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  • Roberta Lorraine Smith

    Apr 3, 2024

    Roberta Lorraine Smith June 7, 1963 - March 28, 2024 Roberta L. Smith 60 of St. Michael, ND passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2024 at her home. There will be a procession to Seven Dolors Catholic Church, Fort Totten ND on Sunday, April 7, 2024 from City Plaza, Devils Lake at 4:00 p.m. Visitation will be at Seven Dolors from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with a Rosary and Scripture Service at 6:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, April 8th at the church at 10:00 a.m. with burial in S...

  • Andrew Boswell

    Apr 3, 2024

    Andrew Boswell March 8, 1995 - March 30, 2024 Andrew "Andy Man" Boswell, age 29, of Naytahwaush, MN, died unexpectedly on Saturday, March 30, 2024. Andrew James was born on March 8, 1995, in Minneapolis, MN, the son of Ursula Boswell and Jeremy Donovan. He attended grade school in the Twin Cities Metro area and his high school years were spent in Nebraska. Following his schooling, Andrew worked construction in Nebraska and spent a few years in Colorado. In 2007, he moved to the White Earth Reser...

  • Storm outbreak forecast from Gulf Coast to Ohio Valley, 'intense tornadoes' possible

    Apr 3, 2024

    An outbreak of severe thunderstorms, including the potential for "several tornadoes, a few intense," is expected Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center. Parts of Ohio and Kentucky have a rare Level 4 out of 5 severe weather risk, with a "string of pearls" - or a lengthy line of rotating supercell thunderstorms - expected to form by early afternoon. An elevated threat of severe storms extends from the Gulf Coast to Lake Erie. Wind dynamics in the atmosphere...

  • Iowa-LSU was most-watched women's college basketball game on record, ESPN says

    Apr 3, 2024

    The back-and-forth thriller between Iowa and LSU on Monday night, which sent Caitlin Clark's Hawkeyes to the Final Four, was the most-watched women's college basketball game on record, according to Nielsen data shared Tuesday by ESPN. The game averaged 12.3 million viewers, ESPN said, making it the most-watched college basketball game, men's or women's, to air on ESPN platforms. The matchup was a much-hyped rematch of last year's championship game that LSU won, featuring Clark and LSU's own...

  • Zelensky signs law lowering draft age to 25 in bid to boost military ranks

    Apr 3, 2024

    KYIV - Ukrainian men as young as 25 can now be conscripted into military service after President Volodymyr Zelensky signed a new law Tuesday lowering the draft age - a bid to replenish Kyiv's badly depleted troop ranks more than two years into Russia's invasion. Lowering the conscription age, which had been 27, was the most significant measure in a mobilization draft bill that has already seen thousands of amendments in parliament since the start of this year. Although citizens can voluntarily...

  • Bird flu in humans, explained

    Apr 3, 2024

    After a dairy worker in Texas was infected with a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu, disease trackers worry the recent outbreak among cattle could develop into a larger threat. The risk to the general public remains low, but experts are concerned about the possibility of the H5N1 virus evolving and more easily spreading from birds to other mammals. Here's what to know about bird flu, its symptoms and treatment, and its risk to humans and pets. What is bird flu? Avian influenza is a disease...

  • Boeing's troubles are spilling over to its airline customers

    Apr 3, 2024

    After three years of scrambling to hire and train pilots, United Airlines is encouraging its aviators to take unpaid time off next month, the latest example of how woes at Boeing - including delays in aircraft delivery - are rippling through the aviation industry. Production limits imposed on Boeing after a piece of the wall blew off an Alaska Airlines plane midflight in January are in part responsible for the delays, which are forcing carriers to halt hiring and rethink schedules even as...

  • Campaign check: Minnesota Rep. Tom Emmer falsely claims Biden chose Easter for Trans Day of Visibility

    Apr 3, 2024

    Minnesota GOP Rep. Tom Emmer blasted President Joe Biden on social media over the weekend, claiming he declared Easter Sunday as "Transgender Day of Visibility" - which happened to fall on the same day this year - while also falsely saying he was "banning children from using religious symbols for a White House Easter egg art contest." The House Majority Whip posted the criticism on X over the weekend and doubled down on the claim in tweets this week from his campaign account, sharing a Fox News...

