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  • Bradley "Brad" Clark Johnson, Sr.

    Feb 15, 2024

    Bradley "Brad" Clark Johnson, Sr. November 7, 1962 ~ February 13, 2024 (age 61) Bradley "Brad" Clark Johnson, Sr., "Ozaawizi animikii inini" meaning "Brown Thunderbird Man", age 61, of the Eagle Clan and Ponemah journeyed to the Spirit World on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, from Sanford Medical Center in Bemidji, MN. He was born on November 7, 1962, in Thief River Falls, MN, the son of Roseadelle (Fairbanks) and Dallas Johnson. Bradley was an avid outdoorsman, hunting, trapping, fishing, and...

  • Kileen Lucille (Bailey) Weise

    Feb 15, 2024

    Kileen Lucille (Bailey) Weise June 28, 1958 ~ February 12, 2024 (age 65) Kileen Lucille Weise, age 65, peacefully journeyed to the spirit world on Monday, February 12th, 2024, from her home in Dilworth, MN. She was born on June 28th, 1958, in Waukegan, Illinois to parents Bernice (Firstshoot) and Clarence Bailey. Kileen loved spending time with her parents and siblings, being the 4th out of 5 children. Kileen graduated from North Chicago Community high school in 1978. She dedicated half of her...

  • Raymond Eugene Doust Jr.

    Feb 15, 2024

    Raymond Eugene Doust Jr. March 14, 1966 - February 11, 2024 Waaseyaange, Raymond Doust Jr., age 57, passed away on February 11, 2024. Visitation will begin at 6 PM on Wednesday, February 14, 2024, at the District 1 Community Center on the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Reservation. A Funeral Ceremony will begin at 10 AM on Thursday, February 15, 2024, at the District 1 Community Center on the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Reservation. Interment will be in the Vineland Burial Grounds. Waaseyaange,...

  • At least 8 children among 22 hit by gunfire at end of Chiefs' Super Bowl parade; 1 person killed

    Feb 15, 2024

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Eight children were among 22 people hit by gunfire in a shooting at the end of Wednesday's parade to celebrate the Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl win, authorities said, as terrified fans ran for cover and yet another high-profile public event was marred by gun violence. One person was killed, identified by her radio station as a DJ. Kansas City Police Chief Stacey Graves detailed the shooting's toll at a news conference and said three people had been taken into custody. She...

  • Polaris snowmobile driver, company charged after Alaska collision that killed three sled dogs

    Feb 15, 2024

    A Minnesota Polaris employee is facing a reckless driving charge in Alaska after a December snowmobile collision that killed three sled dogs. Alaska State Troopers said in a news release Tuesday that 48-year-old Erik Johnson of Roseau, a test rider for Polaris, and the company were charged with a single misdemeanor for operating the vehicle in a way that created "a substantial and unjustifiable risk of harm to a person or property." Charging documents released Wednesday by the Alaska Department...

  • Snow, cold move into Minnesota, temporary return to winter after record warm streak

    Feb 15, 2024

    The longest January thaw recorded in Twin Cities weather history is about to come to an end, first with what's expected to be the largest snowfall of the season, followed by the coldest day in more than three weeks. A fast-moving front is forecast to bring 2 to 5 inches of snow across much of southern Minnesota and the Twin Cities, where a winter weather advisory is in effect from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning. Snow started falling in Minneapolis around 3 p.m. Other cities in the...

  • After border bill failure, ICE considers mass releases to close budget gap

    Feb 15, 2024

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has drafted plans to release thousands of immigrants and slash its capacity to hold detainees after the failure of a Senate border bill that would have erased a $700 million budget shortfall, according to four officials at ICE and the Department of Homeland Security. The bipartisan border bill that Republican lawmakers opposed last week would have provided $6 billion in supplemental funding for ICE enforcement operations. The bill's demise has led ICE...

  • Hundreds of Minnesotans march for missing and murdered Indigenous relatives

    Feb 15, 2024

    As Ana Negrete read the names of Indigenous relatives missing and murdered in Minnesota, a deep silence fell over a room dressed in vibrant red at the East Phillips Community Center. Due to gaps in data and reporting the list was not comprehensive, Negrete said Wednesday at a memorial and march meant to honor those lost. As she neared the end of the long list, audience members, overcome by emotion in the overflowing gym, began to shout out names of their own, the air filling with ceremonial...

