Minnesota Public Radio features by Tom Robertson http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=61 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:08:32 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Tom Robertson http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Groups opposed to Minn. wolf hunt lose in court Groups challenging Minnesota rules for a wolf hunting and trapping season in the state were dealt another blow Wednesday in their effort to stop the practices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/28/environment/wolf-hunt?refid=0 Tue, 28 May 2013 12:28:10 -0500 Business loans aim to boost Native American entrepreneurship Even though the city of Bemidji is surrounded by three Indian reservations, there have been few Native American-owned businesses in town. Now, a Red Lake tribal member has opened what is believed to be the first American Indian-owned restaurant in the city. Owner Marv Hanson tapped into a little-used state fund intended to help Native entrepreneurs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/24/business/native-american-business-loan?refid=0 Fri, 24 May 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Wildfire near Park Rapids surrounded; residents may soon return to homes The Green Valley Fire has burned about 7,100 acres, and threatened 50 homes in the area south of Park Rapids. In addition to the homes that burned, the fire has destroyed two commercial buildings and more than 40 other structures. The fire is now 65 percent contained. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/16/weather/wildfire-park-rapids?refid=0 Thu, 16 May 2013 11:00:53 -0500 Better weather dampens wildfire near Menagha Firefighters will be working to contain a wildfire in northwestern Minnesota today. That fire near Park Rapids has already destroyed at least a dozen homes. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Robertson who was at a charred part of the landscape near Menahga, Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/16/wildfire?refid=0 Thu, 16 May 2013 09:34:51 -0500 Wildfires break out near Park Rapids and NW Wisconsin High temperatures and desert-like humidity readings are helping to drive an outbreak of wildfires in Minnesota and Wisconsin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/15/weather/wildfires-break-out-near-park-rapids-red-lake-hinkley?refid=0 Wed, 15 May 2013 08:15:46 -0500 Same-sex marriage: Reaction from Minnesota residents As the Minnesota Senate debated the same-sex marriage bill Monday, some of our reporters in greater Minnesota asked state residents what they thought of the legislation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/13/politics/same-sex-marriage-reaction-from-minnesota-residents?refid=0 Mon, 13 May 2013 18:34:06 -0500 Lake ice complicates Minn. Governor's Fishing Opener Lake ice will play a role in the Governor's Fishing Opener for the first time in recent memory. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/08/regional/governors-fishing-opener-ice?refid=0 Wed, 08 May 2013 15:30:39 -0500 Rural Minnesotans less optimistic about economy Rural Minnesotans are less optimistic about the economy than people in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, according to a new study by the Blandin Foundation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/08/news/rural-minnesotans?refid=0 Wed, 08 May 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Boise mill layoff of 265 workers 'devastating' Boise Inc. says it plans to lay off 265 paper workers at its plant in International Falls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/02/regional/boise-mill-international-falls?refid=0 Thu, 02 May 2013 17:25:00 -0500 Dropped long-distance calls irk rural Minnesotans Rural phone customers in Minnesota have complained about dropped or uncompleted long-distance calls for several years. The problem stems from third-party long distance carriers that are trying to save money, FCC officials say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/17/news/rural-long-distance-dropped-calls?refid=0 Wed, 17 Apr 2013 14:56:07 -0500 21 more people charged over fish poaching in Minn. More than 40 people now face charges in Minnesota's worst fish black marketing case in the last 20 years, state and tribal officials said Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/15/environment/fish-poaching-charges?refid=0 Mon, 15 Apr 2013 12:09:51 -0500 10 indicted for poaching, sale of walleye Ten men face federal charges for allegedly poaching walleye and other protected fish from the Red Lake and Leech Lake reservations and selling them on the black market. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/10/regional/walleye-poaching-illegal-sale?refid=0 Wed, 10 Apr 2013 13:43:41 -0500 Public-private partnership moves faster to supply skills A fledgling organization called the Minnesota Innovation Institute is trying to move quickly to match skilled jobs with the Bemidji area residents who want them but aren't ready for them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/03/ground-level-skills-gap-team?refid=0 Wed, 03 Apr 2013 17:30:00 -0500 Central Minnesota colleges pick up pace in manufacturing training A group of central Minnesota colleges are boosting their efforts to provide training for advanced manufacturing skills, using a $13 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/03/ground-level-skills-gap-central?refid=0 Mon, 01 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Housing lack adds to difficulty finding workers Some Minnesota companies that have difficulty finding people to fill jobs say the problem isn't skills as much as it is a lack of housing for employees in remote parts of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/03/ground-level-skills-gap-housing?refid=0 Mon, 01 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Just how big a problem is Minnesota's 'skills gap'? Many employers complain they have difficulty filling jobs. Sometimes that's because workers don't have the right skills; other times wages and other factors are at play. