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Published October 28, 2011, 11:30 PM

Target of arsons drops harassment order

Hearing canceled after Barnesville woman, Wisconsin man dismiss restraining orders
MOORHEAD – A woman whose rural Barnesville farmstead recently was the target of six suspected arson fires and a Wisconsin man she used to work with have agreed to drop harassment restraining orders against each other.

MOORHEAD – A woman whose rural Barnesville farmstead recently was the target of six suspected arson fires and a Wisconsin man she used to work with have agreed to drop harassment restraining orders against each other.

A court hearing on the restraining order filed by 33-year-old Tara Andvik against Keith Beam, 46, of New Glarus, Wis., was canceled Friday after both parties agreed to dismiss their restraining orders.

Andvik, a well-known bow hunter, formerly worked for a hunting show that Beam produced for the Outdoor Channel.

As previously reported by The Forum, Andvik obtained her restraining order on Aug. 3, claiming Beam pressured her to “move the relationship from professional to intimate” and repeatedly called her home and sent her text and video messages of a sexual nature.

Beam’s attorneys said in court records that Andvik made repeated attempts to contact Beam after she got the restraining order, prompting him to get a restraining order against her on Aug. 19. In his petition, Beam says he and Andvik were in a romantic relationship that ended in July.

Detective Jason Hicks of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office said Beam was interviewed at length on Thursday and “it’s safe to say he’s been ruled out” as a suspect in the arsons.

Authorities continue to follow up on other leads, Hicks said Friday.

“I would say we are narrowing the field considerably,” he said.

Meanwhile, Andvik has taken down her Facebook page because the postings got too strange, Hicks said.

Andvik’s husband, Matt Andvik, has said that his wife began getting negative comments on her Facebook page daily before the fires happened. Tara Andvik has said that one of the threats, from a woman in Australia, had specifically mentioned arson.

The most recent fire, on Oct. 19, damaged the Andviks’ home to the point that it was uninhabitable.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Mike Nowatzki at (701) 241-5528

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