  • MnDOT's 2024 to-do list includes nearly 200 road and bridge projects

    Apr 3, 2024

    The recent cool and snowy weather has slowed the start of road construction season, but in the coming days motorists will start feeling the pinch as the Minnesota Department of Transportation gets started on slate of new projects across the state, and resumes others it didn't finish last year. Lane closures will kick in Thursday on I-94 between Oakdale and Woodbury in the east metro. Ramps from eastbound I-494 to northbound Hwy. 100 and southbound Hwy. 100 to eastbound I-494 will shut down...

  • A great time for women's basketball during a hard time for college sports fans

    Apr 3, 2024

    Monday was a triumph for women's basketball. Four great teams played in two separate NCAA region finals, with each school led by a recognizable star: Caitlin Clark for Iowa vs. Angel Reese of LSU; Paige Bueckers of UConn vs. JuJu Watkins of USC. The games delivered on multiple levels, which is not always the case when contests are so highly anticipated. They were competitive. The stars shined brightly. If you follow a lot of sports fans and went on social media at all from roughly 6 p.m....

  • No suspects sought in Blaine couple's deaths, guns taken from their home that day

    Apr 3, 2024

    Law enforcement says it is pursuing no suspects in connection with either the shooting deaths of two people in the couple's vehicle last week in Blaine or the taking of dozens of guns from their home during an apparent ransacking. The bodies of Sarah Fay Gordon, 41, and longtime private security provider Daniel Joseph Seman, 66, were found by police around noon on March 27 in an SUV parked in an area of retail outlets in the 10700 block of Town Square Drive NE. Sheriff's Office spokeswoman...

  • U.S. Attorney's Office adds Duluth office in time for indictment of 8 alleged drug traffickers

    Apr 3, 2024

    DULUTH - The U.S. Attorney's Office has hired a full-time criminal prosecutor to work out of the Federal Building in Duluth - the first time the Minnesota district has added a position outside of the Twin Cities just as eight alleged drug traffickers are charged this week with dealing meth and fentanyl out of the region. Nichole Carter had worked for the St. Louis County Attorney's Office until she shifted to her new role in February. U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger introduced Carter as part of a...

  • Ex-teacher and volleyball coach in Pine Island who sexually assaulted student gets 12-year sentence

    Apr 3, 2024

    A former teacher and volleyball coach in Pine Island, Minn., has received a 12-year term for sexually assaulting a young teenage student for more than two months last year. Lindsey R. Schneeberger, 25, was sentenced Monday in Olmsted County District Court after she pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with abusing a girl who was 13 when the abuse began. With credit for a few days in jail after her arrest, Schneeberger is expected to serve the first eight years in prison and the balance on supervised release....

  • Fridley Powerball player just misses $1B prize, wins $1 million

    Apr 3, 2024

    While the jackpot in the multistate Powerball lottery has surged past the $1 billion mark, there was no foolin' around in Fridley on April Fools' Day this year, when a player snared a cool $1 million prize. A Powerball ticket purchased at Casey's General Store along University Avenue matched the first five numbers drawn Monday night to snag the $1 million windfall - before taxes. The numbers drawn were 19-24-40-42-56, and the Powerball was 23. The $1 million prize must be claimed in person at...

  • With famine looming, aid group halts food delivery in Gaza after Israeli strike kills 7 workers

    Apr 3, 2024

    DEIR AL-BALAH, Gaza Strip - Some of Israel's closest allies, including the United States, on Tuesday condemned the deaths of seven aid workers who were killed by airstrikes in Gaza - a loss that prompted multiple charities to suspend food deliveries to Palestinians on the brink of starvation. The deaths of the World Central Kitchen workers threatened to set back efforts by the U.S. and other countries to open a maritime corridor for aid from Cyprus to help ease the desperate conditions in...

  • Tribes blast South Dakota governor's claim that leaders are benefitting from drug cartels

    Apr 3, 2024

    Relations between South Dakota tribes and Republican Gov. Kristi Noem have long been strained, but they have become even more contentious recently as Noem has pointedly criticized tribal leaders, accusing some of profiting from drug dealing and questioning their commitments to children on reservations. In speeches at community forums, Noem has slammed leaders of the tribes in the state as being more interested in hurting her politically and profiting from drug cartels than improving the lives...

