Minnesota Public Radio features by John Enger http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=31311 en-us Copyright 2016 Minnesota Public Radio Wed, 25 May 2016 08:42:05 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by John Enger http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 From septics to sewers on Rainy Lake's south shore The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency estimates that one in every five of the state's half-million septic systems is failing. Leaking sewage takes a heavy environmental toll, but across most of the state, it's an invisible problem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/05/23/water-rainy-lake-septic-sewer?refid=0 Mon, 23 May 2016 04:00:00 -0500 Bemidji cancels comedian's event amid social media outcry Bemidji has canceled comedian Ralphie May's upcoming event after he came under fire for comments against Native Americans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/07/bemidji-cancels-ralphie-may-performance?refid=0 Thu, 07 Apr 2016 15:42:11 -0500 In northern Minnesota, tribal chair races narrow Two northern Minnesota tribes chose their top candidates Tuesday in primary elections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/06/white-earth-leech-lake-tribal-chair-elections?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2016 14:22:01 -0500 Dilapidated tribal school in northern MN gets funds to rebuild Roughly $12 million in federal funds is headed to the Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig tribal school east of Bemidji to fix its crumbling infrastructure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/05/dilapidated-tribal-school-in-northern-minnesota-gets-funds-to-rebuild?refid=0 Tue, 05 Apr 2016 13:52:12 -0500 Woman killed in Aitkin County officer-involved shooting Aitkin County Sheriff's deputies shot and killed a 50-year-old woman during a standoff Tuesday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/30/aitkin-county-officer-ionvolved-fatal-shooting?refid=0 Wed, 30 Mar 2016 14:52:12 -0500 Globetrotters in Minnesota, still playing after 90 years The Harlem Globetrotters have been playing for 90 years. Their first of four stops in Minnesota is Tuesday in Bemidji. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/22/harlem-globetrotters-in-minnesota-bemidji-stop-alex-moose-weekes?refid=0 Tue, 22 Mar 2016 11:45:54 -0500 Crafting handmade cowboy boots the old way in northern Minnesota In a small shop down a gravel road south of Akeley, Minn., Craig Bartels builds custom boots one foot at a time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/17/crafting-handmade-cowboy-boots-in-northern-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 17 Mar 2016 13:05:00 -0500 Heroin overdoses in northern MN prompt warning of deadlier drugs After a rash of heroin overdoses across Minnesota, state law enforcement is asking for information to help track down the dealers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/16/deadlier-drugs-warning-heroin-overdoses-northern-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 16 Mar 2016 16:38:50 -0500 Another Minnesota treaty rights lawsuit lands in court Two Leech Lake tribe members appeared in Beltrami County District Court for killing a deer on private land. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/04/minnesota-treaty-righty-dispute-in-court?refid=0 Fri, 04 Mar 2016 10:48:55 -0600 Solar gardens: Minnesota attorney general pursues complaints Solar gardens are expanding quickly in Minnesota and the attorney general's office is responding to more consumer complaints and confusion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/03/02/solar-garden-complaints-minnesota-electricity-consumers?refid=0 Wed, 02 Mar 2016 14:00:00 -0600 Armed standoff near Bemidji ends without injury The six-hour standoff between Beltrami County Sheriff's deputies and one armed man was resolved without injury late Tuesday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/24/bemidji-armed-standoff-ends-without-injury?refid=0 Wed, 24 Feb 2016 13:55:00 -0600 Zoo bear cub escaped as northern Minn. man stopped for snack A northern Minnesota man just got fined for losing a bear cub more than a year ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/24/minnesota-lost-zoo-bear-cub-fine?refid=0 Wed, 24 Feb 2016 13:20:00 -0600 Red Lake Nation goes solar The Red Lake Nation is pursuing energy independence by installing one of the largest solar arrays in northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/19/red-lake-nation-solar-power?refid=0 Fri, 19 Feb 2016 07:36:08 -0600 Crowded contest for White Earth tribal chair It's been less than a month since Erma Vizenor resigned as chair of White Earth, and already nearly a dozen tribe members are running to fill her seat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/17/rush-for-white-earth-election?refid=0 Wed, 17 Feb 2016 05:58:17 -0600 Minn. painter's mission is to honor U.S. military history Little Falls artist Charles Kapsner will unveil the third of five paintings designed to capture the history and character of each branch of the military. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/05/minnesota-artist-painting-depicting-military?refid=0 Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:07:33 -0600 Ex-boyfriend now faces intentional murder charge in Downwind case Rose Downwind's ex-boyfriend said he killed her accidentally but an autopsy suggests she was strangled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/03/autopsy-results-impact-rose-downwind-death-charges?refid=0 Wed, 03 Feb 2016 11:57:23 -0600 Tribal protesters plead not guilty to illegal fish, rice harvest Four Ojibwe tribe members plead not guilty to charges garnered by a treaty rights protest last summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/01/tribal-protesters-plead-not-guilty-fishing-treaty-case?refid=0 Mon, 01 Feb 2016 12:30:39 -0600 Explaining Minnesota's 1837, 1854 and 1855 Ojibwe treaties Much of what is now Minnesota land was ceded by Ojibwe tribes in a series of treaties. Three of those treaties have sparked land use controversies in recent years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/02/01/explaining-minnesota-ojibwe-treaties?refid=0 Mon, 01 Feb 2016 04:00:00 -0600 White Earth tribal chair Vizenor explains why she resigned Erma Vizenor says she intended to fight but changed her mind when the vote against her appeared inevitable. She plans to write a book about the complex workings of tribal government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/21/white-earth-chairwoman-erma-vizenor-speaks-out?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jan 2016 13:46:28 -0600 Tribal protesters charged for gathering fish and wild rice Months after a protest at Hole-in-the-Day Lake authorities have charged four protesters, opening the door to a court battle over tribal land use rights. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/01/08/tribal-protesters-charged-for-gathering-fish-and-wild-rice?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jan 2016 12:54:53 -0600 Enbridge settles $18.5M dispute with Red Lake The settlement marks the end of a decade-long oil pipeline dispute over an isolated section of tribal land totaling less than half an acre. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/31/enbridge-red-lake-settlement?refid=0 Thu, 31 Dec 2015 10:58:06 -0600 BNSF furloughs Minnesota, North Dakota workers as rail traffic slows The unspecified number of cuts will likely affect rail yards at Dilworth, Minn., and at Grand Forks, Mandan and Minot in North Dakota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/30/bnsf-furloughs-employees?refid=0 Wed, 30 Dec 2015 15:08:09 -0600 Winona LaDuke to run for White Earth chair In the wake of a power struggle that could cost the current chair her job, well-known Native American activist Winona LaDuke plans a bid to take her place. