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November 6, 2013

Marktplatz Mall legal battle turns bizarre with arrest

Legal wrangle over Marktplatz Mall continues


Danielson also accused New Ulm police of treating him unfairly for not following up on his own claims that Jafvert has stolen some of his property.

“I believe there is a criminal hierarchy going on with the (New Ulm) police and city leadership,” Danielson said.

New Ulm Police Cmdr. Dave Borchert said the department has investigated every complaint by both owners, but they were often just civil court matters.

The arrest is simply part of long list of unusual acts by both sides during their ongoing lawsuit in Brown County District Court.

In November 2012, Danielson locked Jafvert into his mall store following an argument, though Javert reported he was able to get out shortly after the incident. NURD’s former owners called the FBI to claim Jafvert was kidnapped. The FBI declined to investigate.

In early 2012, former NURD member Cliff Strand told northern tenants they had to send their rent payments to him despite Danielson’s rights to them under the first mortgage. Tenants confirmed one month’s rent was sent to Strand, and no accounting of these rents have emerged in court filings.

In June 2012, Youtube videos accusing Danielson of misconduct began appearing online. NURD denied creating the films, but they contained the exact documents NURD obtained from Danielson during legal proceedings and disappeared at the same time the Brown County judge ordered them removed.

Danielson is scheduled to appear in Brown County District Court on Nov. 26 over his theft charge and in Sibley County on Dec. 5 for his other charge. The Brown County lawsuit is tentatively set to begin Dec. 17.

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