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OGEMA, Minn.—An Ogema man under investigation for the starving death of three horses in his care has a GoFundMe site seeking $10,000 to create a "family horse rescue ranch." Michael E. Dahl, a White Earth spiritual leader and Ojibwe teacher at Detroit Lakes High School, set up the still-active Go-Fund-Me site on Sept. 25, 2015 and has so far received donations of $841 towards his $10,000 goal.
MAHNOMEN, Minn.—White Earth Tribal police are looking into the deaths of three horses that apparently starved to death over a period of several months on land near Strawberry Lake owned by Michael Dahl, a White Earth spiritual elder. Dahl did not answer his cell phone and his voice mailbox was full and could not accept messages. One of the horses, a 2-year-old filly, was the great-granddaughter of the famed racing horse Secretariat, a Triple Crown winner in 1973, according to her previous owner, Amber Shaide.
FRAZEE, Minn. — Since antibiotics came into general use in the 1930s and 1940s, they have been widely available to American farmers to use on their livestock at their discretion. Until now, antibiotics for food animals have been easily obtained at feed stores, fleet supply stores or online. Farmers with sick livestock often take care of the problem themselves. That will change Jan. 1, when the Veterinary Feed Directive kicks in, regulating the use of antibiotics in the food and drinking water of livestock.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — Thanks to a lot of work done over the summer, there's plenty of room for tubing now at Detroit Mountain. A new tubing area has been created to essentially doubled the size of the old area. There are now 10 lanes for the downhill ride and two central magic carpet conveyor belts to bring people back up to the top of the hill. "It offers an exhilarating ride," said Jeff Staley, general manager of Detroit Mountain Recreation Area.
The chances of a special session in Minnesota slipped away in the dust of political battle Friday, leaving behind the corpses of tax relief for the middle class, a bonding bill to keep state buildings in good repair, and health insurance relief for those hit by sky-high MNsure premiums. DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican Kurt Daudt, speaker of the Minnesota House, held dueling press conferences Friday, Dec. 16, each casting blame on the other.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — An influx of outdoor mice has area homeowners on the verge of mouse madness. Mouse traps and mouse bait have been selling at record levels, exterminators are staying busy and people who have never had house cats before are bringing in “mousers” to join the fight. Brady Neros, of rural Hawley, Minn., said his family has lived in the area for 34 years and never dealt with mice before.
MAHNOMEN -- Terry Tibbetts won more than 65 percent of the vote Tuesday to become the next chairman of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe. He defeated Mindy Iverson 1,279 votes to 674 votes, or 65 percent to 35 percent. “I’ll be the hardest working, most honest and thorough chairman that we’ve seen for years,” Tibbetts said. He thanked his supporters and campaign workers, singling out “Moss” Tibbetts, a nephew who worked hard on his campaign and “is like a son to me,” he said.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.— Not everything has what it takes to become a state symbol. The lowly leech in its lake weeds and crawly wood tick in its underbrush can only gaze wistfully at those state symbols that so proudly embody what it means to be a Minnesotan — the soulful loon is the state bird, bone-building milk is the state drink, the elegant fluttering monarch is the state butterfly and the tasty walleye is the state fish.
WHITE EARTH, Minn. -- For more than 20 years, Erma Vizenor has been a force to be reckoned with on the White Earth Reservation. From the early 1990s, when she was a prominent member of the group that brought down the Chip Wadena-led government, to a few weeks ago, when she was forced by her political enemies to resign the tribal chairwoman’s office, Vizenor has been in the thick of the action.
MAHNOMEN, Minn. -- A Moorhead, Minn., man has been charged with animal cruelty and chasing a wild animal in a motor vehicle in the Labor Day weekend drowning death of a buck on a northwest Minnesota lake. The two misdemeanor charges were filed Tuesday in Mahnomen County District Court.