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BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- A newly elected member of the Minnesota House has announced that he is going to work on the ban of conversion therapy for gay people. State Rep.-elect Hunter Cantrell said it would make Minnesota the 15th state to institute the ban. Cantrell, who will represent the Twin Cities suburbs of Savage and Burnsville, said he will be the only openly gay person in the House starting in January.
A single-car rollover on Highway 59 killed a 24-year-old Detroit Lakes resident Saturday afternoon. According to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol, the victim, Brandon Rounsville, was driving along the highway at approximately 3:35 p.m. when he lost control of his vehicle, which rolled. Rounsville was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. He was the only occupant, and patrol does not suspect impairment as a cause of the crash.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — Two Thief River Falls men face counterfeiting charges after police say they used fake $100 bills to get real money from a casino. Ricardo Martinez, 28, and Bobby Vinton Peralta, 42, had first appearances Monday in Pennington County District Court. Court documents detail how surveillance video at the Seven Clans Casino southeast of Thief River Falls caught the men trying to pass off three $100 bills to cashiers on or about Aug. 1.
Crystal Lynn Grant, 40, of Ottertail has been charged in Becker County District Court with felony check forgery. According to court records, she allegedly used old checkbooks to forge checks in Otter Tail, Wadena and Becker counties. On Oct. 8, District Judge Doug Clark issued a summons for her to appear in court Oct. 22.
WILLMAR, Minn. – Second-degree murder charges are pending against two individuals who were arrested late Monday afternoon, Nov. 5, in the homicide death of David Medellin Jr. The body of the 24-year-old Willmar man was found Wednesday in a plowed field near Willmar in central Minnesota and on Friday law enforcement said Medellin’s death was being investigated as a homicide.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A train struck and killed a person on railroad tracks in downtown Moorhead, according to Moorhead Police Capt. Deric Swenson. Swenson said the collision happened about 4:28 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5. The identity of the person killed was not immediately released.
Roger Froemming, a dedicated public servant and Otter Tail County Commissioner, died at his home Tuesday, Oct. 30. Froemming devoted more than half his life to serving the public. He was elected in 1998 and served the people of Otter Tail County for 20 years.
A 60-year-old male from Ottertail was injured Wednesday morning, Oct. 24, in a two-vehicle crash east of Detroit Lakes, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. According to the State Patrol report: The crash happened about 6:50 a.m. when a tractor truck that was westbound on Highway 10 and driven by Edward Walter Jutz, 70, of Frazee, Minn., failed to yield to an SUV driven by Bruce Delwin Hurt, 60, of Ottertail. Hurt was taken to a Detroit Lakes hospital with no life-threatening injuries. Jutz was not injured.
HANKINSON, N.D. -- A 59-year-old Hankinson man was killed after he tried to pass a tractor Tuesday night and his vehicle struck a towed disc plow causing the crash north of Hankinson. According to the North Dakota Highway Patrol, the man was driving southbound just after 7 p.m. on RIchland County 1 when it met a northbound tractor towing a disc plow and coil packer. The man's 2004 Chevrolet Impala struck the implement, towed by 18-year-old Brandon Hart of Wales, causing extensive damage to the top of the vehicle.