Final environmental impact statement is issued for proposed Line 3 pipeline project

SAINT PAUL – Today, the Minnesota Department of Commerce, under the direction of the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC), released the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) for Enbridge's proposed Line 3 pipeline project that was submitted to the PUC. By order of the PUC, the FEIS was prepared by the Minnesota Commerce Department, with assistance from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The State of Minnesota's environmental...

Report: Enbridge Line 3 options all would have negative effect on American Indians

The final environmental impact statement for Enbridge's Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project says it is not possible to determine whether the Canadian company's proposed route would be the best option for American Indians in northern Minnesota. That's because Enbridge's route and four alternative paths would all have disproportionately negative effects on the bands, according to the report compiled by the state Department of Commerce. The report, released Thursday, also repeats some environmental concerns raised in a draft EIS released in...

Minimum-wage rates adjusted for inflation as of Jan. 1, 2018

Minnesota's minimum-wage rates will be adjusted for inflation beginning Jan. 1, 2018, to $9.65 an hour for large employers and $7.87 an hour for other state minimum wages. Under Minnesota law, the commissioner of the Department of Labor and Industry is required to determine and announce the inflation-adjusted minimum-wage rate each year by Aug. 31. This year, the change in the price deflator is an increase of 1.56 percent. "In 2014, I worked with the Legislature to raise the minimum wage in Minnesota. Now, that law demonstrates its full...

Bemidji Pioneer: Two face charges of dealing cocaine in area

BEMIDJI -- Two people were arrested this week and charged with selling cocaine in the Beltrami County and Cass County areas. According to a release from the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force, Shaye Michael Terrill-Yaklich, 20, and Brandin Charles Curtis, 21, were arrested Monday after a traffic stop as part of investigation involving cocaine distribution. http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/news/local/4314030-two-face-charges-...

Funding Available for Sustainable Agriculture Projects

St. Paul, MN - The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting applications for Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation (AGRI) Sustainable Agriculture and Demonstration Grants. Approximately $250,000 is available to fund projects that explore new ways of conserving natural resources, enhancing farm profitability, increasing energy efficiency, and improving life in rural communities. “No one cares more about Minnesota’s rural landscape than farmers and their families,” said Lt. Governor Tina Smith. “The Minnesota...

Two Charged with the Sale of Cocaine

On August 14, 2017, the Paul Bunyan Drug Task Force executed a traffic stop as part of an investigation involving the distribution of cocaine. The investigation spanned between the Leech Lake Reservation to the Beltrami County/Bemidji area. The traffic stop involved a Shaye Michael Terrill-Yaklich (20) and Brandin Charles Curtis (21). Both suspects were detained and charges were filed for first degree sale of a controlled substance (cocaine) in Cass County. During the course of the investigation, agents made multiple controlled purchases from...

Groundbreaking Ceremony held for new Red Lake Retail Center - P4

RED LAKE - A Groundbreaking Ceremony was held for the new Red Lake Retail Center on Monday, August 14, 2017, at their new location across the street from the current one, commonly referred to as the Red Lake Trading Post. At a cost of $10.2 million dollars, the new 27,000-square-foot project has been in the making for many years and will replace the smaller Red Lake Foods. It will also have a new laundromat, a new deli, a Subway restaurant and the gas pumps in front of their old store will be...

"Cops and Bobbers" Fishing Event put on by Red Lake Police Department - P9

RED LAKE - The Red Lake Police Department held their annual Cops and Bobbers Fishing Event on Monday, August 7, 2017 from 10 AM - 2 PM at Fuller's Lake. Over 100 kids participated in the event, which featured free fishing rods to the kids, a T-shirt, lunch and fishing on boats provided by the...

21st Annual Anishinaabe Spirit Run began on Wednesday - P12

RED LAKE - The 21st Annual Anishinaabe Spirit Run, a four-day run for sobriety and health, began at the Red Lake Powwow Grounds at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 2, and will finish at Fond du Lac's Mash-ka-wisen Powwow Grounds in Sawyer, MN on Saturday, August 5, 2017. After prayers, trip protocols and an honor song, runners began the trip by running through the town of Red Lake before coming down Highway #89 towards Bemidji. They will come into the City of Bemidji on Highway 2, and then through...

21st Annual Anishinaabe Spirit Run began on Wednesday - Set 2 - P12

RED LAKE - The 21st Annual Anishinaabe Spirit Run, a four-day run for sobriety and health, began at the Red Lake Powwow Grounds at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 2, and will finish at Fond du Lac's Mash-ka-wisen Powwow Grounds in Sawyer, MN on Saturday, August 5, 2017. After prayers, trip protocols and an honor song, runners began the trip by running through the town of Red Lake before coming down Highway #89 towards Bemidji. They will come into the City of Bemidji on Highway 2, and then through...

Family appreciation Dinner for Grace White - P2

The White/Prentice family hosted a "potluck" dinner for Grace White on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 at the New Redby Center. Grace is scheduled to be in Denver for school on August...

$100,000 Super Bowl Fund Grant Creates White Earth Reservation Skate Parks

By the end of August, Native youth at Pine Point on the White Earth Reservation will be hitting the quarter pipes, half pipes, obstacles and ramps in a new skate park using part of a $100,000 grant from the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund. The skate parks, planned for three White Earth Reservation communities, will buy much more than a place for the reservation’s youth to learn and show off their skateboarding, BMX biking, inline skating and scooter skills, says Clinton Alexander, a public health advisor for the Health...

