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Teen gets probation, community service for selling pot at New London-Spicer, Minn., school

WILLMAR -- A 17-year-old New London boy was sentenced Monday to six months of probation and 40 hours of community work service on a fifth-degree drug sale charge for selling marijuana to another student at New London-Spicer schools.

Kellen Ray Bergh was also ordered as part of his probation to attend a chemical awareness class, to submit to random testing and to not use mood-altering chemicals. He was sentenced in Kandiyohi County District Court by District Judge Michael J. Thompson.

Bergh received a stay of adjudication on his sentence. Under the stay, if he complies with the conditions of sentence, no conviction will appear on his record.

Felony charges against 16- and 17-year-old juvenile defendants are public record.

According to the petition, the Kandiyohi County sheriff's deputy working as the school resource officer began investigating a report April 20 that Bergh had sold marijuana to another student. A 15-year-old girl had reported that the transaction occurred between April 10 and 16.

Bergh was interviewed and admitted to selling the marijuana, not for money but as a favor.

Further investigation revealed that the marijuana had been traded by the girl to another 15-year-old girl and most of it had been smoked.

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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