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  • Sandrea "Sandy" Ann Mason

    Jun 7, 2024

    Sandrea "Sandy" Ann Mason March 16, 1947 - June 3, 2024 A full obituary will be published soon. All-Night Visitation: Thursday, June 6, 2024 Minnesota Women's Indian Resource Center Minneapolis, Minnesota Funeral Service: Friday, June 7, 2024 11:00 A.M. Minnesota Women's Indian Resource Center Minneapolis, Minnesota...

  • Outages shroud Ukraine as Russian strikes on power plants take their toll

    Jun 7, 2024

    KYIV - The cutoffs started Monday and have only increased throughout the week, plunging much of Ukraine's capital into darkness save for a few hours every day. In some parts of the city, even the traffic lights are turned off, and at night entire neighborhoods are draped in black. The relentless pounding of Ukraine's power plants by Russian drones and missiles is finally being felt. The state electricity distributor, Ukrenergo, said the latest onslaught on the power grid over the weekend meant...

  • 'Unusual' cancers emerged after the pandemic. Doctors ask if covid is to blame.

    Jun 7, 2024

    ROCK HILL, S.C. - Kashyap Patel looked forward to his team's Friday lunches. All the doctors from his oncology practice would gather in the open-air courtyard under the shadow of a tall magnolia tree and catch up. The atmosphere tended to the lighthearted and optimistic. But that week, he was distressed. It was 2021, a year into the coronavirus pandemic, and as he slid into a chair, Patel shared that he'd just seen a patient in his 40s with cholangiocarcinoma, a rare and lethal cancer of the...

  • At 102, a WWII veteran died on his way to Normandy to commemorate D-Day

    Jun 7, 2024

    Nearly 80 years after Bob Persichitti watched the flag raised atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima, the 102-year-old Navy veteran was headed to Normandy to commemorate another major World War II assault. But Persichitti suffered a medical emergency just days before the D-Day ceremony in France, was flown from a ship by helicopter and died at a military hospital in Germany, Honor Flight Rochester President and CEO Richard Stewart told The Washington Post. "Bob was one that really...

  • Amid a volatile week in the WNBA, the show arrives in Washington

    Jun 7, 2024

    Capital One Arena has been Washington's basketball hub for nearly three decades, but its primary tenants, the rebuilding Washington Wizards and Georgetown Hoyas, have struggled to generate much excitement in recent seasons. This week, the WNBA returns to the building, and the D.C. debuts of two of the biggest names in the sport are bringing a rare buzz. On Thursday, the Washington Mystics hosted the Chicago Sky, which is led by Angel Reese, and suffered a 79-71 loss to fall to 0-10. On Friday,...

  • Biden says he wouldn't pardon son in felony gun case in Delaware

    Jun 7, 2024

    President Biden said Thursday he would not pardon his son Hunter Biden if he is convicted in his felony gun trial in Delaware. Joe Biden said yes when asked in an ABC News interview whether he would rule out pardoning Hunter Biden, according to the network. Joe Biden also said yes when interviewer David Muir asked whether the president would accept the trial's outcome. The president has said for months that he would not pardon his son.

  • DFL senator resigns to focus on congressional run, putting control of Minnesota Senate on ballot

    Jun 7, 2024

    Control of the Minnesota Senate will be on the ballot this November after DFL Sen. Kelly Morrison announced Thursday she will vacate her seat to focus on her campaign for Congress in the Third District. That will leave the Senate deadlocked at 33-33, with a special election for Morrison's seat deciding control of the chamber. Morrison is resigning early enough in the year to line up a special election with the August primary and November general election, instead of holding it on a separate...

  • Michael Bloomberg joins with Timberwolves minority owners Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez

    Jun 7, 2024

    The ownership battle for the Timberwolves between majority shareholder Glen Taylor and minority shareholders Marc Lore and Alex Rodriguez is adding some financial heft. Michael Bloomberg has agreed to join the ownership group of Lore and Rodriguez, sources confirmed to the Star Tribune. The former mayor of New York City is the 10th-richest man in America and has a net worth of $96.3 billion, according to Forbes. The contentious and public battle over who owns the Timberwolves and Lynx is...

