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Lake Lillian businessman charged with theft in N.D.

WILLMAR –– Chad Lee Monson, owner of Monson Excavating of Willmar, is awaiting extradition to North Dakota on charges that he stole a payloader.

The Class A felony theft charge was filed Dec. 5 in Divide County, located in the far northwestern corner of North Dakota. Under North Dakota law, the maximum penalty for a Class A felony is 20 years in prison, a $20,000 fine or both.

According to the complaint from Divide County, Monson is accused of going to a gravel pit located in rural Divide County on Nov. 20 and driving off with a payloader, valued at more than $50,000.

A felony charge of being a fugitive from justice from another state was filed Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court.

Monson, 42, of Lake Lillian, made his first court appearance Thursday in Willmar, where he waived extradition.

Two other individuals, Joshua Bruce Monson, 32, of Willmar, and John Russell Jacobson, 41, of Willmar, each face Class C felony charges in North Dakota for allegedly going to the same gravel pit and driving away with a trailer and tank containing about 250 gallons of diesel fuel, valued at more than $1,000.

Jacobson faces a second charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, also a Class C felony, for using a payloader at the gravel pit without permission of the owner.

A Class C felony in North Dakota is punishable by a maximum of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.

Joshua Monson and Jacobson were also charged with being a fugitive from justice and also made their first appearances Thursday in Kandiyohi County District Court. They also waived extradition to North Dakota.

Bail for all three men was set at $50,000 by Judge David Mennis, with their next court appearance on the Minnesota charges set for March 25 in Kandiyohi County.