Ellendale, MN – According to court records, on December 7th, 2011, fire fighters responded to a house fire at 403 W. Fifth Avenue in Ellendale at 1:53 AM. The home was owned by 42-year-old Mark Misgen and his wife, 39-year-old Sara Degen-Misgen. Around 2:45 AM, fire fighters were able to knock down the flames and left the residence only to return for a second house fire call at the same residence two hours later.
After the second fire was cleared, the State Fire Marshal’s office and the Steele County Sheriff’s office performed an investigation. They suspected arson in both fires.
Today, the couple was charged in Steele County District Court. Mark Misgen is facing a first degree arson charge and insurance fraud. Sara Degen-Misgen is charged with aiding and abetting first degree arson and insurance fraud. They are scheduled for their initial court appearance on August 19th.