Berken sentenced for swindling

Former Forest Lake business owner and firefighter John Berken was sentenced to 45 months in jail in Ramsey County District Court on Nov. 14. He also must pay over $92,000 in restitution for thefts by swindle which occurred between June 2011 and May 2012. The Columbus resident used to own a car dealership in Forest Lake. In 2011 he was sentenced to 120 days in jail for setting a fire in Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area in 2009.