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Lakota Standoff

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  A Lakota, North Dakota, family involved in a standoff with the Sheriff's Department has given Valley News Live a one-word statement. But, it now appears that law enforcement will have to make the next move.

  Rodney and Susan Brossart, their daughter and 3 sons all face arrest warrants stemming from a standoff in June.

  The 3 sons, allegedly pointed guns at deputies, when they tried to search the Brossart farm for cattle, missing from a neighbors farm.

  A woman believed to be Susan Brossart was by her house today, when we yelled a question at her. "...is there any message she'd like to give law enforcement?" She replied, "none" and then walked back in the house.

Reporter: "Sir... can I talk with you?"

  We also repeatedly tried to get Rodney Brossart and his sons, who were working in the yard to talk with me. We were simply ignored.

  That's the same problem the Sheriff's Department is facing. The family won't talk to them. And since the sons have already, allegedly pointed guns at deputies who tried to enter their yard, Sheriff, Kelly Janke is moving slowly with any plans for an arrest.

  There may be another reason for caution, when video of their tractor cab is froze and blown up... it appears to be a rifle being carried in the cab of this tractor.

  In nearby Lakota, the Brossart's are the talk of the town. But, very few residents are talking on camera. One told me, he didn't want to get shot. Another man says, when Rodney Brossart used to attend school board meetings there was always a police officer present. He also says the Brossarts now home school, 3 of their school age children.

Nancy Stahl: "Sad situation. There are young children involved. It's too bad it had to happen."

Reporter: "Do you have any ideas of what should be done? Leave it alone? Arrest them?"

Stahl: "I don't know enough about it to know what should happen. I just think it's a sad situation."

  And since the Brossart's aren't talking, it appears it's a dangerous situation that will require law enforcement to make the first move.

  Nelson County Sheriff, Kelly Janke tells Valley News Live they're currently working on several options to resolve this situation. He wouldn't release any details.

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