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Omnibus hearing delayed for Traut

Troy Traut

A new date was set Monday for the omnibus court hearing for Troy Traut. It will now take place Thursday, July 19, at 2:30 p.m.

Traut, 33, of Alexandria, is facing charges of first-degree manslaughter and two counts of fifth-degree assault in the beating and death of Steven "Beaver" Hlinsky of Forada, outside the Muddy Boot Bar and Grill in Forada in the early-morning hours of May 5.

Hlinsky was airlifted to St. Cloud Hospital with life-threatening injuries, released May 11, and died two days later.

In Douglas County District Court Monday, June 4, Traut's attorney's, Gary Leistico from St. Cloud, asked Judge Ann Carrott for a new date because he said he "received a flash drive with material on it that I didn't have time to look at."

Additionally, he asked the judge to allow Traut to leave the state for three days for his job as the "chief well driller at Traut Wells." Leistico provided a letter from Traut Wells as proof that Traut is needed for a job out of state.

Carrott granted the request, but required Traut to sign a waiver of extradition. This means that if Traut does not return to Minnesota, he can be arrested and sent back to jail.

Traut signed the document in court and will be allowed to leave the state June 11-13.

There were no objections from Douglas County Attorney Chad Larson.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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