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  • Loren Eugene French

    Jan 26, 2024

    Loren Eugene French April 28, 1958 ~ January 24, 2024 (age 65) Loren Eugene French, "Migizi" which means "Bald Eagle" of the Bear Clan, age 65, journeyed to the spirit world on Wednesday, January 24th, 2024, from the Sanford Medical Center in Bemidji, MN. He was born on April 28, 1958, the son of Florence (LaRose) and Raymond French in Park Rapids, MN. Loren enjoyed ricing, bough picking, and mechanic work. He was always willing to help anybody anytime. He loved spending time with his...

  • Red Lake Nation Celebrates New BSU Nurses With Hand-Beaded Stethoscopes

    Jan 26, 2024

    Bemidji State University's newest nursing students were welcomed into the program with a gift of hand-beaded stethoscopes, presented by the Red Lake Nation. Jerry Loud, executive director of Oshkiimaajitahdah - a tribal program that promotes economic and social wellbeing for all members of the Red Lake Nation community - presented the stethoscopes to this year's group of incoming pre-licensure students at a January 9 ceremony in BSU's nursing lab. Each Littmann Classic III stethoscope was...

  • Minnesota's end-of-life options bill clears its first legislative hurdle

    Jan 26, 2024

    A woman with glioblastoma, the most aggressive form of brain cancer, pleaded with Minnesota lawmakers Thursday to pass an End-of-Life Options Act quickly so she can choose when she dies in the hope of avoiding a gruesome, painful death. A mother of an adult son with quadriplegic cerebral palsy, both wearing T-shirts saying "NOT DEAD YET," told legislators of her fears that such a law could introduce a slippery slope and degrade the lives of people with disabilities - that people could be...

  • Grand jury was convened in the killing of Ricky Cobb II, though not to render charging decision

    Jan 26, 2024

    Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty said she won't use grand juries to make charging decisions in cases where law enforcement uses force resulting in the injury or death of civilians, rather than making the call herself - a practice her predecessor Mike Freeman also adopted late in his tenure. But she did convene a grand jury after the shooting of motorist Ricky Cobb II by Minnesota State trooper Ryan Londregan last summer to gather evidence to help inform that decision. When she announced...

  • Cloquet shooter was 'actively recording' on night of double homicide at Super 8

    Jan 26, 2024

    DULUTH - The shooter in a double homicide at the Cloquet Super 8 earlier this month seemed to be "actively recording" from inside his Ford F-150, which was parked facing a victim's vehicle in the hotel parking lot. Nicholas Elliot Lenius, 32, was a first-floor guest at the two-story hotel tucked off Big Lake Road on Jan. 8, the night he fatally shot Shellby Marie Trettel, 22, of Cloquet, and Patrick Jeffrey Roers, 35. In the final minutes before he turned his gun on himself, Lenius sent a...

  • Biden visits Superior, Duluth to trumpet bridge money

    Jan 26, 2024

    SUPERIOR, WIS. - Two years after he last visited the Blatnik Bridge to tout his $1 trillion infrastructure package, President Joe Biden returned Thursday to the aging span set to undergo a massive rebuild thanks to a $1 billion federal grant. The high-traffic connector between Duluth and Superior is one of 37 projects of similar size and scope that Biden announced $5 billion worth of funding for during his visit. His "Investing in America" agenda has led to new legislation meant to create jobs...

  • Met Council engineer sues his employer, saying it illegally inflated cost of Southwest LRT

    Jan 26, 2024

    An engineer who worked on the troubled $2.9 billion Southwest light-rail line claims in a federal lawsuit he was demoted and his career sabotaged by the Metropolitan Council because he called out "unlawful activity" responsible for massive cost overruns. Michael Janish, a University of Minnesota-trained civil engineer, worked as the project controls manager on the 14.5-mile line linking Minneapolis and Eden Prairie between 2015 and 2022. It was his job to prevent waste, fraud and abuse on the...

  • Background checks botched in Walz's Minnesota cannabis director hiring, audit says

    Jan 26, 2024

    The governor's office missed some standard background check steps before its botched appointment of Erin DuPree as Minnesota's first cannabis director last fall, the state's legislative auditor concluded Thursday. DuPree, who owned an Apple Valley retail store selling hemp-derived cannabis products, stepped down a day after Gov. Tim Walz appointed her amid reports she sold illegal products and had federal tax liens and judgments against her. State Legislative Auditor Judy Randall's preliminary...

  • Minneapolis tech company Jamf announces layoffs

    Jan 26, 2024

    Minneapolis-based software company Jamf announced Thursday it will cut its full-time workforce by 6%, affecting nearly 170 employees. The company, which provides Apple device management and security functions to large corporations, employed 2,796 people at the end of 2022, according to its most recent annual report. Of those employees, 1,736 were employed in the U.S. with 1,060 employed outside the country. Roughly 30% of its employees work in tech-specific roles. The specific positions being...

  • Donald Trump testifies for less than 3 minutes in defamation trial and is rebuked by judge

    Jan 26, 2024

    NEW YORK - He testified for under three minutes. But former President Donald Trump still broke a judge's rules on what he could tell a jury about writer E. Jean Carroll's sexual assault and defamation allegations, and he left the courtroom Thursday bristling to the spectators: ''This is not America.'' Testifying in his own defense in the defamation trial, Trump didn't look at the jury during his short, heavily negotiated stint on the witness stand. Because of the complex legal context of the...

  • Minneapolis sets record for potholes following snowy 2023

    Jan 26, 2024

    It took a minute for an asphalt truck to unclog itself before Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey grabbed a shovel and filled a pothole downtown on Thursday, commemorating a record year for potholes in Minneapolis - and the effort to fix them. "This is how the sausage is made, everybody," Frey said as he watched the recycled asphalt mixture drop out of the vehicle. "This is how the potholes get filled." Minneapolis had a historically bad year for potholes in 2023 amid an unusually wet and snowy...

  • COVID infections decline despite viral variant in Minnesota

    Jan 26, 2024

    Coronavirus levels in Minnesota have declined this year after a steady increase at the end of 2023 despite the emergence of a viral variant that has been a leading cause of COVID-19 growth worldwide. COVID-19 hospitalization and death rates remain elevated in Minnesota, according to Thursday's weekly state update, but health officials expect them to decline if coronavirus levels continue to diminish. Sampling at 38 wastewater treatment plants across Minnesota found increases in viral levels after Thanksgiving, and again after Christmas, but...

  • US economy grew at a surprisingly strong 3.3% pace last quarter, pointing to continued resilience

    Jan 26, 2024

    WASHINGTON — The nation's economy grew at an unexpectedly brisk 3.3% annual pace from October through December as Americans showed a continued willingness to spend freely despite high interest rates and price levels that have frustrated many households. Thursday's report from the Commerce Department said the gross domestic product — the economy's total output of goods and services — decelerated from its sizzling 4.9% growth rate the previous quarter. But the latest figures still reflected the surprising durability of the world's largest...

  • Winner of the William C. Morris YA Debut Award and the American Indian Youth Literature Award, REZ BALL By BYRON GRAVES

    Jan 26, 2024

    This compelling debut novel by new talent Byron Graves tells the relatable, high-stakes story of a young athlete determined to play like the hero his Ojibwe community needs him to be. These days, Tre Brun is happiest when he is playing basketball on the Red Lake Reservation high school team-even though he can't help but be constantly gut-punched with memories of his big brother, Jaxon, who died in an accident. When Jaxon's former teammates on the varsity team offer to take Tre under their wing,...

  • Winona Man Indicted on Child Exploitation Charges After Targeting More Than 60 Young Girls in Online Sextortion Scheme

    Jan 26, 2024

    MINNEAPOLIS – A Winona man has been charged in an online sextortion scheme that victimized more than 60 minor girls across the country and abroad, announced U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger. "Online predators are using social media apps to befriend, coerce, and ultimately extort children and teens," said U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger. "Thousands of minor victims have been the target of this horrific exploitation. It's imperative that we as a community engage with our kids about sextortion schemes...

  • Congenital syphilis cases reach highest number in decades

    Jan 26, 2024

    Twenty-nine cases of congenital syphilis (including three stillbirths) were reported to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) in 2023, according to preliminary data. This represents the highest case number in at least 40 years. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that can have very serious complications when left untreated, but it is simple to cure with the right treatment. Congenital syphilis occurs when a pregnant person passes their syphilis infection on to their fetus during pregnancy, which can cause severe complications such as...

  • DEED Announces $2.4 Million in Job Training Grants for Women Entering Non-Traditional Occupations and Underserved Adults

    Jan 26, 2024

    Today, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) announced nearly $2.4 million in workforce grants for 24 organizations to help adults facing barriers to employment find and keep in-demand, career-path employment. Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA) Grants – totaling $1.4 million – provide services that encourage and assist women to enter high-wage, high-demand, nontraditional occupations including but not limited to those in the skilled trades and Information Technology occupations. Adult Support Services...

