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Fillmore County District Court


Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
Posted in Features

Felony Charges

•David Ray Merkel, 42, Spring Valley, was charged in Fillmore County District Court on Monday, September 8 with Manufacture of Methamphet-amine, a felony.

It is alleged in the criminal complaint that between August 20 and September 4, the defendant manufactured methamphetamine. Law enforcement officials recovered methamphetamine from the defendant and found equipment associated with its manufacture at the defendant’s rural home.

If convicted, Merkel faces 30 years in prison and/or fines up to $1,000,000. The defendant was released on $3,000 conditional bail. His next court appearance will be on October 13.

•Chad Steven Sorenson, 23, Fountain, was charged in district court on Monday with felony fraud financial transaction - card use without consent.

In the criminal complaint, it is alleged that Sorenson used a telephone card belonging to another man without the man’s consent, accruing $2,281.07 in charges. This supposedly took place in 2000.

Sorenson was released on his own recognizance after posting $5,000 bond. His next court appearance is October 13.

Other

•The trial of Juan Carlo Sanchez, who is charged with several felony counts related to the theft of ATVs in Rushford, was continued until a future date at the request of the Fillmore County Attorney. The prosecutor’s office is still awaiting evidence from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Sanchez was released on his own recognizance. The defendant had to surrender his Cuban passport and was instructed not to apply for an American one.



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Take pride in American literary heritage and see “A Streetcar Named Desire”

Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
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There’s a line in Streetcar Named Desire where high school English teacher Blanch Dubois laments the fact that her students don’t care much about their American literary heritage. And that got me to thinking about how, with the recent surge in patrio ..... 
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Governor Pawlenty requests federal disaster aid for drought stricken counties

Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
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Governor Tim Pawlenty has announced that he will request that approximately 49 Minnesota counties be designated as federal agricultural disaster areas by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture because of severe drought. The Governor’s announcement came du ..... 
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Dayton says he will sponsor disaster relief bill for drought

Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
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Speaking in a teleconference on Wednesday with several media, including the Fillmore County Journal, Minnesota Senator Mark Dayton said that he would sponsor federal disaster aid legislation to provide relief for Minnesota farmers suffering crop loss ..... 
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Coleman cosponsors disaster relief bill for farmers

Fri, Sep 12th, 2003
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MN Senator Says Relief Bill Needed If Conditions Continue and Crop Insurance Falls Short

Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman has joined Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor, both Arkansas Democrats, in cosponsoring a disaster rel ..... 
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Local hatcheries are key to trout fishing in Minnesota

Fri, Sep 5th, 2003
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Editor’s note: The Minnesota DNR, in consultation with interested parties, have put together a ten-year plan for improving trout fishing in southeastern Minnesota. This includes increasing the numbers of trophy size trout by improving habitat and imp ..... 
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Judge orders psychiatric evaluation in Morton manslaughter case

Fri, Sep 5th, 2003
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On Thursday, September 4, Judge Robert Benson ordered Trevor Lee Morton to undergo psychiatric evaluation at the St. Peter Security Hospital to see “if he is able to assist in his own defense.”

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Trout stream plan aims to continue positive trend

Fri, Sep 5th, 2003
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Anglers will find more large trout on their lines if a new 12-year fisheries plan for southeastern Minnesota streams achieves its goals.

The plan, prepared by the Department of Natural Resources, aims to improve stream quality, ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Sturgis Rules adopted

Fri, Sep 5th, 2003
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A more subdued and businesslike council worked together through Tuesday night’s agenda. Mayor David Pechulis requested a quiet moment for Council member Mike Gartner who is hospitalized.

Over the last few months council members ..... 
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