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Fillmore County District Court


Fri, Jan 30th, 2004
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

•Daniel Lee Ramaker, 23, of Wykoff, was charged with one felony count of theft of a motor vehicle and driving after revocation, a gross misdemeanor. According to the criminal complain, it is alleged that Ramaker took a vehicle belonging to another person in Chatfield on or around January 7.

Judge Robert Benson set conditional bail at $10,000 and unconditional bail at $30,000. Ramaker has requested a public defender to represent him. He is currently being held at the Fillmore County Jail. Ramaker’s next court appearance is set for February 9.

•Jeffrey William Wiebold, 27, of Stewartville, was charged with two felony counts of second degree driving while impaired. According to the criminal complaint, on January 24 Wiebold was stopped for speeding near Spring Valley. Field testing revealed that Wiebold had a blood alcohol level of .125.

Judge Robert Benson set bail at $12,000 or electronic home monitoring. Wiebold has requested that a public defender be appointed to represent him. He is presently being held at the Fillmore County Jail. Wiebold’s next court appearance is scheduled for February 9.

Felony Disposition

•Thomas Lawrence Schaefer, 38, of Northfield, pled guilty to felony theft of leased property. In the criminal complaint, it is alleged that Schaefer sold cows leased to him by James Peterson of Edina at the Lanesboro Sales Barn. The original complaint listed six felony counts beginning around December 18, 1998.

Judge Robert Benson stayed an imposition of sentence for five years. Schaefer was placed on probation, fined $3,000, and sentenced to nine days in jail. Schaefer must also make restitution in the amount of $40,790.




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2004 session will be a mix of bonding and legislative issues

Fri, Jan 30th, 2004
Posted in Features

Editor’s note: Rep. Greg Davids met with Journal Editor John Torgrimson about the upcoming Minnesota Legislative Session that will begin Monday, February 2. The session, which is expected to last until around Easter, will focus primarily on bonding p ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board Report: Science department goals and curriculum reviewed

Fri, Jan 30th, 2004
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Like many rural, smaller schools, the Fillmore Central science department has had to tackle the problems of upgrading the program to meet new state standards, and to become a solid stepping-stone for those students who will be attending college. [Read the Rest]

Twins talk baseball and more

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2004
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The Minnesota Twins brought their 44th annual Winter Caravan to Preston on Tuesday with a stop at the Fillmore Central Middle School.

The group was led by broadcaster and former Twin Bert Blyleven and included Twin’s coach Al Ne ..... 
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Lights, camera, action!

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2004
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It’s been six years since an enterprising group of Spring Valley volunteers put their heads together to create KING 11, Spring Valley’s cable access television station. KING 11, is named after Kingsland School, where the TV studio is located. Eleven ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Electric revenue bond sale approved

Fri, Jan 23rd, 2004
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Bids for public utility bonds for the city of Lanesboro were opened the morning of January 20th; that evening the council at their regular meeting awarded the bond sale to Dougherty and Company, LLC with a low bid of 4.246 percent interest. The bond ..... 
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The repercussions of meth

Fri, Jan 16th, 2004
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Editor’s note: This is the second of two articles in a series dealing with the illicit manufacture of methamphetamine and the impact meth is having on the lives of people in Fillmore County.

The Minnesota Department of Health ( ..... 
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County Commissioners: Electronic courtroom will save time and money

Fri, Jan 16th, 2004
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“We’re trying to do everything as responsible as possible”, noted Fillmore County Judge Robert Benson as he and Court Administrator James Attwood presented information on the bidding for electronic court equipment. Four potential bidders were mailed ..... 
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Knoepke wins special election in Preston

Fri, Jan 16th, 2004
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Steve Knoepke received 400 (56%) out of 711 votes cast in Thursday’s special election to fill the vacant Preston Council seat created by the death of Mike Gartner. Robert Sauer, who was appointed to fill Gartner’s seat on an interim basis, came in se ..... 
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