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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.
New pike regulations set for Minnesota anglers Northern pike anglers on Minnesota inland waters will face new regulations beginning with the general fishing opener Saturday, May 12. The new regulations technically take effect March 1, but fishing for pike isn't allowed on Minnesota inland waters until the May 12 opener. The regulations split the state into three zones to address the different characteristics of pike populations in Minnesota, the Department of Natural Resources said.
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.
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.
FARGO — A federal jury has convicted a 56-year-old Fargo man of sending threatening emails to Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., according to the office of U.S. Attorney Chris Myers. After a four-day trial, Kevin Lee Olson was found guilty Friday, Dec. 15, of making threatening interstate communications. His sentencing hearing has not been scheduled.
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Authorities on Friday released the name of a Park Rapids man who was killed in a head-on collision on Thursday morning, Dec. 14, on an icy U.S. Highway 71 in Hubbard County. Dale Maves, 75, was northbound on Highway 71 driving a 1999 Volkswagen Beetle when he was struck head-on by a 2002 Subaru Legacy, which was southbound on the highway but slid on the icy road into the northbound lane. Road conditions were listed as snowy and icy, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
ROSEVILLE, Minn.—A Little Falls resident came forward to claim a $1 million Powerball prize. "I always said, 'Someday I'm going to win,' and I did!" said Pam Lestico at the lottery's office in Roseville, a news release reported. "She deserves it," said Lestico's daughter, Kelly Miller, in the release. "She has a heart of gold." "I play every Wednesday and Saturday, just one ticket," said Lestico. "I've been playing forever." Lestico discovered her win on Sunday morning. "She was surprisingly calm," said Lestico's daughter, Lori Finken, in the release.
REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. — A southwest Minnesota woman and and a 1-year-old passenger, along with a Redwood Falls woman, died Saturday as a result of a head-on crash near Morton.