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Fillmore County District Court


Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

•Six area men were charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, August 11, with felony criminal damage to property in the first degree stemming from an incident in Spring Valley on March 2, 2003.

According to the criminal complaint, a truck was being driven near the bowling alley in Spring Valley when it was boxed in by four other vehicles. A number of individuals got out of the cars and started beating the truck with baseball bats and iron chains. The truck, a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado, sustained damages of $2,562.83.

Charged in the incident were: James Michael Johnson, 20, Racine; Andrew Axle Foster, 19, Spring Valley; Jarvis Patrick Apland, 21, Spring Valley; Michael Charles Rollie, 19, Spring Valley; Jeremy Jon Volkart, 19, Spring Valley; and Michael Robert Lentz, 20, Spring Valley.

Foster, Apland, Volkart and Lentz are scheduled to appear again in court for a Rule 8 hearing on August 18. Johnson and Rollie will appear on September 8 for an Omnibus Hearing.

Felony Dispositions

•Ronald Anthony Still, Jr., 29, no known address, pled guilty to felony controlled substance in the 4th degree for selling marijuana. Judge Robert Benson issued a stay of imposition for 7 1/2 years on the condition that Still comply with the terms of his probation. Still was also fined $15,000 and given 90 days in jail with credit served.

•Alan Robert Davis, 47, Indiana, pled guilty to felony assault stemming from a domestic assault incident in Spring Valley on April 25, 2003. Judge Robert Benson issued a stay of imposition for 5 years on the condition Davis comply with the terms of his probation. Davis was also sentenced to 90 days in jail with credit served, fined $3,000 and ordered to pay restitution of $10,721.58. Davis is also ordered to undergo domestic violence assessment in Indiana and have no contact with the victim.

•Matthew James Karnes, 21, Austin, pled guilty to two felony counts. Karnes pled guilty to theft of personal property February 13, 2003, in Preston. He also pled guilty to theft of a motor vehicle.

On the theft charge, Judge Robert Benson issued a stay of imposition for 5 years on the condition that Karnes comply with the terms of his probation. Karnes must serve 30 days in jail and was credited with two days served. The defendant was als .....
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Ostrander open meeting law challenge goes to court

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
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The first jury trial to take place in the temporary courtroom set up in Chatfield City Hall will concern a suit brought by Mark Schumann, Jim Start and 40 other citizens from Ostrander against former Ostrander mayor Victor Feine and former council me ..... 
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Harmony City Council Report: Harmony discusses tax-free zone

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
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Mark Thein, Economic Development Authority, outlined a new project the state hopes will help fuel the rural areas’ economy called Job Opportunity Building Zone. The intent of the zone is to provide tax breaks to encourage expansion and new business g ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Possible New “JOBZ” for Rushford

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
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The Rushford City Council took advantage of the chance to participate in a multi-county Job Opportunity Building Zone application at their August 11th meeting. JOBZ, a marketing tool of the state of Minnesota, has a goal of stimulating development in ..... 
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Preston Mayor claims open meeting law violated by council

Fri, Aug 15th, 2003
Posted in Features

When the Preston City Council meets tonight it will have one more issue to debate: the open meeting law.

In a letter to the Preston City Council dated August 11, 2003, Preston Mayor David Pechulis claimed that City Administrator ..... 
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The scientist in the woods

Fri, Aug 8th, 2003
Posted in Features

There may be no other person in America that is more closely associated with woody agriculture than Phil Rutter.   In the June 2003 issue of The Atlantic Monthly, Senior Editor Corby Kummer, in his article A New Chestnut, cre ..... 
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2004 County Fair set for third week of July

Fri, Aug 8th, 2003
Posted in Features

Fair board members met Tuesday night, August 5 at the County Office Building conference room to evaluate their efforts and discuss results from the recent county fair.

President Tracy Hanson, Chatfield, Vice-President Jim Nels ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: Courtroom moved to Chatfield temporarily

Fri, Aug 8th, 2003
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The Chatfield Municipal Building and the Thurber Community Center will become the temporary site for Fillmore County’s courtroom as construction moves forward at the courthouse. Judge Robert Benson, Court Administrator Jim Attwood, and Joel Young, Ch ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court: Trio arrested for Lanesboro break-ins

Fri, Aug 8th, 2003
Posted in Features

A man, a woman and a juvenile were charged in Fillmore County District Court on Thursday, August 7, with burglary following break-ins at the Das Wurst Haus and Coffee Street Wine Company in Lanesboro on August 5.

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