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Houston County man jailed for alleged threats against the courthouse and businesses

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A telephoned bomb threat against the Houston County courthouse and the county prosecutor has led to the arrest of a former La Crescent city councilman.

The sheriff’s department in Caledonia says Brian Krenz is jailed in Houston County on charges of making terroristic threats.

The threats were received by a court employee during the first week of August. Krenz was arrested in California about two weeks later, and was returned to Minnesota this week.

The phone call reportedly included threats to blow up the courthouse and shoot a staff member in the county attorney’s office.

The same caller also made threats the same day against businesses in Caledonia.

A six-figure bond has been set for Krenz, who’s scheduled to appear in Houston County court later this month.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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