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Fillmore County District Court Bench warrant issued for Lanesboro man, attorney files motion for mistrial


Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
Posted in Features

A bench warrant was issued by Judge Robert Benson on November 3 for the arrest of Ryan Lee Peterson, 21, of Lanesboro, after Peterson failed to appear for sentencing. Peterson was convicted by a jury on October 2 of three felony counts of Assault in the Second Degree, making Terroristic Threats and False Imprisonment related to an incident on May 25, 2003 involving Peterson and an ex-girlfriend. Following his conviction, Peterson was released awaiting sentencing.

On October 13, Peterson’s public defender, Fred Suhler, Jr. of Rochester, filed a motion with the court for a mistrial in the case, contending that there was prosecutorial misconduct by Fillmore County Attorney Pat Oman. In the motion, Suhler stated that Oman elicited evidence about the defendant’s prior bad acts which influenced the jury. Suhler said that the verdicts were not justified by the evidence.

Felony Charges

•Sean Michael Emmons, 20, Winona, was charged with felony theft of a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property and 4th degree driving while impaired, stemming from an incident on October 4. According to court documents, Emmons was involved in a single car roll over in Sumner Township, six miles north of Spring Valley. It was determined that the vehicle Emmons was driving did not belong to him. It was further determined that Emmons used the vehicle without the owners permission.

Emmons was released on his own recognizance with conditions.

Other

Trevor Lee Morten, 30, of Spring Valley, appeared in court on Monday, November 3, for continuance of a Rule 5 hearing. Morten is charged with second degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Timothy Loeding on August 29 in Spring Valley Township. Morten is also charged with two felony counts of Discharge of a Firearm and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Judge Robert Benson set an Omnibus hearing for December 8. Morten’s attorney, Chris Ritts, told the court that his client waived his right to a speedy trial and that “they are holding discussions” with the county attorney’s office. Ritts said that he wasn’t sure whether he would file any motions to suppress evidence as he had yet to see the second of two search warrants.

Morten is out on $100,000 bail.

Election results 2003

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
Posted in Features

The results of Tuesday’s general election are as follows:

City Elections

•Rushford:

Mayor, two year term; two Council positions, four year term.

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A Sign of the Times

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
Posted in Features

A piece of local history is on display at the Minnesota History Museum in St. Paul. The historical artifact is a hand-lettered sign advertising a teen dance in the Fountain elementary school gym during the1960's.

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Preston City Council Report: Heartland denied building permit once again

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
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On a dreary, rainy Monday evening the Preston City Council faced a busy agenda. The council members maintained a business-like attitude with strained civility. The public attending the council meeting because of the proposed Heartland plant feel stro ..... 
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Heartland sues city of Preston

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
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On Wednesday, two days after the Preston City Council denied a building permit to Bob and Elaine Maust, owners of Heartland Energy & Recycling, LLC, to modify their warehouse located in the Preston Industrial Park, lawyers for Heartland filed a writ ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: A law lesson on “Reliance”

Fri, Nov 7th, 2003
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Anyone attending the November 3, 2003 Lanesboro City Council meeting got a law lesson from city attorney Tom Manion with an English lesson on the word “adjacent”, as well as a history lesson on Lanesboro city government thrown in. Hillcrest Gast Hus ..... 
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The singing of the hounds

Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
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I was invited to spend an evening with two coon hunters who enjoy the Lanesboro area’s woods and fields.   What began as a mutual interest years ago has grown into a seasonal ritual for two good friends enjoying the sport of ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: Courthouse project ready for winter

Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
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“Everything is water tight,” assured David Johnson, the courthouse construction manager. “We could have a downpour now and we’re ready.” This was a timely statement as rains and threats of snow have moved into the area this past week.

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Rushford City Council Report: Rushford Council closer to resolving sewer/lift station problems

Fri, Oct 31st, 2003
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Monday night, October 27th, the Rushford City Council reconsidered the problem Paul and Luanne Dvorak had when the lift station malfunctioned and sent sewer water flooding their basement. At a previous meeting the council had offered to pay half of t ..... 
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