- Associated Press - Monday, September 22, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota House candidate is being sued in civil court after cutting his neighbor’s garage in half in a property dispute.

A lawsuit filed in Itasca County by Mark Besemann, of Iron, against Roger Weber, a Nashwauk Republican, asks for $20,000 in damages to the garage and $20,000 in punitive damages, as well as a small portion of Weber’s land.

According to the civil complaint, Weber’s father owned 40 acres near Nashwauk and in 1978 gave 39 acres to his son. Father Robert Weber kept the house, garage and remaining acre of land. When he died in 2012, the smaller parcel was passed to his daughter, Ann Anderson, who later sold it to Besemann.

Before the land was sold to Besemann, Roger Weber said he told his sister he was going to take down any structures on his 39 acres. Besemann knew there was some sort of dispute over the exact property line, according to his attorney, Jaclyn Corradi Simon. Weber said half the garage was on his 39-acre property.

“He got stuck in the middle of a family dispute,” said Simon.

Besemann bought the property on April 18, 2013, and returned to the land nine days later to find half the garage was gone. Simon said sheriff’s deputies investigated and referred the case to prosecutors, who decline to issue any charges.

“I was actually shocked that it wasn’t prosecuted, Simon said.

The case was headed for trial this week in Itasca County, but Simon said it has been delayed until December at the request of Weber’s attorney, who did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Weber is running for the District 6A seat against Democratic incumbent Carly Melin.


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