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/03/ground-level-skills-gap-skills?refid=0 Mon, 01 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Worker skills shortage starts in high school One reason good manufacturing jobs are going unfilled may be that high school students aren't exposed to what careers are available or to training that can prepare them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/03/ground-level-skills-gap-high-school?refid=0 Mon, 01 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Lack of skilled workers only part of Minn. jobs problem The skills gap that has worried economic development officials for years is more complex than some have thought, says a state study. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/07/regional/worker-skills-jobs-problem?refid=0 Thu, 07 Mar 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Minn. trappers see boom year as fur prices rise Nearly 10,000 people bought trapping licenses this season in the state, more than any time in the past 25 years. The industry is controversial for some, and for others, a way of life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/15/regional/trapping-boom-year?refid=0 Fri, 15 Feb 2013 14:32:31 -0600 Moose, wolves to be collared for Voyageurs park studies Biologists at Voyageurs National Park are preparing to capture and collar moose and wolves this month as part of two separate wildlife studies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/08/environment/moose-wolves-to-be-collared-for-voyageurs-park-studies?refid=0 Fri, 08 Feb 2013 15:29:58 -0600 Cold fusion a hot idea for Minnesota research into sustainable energy A small company is gambling that a new line of scientific research could lead to development of a breakthrough alternative energy. Researchers with the Hunt Utilities Group are focused on a theoretical energy source once commonly known as cold fusion. They're asking new questions about the technology widely dismissed by the mainstream scientific community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/06/science/minnesota-researchers-sustainable-energy?refid=0 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 14:15:00 -0600 Wolf hunt opponents gather to plan strategy Opponents of Minnesota's wolf hunt planned to gather on the Bemidji State University campus on Saturday to explore ways to stop or alter the hunt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/02/environment/wolf-hunt-opposition-forum?refid=0 Sat, 02 Feb 2013 11:17:10 -0600 Zebra mussel larvae in Lake Winnibigoshish The DNR will add Lake Winnibigoshish in north central Minnesota to its list of waters infested with zebra mussels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/31/environment/larval-zebra-mussels-lake-winnibigoshish?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:27:49 -0600 Why are Minn. moose dying? Answer sought in Voyageurs Park Researchers have attached GPS collars to moose in Voyageurs National Park in an effort to help determine why so many are dying in the region. The study focuses on how climate change affects moose behavior and how moose use habitat to avoid warm temperatures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/29/environment/voyageurs-national-park-moose-study?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jan 2013 14:42:42 -0600 White Earth Nation vote could end 'blood quantum' tribal membership requirement The White Earth Band of Ojibwe in northwestern Minnesota could become the first member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe to revise its constitution and completely change the rules for who can be a tribal member. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/16/social-issue/white-earth-nation-tribal-membership-requirements?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jan 2013 16:27:22 -0600 White Earth Band considers new constitution The proposed new constitution includes a controversial provision that would change the requirement for tribal membership, includes more checks and balances in the governance system, and term limits for elected officials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/16/politics/white-earth-band-constitution?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jan 2013 07:33:54 -0600 Nurses rally in Thief River Falls; hospital staffing at issue The rally is sponsored by the Minnesota Nurses Association and will include nurses from Bemidji, Bagley and Thief River Falls. MNA officials say improved nurse-to-patient staffing ratios would save lives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/04/health/nurses-rally-hospital-staffing-ratios?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jan 2013 09:10:15 -0600 DNR seeking helicopters for fire control The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is looking for helicopter and pilot services for its fire control bases in Cloquet, Princeton and Roseau. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/26/environment/dnr-helicopters-wildfire-suppression?refid=0 Wed, 26 Dec 2012 12:30:00 -0600 Leuken's Bemidji grocery sells to employees after 46 years Lueken's grocery store in Bemidji becomes employee-owned this weekend after owner Joe Lueken decided to sell to his 400 workers through an employee stock ownership program rather than to another company. