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Endonnis Jean (Headbird) Baird

Endonnis Jean (Headbird) Baird Born: Thu., Feb. 4, 1971 Died: Sun., Sep. 13, 2015 Visitation 3:00 PM Wed., Sep. 16, 2015 Location: Veterans Memorial Building Funeral Service 12:00 PM Fri., Sep. 18, 2015 Location: Veterans Memorial Building Endonnis Jean Baird, age 44, began her journey on September 13, 2015 in Bemidji,...

 

Guest workers at Minnesota farm paid illegal fees, kept silent by threats

A family-owned vegetable farm in Foley, Minn., is at the center of an alleged conspiracy to bring in workers with false papers from the Dominican Republic, force them to pay illegal fees and threaten them to keep them quiet. The workers lived in a dormitory on the nearly 500-acre farm, cultivating sweet corn, berries and a wide range of vegetables about 20 miles northeast of...

 

Home delivery of Target groceries, household items begins with Instacart

Its expansion to the Twin Cities hasn’t exactly been a well-kept secret, but grocery delivery service Instacart confirmed this morning that not only is it coming to the region but that it’s open for business starting today. And in a special twist, the Minneapolis region will be a test market for a new retail partner for Instacart — hometown retailer Target Corp....

 

Suspect tied to hundreds of thefts from cars downtown Minneapolis

The list of stolen goods was impressive in its breadth and diversity: Over the years, city investigators say, he had stolen jewelry, designer luggage, baseball cards and a replica Stradivarius viola worth thousands of dollars. The suspect, a 34-year-old Minneapolis man whose thefts numbered in the hundreds of items and spanned at least four years, has not yet been charged in...

 

Defendant cites membership in First Church of Cannabis for pot use

A Golden Valley woman is asking the courts to allow her to smoke marijuana for religious reasons — because she belongs to the First Church of Cannabis. Through her lawyer, 31-year-old Ashley Firnschild is arguing to the Hennepin County District Court that the weed’s illegality places an “undue burden” on her “sincerely held” religious beliefs as a member of the...

 

Panel backs low-dose aspirin for certain older adults to prevent heart attacks, maybe cancer

WASHINGTON — A government task force says a daily low-dose aspirin could help certain people in their 50s and 60s prevent a first heart attack or stroke — and they might get some protection against colon cancer at the same time. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued draft guidelines Monday recommending aspirin only if people meet a strict list of criteria ...

 

Target will end school charity program, shift giving focus to wellness

Target Corp. is ending a trademark giving program through which it has sent hundreds of millions of dollars to schools over nearly two decades. The Minneapolis-based retailer began notifying schools on Monday that it will discontinue its “Take Charge of Education” program, through which the company donates 1 percent of Redcard holders’ purchase total to a school of their...

 

'A NEW LEVEL OF VIOLENCE': Investigation continues following shooting at tribe property; two arrested

VARICK — In the words of Seneca County’s undersheriff, the dispute between factions of the Cayuga Nation has reached a new level of violence. The sheriff’s department made two arrests Saturday morning and is continuing to investigate a shooting at a Nation-owned home on County Road 124 in Varick Thursday evening. Two people staying in the house suffered gunshot wounds...

 

OSBI investigated bribery allegation involving Shawnee City Commission

SHAWNEE — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has completed an inquiry into an allegation of bribery within the Shawnee City Commission. Pottawatomie County District Attorney Richard Smothermon on Monday confirmed the OSBI gave him a report Friday. He said he has not reviewed it yet because he is focused on a trial. http://newsok.com/article/5446865...

 

Deal to let Suquamish Tribe open Kitsap County pot store

The Suquamish Tribe signed the nation’s first state-tribal marijuana agreement Monday, a pact with state regulators governing how the tribe’s planned retail store in Kitsap County will operate under rules similar to those that regulate existing legal pot merchants. The historic deal comes almost a year after the Obama administration said it would treat tribes the same as...

 

GORDON JOHNSON: Burgers made with kindness and magic

The summer of 1970, I was back from college for vacation. To earn summer money, I signed on with the Pala Fire Crew attached to Cleveland National Forest, spending much of the summer with a Pulaski in hand cutting line at big fires. On the fire line, I quickly learned about the rigors of physical labor. I remember nights with a government-issue flashlight connected to my...

 

'Payday' lender's civil-rights suit tossed

An Oklahoma federal judge has dismissed a civil-rights-violation lawsuit from a tribe and its tribal chief against Connecticut bank regulators, citing jurisdiction issues. The Connecticut Department of Banking confirmed Monday that the suit filed in March by the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and its tribal Chairman John R. Shotton was dismissed. Court records show the dismissal...

