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Government officials and members of the private sector met Thursday at the Northern Minnesota Tribal Economic Development Summit and Trade Show at the Northern Lights Casino and Events Center. Samuel Strong, director of economic development for the Red Lake Nation, center, LeRoy Staples Fairbanks III, member of the Leech Lake Nation’s Tribal Council, right, and Rita Albrecht, mayor of Bemidji, far right, speak with Gary Johnson, CEO of Paul Bunyan Communications, left. Zach Kayser | Bemidji Pioneer

Northern tribal officials talk economic opportunity at two-day summit, trade show

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WALKER — Although the federal government shutdown was technically over Thursday, organizers of the 2013 Northern Minnesota Tribal Economic Development Summit, hosted on the Leech Lake Reservation, still had to contend with its effects as they handled cancellations from some of the federal officials originally scheduled to deliver speeches and take part in the discussion.

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