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Preston man charged with shooting


Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
Posted in Preston Police Reports

Roger Bergmann

Friday December 21, 2012, Roger James Bergmann, 39 of Preston, shot a woman at her home in Preston and fled the police. During the pursuit, there were 40 minutes when the police didn’t know where he was, but he was later apprehended in Winona County after a 30-minute standoff.

While the police were pursuing Bergmann, Fillmore Central Schools were put on lockdown as a precaution. The students were released after receiving an all clear from the Sheriff’s Department.

The 49-year-old woman was shot in the neck. She was taken to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester and treated for her injuries. After the shooting, Bergmann allegedly called a friend and told him what happened. There was another man at the home, Eric Newman, who witnessed the shooting. He told police Bergmann held a gun to his head and threatened to kill him.

Bergmann appeared before Judge Robert Benson at the Fillmore County Courthouse on Monday, December 24. He faced two charges of kidnapping to commit great bodily harm/terrorize, which has a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison, $50,000 or both. He also faced charges of assault in the 1st degree- bodily harm, and assault in the 2nd degree- with a dangerous weapon, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, $35,000 or both. There were charges of attempted murder in the 1st degree, 2nd degree, and 3rd degree, as well as assault in the 2nd degree, terroristic threats, drugs in the 5th degree- schedule IV possess controlled substance mix, and possess schedule 1,2,3,4- not a small amount of marijuana, fleeing a peace officer, and possession of a pistol with a previous felony charge.

There was a woman who saw the victim running out of her house holding her neck, which was bleeding, and she helped the woman and called an ambulance.

Bergmann allegedly admitted to having shot the woman. Police allegedly found methamphetamines in Bergmann’s truck and at his residence. He had previously been convicted of domestic assault charges, and the gun and ammunition were found in his truck.

Bergmann’s next court appearance will be on December 31, 2012. His bail was set for $500,000 conditional and $1,000,000 unconditional.
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F&M Community Bank promotes Schwarz and Mensink

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

PRESTON, MN – Charles Aug, President of F & M Community Bank, announces the promotions of Mary Schwarz and Sarah Mensink. The bank’s Board of Directors recently elected Mary Schwarz as Vice President and Sarah Mensink as Assistant Vice President ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board discusses student safety

Fri, Dec 21st, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

The Fillmore Central School Board discussed concerns people had brought to them about the safety of the school in light of the recent school shooting in Connecticut. Superintendent Richard Keith said he had received a few phone calls about the subje ..... 
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A ribbon cutting

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Preston Health & Wellness

A ribbon cutting and open house was held at Traditions of Preston on Friday, December 7, and members of the Preston Area Chamber of Commerce were there to help celebrate. Front row from left to right are Scott Springer, resident Violet Olson, Andrea ..... 
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Preston Equipment still in the family

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

Preston Equipment has had its spot right outside of town for 39 years, and has been selling John Deere products to the Fillmore County area that entire time. Since then, the company has undergone changes and growth, and has overcome difficulties in ..... 
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Robert Maust joins Preston Council

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

The Preston City Council during their December 4 meeting filled the open seat left by the resignation of Kay Spangler effective December 1. Spangler’s resignation was accepted as she and her husband were moving to Chatfield. Early in November the ..... 
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Salvation Army seeks local bell ringers and contributions

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in Preston Business Announcements

Salvation Army kettle season is right around the corner in Preston. You’ll find the kettle and bell ringers in Preston on Wednesday, December 19 at the F&M Bank corner from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in front of P ..... 
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Preston utility rates remain competitive despite increase

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in Preston Government

Preston, Minn – The commission of the Preston Public Utilities (PPU) approved a five percent increase in electric, water and sewer charges for all residential, commercial and industrial customers. The increase will take effect January 1, 2013. T ..... 
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Richard Edwin "Dick" Hovelson

Mon, Dec 3rd, 2012
Posted in Preston Obituaries

RICHARD EDWIN" DICK" HOVELSON, 76, of Preston, died Wednesday, November, 28, 2012 at his home. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 11 AM at Thauwald Funeral Home Preston with Pastor David Jore officiating. Burial will be a ..... 
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