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Court orders former Watson mayor to have mental evaluation

WATSON -The former mayor of Watson will undergo a mental evaluation to determine his competency to proceed in four pending criminal cases against him.

WATSON -The former mayor of Watson will undergo a mental evaluation to determine his competency to proceed in four pending criminal cases against him.

District Court Judge Dwyane Knutsen ruled last week that Joseph Mark Rongstad, 34, will be examined on an outpatient basis by the Minnesota Department of Forensic Services.

Further court dates have been cancelled pending a report to the court If Rongstad is found mentally incompetent, criminal court proceedings could be suspended.

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Rongstad is facing 10 charges across the four cases, including first- and third-degree burglary, trespassing, theft, reckless discharge of a firearm, disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property and drug possession.

Most recent are the first- and third-degree burglary charges, stemming from a March incident in which he allegedly broke into the home of current Watson Mayor Kyle Jones -- his neighbor.

Jones told authorities after the burglary that Rongstad believes the city of Watson "has a conspiracy going against him."

Rongstad is also facing charges for reckless discharge of a firearm and disorderly conduct. Those charges are related to a February incident when he allegedly fired a rifle through the sunroof of his truck, claiming he was "trying to get away from the corpses that were after him."

Watson is small town of about 200 people about 10 miles northwest of Montevideo in western Minnesota.

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