Articles from the March 1, 2021 edition

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December Skye Vanwert

December Skye Vanwert December 17, 1994 ~ February 24, 2021 (age 26) December Skye Vanwert, "Wahbanung" of the Turtle Clan, age 26, of Redby, Minnesota, passed away on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. December was born December 17, 1994, in Bemidji, Minnesota, to Larry and Roberta (McGinnis) Vanwert. She was raised in Redby and...

 

Janet Benjamin

Janet Benjamin April 19, 1965 - February 26, 2021 Janet Benjamin, 55-year-old resident of Onamia, MN passed away on February 26, 2021. A visitation will be held at 6 PM on Monday, March 1, 2021 at the District 1 Community Center on the Mille Lacs Reservation. A Funeral Ceremony will be held at 10 AM on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at...

 

James Roy Blacketter IV

James Roy Blacketter IV January 15, 1985 - February 23, 2021 James Roy Blacketter IV of Sawyer MN, passed away on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 36 years of age. He was born on January 15, 1985 in Cloquet to James Blacketter III and Shelly Martin. James was an enrolled member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa who...

 

Enrollment, funding drops challenge school budgets

Facing widespread enrollment drops, unexpected funding losses and uncertainty about how many students will return this fall, Minnesota school districts are hedging their bets as they create next year's budgets. Many public schools saw their numbers decline by the dozens - or hundreds - this year as families opted to home-school...

 

Traffic stop on Wadena County highway ends with 2 suspects shot dead, deputy wounded

Two suspects were fatally shot and an officer wounded following a traffic stop in Wadena County this weekend, the third fatal shooting involving law enforcement in Minnesota in the past week. A struggle between a sheriff's deputy and a motorist ended in gunfire about 8:45 p.m. Saturday near Sebeka, the Sheriff's Office said...

 

Some GOP state lawmakers help spread COVID-19 misinformation

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Many Republican lawmakers have criticized governors' emergency restrictions since the start of the coronavirus outbreak. Now that most legislatures are back in session, a new type of pushback is taking root: misinformation. In their own comments or by inviting skeptics to testify at legislative hearings, some...

 

Trump calls for GOP unity, repeats lies about election loss

ORLANDO, Fla. - Taking the stage for the first time since leaving office, former President Donald Trump on Sunday called for GOP unity, even as he exacerbated intraparty divisions by attacking fellow Republicans and promoting lies about the election in a speech that made clear he intends to remain a dominant political force....

 

Biden team readies wider economic package after virus relief

WASHINGTON - Looking beyond the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill, President Joe Biden and lawmakers are laying the groundwork for another top legislative priority - a long-sought boost to the nation's roads, bridges and other infrastructure that could run into Republican resistance to a hefty price tag. Biden and his team have...

 

J&J's 1-dose shot cleared, giving US 3rd COVID-19 vaccine

WASHINGTON - The U.S. is getting a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19, as the Food and Drug Administration on Saturday cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two. Health experts are anxiously awaiting a one-and-done option to help speed vaccinations, as they race against a virus that...

 

Biden hails House passage of $1.9T virus bill, now to Senate

WASHINGTON — The House approved a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill that was championed by President Joe Biden, the first step in providing another dose of aid to a weary nation as the measure now moves to a tense Senate. "We have no time to waste," Biden said at the White House after the House passage early Saturday. "We act now — decisively, quickly and boldly — we...

 

'Everyone' is watching Washington

Holly Cook Macarro, a partner at Spirit Rock Consulting, is a familiar face. She’s a regular contributor to Indian Country Today explaining what’s going on in Washington. There’s the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Keystone XL Pipeline and thousand of other pipelines criss-crossing North America. One that’s particularly important is Line 3. Enbridge is building the...

 

FDA Authorizes Johnson & Johnson's One-Shot COVID-19 Vaccine

A third COVID-19 vaccine is on the way, and this one requires only one shot for immunization. The Food and Drug Administration authorized Johnson & Johnson's vaccine for emergency use Saturday, a day after a panel of advisers to the agency voted unanimously (22-0) in its favor. "The authorization of this vaccine expands the...

 

Minnesota Trade Office Increases Foreign Representation to Promote Trade

ST PAUL – The Minnesota Trade Office, part of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), today announced a new partnership with the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers (GSGP) that will provide Minnesota businesses with access to seven new international representative locations. The newly retained GSGP offices have been contracted...

