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Vednesday, December 4, 2013 FARMERS INDEPENDENT, Basle),, Minnesota - Pa:e 10 Thirteen felons convicted in District Court Recent convictions were reported by Clearwater County Attorney Richard Mollin, as follows: Joseph Kerssen On April 19, 2013 Mr. Kerssen and his three friends decided to enter the Side Track Tap, in Leonard, after hours by breaking through a side window. Unfortunately, the alarm went off, not once but twice, alerting the owner. Defendant Kerssen and his companions requisitioned about twenty-five bottles of sealed liquor, returned through the window they had just broken and began their departure. By this time the owner had driven over in response to the alarm and saw defendant Kerssen and his friends leaving the area. He called 911 and Deputy Joe Weems responded. Deputy Weems was able to get the vehicle stopped. Two of the occupants, including defendant Kerssen, remained in the car. The other two ran into the woods. Deputy Weems and Officer Ben Ehlers tracked them down and arrested all four. Mr. Kerssen was charged with and convicted of Aid and Abet Burglary in the third degree, a felony. Mr. Kerssen was sentenced to 120 days in jail, a $285 fine, restitution to the Side Track Tap for damages in the amount of $325, and five years of supervised probation. Timothy Roberts Mr. Roberts was" an accomplice with Mr. Kerssen. He was also charged with and convicted of Aid and Abet Burglary in the third degree, a felony. Mr. Roberts was sentenced to 120 days in jail, a $285 fine, restitution to the Side Track Tap for damages in the amount of $325, and five years of supervised probation. Jocelyn "Joe" Louissaint Mr. Louissaint was the last of the four burglars. He was also charged with and convicted of Aid and Abet Burglary in the third degree, a felony. Mr. Louissant was sentenced to 120 days in jail, a $285 fine, restitution to the Side Track Tap for damages in the amount of $325 and five years of supervised probation. Chris Allen Sours On April 29, 2013 Deputy Tom Davis was dispatched to a Clearbrook residence upon a report of a domestic assault by defendant Sours against the resident. Upon arrival, Deputy Davis found defendant Sours highly intoxicated. The resident said that she had been punched repeatedly about the head and neck. It was also reported that Sours had smashed a cell phone and..personat property .inside the home. When confronted by Deputy Davis and Chief Dan Gazelka, Sours decided to throw punches, elbow and otherwise assault the officers. Defendant Sours was charged with and convicted of Domestic Assault-Felony. The charge was elevated to a felony level because Sours had a previous conviction for Domestic Assault in Beltrami County in 2011 and another conviction for Domestic Assault in Clearwater County in 2012. Defendant Sours was sentenced to 18 months in prison, provided, however, execution of the prison sentence was stayed and he was confined forlS0 days in jail, payment of a fine and costs of $660 and placed on supervised probation for five years. Andrew Wark Mr. Wark was the third hand in the group, along with Kerssen and Roberts. He was also charged with and convicted of Aid and Abet- Burglary in the third degree, a felony. Mr. Wark was sentenced to 120 days in jail, a $285 fine, restitution to the Side Track Tap for damages in the amount of $325, and five years of supervised probation. ABA-BSPACE FOR RENT la I O| JUST CALL: (2181694-6265 Robert Oliver On July 12, 2012 a residence in the Crist apartments in Bagley was burglarized. Sergeant Clarence LaCroix and Deputy Andy Anderson responded and investigated the incident. The burglars dropped a pillbox while in the process of stealing a fiat screen TV, a blue-ray and surround system. The pill box was traced to defendant Robert Oliver. A search by officers of Oliver's home revealed the stolen items. Mr. Oliver pied guilty to Burglary in the 2 nd degree, a felony. Initially, he was allowed to serve 101 days in Clearwater County Jail and be subject to a number of probationary conditions including community work service, restitution (the TV was broken when Oliver tried to hide in a crawl space), remain law-abiding, etc. Unfortunately, Mr. Oliver violated several conditions of probation. Based on the history of violations, Mr. Oliver was sentenced to prison for 33 months. Ronaid Pickford On Junel, 2013 Sergeant Clarence LaCroix and Officer Zack Karayel saw defendant Pickford out on the Fairgrounds Road. Having had prior contacts with Mr. Pickford, Sgt." LaCroix inquired of dispatch Pickford's status. He learned that Mr. Pickford was a fugitive from the Department of Corrections and had active warrants for his arrest. Apparently, Mr. Pickford also knew of the warrants as he took off, on foot, through the cemetery. Officers gave chase and were able to intercept