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Wadena man charged for threats at workplace

A Wadena man was charged April 29 with felony terroristic threats and fifth-degree assault, a gross misdemeanor, for an altercation with a man who had come to his workplace to apply for a job.

On April 23, a man went to a Wadena business to pick up a job application, according to court records. When the man went into the building, he ran into Steven Arthur Savaloja, 50, of Wadena. The man and Savaloja had both been convicted of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine in 2008. The man told investigators he tried to leave immediately, hoping Savaloja hadn't seen him, but Savaloja followed him out to the front of the building and said, "you're dead" and "why don't you get out of the car and we can settle this right now."

The man said he had received letters from Savaloja while he was in prison and said he believed Savaloja was upset with him because he suspected he had "snitched" on him, according to court documents.

Savaloja spoke to police and said he approached the man, but only to say hello and denied making any threats.

Savaloja is on probation for first degree conspiracy to manufacture a controlled substance from October 2008 and is awaiting trial on charges of felon in possession of a firearm and fifth-degree controlled substance crime from January 2010.