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Backus man charged with driving nails into red pine trees

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BEMIDJI -- A 51-year-old Backus man has been charged with first-degree criminal damage to property for driving 6-inch nails into about 500 red pine trees that were sold at auction.

Stephen Louis Olson was charged Monday in Cass County District Court with Criminal Damage to Property in the First Degree - Under Theory of Liability of Crimes of Another.

If convicted, Olson faces a maximum penalty of five years in jail and a $10,000 fine.

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