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Weller sentenced to 10 years


Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Monday, February 26, 2001

Lloyd Albert Weller was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Judge Robert Benson in Fillmore County District Court on Thursday, February 22.

As part of a plea bargain agreement, Weller had plead guilty to one count of First Degree Aggravated Robbery stemming from an incident that occurred at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center on July 30.

At that time, Weller was alleged to have physically assaulted his companion, Alicia Reynolds. The victim was choked to unconsciousness and then tied up and abandoned in the woods. Cash and items, including a 2000 Chevrolet Monte Carlo were taken from her. Weller was later apprehended in Utah.

Weller was arraigned on multiple charges, including attempted murder, kidnapping, assault and theft.

A plea arrangement between Weller and the County Attorney recommended that the court follow the state sentencing guidelines which calls for between 54-62 months in prison. Prior to sentencing, Weller’s attorney, Candace Rasmussen, recommended that the court follow the sentencing guidelines.

“Some see him (Weller) as evil, and others see him as a loving son,” Rasmussen told the court. “That (58 months) is a long time in prison and is a reasonable punishment.”

A tearful Weller spoke briefly on his own behalf. “I am sorry for what I have done. I am not really a bad person,” he told the judge. “This was a bad time in my life.”

In sentencing the defendant to 10 years, Judge Benson said that the upward departure from the guidelines was justified by the cruelty with which the victim was treated.

“The victim was beaten viciously, choked unconscious; tied up and left for dead in the woods; her body dragged off the trail,” Benson said. “There was no attempt to notify anyone, even anonymously, to help her”

Benson acknowledged that the upward sentencing may be viewed as a violation of the plea bargain. But Benson noted that the guidelines allow for discretionary upward sentencing.

Weller, who is expected to begin serving his sentence with the Commissioner of Corrections immediately, has the right to appeal the upward sentencing.

In addition to the ten years in prison, Weller was ordered to pay $900 restitution to the victim, as well as any personal costs she may have accrued. Weller is also responsible for paying his court appointed attorney fees.

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Planning Commission puts Eagle Cliff on hold; deals with sub-divisions

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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By John TorgrimsonMonday, March 26, 2001

The Fillmore County Planning Commission tabled for 30 days any action on a request by Eagle Cliff Campground for a conditional use permit to establish a Bread & Breakfast at their campground in Holt Tow ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Concerns raised about damBy Mike McGrathMonday, March 26, 2001

At its regular meeting last Monday evening, the Lanesboro City Council held a discussion with representatives of the Bank of Cashton, Wisconsin about the fate of the building known ..... 
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Caught in the path of progress

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Monday, March 26, 2001


There is a big change coming to Preston. Yes, the ethanol plant is going to expand, which will probably mean a taller stack and a stronger odor. But that change may be dwarfed by what the Minnesota Department of Tra ..... 
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Ecuador revisited

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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By Al MathisonMonday, March 26, 2001

I was told that there is a new super highway, an engineering marvel of sorts, that runs from Ecuador’s capital, Quito, high in the Andes Mountains, down to the Pacific Ocean, that cut ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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New Homes • Remodeling • Additions
Poured Basement Walls • Driveways • Retaining Walls
Agriculture • Horse Barns • Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
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Apples, Apples, Apples!

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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PINETREE APPLE ORCHARD
Apples for everybody. Apples in pies, apples in doughnuts, rollovers, muffins and bread. Apples in the freshest cider you've ever tasted. Apples for every taste and purpose. C'mon out...we know the ..... 
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Welcome to Bluff Country's Finest Family Campground

Fri, Mar 23rd, 2001
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SUPERSAW VALLEY CAMPGROUND
Deep in the heart of picturesque Bluff Country, welcome to Supersaw Valley Campground, southeastern Minnesota’s scenic family camping area.

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