  • Federal sentences imposed in Minneapolis carjacking ring that targeted Somali rideshare drivers

    Feb 15, 2024

    Three of four Minneapolis men charged in a violent 2021 carjacking conspiracy that terrorized rideshare drivers in the Twin Cities received federal sentences of just under a decade in prison this week. The sentences are bringing to a close a case that federal prosecutors say involved a campaign of extreme and "utterly gratuitous" violence that singled out Somali Uber and Lyft drivers and left a lasting toll on its victims. The indictment, announced soon after U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger returned...

  • Assault charges: Botched Minneapolis robbery left one man dead, injured another while toddler nearby

    Feb 15, 2024

    A man has been charged for his role in a Minneapolis shooting during a botched robbery attempt that left one man dead and hospitalized another just feet from a toddler. Hennepin County prosecutors charged Darnell Cornelius Lewis, 21, of St. Paul with first-degree robbery and first- and second-degree assault for a shooting in the alley of a small apartment building in the 2400 block of Golden Valley Road last Friday that killed Marlo Randy Phillips, 27, and left a second victim with serious injuries. Lewis is expected to make his first court...

  • South Korea says North Korea has fired cruise missiles, adding to provocative run in weapons tests

    Feb 15, 2024

    SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea on Wednesday fired multiple cruise missiles into the sea in its fifth test of such weapons since January, South Korea's military said, extending a streak in weapons demonstrations that's elevating tensions in the region. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said the South Korean and U.S. militaries were analyzing the launches that were detected in waters northeast of the eastern coastal city of Wonsan. The South Korean military didn't immediately provide the...

  • 3 officers shot in Washington while attempting to make an animal cruelty arrest

    Feb 15, 2024

    WASHINGTON - Three police officers were shot in Washington during an attempted animal cruelty arrest that touched off an hourslong standoff Wednesday, police said. The wounds included injuries to officers' hands and feet, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Pamela Smith said. They were being treated at area hospitals, per the Metropolitan Police Department. A fourth officer was hurt at the scene, but not shot. The shooter remained barricaded inside a home in the southeast part of the nation's...

  • Minnesota Legislature likely to steer clear of major new investments in schools in 2024

    Feb 15, 2024

    Minnesota schools won $2.2 billion in new funding the last time the Legislature met, but as lawmakers reconvened this week, the 2024 legislative session thus far carries little hope of a splashy education encore. Restraint instead is the message, and it's been heard by education advocates, who nonetheless plan to continue to push for additional revenue as district budgets are squeezed. "We educate the children and we won't quiet our voices," said St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Joe...

  • Officials sound alarm about new Russian 'space threat'

    Feb 15, 2024

    Russia is developing a space-based military capability that members of Congress and U.S. officials worry could pose a significant threat to the United States and its allies, possibly by damaging critical intelligence or communications satellites with a nuclear weapon, according to officials familiar with the matter. The precise nature of the system was unclear. One person referred to it as "a new Russian space threat capability." Some officials were alarmed after examining classified...

  • Israeli jets hit Lebanon in heaviest strike since Gaza war began

    Feb 15, 2024

    BEIRUT - Israel on Wednesday launched its longest and heaviest attack on neighboring Lebanon since the start of the Gaza war, striking several locations in the south, killing at least one Hezbollah fighter and three civilians, and raising further the specter of war between the two long-standing enemies. Israeli fighter jets began "an extensive wave of attacks in Lebanese territory," Israeli Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari announced as the strikes were underway, saying details were to follow. The action...

  • Minnesota mayor and son charged with illegally growing hundreds of marijuana plants

    Feb 15, 2024

    WINNEBAGO, Minn. — Charges filed Friday, Feb. 9 allege Winnebago’s mayor and his son had an illegal cannabis growing operation in the southern Minnesota city. Mayor Scott Robertson, 67, and Jacob Robertson, 46, face two felonies related to unlawful cultivation of cannabis plants and two felonies related to aiding and abetting and conspiracy in Faribault County District Court. A criminal complaint filed against them Friday states that investigators reported finding 240 cannabis plants growing at Winnebago properties owned by the Robertsons. Und...

  • On Valentine's Day, Attorney General Ellison Warns Minnesotans to Avoid Romance Scams

    Feb 15, 2024

    February 14, 2024 (SAINT PAUL) — Today, Attorney General Keith Ellison issued a warning to Minnesotans about how to avoid romance scams online. The warning is the first in a series of monthly Scam Stopper alerts that Attorney General Ellison will be issuing to help protect Minnesota consumers from fraud. Click here to view and download the video message from Attorney General Ellison. "It’s my job to help Minnesotans afford their lives, which means protecting people from the sophisticated scams happening nowadays,” said Attorney General Ellis...