him shortly thereafter. It was at this time that Mr. Pickford was guided to the ground, handcuffed and detained. Mr. Pickford was then patted down only to discover he was in possession of a unique pipe, syringes, a metal spoon and a white powdery substance which tested positive for methamphetamine. Mr. Pickford was charged with Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree, a felony. He was allowed to plead to Controlled Substance in the 4 th degree, also a felony. His sentence consists of 24 months in prison and a $460 fine and costs. Mr. Pickford will be on supervised probation upon'his i release from prison. Jessiea Mathison On June 14, 2013 Sgt. Clarence LaCroix and Deputy Joe Weems responded to a disturbance at a residence in Bagley. Defendant Mathison attempted to leave the area in her vehicle. She was ultimately detained by officers and transported to the Law Enforcement Center for testing. A routine inventory of her personal effects revealed possession of drugs. She was charged with Controlled Substance in the 52 Degree, a felony. At her initial appearance she claimed she was going into treatment. The District Court allowed her release on conditions, among them was a cash bail of $300 and a promise to appear for the next phase of the proceeding a few days later. She failed to appear and a warrant was issued for her arrest. About a month after her problems in Clearwater County, Polk County charged her with Controlled Substance in the 2 nd and 3 rd Degree, both felonies (sale and/or possession of methamphetamine) for crimes in Polk County. Just a short time later Beltrami County charged her with Controlled Substance in the 2 "d Degree, a felony (sale of methamphetamine). Ms. Mathison wished to resolve all pending charges in the three counties. The result will be a sentence of 48 months in prison, forfeiture of all property seized by law enforcement, forfeiture of civil rights until discharged from probation, payment of $600 representing buy-money used in connection with the Beltrami matter, a nominal fine of $50 per count together with applicable costs. Ms. Mathison will be sentenced on Dec. 30. Michael Bruguier On Dec. 5, 2012 agents of the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force obtained information from a confidential informant of the location of a methamphetamine production facility at a residence on Wild Rice Loop in Clearwater County. A search warrant was requested and executed on the residence. There were five people present, including defendant Bruguier. The bags of white powdery substance on the table were attributed to defendant Bruguier and tested positive for methamphetamine. Mr. Bruguier was charged with Controlled Substance in the 3 rd Degree, a felony. While the matter was pending Mr. Bruguier was prohibited from possession or use of controlled substances and subject to random testing for the presence of a controlled substance. In March he used Vicodin, opiates, marijuana and methamphetamine. On Nov. 20, 2013 defendant Bruguier was convicted of Felony Controlled Substance in the 3 rd Degree and sentenced to serve 93 days in the county jail, pay a $385 fine and costs and placed on supervised probation for up to 20 years. ?. Shawna Waldal During the late summer of 2011 a rural Gonvick seasonal residence was burglarized. A number of personal property items, guns, bows and miscellaneous items were taken. Investigator/Sgt. Ryan Solee undertook the investigation. He was able to trace and locate many of the items to a residence in Oklee, where defendant Waldal had been living. Ms. Waldal was charged with and convicted of Burglary in the 2 nd degree, a felony. She was placed on supervised probation for up to five years. She is currently subject of a violation of probation pending before the District Court. Andre Jones During September 2012 Chief Dan Gazelka of the Clearbrook-Gonvick Police Department was investigating an incident in which defendant Jones may have been involved. As a part of the investigatory process, Jones' prior criminal record was obtained. From that Chief Gazelka learned that Jones had been convicted of sex offenses in Ohio and, therefore, required to register with local law enforcement. Jones was charged with knowingly failing to register as a predatory offender, a felony. Jones was sentenced to serve 45 days in Clearwater County Jail, a fine and costs of $210 and placed on supervised probation for five years. Leon Haltli On Oct.13, 2012 Defendant Haltli broke into the Sportsman Lodge, rural Gonvick, by throwing a large rock through the glass entry door. While inside defendant Haltli stole several bottles of liquor and other items available for retail sale. Deputy Andy Anderson was assigned to investigate the burglary. He reviewed the surveillance tapes of customers who had been in the bar earlier that evening along with tapes