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CASS COUNTY, Minn.—A 9-year-old boy died in one of two ATV crashes in Cass County over the weekend, law enforcement officials said Monday, June 4. The boy was driving an ATV with a 15-year old passenger Sunday, June 3, when they lost control in a water hole and flipped the vehicle on top of themselves on private property near Boy River, the sheriff's office said. Authorities moved the ATV off the driver but were unable to save his life. The passenger was treated for minor injuries. Boy River is about 50 miles southeast of Bemidji.
GRAND FORKS -- A Grand Forks woman faces life in prison after police said she beat another woman with a claw hammer while sexually assaulting her. Rebecca Dakota Grant, 30, was scheduled to appear Friday afternoon, June 1, in Grand Forks District Court, where she has been charged with a Class AA felony of gross sexual imposition and three Class C felonies—one count of terrorizing an adult with a dangerous weapon and two counts of aggravated assault against an adult with a dangerous weapon.
BRAINERD, Minn. -- A 21-year-old Brainerd woman was killed early Thursday morning, May 31, following a head-on crash in foggy conditions. The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office was called to the crash at 4:31 a.m. involving three vehicles southeast of Brainerd on Crow Wing County Highway 2. The vehicle with the fatality caught on fire.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- A martial arts fighter from Hawley has been sentenced to 32 months in state prison in St. Cloud for a brutal assault on another fighter while tubing on the Otter Tail River near Detroit Lakes last summer. Jamie Lee Lampi, 28, was sentenced in Becker County District Court last month for felony third-degree assault.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Board of Pharmacy and Attorney General Lori Swanson have sued Arizona-based Insys Therapeutics, alleging it illegally markets a fentanyl painkiller. The suit filed Wednesday, May 30, claims the company allowed fentanyl, an opioid it sells, to be used for conditions not approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration and in higher doses than allowed. It is only approved for pain in some cancer patients.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota House majority leader will not seek re-election this year so she can take a job with the Minnesota Rural Electric Association. Rep. Joyce Peppin, R-Rogers, announced Wednesday, May 30, that she will become the group's legal advisor and will lead its government affairs work at the state and federal levels.
CRYSTAL, Minn. — Authorities have identified the deputy who shot a man after a standoff May 23 in the Twin Cities suburb of Crystal. The Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Deputy Allen Magelssen has been a licensed deputy with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office since 2006.
ST. PAUL -- Six separate crashes killed six in Minnesota over the Memorial Day weekend, pushing overall fatalities for the year over last year’s number for the same time, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety said . Preliminary numbers released on Tuesday, May 29, show 118 people have died in traffic crashes this year compared to 115 at this time last year. Authorities arrested 374 people for DWI over the holiday weekend and 10,566 for all of 2018.
PLUMMER, Minn. -- Authorities on Tuesday, May 29, released the identity of a 45-year-old man killed in an ATV crash that happened about 2:30 a.m. Saturday in Plummer in far northwest Minnesota. The Red Lake County Sheriff’s Department said James Congdon was riding the ATV home from a neighbor’s house about four blocks away when his 2008 Kawasaki overturned while he was negotiating a corner. He was not wearing a helmet, said the sheriff’s department.
DULUTH — Two teenagers were rescued from Lake Superior Friday afternoon, May 25, off of Park Point after their inflatable raft drifted too far out to safely return. The call came in at about 2:24 p.m. of two women on an inflatable raft in Lake Superior that was approximately a half mile out from shore near the 2100 block of Minnesota Avenue. They appeared to be unable to swim back to shore, according to authorities. The Duluth Fire Department and U.S. Coast Guard made contact with the pair and brought them back to shore.