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Living in Fairmont

By Staff | Jan 11, 2010

Moments after a convicted sex offender was released from Faribault County Jail on Monday, authorities were on the telephone contacting Fairmont authorities.

Ronald John Madsen had moved to the city.

In a press release, Fairmont police say the 50-year-old Madsen’s new address is in the 1200 block of N. North Avenue.

There is no state law that restricts where a Level 3 offender may live.

“It’s a common misconception that a registered predatoryoffender cannot live close to a school, daycare or public park,” states the release.

Because Madsen is a Level 3 offender, a public notification meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the Martin County Library basement meeting room at 110 N. Park Street.

A Level 3 offender is considered to most likely re-offend.

“Our main concern is public safety and to keep the local citizens informed,” says Police Chief Greg Brolsma.

Someone from the Fairmont Police Department and Minnesota Department of Corrections will be on hand to answer questions.

This isn’t the first time a public meeting has been necessary.

Brolsma says there are currently two other Level 3 offenders living in the city.

The police chief says the meeting helps address any concerns citizens may have.

“We find that the closer a person lives to an offender the more likely they will have questions they want addressed,” he says.

A public fact sheet pertaining to Madsen is available for viewing at the police department website www.fairmontpolice.org under the heading “Level III offenders.”