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Hearing for former Kerkhoven, Minn., man cancelled

WILLMAR -- The hearing to consider revoking the probation of Edward Alan Ruchti, 32, of Minneapolis and formerly of Kerkhoven, was cancelled Tuesday in Kandiyohi County District Court.

No new hearing date was immediately set for Ruchti, who has been held in the County Jail since May 15 on allegations that he violated probation conditions by having contact with one of his victims. A certificate of representation was filed in the case Monday, indicating that Willmar attorney Michael Kinney will represent Ruchti.

Ruchti was arrested May 15 after a probation violation report by 6W Community Corrections indicated that he had allegedly violated the conditions set by his sex offender treatment counselors and his probation. The woman reported that Ruchti left her multiple voicemail messages, sent her text messages and a letter in the mail and left flowers and a handwritten note on her doorstep during the night of May 13-14.

He is serving 18 years of pr-obation -- a 91-month prison sentence was stayed -- in a 2002 first-degree assault case that nearly killed his then-wife.

In July 2011, after he was terminated from one sex offender treatment program, he was ordered to serve 180 days in jail and allowed to choose which sex offender treatment program he would attend to complete the requirements of his psycho-sexual evaluation.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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