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  • Alfred "Tig" Raymond Pemberton Sr.

    Jan 30, 2024

    Alfred "Tig" Raymond Pemberton Sr. March 4, 1945 - January 27, 2024 Alfred "Tig" Raymond Pemberton Sr., "Giniw" means Golden Eagle of Mission MN, began his journey January 27, 2024. He was born March 4, 1945, in Cass Lake, MN to Alfred Pemberton and Susan "Tombay" (Whitebird) Pemberton, of Mission, MN. Alfred grew up in Mission and lived in numerous places until he returned home in 1970. Alfred attended and graduated from Cass Lake School, entered into the United States Army, upon his return he...

  • Judith "Judy" Marie Long

    Jan 30, 2024

    Judith "Judy" Marie Long November 7, 1939 - January 26, 2024 Judith "Judy" Marie (Beckstrom) Long, 84, of Bemidji, MN died Friday, January 26, 2024 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm, Friday, February 2, 2024 at Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji, MN with Kayla Billings officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at the Sugar Bush Cemetery in rural Bemidji, MN. Events Service Friday, February 2, 2024 1:00PM Cease...

  • Montgomery Jay Staples

    Jan 30, 2024

    Montgomery Jay Staples October 15, 1950 - January 27, 2024 Oni koo ga bou, Montgomery Jay Staples, age 73, of Hinckley, MN, passed away on January 27, 2024. A Funeral Ceremony will be held at 10 AM on Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at the Aazhoomog Community Center. Interment will be in the Stevens Lake Cemetery. Arrangements are with the Shelley Funeral Chapel of Onamia. Monte was born October 15, 1950, to George and Frances (Reynolds) Staples, the second of thirteen siblings, Temperance McLain,...

  • Tribal group angered Pioneer Press hid medallion on St. Paul land considered sacred

    Jan 30, 2024

    Members of a Native American nonprofit in St. Paul say they feel disrespected by the city's daily newspaper for hiding its annual Treasure Hunt medallion in a nature sanctuary east of downtown that the group manages and considers sacred land. "I hate to make the comparison, but it's like basically digging around in a church," said Jenna Grey Eagle, an environmental justice and stewardship programs manager for the nonprofit, Wakan Tipi Awanyankapi. "It's strictly just disrespect." The Pioneer...

  • Twin Cities home sales down 18% last year, the lowest in 20 years

    Jan 30, 2024

    Higher mortgage rates - and a lack of house listings - stifled buyers in the Twin Cities metro last year, causing sales to fall to the lowest level in more than 20 years. Still, with strong demand and too few options, sale prices managed to eke out a modest gain as buyers battled for a dwindling number of properties. "We saw fewer listings and fewer sales; and yet higher prices, surprisingly strong offers and relatively quick market times," said Amy Peterson, president of the St. Paul Area...

  • Longtime Twins infielder Jorge Polanco traded to Seattle Mariners

    Jan 30, 2024

    The first major domino of the Twins offseason fell Monday when Jorge Polanco, the longest-tenured player on the team, was traded to the Seattle Mariners in a five-player deal. The Twins received righthanded starter Anthony DeSclafani, reliever Justin Topa and minor leaguers Gabriel Gonzalez and Darren Bowen in exchange for Polanco, the switch-hitting second baseman who has been a regular part of the Twins infield since 2016. The Twins will receive cash in the deal to offset salaries. Polanco,...

  • Many workers displaced by slaughterhouse closure remain in Windom, awaiting opportunity

    Jan 30, 2024

    WINDOM, MINN. - By 5:30 p.m., Kristi Maricle's classroom is full with former workers from the shuttered hog slaughterhouse. On the smartboard reads an unfinished sentence. "So, Rosa, what does the whole sentence say?" Maricle said. There's murmuring in the rows. Some are in coats. One young man wears headphones. Kids color in the back. https://www.startribune.com/many-workers-displaced-by-slaughterhouse-closure-remain-in-windom-awaiting-opportunity/600339417/...

  • Hoax email prompts Wright County sheriff visit to Rep. Tom Emmer's Delano home

    Jan 30, 2024

    Someone tried to draw police and a hostage negotiator to the Delano home of U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer over the weekend by claiming a murder had taken place inside, the Wright County Sheriff's Office says. The five-term Republican posted about it on X Saturday. "Tonight my family and I were the target of a 'swatting' incident involving a 911 prank call that wrongly diverted a police presence to my home," Emmer wrote. He noted that other elected officials around the country have been similarly targeted...

  • Colorado woman says she didn't consent to being on Minnesota's presidential primary ballot. Now she can't get off it.

