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Published July 29, 2011, 05:30 PM

Family Charged in Standoff Appear in Court; Mother Also Arrested

Five members of the Brossart family were in Nelson County Court Friday on several charges following a standoff on the family's farmstead in June.

Five members of the Brossart family were in Nelson County Court Friday on several charges following a standoff on the family's farmstead in June.

The nearly 16-hour standoff happened when authorities attempted to execute a search warrant for six cows that allegedly wandered onto Rodney Brossart's property near Lakota.

Brossart appeared in court Friday on charges of felony terrorizing and theft. KZZY radio reports that Brossart represented himself in court and answered nearly every question from the judge by saying, "This is my property, I do not agree to this sale."

Brossart is being held on $55,000 at the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center on charges of terrorizing, theft of property and criminal mischief.

Four other members of the family: sons Alex, Jacob, Thomas and daughter Abby made their first appearances Friday.

Alex, Jacob and Thomas on charges of terrorizing and Abby on a simple assault charge.

They are out on bail and all five have chosen to represent themselves.

They'll be back in court on August 26.

Susan Brossart, Rodney's wife and the mother of Alex, Jacob, Thomas and Abby, was arrested Friday morning after authorities say she hindered a court order.

Nelson County officials went to the Brossart residence to confiscate weapons where they say Susan hindered in the retrieval of the guns.

She is being held at the Lake Region Law Enforcement Center pending a hearing on Monday.

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