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Fillmore County District Court


Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

•Lee Allen Comstock, 20, Spring Valley, and Amber Lee Finley, 23, Chatfield, were charged with two felony counts of check forgery stemming from an incident on September 15. According to the criminal complaint, the two are alleged to have falsely altered a check belonging to another person and offered that check for payment at the Security State Bank in Spring Valley.

Judge Robert Benson set conditional bail for Comstock at $1,500. He is presently being held at the Fillmore County Jail. Finley was released on her own recognizance. Both defendants have requested a public defender be appointed to represent them. Their next court appearance is scheduled for November 3.

•Michael Roy Caldwell, 41, Harmony, was released on $25,000 bail bond after being charged with felony assault in the 2nd degree - dangerous weapon, related to an incident in Granger on October 23. According to the criminal complaint, Caldwell is alleged to have pointed a rifle at another man during a dispute and making terroristic threats.

Caldwell is scheduled to appear in District Court on November 3.

Felony Dispositions

•Charles Edward Brand, 69 , of Rushford, plead guilty to felony making terroristic threats related to a domestic dispute on April 24, 2003. According to the court record, Brand made terroristic threats against his wife.

Judge Robert Benson sentenced Brand within Gross Misdemeanor guidelines. Brand was fined $3000 and ordered to serve 365 days in jail. $2900 and all of the jail time was stayed for two years, at which time the defendant will be on probation and must undergo counseling and display no assaultive behavior.

•Kyle Edward Hanson, 24, of Cresco, was sentenced to five years probation by Judge Robert Benson after pleading guilty to felony conspiracy to commit controlled substance in the third degree. The charges stem from a series of incidents between November 2002 and January 16, 2003, where Hanson and his wife, Jada Hanson, manufactured methamphetamine at their rural home in Bristol Township.

Hanson was sentenced to five years probation. A prison sentence of 366 days in jail was stayed for five years, however the defendant must serve 30 days in jail. He must complete chemical dependency treatment, cannot use alcohol or drugs and must pay $450 to the State of .....
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LMC brings Road Show to Chatfield

Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
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The League of Minnesota Cities (LMC) brought its annual Fall road show to Chatfield on Tuesday, October 28, the tenth of 12 regional cities the league has visited since September 30.  According to Stephanie Lake, the LMC’s Pu ..... 
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Ancestral search leads to Telemark

Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
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Sabotage, heavy water, and atom bomb are words one would normally not expect to encounter when merely trying to locate ancestral farms in Norway. Knowing only that the two farms were located in the area of Tinn i Telemark, my family and I set our cou ..... 
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Preston City Council: Heartland denied building permit

Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
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At the October 6 Preston Council meeting it was decided to get an opinion from Mary Tietjen of Kennedy and Graven before approving or denying a building permit for Heartland Energy & Recycling. The attorney was to contact the MPCA to see what permits ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Priority one for Lanesboro Council: Police Protection

Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
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Police protection for the city of Lanesboro was a top priority at the Lanesboro City Council meeting October 20. City Administrator Bobbie Torgerson informed the council that she had spoken with Preston’s Assistant Chief of Police Jesse Grabau about ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court: Benson will hear Morten case

Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
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Morten is charged with second degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Tim Loeding on August 29.

On September 16, Morten’s attorney, Chris Ritts, had asked that Judge Benson to remove himself from the case. Benson had presi ..... 
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Rushford Village Council meets

Fri, Oct 24th, 2003
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The October 7, 2003 meeting of the Rushford Village City Council was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson. Council members present included Roger Ekern, Dennis Overland, Dale Schwanke, Howard Otis – Zoning Administrator, Karen Petersen – Treasurer ..... 
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A Day in the Life of Autumn

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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Click on the Internet’s Foliage Network and you’ll get a forecast of the season’s peak foliage conditions throughout the state. But just step outdoors and you’ll get an in-your-face blast of what a southeastern Minnesota autumn has to offer.[Read the Rest]

County goes after Clean Water Act funds

Fri, Oct 17th, 2003
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Donna Rasmussen, Soil & Water Conservation District, was before the County Board on Tuesday to request a letter of support for the Clean Water Act Section 319 Program from the board. The grant would provide funds for technical assistance for feedlot ..... 
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