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Nov. 1 article: Man charged after threats to Willmar business

WILLMAR -- Authorities say a Mounds View man repeatedly called a Willmar business, threatening to kill multiple people and shoot a presidential candidate, once posing as a police officer. Michael Lawrence Foss, 49, was charged Tuesday in Kandiyoh...

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WILLMAR - Authorities say a Mounds View man repeatedly called a Willmar business, threatening to kill multiple people and shoot a presidential candidate, once posing as a police officer.

Michael Lawrence Foss, 49, was charged Tuesday in Kandiyohi County District Court with felony threats of violence, gross misdemeanor stalking, misdemeanor obscene/harassing phone calls and misdemeanor impersonating an officer.

The complaint on the charges alleges Foss zeroed in on the plant because of a firearms course it planned to host Oct. 23 in Shoreview. The plant received the first call Oct. 12, from a man asking about the course.

The man allegedly said he did not like guns, began talking about Donald Trump and, using expletives, threatened to shoot Trump.

He did not identify himself as he was speaking, but caller ID listed him as Michael Foss, according to the criminal complaint.

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At this point, the call was transferred to another employee. The complaint alleges Foss began to talk about gun control and Hillary Clinton, and said he and his friends were planning to come to the firearms course and kill all of the attendees.

The employee hung up the phone. But police allege Foss called again, asking about the gun class. When the employee asked him if he would like to sign up, he reportedly became angry, saying, "I'm coming for you" and using more expletives. The employee hung up.

Foss allegedly called one more time, and the employee hung up when he began yelling. They let the next call go to voicemail.

That afternoon, police say the plant received a voicemail from a man who identified himself as "Officer Johnson" with the Blaine Police Department, advising that he would shut down the firearms class because it was "invalid."

Employees believed the voice was Foss.

A Willmar police officer reportedly called the number linked to all of the threatening phone calls. No one answered, but a voicemail machine said the number belonged to Michael Foss.

An arrest warrant was issued for Foss on Oct. 25. He was booked into the Kandiyohi County Jail on early Tuesday morning.

Following Tuesday afternoon's court hearing, he was released on his own recognizance. His next court appearance is set for Nov. 14.

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