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Dayton signs tribal consultation executive order

MAHNOMEN -- With the White Earth Nation flag and tribal and state representatives standing behind him, Gov. Mark Dayton signed an executive order Thursday directing state agencies to develop policies to guide them when working with tribal nations. "We are committing that we're going to have government-to-government,...

 
 By John Hageman    News    June 27, 2013

Environmental group leads tour to area oil sites

BEMIDJI — The protest over the handful of acres of Red Lake Indian Reservation land is catching environmental activists’ eyes across the state. On Wednesday, about 30 people, who ranged from concerned citizens to nonprofit representatives, arrived in a coach bus at a campsite in rural Clearwater County. There, protesters...

 
 By John Hageman    News    June 14, 2013

Red Lake man sentenced for domestic assault with a shotgun

MINNEAPOLIS — A Red Lake man was sentenced Thursday for assaulting a woman with a shotgun. Brian Gordon Graves, 35, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Donovan Frank to 21 months in federal prison on one count of assault with a dangerous weapon and one count of domestic assault by a habitual offender, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice. He...

 
 By John Hageman    News    June 12, 2013

Red Lake man indicted on sexual assault charges

MINNEAPOLIS — A Red Lake man was indicted in federal court Tuesday for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in May. Avery Wade Schoenborn, 24, allegedly “engaged in a sexual act with the victim, who was incapable of declining participation in the act,” according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice. The May 7 incident took place on the Red Lake Indian...

 
 By John Hageman    News    June 3, 2013

Citing safety, MnDOT plans highway interchange west of Bemidji

EMIDJI — On a recent rainy afternoon, a bouquet of flowers sat in the ditch separating the two directions of U.S. Highway 2, adjacent to its intersection with State Highway 89. The flowers are a reminder of an unspecified crash at this crossing —it’s unclear from driving by if the bouquet is marked. But it does mark one of the most dangerous intersections in the state....

 

Opening new restaurant in Bemidji a perfect fit for Marv Hanson

BEMIDJI — Marv Hanson has worn many hats in his lifetime. But a constant theme runs through his past: a desire to help his fellow American Indians. Born in Red Lake, Hanson will continue that work when he opens the Marvelous Fish House and Market in the former El Mariachi building next month. There, fresh walleye from Red...

 

Senate leaves out Bemidji hospitality tax in bill

BEMIDJI – A bill allowing the city of Bemidji to impose a tax on purchases at restaurants and hotels to pay for Sanford Center operations has hit a snag at the state Legislature. The hospitality tax proposal was not included in the Senate’s omnibus tax bill, a large collection of tax provisions rolled into one large bill...

 
 By John Hageman    News    April 17, 2013

SWAT team dispatched to Bemidji trailer park

BEMIDJI – A SWAT team was dispatched to a Bemidji trailer park Monday, but ultimately wasn’t involved in a local man’s arrest. Daniel Wayne Jourdain, 28, of Bemidji, was arrested Monday afternoon without incident on a probation violation warrant. He was convicted of felony third-degree assault in April 2012. A warrant was issued for his arrest March 8 after he failed to...

 
 By John Hageman    News    April 17, 2013

Red Lake man found guilty of assault

DULUTH – A federal jury found Roderick Arlyn Sayers, 44, guilty Tuesday of causing serious bodily injury to a woman after assaulting her on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. The woman, who was Sayers’ girlfriend, had a significant mouth injury and a loose tooth, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Minneapolis. Sayers faces a potential maximum...

 
 By John Hageman    News    April 16, 2013

Walleye poaching charges make northern Minnesota case largest in 20 years

BEMIDJI – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources detailed the results of a three-year investigation into illegal fishing activities Monday. The investigation, code-named “Operation Squarehook,” will result in state charges being filed against 21 people in six northern Minnesota counties, the DNR said. The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced last week that 10 men...

 
 By John Hageman    News    April 12, 2013

Local bonding projects would improve infrastructure

BEMIDJI – Roger Erickson experienced a sense of déjà vu when he walked through the kitchens that serve the Red Lake middle and high schools. “Because it looked like the kitchens in my school when I was going to school back in the 60s,” Erickson said. “The tiling was the same, the style was the same.” Now a first-term DFL legislator from Baudette, Rep. Erickson...

