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Judge orders house arrest after Clay County clash sends man to ICU

It's unclear whether the injuries that sent him to the intensive care unit came from the fight or from falling down the stairs.

Steven Krogsgaard
Steven Krogsgaard

MOORHEAD — A 42-year-old man will spend the next three months on house arrest after he assaulted a man who later needed a ventilator to survive.

Steven Harold Krogsgaard, of Sabin, Minnesota, was sentenced Monday, Oct. 25, in Clay County District Court after pleading guilty to a third-degree felony charge of assault. If he follows the conditions of his supervised probation for five years, the felony will be wiped from his record, Judge Tammy Merkins said.

The charge stems from a May 10, 2020, assault that was reported to law enforcement two days later, according to a criminal complaint.

The victim, who was not named in court documents, lived in Baker, Minnesota, at the time of the assault and wanted Krogsgaard and his family to move out of the victim's home, the complaint said. Baker is about 15 miles southeast of Moorhead.

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Krogsgaard hit the victim in the face during a fight on May 10, 2020, the complaint said.

A neighbor who spoke with Krogsgaard told investigators that Krogsgaard said the victim was intoxicated when the "little fight" happened, the complaint said. Krogsgaard helped the victim to bed.

Krogsgaard took the victim to the hospital on May 11, 2020, after the victim texted Krogsgaard "help me," the complaint said.

The victim was unable to recall the details of the fight and said he possibly fell down the stairs at some point in the evening, according to the complaint. A doctor said the victim was treated for head, facial, neck and chest trauma, including a broken rib and tear to his pancreas, court documents said.

He eventually had to be put on a ventilator but survived. It's unclear whether the injuries that sent him to the intensive care unit came from the fight or from falling down the stairs.

A first-degree felony charge of assault was added in June, but that was dismissed as part of a plea deal.

Krogsgaard could be sentenced to about 12 months in prison if he violates the terms of his probation, Merkins noted.

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He was sentenced to 90 days in jail, but he may apply for electronic home monitoring, and he will receive credit for any time already served.

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