  • MMIW-MMIM Walk held on February 14, 2024 in Red Lake

    Feb 15, 2024

    Giiwitaa Ododewisiwin: Howah CHI MIIGWECH!!! We came together on this cold day to walk for our MMIW/MMIM. Thank you everyone that attended our event & showed support! Enjoy some photos from todays event *also special s/o to Westbrooks for providing breakfast pizza & our lovely Karen for the breakfast sandwiches! Shari Smith: Next time we'll get 30 pizza's. Thank you to the community for coming out and being supportive, the walkers, the drivers, the sign makers and holders, to the staff for...

  • Interior Department Unveils Equity Action Plan, Outlines Continued Work to Advance Justice and Equity

    Feb 15, 2024

    WASHINGTON — As part of the 2024 White House Convening on Equity, hosted by the Domestic Policy Council, the Department of the Interior today released its comprehensive Equity Action Plan, detailing strategic initiatives aimed at advancing equity across its operations and engagements. Rooted in the agency’s core mission to safeguard the nation’s natural resources, honor trust responsibilities to Indigenous communities and promote environmental justice, this plan sets forth a roadmap for promoting fairness, transparency and inclusivity in all a...

  • Interior Department Reaches Landmark Agreement with Klamath Basin Tribes, Project Irrigators to Collaborate on Ecosystem Restoration and Water Reliability

    Feb 15, 2024

    WASHINGTON — The Department of the Interior today announced a historic agreement with the Klamath Tribes, Yurok Tribe, Karuk Tribe and Klamath Water Users Association to advance collaborative efforts to restore the Klamath Basin ecosystem and improve water supply reliability for Klamath Project agriculture. The Department also announced more than $72 million in new investments – including funding from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda – for ecosystem restoration and agricultural infrastructure modernization. “The collabora...

  • Governor Walz, Lieutenant Governor Flanagan Congratulate, Thank Col. Matt Langer for a 25 Year Career at State Patrol

    Feb 15, 2024

    [ST. PAUL, MN] – Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan today released statements congratulating Minnesota State Patrol Col. Matt Langer on an outstanding career and wishing him well in his next role. After serving the Minnesota State Patrol for nearly 25 years, Col. Matt Langer announced today he is leaving the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to take a new role as Director of Global Policing with the International Association of Chiefs of Police. “Col. Matt Langer’s dedication, compassion, and commitment to Minne...

  • Col. Matt Langer announces departure from Minnesota State Patrol

    Feb 15, 2024

    ST. PAUL — After serving the Minnesota State Patrol for nearly 25 years, Col. Matt Langer announced today he is leaving the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to take a position as the director of global policing for the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Col. Langer began his career with the State Patrol in 1999, where he developed an appreciation for the organization and discovered a passion for traffic safety. He worked his way through the ranks and has been the State Patrol’s chief for the past 10 years. Col. Langer’s accom...

  • Three Men Sentenced to Prison for Violent Carjacking Conspiracy that Targeted Uber and Lyft Drivers

    Feb 15, 2024

    ST. PAUL, Minn. – Three Minneapolis men have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a series of violent carjackings and armed robberies targeting Uber and Lyft drivers, announced United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger. “The defendants targeted innocent people who were simply doing their jobs,” said U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger. “The crimes committed by these four men contributed to the sharp increase in violent carjackings throughout the Twin Cities in recent years and left victims with physical and emotional scars. I commend our law enf...

  • How Do You Say 'I Love You' in Your Indigenous Language?

    Feb 15, 2024

    Over a decade ago, the Native American sketch comedy group 1491s went online and asked their fans and supporters a simple question: "How do you say, 'I Love You' in your Indigenous language?" People from all over Indian Country and around the world answered with short videos that feature them showing their love and speaking it in their Native tongues, including Lakota, Mohawk, Haida, Native Hawaiian, Maori, Karuk, Yupik, Cherokee and dozens of other languages. The 1491s stitched those clips...

  • READ NCAI President Mark Macarro's State of Indian Nations Address

    Feb 15, 2024

    WASHINGTON - National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) President Mark Macarro, who also serves as the chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians located in Temecula, California, gave his first State of Indian Nations address before a live audience at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C. on Monday. The purpose of the annual address is to provide an update on the issues important to Indian Country and a vision for the upcoming year. On Monday, Macarro announced three actions NCAI will...

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