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Man involved in standoff with DL police committed to mental hospital for 6 months

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The man who was involved in a 4½-hour standoff with police in Detroit Lakes two weeks ago has been committed to a hospital in Fergus Falls for treatment.


After a closed hearing held Friday in Becker County District Court, David William Buethner, 37, was found to be "mentally ill and chemically dependent."

A warrant was signed Tuesday committing Buethner to the custody of the Commissioner of the Department of Human Services for a period "not to exceed six months."

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Vicki Gerdes
Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 14 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as obituaries. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.
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