  • Gruesome video shown at trial on fatal Apple River stabbing

    Apr 3, 2024

    A graphic video depicting the final moments of teenager Isaac Schuman's life was shown in St. Croix County Circuit Court on Monday, the opening day of Nicolae Miu's trial. The 54-year-old Prior Lake man is charged with stabbing Schuman and four others in a 2022 fight on the Apple River. Filmed from just a few feet away by a friend of Schuman's, the three-minute, 25-second cellphone video shows how an encounter between Miu and a group of teenage boys quickly and chaotically turned from shouting...

  • Charges against Oscar Luna dropped in connection to sexual assault of 11-year-old girl in Bemidji

    Apr 3, 2024

    BEMIDJI - Updates to a case centered around the sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl in Bemidji have been released nearly seven months after the investigation began. Beltrami County Attorney David Hanson issued the additional details and case updates on Tuesday afternoon following a hearing for Oscar Luna, who has been one of the main suspects in the case up to this point. Law enforcement became aware of the incident at 2:15 a.m. on Sept. 23, 2023, when a Bemidji police officer responded to...

  • Minnesota may install barrier to stop invasive carp from moving further up Mississippi River

    Apr 3, 2024

    A proposal to install a barrier in southern Minnesota to prevent invasive carp from moving up the Mississippi River got a surprise boost last week. After a February budget forecast showed a surplus in the fund, the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Councilvoted to allocate $12 million to a deterrent at Lock and Dam No. 5 in the Mississippi River north of Winona, bypassing its usual review process. The council makes recommendations on how to spend money from a dedicated sales tax....

  • How zebra mussels spurred the Red Lake Nation push to return tribal lands

    Apr 3, 2024

    Tribal nations across Minnesota are pressing to recover lands reserved for them under treaties signed by the U.S. government. While this has been described as a movement under the broad term "land back" the issues on the ground are specific to individual tribal nations. Red Lake Nation, north of Bemidji, is a prime example. Recent bills introduced in the state legislature propose to transfer a mile-wide buffer of land around Upper Red Lake, including all state-owned land and property within Red...

  • Red Lake Elementary School Archery Program empowers youth

    Dan Ninham|Apr 3, 2024

    Just over 21 years ago Red Lake Elementary School physical education teacher Denise Houle saw a niece competing in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®) in another school district and brought the idea to the Red Lake School District. Red Lake Elementary School Special Education Teacher Scott Hanson started to coach in the program a year after it started and has been directly involved ever since. According to the NASP website: "The NASP® is an in-school program aimed at imp...

  • Native American Actor Cole Brings Plenty is Missing

    Apr 3, 2024

    Cole Brings Plenty (Mnicouju Lakota), 27-year-old nephew of famed Native American actor Mo Brings Plenty, has been missing since Sunday, March 31. According to various media reports, Cole was last seen and heard from on Sunday. His vehicle, a white 2005 Ford Explorer with chipping paint, was seen exiting Lawrence, Kansas and heading southbound on U.S. Highway 59. He is 5'10" and between 145-150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Cole is a student at Haskell Indian Nations University, where...

  • Native nonprofits lead the way

    Apr 3, 2024

    On Tuesday's ICT Newscast, a Native nonprofit in Minnesota gets a million dollar boost from a major philanthropist for culture, and agriculture. The head of First People's Fund shares his goals. A young Native leader tells us why she is optimistic about our climate future. ICT's short series called Indigenous in 2024 asks changemakers of today about their reflections, observations and hopes. Justin Huenemann is the new president and CEO of First People's Fund. News about climate change can...

  • Prescribed burns planned for this spring

    Apr 3, 2024

    Prior Lake, Minn. – The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) is planning prescribed burns this spring in several locations on SMSC lands listed below. The SMSC conducts prescribed burns on SMSC lands and, upon request and through mutual aid agreements, in neighboring jurisdictions each spring and fall as an effective land stewardship tool. SMSC locations this spring*: Prairies located northeast of the junction of County Road 79 and County Road 72 Prairie located to the northwest of the j...

  • BCA shares new details on force incident near Chanhassen

    Apr 3, 2024

    ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has confirmed the identity of the woman and a police officer involved in a pursuit and use-of-force incident March 26 near Chanhassen. Amanda Nelson, 33, of Bloomington was treated for minor injuries and has since been taken into custody and charged in connection to the incident. The BCA has also identified the South Lake Minnetonka police officer who used force during this incident. Zachary Robertson fired his department handgun. He has 18 years of law e...

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