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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

NEW YORK MILLS, Minn. (AP) — After 27 convictions for drinking and driving, a Minnesota man becomes a free man again.

Daniel Bettcher will be released Friday after most recently serving three years behind bars for a 2009 conviction. The 59-year-old Bettcher was arrested after blowing through a stop sign in New York Mills. A blood alcohol test registered more than twice the legal limit.

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Bettcher has repeatedly spent time in jail for convictions dating back to the 1980s. The Forum (http://tinyurl.com/94haxhs ) says many of the sentences were served before the state law was changed in 2002 to make DWI a felony upon the fourth offense in 10 years.

Bettcher's attorney, Stormy Vickers, says he spoke to Bettcher a few days ago and he told him it was his intent to move back to the New York Mills area.

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Information from: The Forum, http://www.in-forum.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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