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/29/winona-laduke-running-white-earth-chair?refid=0 Tue, 29 Dec 2015 16:28:41 -0600 Power fight could cost White Earth chairwoman her job A letter Erma Vizenor sent to a federal official overstepped her role, critics say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/23/power-fight-erma-vizenor-white-earth-chairwoman?refid=0 Wed, 23 Dec 2015 13:50:51 -0600 Bemidji friends carry on the art of lefse-making Holiday time for Gerri Thorsgard and her friends in Bemidji means 40 pounds of potatoes and a shared mission: lefse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/21/art-of-lefse-making?refid=0 Mon, 21 Dec 2015 10:30:00 -0600 50 rescued from ice floes on northern Minnesota's Upper Red Lake When an ice floe broke loose this morning on Upper Red Lake in northern Minnesota, dozens of anglers found themselves stranded. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/14/upper-red-lake-ice-rescue?refid=0 Mon, 14 Dec 2015 15:49:49 -0600 Ex-boyfriend charged in death of Rose Downwind Nearly two months after the Bemidji woman was reported missing, Marchello Anthony Cimmarusti, 40, is facing second degree murder charges. Another man was charged with helping Cimmarusti bury Downwind's body. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/11/exboyfriend-charged-in-death-of-rose-downwind?refid=0 Fri, 11 Dec 2015 16:26:05 -0600 Body recovered, two men held in Bemidji woman's death A body believed to be that of missing Bemidji woman Rose Downwind has been recovered. Her ex-boyfriend and another man have been arrested. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/10/bemidji-woman-rose-downwind-death?refid=0 Thu, 10 Dec 2015 13:15:00 -0600 Bemidji State University confronts increase in anti-Muslim sentiment School officials are promoting tolerance as Muslim students report being being the target of disparaging comments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/09/promoting-tolerance-bemidji?refid=0 Wed, 09 Dec 2015 15:18:20 -0600 Bemidji shooting club to move away from airport location The Bemidji Trap and Skeet Club will move from its location near an airport thanks to money the Legislature set aside to help gun clubs expand. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/12/08/bemidji-shooting-range-relocation?refid=0 Tue, 08 Dec 2015 12:30:00 -0600 Hunters take 14 percent more deer despite another 'conservative' season As another "conservative" deer hunting season comes to an end in Minnesota, wildlife management officials say a better than expected harvest means the state's herd is recovering. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/25/deer-hunting?refid=0 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 15:00:00 -0600 As Canada moves to accept refugees, fears about security hassles surface in northern Minn. As Canada plans to resettle thousands of Syrian refugees, those who regularly cross Minnesota's northern border are hoping alarm over border security won't lead to changes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/24/security-hassles?refid=0 Tue, 24 Nov 2015 15:15:00 -0600 Bemidji shop resurrects WWII planes, flaws and all 'We're rebuilding these planes for their story. If we aren't exact, we're writing fiction.' http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/11/wwii-plane-bemidji?refid=0 Wed, 11 Nov 2015 12:05:12 -0600 Police suspect foul play in Bemidji woman's disappearance Rose Downwind, the 31-year-old granddaughter of American Indian Movement co-founder Dennis Banks, was last seen Oct. 21 leaving a residence on Stoner Avenue in Bemidji, Minn. Police are seeking the public's help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/05/rose-downwind?refid=0 Thu, 05 Nov 2015 10:27:39 -0600 Snowy owls coming to Minnesota earlier and more often Snowy owls aren't native to Minnesota but fly down from the Arctic Circle when food runs short. They've been hungry enough to fly south three out of the last five years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/05/snowy-owls?refid=0 Thu, 05 Nov 2015 07:59:37 -0600 Bemidji's first shelter for homeless alcoholics delayed Efforts to convert a former downtown church into a 16-bed shelter have taken longer than expected. However, the facility hopes to open its doors before year's end. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/11/03/bemidji-wet-homeless-shelter?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2015 12:20:00 -0600 Training for snow in the pouring rain The snow plow trainees at Camp Ripley this week won't know what they've really signed up for until that rain turns to snow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/30/snow-plow-driver-training?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2015 15:47:28 -0500 Bemidji police ask for help finding missing woman The granddaughter of a prominent Native American rights activist has been missing more than a week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/29/missing-woman-bemidji?refid=0 Thu, 29 Oct 2015 10:35:06 -0500 Bemidji Ben Franklin closes; marks end of dime store era There isn't much left of the Ben Franklin chain that once had thousands of rural stores. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/20/ben-franklin?refid=0 Tue, 20 Oct 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Couple hopes to restore MN's 'Restaurant Capital of the World' A year since the tiny northern Minnesota community of Dorset lost two of its four eateries in a fire, there's a plan to resurrect them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/14/dorset-restaurants-rebuild?refid=0 Wed, 14 Oct 2015 13:10:00 -0500 News of Mills Fleet Farm sale unnerves hometown Some in Brainerd-Baxter area worry how new owners might change Mills Fleet Farm, a major employer and regional institution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/12/mills-brainerd-reaction?refid=0 Mon, 12 Oct 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Fall color wagon rides powered by 1,700-pound horses: The side hustle When the fall leaves turn bright and the mosquitoes die, Andy Branham is out with his massive Percheron horses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/06/side-hustle-fall-color-wagon-rides?refid=0 Tue, 06 Oct 2015 15:57:09 -0500 Protesters take aim at McDonald's, potato giant over water use, pesticides The Pesticide Action Network and Toxic Taters Coalition plan to gather outside 11 McDonald's restaurants around Minnesota Tuesday, but their main target is potato grower and McDonald's supplier R.D. Offut. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/10/05/potato-protest?refid=0 Mon, 05 Oct 2015 14:15:00 -0500 No selfie stump, but Paul Bunyan Park renovation nearly done It's been nearly four months since work at Bemidji's Paul Bunyan Park halted amid local outcry. Crews are now rushing to lay concrete before winter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/30/paul-bunyan-park?refid=0 Wed, 30 Sep 2015 12:25:00 -0500 White Earth plans Star Lake casino The White Earth Band plans to build a third casino in its Shooting Star chain near Dent in northwestern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/29/star-lake-casino?refid=0 Tue, 29 Sep 2015 14:51:15 -0500 Snowmobile clubs race to clear trails wrecked by Brainerd summer storms The July storm that ripped through central Minnesota's Brainerd Lakes area dropped hundreds of trees across the region's snowmobile trails. