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Rural postmaster charged with theft

The Marshall County Attorney is prosecuting Ardeene Hagen, who for 12 years has been postmaster in Argyle, Minn., for stealing money from the U.S. Post Office there.

As a result of an investigation by federal postal authorities, Assistant County Attorney Jer-emy Klinger says Hagen stole about $3,800 over the period of November 2007 until April 2009.

She's charged with four counts of felony theft of public property.

"Basically, she took money from the cash drawer and manipulated postal records to cover it up," Klinger said today.

Hagen has appeared in state district court in Warren and is scheduled next to appear for a pre-trial hearing Aug. 11.

Hagen, 48, became postmistress in Argyle on Oct 11, 1997, Klinger said.

She's not working in the post office now, he said.

Each of the four felony counts, which cover various periods of time, carry a maximum pen-alty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.