    Jan 30, 2024

    Krystal Gabel said she was surprised at 5 a.m. on a recent Friday by a Google alert saying she was a candidate for president of the United States. The Colorado resident clicked on the alert and learned for the first time that her name had been placed on Minnesota's March 5 presidential primary ballot as a candidate for Minnesota's Legal Marijuana Now Party, she said. "I did not give consent to be on the Minnesota ballot for this race," Gabel said in an email to the Star Tribune. "I was neither approached to run for office by anyone in the LMN...

  • Court filings: Gunman demanded money from drug dealer, then fatally shot 3 in Coon Rapids home

    Jan 30, 2024

    The shooting deaths of a woman, her son and and her husband late last week in the family's Coon Rapids home have been tied to illicit drug dealing by one of the victims and a demand for money by the gunman, according to court documents filed Monday. Alonzo P. Mingo, 37, of Fridley, was charged Monday afternoon with three counts of second-degree intentional murder in connection with the killings that occurred midday Friday at a house in the 200 block of NW. 94th Avenue, according to the Anoka...

  • Residents of 18 Minnesota counties may have been affected by data breach

    Jan 30, 2024

    Clients of county social service programs in 18 Minnesota counties may have had sensitive information stolen, including Social Security numbers, Clay County officials said Monday. In a notice of the data breach posted to its website Friday, Clay County said it determined in October that data was taken in a ransomware attack on a Clay County electronic document management system it hosts for many other Minnesota counties. An investigation found clients' Social Security numbers, addresses, birth dates, service information and insurance...

  • Five QBs the Vikings could target in the NFL draft and how to get them

    Jan 30, 2024

    The Vikings enter the 2024 offseason in a difficult spot at the quarterback position. Free agent Kirk Cousins will be entering his age 36 season and coming off of a torn Achilles. If Kwesi Adofo-Mensah decides to move on from Cousins, the general manager is armed with the 11th overall selection, putting him in prime position to target a rookie QB and trigger a rebuild. Here are five options the Vikings could be pondering as the April 25-27 draft approaches: 1. Trade up to the No. 7 pick and...

  • Proposal would cut red tape so clean energy projects can be built faster in Minnesota

    Jan 30, 2024

    As the state tries to find ways to meet its pledge of a carbon-free electric grid by 2040, a push to streamline the state's permitting system for renewable energy projects and transmission lines is gaining momentum ahead of the legislative session that begins in mid-February. While an effort to nix a contentious rule that can limit solar development on what's known as "prime farmland" has already stalled, a new and potentially influential task force report includes dozens of other ideas to...

  • Biden says US 'shall respond' after drone strike by Iran-backed group kills 3 US troops in Jordan

    Jan 30, 2024

    COLUMBIA, S.C. — President Joe Biden said Sunday that the U.S. ''shall respond'' after three American troops were killed and dozens more were injured in an overnight drone strike in northeast Jordan near the Syrian border. Biden blamed Iran-backed militias for the first U.S. fatalities after months of strikes by such groups against American forces across the Middle East since the start of the Israel-Hamas war. Biden, who was traveling in South Carolina, asked for a moment of silence during an appearance at a Baptist church's banquet hall....

  • Prisoners in the US are part of a hidden workforce linked to hundreds of popular food brands

    Jan 30, 2024

    ANGOLA, La. - A hidden path to America's dinner tables begins here, at an unlikely source – a former Southern slave plantation that is now the country's largest maximum-security prison. Unmarked trucks packed with prison-raised cattle roll out of the Louisiana State Penitentiary, where men are sentenced to hard labor and forced to work, for pennies an hour or sometimes nothing at all. After rumbling down a country road to an auction house, the cows are bought by a local rancher and then...

  • Rachel Thomas to speak at sex trafficking awareness event Feb. 1

    Jan 30, 2024

    BEMIDJI - Rachel Thomas will give her presentation, "The Cool Aunt: Sex Trafficking Awareness," at a sex trafficking awareness event at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 1, in the Bemidji High School auditorium. During the presentation, participants will learn the seven risk factors that lead to sex trafficking and get ongoing resources to avoid and overcome those risks, a release said. Thomas is a UCLA graduate, a presidential appointee to the United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking and a...

  • At Worthington school, teacher says diversity initiatives were met with hostility, threats

    Jan 30, 2024

    WORTHINGTON - When science teacher Jose Morales Collazo first began teaching at Worthington High School, he said he quickly noticed a lack of diversity when it came to celebrations and activities, especially considering the rapidly diversifying population of Worthington. "It didn't feel very diverse," Collazo said. "I did not see a celebration for Hispanic Heritage Month, Black History Month or Indigenous Day, those kinds of things, so I wondered if the students would like to see stuff like...

