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  • Rebecca A. Bellanger

    Jul 8, 2024

    Rebecca A. Bellanger May 7, 1969 - June 28, 2024 Rebecca A. Bellanger, age 55, of St. Paul, MN, passed away on Friday, June 28, 2024. Rebecca Ann Bellanger was born on May 7, 1969, in Milwaukee, WI, to Kenneth and Josephine (LaFriniere) Bellanger. A few years later, the Bellanger family relocated to the Roy Lake area, where Rebecca grew up and graduated from Mahnomen High School. She then attended Rasmussen Business College, earning an associate's degree in medical transcription. Rebecca moved...

  • Shawn Paul Warren

    Jul 8, 2024

    Shawn Paul Warren August 26, 1997 - July 4, 2024 Shawn Paul Warren, age 26, of Naytahwaush, MN, died Thursday, July 4, 2024. Services are pending....

  • Beryl is gaining strength and poised to strike Texas coast as a hurricane

    Jul 8, 2024

    Beryl's peak winds are just 4 mph from hurricane strength as the storm approaches the Texas coast from the Gulf of Mexico. The storm, which caused major damage in parts of Grenada, Jamaica and the Yucatán Peninsula, is expected to make landfall in Texas near Matagorda, which is north of Corpus Christi and south of Galveston, around 5 a.m. Monday as a strong Category 1 hurricane, intensifying until it moves inland. Hurricane-force winds could affect several coastal counties south of Galveston...

  • Psychedelic mushroom edibles promise health benefits. Be wary, experts say.

    Jul 8, 2024

    The chocolates and gummies come packaged in retro trippy colors, adorned with melting mushrooms and surrealistic landscapes and flavored like children's breakfast cereals. The labels promise all-natural, mind-bending trips and boosts of mental clarity, creativity and focus. Sometimes, these psychedelic sweets are more harmful than healthy. Public health experts and officials are amplifying their warnings about the risks of unregulated and sometimes illegal products advertised on social media...

  • Nine House Democrats call for Biden to step aside as he seeks to energize his campaign

    Jul 8, 2024

    The political crisis surrounding President Biden deepened Sunday as the number of House Democrats who are calling on the president to step aside rose to nine after a weekend in which Biden campaigned in the must-win state of Pennsylvania, aiming to shore up his precarious candidacy. Four senior House Democrats forcefully declared Sunday during an off-the-record call with House Democratic leadership that they believe Biden should step aside: Reps. Jerry Nadler (N.Y.), Adam Smith (Wash.), Mark...

  • Supreme Court ethics remain at center stage after hard-right rulings

    Jul 8, 2024

    The Supreme Court term that ended this week played out on a split screen: The justices issued blockbuster rulings that pushed the law sharply to the right, while outside the court some justices were buffeted by new ethics allegations that stoked questions from critics about their impartiality. The dynamics may not seem related, but legal experts say they have mutually reinforced doubts among a large swath of the country over whether the nation’s highest court can be a neutral interpreter of the law. “They’ve got a potential legitimacy probl...

  • Why 'ant hitchhiking' may be a bigger deal than previously thought

    Jul 8, 2024

    Scientists have long known invasive insects hitch rides on agricultural vehicles, a behavior that allows them to spread even further. Now, a new analysis suggests ants may do the same with everyday vehicles, too. Published in Ecological Entomology, the study relied on a citizen science project in Taiwan. First, researchers combed Facebook for reports of ant infestations in private cars between 2017 and 2022, then they assembled a team of volunteer spotters who used Facebook to report sightings...

  • Minnesota drivers hit thousands of deer a year. Here's where it happens most.

    Jul 8, 2024

    It's not on the northern forest roads, or on a long winding curve where it's hard to see. It's not in the grasslands or on the narrow county highways that roll past farms and thick corn fields. The most likely place for a deer to suddenly jump out in front of a car and cause a crash in Minnesota is just outside of Minneapolis, on one of the busiest roads in the state - Interstate 94 between Maple Grove and St. Cloud. "When you get just outside the real metro urban area and into the outskirts of...

