Statewide: July 6, 2012 Archive
Posted at 7:33 AM on July 6, 2012
by Michael Olson
Filed under: Around MN
Downed trees slow work to restore power
Duluth News Tribune: "Still reeling from efforts to restore power in Itasca County after Monday night's windstorm, Lake Country Power crews were busy Thursday trying to restore power to customers across Minnesota Highway 1 -- from Togo through Tower into Ely -- after a Wednesday night storm." Northland News Center: "Nearly 4,000 Lake Country Power members are still without power Thursday after several severe storms hit the company's service area earlier this week."
1936 heat wave still most extreme
TPT: In 1936 "eight hundred Minnesotans died as the state struggled with the most extreme heat wave our state's ever witnessed. Weather historian Mark Seeley joins us to tell us all about it."
'Knee-high by 4th of July' corn not good enough now
MPR News: "The growing season so far in many Minnesota corn fields has been almost poetic. Some stalks are nearly as high as an elephant's eye, but you won't hear many people use that song lyric to describe them."
Broken pipe spews sewage into Mississippi River
MPR News: "Utility officials say up to 700,000 gallons of sewage spewed into the Mississippi River when a sewer pipe broke in Sauk Rapids on Wednesday."
Second teen charged as adult in 13-year-old's death
Star Tribune: "He was 15 at time of shooting that killed Ray'Jon Gomez. Derrick Deangelo Catchings remains jailed in lieu of bail."
Anti-foreclosure group reports progress
MPR News: "Organizers with the group Occupy Homes say their efforts to help homeowners fight foreclosure are showing signs of success.Occupy Homes organizer Chris Gray says the 8-month-old group has helped three homeowners in the Twin Cities successfully negotiate with mortgage lenders."
Interactive: Watching 'tax' Tweets after Supreme Court decision
WNYC: "You know how your corner of Twitter reacted to last week's Supreme Court decision, but how did *everyone* on Twitter."
Posted at 12:43 PM on July 6, 2012
by Dan Olson
Filed under: Minnesota Sounds & Voices
I met Michael Laughing Fox Charette just as his car died.
That's him in the photo above in his Superior, Wisc. apartment/workshop in a photo taken by Derek Montgomery on May 10th, 2012.
Being without transportation is an unwelcome development in anyone's life, and no less so for Michael.
The 33-year-old flute player and member of the Red Cliff Band of Ojibwe needs wheels to get to his music gigs.
And, not incidentally, to his day job as a baker.
It's the most recent challenge in a life filled with ups and downs.
Michael says the good times include growing up in one of North America's most scenic locales - Lake Superior's south shore near Bayfield, Wisc. and the Apostle Islands. He calls childhood there like an endless game of tag as the kids raced around the reservation.
However, the economy of Red Cliff is not robust. Poverty has been like a boat anchor, dragging people down, and the problems of drug and alcohol abuse are ever present.
Michael says when he was a kid, the family didn't have enough money to pay for piano lessons which might have jump started his interest in music.
Boxing was another matter. Coaching was available and he excelled, learning discipline that gave him direction.
Later he taught himself baking and flute playing.
Michael learned baking on the job in a Bayfield coffee shop.
He lived alone nearby in the woods where he began to teach himself the traditional wood flute.
That was ten years ago.
Michael tells the story of his life and plays the flute in schools - not too long ago he talked to American Indian students in several Minneapolis schools - and he'd like to do more. You can hear more of Michael's story tonight in our latest Minnesota Sounds & Voices story on All Things Considered.
He's starting to get playing gigs on stage including one on Saturday, July 7th, in Duluth at the Twin Ports Bridge music festival and another on July 11th at the Big Top Chautauqua near Bayfield, Wisc.
This all plays into Michael's plan to pursue his music as his life's work - assuming he can figure out the transportation issue.
The Federal Aviation Administration recently approved restricted airspace in North Dakota for unmanned military aircraft testing.
The FAA approved the restricted airspace in an area from west of Grand Forks to near Devils Lake.
The FAA ruling establishes seven areas of restricted space "to contain hazardous non-eye safe laser training operations being conducted by the emerging UAS mission at Grand Forks Air Force Base (AFB); thus, transforming the range into a viable non-eye safe laser training location."
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association opposed the rule which the organization says sets a precedent by establishing the first restricted airspace specifically for unmanned aircraft.
President of the North Dakota Pilots Association Mark Scheele says the new space will cut off two commonly used general aviation corridors in the state. Scheele says the result will "create inconvenience and additional expense for North Dakota pilots".
The new restricted airspace takes effect July 26. You can read the FAA rule here.
North Dakota is also hoping to be named one of a half dozen unmanned aircraft testing sites the FAA is expected to establish later this year.
Those sites will be used to integrate unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace.