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'Neighbor from hell' to spend 90 days in workhouse

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Most people know what it's like to have a neighbor that gets on their nerves -- but one White Bear Lake woman is making national headlines with her antics. Now, she's heading to the workhouse -- again.

The neighborhood she tormented for years is celebrating now that it's quiet and peaceful -- but that wasn't the case outside the courtroom.

"They are going to knock me down the stairs," said Lori Christensen just before she muscled her way past a cameraman on her way out of court.

A day after Christensen, 49, was told by a judge that she would not be allowed to return home, she was sentenced to 90 days in the Ramsey County workhouse. She will also be put on probation for the next 4 and a half years, and will not be allowed within one mile of her White Bear Lake home.

Wednesday's sentence came after the judge determined Christensen had violated the restraining orders filed by her neighbors once more. She previously served 90 days in the workhouse in December for the same offense.

Prosecutors are still hanging a couple of aggravated stalking charges over her head. They will wait to see how her behavior unfolds before deciding to pursue or dismiss those charges.

All of this follows an escalating feud with neighbors that started at least five years ago. What started off as yelling and putting up bizarre signs developed into video duels that captured Christensen hiking up her skirt while her neighbors were hosting a birthday party for their son. Most of her ire was directed at the woman across the street, who is a recovering alcoholic.

Greg and Kim Hoffman took out a restraining order against Christensen, but that didn't stop her from continuing to cause trouble for the couple by reporting the most minute code violations -- like damaged siding -- to the city.

"I'm happy on two counts," Greg Hoffman told FOX 9 News. "One, she will not be back in the neighborhood -- and secondly, that she is going to serve some time because I think she has earned it."

Hoffman admitted that he's not sure whether the time in the workhouse will solve the issue, but he says it is a step in the right direction.

Christensen and her lawyer did not say much as a crowd of cameras followed her out of the courthouse on Wednesday, but her attorney told the judge that Christensen does not plan on going back to the home.

Police and prosecutors have been hesitant to call the sentence a success. They are still waiting to see what happens over the next couple of days before Christensen must turn herself in to the workhouse on Monday.

Late last year, neighbors watched as four officers came to arrest Christensen. They eventually had to climb through a window to get her to comply.

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