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As Minnesota braces for snowstorm, forecast changes slightly

Despite a slight shift in the forecast late Thursday, Minnesota remained on track for heavy snow and gusty winds on Friday into Saturday. A winter storm warning will be in effect for much of Minnesota from early Friday until Saturday afternoon, although a bit less snow is expected in the Twin Cities than originally...

 

Winter Storm Warning

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Grand Forks ND 1101 PM CST Thu Jan 16 2020 Lake Of The Woods-North Beltrami-North Clearwater-South Beltrami- South Clearwater-Hubbard-Wadena- Including the cities of Baudette, Red Lake, Redby, Ponemah, Bagley, Cle...

 

Lawsuit: Bemidji schools failed to protect kids from assistant principal's sextortion scheme

Bemidji school administrators failed to protect students from an assistant principal who abused his position to solicit sexually explicit photos from underage students, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court this week. Brandon Mark Bjerknes, 37, is serving a...

 

Trump administration taps Minnesota native to lead U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan

The Trump administration has tapped a Minnesota native to lead the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan at a critical time as the U.S. negotiates a peace agreement. Ross Wilson, who spent nearly four decades in the U.S. Foreign Service before retiring near the Twin Cities, accepted U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s...

 

TSA seizes record number of weapons at airports in 2019

The Transportation Security Administration caught more firearms at airport checkpoints in 2019 than in any other year since it was created in 2001, the agency said Wednesday, as part of a steady uptick that its leader called "deeply troubling." The agency said it found...

 

Woman, who left children with dead body, arrested

(FARGO) Valley News Live 32 year old Amber Barrett has been arrested. She's the Fargo woman accused of knowingly leaving a dead body at home with her two children. The charges she is facing allege that she left her children and four of their friends with the body of a...

 

Minnesota State Arts Board awards grant to Northwest Indian Community Development Center

Saint Paul, MN -- The Minnesota State Arts Board has awarded a $22,499 Partners in Arts Participation grant to the Northwest Indian Community Development Center (NWICDC), a Bemidji nonprofit organization that fosters well-being for Native families in northern Minnesota. At its January meeting, the Arts Board approved 1...

 

Klobuchar Pushes For Bill To Lift Protections For Wolves

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Senators from three states have introduced legislation to lift federal protections for gray wolves in Wyoming, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan and return responsibility for managing those populations to the states. The bill introduced Tuesday comes from senators Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin...

 

Lumina Foundation Grants the American Indian College Fund $650K to Inform College Affordability, Tribal College Credentialing and Sustainability

Denver, Colo., January 16, 2020 —To better understand the factors limiting Native Americans’ access and success in higher education, Lumina Foundation has granted the American Indian College Fund $650,000 for a two-part, 30-month project. The first part will determine how affordability of higher education factors...

 

Local Brands Make Their Best Pitch at Winter Fancy Food Show

St. Paul, MN: A group of 14 Minnesota food and beverage companies are headed to San Francisco to pitch local products at the Winter Fancy Food Show, the center of the specialty food universe, January 19-21, 2020. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is helping these local brands gain visibility and exposure...

 

Draft Recovery Plan for the Topeka Shiner Available for Review

DENVER – In the late 1990s, the Topeka shiner, a native fish of the Great Plains, was in trouble. Once common across its range, the tiny three-inch minnow has faced impacts associated with the health of its habitat, predation, sedimentation, and changes in water...

 

Disability Justice Network demands the dismissal of all charges against Drake Fire survivor with Autism

Saint Paul, MN - On Sunday, January 12th, 2020, at 10:59 PM, Ms. Samantha Crawley, an Autistic survivor of the Drake fire was arrested over an unpaid $111.00 traffic ticket. According to Hennepin County court records, a citation for an alleged “abandoned motor vehicle,” was sent to an unknown address for her in...

 

Santa Rosa tribe wants to take care of its people. It's betting on hemp to bring revenue

Between massive illegal grows in Anza and a booming cannabis market in the desert, there might just be a sweet spot — for hemp. That's what the Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians, a federally-recognized tribe in Southern California, is betting on. Last month, they were one of three tribes to receive the first-ever...

 

Five years later, still no sign of missing Meskwaki woman

TAMA COUNTY, (Iowa) -- Rita Papakee was last seen in Tama County leaving the Meskwaki Bingo Casino five years ago, today there is still no trace of her whereabouts. Papakee was last seen on January 16th, 2015. She was reported missing on February 18, 2015, by family...

 

Cancer cases prompt Cottage Grove teachers to demand investigation

When Megan Diediker was first diagnosed with breast cancer at age 34, the high school geometry teacher wondered whether something in the environment could have played a role. But she eventually let the questions go, she said, to focus on getting better....

 

Forecast says 6-12 inches of snow on Twin Cities' doorstep starting Friday

Up to a foot of snow is expected in the Twin Cities starting Friday and continuing into Saturday. Six to 12 inches of snow could fall, with gusty winds leading to blowing/drifting snow, according to Mike Griesinger, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in...

 

Minnesota law gives green light to safety surveillance cameras in senior homes

At 2 a.m. on a November morning, Shirley Breitman began to scream for help from the bed of her assisted-living facility in St. Louis Park. Her pained cries were streamed live to the smartphones of Breitman's two adult children - Richard in Minneapolis and Laurie in Los...

 

After Trump's order on refugee resettlement is blocked, agencies, Minnesota counties wait and see

A federal judge in Maryland issued a preliminary injunction Wednesday barring enforcement of President Donald Trump's executive order that gave state and local jurisdictions the final decision on whether to accept newly admitted refugees. The effect, at least for now,...

 

Iran warns Europe as diplomat says officials 'lied' on crash

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Iran's top diplomat acknowledged Wednesday that Iranians "were lied to" for days after the Islamic Republic accidentally shot down a Ukrainian jetliner. The admission came as new surveillance footage purported to show two surface-to-air...

 

Minnesota creators of 'Mass Shooter Database' sharing work with politicians, educators, police

Two Minnesota professors who have compiled a comprehensive database of mass shootings in the United States are taking their work to lawmakers, school leaders and law enforcement officials in hopes of preventing future tragedies. Hamline University Prof. Jillian...

 

6 to 10 inches of snow expected Friday into Saturday in Twin Cities

The Twin Cities could see 6 to 10 inches of snow accumulation over 24 hours starting Friday afternoon. KSTP Meteorologist Jonathan Yuhas said we can expect a winter storm to start rolling through the state around noon Friday and linger late into Saturday morning. The...

 

Fargo woman charged after leaving kids with dead body

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) - A Fargo woman is being charged with child neglect after leaving her children alone inside a home with a dead body. Amber Barrett is facing charges not only for child neglect but also for failing to report the death, according to...

 

A major winter storm targets Minnesota with heavy snow by Friday

Another blast of cold air spreads across Minnesota Tuesday, then a major snow storm with heavy snow and high winds hits by the end of the week. Additionally, because of breezy conditions on Tuesday, most of the state will feel at least another 10 degrees cooler than the...

 

Operation Round Up® helps local programs

Bemidji, Minn. –Thanks to the generosity of Beltrami Electric Cooperative members, the Beltrami Electric Cooperative (BEC) Trust Board for Operation Round Up® met in January and awarded grants to 16 area nonprofit and community organizations totaling $21,390.06....

 

Federal Court Dismisses Case Allowing Banishment of Tribal Members

In 2018, the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation in Utah filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging the United States violated federal law by treating reservation lands “as though they were owned by the United States (US) outright, rather than in trust for the Tribe.” The Northern Ute Tribe...

 

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