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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • White supremacist, Cobb, pursuing house in another N.D. town

  • A white supremacist who unsuccessfully tried to turn a small town in southern North Dakota into an all-white enclave is now pursuing a house in a town in the northern part of the state.
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  • A white supremacist who unsuccessfully tried to turn a small town in southern North Dakota into an all-white enclave is now pursuing a house in a town in the northern part of the state.
     
    The news has alarmed people in Sherwood, a community of 260 just a couple of miles from the Canadian border.
     
    "It's put people on edge," said Allan Engh, a longtime town leader who last month ended a 15-year run as mayor. "We certainly don't need anybody like that around town."
     
    Craig Cobb, 62, is serving four years of probation for terrorizing residents in Leith, a town of about two dozen residents. He was sentenced in late April and had been staying at a Bismarck motel. A motel official said Cobb checked out late last week. On Monday, he visited the Renville County Courthouse in Mohall and paid about $1,000 to settle outstanding taxes and special assessments on a house in Sherwood, according to officials in the county treasurer's and recorder's offices. He also inquired about recording a deed for the property but did not immediately do so.
     
    A telephone listing for property owner Floyd Randall Jr. could not immediately be found. Cobb did not immediately respond Tuesday to Associated Press requests for comment.
     
    Cobb told the AP last week that he still wanted to leave North Dakota. He would have to get another state to agree to supervise his probation. His home state of Missouri rejected his request last month.
     
    Cobb also told the AP that he was trying to buy a house, though he did not say where. He also said he was concerned that wherever he ends up, he will be ostracized because of his reputation.
     
    "Wherever I go in the state, they (detractors) will go to the mayor, say I'm a devil or a Nazi," he said. "Who knows what they'll come up with."
     
    Cobb told the AP in April that he was tired of the spotlight and wanted to "retire from white nationalism."
     
    Sherwood Mayor Garrett Volk said city officials are looking into Cobb's intentions, though Engh said, "it's still a free country. As long as he doesn't cause trouble there's not a lot we can do."
     
    Police Chief Ross Carter said the house Cobb is looking to buy has not been lived in for some time and is rundown. It has hookups for water and sewer service but "I'm pretty sure all that stuff has been frozen and busted up," he said. "I don't think there's even a furnace in there."
     
    Cobb's house in Leith had no water or sewer service, something town officials tried to use against him by updating ordinances to require him to fix up the home. The matter became moot when he was arrested and jailed last November for scaring people by carrying out an armed patrol of the community. Cobb said his actions were a response to violence and harassment directed toward him.
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    Cobb later deeded his remaining properties in Leith back to the town at no charge and struck a plea deal with prosecutors that spared him prison time.
     

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