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UPDATE: Aryan Nations Member Wants To Build New Compound In North Idaho

UPDATE/BONNER COUNTY, Idaho - Plans to build a new Aryan Nations compound in North Idaho may be squashed.
 
Former Bonner County sheriffs candidate and well known member of the Ku Klux Klan and Aryan nations was looking to build a new compound near Priest River Idaho.

In 2000 the Aryan Nations compound in Kootenai County headed by Pastor Richard Butler was auctioned off and all of the buildings were torn down. Winkler a known follower of Butler was planning to build a similar compound, but it looks as if that wont happen at least on his current land.
 
KHQ's Dylan Wohlenhaus confirmed with Tungsten Holdings a Libby Montana Company which holds the property rights to 17 acres of land purchased by Shaun Winkler, will be foreclosed upon. Financial issues caused the holding company to set an auction date for the land on January 14th.

The 17 acres which Winkler and his family live on near Priest River was the proposed site for a new Aryan Nations compound.
 
In a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Winkler says he planned to hold gatherings and cross burnings on the 17 acres located in the Hoodoo mountains. He also wanted families associated with the KKK or Aryan Nations to be able to build homes on the land.

KHQ did a little digging to find out what happened to the land that the original compound was on and the property was sold to Greg Carr, a humanitarian and philanthropist. The compound was leveled, and a tranquil peace park was built in its place. The park was later given to the North Idaho College Foundation.

Phone calls and e-mails to Shaun Winkler were not returned.

KHQ Local News Reporter Dylan Wohlenhaus: I just confirmed with Tungsten Holdings in Libby Montana that they are foreclosing on the 17 acres of land purchased by Shaun Winkler near Priest River. The auction is January 14th. Looks like any plans to build a new Neo Nazi compound are squashed.

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SPOKANE, Wash. - He tried to run for Bonner County Sheriff and lost, but now known Aryan Nations member and Ku Klux Klan leader Shaun Winkler wants to build a new compound in north Idaho. 

In 2000 the Aryan Nations compound in Kootenai County headed by Pastor Richard Butler was auctioned off and all of the buildings were torn down.

Shaun Patrick Winkler, a former follower of Butler, is now attempting to build a similar compound for white supremacists in neighboring Bonner County.

In a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Winkler says he plans to hold gatherings and cross burnings on the 17 acres located in the Hoodoo mountains.

He also wants families associated with the KKK or Aryan Nations to be able to build homes on the land.

Winkler's plan may actually all come to an end before it has a chance to begin. Reports say he is behind on payments for the property and has been illegally cutting timber on the land without permits.

Whether or not the compound is actually built right now remains up in the air.

KHQ did a little digging to find out what happened to the land that the original compound was on and the property was sold to Greg Carr, a humanitarian and philanthropist. The compound was leveled, and a tranquil peace park was built in its place. The park was later given to the North Idaho College Foundation.

 

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