  • Red Lake Nation College opens in Minneapolis, offering higher education and cultural connection

    Jun 7, 2024

    Red Lake Nation College on Thursday celebrated the opening of its downtown Minneapolis location, with music and applause filling the air as supporters gathered to mark one of the first times an accredited tribal college has set up in an American city. "It's really hard to do. If it was easy, it would have been done a long time ago," College President Dan King told a crowd of tribal members, government officials and others packed into the school's new building on 3rd Street, across from U.S....

  • Four candidates file for Three Red Lake School Board Seats coming up in January 2025

    Jun 7, 2024

    RED LAKE, MN - Four candidates filed for three Red Lake School Board Seats coming up in January 2025. The filing period began on May 21, 2024 and closed at 5 p.m. on June 4, 2024. Those filing were: Brian Lussier Jr., Michael Barrett Sr., Douglas "Jack" Desjarlait and Rob McClain Sr. There are 7 members on the Red Lake School Board. Current Board Members whose terms end in January 2025 are Michael Barrett, Douglas "Jack" Desjarlait and Robert Pemberton Sr. The 4 members who are not up for...

  • Judge denies Feeding Our Future leader's request to sanction Minnesota Department of Education

    Jun 7, 2024

    A Ramsey County judge has denied Feeding Our Future executive director Aimee Bock's request to sanction the Minnesota Department of Education for allegedly destroying and hiding evidence in a lawsuit she filed against the department. Bock, who led the St. Anthony nonprofit at the center of a massive FBI fraud investigation, alleged this year that Education Department employees tried to cover up information by using a burner phone and misspelling words in messages to one another to evade being...

  • Sterlin Harjo reveals how Minnesota comics played a major role in creating 'Reservation Dogs'

    Jun 7, 2024

    Sterlin Harjo's upcoming visit to the Walker Art Center won't be his first time in Minnesota. Fifteen years ago, he teamed up with fellow Native Americans from Oklahoma and Minnesota to film a comedy video in Blue Earth called "Wolf Pack Auditions." That seven-minute film kicked off a relationship that would play a role in the making of "Reservation Dogs," which he co-created. Several members of that comedy troupe, the 1491s, including Dallas Goldtooth of the Bemidji-based Indigenous...

  • Marauders in SUV zip around Minneapolis, bash dozens of vehicle windows, steal items

    Jun 7, 2024

    Thieves dashed around Minneapolis neighborhoods in a stolen SUV last week, bashing in the windows of more than 40 vehicles and stealing money, identification cards and cellphones before abandoning the SUV and escaping, according to police and court records. No arrests have been announced. Vehicle owners mostly in an area of the city north and east of the Mississippi River notified police in the first few hours after sunrise on May 28. Police said as many as four suspects were seen in the white...

  • More layoffs at Yelloh as former Schwan's delivery business contracts further

    Jun 7, 2024

    Yelloh, the food delivery business formerly known as Schwan's, will be sending its yellow delivery trucks to fewer locations starting this summer. It's the company's second reduction to its service area in a year. The company is laying off 44 employees in Minnesota as it closes delivery sites in Breckenridge, Esko, Eveleth, Moorhead, St. Cloud and Waconia, according to a state filing. Additional site closures and layoffs have been reported across the country.

  • HUD officials visit Bemidji to announce $123 million in funding to address homeless youth nationwide

    Jun 7, 2024

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced Thursday in Bemidji alongside local leaders that it would be awarding $123 million to address youth homelessness across the nation. A $2 million grant is designated to the Northwest Minnesota Foundation in Bemidji. It's the maximum award amount HUD released, and the foundation was the only recipient in Minnesota. Leaders say the funding will be focused on systems-level change to support Indigenous youth experiencing housing...

  • US to send new $225 million military aid package to Ukraine, officials say.

    Jun 7, 2024

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. will send about $225 million in military aid to Ukraine, U.S. officials said Thursday, in a new package that includes ammunition Kyiv's forces could use to strike threats inside Russia to defend the city of Kharkiv from a heavy Russian assault. The officials said the aid includes munitions for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS, as well as mortar systems and an array of artillery rounds. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss aid not yet publicly...

