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Judge orders squatter to leave downtown Lanesboro storefront building

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LANESBORO, Minn. (KTTC) -- After an eviction hearing in a Preston courtroom on Monday, a man who has been occupying a downtown storefront in Lanesboro for months is reportedly moving out Monday night.

Charles Zahradnik was a "no show" at the court hearing before Fillmore Co. District Judge Matthew Opat.

Building owners David and Lori Bakke came away with a ruling that allows them to get their building back immediately and possibly recoup some of their lost revenue.

Zahradnik had been allowed to move his belongings into the building at 113 Parkway Avenue North on a verbal promise to buy the building, but that never happened.

As of Monday night he's been ordered by the judge to get out of storefront building.

"We understand he's in the process of moving out right now," said Scott K. Springer, an attorney representing the Bakke's.  "If he leaves he will save the sheriff some effort (serving the judge's order)."

In the Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law issued after the hearing, the judge agreed that Chu Zahradnik a/k/a Charles Zahradnik "was allowed to move belongings in by verbal agreement pursuant to an agreement by the parties to enter into a purchase agreement.  The purchase agreement was not entered into by the parties and Defendant moved belongings and his person into the property without agreement.  Defendant has no right to possession of the property and there is no agreement to allow his residence."

Some in downtown Lanesboro became uncomfortable, believing that Zahradnik was actually living in the storefront.  He, however, maintained to KTTC's Mike Sullivan on April 9th that he was merely "working long hours."  The judge's ruling clearly spells out that there was never an agreement to allow him to live in the storefront.   


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