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Northbird seeks DFL endorsement in District 2A

FARDEN TOWNSHIP -- Farden Township resident Michael Northbrid has announced his bid for the Democratic-Farmer-Labor party’s endorsement for this year’s Minnesota House of Representatives District 2A election in November.

Born and raised in Cass Lake, Northbird has worked as an environmental program manager for the past nine years for the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Before that, he was a civil engineer for more than a decade, working on various projects across northern Minnesota and neighboring states.

Northbird is a member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, enrolled in the Minnesota Chippewa

Tribe, but also is a direct descendent of Red Lake Nation, according to a press release.

The platform Northbird is running on includes creating more opportunities for jobs with supportable wages, supporting local farm-to-table initiatives, backing the development of renewable energy while promoting the protection of natural resources and battling the drug epidemic.

“Northern Minnesota is a beautiful destination, a great place to raise a family and I intend to keep it that way,” Northbird said in the release. “Our future as Minnesotans depends on cohesiveness and the ability to stand strong together as a state. Fighting for local communities and the people of District 2A will be my utmost priority.”

The DFL endorsing convention for Senate District 2 will take place Saturday, March 17, at Mahnomen High School, located at 209 South First St.

District 2A includes most of Hubbard and Clearwater counties, all Lake of the Woods County, and western and northern Beltrami County, which also includes the Red Lake Indian Reservation.

The District 2A seat is currently held by Rep. Matt Grossell, R-Clearbrook.