Family arrested after drone surveillance may avoid prison time

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A northeastern North Dakota farmer involved in a summer-long standoff with law enforcement in 2011 has struck a plea deal with prosecutors that could keep him and his family from serving prison time. The county sheriff involved in the case wants it to go trial.

Rodney Brossart, 56, of rural Lakota, is accused of resisting arrest, damaging a law enforcement vehicle and threatening deputies in the standoff that began as an investigation into missing cattle, intensified when family members ignored repeated orders to appear in court, and ended with arrests in which authorities used an unmanned drone to conduct surveillance.

Three of Brossart’s sons are accused of pointing rifles at deputies and a daughter is accused of assaulting a deputy. Brossart’s wife, Susan, was accused of lying to authorities.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • $8194357

    It’s not the first time big brother turns on private citizens..

    • Clairvoyant

      Their neighbors are mortified that they got off. These are nut jobs that are always pulling their guns on neighboring property owners. With wandering livestock, the typical rural property owner makes a friendly call and/or offers to help return the livestock. These nuts pretty much said “they wandered onto our property now their mine”.

      • $8194357

        I have two just like em living right next to me…
        Came from south somewhere a few years back..
        Should I call the state for drones?

        • Clairvoyant

          For starters, I think you are making that up.

          • $8194357

            I don’t lie much anymore since Christ came into my life 28 or so years ago Ray…Stretch the truth a bit or exagerate some, ya you betcha..
            Fallen human nature.
            But lie? Not much, on purpose anyway…

          • Clairvoyant

            Your Christ and my Christ must be different. Have you read the bible?

          • $8194357

            Just a tad Ray…
            Not near the scholar you must be,
            finding those of us who “confess publicaly for Christ”
            to be all phoney and such….

            Matthew 10:31-33
            New King James Version (NKJV)

            31 Do not fear therefore;
            you are of more value than many sparrows.

            32 “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men,
            him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven.

            33 But whoever denies Me before men,
            him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.

          • Clairvoyant

            as I thought. a classic sheeple.

          • $8194357

            Yours is a “different gospel” then..
            Diverse deceptions in the form of false doctrines…

          • Clairvoyant

            The giveaway is quoting scripture and worse, you have little idea what it means. Ever read a bible other than King James? 90% of folks in this area are Christian. Copying and pasting a questionable source of “scripture”, doesn’t make one “a Christian” above all others. Jesus was probably more liberal than you and I would be comfortable with. At the end of the day, we can only give a best guess as to how any bible is translated. He who’s head is stuck in a dark place cannot see anything nor breath very easy. Pop yourself out now and then and get a whiff a reality.

          • $8194357

            (The giveaway is quoting scripture)
            Ya thats a dead giveaway Ray Ray..

            Ray Ray don’t like NKJ so its questionable?
            Boy Ray Ray..You got some stroke huh.

            ( At the end of the day,
            we can only give a best guess as to how any bible is translated.)
            So sad for you if you really believe that, Ray ray..

            John 15:26-27
            New King James Version (NKJV)

            The Coming Rejection

            26 “But when the Helper comes,
            whom I shall send to you from the Father,
            the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father,
            He will testify of Me.

            27 And you also will bear witness,
            because you have been with Me from the beginning.

            John 14:16-18
            New King James Version (NKJV)

            16 And I will pray the Father,
            and He will give you another Helper,
            that He may abide with you forever—
            17 the Spirit of truth,
            whom the world cannot receive,
            because it neither sees Him nor knows Him;
            but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
            18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

            No wonder your spiritually blind deaf and illterate. (dumb)

          • Clairvoyant

            Its not about me DC, its about biblical translation. You see, the bible was translated from Hebrew and/or Greek and that’s why you need to be careful to not hang your hat on any one translation. Calling you DC stands for “Dimestore Christian”, which is a term for those folks who quote scripture, and have a rough idea of what it might mean-at best. Real Christians live their lives with grace. Well, when Barry and the guvment comes for you you can have your 7.62 rounds ready to go. In the meantime, be sure to have your 15 months of food and water.

          • $8194357

            DC huh…
            Ready to explain that to Jesus on Judgement day?
            Pray tell what ‘denomination’ does the great Ray Ray hang his Eternal hat on?