  • Middle School summer school students visit Brainerd Zoo and Nisswa Family Fun Water Park

    RLMS|Jun 7, 2024

    Red Lake Secondary Complex: · Yesterday,Thursday, June 6, 2024, Red Lake Middle School summer school students went on a field trip to the Brainerd Zoo & Nisswa family fun water park! Here are some photos from their day...

  • St. Mary's Mission School summer school students visit Red Lake Nation College

    SMMS|Jun 7, 2024

    St. Mary's Mission School: We ended our first week of summer adventures with a visit to Red Lake Nation College where we learned about planting strawberries....

  • USDA Secretary Vilsack Engages with Tribal Leaders at NCAI, Announces $62M for Indian Country Initiatives

    Jun 7, 2024

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spent an hour at the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) general assembly on Wednesday, announcing significant new funding and engaging directly with tribal leaders to hear their concerns. During his remarks, Vilsack outlined $62 million in funding for forestry and food sovereignty in Indian Country. USDA will award $42 million to eight projects under the Indigenous Animals Harvesting and Meat Processing Grant Program. An additional 23 projects will rec...

  • Tribal Community Health Initiative Targets Rez Dogs

    Jun 7, 2024

    On the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation in northern Montana, the Indian Health Service is trying to improve health outcomes by targeting a specific population in the community: rez dogs. The initiative-a collaboration between the IHS and the Humane Society of Western Montana-trains and certifies community members to administer vaccines to dogs in the community. The aim of the program is multifold: curb disease transmission and treatment costs, promote responsible pet ownership, and decrease the...

  • Native Americans and the Democratic Party

    Jun 7, 2024

    Native Americans, in general, have traditionally supported Democrats, and that has made a significant difference in a few key races. Some candidates are reaching out to the Native vote to get them into office, or to keep them in. And the historic election of U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola (D-Alaska), who is Yup'ik, brings the number of Native Democrats in Congress to the highest it's ever been: two. Join Native America Calling to hear from some notable Native Democrats about the issues they see as...

  • Attorneys Call on DOJ to Investigate Ricky Cobb II Killing and Disturbing Failures at Minnesota State Patrol

    Jun 7, 2024

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Attorneys for the family of Ricky Cobb II, the 33-year-old Black man shot and killed by Minnesota State Trooper Ryan Londregan during a routine traffic stop, today called on the U.S Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate Cobb’s killing as well as disturbing failures in both training and procedure at the Minnesota State Patrol outlined in a report released by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office on Monday, June 3. Cobb’s family will speak at today’s news conference as well as nationally renowned civil rights attorne...

  • Minnesota Exports Grow 2% in First Quarter to $6.7 Billion

    Jun 7, 2024

    St. Paul – Minnesota exports of goods were valued at $6.7 billion in the first quarter of 2024, a 2% increase since the first quarter of 2023, according to data released by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). Minnesota outpaced the nation as a whole, with U.S. exports of goods unchanged over the year. Over half of the state’s top 10 exported products had moderate-to-strong performances in the first quarter. Optic and medical (up 12%), plastics (up 18%), aircraft and spacecraft (up 33%) as well as veh...

  • Conviction Review Unit recommends first-degree murder conviction be vacated after 23 years

    Jun 7, 2024

    June 6, 2024 (SAINT PAUL) — The Conviction Review Unit (CRU) of the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office announced today it has recommended that the 2001 conviction in Aitkin County of Brian Pippitt for first-degree murder be vacated. This recommendation is based on an extensive, independent investigation of the conviction that the CRU conducted. The report is 181 pages long: it contains 987 footnotes that cite to approximately 250 source documents, and took core CRU staff more than 1,100 hours to complete. Based on the CRU report, Mr. Pip...

  • Minnesota Senators Vote for Right to Contraception Act Tanked by Anti-Choice Politicians

    Jun 7, 2024

    St. Paul, MN —Yesterday, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and Senator Tina Smith voted in support of the Right to Contraception Act. The bill would have established the right to access birth control and a health care provider's right to provide contraception and related information. It failed to reach the 60 votes required to bring to the floor for a vote in the U.S. Senate. Birth control is a safe and easy way to prevent pregnancy. Birth control can also help treat certain health problems and provide health benefits, such as making periods l...

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