"Hell Week" begins as Red Lake Warrior Football Team has first practice of season - P4

RED LAKE - "Hell Week" began for Red Lake High School Varsity football players on Monday, August 14, 2017, as almost 30 students took to the field for their first practice of the season. The players did a lot of running and conditioning on their first outing, and it will get a lot tougher in days to follow, as their first game is their home opener on September 1, 2017 against Badger-Greenbush-Middle River at 4 PM. After that they will be on the road to Cass Lake on September 8th and...

Co-Ed Youth 8-13 Year-Old Softball Tournament held to Kick off Community Health Day - P17

A Co-Ed Youth 8-13 Year-Old Softball Tournament was held on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 to Kick off Community Health Days in Red Lake. The Health Fair is on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at the Red Lake Humanities Center. These events are coordinated and sponsored by Red Lake Comprehensive Health...

Retiring Andover farmers struggle to find someone to continue their work

Bob and Bonnie Dehn didn’t plan on being farmers. He was a mailman, she worked in finance, and they just wanted to own some land to build a house and grow flowers to sell at the local farmers market. When Bob was diagnosed with cancer in 1979 they started Dehn’s Garden, a family farm in Andover where they could grow and harvest vegetables and herbs to support themselves in case he took a turn for the worse. Now they want to retire, but they’re struggling to find buyers who will continue the 105-acre operation. Their two daughters...

Revenues in Legal Cannabis Continue to Skyrocket as Demand for CBD Based Products Rapidly Explode in Popularity

Revenues being generated from the legal cannabis and marijuana market continues to push upward as leaders throughout the industry announce positive financial results and aim at surpassing initial benchmarks set last year. This growth in the multi-billion market is expected to get even stronger for companies such as: PotNetwork Holding Inc. (OTC: POTN), Cannabis Science Inc. (OTC: CBIS), Agritek Holdings Inc. (OTC: AGTK), Easton Pharmaceuticals Inc. (OTC: EAPH), American Cannabis Company Inc. (OTC: AMMJ). http://www.prnewswir...

Bemidji Pioneer: 'I hope Trump is assassinated,' Missouri lawmaker writes, and quickly regrets

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Democratic Missouri state senator from the St. Louis area posted, then quickly deleted, a comment on Facebook saying she hoped President Donald Trump would be assassinated. Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal told The Kansas City Star she posted the comment out of frustration with the "trauma and despair" the president is causing with his statements about the events in Charlottesville, Va. http://www.bemidjipioneer.com/news/4314085-i-hope-trump-assassinated-missouri-lawmaker-writes...

Bemidji Pioneer: Dayton authorizes disaster assistance for Clearwater County

ST. PAUL—Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday authorized up to an estimated $85,875 in relief for Clearwater County from the State Disaster Assistance Contingency Account. The county experienced significant damage to public property caused by severe thunderstorms with high winds on July 21, according to a release. Aid from the contingency account will reimburse counties for public infrastructure repairs and clean-up costs, the release said. Under Minnesota law, the state will reimburse 75 percent of eligible costs for public...

Under fire from GOP, Trump digs in on Confederate icons

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — With prominent Republicans openly questioning his competence and moral leadership, President Donald Trump on Thursday burrowed deeper into the racially charged debate over Confederate memorials and lashed out at members of his own party in the latest controversy to engulf his presidency. Out of sight, but still online, Trump tweeted his defense of monuments to Confederate icons — bemoaning rising efforts to remove them as an attack on America's "history and culture." http://www.startribune.com/trump-i...

Minneapolis City Council to vote today on bag fee

Less than three months after the Legislature stopped Minneapolis from banning plastic bags, the City Council is preparing to attach a 5-cent fee to bags at checkout lines across the city. The ordinance is an attempt to work within the boundaries of state law while encouraging shoppers to use reusable bags. The goal is to reduce waste, litter and processing issues at recycling facilities. http://www.startribune.com/minneapolis-city-council-to-vote-friday-o...

Zoogipon and Gimiwan Johnson-Headbird

Zoogipon (Snow) Johnson-Headbird was born August 13, 2017 and died Monday, August 14, 2017 at Altru Hospital in Grand Forks, ND and Gimiwan (Rain) Johnson-Headbird, was born August 13, 2017 and died Wednesday, August 16, 2017at Sanford Fargo Health Care. Traditional services will begin at 10:00 am, Sunday, August 20, 2017 at Gabby Headbird's cabin on Mission Rd, Cass Lake with Spiritual Leader Melvin Goodman. A wake will begin at 1:00 pm, Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Gabby Headbird's cabin and...

Minnesota Indian Affairs Council - Urban Indian Advisory Board meeting in Bemidji

Minnesota Indian Affairs Council - Urban Indian Advisory Board meeting in Bemidji Wednesday, August 30, 2017 – 7 to 9 p.m. Northwest Indian Community Development Center (formerly called the Northwest OIC) 1819 Bemidji Avenue North The Urban Indian Advisory Board of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council will be meeting in Bemidji on Wednesday, August 30th, from 7-9 p.m. at the Northwest Indian Community Development Center (formerly called the Northwest OIC) located at 1819 Bemidji Avenue North. This is an open public meeting/listening session...

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