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MDA boosts food and beverage start-ups at natural/organic trade show

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will host 19 of Minnesota’s innovative food and beverage companies at this year’s Natural Products Expo West trade show in Anaheim, California. The Agricultural Growth, Research, and Innovation (AGRI) New Markets Program coordinates Minnesota Pavilions that provide discounted booth space to Minnesota food companies at industry trade shows across the United States and internationally. In the past year, nearly 60 companies participated in trade shows through the MDA’s AGRI...


Multiple tips come in, but teen remains missing

BEMIDJI -- Despite community searches and investigation by local law enforcement, a 13-year-old International Falls boy remained missing as of Monday evening. Gary Tilander was last seen at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, on the 600 block of Mississippi Avenue in Bemidji. Tilander’s cousin, Brittany Reuter, said he was staying at a foster home through Evergreen Youth and Family Services. Evergreen’s youth crisis shelter is located in the area.


Friend: Lawyer who killed St. Paul jogger found to have brain tumors

ST. PAUL — The driver jailed in a crash that killed a jogger last week in St. Paul has since been hospitalized and found to have brain tumors, according to a friend. A drug-recognition officer at the scene wrote in a search warrant that Peter Holmes Berge, 60, appeared "to be under the influence of one or more substances and is unsafe to drive a motor vehicle."


Officer charged in Twin Cities traffic stop shooting pleads not guilty to manslaughter

ST. PAUL -- The St. Anthony police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a July traffic stop that included a live video stream entered a not guilty plea Monday morning, Feb. 27. Ramsey County District Judge William Leary III asked Jeronimo Yanez how he wished to plead to the second-degree manslaughter charge and two felony counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm.


White Earth police start wearing body cameras

WHITE EARTH -- The White Earth Police Department said they have started wearing body cameras, recording interactions between themselves and citizens. In a release, the department said they started wearing the cameras in February, and that the 3-inch long, 2-inch wide cameras are worn near or at the center of the chest on the outermost layer of clothing. Plainclothes officers will have other options, the release said.


After murder-suicide, Minn. man faces child neglect, obstruction charges

LITCHFIELD, Minn. — A Grove City man is facing five charges, including child neglect and obstruction, for behavior before and after the murder-suicide deaths of his children nearly one year ago. Meeker County authorities say Thomas Jon Cunningham, 52, removed 8 pounds of marijuana, plus marijuana plants and paraphernalia from the home before calling 911. They were discovered the next day, dumped behind the property.


Kansas man curt as he faces charges over Indian engineer's murder

OLATHE, Kan.—A white U.S. Navy veteran charged with murdering an Indian software engineer at a Kansas bar gazed at a camera from jail and gave curt answers to a judge by video during his initial court appearance on Monday over the shooting, which federal authorities are probing as a possible hate crime. Adam Purinton, 51, is accused of killing Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, and wounding Alok Madasani, also 32, as well as an American who tried to intervene during Wednesday evening's incident at Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe, a Kansas City...


Minnesota police sergeant loses job, put on probation for sex with 17-year-old

ELY, Minn.—A former Ely police sergeant will serve two years of supervised probation and must register as a predatory offender after admitting that he had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl. Jason Allen Carlson, 38, was sentenced Monday in State District Court in Virginia after pleading guilty last month to a gross misdemeanor count of misconduct of a public officer.


Minnesota moose herd stable but still down

ST. PAUL—Minnesota's troubled moose population remains in the dumps, with only about 3,710 animals according to the annual winter survey by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and tribal resource agencies. The DNR on Monday released the results from the helicopter survey of random sects of the moose range in the state — namely St. Louis, Lake and Cook counties — showing the population has remained relatively stable since 2012.


Catch and release returning to Mille Lacs for open water season

ISLE, Minn.—Despite the highest winter walleye catch rate ever observed on Mille Lacs Lake, a decision was made to go with catch and release walleye fishing there for the upcoming open water season. "It will be catch and release in some format," according to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Central Region fisheries manager Brad Parsons..


Worthington, a city of immigrants, braces for raids, deportations

WORTHINGTON, MINN. — Eligio is trying to explain immigration law to his frightened 3-year-old son. “He says, ‘Trump es malo.’ ” Trump is bad. “I tell him, ‘No. This is the law,’ ” Eligio said last week through a translator, his two small sons — born long after he entered the country without papers in search of work — snuggled against him in matching Vikings jerseys.


Seeking 'gender inclusivity,' U sheds homecoming king and queen titles

The University of Minnesota is shedding its "king" and "queen" titles for homecoming, organizers said Monday. Instead "royalty" will be the term of choice. The Student Unions and Activities office said in its announcement that the change come this fall is "an effort toward gender inclusivity."


Ontario judge rules Crown must pay legal fees of Indigenous men in land dispute

An Ontario judge has taken the unusual step of ruling that the Crown must pay the legal fees of the defendants in a criminal case after the government withdrew nearly eight-year-old charges against Indigenous men who were logging on Crown land. In a strongly worded decision, Justice Romuald Kwolek said Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources knew from the time charges were filed in 2008 against the Chief of the Batchewana First Nation and three other men that aboriginal issues were at stake and should not have waited until May, 2016, to ask...


