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Trial for woman charged with Lake of the Woods GoFundMe theft changing venue


BAUDETTE, Minn.—The trial for a Baudette woman accused of stealing from a GoFundMe account she set up for three men who died in a boating accident on Lake of the Woods is moving to a different county, but a judge did not dismiss charges against the defendant after her attorney argued she did not have to give all of the raised funds to the men's families.

Retina Reyellen LaValla, 28, was charged in February in Lake of the Woods District Court with two counts of felony theft after the Sheriff's Department said she used some of the donated money to pay for various bills and groceries.


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