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Fri, Apr 26th, 2002
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Tuchek released on bail
Omnibus hearing set for May 22By John TorgrimsonApril 29, 2002
Former Lanesboro Police Chief John Tuchek was released from custody after posting $50,000 bail on Tuesday, April 23. Earlier in the day, Houston County Judge James Fabian had reduced Tucheks bail from $100,000. Bail had been set by Judge Robert Benson at $100,000 with conditions and $200,000 without, when Tuchek was arraigned on Friday, April 19.

Tuchek is charged with nine counts of arson in the first degree and six felony counts of criminal damage to property stemming from an arson fire that was set in Lanesboro on Sunday, April 7.

In the criminal complaint, it is alleged that Tuchek set a hero fire to impress his ex-girlfriend who had broken up with him. The complaint also states that Tuchek had confessed to setting the fire.

After posting bail on Tuesday, Tuchek was released on his own recognizance, conditional that he not leave the state of Minnesota, not have any contact with victims from the fire, not visit the city of Lanesboro, and not have any contact with city employees of Lanesboro.

This last condition was added after Prosecutor Peter Orput told the court that he had received a letter from the city attorney of Lanesboro stating that city employees had received phone calls from Tuchek while he was in jail in Goodhue County. Orput said that the city employees were distressed by the calls.

On Tuesday morning, Tuchek appeared in Fillmore County District Court on a Rule 8 hearing. He was accompanied by his court appointed attorney Fred Suhler of Rochester.

In asking for a reduction in bail, Suhler asked Judge Fabian to consider the fact that Tuchek had no prior criminal record and no history of fleeing the law, arguing that bail is not intended to keep someone in jail, but to ensure their appearance in court.

Keeping him locked up will do nothing to maintain public safety, Suhler told the court. There is great public interest in this case, my client has lived in Minnesota all his life, his parents live in Minnesota and he owns property in Preston. He faces serious charges, and yet offered himself up to authorities.

Orput told the court that he believed that if released Tuchek was a risk to flee.

He is facing serious charges and if bail is reduced, he is going to take off, Orput told the court.

Fabian in issuing the order to reduce bail said t .....
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Commissioner's Report

Fri, Apr 26th, 2002
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Auditor and Treasurer positions may be combined Consolidation proposal part of larger package of changesBy Mike McGrathApril 29, 2002The County Board, ever searching for ways to streamline county government, is considering combi ..... 
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Norwegian Ancestry Series

Fri, Apr 26th, 2002
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A tour of Norways Stavkirker
Finding ancestral links to stave churchesBy Deb Nelson GourleyMonday, April 29, 2002

Truly unique to Norway, the Stavkirke (Stave Church) is a 900-year-old wooden temple filled with histo ..... 
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NORSTAD CONSTRUCTION

Fri, Apr 26th, 2002
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New Homes Remodeling Additions
Poured Basement Walls Driveways Retaining Walls
Agriculture Horse Barns Riding Arenas


Fill, Sand, Black Dirt, Landscaping, Lite Excavation


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Our Gift Shop

Fri, Apr 26th, 2002
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Features:
Locally made Amish Quilts, Dolls, Baskets & Furniture
Amish Pantry Spices, Mustards, Bread Mixes & Soups
Beaumont Brothers Pottery
Fall Pumpkins, Apples & Scarecrows
Tapestry Wallhangings
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Journal Profile #84

Fri, Apr 26th, 2002
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Name: Ellen Collett
Home: Preston, MN
Age: 54
Profession: Homemaker/Daycare
Family: Husband Dave, three daughters, two sons, and six grandchildren
Personal Hero: My mother
Hobbies: Se ..... 
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Birth Announcement

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