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/29/clearing-snowmobile-trails?refid=0 Tue, 29 Sep 2015 11:37:15 -0500 More layoffs at Keewatin taconite plant More than 400 workers were laid off earlier this year when U.S. Steel idled its Keewatin operation on Minnesota's Iron Range. The company warns another 210 workers will be laid off next month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/25/keetac-layoffs?refid=0 Fri, 25 Sep 2015 16:04:32 -0500 Study shows blast of growth in northern Minnesota A St. Cloud State University study offers a hopeful look at the state's business climate and suggests Minnesota is poised for another six months of growth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/17/minnesota-economic-growth?refid=0 Thu, 17 Sep 2015 13:43:28 -0500 St. Louis County will allow more ATVs on roads A new pilot program will connect miles of ATV trails by allowing riders to use county roads. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/09/atvs-st-louis-county?refid=0 Wed, 09 Sep 2015 14:42:59 -0500 Two things that changed walleye fishing in Minnesota Take a drive north and you'll see $50,000 boats and whole communities built off the walleye fishing industry. It wasn't always that way. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/09/08/walleye-history?refid=0 Tue, 08 Sep 2015 06:00:00 -0500 MN DNR cites tribal members in second day of treaty rights challenge The state's longtime position has been that it's illegal to harvest wild rice without a state license off reservation land. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/28/rice-protest?refid=0 Fri, 28 Aug 2015 08:47:58 -0500 DNR grants one-day permit, avoids treaty rights court battle Dozens of Ojibwe tribal members gathered at Hole-in-the-Day Lake to prompt a court battle by harvesting wild rice without a permit. Now, state officials have granted them a temporary permit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/27/special-permit-wild-rice?refid=0 Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:23:30 -0500 Whatever happened to the Marshall County cop who hit a UFO? Thirty-six years ago, Marshall County Sheriff's Deputy Val Johnson was on night patrol when he drove into a ball of white light near Warren, Minn. People are still talking. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/26/minnesota-deputy-squad-car-ufo-mystery?refid=0 Thu, 27 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0500 White Earth tribe members voice pipeline concerns: 'Eventually something is going to go wrong' Scores of White Earth tribe members spoke against pipeline replacement project at a hearing Tuesday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/19/white-earth-pipeline?refid=0 Wed, 19 Aug 2015 06:28:13 -0500 Enbridge pipeline hearing tonight on White Earth Indian reservation It's one of 11 hearings planned this month across the proposed Line 3 route, and one of the rare hearings held on tribal land. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/18/enbridge-white-earth?refid=0 Tue, 18 Aug 2015 06:27:15 -0500 Bemidji approves first 'wet' homeless shelter The shelter is the first in the city that allows people who are chronic alcohol and drug users. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/13/bemidji-homeless-shelter?refid=0 Thu, 13 Aug 2015 16:23:46 -0500 Vets on Mississippi River trip find paddling eases pain of war Researchers studying post-traumatic stress disorder are seeing hopeful signs among veterans who recently launched a therapeutic trip down the Mississippi from its Minnesota headwaters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/13/mississippi-paddle-ptsd-study?refid=0 Thu, 13 Aug 2015 11:14:51 -0500 Avian flu vaccine shows promise in turkeys, Vilsack says Amid fears of a resurgence of the deadly virus, United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said a private company may manufacture a vaccine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/11/avian-flu-vaccine?refid=0 Tue, 11 Aug 2015 15:43:18 -0500 Drivers warned to watch for hundreds of cyclists in north-central Minnesota MnDOT is warning drivers to watch out for a group of 300 cyclists in a loop of Brainerd, Pine River, Crosby and Little Falls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/11/bicycling-around-minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 11 Aug 2015 09:56:01 -0500 Sheriff: Beltrami deputy hit in high-speed chase improving The suspect allegedly assaulted a woman with a sword and led authorities on a high-speed chase before running over Deputy David Hart. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/10/beltrami-deputy?refid=0 Mon, 10 Aug 2015 16:51:08 -0500 Ex-Aitkin, Minn. police chief settles in prostitution case Scott Leslie Smith was the first of eight men arrested in a Baxter, Minn., prostitution sting to settle his case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/08/05/baxter-prostitution-settle?refid=0 Wed, 05 Aug 2015 14:19:02 -0500 Runners cover 200 miles on Anishinabe Spirit Run The 19th annual run is aimed at encouraging sobriety and health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/31/anishinabe-spirit-run-sobriety?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:04:13 -0500 Woman faces trial in girl's freezing death Rachel Downer was babysitting her 6-year-old cousin when she allegedly left the girl in a parking lot on a February night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/22/woman-faces-trial-in-girls-freezing-death?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:51:02 -0500 Bemidji vs. Bemidji in court battle over land rights A legal battle over zoning rights between the city and township of Bemidji will continue thanks to a judge's ruling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/22/bemidji-vs-bemidji?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jul 2015 12:59:41 -0500 When a side hustle becomes the family business: Family quits jobs to open Pine River butcher shop Tony Styx used to cut up deer as a side hustle but now it's a family business. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/22/butcher?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jul 2015 11:15:10 -0500 After boy's death, water festival will go on at Lake Minnewaska Less than two weeks after a Minnesota boy died from an infection contracted from the waters of Lake Minnewaska, the annual Glenwood, Minn., festival could take a hit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/21/waterama-festival?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jul 2015 11:42:21 -0500 Brainerd Lakes starts to recover after Sunday's storm Five days after one of the worst storms in years, Brainerd Lakes area resorts are starting to open for business, but more than 1,000 homes and businesses in the Brainerd Lakes area remain without power. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/17/brainerd-lakes?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jul 2015 16:03:59 -0500 Bemidji's average age climbs as class reunion hits town For one weekend every five years the small northern city swells to nearly half again its normal size. Hotels are booked up, restaurants filled and the streets bursting with visitors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/16/bemidji-reunion?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jul 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Leaking wooden dam at International Falls gets an upgrade The paper mill and power company running the International Falls dam plan to replace the decades-old wooden gates that hold back Rainy Lake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/14/leaking-wooden-dam-at-international-falls-gets-an-upgrade?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jul 2015 03:51:46 -0500 Groups petition for protection of moose in Midwest The Center of Biological Diversity and Honor the Earth have filed a legal petition for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/09/moose-petition?