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Blackduck man found guilty of filling wetlands area in Itasca County

A Blackduck man has been found guilty of major wetlands violations in Itasca County. The violations were part of the Wetland Conservation Act, administered by local counties with support from by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Jeffery R. Swanson, 40, was sentenced to pay more than $15,000 in fines and fees, placed on a two-year unsupervised probation and had 180 days in jail stayed for two years.

The case resulted from a 2006 inspection by DNR staff involving more than 90,000 square feet of wetlands that was illegally filled near the Alvwood area of Itasca County. After a series of legal proceedings, Swanson was found guilty of violating a cease-and-desist order and a restoration order.

The Itasca Soil and Water Conservation District, Board of Water and Soil Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Itasca County Attorney's Office and DNR conservation officers were involved with the case.