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Halstad mayor facing rape charge gets restraining order against accuser

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ADA, Minn. – In a courtroom here on Wednesday, the mayor of Halstad denied multiple rape charges against him and tried to make sure the alleged victim stays away from his children.

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A civil restraining order has been issued in Norman County District Court, not against Steve Sortland, but the female acquaintance who has accused him of raping her in late May.

Steve Sortland entered not guilty pleas Wednesday to charges of first-degree and third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

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