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jul 2015 10:26:00 -0500 Bemidji feels the hate over Paul Bunyan park renovation Tourists will have a hard time getting photos with Bemidji's Paul and Babe statues this holiday weekend, thanks to a fight over the park plaza's redesign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/07/01/bunyan-statue-bemidji?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Designed to heal divisions, Bemidji statue uncovers tensions The city of Bemidji is unveiling a new bronze statue of Ojibwe leader Shaynowishkung, known as Chief Bemidji. The effort to honor him nearly stalled over references to the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/05/bemidji-unveils-new-statue?refid=0 Sat, 06 Jun 2015 11:45:00 -0500 A grave digger in the old style: The side hustle In an age of backhoes and precise holes, he finds peace preparing resting places by hand. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/03/side-hustle-larry-pederson?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jun 2015 12:52:04 -0500 Busy border rail line reopens after bridge fire Three days after a bridge fire south of International Falls, trains are rolling again over a temporary structure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/06/01/rail-bridge?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jun 2015 17:25:46 -0500 Fire that wrecked key northern MN rail bridge ruled accidental Investigators believe a mechanical failure triggered the fire that destroyed a rail bridge south of International Falls. Crews are working quickly to rebuild the U.S.-Canada freight link. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/28/bridge-fire-accidental?refid=0 Thu, 28 May 2015 17:22:22 -0500 Rail bridge burns, collapses near International Falls No one was hurt in the bridge collapse, which sent three rail cars into a northern Minnesota river. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/27/bridge-collapse?refid=0 Wed, 27 May 2015 15:29:37 -0500 Rural firefighters worry next generation won't answer the alarm In small-town Minnesota and across the nation, volunteer firefighters are an aging breed, and the next generation may not be eager to sign up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/21/volunteer-firefighters-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 22 May 2015 04:00:00 -0500 2 killed in shooting on Leech Lake Authorities say they found one man dead, another dying in a home near Walker. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/14/2-killed-in-shooting-on-leech-lake?refid=0 Thu, 14 May 2015 15:55:50 -0500 Arctic Cat adds jobs; worker housing still a worry New jobs mean economic growth for Thief River Falls but they may also worsen a long standing housing shortage in northwest Minnesota, officials say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/13/arctic-cat-expansion?refid=0 Wed, 13 May 2015 11:25:27 -0500 Minnesota pulls out all the stops to protect walleye Minnesota takes drastic actions to protect the state's crown jewel fish, among them using sharpshooters to kill thousands of birds that eat the fish walleye feed on. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/05/08/walleye?refid=0 Fri, 08 May 2015 04:00:00 -0500 DNR accidentally burns 4,500 acres of Roseau County Workers from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources intentionally lit a slash pile on Nov. 25, triggering a wildfire. It appeared to burn out in a few weeks, but coals buried deep in root clusters smoldered through the winter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/24/roseau-fire?refid=0 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:44:37 -0500 Cass Lake teen ordered to pay for wildfire costs Anthony James Wittner pleaded guilty to felony wildfire arson for setting a fire that burned 76 acres of forest, forcing 10 families from their homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/24/cass-lake?refid=0 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:03:11 -0500 Arsonist torches historic northern MN bridge The 113-year-old span crossed a swamp north of Blackduck and supported the Blue Ox recreational trail. The fire leaves the town without one of its main attractions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/14/historic-bridge?refid=0 Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:40:26 -0500 DNR: Drones a danger to firefighting aircraft New DNR safety rules will ground firefighting helicopters and planes when a drone is present, forcing crews to fight the blaze without air support until the drone retreats. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/14/drone-firefighters?refid=0 Tue, 14 Apr 2015 04:00:00 -0500 'Tangle of bureaucracy' leaves Indian school decrepit Three members of Congress visited Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig High School to see how much tribal schools need repairs. A White House report estimates $967 million is needed nationwide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/08/leech-lake-school?refid=0 Wed, 08 Apr 2015 17:10:26 -0500 DNR: Firefighters expect to contain north central Minnesota wildfire Hundreds of acres are burning in Aitkin County, but the fire is not threatening structures or people. The fire danger remains high in much of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/03/wildfire-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 03 Apr 2015 13:10:12 -0500 Farmers who lose livestock to wolves could see relief Gov. Mark Dayton's proposed budget would double the state's wolf depredation fund from $200,000 every two years to $400,000. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/02/wolves-farmers?refid=0 Thu, 02 Apr 2015 19:00:28 -0500 Feds add new protections for long-eared bats Federal regulators Wednesday classified the bats as threatened amid concerns over white-nose syndrome, a disease deadly to the creatures. Minnesota research played a role in protecting the bats. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/04/01/long-eared-bats?refid=0 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 15:29:35 -0500 Search continues for missing U of M student Minneapolis police are still looking for clues in the disappearance of a college student who has been missing since early Friday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/28/missing-minneapolis-woman?refid=0 Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:40:21 -0500 Best Buy cuts 1,500 jobs in Canada The company is eliminating 1,500 jobs and closing stores in Canada in an effort to streamline branding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/28/best-buy-canada-cuts?refid=0 Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:35:37 -0500 Minnesota's smallest elk herd just got smaller thanks to poachers The loss of two animals decimates the Grygla herd. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/25/elk-herd?refid=0 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:13:34 -0500 Bemidji death casts student drinking in harsh light Like other college towns, Bemidji finds underage drinking a tough problem - and a serious danger. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/20/bemidji-death-casts-student-drinking-in-harsh-light?refid=0 Sat, 21 Mar 2015 04:00:00 -0500 Feeling scars at Red Lake, 10 years later In 2005, a shooting spree on the Red Lake Indian Reservation claimed 10 lives. For four people who lived through it, the trauma has echoed through their lives in ways that would have been hard to predict. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/18/red-lake-shooting-10-years?refid=0 Wed, 18 Mar 2015 05:00:00 -0500 The shooting at Red Lake: The victims Ten years ago, on March 21, 2005, 16-year-old Jeff Wiese shot his grandfather, his grandfather's partner and seven of his classmates at Red Lake High School before shooting himself. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/18/red-lake-victims?refid=0 Wed, 18 Mar 2015 04:59:00 -0500 The shooting at Red Lake: What happened Ten years ago, on March 21, 2005, 16-year-old Jeff Wiese shot his grandfather, his grandfather's partner and seven of his classmates at Red Lake High School before shooting himself. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/18/red-lake-shooting-explained?refid=0 Wed, 18 Mar 2015 04:59:00 -0500 No charges brought in death of BSU student Prosecutors say social media evidence was not sufficient to charge those who served alcohol to Sandra Lommen, an underage college student who later froze to death. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/11/no-charges-brought-in-death-of-bsu-student?refid=0 Wed, 11 Mar 2015 16:02:57 -0500 Owners of burned-out Dorset restaurants call it quits Fire destroyed two of the four eateries that gave northern Minnesota's "Restaurant Capital of the World" its slogan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/03/09/dorset-restaurants?refid=0 Mon, 09 Mar 2015 14:44:49 -0500 Beater car race looks like 'Mad Max' movie shot on ice The Garfield Lake Ice Racers gather every Sunday and challenge each other on an ice track. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/25/max-max-on-ice?refid=0 Wed, 25 Feb 2015 04:00:00 -0600 Dry winter could mean spring wildfires With little snow to saturate the landscape come spring, Minnesota could be looking at another bad fire year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/10/wildfire-risk?refid=0 Tue, 10 Feb 2015 14:34:06 -0600 DNR uses new water regulations to stall deforestation DNR officials will assess the effect of operations by North Dakota-based R.D. Offutt, the nation's largest potato grower, on forest groundwater in northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/05/deforestation?refid=0 Thu, 05 Feb 2015 17:14:47 -0600 Home explodes near Bemidji, throwing man inside 50 feet The man was awake and speaking when an ambulance arrived to bring him to the hospital. His condition has not been reported since. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/27/home-explosion-near-bemidji?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:42:50 -0600 Pastor charged with 16 counts of criminal sexual conduct The alleged abuse began in 2009, when the youngest victim was 9 years old. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/21/pastor-charged?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:59:40 -0600 Stressed bat species could threaten MN pipeline Pipeline company Enbridge hopes research can head off a possible obstacle to the construction of the Sandpiper pipeline. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/01/19/long-eared-bats-sandpiper-pipeline?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jan 2015 04:00:00 -0600 American Legion bars close as membership dwindles After 40 years, Bemidji's American Legion post is closing its bar. When post membership falls, Legion bars are the first to go. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/31/american-legion-bars?refid=0 Wed, 31 Dec 2014 12:40:18 -0600 Even in the frozen North, a yurt's so good A Bemidji-area couple want a house with fixed walls, someday. For now, they enjoy a life of hands-on problem solving in a sort-of tent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/29/yurt?refid=0 Mon, 29 Dec 2014 04:00:00 -0600 For a Bemidji bike messenger in winter, at least there's no competition Hazards are high and the pay is low, but for a bike enthusiast it's the perfect gig. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/18/bike-messenger?refid=0 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:09:54 -0600 Warm weather melts a bit of Minnesota's winter fun A coating of freezing rain and snow has much of Minnesota looking more like winter. But the state's cold weather recreation business needs more than a wintry covering. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/16/warm-winter?refid=0 Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:54:38 -0600 BSU student found unconscious, dies hours later Sandra Lommen, of Bloomington, was found early Wednesday suffering from hypothermia hours after leaving a party. She later died at Sanford Medical Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/11/bsu-student-death?refid=0 Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:50:30 -0600 Wolf hunt races to quick close in NE Minnesota As of Thursday night, hunters harvested 35 wolves in northeast Minnesota -- hitting the DNR target harvest for that area in just six days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/05/wolf-season-closes-friday-in-ne-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 05 Dec 2014 14:27:18 -0600 Rundown Masonic temple bought to make way for Bemidji art center The Temple is one of only a few buildings left in Minnesota built specifically for Masons, by Masons. It features architectural elements for the group's ceremonies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/04/new-bemidji-art-center?refid=0 Thu, 04 Dec 2014 14:42:26 -0600 Longtime DNR bear researcher retires Karen Noyce tranquilized, studied and fitted 800 bears with radio collars over 33 years. She retired on Tuesday from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/02/karen-noyce-retires?refid=0 Tue, 02 Dec 2014 15:37:09 -0600 Academic overhaul announced at Northwest Technical College Aiming to halt a slide in enrollment, Northwest Technical College announced a plan that will focus on trades, life experience and flexibility. NTC also will change its name. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/12/01/northwest-technical-college?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2014 17:40:21 -0600 Mystery pipe intrigues NW Minnesota Hundreds of massive steel pipes parked in a field near Itasca State Park have become a conversation topic in northwest Minnesota. What are they doing there? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/26/enbridge-pipes?refid=0 Fri, 28 Nov 2014 05:00:00 -0600 Mille Lacs walleye lawsuit against DNR heads to appeals court A lawsuit against the Minnesota DNR alleges that it has mismanaged Mille Lacs Lake and failed to consider a constitutional amendment that aims to preserve fishing heritage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/19/dnr-walleye-suit?refid=0 Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:00:00 -0600 Tougher rules deliver fewer deer in MN firearms hunt The DNR curbed the hunt to help rebuild the state's herds. It worked as planned. Deer kills were down dramatically this firearms season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/18/minnesota-deer-kills?refid=0 Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:01:07 -0600 DNR tightens winter walleye rules for Upper Red Lake The rule changes come following record walleye harvests the past winter and summer from the northwest Minnesota lake, state officials say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/17/walleye-rules-upper-red-lake?refid=0 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:17:27 -0600 Slopes open early thanks to November cold snap The last time skiers braved the slopes at Lutsen Mountains in mid-November was 1998. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/13/minnesota-ski-slopes?refid=0 Thu, 13 Nov 2014 15:56:14 -0600 It's the season to cut up deer: The side hustle Deer processing is a pretty reliable seasonal side hustle in northern Minnesota, where a guy in his garage will cut up a deer for $50 to $80. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/13/deer-side-hustle?refid=0 Thu, 13 Nov 2014 04:10:27 -0600 Drug education program targets at-risk mothers in northern Minnesota Children whose mothers use drugs or alcohol during pregnancy can develop cognitive and health problems. It's a chronic danger in Beltrami County and the three nearby Indian reservations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/12/northern-minnesota-drug-education?refid=0 Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:52:07 -0600 Hunt clubbed? Stricter rules, fewer deer for Minnesota hunters The firearms deer hunt starts Saturday. But tighter kill regulations this season mean lots of hunters may bag nothing more than a walk in the woods. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/06/deer-hunt-season-preview?refid=0 Fri, 07 Nov 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Minnesota spruce heads east to become Capitol Christmas Tree A tree cut Wednesday from the Chippewa National Forest will soon adorn the U.S. Capitol's west lawn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/29/minnesota-capitol-christmas-tree?refid=0 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Brainerd votes to stop chlorinating city water The local utility flushed the system with chlorine following a damaging September storm but residents historically have been skeptical about the benefits of adding chemicals to their water. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/28/brainerd-chlorination?refid=0 Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:20:39 -0500 Firewood a hot commodity as rural Minnesotans ready for winter After last year's long cold winter spiked propane costs and left firewood piles burned to nothing, rural Minnesotans are stocking up on anything to keep their homes warm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/21/minnesota-firewood?refid=0 Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:30:27 -0500 Minnesota is No. 1 in farmed elk, but can't keep up with demand With beef prices rising, many consumers find elk meat a better option. Demand for elk marrow from antlers is also on the rise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/14/demand-for-elk-increases?refid=0 Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:07:44 -0500 Polaris gets creative as housing, labor tighten in NW Minnesota The snowmobile and ATV maker has struggled for months to hire for its Roseau plant. That's led to construction — and some unusual living arrangements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/12/polaris-gets-creative-as-housing-labor-tighten-in-nw-minn?refid=0 Sun, 12 Oct 2014 16:00:00 -0500 No evidence of false VA data in vet's death Senator Amy Klobuchar said the recent investigation points to another problem within the VA. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/11/va-data?refid=0 Sat, 11 Oct 2014 16:20:39 -0500 A tricky mix: Managing water in northern Lakes Engineers try to match water levels of three reservoir lakes along the U.S.-Canada border to those of natural lakes in the region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/06/managing-northern-lakes?refid=0 Tue, 07 Oct 2014 05:00:00 -0500 Northern Minnesota lakefront owners argue over water levels High water levels that are good for area resorts pose a flooding threat to people who live near the lake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/06/northern-minnesota-water-levels?refid=0 Tue, 07 Oct 2014 04:46:50 -0500 Small town grocers seek strategies to survive Minnesota rural grocers meet today to talk about creative ways to stay in business. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/10/01/rural-grocers?refid=0 Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Facebook squabble escalates to violence in Cass Lake It ended with one man shot, one beaten, one in jail and another on the run. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/26/facebook-squabble-escalates-cass-lake?refid=0 Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:05:52 -0500 Minimum wage hikes nice but don't net much Most state employers had to boost their minimum wage from $7.25 to $8 starting Aug. 1. But that pay increase looks a lot better on paper than in your pocket. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/23/minimum-wage-hike-in-action?refid=0 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Fixing guns to make ends meet: The side hustle Gunsmith Ed Bergum credits a sliver of metal with inspiring a lifelong entrepreneurial venture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/22/side-hustle-ed-bergum?refid=0 Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:06:54 -0500 Polk County man shoots at police; nine officers return fire Michael Jon Perry, who later tried to flee in his car, surrendered. He and a sheriff's deputy were treated for injuries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/19/polk-county-shooting?refid=0 Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:08:02 -0500 Faster Internet speeds coming to Bemidji Bemidji internet users will soon be able to sign up for the fastest download speeds outside the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/18/fast-internet-bemidji?refid=0 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:15:23 -0500 For rent soon: 30 new apartments in Roseau to ease housing crunch Apartments in the city of 2,600 are such a rare commodity that there is often a waiting months-long waiting list for those that do come available. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/17/roseau-housing-addition?refid=0 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:14:52 -0500 The Minnesota Orchestra pays a visit to Paul Bunyan (and Babe, too) With a 16-month lockout behind them, musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra are taking their instruments across the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/16/minnesota-orchestra-bemidji?refid=0 Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:53:40 -0500 Changes to deer season to benefit older bow hunters New state rules will allow hunters over 60 to use crossbows for deer. DNR officials hope the change will lure older hunters back to the field. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/12/crossbow-deer-hunting?refid=0 Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:30:58 -0500 Water OK to drink in Brainerd again Officials now say the water in Brainerd, Minn., is safe to drink without boiling. The news comes after test results showed no bacteria in the municipal water supply. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/10/brainerd-boil-order-update?refid=0 Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:02:42 -0500 Water works: Chlorination questions resurface in Brainerd In the face of an ongoing boil order, a Minnesota community wrestles with questions about using chlorine in its municipal water system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/09/brainerd-water-system?refid=0 Tue, 09 Sep 2014 13:54:52 -0500 Brainerd residents must boil water before using Residents of Brainerd remain under an order to boil their water -- four days after a thunderstorm brought down the city's water system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/08/brainerd-residents-must-boil-water-before-using?refid=0 Mon, 08 Sep 2014 15:42:17 -0500 Dorset restaurant owners mourn fire loss Of the town's four successful eating establishments, two were set ablaze, likely by a lighting strike. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/04/dorset-restaurant-owners-mourn-loss?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 14:34:04 -0500 2 Dorset restaurants burn down as severe storms pummel northern Minnesota Storm clusters will also take aim at Minnesota's Arrowhead and northern Wisconsin Thursday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/04/severe-storms?