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  • Rare visit by House speaker to campus escalates tension at Columbia

    Apr 25, 2024

    NEW YORK CITY - House Speaker Mike Johnson and his Republican colleagues were met with boos, laughs and pro-Palestinian chants after parachuting into one center of the roiling protest movement against Israel's war against Hamas: Columbia University in New York City. Johnson and a group of GOP lawmakers landed on campus - where tensions are high between the university administration and students who have erected pro-Palestinian encampments - and demanded that Columbia's president, Nemat...

  • Rising threat at the water's edge

    Apr 25, 2024

    Along the Bay of Bengal, where nearly 1.4 billion people live, water has become perilously unpredictable. On the coast of India's Odisha state, repeated floods swallow villages. In Sri Lanka, a scarcity of water is carving cracks where ponds once formed and drying out paddy fields. In the mangrove swamps of the Sundarbans forest that straddles the border between India and Bangladesh, rising seas and cyclones are driving people inland, to congested cities like Kolkata for work. Climate change is...

  • Body camera video shows Minnetonka man shooting at deputies several times before dying in firefight

    Apr 25, 2024

    Law enforcement body-worn camera video released Wednesday afternoon shows a man with a high-powered rifle firing several volleys of gunfire at sheriff's deputies last week in a Minnetonka neighborhood before they took cover, returned fire and killed him. The firefight on April 10 left 28-year-old Clint Hoyhtya dead at the home where he lived, one deputy shot and wounded and another injured by shrapnel, according to the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). The deputies were there with a...

  • Innovative jail program to support children of incarcerated parents expands

    Apr 25, 2024

    The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the University of Minnesota (UMN) have worked to more than double the number of Minnesota counties offering a program that helps children keep family ties to incarcerated parents. The work to support families continues with county jails in Carlton, Olmsted, Ramsey, Renville, Stearns, and Sherburne County, and is now launching in Brown, McLeod, Nicollet, Todd, Hennepin, St. Louis, Crow Wing and Scott County facilities. The expansion of the Minnesota model jail practices learning community was made...

  • U.S. Attorney's Office and the DEA Host Fentanyl Awareness and Prevention Summit

    Apr 25, 2024

    MINNEAPOLIS – The United States Attorney's Office along with the Drug Enforcement Administration hosted a community conversation focused on fentanyl awareness and prevention. Stakeholders from across the Twin Cities, including healthcare advocates, elected officials, outreach workers, community-based organizations, as well as families who have lost loved ones to fentanyl poisoning, convened today to raise awareness about the fentanyl epidemic. The summit included information on current regional...

  • Thousands Attend GigaZone Gaming Championship & TechXpo Team Mingle Master from Bemidji Wins Main Stage Rocket League Tournament

    Apr 25, 2024

    (Bemidji, MN) (April 24, 2024) – An estimated crowd of nearly 4,000 attended the GigaZone Gaming Championship & TechXpo on Saturday, April 20 at the Sanford Center. The event featured free gaming, numerous gaming tournaments, over 25 technology exhibitors, door prizes, and special guest Danielle Feinberg from Pixar Animation Studios. This one-of-a-kind regional gaming event showcases Paul Bunyan Communications' IT and web development team which custom built and integrated much of the online t...

  • Attorney General Ellison sues used-car dealer for deceptive sales

    Apr 25, 2024

    April 23, 2024 (SAINT PAUL) — Attorney General Keith Ellison today announced that his Office has filed a consumer protection lawsuit against Fridley used-car dealer Midwest Car Search and its owner, Scott Spiczka. The lawsuit alleges that Midwest Car Search: (1) misrepresents that its used cars are certified when they are not; (2) illegally adds expensive vehicle service contracts to consumers’ purchases without their consent; (3) refuses to provide warranties that it is required to provide by law; (4) fails to make accurate “Buyer’s Guide...

  • A Conversation With Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan: What We Can Celebrate Around the State

    Apr 25, 2024

    You chamThis past year has been just incredible. For me, I literally ticked off all the policy priorities I've ever had - we got them done. That's a beautiful and powerful thing. Editor's Note: Peggy Flanagan is the Lt. Governor of the State of Minnesota. She is a tribal citizen of the White Earth Nation and is the highest elected Native American state official in the United States. This article was originally published by Minnesota Women's Press. Used with permission. All rights reserved. I...