of the actual break-in. Defendant Haltli was identified by employees of Sportsman's from the tapes. His residence was nearby, so Deputy Anderson interviewed Mr. Haltli who agreed to come to the law enforcement center for a recorded interview. Defendant Haltli fled the area. A warrant was issued for his arrest and he was apprehended early in November 2012. Defendant Haltli was charged with Burglary in the 3 ra Degree, a felony. He was convicted of the charge on August 7, 201'3 d sntetc6d190 d;s  in Clearwater Countyhil, ' fines, costs and restitution in the total sum of $1,562 and placed on supervised probation for up to five years. This is the second Felony Burglary conviction for Mr. Haltli, the first having occurred in Hennepin County in 2010. Farmland rent trends for 2014 By David Bau An increase in 2014 farmland rent in Minnesota may indicate a loss for producers at current corn and soybean cash forward contract prices available. This calculation factors in other expenses and projected total income with historical yierds. If corn or soybean prices increase -- or if yields are better than expected in 2014 -- producers may be able to pay higher rental rates. Based on the current corn and soybean prices for 2014, however, there is a real potential for 'farmers to lose money. If this occurs, it should cause lower o'r fiat farmland renal rates in 2014 compared to 2013. The Minnesota Agricultural Statistic Service reported an 11.1 percent increase across Minnesota from 2011 to 2012 and an 18 percent increase from 2012 to 2013. The continual high prices in the grain markets had put pressure on rental rates to increase in 2013. Now the current prices for 2013 and 2014 corn are much lower than one year ago, but land rents continue to increase. For example, on Oct. 11, 2012 in Lamberton, the cash bid for 2012 corn was $7.38 and for 2013 corn it was $5.79 per bushel. As of Oct. 9, 2013, the cash bid for 2013 eom was $4.18 and for 2014 corn it was $4.35 per bushel. Cropland rental rates: can vary significantly. Factors Dennis Busse On July 24, 2013 Officer Brandon Goodwin of the White Earth Police Department was on duty traveling north on County 7 in rural Clearwater County when he met a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. He got a good look at the driver who he knew from many previous contacts. He also knew that defendant Busse's driving privileges were cancelled. Officer Goodwin turned around, turned on his lights and siren and the chase was on. Defendant Busse, with his passenger, drove at high speed down several roads trying to elude Officer Goodwin. Busse ended up in the driveway of another resident, parking his vehicle behind the house. Officer Goodwin was able to locate Mr. Busse and placed him under arrest. Defendant Busse was charged with Fleeing a Police Officer in a Motor Vehicle, a felony. On Nov. 22, 2013 Defendant Busse pied guilty to the offense charged. Mr. Busse has an extensive criminal history. Under aplea agreement between M r. Busse and the County Attorney Mr. Busse will recommend to the District Court the following sentence: He will serve 17 months in prison, .the two previous sentences for convictions for which he is currently on probation will be fully executed and runconcurrently with this conviction, he will be aSessed a nominal fine and appropriate osts, He will remain in Clearwater County Jail until his sentencing date of Feb. 12, 2014, at which time, and subject to the approval of the District Court, he will be remanded to the Department of Corrections, St. Cloud. "The above are brought to you by the good work of the following officers," noted County Attorney Mollin. "When you see them, tell them thanks." They are: Deputy Joe Weems, Officer Ben Eblers, White Earth Officer Brandon Goodwin, Deputy Andy Anderson, Chief Dan Gazelka, Sgt. Ryan Solee, Sgt. Clarence LaCroix, Officer Zack Karayel and Deputy Tom Davis. include crop returns based on current grain prices and projected yields, land quality, tile and drainage on the farmland, the federal farm program, previous crops, herbicides and fertility, use of facilities, and length of contract. Extension workshops "What is a fair and profitable farmland rental agreement?" taught by Extension Educator David Bau, are available in central and southern Minnesota in November and December. The workshops will cover farmland rental rate trends, land values, increasing input costs, flexible leases, and rental lease examples. For details, visit http://z.umn. edu/hgp. The "Cropland Rental Rates for Minnesota Counties" publication prepared by Gary Hachfeld, William Lazarus, Dale Nordquist and Raun Loppnow, which uses the FINBIN database, is a helpful resource. View the publication on the Center for Farm Financial Management web site: h ttp ://z. umn. edu/ hgr. Buy the Farmers Independent as a gift that gives year-round