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 11:00:53 -0500 Northern Minn. resort owner drops liquor license request Roger's Resort owner has withdrawn his application to the Beltrami County Board for a liquor license near Minnesota's only dry reservation. Tribal leaders feared a new liquor store nearby could harm efforts to combat alcoholism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/02/rogers-resort-drops-liquor-license-request?refid=0 Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:39:49 -0500 Red Lake tribal leaders fighting Roger's Resort over liquor license 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/28/liquor-license-controversy?refid=0 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:40:08 -0500 Video: Tornado touched down in Benton County A tornado downed trees, broke windows and lifted the roof off a barn in Benton County Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/25/tornado_benton_county?refid=0 Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:39:42 -0500 A hard day of ricing makes the beer go down easy, and pays for extras The rice hustle is about as simple as hustles come. For Doug Brown, the wild rice tradition has become a fairly lucrative side hustle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/24/side-hustle-ricing?refid=0 Sun, 24 Aug 2014 14:18:05 -0500 In Bagley, tension over religion and free speech, Muslims and Christians At first glance, the small town doesn't seem like a natural choice for an interfaith picnic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/22/in-bagley-tension-over-religion-and-free-speech-muslims-and-christians?refid=0 Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:12:35 -0500 $25M sought for struggling Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig school 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/20/leech-lake-reservation-school?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:52:08 -0500 Skinning hides to pay for fun: The side hustle 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/19/side-hustle-richard-selheim?refid=0 Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:00:00 -0500 Fence jumping bison now NW Minnesota's most wanted 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/15/bison?refid=0 Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:09:37 -0500 Wild rice takes a hit after stormy spring In general, lakes from Bemidji to the Canadian border will yield only a quarter of the wild rice they did last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/12/wild-rice-takes-a-hit-after-stormy-spring?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 08:09:16 -0500 BWCA: As technology spreads, how hard is it to call for help in remote areas? 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/01/bwca-technology-rescues?refid=0 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:00:00 -0500 Police probe bizarre N. Minn. break-ins, fatal shooting 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/28/northern-minnesota-burglary-shooting?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:18:08 -0500 Lake of the Woods terns gamble wrong on 2014 floods 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/27/lake-of-the-woods-terns?refid=0 Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:00:00 -0500 In Lake of the Woods, growing algae blooms puzzle scientists 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/27/lake-of-the-woods-algae?refid=0 Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:00:00 -0500 Around Lake of the Woods, the man camps are but a memory Changing tastes, higher taxes, property values and overhead sunk many resorts, but Lake of the Woods resorts are holding strong. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/27/lake-of-the-woods?refid=0 Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:00:00 -0500 DNR lifts night fishing ban on Mille Lacs A night fishing ban intended to protect the walleye population on Mille Lacs Lake will be lifted a month early. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/14/dnr-lifts-night-fishing-ban-on-mille-lacs?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:06:52 -0500 Spilled paint makes art in Bemidji? 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/11/spilled-paint-makes-art-in-bemidji?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:42:15 -0500 Flood waters frustrate key northern Minnesota sturgeon count Environmental regulations begun in the 1960s have helped restore the Rainy River sturgeon and the 10-year count is meant to keep it that way. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/11/flood-waters-frustrate-key-northern-minnesota-sturgeon-count?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jul 2014 13:41:22 -0500 Flooding won't dampen holiday camping plans; still need a campsite? The Fourth of July weekend marks the start of peak camping season. While Minnesota's state parks weren't immune from recent heavy rains, reservation numbers predict a very busy weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/03/flooding-wont-dampen-holiday-camping-plans-still-need-a-campsite?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:32:04 -0500 Flooding could be worse, but these fixes worked Minnesota is about as waterlogged as it's ever been but flooding could be much worse. Record rainfalls have not caused devastating flooding in some of the places traditionally most at risk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/01/flooding-could-be-worse-but-these-fixes-worked?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2014 12:56:42 -0500 White Earth's Wadena left complex legacy of success, scandal The former White Earth tribal chairman and self-proclaimed "Super Chief" left a complicated history behind when he died Tuesday at 75. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/25/wadena-left-complex-legacy-of-success-scandal?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jun 2014 13:57:50 -0500 Soldiers add muscle to International Falls sandbagging effort Some structures have already been lost, and as waters rise more over the next week, more will need sandbagging. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/20/international-falls-national-guard?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2014 15:00:31 -0500 Houseboat vacationers undaunted by northern Minnesota rain As waters rise in Rainy Lake, resort owners watch docks wash away and Boise paper mill workers stack sandbags around generators in their flooding powerhouse, there's one industry on Minnesota's northern border that's not affected: houseboat rentals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/19/houseboaters-rain?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:26:35 -0500 Rains bring mudslide outside U hospital; Dayton declares emergency in 35 counties Minnesotans across the state woke up to thunder and torrential rain Thursday that triggered flash flooding and dangerous driving conditions in some places. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/19/heavy-rains-cause-traffic-headaches-in-twin-cities-around-the-state?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2014 08:24:43 -0500 To protect Boise paper, engineers weigh limit to dam flows Minnesota's northern border lakes and rivers are at record levels, and with more rain in the forecast, dam engineers are contemplating an unusual move to help protect the Boise paper mill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/18/to-protect-boise-paper-engineers-weigh-limit-to-dam-flows?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:36:37 -0500 Across Minnesota, rising waters pose hardships for farmers and residents Farm fields became ponds and roads flowed like rivers this week as downpours in Minnesota soaked saturated ground, damaging crops and threatening homes from the Iowa border to International Falls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/17/minnesota-flooding?