  • 40 years of Gathering of Nations

    Apr 25, 2024

    One of the largest powwows in the United States, Gathering of Nations, will be coming together again this year on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 in Albuquerque, New Mexico for its 40th year. Powwow dancers and spectators will see the tremendous event that brings thousands of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people together that uplifts tribal traditions and the powwow way. The powwow also has contest categories with money on the line that often attracts the top Indigenous dancers. But the...

  • Animal Sentience, AI: Why Subjective Experience is not the Basis of Consciousness

    David Stephen|Apr 25, 2024

    The New York Declaration on Animal Consciousness was recently published. The authors wrote, "the question here is which animals can have subjective experiences. This can include sensory experiences (say, the experience of a particular touch, taste, sight, or smell) as well as experiences that feel good or bad (say, the experience of pleasure, pain, hope, or fear). Subjective experience requires more than the mere ability to detect stimuli. However, it does not require sophisticated capacities...

  • Restoring sight is possible now with optogenetics

    Apr 24, 2024

    As a child, Max Hodak learned to develop film in a darkroom with his late grandfather who was almost blind. Hodak's grandfather had retinitis pigmentosa, a congenital disease that affects one out of every 5,000 people - more than 2 million worldwide. Most people with the condition are born with their sight intact. Over time they lose peripheral vision first, then central vision, and finally, their sight, sometimes as early as middle age. "He clearly had this career and was a photographer, and I...

  • Bird flu virus found in grocery milk as officials say supply still safe

    Apr 24, 2024

    Viral fragments of bird flu have been identified in samples of milk taken from grocery store shelves in the United States, a finding that does not necessarily suggest a threat to human health but indicates the avian flu virus is more widespread among dairy herds than previously thought, according to two public health officials and a public health expert who was briefed on the issue. The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that it had been testing milk samples throughout the dairy...

  • Woman charged with murder after driving into party, killing young siblings

    Apr 24, 2024

    A Michigan woman was charged with two counts of second-degree murder Tuesday, three days after she crashed her SUV into a child's birthday party while allegedly intoxicated, killing two young siblings and injuring several others. Marshella Marie Chidester, 66, appeared in a striped jail uniform with her right arm in a splint during an emotional arraignment in Monroe County, Mich. Throughout the 25-minute hearing, several of the victims' family members angrily interjected as her defense attorney...

  • Teen suspect in Nudieland mass shooting arrested on murder, assault charges

    Apr 24, 2024

    Eight months after a mass shooting left a beloved member of the punk scene dead and six others injured at a show in south Minneapolis, a teen suspect is in custody and faces seven felony charges. Dominic James Burris, who turned 18 last week, appeared in juvenile court Tuesday afternoon on charges of aiding and abetting second-degree intentional murder and six counts of felony assault with a firearm. Another teen faces similar charges that were filed along with Burris' counts under a sealed...

  • Showdown over diversity programs threatens Anoka-Hennepin schools budget

    Apr 24, 2024

    The Anoka-Hennepin school board is at risk of a budget impasse that could shut down the state's largest district, and students of color and LGBTQ students are caught in the middle of the debate. So, they marched this week and appeared before board members in a two-hour-plus public comment session Monday during which Ishmael Kamara, 17, a leader of the Black Student Union at Blaine High School, defended diversity and equity programs now threatened with cuts by a conservative bloc on the board....

  • Minnesota AG sues Fridley dealership, alleging deceptive sales practices

    Apr 24, 2024

    The Minnesota Attorney General's Office on Tuesday sued a Fridley used car dealership for violating consumer protection laws, alleging it fraudulently sold more than 3,000 vehicles and targeted Spanish-speaking customers. Midwest Car Search and its owner, Scott Spiczka, misrepresented cars as "certified" when they were not and illegally tacked on expensive service contracts without buyers' consent, Attorney General Keith Ellison claims in the suit. "This is a long-term systemic pattern of...

  • Attorney General Ellison sues used-car dealer for deceptive sales

    Apr 24, 2024

    April 23, 2024 (SAINT PAUL) — Attorney General Keith Ellison today announced that his Office has filed a consumer protection lawsuit against Fridley used-car dealer Midwest Car Search and its owner, Scott Spiczka. The lawsuit alleges that Midwest Car Search: (1) misrepresents that its used cars are certified when they are not; (2) illegally adds expensive vehicle service contracts to consumers’ purchases without their consent; (3) refuses to provide warranties that it is required to provide by law; (4) fails to make accurate “Buyer’s Guide...