  • Vikings rookie cornerback Khyree Jackson killed in car accident at 24

    Jul 8, 2024

    Vikings rookie cornerback Khyree Jackson, the 108th overall pick in this year's NFL draft, died in a three-car crash that also killed two of his high school teammates early Saturday morning in Maryland. He was 24. State Police said Jackson and Isaiah Hazel, 23, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred shortly after 3 a.m. on Route 4 in Upper Marlboro. Anthony "A.J." Lytton Jr., 24, was taken to the University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center, where he was...

  • Want to know if you qualify for student loan forgiveness? Here's how Minnesotans can find out.

    Jul 8, 2024

    The U.S. Supreme Court wiped out President Joe Biden's biggest student debt relief program last year. But the administration tweaked existing programs and added more tailored debt forgiveness efforts. Here are some of the programs and who qualifies for them: Income-Driven Repayment Forgiveness: Income-driven repayment plans base people's monthly federal student loan payments on their income and the size of their family. People who complete their payment periods, which are typically 20 or 25...

  • Two teens killed and one injured in Big Lake crash

    Jul 8, 2024

    Two 17-year-old Elk River boys were killed, and another teen injured, after a vehicle crash early Saturday morning in Big Lake, Minn., officials said. According to a State Patrol incident report, a Big Lake police officer driving south on Hwy. 25 at about 2:45 a.m. Saturday saw a northbound BMW speeding near Tarrytown Road. By the time the officer turned around to conduct a traffic stop, the BMW had left the road and rolled. The driver and one of the passengers, both 17, were killed. Another passenger, also 17, was taken to HCMC in downtown...

  • Minnesota Rep. Angie Craig: President Joe Biden should halt re-election bid

    Jul 8, 2024

    U.S. Rep. Angie Craig, D-Minn., is the latest member of Congress calling on President Joe Biden to halt his bid for re-election. "Given what I saw and heard from the president during last week's debate in Atlanta," Craig said in a statement Saturday, "coupled with the lack of a forceful response from the president himself following that debate, I do not believe that the president can effectively campaign and win against Donald Trump." Craig makes at least five Democratic U.S. House members who...

  • Man climbs up tree and falls to his death during July 4th celebration in Aitkin County

    Jul 8, 2024

    A man fell to his death after climbing 25 feet up a tree in northern Minnesota, officials said Friday. The incident occurred about 6:30 p.m. Thursday during a July 4th celebration near the shore of Gun Lake in Aitkin County, the Sheriff's Office said. Officials identified the victim as 27-year-old Henry M. Cannon of Red Wing. According to the Sheriff's Office: Cannon, who was in a yard with friends, was climbing a large white pine tree when a branch about 2 inches in diameter broke. He fell to the ground, sustaining numerous internal injuries....

  • Leech Lake Nation's Michelle Goose named 2024 Bush Foundation Fellowship recipient

    Jul 8, 2024

    DULUTH - Leech Lake Band member Michelle Goose was shocked upon hearing the news that she was one of 24 fellows selected from 500-plus applicants for the 2024 Bush Foundation Fellowship in June, which provides financial support to accomplished leaders who are ready to expand their impact. "I was just really surprised that I had made it all the way to the top 24," Goose reminisced. "It's a really prestigious award." With each fellow receiving a grant up to $100,000, funds are meant to support...

  • BCA identifies officers who used force in North Branch incident

    Jul 8, 2024

    ST. PAUL — The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the woman killed during a use-of-force incident June 27 in North Branch. According to the medical examiner, Jamie Ann Crabtree, 36, of North Branch died of multiple gunshot wounds. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) has identified two North Branch police officers who used force during this incident. They are both on critical incident leave. • Kyle Miller used non-lethal force. He has a year-and-a-half of law enforcement exper...

  • Eden Prairie Man Charged with Arson After Setting Fire to a Townhome with Children Inside

    Jul 8, 2024

    MINNEAPOLIS – An Eden Prairie man has been charged with arson after setting fire to a townhome with four children inside, announced United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger. According to court documents, on May 31, 2024, at 11:27 a.m., the Eden Prairie Fire Department responded to a fire in a townhome. When the fire started, there were five people in the house, including one adult man and four children. When emergency responders arrived, they met the adult male occupant and three children o...

