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Fillmore County District Court


Fri, Jan 2nd, 2004
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

•Christian George Andersen, 31, of Spring Valley was charged with two felony counts of first degree driving while impaired. According to the criminal complaint, Anderson drove a vehicle into a ditch in Forestville Township on December 19. Law enforcement on the scene field tested the defendant for alcohol, which measured .19. Because Andersen has three prior convictions for driving while under the influence of alcohol, felony charges were filed.

Andersen was represented by Attorney Fred Suhler, Jr. and has been released on electronic home monitoring. His next court appearance will be January 26.

Felony Dispositions

•Matthew Raymond Howard, 35, of Harmony pled guilty to one felony count of fleeing a peace officer and one count of driving without a valid drivers license, a gross misdemeanor, related to an incident in Amherst Township in August 2002.

Howard was sentenced by Judge Robert Benson to 366 days in prison and $3000 fine, which was stayed for five years. Howard must pay $500 of the fine and serve 30 days in the jail.

•Seeamphay John Sengthong-phet, 20, of St. Charles pled guilty to one felony count of burglary in the third degree stemming from an incident in Lanesboro on August 5. The defendant was sentenced by Judge Benson to 24 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $700 in restitution. He was given credit for 124 days served.



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2003 in review

Fri, Dec 26th, 2003
Posted in Features

Editor’s note: The Journal looked at what newsmakers in Fillmore County said over the past year as a way to profile the year 2003. From the pages of the Fillmore County Journal, here’s what was said on a range of topics:

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County Board gives drivers license bureau back to state

Fri, Dec 26th, 2003
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“We need to make a decision because of remodeling,” stated Auditor/Treasurer Philip Burkholder as he addressed Commissioners on Tuesday over the fate of the Driver License Bureau. Because of courthouse remodeling, the Audit/Treasurer’s Department wil ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Serious year end financial decisions for Rushford City Council

Fri, Dec 26th, 2003
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Christmas mirth was missing from the regular Rushford City Council meeting on December 22 as the council somberly considered financial concerns of the city. Dennie Darr, local businessman, addressed the council on his concerns about his increased com ..... 
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Dealing with loss during the holidays

Fri, Dec 19th, 2003
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Sixteen years ago, my family faced a holiday season like none other. My dad had died suddenly in October, and the last thing any of us felt like doing was the normal holiday preparation.  Mom asked me almost immediately if I ..... 
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County Board reviews EDA plan

Fri, Dec 19th, 2003
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Mark Thein, Economic Development Authority (EDA) presented the 2003 annual report and the proposed 2004 work plan. EDA’s goal is to help cities and townships utilize their resources by either encouraging the growth of existing businesses and/or helpi ..... 
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Fillmore County District Court

Fri, Dec 19th, 2003
Posted in Features

Felony Charges  Brent Stephen Eisenman, 18, of Spring Valley, was charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday with one count of felony theft. According to the criminal complaint, Eisenman stole money from a locked fil ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Heartland denied more building permits

Fri, Dec 19th, 2003
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Monday evening the sidewalks and roads were slippery and hazardous, so too were the actions of the Preston City Council in its ongoing struggle with Heartland Energy and Recycling. The council chamber was again full to capacity, but only six citizens ..... 
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“Last Flight of the GooneyBird”

Fri, Dec 19th, 2003
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For about 16 years Duke Hust thought about getting his book Last Flight of the Gooney Bird published. Then one day while in Lanesboro and conversing with Eric Thiss of Zoo Books he mentioned his wish. Eric got on the horn and introduced Duke to Mark ..... 
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