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Man convicted in walleye case
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A Warroad, Minn., man must pay $1,145 in fines and court costs and $1,000 in restitution after being convicted for keeping too many walleyes on Lake of the Woods.

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Kevin Bjorneby, 44, also lost his fishing privileges until Feb. 24, 2011, online court records show.

A second charge of aiding and abetting an overlimit of walleye was dismissed.

Bjorneby was charged last June after conservation officers for the Department of Natural Resources responding to an anonymous tip seized 190 walleye fillets and 28 ground fish patties from him and his wife.

Diane Bjorneby, 49, also has been charged with overlimit of walleye and aiding and abetting the overlimit of walleye, and that case remains in the courts.

The daily and possession limit for walleyes on Lake of the Woods is four.

The court fined Kevin Bjorneby $3,000 plus $1,095 in court costs and sentenced him to a year in the Lake of the Woods County Jail, but stayed the jail time and $2,950 for one year. He also was placed on one year of unsupervised probation.

The charges are gross misdemeanors.

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