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BISMARCK — North Dakota House lawmakers voted 81-9 Monday, Jan. 23, to prevent workers' compensation from paying for medical marijuana. House Bill 1156 was introduced in response to the measure approved by voters last November that legalizes medical marijuana in North Dakota for defined medical conditions. The bill prevents North Dakota Workforce Safety and Insurance, the state's workers' compensation system, from paying for medical marijuana for a workplace injury.
Two Detroit Lakes group home employees are facing serious sexual assault charges in separate incidents. In the first case, Varfee Kamara, 30, of 2602 18th St. S., Fargo, has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony counts of first- and third-degree criminal sexual conduct — victim mentally impaired.
Two men are in jail and a 28-year-old victim remained in a Duluth hospital Sunday after a Saturday night shooting downtown, the Duluth Police Department said in a news release. Police responded to the area of First Avenue East and First Street at 8:43 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21 on a report of a shooting. They arrived to find the victim having been shot in the abdomen; his condition was unknown by police, who declined to release his name to the News Tribune.
WAHPETON, N.D. - A Wahpeton man was brought to the hospital Sunday, Jan. 22 after the ATV he was riding flipped and fell on top of him. Authorities said 22-year-old Lorenzo Gutierrez was riding his ATV just outside of Wahpeton early in the morning. Lorenzo said he braked too hard and fell off the ATV, which then landed on him. He was taken to the hospital but is expected to be ok. Lorenzo was wearing a helmet and the crash is still under investigation.
ROLLA, N.D. — A man is dead after authorities say he was shot after trying to break into a home near Rolla. The Rolette County Sheriff’s Office says it happened at about 3 a.m. Sunday morning. Six people, including children, were inside the home 2 miles outside of Rolla when they heard someone trying break in. The intruder was then shot and killed. Authorities say the intruder had a weapon, but it's unknown who fired the deadly shot.
CLOQUET, Minn. — Carlton County authorities identified Emma Loven on Sunday as the victim in a fatal two-vehicle crash last week on an icy county highway near Cloquet. The 11-year-old Esko, Minn., girl died at the scene Friday morning on Carlton County Highway 3, also known as Carlton Road, near the intersection with Minnesota Highway 45.
FARGO -- One person was injured in Minnesota’s Otter Tail County in a crash involving a semi and a sports utility vehicle with attached trailer. The State Patrol said the crash happened on Highway 10 in Bluffton just before 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21. According to Sgt. Jesse Grabow, the driver of the SUV made a right turn from County Road 143 onto eastbound Highway 10 and was rear ended by the semi. Grabow said the road was wet at the time.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The man accused of shooting to death 29-year-old Rolette County Deputy Colt Allery during a police chase last week in the county is a Belcourt man, anonymous sources tell WDAY/WDAZ news. Melvin DeLong of Belcourt has a criminal history. He's been arrested for assaulting his girlfriend, repeatedly striking her face back in 2012, according to court documents. In 2010, DeLong was arrested for breaking into car and theft of property.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- A 4-year-old girl and a 34-year-old man were rescued from Lake Ida about 10 miles north of Alexandria after the Arctic Cat utility vehicle they were in ice went through the ice in about 7 feet of water. The Douglas County Sheriff’s office received a 911 call about noon from Matthew Hawkins who witnessed the utility vehicle go through the ice on the north end of Lake Ida, near Big Horn Bay Resort.
BELCOURT, N.D — The funeral for a Rolette County sheriff's deputy killed in the line of duty is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 24. An obituary for Colt Eugene Allery, 29, states the funeral will be at 1 p.m. at Turtle Mountain Community College in Belcourt. The obituary, posted on the Elick Funeral Home website, says Allery was a "true hero among us, selflessly defending his community in the line of duty."