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Meeting on sex offenders slated in Breckenridge

A community meeting to discuss sex offenders and laws pertaining to them is set for 7 p.m.

A community meeting to discuss sex offenders and laws pertaining to them is set for 7 p.m. Monday in the small auditorium of Breckenridge (Minn.) High School.

Concerns about high-risk offenders living in neighboring Wahpeton, N.D., prompted the meeting, said Blaine Hill, Breckenridge city clerk.

Wilkin County Attorney Tim Fox, Breckenridge Police Chief Dennis Milbrandt and other officials will be on hand to address worries and answer questions the public may have, Hill said.

Early last week, the North Dakota attorney general's Web site listed two high-risk sex offenders living in Wahpeton.

One was identified on the Web site as David A. Carter, 47, 413 3rd Ave. N.

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The other was identified as Darl J. Hehn, 33, 421½ Dakota Ave.

According to the Web site:

Carter was convicted in 1988 in Kansas of indecent liberties with a child. He was convicted of aggravated sexual battery in Kansas in 1990.

Hehn was convicted in 1997 in Richland County, N.D., of abducting a 17-year-old girl at gunpoint and forcing her to have sex with him.

He mimicked shooting the girl several times and also threatened to kill himself.

Hehn served seven years in the Richland County Jail and in the state penitentiary. He is on probation through 2011.

Carter's name was removed from the Web site late last week after officials learned he had moved to Campbell, Minn., Assistant N.D. Attorney General Jon Byers said.

Because of the dates of Carter's offenses he is not required to register as a sex offender in the state of Minnesota, Byers said.

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Wahpeton Police Chief Scott Thorsteinson said convicted sex offenders have not posed a large problem in Wahpeton.

Most issues, he said, involve the failure to notify officials of changes in address.

Thorsteinson said he is aware of "worrisome" reports that Hehn was possibly seen near the high school in Breckenridge.

He said he's also aware of reports Hehn has approached young women and talked to them.

"Nothing has risen to the level where someone signed a complaint," Thorsteinson said.

Protecting the public and the rights of released offenders requires a delicate balance, he said.

"I don't want anything bad to happen to anyone in the community," he said. "But I have to protect the rights of these people (offenders), too," Thorsteinson said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555

I'm a reporter and a photographer and sometimes I create videos to go with my stories.

I graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead and in my time with The Forum I have covered a number of beats, from cops and courts to business and education.

I've also written about UFOs, ghosts, dinosaur bones and the planet Pluto.

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