State Patrol troopers in North Dakota not wearing name tags

The 17 Wisconsin State Patrol officers sent to North Dakota last week to help disperse an encampment of oil pipeline protesters on federal land are not wearing name tags on their uniforms during their nine-day assignment. The anonymity is intended to protect the privacy of law enforcement officers in emotionally charged situations, but faces criticism from civil rights advocates who say it can escalate hostility.


Supreme Court turns down another tribal disenrollment dispute

The #StopDisenrollment movement continues to gain steam across the nation but there's still one place where it hasn't caught on. Without comment, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down a petition in Alto v. Jewell, a tribal disenrollment case from California. The action marks the second time this year that the justices have refused to get involved in the controversy.


Tribal banishments, and the complications of frontier justice

In 2013, Sand Point residents became increasingly alarmed when a suspected drug dealer kept showing up in town. Whenever the angular stranger disembarked from a plane, young people started getting high on drugs. In a small town in the Aleutian Islands, locals take note of such things. They observe small changes in the weather. And they know when kids are getting high.


Feds threatening to shut down marijuana festival, Cannabis Cup, in Las Vegas

One of the world's largest marijuana festivals, which is expected to be held this week on tribal land outside of Las Vegas, has been facing a possible shutdown for the past two weeks, according to a letter sent by federal officials earlier this month. U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden, based in Las Vegas, sent a Feb. 16 letter to the Moapa Paiute Tribe reminding the tribe that the transport, possession, use and distribution of marijuana is illegal under federal law. The marijuana trade show and festival, planned for March 4 and 5, would be in...


The Next Standing Rock? Man Killed In Police Shootout Fired At Natural Gas Pipeline Under Construction In Florida

Law enforcement in Florida shot and killed an unidentified suspect who fired a high-powered rifle at a controversial natural gas pipeline and exchanged gunfire with sheriff's deputies and state troopers after a vehicle chase on Sunday, authorities said. The shooting came less than a week after protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline near North Dakota's Standing Rock Indian Reservation came to an end. The Standing Rock protests, which generated international headlines and led to months of political and legal maneuvering, ended when law...


Nebraska liquor panel's hearing to decide fate of beer sales in Whiteclay is delayed until April

LINCOLN — A hearing to decide the fate of beer sales in the border village of Whiteclay, Nebraska, has been delayed a month to April 6. The Nebraska Liquor Control Commission had been scheduled to meet March 7 to decide whether the liquor licenses for four beer-only liquor stores should be renewed.


Minister calls rate of First Nations fire deaths 'horrific,' says feds will take action

The federal government will once again track fire-related deaths in Canada’s First Nations communities, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said on Monday. She also committed to creating an indigenous fire marshal’s office, which would oversee data collection and spearhead fire prevention, should the Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada recommend the step in a report due in May.


Community mourns 'well-loved' woman found frozen near Shamattawa

Chanelle Redhead wanted to make a difference in her community and was known for her beautiful smile, but now Shamattawa is mourning her death after the 20-year-old was found frozen just outside of the community on Saturday. "It's very sad and very sombre right now because she was such a young girl who was very much liked and she was happy and she helped people," said Sheila North Wilson, grand chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, who spoke with the chief of Shamattawa to learn details of her death.


Rollover crash on Cattaraugus reservation leads to marijuana charges

A one-car rollover crash Monday morning on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation led to marijuana possession charges against three people, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said. The crash happened at about 2:46 a.m. on Versailles Plank Road, the Sheriff's Office said. Karrigan Jimerson, 20, of Brant; Mark Swantek, 23, of Brant; and Keith Renaldo, 33, of Angola, were charged with criminal possession of marijuana. Deputies issued the three appearance tickets and they were released. No information was immediately available from the Sheriff's Office...


Co-defendant in Bluebird murder provides different version of killing

Like his co-defendant, a man accused in the strangling death of a Pine Ridge woman last year has signed a plea deal, but court documents in his case tell a much different version of her killing — including who actually strangled her. Fred Quiver, 30, is charged in U.S. District Court with first-degree murder and accessory to first-degree murder in the death of Emily Bluebird, 24, in January 2016. He signed a deal with federal prosecutors Feb. 17, agreeing to plead guilty to being an accessory to second-degree murder, punishable by up to 15...


Trial begins in Crow Reservation strangulation, rape case

BILLINGS - Trial began Monday for a man accused of sexually assaulting and strangling a woman on the Crow Indian Reservation in 2014. Theodore Allen Ware, 47, is charged in U.S. District Court in Billings with one count of aggravated sexual abuse, assault and strangulation.


Longtime Catholic priest 'Father Bill' Mehrkens dies at age 92

BEMIDJI—Msgr. William "Father Bill" Mehrkens, a Catholic priest who served parishes in Bemidji, Red Lake and the surrounding communities for many years, died Friday in Bemidji at age 92. Mehrkens was a pastor at St. Philip's Catholic Church in Bemidji, as well as at St. Mary's Mission Catholic Church in Red Lake for more than a decade. Mehrkens also worked with college students at the Newman Centers at Bemidji State University and Minnesota State University Moorhead for 30 years.


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