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Boyceville man pleads not guilty on methamphetamine charges

By LeAnn R. Ralph

MENOMONIE —  A 49-year-old Boyceville man has pleaded not guilty on felony and misdemeanor charges related to possessing and selling methamphetamine.

Chris D. Herdahl appeared in Dunn County Circuit Court with his attorney, Roger M. Hillestad, before Judge Rod Smeltzer November 7.

During a preliminary hearing on the same date, Judge Smeltzer listened to testimony, found probable cause in the case and bound Herdahl over for trial.

During an arraignment hearing immediately after the preliminary hearing, Herdahl pleaded not guilty.

Herdahl is charged with two felony counts of possessing methamphetamine and manufacturing or delivering methamphetamine and a misdemeanor charge of possessing drug paraphernalia.

Bail was set at $300 cash on May 25, and the bail amount was posted the same day.

Herdahl’s wife, Brenda Herdahl, was sentenced to three years in prison and five years of probation on charges related to possessing methamphetamine with intent to deliver in Dunn County Circuit Court October 20.

Brenda Herdahl faced charges associated with four different cases related to felony counts of possessing methamphetamine and manufacturing or delivering methamphetamine, bail jumping and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Brenda Herdahl also pleaded guilty to one felony count of the theft of movable property/special facts related to the theft of Social Security funds intended for another person for whom Herdahl had power of attorney.

According to the criminal complaint, the Boyceville Police Department had been conducting surveillance on 918 Center Street for approximately one month earlier this year based on information from a number of sources that methamphetamine was being sold at the address by Brenda Herdahl.

The 918 Center Street address also is listed in court records as being the address for Chris Herdahl.

Brenda and Chris Herdahl had been clean from methamphetamine for about 16 years until the fall of 2016. By last December, Brenda Herdahl had started selling methamphetamine to support her drug addiction. Two ounces of methamphetamine would last approximately two weeks taking into consideration Brenda’s use and Chris’s use and the sale of the drug, according to the complaint.