INFORUM.com | WDAZ.com

WDAY: The News Leader

Published June 07, 2012, 10:44 AM

NRA refuses to pay death benefit to Minnesota widow

SHAKOPEE, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota widow is taking the National Rifle Association to court over its denial of her husband's death benefit.

SHAKOPEE, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota widow is taking the National Rifle Association to court over its denial of her husband's death benefit.

John Balk bought a life insurance policy from the NRA 10 months before he died in a tractor rollover accident on his Scott County farm in 2010.

The NRA refused to pay the $150,000 death benefit to his widow, Annalee Balk. It said the policy excluded benefits for a death that resulted from operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Annalee Balk argues her late husband's John Deere tractor doesn't fall with the state's definition of a motor vehicle.

A medical examiner's report says "acute ethanol intoxication" contributed to John Balk's death at his farm east of Belle Plaine.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press (http://bit.ly/NKLVzi ) says the case has been transferred from Scott County to federal court.

___

Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Tags: