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Amy Dalrymple, Forum News Service, Published September 11 2011

Sheriff obtains restraining order against Hawley man with history of conflict with county staff

MOORHEAD – Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist has filed for and received a restraining order against a Hawley man with a history of conflict with the county.

According to documents filed in Clay County District Court:

Duane Charles Hansen, 59, can only visit Clay County facilities under certain conditions, and he’s not allowed to engage in profane or intimidating conversations with county em-ployees under terms of

the order.

Although Hansen has not physically harmed anyone, he often makes vague threats against county employees, making them fear he is a “walking time bomb,” according to court records.

Bergquist said county law enforcement have a long history of dealing with Hansen, but the harassment escalated this spring and summer.

In some cases, Hansen has called county employees at home and directed his verbal abuse toward their families, Bergquist said.

“He’s been harassing many of the commissioners, people at the courthouse,” Bergquist said. “He just gets very agitated and very verbally abusive. He’s been warned many, many times.”

When called for comment for this story, Hansen said, “My attorney told me not to talk to anybody.”

Hansen will be sentenced this week on charges from two separate incidents.

For a May incident, he was found guilty by a judge of disorderly conduct for yelling and intimidating employees of a Hawley bank for not having gold coins available.

For an incident at the Hawley Rodeo in June, Hansen was found guilty of disorderly conduct and fourth-degree assault of a police officer.

According to court records, Hansen became agitated and used loud profanity to complain that four law enforcement officers were standing around at the rodeo. When he ­wouldn’t quiet down, Hawley Police Chief Glen Hanson and the other officers escorted Hansen away from the rodeo.

In the process, Hansen intentionally bumped into Chief Hanson as they walked down a hill and made threats to physically harm him, according to a judge’s findings.

“It looked like he was getting ready to punch me, but they had him by the arms,” Chief Hanson said.

Bergquist said that in his experience, the sheriff’s office has requested re­straining orders against individuals on just two occasions.

“And it’s been him both times,” Bergquist said.

The last restraining order was from 2000. On Friday, Bergquist said Hansen has complied with the restraining order since it was served on Sept. 1.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590