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Forty phone calls from jail bring felony charges

Donald Arthur Merrill, 45, of rural Frazee has been charged in Becker County District Court with three felony counts of violating a no-contact order.

According to court records, on Feb. 14 a no-contact order was served on Merrill involving a woman in Becker County. On May 25, an investigator with the Becker County Sheriff's Office reviewed calls made by Merrill while he was in the Becker County Jail. He allegedly made 40 calls to the woman from March 3 to March 9.

Merrill appeared in court June 2 before District Judge Michelle Lawson, who set cash bail at $2,500 or bond at $25,000, with standard conditions of release, or $30,000 without conditions.