  • State's new Assisted Living Report Card goes live

    Jan 30, 2024

    The state’s new Assisted Living Report Card allows consumers to look up assisted living residences and find comparative ratings based on resident and family surveys, as well as ratings based on state inspections. Modeled after Minnesota’s longstanding and successful Nursing Home Report Card, the Assisted Living Report Card is designed to deliver useful information to help consumers make decisions about assisted living. Nearly 63,000 Minnesotans live in more than 2,200 licensed assisted living facilities across the state. Nearly four years...

  • Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community announces $2.3 million in grants, two new publications to support teaching of Native American content

    Jan 30, 2024

    Prior Lake, Minn. — The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC), through its Understand Native Minnesota campaign, today announced $2.3 million in grants and the availability of two new publications to support the teaching of Native American content in Minnesota schools. Understand Native Minnesota is the SMSC’s philanthropic campaign to improve the narrative about Native Americans in Minnesota’s K-12 education system. The campaign was launched in October 2019 and engaged in a wide variety of public awareness-raising, research,...

  • PSN PROJECT COORDINATOR - Department of Public Safety

    Jan 30, 2024

    JOB ANNOUNCEMENT PSN PROJECT COORDINATOR Department of Public Safety Open: January 30, 2024-until filled PRIMARY FUNCTION: The PSN Project Coordinator will coordinate with key Tribal departments and staff to oversee the Youth Violence Response Team meetings, community engagement, input meetings, and implementation of the program's strategic plan, data collections, and PSN grant management. The Project Coordinator will case manage the youth participants involved in the project's programming by pr...

  • Corps of Engineers hosts third public meeting on Red Lake water control plan

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    ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is updating its water control plan for Upper and Lower Red lakes in northern Minnesota and will host its third public meeting from 5:30–7:30 p.m. at the Redby Community Center, Redby, Minnesota, Feb. 12. Red Lake Dam is located at the outlet of Lower Red Lake in the northeastern part of Clearwater County, Minnesota, approximately 18 miles northeast of the village of Red Lake, Minnesota, and 196 river miles above the mouth of the Red Lake River. Corps water managers are...

  • MnDOT encourages schools, communities to join Winter Walk to School Day Feb. 7

    Jan 30, 2024

    ST. PAUL, Minn. – More than 60 Minnesota schools and hundreds of students are expected to participate in Minnesota’s Winter Walk to School Day on Wednesday, Feb. 7. The annual event, sponsored by Minnesota Safe Routes to School, encourages students and parents to celebrate the fun of walking while increasing their physical activity, reducing traffic congestion around schools, and practicing pedestrian and bicycle safety skills. “Many schools across the state are struggling to hire bus drivers and are expanding their walk zones to address...

  • COOK - RED LAKE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB-PONEMAH

    Jan 30, 2024

    VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT COOK RED LAKE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB-PONEMAH Open: January 22, 2024- Until filled. PRIMARY FUNCTIONS: Prepare and provide nutritious meals as well as ensuring a safe, clean and sanitary environment. Reports to Director. Full-time position with benefits. Salary; DOQ. ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES & DUTIES: • Prepare food by sanitary regulations and established policies and procedures • Review menus before preparation of food • Prepare meals by planned menus • Prepare...

  • One Iranian and Two Canadian Nationals Indicted in Murder-for-Hire Scheme

    Jan 30, 2024

    interstate commerce in the commission of a murder-for-hire plot. According to court documents, from December 2020 through March 2021, Naji Sharifi Zindashti, 49, Damion Patrick John Ryan, 43, and Adam Richard Pearson, 29, conspired with each other in a plot to murder two residents of the state of Maryland. The defendants, one of whom is based in Iran, used an encrypted messaging service called "SkyECC" to recruit individuals who would travel into the United States to carry out the killings, to d...

  • ACLU Sues Rhode Island Prison Forbidding Native Prisoner from Wearing Apache Headband

    Jan 30, 2024

    A Rhode Island prison system is denying a White Mountain Apache inmate his right to practice his religious beliefs by wearing an Apache headband, according to a lawsuit filed by American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) attorneys in Rhode Island District Court on Jan. 24. Since 2019, plaintiff Wolf Pawochawog-Mequinosh (formerly Brian Brownell, who changed his name in 2022) has filed four petitions with prison administration at the Adult Corrections Facility in Cranston, Rhode Island, seeking permission to wear an Apache headband. But prison...

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