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Bear shot by game warden after attack on woman

McGREGOR, Minn. -- A 72-year-old rural McGregor woman was bitten and clawed by a sow bear Monday evening in the woman's yard just outside her home.

The woman received non-life-threatening injuries and the bear was killed when it charged at a state conservation officer about 200 yards from where the attack occurred, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource said Wednesday.

The woman spent one night in the Aitkin hospital and was treated for bite and claw wounds to her left arm, side, right arm and right leg. She was released Tuesday morning but is still being treated for rabies as a precaution until lab results from the bear are available.

DNR spokesman Chris Niskanen said the woman was traumatized by the incident and has asked not to be named or contacted.

The DNR said the sow weighed about 190 pounds, slightly larger than average, and had been seen around the woman's property in recent days.

The woman called 911 just after 7 p.m. Monday. An Aitkin County sheriff's deputy was first to the scene to help the woman. The conservation officer arrived shortly after and found the large bear nearby. About 90 minutes after the attack, the officer saw the bear. The bear reportedly threatened him, so the officer shot the sow. The bear was taken for a necropsy.


Man gets 120 days in Moorhead's largest-ever pot bust

MOORHEAD, Minn. -- A Dilworth man has pleaded guilty in a drug bust police in Moorhead said was the biggest one-time haul of marijuana ever seized here.

Lawrence Kent Brink, 33, pleaded guilty Monday in Clay County District Court to felony third-degree drug sales and possession of an assault weapon while being a user of a controlled substance, a gross misdemeanor.

Brink was arrested March 5 after police said they searched his home and found 32 pounds of high-grade medical marijuana from California as well as $25,000 in cash, small amounts of other drugs and a rifle similar to an AK-47.

In a plea deal that dropped two other charges, Brink was sentenced to 120 days in jail with credit for 80 days already served. He was also ordered to serve five years of supervised probation.


Body found in Grand Rapids ID'd as missing man

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. -- The St. Louis County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed that the body found Monday in Grand Rapids was that of a man missing for two weeks.

William Russell Martin, 53, was last seen May 20 near Golf Course Road and the Grand Itasca Clinic in Grand Rapids. His body was found in a pond in the southwestern area of Grand Rapids.

A ruling on the cause of death is pending, but foul play is not suspected.


Woman charged in fatal Carlton County crash

CARLTON, Minn. -- A rural Esko woman was charged Wednesday in Carlton County Court with criminal vehicular homicide and criminal vehicular operation after a weekend crash that killed a Cloquet woman.

According to authorities, Megan Dana Dickenson, 25, admitted to drinking before causing the crash Saturday afternoon.

Kari Renee Luoma, 34, was killed and her husband, Jeremiah Luoma, was seriously injured when their vehicle was struck by Dickenson's vehicle at Canosia Road and North Cloquet Road in Thomson Township. Dickenson sped into the intersection without stopping at the four-way sign, authorities said.

Carlton County sheriff's deputies arrested Dickenson on Monday after she was released from St. Luke's hospital in Duluth, where she had been transported after the accident.

According to the complaint, officers at the scene detected the odor of alcohol and noted that Dickenson's eyes were bloodshot and watery. She indicated that she had been drinking wine earlier in the day and had just come from a bar in Scanlon, where she admitted to having consumed additional alcoholic beverages, the complaint said.

At St. Luke's, Dickenson consented to a blood test, and it was sent to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for analysis.


North Dakota

Man in threesome stabbing sentenced

FARGO -- A 33-year-old man accused of stabbing another man while they were both having sex with a woman has pleaded guilty to reduced charges.

Ashley Hunter, 33, was sentenced last month in Cass County District Court to two years of supervised probation and time served after he entered a guilty plea to an amended charge of misdemeanor assault.

Hunter was charged in February with felony aggravated assault, accused in court records of stabbing a friend, Orlando DeWitt.

Court documents allege Hunter and DeWitt got into an argument during the incident, after which Hunter stabbed DeWitt.


South Dakota

Man arrested on voter fraud allegation

MITCHELL, S.D -- A 54-year-old Mitchell man was arrested Wednesday on charges of voter fraud related to Tuesday's school board election, police reported.

Craig Guymon is accused of voting more than once, which according to state law is a felony punishable upon conviction by up to two years imprisonment and a fine of up to $4,000.

A Mitchell Police Division news release said Guymon is accused of voting at the sole polling place at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy on Tuesday morning and later returning an absentee ballot to the Davison Auditor's Office in the county courthouse on Tuesday afternoon. Absentee voting was allowed until 3 p.m. on Election Day.

The auditor's office followed election procedures, and election process checks and balances allowed Auditor Susan Kiepke's office to quickly discover that Guymon had apparently voted twice, the release said.

Guymon has long been known in Mitchell as a vocal critic of school officials. He has made multiple runs for the school board but was not a candidate in Tuesday's election.

Guymon was released Wednesday on a personal recognizance bond.