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WASHINGTON — Members of Congress representing North Dakota and Minnesota broke along partisan lines in their reactions to the report released this week forecasting the impact of a health care reform bill passed by Republicans in the U.S. House. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office report, released Wednesday, May 24, estimated that the American Health Care Act passed May 4 would leave an additional 23 million without health insurance by 2026, compared to the existing law.
BEMIDJI TOWNSHIP, Minn. -- A Bemidji woman was killed Wednesday evening after the motorcycle she was driving was hit by a van. According to a news release from the Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office, Vicki Inkel, 62, was driving a motorcycle north on Paul Bunyan Drive Southeast at about 5:09 p.m. when she was struck by a cargo van traveling east on 23rd Street Southeast. The driver of the van was identified as Thomas Kern, 54, of Bemidji. He was not hurt.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A former employee of a Moorhead restaurant is accused of secretly filming women and at least one girl in the Moorhead restaurant's bathroom. Sam Thomas Hagen, 18, of Moorhead made his first appearance in Clay County District Court on Wednesday, May 24. He faces a felony charge of interfering with the privacy of a minor, as well as four misdemeanor counts of interfering with privacy.
BISMARCK — Two men were arrested after their truck was pulled over Sunday, May 21, on Interstate 94, and 59 pounds of marijuana and several plants were found inside, the North Dakota Highway Patrol reported. The driver, Hoanglong Nguyen, 30, Boston, and passenger Cuong Dao, 34, Spokane, Wash., were both arrested and jailed in the Morton County Jail in Mandan, Lt. Steven Fischer said Tuesday.
TWO HARBORS, MINN. -- The trial for a Hibbing truck driver accused of criminal vehicular homicide in a crash that killed the Silver Bay mayor’s son has been postponed until October. John Ray Carpenter, 60, was set to stand trial next month in the 2015 death of Andrew Johnson, who was killed when his pickup truck was struck head-on by Carpenter’s septic tanker in October 2015.
ROSEAU, Minn. — A Roseau man died after his van crashed into a semi late Monday, May 22. Minnesota State Patrol says 42-year-old Jack Martin Dahl of Roseau was driving a Dodge Caravan east on Highway 11 when he crossed the centerline and collided with a westbound Kenworth semi near Roseau County Road 123. The crash was reported at 10:48 p.m. Dahl suffered fatal injuries in the crash while the semi driver, 52-year-old Todd Mitchell Harris of Alexandria, suffered non-life threatening injuries.
LUTSEN, Minn. -- A 41-year-old Eagan High School teacher died while competing in a Cook County trail race on Saturday. Jon Mathson was running in the 25-kilometer Superior Spring Trail Race when he collapsed on the trail in the vicinity of Lutsen Mountains resort just before 11 a.m., the Cook County Sheriff’s Office reported Monday.
WRENSHALL, Minn. -- A far northeast Minnesota home that was the site of an alleged kidnapping and assault last week was severely damaged in a fire early Monday, the Carlton County Sheriff’s Office reported.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—Lake Bemidji and the Greater Bemidji area will serve as the host for a major national fishing championship later this year. The 2017 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops will be held on Lake Bemidji and surrounding lakes from Thursday, Aug. 10, to Saturday, Aug. 12, officials announced this week. Visit Bemidji and Bemidji State are hosting the event, which will feature the best collegiate fishing teams from across the country, a release said.
FARGO -- A Bismarck man and former deputy U.S. marshal has been sentenced in U.S. District Court to seven years in prison for his conviction on a charge of receiving images depicting the sexual exploitation of minors. Michael David Rivera, 30, will be on five years of supervised release after serving his prison sentence. According to information provided by South Dakota U.S. Attorney Randolph J. Seiler: