Property Dispute Resolved With Power Saw

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According to his attorney, Mark Besemann "knew there was some sort of dispute over the exact property line" when he bought an acre of land in 2013. Here's where his neighbor claims the exact property line is:

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Photo: Bob King/Duluth News Tribune

Of course this only "resolved" the dispute temporarily, because it led to a lawsuit by Besemann against the neighbor, Roger Weber. The case was supposed to go to trial last week but that was postponed to December at Weber's request, according to reports.

Seems likely that's because Weber is running for a seat in the Minnesota House, and would prefer to have the trial after the November election, but I'm just speculating. For all I know, he's planning to embrace the incident and work it into his campaign—I'm thinking something like: "Roger Weber—Not Afraid to Draw the Line" or "Willing to Make the Tough Cuts."

The Democratic incumbent probably could come up with some good lines of her own, but so far she has declined to comment. As this report suggests, that could be because she beat Weber 71-29% in the 2012 election, and does not see the need for any help in the rematch.

The lawsuit seeks $20,000 in property damage, $20,000 in punitive damages, and some amount of additional land as a "buffer zone."