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PIERRE, S.D. -- A 45-year-old Wanblee man has been acquitted by a federal grand jury of aggravated sexual abuse and sexual abuse. The two-day trial for Isadore John Conquering Bear was Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 18, in Pierre. He had been indicted last year. The charge stemmed from an alleged incident that occurred in June of 2017 near Rosebud in south-central South Dakota.
MOORHEAD — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) concluded 39 enforcement cases in 26 counties throughout the state during the third quarter of 2018. Penalties from all 39 cases totaled more than $203,000. In addition to the 39 recently completed cases, the MPCA also has 37 ongoing enforcement investigations, 17 of which were opened as new cases during the third quarter of 2018. Not all investigations lead to fines or other official action. The following is a summary of coverage area cases completed during the third quarter of 2018:
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — Two Goodridge, Minn., woman face serious prison time after being accused of bringing meth and marijuana into Pennington County. Drug task force agents said they found 44 grams of meth, almost 15 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia in a vehicle driven by Kristi Arlene Anderson, 60, according to court documents. Anderson and her passenger, Tammy Jean Hunt, 64, were arrested during the Oct. 5 traffic stop in Pennington County, the court documents said.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Board of Animal Health has confirmed the first cases of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease — known as EHD, for short — in Minnesota deer. Six of seven animals in a small herd of captive white-tailed deer in Goodhue County in southeast Minnesota died of the disease earlier this month. The remaining buck appears healthy at this time and is showing no clinical signs associated with the disease.
ST. JAMES, Minn. — A 35-year-old Wisconsin man was killed after he missed a lane change in a construction zone and collided head-on with another vehicle Wednesday night, Oct. 16, the Minnesota State Patrol said. According to the report, a 2004 Jeep Cherokee driven by Derek Arthur Anderson of Marinette, Wis., was traveling eastbound on Highway 60 when it entered a construction zone. His vehicle collided with a 2015 Jeep Cherokee driven by Lisa Jennie Brown, 44, of Sioux Falls, S.D.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota attorney general filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, Oct. 16, against three major U.S. manufacturers of insulin, allegeding them of deceptively raising the list prices of insulin and making it less affordable to patients in high deductible health plans, the uninsured and senior citizens on Medicare. “Insulin is a life-or-death drug for people with diabetes. Many people can’t afford the price hikes but can’t afford to stop taking the medication either,” Attorney General Lori Swanson said in a statement.
BARRON, Wis.—A 13-year-old girl is missing and considered endangered, and two adults were found dead in a home in Barron County in northwest Wisconsin early Monday morning, Oct. 15. Authorities are searching for Jayme Closs, 13, who is described as 5 feet tall, 100 pounds, with green eyes and blond or strawberry hair. Anyone with information about her is asked to contact the Barron County Sheriff's Department at 715-537-3106.
FARGO — A sentencing date of 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, has been slated in the case of William Hoehn, who's pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to commit kidnapping and one count of lying to police in the death of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind. Hoehn was acquitted at trial in September on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder in the killing of LaFontaine-Greywind.
ST. PAUL — Minnesotans can use a new online health insurance plan comparison tool offered by MNsure before its open enrollment period begins Nov. 1. The tool allows eligible residents to compare plans by premium, co-pay, deductible, out-of-pocket maximum and covered prescriptions. Also, the new tool helps Minnesotans determine if they are eligible for financial assistance, which could save thousands of dollars.
ST. PAUL—Nearly 5,000 young hunters 10 to 15 years old will take to the fields and forests this weekend during Minnesota's youth deer season, the Department of Natural Resources said. The DNR offers the annual hunting opportunity to help develop Minnesota's next generation of hunters.