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Fillmore County District Court: Spring Valley man charged with criminal vehicular homicide for fatal accident


Fri, Nov 26th, 2004
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Todd Jeffrey Jones, 33, of Spring Valley, was charged with four felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, November 22. The charges stem from a fatal vehicle accident on April 15, 2004 between Wykoff and Spring Valley.

According to the criminal complaint, it is alleged that a vehicle driven by Jones was racing a vehicle driven by Tonja Peterson when the two cars collided causing both to leave the road. Peterson and her passenger Michael Bly were killed in the accident.

The charges stipulate that Jones operated his vehicle in a grossly negligent manner while under the influence of alcohol.

Jones was released on $20,000 bail. His next court appearance is January 31, 2005.

Felony Charges

Jesse James Michael Thompson, 26, of Houston, was charged with two felony counts of stalking in District Court on Monday. He is also charged with criminal sexual contact in the fifth degree, a gross misdemeanor.

According to the criminal complaint, it is alleged that Thompson stalked an 11 year old girl as she was walking to school in Rushford on September 30. It is further alleged that Thompson exposed himself to the girl. The girl notified her teacher who alerted authorities.

According to court documents, Thompson admitted to being involved in this as well as similar incidents in Rushford and Rochester.

Thompson was released on his own recognizance on the condition that he not have contact with the victim, be within 300 yards of Rushford-Peterson School, nor have unsupervised contact with females less than 18 years of age. His next court appearance is January 3, 2005.

Felony Dispositions

Steven Robert Norquist, 26, of Columbia Heights, MN, pled guilty to two felony counts related to the manufacture of methamphetamine. The charges are related to an incident in the village of Fillmore on July 31, 2004.

Judge Robert Benson sentenced Norquist to 27 months in prison for conspiracy to commit controlled substance crime in the third degree. The sentence was stayed for 20 years with the defendant being ordered to serve 120 days in jail and pay a fine of $2000. In addition, the defendant was ordered to pay a fine of $500, with imposition of sentencing stayed for 3 years, on the charge of attempte .....
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Commentary: What are you gonna do about it?

Fri, Nov 26th, 2004
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If your candidate won and everything is hunky dory in your world, stop here and move on to something else. If not, read on.

So your candidate lost, get over it.

Instead of whining about what could have bee ..... 
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Thanksgiving at Grandma Berthas

Fri, Nov 19th, 2004
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LANESBORO - Its not about the turkey. Even though the gobbler is center stage, the star of the show and everything else falls in place around it. Sometimes there is ham off on the sidelines and maybe some Swedish meatballs, in smaller quantities tha ..... 
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1924 Fire Truck gets "extreme makeover"

Fri, Nov 19th, 2004
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RUSHFORD - The old 1924 International fire truck has long been a part of parades in the Rushford area. Nearly every kid in Rushford can remember crawling up into the drivers seat and imagining being a real firefighter. Recently that old familiar fir ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: JOBZ for Heartland is dead

Fri, Nov 19th, 2004
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Any chance that Heartland would receive a JOBZ business subsidy from the city of Preston died a quiet and lonely death on Monday, November 15, when the Preston City Council voted unanimously, without debate, to settle its lawsuit with the proposed ti ..... 
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Changing of the Guard in Preston

Fri, Nov 19th, 2004
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The Preston City Council has undergone several personality changes over the last few years.

On Monday night it underwent yet another: Steve Knoepke will assume the council seat held by Pat Gartner, who will step down from the c ..... 
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Lettner makes court appearance

Fri, Nov 19th, 2004
Posted in Features

Ryan Michael Lettner, 26, a police officer with the Chatfield Police Department, appeared in Fillmore County District Court in Preston on Monday, November 15 for a Rule 8 hearing.

Lettner was represented in court by Attorney Ge ..... 
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Depot renovations on track: City Council Report

Fri, Nov 19th, 2004
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Julie Kiehne, Executive Director of the Lanesboro Chamber of Commerce, presented plans for depot renovations to the Lanesboro City Council at their regular November 15 meeting. Used as the citys visitor center, the depot needs to serve visitors afte ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson School Board: Parent groups top agenda

Fri, Nov 19th, 2004
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In what may be a new record for local board meetings, the R-P school board spent thirty-two minutes conducting their monthly business last Monday.

Superintendent Miller opened the meeting by welcoming newly elected members, Joh ..... 
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