It did not take authorities long to narrow down the list of suspects after questioning Jirasek's family and friends, Rikala said.

Jealousy and spite may have been motivation for the killing, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Dahlin had a heated discussion with the victim about 11/2 months ago, regarding Jirasek's working relationship with Dahlin's girlfriend, Rikala said.

Jirasek worked with Troska at a private mail handling business in Eden Prairie, Rikala said.

There appeared to be no foundation for Dahlin's jealousy, Rikala added.

Dahlin also may have held a grudge against Jirasek because he was turned down when he auditioned for Jirasek's heavy metal band, Rikala said.

Troska encouraged Dahlin to audition for the band, called "Thought Crime," last fall, reported the Tribune.


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