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TENSTRIKE, Minn.—Two people were injured Tuesday, Dec. 19, and a highway closed after a crash involving a propane delivery truck north of Bemidji.
WHITE EARTH, Minn. — A spike in overdoses on the White Earth Reservation in the past 48 hours prompted law enforcement there to warn the public Tuesday, Dec. 19, about heroin-related risks. A news release sent Tuesday morning said that in the past two days the White Earth Police Department and the Mahnomen County Sheriff's Department responded to seven "overdose related" calls, two of which resulted in deaths. In the release, White Earth Police Chief Michael LaRoque said that even regular heroin users are at risk of an overdose and encouraged them to seek help.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Authorities on Monday identified the woman who drowned after an ATV she was riding on went through the ice late Friday night, Dec. 15, on Grace Lake. Authorities say Lauren Lund, 23, of Bemidji died at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center after she was pulled from the water by rescue personnel, release Monday from the Hubbard County Sheriff’s Office said.
COHASSET, Minn. - A Cohasset woman died Saturday when the ATV she was riding fell through the ice on a rural Itasca County lake. The body of Bernice Elaine Kane of Cohasset was recovered from the waters of Rice Lake, near Cohasset, on Sunday afternoon, the Itasca County Sheriff's Office reported; she is believed to have died from drowning. The Sheriff's Office responded at about 5:45 p.m. Saturday to a report of an ATV falling through the ice; deputies discovered that two people had been on the ATV.
FARGO — A former Fargo priest who faces child sexual abuse charges has been extradited from the Philippines to the United States. Fernando Laude Sayasaya was extradited to face state child sexual abuse charges filed 15 years ago in Cass County District Court, U.S. Attorney Christopher C. Myers announced Friday, Dec. 15. Sayasaya was arrested in the Philippines last month.
BEMIDJI—A woman drowned and a man survived after the ATV they were riding went through the ice on Grace Lake early Saturday, Dec. 16. According to the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office, the pair went through the ice just after 12 a.m. Saturday. Grace Lake straddles Beltrami and Hubbard counties and is about 8 miles southeast of Bemidji just off U.S. Highway 2.
BISMARCK—North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger said Friday, Dec. 15, he has approved the petition format for a ballot measure seeking the full legalization of marijuana. The sponsoring committee pushing the proposal will need to gather at least 13,452 qualified signatures by July 9 to place the measure on the general election ballot next November. Voters last year approved a measure legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. The state Department of Health is working to implement that new law after the Legislature rewrote it this year.
ST. PAUL—The labor union of faculty members at Minnesota's two-year colleges filed a lawsuit Friday asking a Ramsey County District Court judge to enforce an arbitrator's ruling that found the Minnesota State system owed its instructors hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid wages.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—A man was arrested after a children's birthday party got out of hand just before midnight on Thursday, Dec. 14, in the 600 block of 24th Avenue South in Moorhead. According to Moorhead police, two men at the party had been drinking and got into an argument. Tobe Givens III, 39, was asked to leave the party. Police said Givens refused, grabbed a knife sharpener and started to make threats. Someone at the party then punched Givens, leaving a cut on his face. Multiple calls were made to police, including one from a child.
BISMARCK — Gov. Doug Burgum will deliver his second State of the State Address next month at Minot State University, the governor's office said Friday, Dec. 15. The Republican governor, first elected in 2016, will give his speech at 10 a.m. Jan. 23 in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall on the MSU campus. He'll discuss the state's challenges and successes since he took office a year ago and outline his agenda, the governor's office said.