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RED LAKE -- In many ways the Red Lake Nation is prospering, but in one particular area the news is bad. During his State of the Band Address Friday, Chairman Floyd "Buck" Jourdain Jr. declared a public health emergency in relation to the widespread addiction to prescription drugs. "Continuous challenges present themselves to tribes," he said. The focus of prevention, education and law enforcement action has been on illegal drugs such as crack cocaine, he said.
Volunteers spent the week grooming the Buena Vista Village for the 28th annual Logging Days Saturday. "The grounds are looking rally good," said Suzanne Thomas, one of the Logging Days organizers. Don Thomas cut a new road into the village near the ranch house. Thomas named the new entry The Buena Vista Logging Road. "That was the road Dad was dozing when he passed away," said Suzanne Thomas referring to her father's sudden death in Oct.
The boards are up, the ice is shaved and the flooding of rinks will begin today. The second Lake Bemidji Pond Hockey Classic is ready to get under way on the ice near the Hampton Inn & Suites. "The biggest thing is we are having it," said David Cermak, volunteer ice expert. He said Bemidji lost the National Long Track Marathons planned for Lake Bemidji's east side because a February thaw caused poor surface conditions. The weather has since cooled down making the Pond Hockey possible. Cermak's job is to keep a watchful eye on the ice.
It's 5 p.m. on a Saturday night, and if you're like about four million other people, you're tuned in to A Prairie Home Companion. Since Garrison Keillor began national broadcast of the show Feb. 17, 1979, fans from around the country and the world have listened to the Powdermilk Biscuits and Bertha's Kitty Boutique advertisements, and a variety of music, skits and News From Lake Wobegone. On Saturday, Feb. 12, APHC will broadcast live from John Glas Fieldhouse at Bemidji State University.
The Leech Lake Reservation Business Committee, also known as the Tribal Council, has taken official action to withdraw the Oct. 13 letter to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approving the granting of a 230kV Otter Tail Power Company Power-line route permit. The letter of approval was issued by Secretary/Treasurer Michael J. Bongo, suggesting the Tribal Council approved the transmission line route through the Leech lake Reservation. Project Manager Al Koeckeritz told the Beltrami County Board members Tuesday that the PUC granted the project's certificate of need in July 2009.
A Bemidji couple, Pat and Jaclyn Whiting, initiated Bemidji's first homeless shelter in 1985. According to a Dec.
The focus for the future of cities should be resilience, not ever-expanding growth: that is the message of the founders of Strong Towns. "We're interested in economic development; we're interested in long-term economic and environmental stability for communities," said Jon Commers. "The way we do business now is not sustainable for small towns.
Handcuffed and dressed in a "Tha King" hip hop T-shirt and trousers, Donald Leigh Clark, one of the men charged in the Julian DeMarrias shooting death Nov. 3 in Redby, made his first court appearance Tuesday. Clark, 22, of Redby, appeared before Federal Magistrate Mary Klein in U.S.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Ralph S. Boelter announced Sunday the arrest of Donald Leigh Clark Jr., 22, of Redby. Clark has been a federal fugitive since being charged by criminal complaint Nov. 5 in federal court with being a felon in possession of a firearm and subsequently charged by criminal complaint Nov. 17 with one count of second-degree murder and two counts of assault with intent to commit murder. All charges stemmed from his role in the Nov. 3 shooting death of Julian Keith DeMarrias, 22, of Redby.
The 28th annual Buena Vista Logging Days will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26. The inspiration for the first Loggings Days in 1983 was the rescue of a set of rusting sleigh irons from a deserted logging camp near Waskish. The late Earle Dickinson, his father, Leonard Dickinson, and some friends used the irons to build a replica of the logging sleighs used in the days when manpower, horsepower and ox power brought the timber out of the woods and to the lumber mills.