  • National Civil Rights Leader Bishop William Barber Releases Statement After Minnesota Trooper Charged With Murder in Killing of Black Man

    Jan 26, 2024

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - National religious and civil rights leader Bishop William Barber II released the following statement today reacting to Hennepin County Attorney Mary Moriarty’s decision to charge Minnesota State Trooper Ryan Londregan with Second-Degree Murder in the death of 33-year-old Black man Ricky Cobb II. Bishop Barber’s statement reads as follows: The police are sworn to protect and serve. When he killed Ricky Cobb II, State Trooper Ryan Londregan committed the ultimate violation not only to that oath, but to his duty to the...

  • Native-led EV initiative launches by distributing millions of dollars worth of vehicles to tribal communities

    Jan 26, 2024

    In the coming weeks Electric Nation will deliver 10 Ford F-150 Lightning pickup trucks, and a Ford Mustang Mach E, all EVs, to six tribal fleets across the Red Lake Nation in Minnesota and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota. Five other EVs will be delivered later. The project's total value is $13.4 million. It's the brainchild of Native Sun Community Power Development Executive Director Robert Blake. The idea, he said, was born out of the Line 3 pipeline protests. "I thought there's...

  • Public hearing set for February 6 on Mayo New Prague ending labor and delivery services

    Jan 26, 2024

    The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) will hold a public hearing on Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. on Mayo Clinic Health System New Prague ending labor and delivery services. Mayo Clinic Health System in New Prague will soon stop providing labor and delivery services, including operative delivery and Cesarean delivery, according to the submission it filed with MDH. Mayo Clinic Health Systems will continue to provide prenatal, post-natal and well-women outpatient services at its New Prague location. The hearing will be hosted by MDH’s Health Regulation...

  • Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Head Won't Seek Re-Election

    Jan 26, 2024

    The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe's Chief Executive, Melanie Benjamin, will step down following the conclusion of her fifth term, ending one of the longest Chief Executive tenures in the tribe's history. Benjamin announced Thursday morning that she wouldn't seek re-election in 2024. That means a new Chief will be elected in June and take office in July. "Serving as Chief Executive for my Band has been the greatest honor of my life," Benjamin said in a statement. "I love public service, but I have...

  • Washington Tribe Moving Infrastructure Due to Rising Sea Levels

    Jan 26, 2024

    The Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe of coastal Washington is moving its infrastructure to higher grounds to escape rising sea levels, thanks to a $1.2 million grant from the Department of Commerce announced this week. The project is funded by the Disaster Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2023, which provided the Department of Commerce with $483 million to award to areas vulnerable to hurricanes, wildfires, flooding, and other natural disasters. "Located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean,...

  • Tribes taken Biden administration to court over $4 billion energy project

    Jan 26, 2024

    The Biden administration's renewable energy agenda is being tested in court with a lawsuit from tribes opposed to a $4 billion development that runs through their homelands. In a complaint filed in federal court last week, the San Carlos Apache Tribe and the Tohono O'odham Nation accused the Department of the Interior of failing to consult them about the SunZia Southwest Transmission Project, which bills itself as the largest clean energy infrastructure development in U.S. history. The tribes...

  • Is there any hope Kansas City will change its NFL team name?

    Jan 26, 2024

    Kansas City's NFL team either goes to the Super Bowl or plays its final game of the year on Sunday. The team has weathered sustained pressure that has seen other sports teams, like the Cleveland Guardians and the Washington Commanders, change their names and mascots. Activists have gone so far as to publicly appeal to Taylor Swift, girlfriend of Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce, to speak out against the controversial "tomahawk chop" performed by fans. Join Native America Calling to assess the...

  • Warriors roll over Pine River-Backus 83-55 - P3

    Michael Barrett, RLNN|Jan 26, 2024

    Red Lake Youth Sports: Red Lake 83 Pine River 55 After a slow start that got a 34-21 halftime lead, Four Warriors finish in double figures to improve to 12-3. Red Lake Youth Sports· Exciting finish in the JV game, nice second half run by the Tigers before Izaiah Villiard come up with two big steals in the final minute on their hot shooter who finished with 32! For the Warriors it was a great team victory, led by Meech Harris with 24 Red Lake hosts PRB - video https://fan.hud...

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