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Bar fight leads to shots fired, arrest of two Roseau County men

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BADGER, Minn.—Two northwest Minnesota men face numerous charges after a bar fight led to shots fired in Roseau County.

Jordan Milo Foss, 33, of Badger, and Brandon John Peterson, 28, of Roseau, Minn., appeared Tuesday in Roseau County District Court. The chain of early Saturday morning events reportedly started with an altercation at Skippy Finns' Bar in Badger, investigators said in court documents.

Foss' friend, Kevin Ned Johnson, said he was assaulted around 1 a.m. Saturday at the bar by Peterson, according to court documents. Peterson then went into Foss' home and attacked the Badger man, court documents said.

Peterson fled with Foss chasing after him, court document said. Foss fired eight shots at Peterson's pickup while Peterson and another man were in the vehicle, according to court documents.

Foss then drove after Peterson as the men fled in the pickup, with Foss eventually rear-ending him at a "high rate of speed," charges say.

At 2:30 a.m. Saturday, officers arrived at Foss' home at 29391 310th St., about 6 miles northeast of Badger. Investigators later caught up with Foss, Peterson and several other witnesses, discovering no one had been shot.

Peterson told investigators he wanted to go to Foss' house but later "sobered up" as he was being chased by Foss, according to court documents.

Peterson's blood alcohol content, which was taken as he was processed at the Roseau County Detention Center, was 0.07, according to court documents. Officers said Foss blew a BAC of 0.16, twice the legal limit.

Peterson and Foss were both booked into jail Saturday morning.

Peterson faces a first-degree felony charge of burglary and a fifth-degree misdemeanor count of assault and could face a combined total of up to 20 years and 90 days in prison.

Foss was charged with three felony counts of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, a felony charge of discharging a dangerous weapon and second-degree driving while intoxicated, a gross misdemeanor. Each second-degree charge carries a maximum punishment of seven years in prison and the dangerous weapon charge is punishable by up to two years in jail.

Lake of the Woods County Attorney James Austad and Marshall County Attorney Donald Aandal were listed as prosecutors in Foss' and Peterson's cases, respectively, substituting for Roseau County Karen Foss since Jordan Foss is her stepson, Aandal said.

Several judges also have recused themselves from the case. Judge Eric Schieferdecker is listed as the presiding official.

Badger is about 50 miles northeast of Thief River Falls.

April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, and covers crime and education. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family raises registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college, she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as a city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.

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