Minnesota couple gets probation

Published 9:02 pm Wednesday, May 3, 2017

HASTINGS — The couple who helped a mother hide her two teenage daughters from their father has been sentenced to probation.

Douglas and Gina Dahlen kept the girls at White Horse Ranch for 2 1/2 years to hide them during their parents’ bitter divorce.

A Dakota County judge sentenced the Dahlens Tuesday to two years of probation. The girls’ father was granted custody after his daughters were found. Their mother, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, was sentenced in September to 233 days in jail and six months of probation.

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The Dahlens must also pay $10,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to deprivation of parental rights.