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Halstad mayor arrested on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct

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news Bemidji, 56619
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

HALSTAD, Minn. — The city’s mayor was in jail after being arrested Monday on allegations of criminal sexual conduct, terroristic and domestic abuse.

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Norman County Sheriff Jeremy Thornton said Steve Sortland was arrested after a traffic stop  about 4:35 p.m. Monday in Halstad.

Thornton said he was being held on suspicion of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and making terroristic threats, both felonies, and suspicion of misdemeanor domestic assault.

Thornton said his office received a report Thursday alleging the criminal conduct but declined to provide further details about the allegations.

The sheriff said he expects formal criminal charges to be filed against Sortland today.

Sortland was being held at the Northwest Regional Corrections Center and was expected to make his first court appearance today. Bail had not been set.

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