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Lanesboro residents turn out for sex offender notification meeting


Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
Posted in Features

More than 50 concerned residents turned out for a Community Notification Meeting at the Lanesboro Community Center on Thursday evening to find out more information about a Level 3 Sex Offender who was released into the community. The meeting was conducted by the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Department in conjunction with the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC).

Jason Duane Sveen, 24, was released from prison on December 11. Sveen was 19 when he was charged with using force to have sexual contact with a 14 year old girl in a Rochester motel. Sveen was sentenced to 78 months with the DOC, of which 52 months were served in prison.

Mark Bliven of the DOC made a power point presentation to the audience detailing the history of the notification process and the nature of Sveen’s supervised release. Bliven said that community notification prepares the community for a constructive response to receiving sexual predators.

“The law is not designed for further punishment,” Bliven said. “He has served his time.”

Bliven said that getting information into a community helps residents become “smarter” about sexual offenders.

Bliven said that Sveen will serve five years under supervised release.

“Supervised release is a transition between prison and resuming a normal life,” Bliven said. Sveen will live in rural Lanesboro with relatives.

During that time, Sveen is expected to live a lawful lifestyle and comply with directives of probation officers. He cannot have direct or indirect contact with minors, other than accidental casual contact one might find at a public place. He cannot go to events where minors congregate, such as sporting events or parks, nor can he use the Internet. Sveen will be on electronic home monitoring for the first four months of his supervised release, with probationary agents making unscheduled visits and searches at the offenders home.

According to Steve King, probation officer with DOC, Sveen will be expected to be involved in productive activity, such as work or going to school. He will also have to attend a treatment program. King said that Sveen is presently applying for jobs and is trying to get his drivers license.

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Sumner residents discuss moratorium, proposed subdivision

Fri, Dec 20th, 2002
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The Sumner Township Board met Monday, December 16, to reconvene their meeting of November 25 which ended in a recess, so that the board could discuss the legal and financial implications of a possible zoning moratorium with legal council.  ..... 
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The Little Red Jacket

Fri, Dec 13th, 2002
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"At one time it was so bad that I thought the young would have to go naked. We had of course ration cards, but that was no help so long as there wasn't so much as a yard of material to find! So then came a call from the Creamery Station that new 'Ame ..... 
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“Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon...”

Fri, Dec 13th, 2002
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Every December, as the Christmas spirit begins to fill our hearts, the city of Caledonia in Houston County, puts on their annual "Bluff Valley Balloon Rally". At this event, the people of Caledonia open their homes and share them with the balloon tea ..... 
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Harmony City one step closer on wastewater plant

Fri, Dec 13th, 2002
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The city of Harmony may pass "Go" and collect anywhere from $374,850 to $624,750 in funding – if the Environmental Review Report application is approved for a U.S.D.A. Rural Development Grant explained Mike Lynch, Bonestroo & Associates, at the Harmo ..... 
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Police calls, library parking and liquor licenses discussed at Rushford council meeting

Fri, Dec 13th, 2002
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The December 9th Rushford City Council Meeting began with a discussion of outstanding bills for police services to Rushford Village. Calls for police assistance are received in Preston; the Sheriff’s Department then often calls on the City of Rushfor ..... 
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Report on Preston indoor pool and rec center completed

Fri, Dec 13th, 2002
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The Preston area has the philanthropic capacity to support a capital campaign to build an indoor aquatic and recreational center.   That was the conclusion that consultants from Crescendo Consulting of Winona reached after co ..... 
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Inherit the wind

Fri, Dec 6th, 2002
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Over the past few months I have attended several public meetings in Preston dealing with the proposed Heartland Energy and Recycling project that, if built, will burn used tires to generate electricity. Proponents of the plant claimed that the enviro ..... 
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Minnesota faces “the mother of all deficits”

Fri, Dec 6th, 2002
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The latest revenue forecast from the State of Minnesota projects a $4.6 billion deficit. Journal Editor John Torgrimson spoke with State Representative Greg Davids about his reaction to that news and how he sees the state legislature working to solve ..... 
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