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Zimmerman Man Arrested After Allegedly Pulling Knife

FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A Minnesota man was arrested after authorities say he pulled a knife and had to be restrained by a group of South Dakota lawmakers.

The incident happened Friday night at a bar inside the AmericInn Lodge and Suites in Fort Pierre, S.D. The lawmakers had gathered for a pheasant hunt to raise scholarship money for trips to legislative events.

Forty-one-year-old Mark Bardwell of Zimmerman, Minn., was arrested by sheriff’s deputies.

Authorities say witnesses told them a man at the bar started acting erratically and grabbed South Dakota Rep. Kristin Conzet’s arm. They say the man allegedly pulled a knife when House Speaker Val Rausch intervened.

Rep. David Lust convinced the man to sheath the knife.

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