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On June 15, unsuccessful candidates in the June 8 Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe general election Donald Headbird and Deborah Tibbetts submitted a notice of contest in the election results. A hearing on the contested election was held Thursday, June 24, at the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Headquarters in Cass Lake with Judge Heidi Drobnick presiding. Judge Drobnick closed the hearing to media representatives and non-Leech Lake Band members.
On Memorial Day morning Robert "The Rolling Dutchman" Van Branken dipped the back tires of his electric wheelchair in the Headwaters of the Mississippi River at Itasca State Park. In six or seven months he intends to undertake a similar ritual with his front tires in the Gulf of Mexico. "Wheels to pavement, rain or shine, June 1. This whole journey is to say thanks to any veteran I see," Van Branken said. He said Monday that the significance of Memorial Day - to remember deceased veterans - was important as a starting date.
Dann Siems, Bemidji State University biologist, wants people to understand two things about cancer: For one thing, it's not a single disease, but many. And, if they feel out of sorts or experience some change from their normal outlook, pay attention because it might be a warning. Siems, 52, started having headaches last summer. They would bother him in the morning, but abate if he didn't go back to bed.
CASS LAKE -- Leech Lake and White Earth bands of Ojibwe ceded land in an 1855 treaty with the United States government, but they did not give up their rights to fish, hunt, gather or travel in the ceded lands - that belief is the crux of a grassroots movement gaining momentum among members of both bands. About 150 people gathered Friday at the Palace Bingo Hall for a meeting to discuss their positions on affirming these rights and their methods for going ahead with their claims.
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Dr. Kathleen Annette, deputy director of Field Operation for the Indian Health Service was recognized during the Northwest Minnesota Foundation2010 Regional Summit Tuesday for her leadership. Annette received the NMF Quality of Place Award. Annette, a member of the White Earth Band of Chippewa, who grew up in Red Lake, has served as IHS Field Operations deputy director for 12 years.
Managers at Harmony Natural Food Cooperative have been discussing the need to expand or relocate for several years. Now, the coop has signed a purchase agreement, contingent on securing financing, to buy the former TruStar Federal Credit Union building at 413 Third St. N.W. TruStar built a new facility and moved March 11 to 2313 TruStar Drive Northwest off Paul Bunyan Drive Northwest. "We weren't even going to start looking for a building until August or September," Harmony Manager Greg Gasman said.
Sanford Health and MeritCare officials initiated a merger about one year ago, but patients at both centers haven't experienced any changes in daily care. That was the message Mike Begeman, Sanford vice president of public affairs based in Sioux Falls, S.D., gave to noon Bemidji Rotary members Monday. Begeman; Becky Nelson, Sanford, chief operating officer; and Dr.
Authenticity, honesty, relief - these were some of the feelings members of a panel said they experienced when they acknowledged their sexual orientation and revealed their true selves to others. Six members of a panel discussed "Rite of Passage - Joys/Challenges of Coming Through the Closet Door" during a "Creating Inclusive and Welcoming Communities" seminar Saturday sponsored by the Bemidji State University Social Work Program in partnership with United States Census 2010, RAAN, PFUND and OUTFRONT Minnesota.
The 33rd Annual Bemidji Jaycees Home, Sport and Travel Show gives visitors a sampling of the myriad opportunities available in the area. From playground equipment to docks, kettle corn to brats, fireplaces to log buildings, the Home, Sport and Travel Show is an exhibit of diversity. The show in the John Glas Fieldhouse ran from 3-8 p.m. Friday and continues from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, April 17, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 18.