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Charges dropped against current and former Mercer school board membersSubmitted: 04/23/2019

MERCER - The five current and former Mercer school board members charged with class I felonies will not face jail time after their charges were dropped.

Denise Thompson, Kelly Kohegyi, Noel Brandt, Micki Holmstrom, and Deanna Pierpont all appeared in court for the first time and learned Monday that all of their charges were dismissed.


The five signed a letter explaining performance bonuses given to Mercer school staff after the DPI audited the school, but only three of the five were actual board members at the time.

If convicted they would have faced up to three years, six months in prison and a fine of $10,000.


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