John Enger

Minnesota Public Radio

John Enger is a reporter for MPR News in Bemidji. Enger is a Minnesota native, born and raised near Aitkin and a graduate of MSU-Moorhead. Hes spent the past few years reporting for the Schenectady Gazette in upstate New York.

John Enger Feature Archive

A proposal from Roger's Resort to sell beer and hard liquor seemed to be headed for approval, but then leaders of the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe stepped forward with objections. (08/29/2014)
A tornado downed trees, broke windows and lifted the roof off a barn in Benton County Sunday. (08/25/2014)
Doug Brown demonstrates wild rice harvesting.
The rice hustle is about as simple as hustles come. For Doug Brown, the wild rice tradition has become a fairly lucrative side hustle. (08/24/2014)
At first glance, the small town doesn't seem like a natural choice for an interfaith picnic. (08/22/2014)
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn visited Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig, the small tribal school east of Cass Lake, discussing a laundry list of problems. (08/20/2014)
Richard Selheim's side hustle started in 1987 when he tried to get a loan to build the house in Warroad where he still lives. The loan officer happened to love trapping, and hate skinning. Selheim got the loan and his very first customer. (08/19/2014)
After nearly two weeks on the lam in the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, all but four of the bison have been recaptured or are at rest in the local meat locker. (08/15/2014)
In general, lakes from Bemidji to the Canadian border will yield only a quarter of the wild rice they did last year. (08/12/2014)
A communications safety net has been spreading across the 2.5 million acre wilderness for a decade. That net is enabling more rescues but officials warn it should not give people false confidence they can explore the wilderness area without proper preparation. (08/01/2014)
Koochiching County Sheriff's Department authorities are still filling in details in the bizarre break-ins and fatal shooting that took place along a rural section of Minnesota Highway 53. (07/28/2014)
Changing tastes, higher taxes, property values and overhead sunk many resorts, but Lake of the Woods resorts are holding strong. (07/27/2014)
It wasn't a great year for the shoreline wildlife of Lake of the Woods. Flood waters from the saturated Rainy River watershed poured into the lake starting in June. (07/27/2014)
Scientists don't yet know exactly how much blooms have expanded, but early findings suggest the algae is getting thicker, likely due to a combination of climate change and decades-old pollution. (07/27/2014)
A night fishing ban intended to protect the walleye population on Mille Lacs Lake will be lifted a month early. (07/14/2014)
A Bemidji School District maintenance truck took an over-eager right onto Paul Bunyan Avenue Friday morning, prematurely dumping 25 gallons of latex pavement marking paint in a 100 yard yellow smear. (07/11/2014)