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Charges dropped in snowmobile stalking case

Stalking and harassment charges were dismissed against three young men accused of following and intimidating two 18-year-olds on snowmobiles on Jan. 20 in Wadena and Verndale.

The three men in the pickup said the snowmobiles had sprayed rocks on their vehicle, according to court records, and admitted following the snowmobilers. Eric Halan Samuelson, 21, of Parkers Prairie, Tyler David Schwartz, 18, of Bluffton, and Joshua Jon Kern, 18, of Wadena, were charged in March with two counts each of harassment -- intent to injure and two counts each of harassment -- stalk/follow/pursue.

But those four charges were completely dismissed against Samuelson and Schwartz, and Kern entered a guilty plea to a disorderly conduct charge and received a fine of $300, but the other four charges were dropped against Kern.