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UPDATE: Former UMM student charged in federal case ambitious, talented

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A former University of Minnesota, Morris student facing federal charges in Louisiana is an ambitious and talented organizer and idea man, according to acquaintances.


Joe Basel, 24, is one of four men facing up to 10 years in prison for attempting to tamper with U.S. Sen. Mary Landreiu's phone system in a federal building in Louisiana on Monday.

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