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Morten pleads guilty to manslaughter


Fri, Feb 27th, 2004
Posted in Features

Trevor Lee Morten pled guilty in Fillmore County District Court on Monday to second degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Timothy Loeding on August 29, 2003. The shooting took place outside Mortens home in Spring Valley Township.

According to the criminal complaint, Loeding arrived at the Morten residence accompanied by his girlfriend. As Loeding was exiting his vehicle and standing next to his truck he suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

Morten told investigators that the death was an accident. Morten said he was removing firearms from an upstairs closet when one of the guns discharged killing Loeding.

As part of the plea agreement,

two felony counts of Discharge of Firearm and Felon in Possession of Firearm would be dismissed.

Mortens attorney, Chris Ritts, is expected to file a motion calling for a downward departure in sentencing. Morten faces 10 years in prison and/or $20,000 fine. He will be sentenced on April 5.

Felony Charges

Cory Joseph Merchelwitz, 21, Winona, was charged with two felony counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct in the third degree in Fillmore County District Court. According to the criminal complaint, it is alleged that Merchelwitz had sexual intercourse with a female minor on two occasions in Rushford in October 2003.

Merchelwitz, who is represented by Attorney Gary Gittus of Rochester, is out on bail after posting $30,000 bond. His next court appearance is April 5.

Other Action

A bench warrant has been issued for Juan Carlo Sanchez, 47, of Albert Lea after he failed to appear for a pre-trial hearing in Fillmore County District Court. Sanchez was charged with eight felony counts stemming from the theft of snowmobiles from M&M Lawn & Leisure in Rushford.

A trial date for Floyd George Moose has been set for March 22. Moose is charged with 11 felony counts, including attempted murder and kidnapping related to events in Chatfield last May.

Courthouse re-shuffle will take place in mid-March

Fri, Feb 27th, 2004
Posted in Features

David Kane and Jasen Andring, architects, Dean Sand of CAM, and project manager David Johnson gave their monthly report. Sand reviewed the latest change orders effecting the contingency fund, which stands at a (+) $267,050.00; $89,280.01 has been tap ..... 
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County working harder at recycling

Fri, Feb 27th, 2004
Posted in Features

Sandra Benson, Recycling Educator, briefed county commissioners on the countys recycling habits in 2003. Benson stressed that they are working on encouraging schools and businesses to improve upon their recycling habits.

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Hein to run for District 31-B seat

Fri, Feb 27th, 2004
Posted in Features

Al Hein, 55, a farmer from Mabel, has announced that he will run for the District 31-B seat in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Hein said he will seek the DFL endorsement for his candidacy.

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Public Enemy #1: Obesity

Fri, Feb 20th, 2004
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Overweight and obesity may soon cause as much preventable disease and death as cigarette smoking.  Surgeon General David Satcher, 2002

According to the Center for Disease Control, in 1999-2000, an esti ..... 
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Heartland on hold

Fri, Feb 20th, 2004
Posted in Features

On Tuesday, February 17, Judge Joseph Weiners ordered the Pollution Control Agency to reconsider its facts of findings and conclusions of law regarding whether Heartland Energy & Recycling Ltd. should be required to undergo a rigorous Environmental ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Hwy 52 to start Fall of 2004

Fri, Feb 20th, 2004
Posted in Features

The Preston City Council met Tuesday night with decorum and thoughtful deliberation until the final minutes of the meeting. Council member Jerry Scheevel introduced a resolution that maintained that Mayor Pechulis call for an ethics investigation of ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Computer problems resolved

Fri, Feb 20th, 2004
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The Lanesboro City Council chose to replace outdated computer hardware at their February 17th meeting. City administrator Bobbie Torgerson informed the council that, because the staff could not even print a balance sheet, the city auditors could not ..... 
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Davids confused by Judges comments

Fri, Feb 20th, 2004
Posted in Features

Rep. Greg Davids said he was confused by Judge Joseph Weiners implications in his recent ruling that Davids tried to influence the MPCA or speed up the process in the regulatory agencys dealings with Heartland.

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