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Man charged after fight at Farmington VFW

A fight June 2 at the Farmington VFW left one person with some big cuts and bruises and another in trouble with the law.

The Dakota County Attorney's office has charged 46-year-old Hampton resident Keith Bistodeau with felony third-degree assault and obstructing the legal process, a gross misdemeanor, following an incident in which he allegedly kicked and punched another man after knocking him to the ground, then fought with police as they tried to arrest him.

According to witnesses, the other man had Bistodeau in a choke hold outside the VFW before a witness told him to stop. When he did, Bistodeau reportedly "cold cocked" the man, knocking him to the ground, then kicked and punched him several times and hit him over the head with a board. When he was done, he walked back into the bar.

When police arrived, Bistodeau walked out the back door and refused to stop for police. When police caught up with him he refused to get onto the ground and struggled against arrest. He had to be forced into the squad car.

If convicted on the assault charge Bistodeau could spend up to five years in jail and face fines of up to $10,000. The charge of obstructing the legal process has a maximum sentence of one year and a maximum fine of $3,000.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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