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Duluth man arrested in beating of Cass Lake man

Beltrami County sheriff's deputies arrested a Duluth man Sunday after he allegedly assaulted a Cass Lakes man, who had to be airlifted to a Fargo hospital.

Donald William Laquier-Jackson, 21, remains in the Beltrami County jail in Bemidji facing a charge of first degree felony assault. He is scheduled to make a first appearance in court Monday, according to a jail spokesman.

According to a news release from Sheriff Phil Hodapp, deputies responded at about 3 a.m. today to a reported assault near the Mission area in Ten Lakes Township in the southeast corner of the county.

Christopher Lee Barrett, 22, Cass Lake, had been driven by witnesses to the assault to PHS Indian Health hospital in Cass Lake for treatment for his injuries; he was airlifted to MeritCare Hospital in Fargo. His family asked that no information be released on his condition, a Meritcare supervisor said.

The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the Leech Lake Tribal Police and the Cass County Sheriff's Office are assisting Hodapp's office in the investigation.

If you witnessed this assault or have other information about it, contact this reporter at (701) 780-1237 or e-mail him at