  • University of Minnesota police arrest 9 after pro-Palestinian encampment set up on campus

    Apr 24, 2024

    University of Minnesota police arrested nine people after a pro-Palestinian encampment set up overnight on the Northrop Mall on the Twin Cities campus. Video and photos posted to social media showed student groups pitched tents about 4 a.m. and placed signs aimed at showing "solidarity with the people of Palestine." About two hours later, university police arrived. "The group was asked to disperse by 7 a.m. and told they would be arrested if they chose to stay past that time," the university...

  • Steele County Man Indicted for International Sexual Exploitation of Children

    Apr 24, 2024

    MINNEAPOLIS – A Blooming Prairie man has been indicted for sexually exploiting children outside the United States, announced U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger. According to court documents, between November 2021 and April 2022, Steven John Sokel, 61, by aiding and abetting other individuals, coerced three minor girls outside of the United States to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions. Sokel also possessed sexually explicit images and videos of m...

  • Biden-Harris Administration Announces New Interagency Effort to Support Tribal Water and Sanitation Infrastructure

    Apr 24, 2024

    WASHINGTON — The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation and Indian Health Service (IHS) today announced a new Memorandum of Understanding to further develop safe drinking water and community sanitation infrastructure projects across Indian Country. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Michael Brain made the announcement at the White House’s first-ever Clean Water Summit, alongside Indian Health Service Deputy Director Benjamin Smith and Yakama Nation Chairman Gerald Lewis. Reclamation Commissioner Camil...

  • Ramsey Tax Preparer Sentenced to Prison for Tax Crimes

    Apr 24, 2024

    ST. PAUL, Minn. – A Ramsey man has been sentenced to six months in prison followed by one year of supervised release and restitution for operating a tax preparation business as cover for a tax fraud scheme, announced United States Attorney Andrew M. Luger. According to court documents, Lyle Nierenz, 70, ran tax preparation businesses-called Fast-R-Tax and Lyle's Tax Service-out of his home in Ramsey, Minnesota. Nierenz prepared and filed numerous income tax returns falsely claiming that his clie...

  • Minneapolis Man Sentenced to 192 Months in Prison for Receiving, Distributing, and Accessing Child Pornography Online

    Apr 24, 2024

    MINNEAPOLIS – A Minneapolis man has been sentenced to 192 months in prison, followed by a lifetime of supervised release, for receipt, distribution, and access with intent to view child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger. According to court documents and the evidence presented at trial, beginning in August 2020, through January 2022, Michael Francis Hamer, 56, knowingly and frequently obtained, distributed, and accessed child pornography online. On multiple occasions, he u...

  • Red Lake Band holds Information Session on Legislative Bills and Congregate Shelter - P7

    Michael Barrett, RLNN|Apr 24, 2024

    The Red Lake Band held an Informational Session on Legislative Bills and Congregate Shelter on Monday, April 15, 2024 at the Red Lake Casino Event Center. Congregate Shelter Project This project was conceptualized from the series Zhawenimin summit meetings held in 2023 in response to the Opioid and Fentanyl crisis our community is facing, along with homelessness issues. Purpose: To address the current challenges posed by the opioid crisis and homelessness within the Red Lake Nation by offering a...

  • Return to the Heart Foundation Gives 44 Micro-Grants to Native Women Leaders

    Michael Barrett, RLNN|Apr 24, 2024

    Yesterday, the Return to the Heart Foundation celebrated Earth Day by honoring 44 Indigenous women leaders and their efforts to protect Mother Earth through its Traditional Helpers and Healers grant program. Led by Indigenous women, Return to the Heart Foundation is a 501(c)(3) that supports projects that embrace traditional ways of living. It focuses on healing through storytelling, community involvement, and environmental justice, all rooted in a deep connection to the Earth. The foundation...

  • Dozens of pro-Palestinian protesters arrested at Yale, NYU

    Apr 23, 2024

    Columbia University canceled in-person classes, police arrested dozens of protesters at Yale and New York universities, and pro-Palestinian demonstrators set up encampments at other colleges Monday as tensions flared again on campuses across the country over the Israel-Gaza war. Students at many schools are escalating protests over the war, living in tents on campus, disrupting university events, and risking and provoking arrest, leading to a growing sense of chaos and crackdown at colleges in...

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