 

Tulalip man sentenced for killing bald eagles

TULALIP – Both the federal judge and U.S. attorney came down hard Sept. 11 on a Tulalip man who pleaded guilty to clubbing two bald eagles to death. “The destruction of these eagles is disturbing because they are a symbol of our country and because they are sacred to the tribes of our community," Chief U.S. District Judge Marsha J. Pechman said in Seattle. U.S. Attorney...

 

Blackfeet Tribe decides to banish drug dealers

KALISPELL (AP) — Suspected drug dealers are no longer welcome on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. The Blackfeet Tribal Business Council has voted to banish accused drug dealers or "undesirables" from the reservation, saying federal prosecutors aren't doing enough to pursue cases against them. http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/2015/09/14/blackfee...

 

Effort to Banish Drug Dealers Raises Legal Questions

Attorneys who specialize in tribal law say an effort by the Blackfeet Tribal Business Council to banish accused drug dealers may raise legal questions, but it also highlights a growing law enforcement concern in Indian Country. On Sept. 3, government officials on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation announced they had passed a motion to begin banishing accused drug dealers, or...

 

Police street checks: Valuable investigative tool or racial profiling?

Robert L'Hirondelle speaks openly about his past problems: leukemia, alcohol, homelessness, an assault conviction. But these days, he's sober, stays out of trouble and can often be spotted performing in downtown Edmonton. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/police-street-checks-valuable-investigative-tool-or-racial-profiling-1.3226705...

 

Denver DA will not charge officer who shot, killed Paul Castaway

Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey will not file criminal charges against a police officer who in July shot and killed a mentally ill man wielding a knife in a mobile home park. The shooting by Officer Michael Traudt was justifiable, Morrissey wrote in a decision released Monday. The victim, Paul Castaway, was violent, potentially suicidal and had an "astounding...

 

Two newborn babies taken from B.C. inmates despite court ruling

Two aboriginal inmates at the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women had their babies apprehended hours after they gave birth this past summer. Prison advocates are decrying those apprehensions, saying they took place even though the Maple Ridge centre has a newly renovated mother-child facility and despite a 2013 B.C. Supreme Court decision. That ruling found that the...

 

Man who stabbed BIA official in back gets 18 years in prison

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A man accused of stabbing the Bureau of Indian Affairs superintendent in the back on South Dakota's Crow Creek Indian Reservation was sentenced Monday to 18 years in federal prison. Brian Iron Boulder, 51, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, pleaded guilty in June to attempted murder after authorities said he stabbed Patrick F. Duffy in the back...

 

Professor shot, killed at Mississippi university

JACKSON, Miss. — A Mississippi college professor was shot and killed in his campus office on Monday, and police said a fellow Delta State University teacher was "a person of interest" in the shooting. Authorities said they were searching for geography and social science instructor Shannon Lamb in connection with the killing of Ethan Schmidt, an assistant professor of...

 

Black household income plunges in one year in Minnesota

Household income for blacks in Minnesota plummeted in the past year, according to survey data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. From 2013 to 2014, the median income for black households in the state fell 14 percent. In constant dollars, that was a decline from about $31,500 to $27,000 — or $4,500 in a single year. http://www.startribune.com/blac...

 

Minneapolis tackles downtown challenge: Shooters undeterred by police

Minneapolis officials say they’ve come up against a new kind of challenge in their fight against late-night crime downtown: people unafraid to fire guns even on blocks packed with bar patrons and dotted with dozens of police officers. Wednesday, in a meeting of the City Council’s Public Safety Committee, council members quizzed Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman and the...

 

School bus driver shortages put the burden on kids, parents

Minnesota school bus companies are offering a signing bonus of up to $1,000 and $16-an-hour starting salaries as they face one of the worst driver shortages in recent years. Companies are poaching drivers from one another and peppering the Internet with classified advertisements and still remain woefully understaffed in the beginning weeks of the school year. At Beacon Academy...

 

Minnesota teen world's youngest recipient of bionic arm

Kate Jorgenson has played volleyball and basketball and swum competitively without her left arm, which she lost above the elbow in an ATV accident two years ago. But then there are tasks such as eating a Dairy Queen Blizzard. To dig out the thick, cookie dough ice cream, the 13-year-old from Westbrook, Minn., had to steady the cold cup between her knees, sometimes making a...

 

Don't make it harder to earn college credits while in high school

New policy adjustments from a regional college accreditation group could unnecessarily limit the opportunity for Minnesota high school students to take college courses. Earlier this year, the Higher Learning Commission, an agency that accredits colleges and universities in 19 states, approved rules that require high school educators to have master’s degrees or graduate-level...

 

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