 

MPCA, Northwestern Minnesota leaders appeal for investment to help communities prepare for extreme weather

FRIDAY, February 26: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Commissioner Laura Bishop, area lawmakers, local mayors, and representatives from building trades and the insurance industry today made a public appeal to the legislature to pass a $2.9 million funding proposal that would help communities prepare for extreme rain events and other climate change impacts. Much of...

 

Republicans Failed to Sink Deb Haaland's Nomination-and Looked Like Fools in the Process

Deb Haaland, a Laguna Pueblo tribal citizen and President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Interior Department, is on the brink of history. If confirmed by the Senate, she would be the first Native American cabinet secretary. Interior manages one-fifth of the nation’s land and vast supplies of natural resources, all taken from Native people, as well as the lion’s share of...

 

ICYMI: U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (MN-04) Asks Biden to Review Line 3

U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum has joined a host of Minnesota legislators and congressional representatives who’ve spoken out against the Line 3 pipeline in Northern Minnesota by sending a letter to President Biden asking him to review the process of Line 3 permitting. “I urge your administration to examine the process the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers followed when issuing its...

 

House Passes $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Plan; Biden Calls For 'Quick Action' From Senate

House lawmakers on Friday approved President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, advancing the legislation to the Senate. The vote came days after the United States surpassed 500,000 deaths from COVID-19. The proposal would provide a new round of financial support for workers, families and businesses, including...

 

REVISED Girl's Basketball Schedule

REVISED Girl's Basketball Schedule March 2 - Home vs Kelliher-Northome March 11 - Home vs Clearbrook March 12 - Home vs Badger-Green Bush-Middle River March 13 - Home vs Nevis JV at 6 PM with Varsity to follow...

 

Group of RLHS Seniors hold fundraiser for trip to Florida - P2

A group of about a dozen Red Lake High School Seniors, on their own, planned an end of the year trip to Florida, right down to raising their own money to fund the trip. Their plan is to travel to Florida for a few days and go to Disney World together. According to their Facebook page, "We didn't get to spend our senior year...

 
 By Michael Barrett    News    March 1, 2021

Operation Warm comes to Red Lake and Ponemah - P2

The Minneapolis Fire Department joined with Red Lake Fire Department and volunteers from the Red Lake Nation Propane staff and police officer K9 Sgt. Harold Graves Jr., to provide coats to children in need on the Red Lake Reservation through an organization called Operation Warm ( https://www.operationwarm.org/ ). Operation...

 
 By Michael Barrett    News    March 1, 2021

Equay Wiigamig MMIW Prayer Vigil held in Red Lake - P4

A MMIW Prayer Vigil, sponsored by Equay Wiigamig (Women's Sheter) was held in Red Lake at the old Red Lake Trading Post on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. It began about noon followed by words from Red Lake Tribal Chairman Darrell Seki Sr., Mark Kingbird Sr, and other Equay Wiigamig Staff. Some of those in attendance wore red and...

 

Lady Warriors come off 2-game losing streak to down Blackduck 76-50 - P9

RED LAKE, MN - The Red Lake Lady Warriors hosted Blackduck on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, taking a 36-22 halftime lead and outscoring their opponents 41-28 in the second half to win, 76-50. Red Lake had defeated the Drakes in January 70-61 in Blackduck, and had came off a 2-game losing streak, falling to Cass Lake and Pine River...

 

Red Lake Girl's JV lose to the Blackduck 54-39 - P9

RED LAKE, MN - The Red Lake Lady Warriors hosted Blackduck on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, taking a 36-22 halftime lead and outscoring their opponents 41-28 in the second half to win, 76-50. Red Lake had defeated the Drakes in January 70-61 in Blackduck, and had came off a 2-game losing streak, falling to Cass Lake and Pine River...

 

Warriors squeak by Clearbrook-Gonvick 83-80 - P10

RED LAKE, MN - The Red Lake Warriors hosted Clearbrook-Gonvick on Friday, February 12, 2021, and the Bears were first to score, followed by ten more to lead 12-0 in the first half. But the Warriors fought back, even after D.J. Holtusen got his third foul and came out of the game near the 10-minute mark, and ended up leading at...

 

Red Lake Junior Varsity winners over Bears 61-59 in earlier game on Friday - P9

RED LAKE, MN - The Red Lake Warriors hosted Clearbrook-Gonvick on Friday, February 12, 2021, and the Bears were first to score, followed by ten more to lead 12-0 in the first half. But the Warriors fought back, even after D.J. Holtusen got his third foul and came out of the game near the 10-minute mark, and ended up leading at...

 

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