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Man charged after SWAT standoff
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MONROE - A New Glarus man faces criminal charges in Green County Circuit Court after he reportedly held a SWAT team in standoff outside his rural New Glarus home for more than five hours last Thursday, July 25. Kurt Douglas Duerst, 50, is charged with felony bail jumping and misdemeanor counts of disorderly conduct and resisting an officer. Deputies were requested to check his welfare just after 9 a.m. Thursday, after he called staff at Mendota Mental Health Facility in Madison from his home on Argue Road and said he had a loaded gun, was pointing it at people and "going for the jugular," according to court records.