Burglar, felon in possession nabbed in Nevis

Investigations during the past month resulted in arrests for a break-in at a local business and illegal possession of a firearm.

Nevis City Hall. Enterprise file photo.

Deputy Josh Oswald told the Nevis City Council on Monday, Nov. 8 about investigations during the past month leading to arrests for burglary and a gun offense.

Oswald provides city police services through a contract with the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office.

He said he investigated a break-in reported by a local business and identified a suspect who is now facing felony burglary charges.

“Then, on the west side of town, a traffic stop was conducted, over at the Belle Taine access,” said Oswald. “Through that investigation, a semi-automatic TEC-9 was located inside the vehicle, and the driver was a convicted felon. He was arrested and now is facing felony possession charges. That was good, to get that off the streets.”

In a written summary of police activity from Oct. 7 to Nov. 3, Oswald reported handling three alarms, one animal incident, three arrests, 13 attempts-to-locate, four citations, seven civil processes, six disturbances or disorderly conduct cases, four medical calls, five “other,” one case of property damage, six public assists, 11 traffic stops and 12 business or facility checks.


In consent items and other business, the council:

  • Appointed new council member Blair Reuther as the city’s streets, water and sewer commissioner.

  • Certified past-due accounts to be collected with 2022 property taxes, including six amounts ranging from $84 to $547 and totaling $1,199.

  • Accepted a donation totaling $15,000 from the Nevis Fire Relief Association to purchase air packs for the volunteer fire department.

  • Heard City Administrator Dawn Veit report the city’s planning commission now has enough members that it no longer needs council members to make up the quorum.

  • Heard Public Works Supervisor Don Umthun report the parks’ sewer and water have been shut off for the winter; snow plowing equipment is being prepared; workers are removing leaves at the parks; and Aiden Thompson’s Eagle Scout project, a cemetery pergola, is progressing well. Mayor Jeanne Thompson, Aiden’s mother, said the Scouts are waiting for delivery of the bench and some additional landscaping fabric.

  • Heard Fire Chief Mike Marchell report his department responded to 14 medical calls and one accident during October, worked on winterizing their trucks and gave schoolchildren tours of the fire hall during Fire Safety Week. Thompson said a meeting with the townships in the fire district during the past month went well.

  • Paid bills for October and approved financial reports for October showing general fund receipts totaling $2,387 and disbursements $20,860, municipal liquor store receipts totaling $68,853 and disbursements $69,969.

The city council’s next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 13 at city hall.

Robin Fish is a staff reporter at the Park Rapids Enterprise. Contact him at or 218-252-3053.
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