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An Iowa man has been fined $2,000 for illegally constructing a cabin on Crown land.

Dan Hupfer of Cedar Rapids pleaded guilty to illegally constructing a building on Crown land without a permit.

In addition to the fine, he was ordered to remove the cabin.

Court heard that Hupfer is part owner of a property near the English River, about 20 km east of Ear Falls.

During the summers of 2010 and 2011, he was involved in constructing a cabin. He neglected to contact the proper authorities before starting construction to determine the location of the property lines and what permits were required to build it.

As a result, the cabin was constructed illegally on Crown land.

Justice of the Peace Marjorie Pasloski heard the case May 23 in Red Lake.

To report a natural resources violation, call toll-free 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) any time or contact your local MNR office during regular business hours.

You also can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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