          • Clairvoyant

            I am an adventist

          • $8194357

            David Koresh wanna be…

            No cultish practices in your doctrine, huh Ray Ray..
            Go to church on Saturday or go to hell lies of satan..
            Ray Ray and the Koresh fanatism of false doctrines….
            No wonder you are an “island unto yourself”…

          • Clairvoyant

            In the bible, you’ll find that the 7th day is the day of rest; For those of us who follow God anyway. But I digress. David Koresh? So how does this get to me raping 12 year old girls, DC? That’s quite a statement. So how’s David doing by the way? The child rapist could have come out and faced charges, but instead he dared those to come for him. And threatened with guns. Wonder how that turned out? Or was it the fault of the Jews, DC?

          • $8194357

            Ya..Old Testement Law….The Sabbath..
            Did you know if you base your faith on keeping the Law you are accountable to keep “all” of it?
            Of course not…It is by Grace we are saved not of works lest a man boast before God his creator…
            The devils in the details…
            Quit blaming the Jews for everything Ray ray…
            They are “still” God’s chosen people and He will not forsake them..

          • $8194357

            Your right Ray Ray..Its not about you…

            Middle of the road taking both the left and the right to task
            as you have defined your mission statement…


            Revelation 3:13-17
            New King James Version (NKJV)

            13 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the
            Spirit says to the churches.”’

            The Lukewarm Church

            14 “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write,
            ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness,
            the Beginning of the creation of God:

            15 “I know your works,
            that you are neither cold nor hot.
            I could wish you were cold or hot.

            16 So then, because you are lukewarm,
            and neither cold nor hot,
            I will vomit you out of My mouth.

            17 Because you say,
            ‘I am rich, have become wealthy,
            and have need of nothing’—
            and do not know that you are wretched,
            miserable, poor, blind, and naked—

            End quote
            Poor blind and naked

            Silver or gold I have none, but what I have I
            will surely give unto you. and saying so Peter healed him
            with the power of the Holy Spirit.;
            When He the Helper comes whom I will send to you,
            the Spirit of Truth whom the world cannot recieve, because they know me naught, He will take from what is mine and make it known unto you.
            And for those who will but recieve it, I will wrap my garmets
            of Rightousness round about them and give unto them.
            Clothed in Christ and His completed works…

          • Clairvoyant

            Peter healed him? Peter and John actually

          • $8194357

            No, Jesus thru the Holy Spirit used them as the tools,
            but you know best, Ray ray..

          • Clairvoyant

            I don’t need MSNBC or Fox to tell me how I should think. The libs have their embarrassments like the Communist Barry and Nancy Pelosi. Boehner and Ryan have the spine of a noodle, but fortunately reality show star Palin has been left for political dead. Rand Paul and Colin Peterson have conviction that I can trust. Romney got my vote despite him scaring me. Did anyone else notice that he believes that the Boy Scouts should admit gays?

          • $8194357

            You still avoid teling me where your “deep understandings” come from Ray Ray..Ashamed of your denomination/ideology or are you the real DC, dimestore secular/christian relitivist.
            You spout secular humanist leftist talking points like a true ideolog as you have annoited your self to take both the left and right to task…
            Big man in your own mind, huh..
            Paul Bot?
            Should have known..
            .Ideolog with a chip on his shoulder..

          • Clairvoyant

            Cutting and pasting scripture are “deep understandings”? :-)
            Not unless you understand them. Leftist? You don’t have a clue what that means then. And at least I use my real name, not the cowardice of a made up name.

          • $8194357

            Well now Ray ray..
            Ya called me a liar ‘and’ a coward and you have only
            a few comments to “judge me” on, hypocrit…(DC judgementalism)
            If you don’t know what the Scriptures mean, just say so Ray ray..
            I will understand seeing how you’ve chosen a doctrinal road for
            your bad self….
            I know several ‘adventist’ families up around these parts
            and they sure ain’t nothing like you. Never heard a smart a$$
            remark out of any of them….Just good hard workin folks…
            Seems you’ve set the bar high for your ‘personal’ ministry their
            Ray ray….Tasked to smack the left and the right with your
            ‘limited understandings”..
            Carry on soldier of the sabbath day…Carry on..
            God Bless and keep ya now, Hear?

