By Dan Nienaber
Free Press Staff Writer
NORTH MANKATO — All of the assets that were owned by an 83-year-old North Mankato man, who was shot and killed by members of a tactical response team in January, have been turned over to the 50-year-old woman who was living in an apartment at his house.
Court records in Nicollet County District Court show the woman, who said she was adopted by Lloyd Tschohl about 15 years ago, received more than $500,000 from Tschohl’s estate.
Tschohl was killed during a standoff at his house at 1610 Lor Ray Drive the afternoon of Jan. 17. The woman living in a second-floor apartment at the house, 50-year-old Audrey Telthoester-Tschohl, had called police to the house the night before. She described herself as Tschohl’s daughter.
She told two police officers who responded to her call that she thought Tschohl was a threat to himself or others. The officers attempted to talk to Tschohl at about 7 p.m. Jan. 16, but he refused to come out of his house. The officers left after several attempts to coax him outside to talk.
The incident remains under investigation by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. That agency isn’t commenting about the incident, so it’s not clear why North Mankato police returned to the house at about 10 a.m. the following morning for what was described as a “high risk welfare check.”
Police said they were contacted by a family member. Telthoester-Tschohl said police were actually called by a mental health nurse who wanted to have Tschohl taken to the hospital. The result was a four-hour standoff between Tschohl and the River Valley Tactical Response Team. It ended just after 2 p.m. when police say Tschohl came out of the house firing two handguns as police were moving in.
After the standoff, Telthoester-Tschohl said she was shocked to learn the incident had evolved to a shoot-out.
On Feb. 14, about a month after the incident, Telthoester-Tschohl filed a will that had been signed by Tschohl on July 15, 1997. The signing of the will was witnessed by men identified as Patrick Moriarity and Wayne Plagge.
The will said Tschohl’s funeral expenses would be paid out of his estate and everything remaining would be turned over to Telthoester-Tschohl. Tschohl also said he was intentionally leaving living relatives out of the will. Other than his adopted daughter, Tschohl had no immediate family when he died. He was preceded in death by a brother and only had surviving cousins, according to his obituary.
Adoption records are private, but court administrators in Nicollet County said it is possible for someone to adopt an adult. Tschohl did explain his decision to give Telthoester-Tschohl control of his estate after he died.
“I believe that my designation of Audrey Tschohl as sole and primary devisee is equitable, in consideration of the many years of friendship and affection we have shared, and the many acts of kindness and generosity she has extended to me,” his will said. “I specifically disinherit all my relatives not specifically mentioned herein.”
At the time the will was filed, Telthoester-Tschohl said Tschohl had left $400,000 in cash, a homestead worth $150,000 about $5,000 in other property and no debt. Others, including Tschohl’s longtime friend and apartment owner Jo Tschohl, have estimated that the homestead is worth far more than $150,000 due to its location. Nicollet County’s evaluation of the property lists its value at $241,000.