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  • A ride to heal, remember 1862 hanging of 38 Dakota in Mankato

    Curt Brown, Star Tribune|Dec 27, 2013

    They ride to remember. Traveling by horseback 330 miles from Crow Creek, S.D., to Mankato, through harsh December weather, Dakota tribal members completed this year's Dakota Wokiksuye memorial ride on Thursday morning. As in years past, they shared sacred sage smoke, prayers and dances to commemorate the 151st anniversary of the largest mass execution in the nation's history. On the day after Christmas 1862, on orders signed by President Lincoln, 38 Dakota fighters were hanged in Mankato...

  • Alleged hit-and-run driver in Bemidji thought he hit a bear

    Curt Brown, Star Tribune|Aug 13, 2013

    A man charged in a fatal hit-and-run crash in Bemidji, Minn., said he thought he’d struck a bear in the predawn hours on his way home from a casino. Martin Ubert’s bail was set at $120,000 last week in Beltrami County. The Clearbrook, Minn., man, arrested on his 58th birthday Aug. 2, faces charges of criminal vehicular homicide and fleeing the scene of the crash that killed 25-year-old Christopher Strong of Bemidji. Ubert initially told authorities that he thought he’d struck a bear at 4:24 a.m. July 31 when he was driving down Grange...

  • Red Lake Nation begins building new college, government center on reservation

    Curt Brown, Star Tribune|Jul 29, 2013

    The Red Lake Nation has secured more than $21 million in low-interest loans to start building a new tribal college and government center. The separate structures, designed to resemble a soaring eagle, will include 42,000 square feet for the college. About 90 percent of the 130 students who currently attend classes in an old building wouldn’t take college classes without the local option, according to the tribe. The college building will include an Ojibwe immersion Head Start program, a large...

  • Red Lake: A tragic tie to Sandy Hook

    Curt Brown, Star Tribune|Dec 20, 2012

    Ashley Lajeunesse hugged her 6-year-old daughter, Sierra, in the predawn darkness Wednesday and then offered a simple explanation to the tiny first-grader: Mom was joining three of her friends and former classmates, taking a long drive from their home near Red Lake, Minn., to Newtown, Conn. "I told her I had to go help some other people that went through something just like I did," Lajeunesse said. "She knew right away what I was talking about. She knows I've been in a shooting." Lajeunesse,...

  • In Minnesota classroom, 7th-graders face news in real time

    Curt Brown, Star Tribune|Dec 17, 2012

    Kim Campbell quieted her seventh-grade social studies students Friday afternoon in Room 614 of Hopkins West Junior High School. She told them her stomach hurt because she'd just spoken with a fellow teacher, who was crying about the Connecticut elementary school shooting. "I don't know what to say -- can you imagine those kids in grade school just learning to tie their shoes like you used to do?" she asked. "And think about the parents who dropped them off at school one day -- and they don't come back?" Then Campbell, a 13-year veteran...

  • Curt Brown, Star Tribune|Sep 24, 2012

    The longstanding ban on alcohol at Minnesota's most popular casino could end soon. Mystic Lake Casino is gearing up to begin selling alcohol -- even advertising to hire bartenders -- as it awaits approval from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. It has long been one of the state's few dry tribal casinos, but after watching revenue suffer along with the economy and years of requests from thirsty guests, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community quietly agreed to a policy change. "Adding alcohol service...

  • Throngs remember Stanley Crooks

    Curt Brown, Star Tribune|Aug 30, 2012

    Diane and Don LaPointe walked through the whirring canyon of slot machines, past the stocked buffet, through a gauntlet of flower bouquets and into Mystic Lake's opulent theater Wednesday morning. It was a fitting place for the couple from Nebraska's Santee Sioux reservation to pay their last respects to Stanley Crooks. After all, Crooks began his 20-year, six-term reign as chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community in 1992 just as the wildly profitable Mystic Lake opened. Crooks, 70, died on Saturday from a respiratory ailment. His...