The husband of a state senator failed Tuesday to get the
Minnesota Court of Appeals to overturn a conviction for a fur-trapping
violation in a case that led to a change in law.
Kenneth Pariseau, who is married to Republican Sen. Pat
Pariseau of Farmington, was ordered in February to apologize to a state
Department of Natural Resources officer he had a run-in with and pay a fine
and restitution of just under $1,000.
A Dakota County judge found Pariseau guilty of improperly
tagging a pine marten pelt actually trapped by his grandson. A three-judge
appellate panel said the conviction was justified.
In response to her husband's case, Sen. Pariseau got the
Legislature to eliminate a requirement that trappers tag in the field and
when they are preparing to sell the pelt. Now they only have to tag once.
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