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    Mar 13, 2024


  • Federal agent accuses DHS of failing to protect her from sexual misconduct

    Mar 13, 2024

    NEWARK - Emiljana Kodra felt thrilled to land a job as a U.S. immigration agent after serving as a police officer in Baltimore, until one of her new supervisors started texting her. He asked what kind of underwear she wore. He wondered about the warmth of her body. At the office, he allegedly grabbed her, according to a federal lawsuit she filed against the Department of Homeland Security. After she resisted him, Kodra said, she was transferred to one of U.S. Immigration and Customs...

  • Minnesota regulators announce plan to crack down on illegal cannabis sales

    Mar 13, 2024

    Minnesota regulators announced Tuesday they will be cracking down on retailers who sell illegal cannabis flower ahead of the launch of the state's recreational marijuana market. The Office of Cannabis Management has received some complaints about retailers who are selling illegal cannabis flower under the label of less-potent hemp. State health inspectors who have been monitoring the sale of hemp-derived edible products will now start examining raw flower to verify that it's hemp and not...

  • Target cuts dozens of jobs in marketing

    Mar 13, 2024

    Target Corp. cut dozens of marketing positions this week. A spokeswoman for the Minneapolis-based retailer declined to share the number of jobs eliminated, but said the reductions amount to 0.3% of its corporate workforce. Target has about 7,100 corporate employees who work in downtown Minneapolis, as well as thousands more who work at the campus in Brooklyn Park. In addition, it has other corporate employees around the U.S. and in India.

  • Charges: Bottineau Park employee stabbed teen inside northeast Minneapolis recreation center

    Mar 13, 2024

    A Minneapolis Park Board employee working at Bottineau Field Park in northeast Minneapolis was arrested last week and charged with second degree assault after police were called to the recreation center. The Hennepin County Attorney's Office has accused James Sweet, 53, of stabbing a 15-year-old boy with one of two knives he wore on a neck lanyard under his sweater. The victim told police he had been sitting on the couch talking to another teen, a 16-year-old, when Sweet took umbrage with their swearing, according to the criminal complaint....

  • An aid ship sets sail to Gaza, where hundreds of thousands face starvation 5 months into war

    Mar 13, 2024

    RAFAH, Gaza Strip ? An aid ship loaded with some 200 tons of food set sail for Gaza on Tuesday in a pilot program for the opening of a sea corridor to the territory, where the five-month-old Israel-Hamas war has driven hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to the brink of starvation. The push to get food in by sea ? along with a recent campaign of airdrops into isolated northern Gaza ? highlighted the international community's frustration with the growing humanitarian crisis and its inability...

  • Hur said Biden couldn't recall when his son died. The interview transcript is more complicated

    Mar 13, 2024

    WASHINGTON ? The White House knew it had a political problem on its hands when a special counsel report questioned President Joe Biden's memory last month, but Biden saw a much more personal affront as well. Robert Hur, who had been appointed to investigate whether Biden mishandled classified documents, wrote that the president couldn't recall in an interview with prosecutors the date when his adult son, Beau, died of cancer. It was a shocking contention about a keystone event in Biden's life,...

  • Letter carrier robberies continue as the US Postal Service, union and lawmakers seek solutions

    Mar 13, 2024

    When the U.S. Postal Service launched Project Safe Delivery last year, officials pledged they would be ''doubling down" on their efforts to combat growing rates of letter carrier robberies. The crackdown has led to hundreds of arrests, and robberies slowed toward the end of the year. But, overall, the number of postal carriers who were robbed in 2023 rose again and the number who were injured nearly doubled as criminals continue to target carriers for their antiquated ''arrow keys'' that allow...

  • Should Minnesota legislators still be allowed to vote remotely on bills? Senators debate issue

    Mar 13, 2024

    The Democratic leader of the Minnesota Senate lashed out at Republican members this week for trying to end the practice of remote voting while a DFL senator is undergoing cancer treatment. GOP state Sen. Steve Drazkowski proposed a motion to eliminate remote and proxy voting during a rules committee meeting last week. Four years after the COVID-19 pandemic began, legislators are still allowed to cast votes remotely under certain circumstances. On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Erin Murphy,...

