Updated: 04/18/2014 1:48 PM
Created: 04/18/2014 10:49 AM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart
The former organizer for Stillwater's Lumberjack Days who pleaded guilty to charges stemming from bounced checks paid out of the festival's account was sentenced to one year of probation on Friday.
In addition to the probation, 61-year-old David Eckberg of Stillwater must complete 240 hours of community service, ordered by Washington County District Court Judge Susan Miles.
Eckberg, 61, opted not to go to trial by entering a guilty plea to Felony Issuance of Worthless Checks in connection to the 2011 controversy.
According to the criminal complaint, Eckberg was accused of taking more than $40,000 from the summer festival and writing nearly $55,000 in bad checks. Eckberg's plea covered all outstanding, unpaid checks from that event as alleged in the criminal complaint.
Eckberg has since made good on all the bounced checks, according to his attorney.
Lumberjack Days was officially canceled after Eckberg was charged. Plans are moving forward to replace the festival.