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jun 2014 16:55:32 -0500 Homes, mills feel rising waters in northern Minnesota Reservoir dams there control the water level on the river and a number of lakes, and even with the dam gates fully open there's been so much rain in the region that the Rainy Lake levels continue to rise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/16/flooding-northwest-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:24:07 -0500 As rain batters IFalls, sandbags guard against high water The Rainy, Kabetogoma, Namakan Lakes and others in the Rainy River watershed are swallowing docks and threatening homes, cabins and resorts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/13/international-falls-rainy-river-flooding?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:14:46 -0500 Minnesota 'Oz' festival goes for world record Organizers of the annual Judy Garland festival hope there were so many people in "Wizard of Oz" costumes that the judges from the Guinness Book of World Records take notice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/13/wizard-of-oz-festival-grand-rapids-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 14:31:55 -0500 Four charged in Bemidji meth ring bust Four suspected members of a sophisticated methamphetamine trafficking organization were arrested Tuesday according to the Beltrami County Sheriff's Department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/13/meth-ring-bust-bemidji?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 08:11:57 -0500 Paul Bunyan and punk documentarian have a complicated relationship Paul Bunyan and Nik Nerburn have a complicated relationship. As a punk documentarian, Nerburn hopes to challenge racism, capitalism and patriarchy. "To me," he said, "Paul sort of stands for all those things." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/12/nik-nerburn-wrestles-with-paul-bunyan?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 06:52:11 -0500 The better plague? Flesh flies may take down tent caterpillars The insect known as the "friendly fly" may have saved Minnesotans this year from a plague-sized hatch of tent caterpillars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/12/tent-caterpillars-vs-flesh-flies?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:53:20 -0500 Tribal traditions key to native health American Indian communities are culturally different than western society as a whole -- so improving the health of those communities requires specialized research and possibly different medical treatments, said researchers at the second annual summit on Native American health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/12/tribal-traditions-key-to-native-health?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:54:52 -0500 Leech Lake members to hold run-off election Tuesday The races for District 1 representative and secretary-treasurer were too close to call in earlier rounds of voting and forced the run-off election Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/09/leech-lake-runoff-election-tuesday?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jun 2014 14:21:16 -0500 On the Mississippi, a chance for vets to talk fishing, war The Minnesota Army National Guard held its fourth annual Trolling for Troops event, bringing veterans to Camp Ripley to fish 18 miles of Mississippi River as it flows through the military base. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/06/on-the-mississippi-a-chance-for-vets-to-talk-fishing-war?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:10:02 -0500 Water is high on the Rainy River The river peaked yesterday at Manitou Rapids west of International Falls and held steady today. Fallon said it's not likely to rise much higher. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/05/water-is-high-on-the-rainy-river-?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2014 16:57:51 -0500 Arsons vex Cass Lake firefighters, police Interviews with fire and law enforcement officials, together with state fire data, suggest Cass Lake has a problem with arson. MPR News analyzed arson statistics collected by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety from 2009 to 2012, the most recent year available, and found higher than average arson rates in Cass Lake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/05/arson-vexes-firefighters-police-in-cass-lake?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2014 10:34:53 -0500 Bemidji rolls out summer public art statues Sometime between ice out and the dreaded first mosquito hatch, a new crop of public art sculptures sprouts up along the streets of Bemidji. http://blogs.mprnews.org/statewide/2014/05/a-new-hatch-of-statues-for-bemidji/?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2014 07:33:16 -0500 Cass Lake wildfire may have been intentionally set The cause of the flames is still under investigation, but preliminary findings suggest a juvenile, whose name has not been released, started the blaze. He was found near the wildfire perimeter and taken into custody. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/29/cass-lake-wildfire-may-have-been-intentionally-set?refid=0 Thu, 29 May 2014 12:37:06 -0500 Cleanup continues after NW Minn. gas explosion A company spokesperson said she doesn't know when workers will be able to restore gas service to the 900 customers in Warren and Argyle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/26/gas-pipeline-explodes?refid=0 Tue, 27 May 2014 12:15:10 -0500 Walleye limit on Minnesota's 'crown jewel' lake sparks outcry Mille Lacs Lake is a big deal for the DNR. It's been called the crown jewel of the state's large-lake walleye fishery. Local businesses thrive and fail with the walleye population, and right now the walleye population is at a 40-year low. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/23/mille-lacs-walleye-limit-sparks-outcry?refid=0 Fri, 23 May 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Millions of tiny fish, millions of dollars: A fish stocking FAQ Stocking has been common in Minnesota for nearly a century but Neil Vanderbosch, a fisheries program consultant for the DNR, said most people don't know much about it. We asked him for a crash course. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/22/what-is-fish-stocking?refid=0 Fri, 23 May 2014 04:00:00 -0500 You caught 'em, now how to cook them? Favorites from the pros Those who make their living plying the waters of Lake Mille Lacs eat a lot of fish. It's fresh. It's plentiful, and it's good prepared in a lot of ways. Here are a few recipes favored by Mille Lacs fishing professionals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/22/walleye-cooking-techniques-from-the-pros?refid=0 Fri, 23 May 2014 04:00:00 -0500 St. Cloud gun manufacturer moving to Alabama DPMS Panther Arms, which employs more than 100 people in St. Cloud, is one of a several plants that parent company Remington plans to consolidate into one large factory in Huntsville, Alabama. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/16/saint-cloud-gun-manufacturer?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2014 15:51:38 -0500 Red Lake voters take tribe in a new direction The Red Lake band of Ojibwe has approved longtime treasurer Darrell Seki, Sr. as the new tribal chairman. The vote held Wednesday ends Floyd "Buck" Jourdain's decade-long administration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/15/red-lake-voters-take-tribe-in-a-new-direction-?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2014 16:09:16 -0500 'Challenging market' prompts Cloquet mill to shrink workforce Sappi Fine Paper will cut 27 positions from its Cloquet pulp mill as part of a 5 percent reduction in its North American workforce. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/14/cloquet-pulp-mill?refid=0 Wed, 14 May 2014 17:59:19 -0500