  • Public hearing set for March 26 on Mercy Hospital relocation of intensive care, surgical services and closure of inpatient pediatric unit

    Mar 13, 2024

    The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) will hold a public hearing on March 26 at 6 p.m. on the relocation of Mercy Hospital Unity Campus (Fridley) intensive care services to the Mercy Campus (Coon Rapids), the relocation of Unity Campus surgical services to the Mercy Campus and the closure of the inpatient pediatric unit at Mercy Campus. All other Mercy pediatric services will remain in place. According to the submission filed by Mercy Hospital, these transitions will allow Mercy Hospital to refocus resources to better serve patients and...

  • Office of Cannabis Management Launches Effort to Address Illegal Sales of Raw Cannabis Flower

    Mar 13, 2024

    Saint Paul, MN –The Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) announced that it will begin enforcement to prevent the illegal sales of raw cannabis flower across Minnesota. The OCM has entered into an agreement with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to add inspection capacity for illegal sales of raw cannabis flower. While Minnesota has legalized the sale of hemp-derived cannabinoid consumer products, selling raw cannabis flower is currently illegal because OCM has not yet issued any cannabis business licenses. OCM has received complaints o...

  • DEED Opens New $50 Million Broadband Expansion Grant Round

    Mar 13, 2024

    St. Paul, MN – One week after funding 24 projects to expand broadband infrastructure in Minnesota, the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) today announced it is accepting applications for another $50 million in broadband development grants. “As a resident of Greater Minnesota, I know how important broadband is to our businesses, families and communities – and how difficult it is when internet is neither high-speed nor reliable,” said DEED Commissioner Matt Varilek. “The State of Minnesota and our partners continue to method...

  • Community Fan Bus - Red Lake Warriors VS Mahnomen - Wednesday March 13, 2024

    Red Lake Warriors VS Mahnomen Wednesday March 13, 2024 Ralph Engelstad Sports Arena Thief River Falls, MN. Community Fan Bus Cost per person $1 for bus ride Cost for game (you must pay for yourself) $ 8 adult / $5 students There will be 1 bus going; it will pick up in Ponemah at 5:00 pm and then pick up in Red Lake at 5:30 pm (Mike Nelson transportation coordinator stated if another bus is needed it will be provided). Students K-8th grade must have an adult with them on the bus and at the game....

  • Senator Elizabeth Warren Sponsors New Bill for Expanding Rural Tribal Housing Resource

    Mar 13, 2024

    Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) has announced new legislation aimed at funneling more money into Indian Country housing and other services through the Department of Agriculture's Rural Housing Service programs. Under the Tribal Rural Housing Access Act, the USDA would be required to set aside 5 percent of its funding under certain Rural Housing Service programs for use by tribes, tribally designated housing entities, tribal members, and tribal-owned entities. The legislation proposes...

  • Bree R Black Horse Hired to Prosecute MMIP Cases in Northwest Region

    Mar 13, 2024

    Bree R Black Horse (Seminole Nation of Oklahoma) has joined the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Washington as an Assistant United States Attorney dedicated to prosecuting cases involving Missing and Murdered Indigenous People (MMIP). Black Horse will work out of the Yakima Office and will serve throughout the Northwest Region, including Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho and California. Before joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Black Horse practiced law at the firm...

  • President of Diné College Named 2023-2024 Tribal College President Honoree of the Year by the American Indian College Fund

    Mar 13, 2024

    Dr. Charles Roessel, President of Diné College, has been named the 2023-2024 Tribal College President Honoree of the Year by the American Indian College Fund, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the tribal college movement. According to a statement of the Fund, growing up on the Navajo Reservation, Roessel was deeply influenced by his parents, who played pivotal roles in establishing Navajo Community College (Diné College), in 1968. Despite his father s...

  • A wave of emotions after Oscars

    Mar 13, 2024

    Maybe it was because her nomination was the first for a Native actress. Maybe it was the optimism of film critics at her chances. Maybe it was the reality that Native people have been holding their breath for nearly a century waiting for Hollywood to see us. Perhaps it was simply Lily Gladstone's own poise and grace in carrying the hopes of her people. Whatever the reason (and probably for all these reasons), Native people struggled to make sense of Gladstone losing to actress Emma Stone for...