 
 By John Hageman    News    March 13, 2013

Two Red Lake men convicted in New Year's Day 2011 murders

MINNEAPOLIS – Two men were convicted Tuesday for murdering a couple on the Red Lake Indian Reservation on New Year’s Day 2011. A federal jury in St. Paul convicted Geshik-O-Binese Martin, 30, and Edward McCabe Robinson, 28, both of Red Lake, on two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and one count of robbery, according to a press release from...

 

New business manager named at Bemidji's Sanford Center

BEMIDJI – The Sanford Center has named a new business manager. Randy Miller, who is currently an accountant with the Red Lake Gaming Enterprises, will start in his new position on March 21. “His background is that he handles all the day-to-day gaming up there, but he also handles shows,” Sanford Center executive director Curtis Webb said. “So that’s a big plus for...

 
 By John Hageman    News    March 11, 2013

Bemidji man seriously injured after police chase

BEMIDJI – A Bemidji man was seriously injured after fleeing from police and crashing his sport utility vehicle early Friday morning. Robin J. Hill, 39, was fleeing from Leech Lake Tribal Police at high rates of speed when he lost control and went into a ditch on Mission Road Northeast, just north of Power Dam Road Northeast. The car rolled and struck several trees, according...

 
 By John Hageman    News    March 6, 2013

Protesters camp near pipeline in hopes of dialogue with Enbridge

BEMIDJI – Just over a snowbank in rural Clearwater County, four orange posts stick out of the ground. They mark where four Enbridge pipelines transporting crude oil sit underground. But they also mark a point of protest for those sitting around a campfire on the other side of the snowbank. Those protesters, some American India...

 
 By John Hageman    News    February 20, 2013

From the ground up: Red Lake Nation College to launch basketball program

BEMIDJI – Gerald Kingbird still remembers his stats. “I scored 19 points in the fourth quarter,” he says. That includes 13 points in the final 1:15 of regulation in the 1997 Minnesota State High School basketball semifinals, leading the Red Lake High School Warriors from behind, only to lose in overtime to Wabasso. They...

 
 By John Hageman    News    January 22, 2013

Ponemah, Collin Peterson and the inauguration

Beltrami County was represented during President Obama’s inauguration Monday morning. Here’s a screengrab C-SPAN’s coverage of the ceremonies showing U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson wearing a hat bearing the name of Ponemah, a town of about 700 people located between upper and lower Red Lakes.. And yes, that is Jay-Z and his...

 
 By John Hageman    News    December 21, 2012

Rumors of violence circulate social media, Bemidji plans additional security Friday

BEMIDJI – Rumors of possible violence at a school in the area circulated social media Thursday, but no credible threat has been found. Bemidji police Sgt. Dave Hanson said Thursday evening that authorities weren’t able to determine the source of the rumors. “We spent the day trying to track down the source and we weren’t able to find any credible source of any specific...

 
 By John Hageman    News    December 21, 2012

Cass Lake schools closed Friday after violence rumors

BEMIDJI – Cass Lake schools were closed Friday due to rumors of potential violence circulating social media. The school district’s superintendent Anita Grace said school leadership made the decision Thursday afternoon. After-school activities were canceled Thursday and Friday as well. “We just weren’t prepared to have every school building be identical with their...

 

Area leaders meet with local lawmakers to discuss needs

BEMIDJI – Area business, education and government leaders met Friday morning to discuss their priorities for the upcoming legislative session. The people in the group welcomed their new senator, DFLer Tom Saxhaug. He defeated former Sen. John Carlson, R-Bemidji, in last week’s election after the two incumbents were pitted against each other due to redistricting. Rep. John...

 

Some question tribal ID usability under amendment

BEMIDJI – In 2004, a massive “get out the vote” campaign was aimed at encouraging American Indians to get to the polls across a handful of states. In Minnesota, voter turnout on reservations increased by nearly 20 percentage points from the 2000 election. The report stemming from that campaign cites significant progress made during recent elections in increasing Native...

 

Senate District 2 seat rematch featured in debate

BEMIDJI – While a lot has changed in the last few years at the Legislature, the matchup for the Senate District 2 seat has not. Like 2010, Rod Skoe, DFL-Clearbrook, will face Dennis Moser, R-Clearbrook for Senate District 2. Skoe won the 2010 race by 6 percentage points. The two debated on Lakeland Public Television as part...

 

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