Kampsens charged with theft and property damage

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 12/22/98.

Michael Clarence Kampsen, Clara City, and Kathy Anne Kampsen, Belgrade, appeared in Kandiyohi County District Court for two felony charges on Monday, Dec. 14, for allegedly gutting the home they once owned after they were evicted by the new owner.

Francis Liebl, new owner of the County Line Bar, called the Kandiyohi County Sheriffís Department to the County Line Bar in Regal on Nov. 3.

Liebl reported a house on the property had been wrecked by the previous owners. Liebl bought the bar, the house, and other buildings on the property in a foreclosure sale on July 15. He had let the Kampsens rent the home for a few months, then evicted them in late October.

Liebl discovered the houses fireplace, cabinets, vanities, light fixtures, doors and ceiling fans had been removed from the house, according to the criminal complaint. Some of the walls had also been kicked in or drawn on and some of the electrical outlets had been ripped out of their sockets.

The County Line Barís new manager reported seeing a semi tractor and trailer at the house on Oct. 29. The trailer was later found in Paynesville with many of the missing items inside, including the fireplace.

Kampsens were both released on their own recognizance after making an initial court appearance Dec. 14 for a felony charge of theft and first-degree criminal damage to property charges.

Kathy Kampsen pleaded innocent to the charges. Michael Kampsen did not enter a plea.

Michael Kampsen is scheduled to appear at a omnibus hearing on Jan. 25, 1999. Kathy Anne Kampsen is set to appear at an omnibus hearing on Jan. 29, 1999, in Kandiyohi County District Court.

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