  • Warriors move on in Section 8A with 96-88 upset win over Win-E-Mac - P3

    Michael Barrett, RLNN|Mar 13, 2024

    Warriors move on in Section 8A with 96-88 upset win over Win-E-Mac Will play Mahnomen/Waubunat 7:45 PM on Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls Red Lake Youth Sports: Red Lake Warriors get the big win and advance to the east subsection championship game Wednesday against the Mahnomen/Waubun Thunderbirds at 7:45 at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls. Shoutout to all the fans who showed up and packed the Ralph. Shoutout to the team, especially our...

  • Grand Opening of St. Mary's Mission Church in Red Lake held on Sunday, March 10, 2024 - P3

    Charmaine Branchaud|Mar 13, 2024

    St. Mary's Mission of Red Lake: 3/10/24 A day of celebration on the Grand Opening of St. Mary's Mission Church and a historical one as our 100+ year old church burned to the ground on December 2, 2017 and through the concept from Fr.Jerry on what the new church would look like to major fundraising for the past almost 7 years and the generous donations from our donors. A Walleye dinner was served after Mass. Have a blessed week....

  • Mahnomen/Waubun Thunderbirds upset Cass Lake Panthers 84-80 in Section 8A at the REA in Thief River Falls on Saturday - P3

    Michael Barrett, RLNN|Mar 13, 2024

    Mahnomen/Waubun Thunderbirds upset Cass Lake Panthers 84-80 in Section 8A at the REA in Thief River Falls on Saturday, March 9, 2024. Thunderbirds will move on and face the Red Lake Warriors on Wednesday, March 13th at the Ralph...

  • Warriors advance in Section 8A Tournament with 105-88 win over Bagley - P5

    Michael Barrett, RLNN|Mar 13, 2024

    Red Lake Youth Sports: Ogichidaag (Red Lake Warriors) get the victory (against the Bagley Flyers) to advance to the Ralph (Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls) this Saturday for a rematch against Win-E-Mac at 5:15 PM. Shoutout to all the fans who packed the stands, and cheered on the team. Gerald Kingbird, Jr. moved into the #3 spot on the (Red Lake) boys all time scoring list tonight with his 29 point performance....

  • Kingbird scores 2000th career point in Red Lake's 115-89 win over Kelliher-Northome on Friday night - P9

    Michael Barrett, RLNN|Mar 13, 2024

    Red Lake Youth Sports: Ogichidaag get the big win tonight over the Mustang's. Jack Brown led the way with 39 and Gerald Kingbird Jr. finished with 38 points. Kingbird became the 6th Warrior to join the 2,000 point club. Section 8A seeding will be done tomorrow to find out who will come to town on Thursday to begin the tournament. Shoutout to all our fans who packed the house tonight. Red Lake will host Bagley at 7 PM on Thursday, March 7, 2024 in the first round of the Section 8A boys...

  • Warriors on fire in 122-54 win over Badger-Greenbush-Middle River Monday night - P12

    Michael Barrett, RLNN|Mar 13, 2024

    Red Lake Youth Sports Varsity boys get the win tonight over the Gators 122-54. Gerald Kingbird, Jr surpassed his Dad in the first half on the warriors all time scoring list, then his sister Gerika early in the second half and finished with 42 points on the night. JB connects from downtown 11 times tonight and finished with 36. Dudley, Jr with a 13 piece and numerous boards, and senior Gordon Thompson, Jr got his first action battling back from ligament injuries and got a bucket, along with Amad...

  • Red Lake Nation State of the Band 2024 - P13

    Michael Barrett, RLNN|Mar 13, 2024

    Red Lake Tribal Chairman Darrell G. Seki Sr. State of the Band remarks: Good morning Red Lake Nation Members, Tribal Council, Chiefs, all Tribal and Gaming Employees and visitors. It's a great day as we are going through an unbelievable winter, climate change. I would like to start out by informing the members, that there will be a financial summit in April to answer any financial questions anyone may have. Treasurer Lussier will give an update on that event. EAST BOUNDARY AND OTHER TRIBAL...

  • Lady Warriors Struggle on Offense in 69-25 loss to Blackduck on Parent Night in Red Lake - P15

    Michael Barrett, RLNN|Mar 13, 2024

    Lady Warriors Struggle on Offense in 69-25 loss to Blackduck on Parent Night in Red Lake Red Lake's JV loses 36-24 in early game...

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