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Wetlands filter runoff into lakes, streams and groundwater, stabilize lake levels and provide wildlife habitat and fish nurseries. But Minnesota's wetlands are rapidly disappearing due to development. Some of the drainage and filling is permitted, but much is in violation of the Wetland Conservation Act. On Friday, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources began aerial surveys of Beltrami County. DNR Conservation Officer Don Murray is piloting a GPS-equipped single-engine Scout made by the American Champion Co. of Rochester, Wis. Capt.
The Minnesota National Guard members deployed for training in October at Camp Shelby, Miss., are now on the ground in Iraq putting their training to use. On Thursday morning Minnesota time, Lt. Col. Gregg Parks held a conference call with members of the media.
Incumbent Red Lake Tribal Chairman Floyd "Buck" Jourdain Jr. and Tribal Secretary Judy Roy will face off in a run-off election for the tribal chairman position, according to unofficial results from Tuesday's primary election. Unofficially, Jourdain received 1,470 votes, or 47.4 percent, compared to Roy's 889 (28.7 percent). Former Chairman Bobby Whitefeather was third with 13 percent, and Francis "Chunky" Brun was fourth with 11 percent. The only candidate to win a position outright was incumbent Treasurer Darrell G. Seki, who received 1,501 votes, or 69.9 percent, in unofficial results.
RED LAKE -- Two years ago, the Red Lake Nation College opened to students offering two-year liberal arts and technical education degrees grounded in Anishinaabe language and culture. On Tuesday, with the heartbeat of honor songs echoing through the Red Lake Humanities Center, the first eight graduates walked across the stage to receive their diplomas from Red Lake Nation College Board Chairman Eugene Stillday. In addition, Larry Stillday, board vice chairman and spiritual advisor, presented each graduate with an eagle feather.
Canoes, horses, automobiles, sleighs, trains and planes -- the new "Paddle, Ride or Fly" exhibit at the Beltrami County History Center celebrates modes of transportation. "We've partnered with a lot of people on the project," said Wanda Hoyum, History Center director. The exhibit will open with extended hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, continuing with regular hours 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
The Bemidji City Council will hold a first reading Monday of six potential additions to the City Charter. The City Council will meet first as a Board of Review at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Council Chambers of City Hall, 317 Fourth St. N.W.
The 2006 fishing season opening day will weed out the fair-weather anglers from the die-hards. "It's going to be in the mid-30s, looks like," said Jensen Anderson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks. "There's going to be some showers and even a snowflake or two. We're hoping to get the temperature up into the 40s." Slicker weather, but at least the wind won't be too rough.
RED LAKE -- Last Saturday, members of the Red Lake Nation angled for the first walleye from their sacred lake for the first time in almost nine years. This Saturday, the state will open the eastern portion of Upper Red Lake to sport walleye fishing for non-Red Lake members.
Amy Cloose, 16, of Solway, was crowned Beltrami County Junior Dairy Princess on Sunday. "This has been a dream of mine since I was little," Amy said. The last time the Beltrami County Dairy Association elected a Dairy Princess was in 1998, when Bonnie Miller and Stacey Neft represented the industry.
TURTLE RIVER -- On Wednesday, Region II Recording Day at Gary Burger's studio, four voices joined in unison to sing "The Gingerbread Boy." Doris Edwards wrote the perky Christmas song, and she and her daughter, Robyn Edwards, granddaughter, Becky Hiltz, and great-granddaughter, Taylor Hiltz, made the recording together. "I was thinking, there are songs about Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, but nothing about the Gingerbread Boy," Doris said. So, she filled the musical gap. "It just comes natural to her," said Vernon Edwards, listening to the recording session.