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Traut pleads not guilty in manslaughter case

Troy Traut

Troy Traut of Alexandria, one of two suspects charged with manslaughter in the death of Steven "Beaver" Hlinsky, has pleaded not guilty.

Traut, 33, who appeared in Douglas County District Court Jan. 10, also pleaded not guilty to two fifth-degree misdemeanor assault charges.

Hlinksky, 46, a long-time Forada firefighter, died on May 13, 2018. Authorities believe his death was the result of injuries he suffered after being assaulted in the early-morning hours of May 5 outside a bar in Forada.

Judge Timothy Churchwell scheduled a settlement conference for Traut for Thursday, March 7, at 10 a.m.

The other suspect, Jacob Larson, 33, of Kensington, faces the same charges as Traut. He has not yet entered a plea, according to court documents, and a settlement conference is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 31, at 9 a.m.

Recently, a change of venue was denied for both suspects, meaning their court cases will take place in Douglas County.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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