Personal income continued slow growth in Minnesota last year, and by National Standards, the state as a whole does not appear to be doing too badly.
Per capita personal income rose by three point seven four percent in Minnesota from 2011 to 2012.
That represents the fourth-largest increase in the nation.
North Dakota was number one with nearly ten percent income growth.
The U-S Bureau of Economic Analysis reports Minnesota’s income per person at $46,227 dollars last year – that ranks 11th among the 50 United States.
Nationally – Personal income increased two-point-seven percent in 2012.
An Oklee man was sentenced Monday, March 11 in Pennington County District Court for felony first degree driving while impaired. The charge stemmed from a January traffic accident involving another vehicle. No injuries were reported.
Ronald Lynn Rustan, 58, was sentenced to 42 months in prison stayed for seven years. As a condition of that sentence, he was ordered to serve 180 days in jail. Rustan was given credit for 68 days served. He was ordered to serve supervised probation for seven years.
Rustan was also ordered to complete the Teen Challenge Relapse Program. He was ordered to complete 30 days of alcohol monitoring each year of his probation. Rustan was ordered to supply a DNA sample. Rustan was also ordered to pay $1,190 in fees and fines. The right to restitution has been reserved for 30 days, and the defense has 30 days after the certificate has been filed to file an objection.
According to the complaint: On Jan. 3 at about 6:09 p.m., a Minnesota State Patrol sergeant responded to a two-vehicle crash south of Thief River Falls on Highway 59. A dispatcher reported that it appeared no one was injured. The dispatcher indicated that one driver appeared to be intoxicated, was throwing out alcohol containers and had left the scene on foot. A Pennington County sheriff’s deputy went to look for the driver, and the sergeant responded to the scene.
Upon arriving, the sergeant saw an Oldsmobile car blocking the southbound traffic lane. It had sustained extensive damage to its front end. The air bags had deployed, the lights were on, and the horn was constantly honking. When the sergeant unhooked the connector for the horn, he noticed that a fluid, apparently antifreeze, was leaking onto the highway. The other vehicle was a pickup truck, which sustained extensive damage to the rear. It appeared that the Oldsmobile had rearended the pickup truck.
A witness, Marie Sander, said the driver of the Oldsmobile had thrown what appeared to be a vodka bottle into the ditch. She asked the driver, later identified as Rustan, whether he had been drinking and what he had thrown into the ditch. Rustan then retrieved his dog from the car, put a hat on his head and started walking away, according to the complaint. He also threw a juice bottle into the ditch on the side opposite from where he had thrown the other items.
The sergeant collected a nearly empty plastic bottle of Petri Five Star Brandy lying in the snow next to a paper bag containing a full, unopened plastic bottle of California Crest Five Star Brandy. Across the gravel road, the sergeant found an empty bottle of Old Orchard Apple Kiwi Strawberry Juice in the ditch where the witness said it would be. Inside the car, he found another bottle of Old Orchard Kiwi Strawberry Juice, which was half full.
The other driver, DeeJay Donlin, said he was in the southbound traffic lane, waiting for one or two northbound vehicles, so he could turn left. He said the car then collided with his vehicle.
The deputy found Rustan hiding in a small playhouse a short distance from the crash. He smelled a strong odor of alcohol on Rustan’s breath and noticed that Rustan had slurred speech. Rustan said he ran into the vehicle because its lights weren’t on. When asked why he left the scene, he said he was shaken by the accident. When told the deputy smelled alcohol on him and noticed his speech was slurred, Rustan said he took “a couple good swallows” of alcohol after the accident. He said he had also drank brandy at about 2 p.m.
Rustan told law enforcement that he threw the bottles into the ditch after the crash. He said someone saw him drink straight brandy at the scene. The witness later said she hadn’t seen him do that.
Rustan underwent field sobriety tests. He was able to recite the alphabet in the correct order, but he did so at a slow pace and pausing at times. He failed two other sobriety tests.
A preliminary breath test showed a result of 0.171. When he was shown the results, Rustan said he drank a lot of alcohol after the crash. The complaint indicated that Rustan has three prior alcohol-related convictions in the last 10 years –in April 2004, September 2008 and March 2010. Alan Earl Spilde, 53, Thief River Falls, was granted a five-year stay of imposition for a felony charge of theft. If he successfully completes probation, the charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor. Two other felony theft charges were dismissed. For the former charge, Spilde was ordered to serve 90 days in jail as a condition of his sentence. He was also ordered to serve supervised probation for five years.
Spilde was ordered to have no contact with the victim, and he was ordered to not trespass at Family Bowl. He was also ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation/ treatment and a chemical assessment. Spilde was ordered to provide a DNA sample. He was ordered to not use or possess firearms or dangerous weapons. Spilde was ordered to pay $210 in fees and fines. The right to restitution has been reserved for 60 days, and then the defense has 60 days after the certificate has been filed to file an objection.
The charge stemmed from an Oct. 1 report to the Thief River Falls Police Department. The police report indicated that it was reported that the manager had stolen money from Family Bowl. Deputy Police Chief Craig Mattson investigated and found that Spilde had stolen $6,344 from the business between Dec. 19, 2010, and Sept. 20, 2012, according to the complaint. Specifically, $2,080 was stolen from Dec. 19, 2010, to Feb. 20, 2011; $1,887.95 was stolen from March 8, 2012, to March 14, 2012; and $2,376.05 was stolen from Sept. 12, 2012, to Sept. 20, 2012.
In a statement, Spilde admitted that he had taken numerous amounts of money during that time frame. He said he had spent the money.
Thor Steven Roggenbuck, 18, Trail, was granted a fiveyear stay of imposition for a felony charge of terroristic threats. As a condition of that sentence, he was ordered to serve 30 days in jail. He was ordered to serve supervised probation for five years. If he successfully completes probation, the charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor. Roggenbuck was ordered to follow the recommendation of his evaluation. He was ordered to provide a list of his prescribed medications to his probation officer and to take the medications in their prescribed dosage and frequency. He was ordered to have no contact with the victim. Roggenbuck was ordered to not go on the Northland Community and Technical College property unless he has approval from his probation agent. He was ordered to supply a DNA sample. Roggenbuck was ordered to not use or possess firearms or dangerous weapons. He was ordered to pay $210 in fees and fines.
According to the complaint, police were dispatched to NCTC on Nov. 27. A student had been assaulted with a knife. The man said he was in the same class with Roggenbuck, who had put wiring into the student’s study desk. The man moved the wires to the right corner of the desk, when Roggenbuck became upset and grabbed a yellow XACTO knife. He then held the knife inches from the man’s face and threatened to kill him. Roggenbuck cut the man in the hand. Roggenbuck told police that he cut the man with the knife.