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Fosston man sentenced for string of fires set in Clearwater and Polk counties

Nick Adam Schouviller was sentenced Tuesday, June 30, in Clearwater County District Court.

Judge Paul E. Rasmussen committed Schouviller to 38 months in prison for the Clearwater County offenses. Restitution, more than a half million dollars for all the fires, has been ordered in both Clearwater and Polk counties.

Schouviller, 20, from Fosston, was convicted of four counts of felony second-degree aiding and abetting arson in relation to the Zion Church fire of Feb. 8, 2008, and the Eddy Town Hall, Leon Town Hall, and B&M Supply fires Aug. 3. Schouviller was recently sentenced in Polk County for felony second-degree arson and felony second-degree burglary for a house fire set on the same night in August.

His co-defendant, Levi Coyer, 20, also from Fosston, remains as the last defendant charged in the August arsons. His next hearing is scheduled for July 8 in Hubbard County, where Judge Robert Tiffany will preside. Coyer and Schouviller have remained in custody since their arrest in August.

The five structures that were set ablaze early Sunday include an outbuilding at B&M Supply near Clearbrook, Leon Town Hall; Eddy Town Hall and two unoccupied houses: one seven miles south of Lengby and another three miles of Lengby.

Clearwater County's Eddy Town Hall, built in 1931, and Leon Town Hall, constructed before 1904, served as meeting spots and polling places for their respective townships. The hall in Leon was a schoolhouse until the 1950s.

The Eddy Town Hall burned to the ground and the other two structures sustained substantial damage.

Zion Lutheran Church was located northwest of Bagley.

-- Molly Miron