DL News Staff
Sovereignty was a key issue brought up by all three tribal chairs who served on the panel of the Forum on Tribal Issues Thursday night at Bemidji State University's American Indian Resource Center. The event was part of American Indian Week at BSU and the setting incorporated the annual Ojibwe Art Expo, which is being held through May 4. On the panel were White Earth Tribal Chairwoman Erma J. Vizenor, Red Lake Tribal Chairman Floyd "Buck" Jourdain Jr. and Bois Forte Tribal Chairman Kevin Leecy.
Over the past several decades, small towns have poured millions of dollars into the pipe dream of economic development, hoping to reverse the decline of Main Street by attracting smokestacks and assembly lines to Podunk. "We need some industry," is the cry. We need some big company to come in and to fill our schools with children, keep the coffee cups clinking in our cafes and keep the church basements smelling of hotdishes and coffee. Commissions. Directors. Bureaucrats. Grants. Consultants. Studies. Programs.
The House voted for a new Minnesota Twins ballpark Wednesday after a decade of requests. Representatives spent more than seven hours debating the bill before voting 76-55 to allow Hennepin County to increase sales tax slightly to fund much of the stadium construction costs. The $522 million open-air stadium would be built near Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. Most of the debate centered on whether Hennepin County voters should have the right to approve the sales tax increase.
A rural Hawley man was arrested in a windbreak after a tense morning-long wait outside the suspect's home Wednesday. Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist said deputies arrested James Vernon Doran, 41, 28725 57th Ave. N., on two assault charges, one of them a felony, from a domestic incident earlier in the morning. Doran was found at12:25 p.m. lying in a grove of trees about 75 yards from his house. The Red River Valley SWAT team, which arrived on the scene around 7 a.m., had just searched the house and was searching nearby outbuildings and windbreaks when they found Doran.
Hitting for power and average is quite the lethal combination. Add in some speed and Detroit Lakes' senior Ashley Lund had it all Tuesday in a sweep of Park Rapids at Snappy Park, going a combined 6-7 in both games, including six runs scored, an RBI and a pair of triples. The Lakers then employed the A and A attack, with sophomore Alice Branden joining Lund on the Panthers' pitching, as Branden added two hits, two RBI and a triple in game two. "That's what we are looking for out of our seniors, some senior leadership," said DL head coach Phil Kirchner on Lund's breakout games.
I enjoyed reading Eric Bergeson's recent article in which he shared about his learning to listen. But that isn't why I am writing. Not exactly. Unless it is in the sense that life has lessons to be learned if one is listening. I recently got an earful. Please allow me to explain. I have a friend that grew up in the Fertile area. She is an avid gardener. She knows I am a wanna-be gardener. She was planning to attend a class at Bergeson Nursery and as I had expressed interest in growing apple trees to her at some point she invited me to go along.
Recently, you read a letter to the editor from a woman that was turned down for her health care needs with the explanation that IHS would not cover her co-pay. She is an eligible person, since she is an enrolled member and does live in the Detroit Lakes area, which is considered on or near the reservation. Indian Health Service is seriously violating our rights as Native Americans entitled to health care through our treaty rights. We as Native Americans are being forced to apply for Medical Assistance, Medicare, and any other health insurance programs.
On behalf of the Ultra Snowmobile Club, we would like to say thank you to Chip Lohmeier of the Becker County Parks and Recreation Department and to the groomer operators who groomed the snowmobile trails of Becker County this winter. The club received many comments about the excellent condition that our trails were in this winter. The groomer operators did a tremendous job keeping the trails in the best condition that we have seen them in years.
Minnesota has a reputation for its fantastic quality of life. People here are, for the most part, happy, healthy and relatively wealthy. Minnesotans stick together and take care of our neighbors. Turns out, our pets have a pretty good quality of life, too. Earlier this year, the Animal Legal Defense Fund released a report ranking states in terms of the "general comprehensiveness and relative strength" of their animal cruelty laws.
The state's largest coal-fired power plants must upgrade their facilities to reduce the amount of mercury released into Minnesota's environment, under a legislative compromise announced Thursday. Gov.