  • Warehouse delays impacting food package deliveries to Indian Country

    Jul 8, 2024

    Tribal Nations utilizing the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) are experiencing disruptions, impacting more than 100 Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs). FDPIR packages — sourced through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) warehouse network in partnership with USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) — provide food access to more than 53,000 individuals on average monthly. However, logistic challenges are causing delivery disruptions and severely limiting access to regularly sched...

  • Attorney General Ellison moves to recover $58M in Big Tobacco underpayments under Minnesota's historic tobacco settlement

    Jul 8, 2024

    July 3 2024 (SAINT PAUL) – Attorney General Ellison has filed a motion to enforce Minnesota’s historic 1998 settlement agreement with tobacco manufacturers, alleging that the manufacturers have underpaid Minnesota in their annual settlement payments since 2019. The motion asks the Court to order the manufacturers to pay more than $58 million in underpayments, interest on the underpayments, civil penalties, and to prevent the tobacco manufacturers from underpaying in future years. After a months-long trial in 1998, Minnesota reached a set...

  • U.S. Marshals Find 200 Missing Children Across the Nation During Operation We Will Find You 2

    Jul 8, 2024

    The U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), along with federal, state, and local agencies in seven federal judicial districts and geographical locations across the United States, led a six-week national operation that resulted in finding 200 critically missing children, which includes endangered runaways and those abducted by noncustodial persons. Operation We Will Find You 2 (OWWFY2), the second-of-its-kind nationwide missing child operation, was conducted from May 20 to June 24 and focused on geographical areas with high clusters of critically missing...

  • Three Former Executives Sentenced for $1B Corporate Fraud Scheme

    Jul 8, 2024

    Three former executives of Outcome Health (Outcome), a Chicago-based health technology start-up company, were sentenced for their roles in a fraud scheme that targeted the company’s clients, lenders, and investors and involved approximately $1 billion in fraudulently obtained funds. • Rishi Shah, 38, a co-founder and former CEO of Outcome, was sentenced on June 26 to seven years and six months in prison. • Shradha Agarwal, 38, a co-founder and former president of Outcome, was sentenced yesterday to three years in a half-way house. • Brad Pu...

  • Red Lake Independence Day Celebration and Pow Wow 2024 - Saturday Afternoon Session

    Michael Barrett, RLNN|Jul 8, 2024

    Red Lake Nation Independence Day Celebration and Pow Wow was held on July 5th, 6th and 7th, 2024 at the Red Lake Pow Wow Grounds....

  • Red Lake Independence Day Celebration and Pow Wow 2024 - Saturday Afternoon Parade

    Michael Barrett, RLNN|Jul 8, 2024

    Red Lake Nation Independence Day Celebration and Pow Wow was held on July 5th, 6th and 7th, 2024 at the Red Lake Pow Wow Grounds....

  • Red Lake Independence Day Celebration and Pow Wow 2024 - Friday Evening Session

    Michael Barrett, RLNN|Jul 8, 2024

    Red Lake Nation Independence Day Celebration and Pow Wow was held on July 5th, 6th and 7th, 2024 at the Red Lake Pow Wow Grounds....

  • First Lady Jill Biden Makes Stops in West Michigan

    Jul 8, 2024

    MIDDLEVILLE, Mich. - First Lady Dr. Jill Biden made a visit to YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin on Wednesday morning as the first stop on her mini-tour of Michigan. Michigan is a battleground state in this year's presidential election, but Dr. Biden came to participate in an event that highlighted the U.S. Department of Agriculture's summer nutrition programs for kids. Held at the same location, Dr. Biden also spent time with campers at Camp Corral, an overnight camp for military-connected children. Dr....

  • Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Mills Releases "Wings of an Eagle"

    Jul 8, 2024

    If you have ever heard the amazing Olympic Gold-Medalist Billy Mills (Oglala Lakota) in lecture you will recall how he explained after his mother's death when he was 8-years-old, his father told him "right now your wings are broken, but someday you will have the wings of an eagle." Tragically, four years later his father died. But, the words of his father didn't and he turned them into a dream to win an Olympic medal. He did so 1964 in Tokyo when he won a Gold Medal for the 10,000-meter event....

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