          • Clairvoyant

            It isn’t about my personal ministry, it’s your touting of yourself as one and you’re not.(remember the deal about touting yourself as a “Christian”-a very slippery slope). And that’s ok if you’re ok with it. Judgement day will probably bring a lot of surprises to folks. . I’m done with you. And God Bless to you. No harm, no foul-just a little “get in your grill”

          • $8194357

            Ok Ray ray…
            Its about me, not you…
            I’m bad your good..Up in my grill and all..
            Take care soldier of the sabbath doctrine….
            Take care for these end days are full of deception.
            God Bless.
            Self professing Christian that I am and all…

          • $8194357

            ( He who’s head is stuck in a dark place cannot see anything nor breath very easy. Pop yourself out now and then and get a whiff a reality.)
            Soooo living with love and grace of you Ray Ray..
            Jesus must be proud of His disciples from “your” church..Huh

          • $8194357

            Thanks Ray Ray…
            Your rejection is all I need…

          • Clairvoyant

            you libs don’t get it

          • $8194357

            If “you” say so Ray Ray…
            Jesus was a “classical liberal”…
            Limited secular government, all for God…
            Communist ideology perverted true Godly
            share all with your Spiritual Brothers and Sisters in Christ.
            Give me your version of true Christianity so we can compare notes..

          • $8194357

            Mine is the Christ of the Bible.
            Paul said:
            I preach Christ and Christ crucified,
            lest I empty the cross of its Power.

            2 Corinthians 11:3-4
            New King James Version (NKJV)

            3 But I fear,
            lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness,
            so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

            4 For if he who comes preaches another Jesus
            whom we have not preached,
            or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received,
            or a different gospel which you have not accepted—
            you may well put up with it!

            1 Corinthians 1:22-24
            New King James Version (NKJV)

            22 For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom;
            23 but we preach Christ crucified,
            to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness,
            24 but to those who are called,
            both Jews and Greeks,
            Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

          • Clairvoyant

            I’ve found that if a person has to announce that they are “a Christian” or say that “I am honest”, then they probably aren’t. Those attributes are earned by actions not self pronouncements. Just sayin’. Are you from the “born-again-Christian” sheeple, camp?

          • $8194357

            Born again from Spirit and Truth, Ray, by Grace..

            By the Blood, Death, Reserection of Christ…

            A sheep of His pasture and a lamb of His choosing..

          • $8194357

            John 3:4-6
            New King James Version (NKJV)

            4 Nicodemus said to Him,
            “How can a man be born when he is old?
            Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”

            5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you,
            unless one is born of water and the Spirit,
            he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

            6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh,
            and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

            John 4:23-26
            New King James Version (NKJV)

            23 But the hour is coming, and now is,
            when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth;
            for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.

            24 God is Spirit,
            and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

            25 The woman said to Him,
            I know that Messiah is coming”
            (who is called Christ).
            “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”

            26 Jesus said to her,
            “I who speak to you am He.”

          • $8194357

            The “religion of secular ignorance” is strong with you leftists.

            Ben Franklin:

            Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.

            Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.
            Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.

            When the people find that they can vote themselves money,
            that will herald the end of the republic.

            They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety
            deserve neither safety nor liberty.

            Freedom is not a gift bestowed upon us by other men,
            but a right that belongs to us by the laws of God and nature.

            This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties.
            A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize
            the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved.

            It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins.

            God grant that not only the love of liberty but a thorough knowledge of the rights of man may pervade all the nations of the earth,
            so that a philosopher may set his foot anywhere on its surface and say: This is my country.

            Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God

            Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.
            As nations become more corrupt
            and vicious, they have more need of masters

          • $8194357

            Your personal expeirances over ride sound Scripture, huh.

          • $8194357

            Following satans lead?
            The “accuser” of the Brethren…

  • spud

    State’s attorney Welte is a weanie. Hopefully the county sheriff Janke can convince the judge to throw out this plea deal. If I was one of there neighbor’s I would be looking over my shoulder forever.

  • Guest

    Janke is as big a nut as the Brossarts are, I believe Welte realizes that. They are just different types of nuts.