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Lanesboro man sentenced to 13 years in prison


Fri, Mar 21st, 2003
Posted in Features

Mark Anthony Heath, 29, of Lanesboro, was sentenced to 13 years in prison by Judge Robert Benson in Fillmore County District Court on Monday. Heath was found guilty on February 7 of five counts related to the manufacture and sale of methamphetamine stemming from an incident on May 6, 2002 in Rushford.

Heath was convicted of one count of conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance, one count of manufacturing a controlled substance, and one count of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell. He was also convicted of two other possession charges.

Prosecutor David Voigt, from the Attorney General’s office, asked the court for an upward departure of 50% above the presumptive sentence of 158 months. Voigt argued that Heath’s actions endangered a family of four living near the garage where the methamphetamine was being manufactured. He also argued that Heath was “the brains behind the operation as Heath knew how to manufacture methamphetamine.”

Voigt also asked the court to treat the conspiracy and sale charges as two separate criminal objectives.

“The jury made a factual determination that there was more than one criminal objective,” Voigt said. “Possessing methamphetamine is not a part of conspiracy to manufacture the drug.”

Defense Attorney Larry Maus told the court that Heath uses and abuses methamphetamine and that his actions were intended to feed a habit and an addiction.

“Heath didn’t have thousands of dollars laying around,” Maus told the court. “This was not a crime against others.”

Maus further argued that the multiple charges be treated as one crime as there was no intent to distribute and sell methamphetamine.

Prior to his sentencing, Heath addressed the court. Heath told the court that he is not a violent person, nor did he believe he was a menace to society. He said that while he needs to go through chemical dependency treatment, he couldn’t see why the state was asking for an upward sentencing. Heath concluded his remarks by asking the court for leniency.

Judge Robert Benson sentenced Heath on two counts: 201 months for conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance; and 237 months for possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell. The sentences are to be served concurrently. Benson further ordered that Hea .....
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Courtroom fracas raises concerns about security

Fri, Mar 21st, 2003
Posted in Features

The issue of courtroom security was on many minds at the Fillmore County Courthouse on Monday. At the conclusion of a sentencing hearing in a domestic assault case, the son of the victim attacked the defendant.

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Lanesboro City Council Report: Center for the Arts project up in the air again

Fri, Mar 21st, 2003
Posted in Features

The Lanesboro City Council clearly illustrated the need for an odd number of council members at their meeting Monday, March 17 as they attempted to deal with the Lanesboro Center for the Arts (LCA) project.

On March 3, a propos ..... 
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Preston City Council Report: Plans approved for new water main system

Fri, Mar 21st, 2003
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Joe Palen, an engineer with Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlik and Associates, presented to the council plans and cost projections for Spring Avenue and Ridge Road Projects in conjunction with MnDOT's highway 52 design. The center of the plan is to replace ..... 
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Commissioners’ Report: Zoning permits challenge county board

Fri, Mar 14th, 2003
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Norman Craig, Fillmore County Zoning Administrator, brought two permits before the county board on Tuesday.

The first was a blasting conditional use permit for John Ackerman of Spring Valley Township. The second was a subdivisi ..... 
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County schools feel financial pinch

Fri, Mar 14th, 2003
Posted in Features

Governor Tim Pawlenty has managed to cut a broad swath across Minnesota’s state budget, leaving only one area untouched: K-12 education. This should bring sighs of relief to Fillmore County school districts, but local superintendents find it difficul ..... 
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The Great Flu Epidemic of 1918

Fri, Mar 14th, 2003
Posted in Features

I had a little bird,

its name was Enza.

I opened the window,

and in-flu-enza.

(Children skipped rope to this rhyme during the flu epidemic.)

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Township Election Results

Fri, Mar 14th, 2003
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Amherst Township

Gene Topness Supervisor12

Richard Kelly Treasurer 12

Arendahl Township

Richard Ostrem 14

Gaylord Brown 14

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Harmony Fire Department does well with grant funds

Fri, Mar 14th, 2003
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As representatives from the Harmony Fire Department explained to it’s city council the proposed expenditures for recently received grants, it was evident the department was sitting in pretty good shape. Bill Hanlon and Steve Donney outlined three gra ..... 
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