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/26/busienss/bemidji-grocer-employee-ownership?refid=0 Wed, 26 Dec 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Red Lake shooting survivors make Connecticut rampage connection Survivors of the Red Lake school shooting in 2005 are on the road to Newtown, Connecticut today to show their support for the victims and survivors of the elementary school shooting there. And they have a gift to share. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/19/news/red-lake-shooting-survivors-to-newtown?refid=0 Wed, 19 Dec 2012 07:20:12 -0600 Tribe gets $21M in USDA development loans The Red Lake Band of Ojibwe in northern Minnesota will receive more than $21 million in loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/16/regional/red-lake-loans?refid=0 Sun, 16 Dec 2012 09:55:41 -0600 Red Lake Band gets $21M to build new tribal college The Red Lake Band of Ojibwe in northern Minnesota will receive more than $21 million in loans to build a new tribal college. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/14/news/red-lake-band-build-new-tribal-college?refid=0 Fri, 14 Dec 2012 17:02:46 -0600 DNR: Moose should be on 'species of concern' list The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is highlighting concern about the state's declining moose population by proposing a change in the animal's status. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/11/environment/moose-species-of-concern-list?refid=0 Tue, 11 Dec 2012 12:36:22 -0600 Widespread drought affecting Minnesota's wildlife The heavy snow that fell on parts of central Minnesota over the weekend may be too late to help relieve widespread drought. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/11/environment/widespread-drought-affecting-minnesotas-wildlife?refid=0 Tue, 11 Dec 2012 06:24:00 -0600 Little Falls schools react to teens' deaths Schools in Little Falls have additional grief counselors on hand today in response to the Thankgiving Day shooting deaths of two high school students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/27/regional/little-falls-shooting-schools-open?refid=0 Tue, 27 Nov 2012 12:44:42 -0600 Shooter of 2 Little Falls teens charged The rural Little Falls homeowner charged with shooting two teenagers who broke into his home on Thanksgiving waited nearly a full day before contacting a neighbor to call the police. Byron Smith was charged Monday with two counts of second-degree murder. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/27/crime/byron-smith-charged-little-falls-shooting?refid=0 Tue, 27 Nov 2012 08:30:00 -0600 Minn. man says he 'fired more shots than I needed' A Little Falls man charged with murder in the shootings of two teenagers he said broke into his home told investigators he was angered by one of the wounded teens who mocked him when his rifle jammed but that he fired more shots than necessary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/26/regional/little-falls-shooting-charges?refid=0 Mon, 26 Nov 2012 11:30:08 -0600 Trappers take turn in 2nd part of wolf season Minnesota hunters and trappers killed 17 wolves over the weekend, which marked the start of the second half of the state's first managed wolf season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/25/regional/wolf-trapping-season?refid=0 Mon, 26 Nov 2012 05:45:00 -0600 2nd phase of wolf hunt gets under way The second phase of Minnesota's first managed wolf hunt got under way Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/24/regional/wolf-hunt-late-season?refid=0 Sat, 24 Nov 2012 09:47:11 -0600 Hunters kill more wolves than expected as first phase of season ends There are 147 fewer wolves in northern Minnesota forests today. That's the final tally for the early wolf hunting season that ended Sunday. Hunters and trappers will get another chance when the second part of the season begins on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/17/regional/wolf-season-update?refid=0 Mon, 19 Nov 2012 04:00:00 -0600 DNR warns of invasive snails in Minn. lakes DNR officials say Bowstring Lake in northern Itasca County is the latest Minnesota lake discovered to be invaded by faucet snails. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/16/environment/invasive-faucet-snail?refid=0 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 15:11:41 -0600 Bioenergy could bring new life to shuttered mill There may be hope for a shuttered lumber mill in Grand Rapids. The Ainsworth wood plant has been closed since 2009. Now, a Michigan-based company has signed a purchase agreement for the 120-acre site. Company officials have been tight-lipped about their intentions, but some industry experts predict it could become part of an emerging bioenergy industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/15/business/wood-products-company-in-bemidji-sold?refid=0 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Wolf hunt: More than 110 taken so far Hunters have killed more than 110 wolves since the start of the state's first managed wolf hunting season 10 days ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/12/environment/wolf-hunt-report?refid=0 Mon, 12 Nov 2012 13:00:09 -0600 DNR reports more than 50 wolves taken in first weekend DNR officials said they were not surprised by early kill numbers for Minnesota's first managed wolf season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/04/regional/wolf-kill-numbers?refid=0 Mon, 05 Nov 2012 09:12:02 -0600 Hunters take to woods for first wolf season At the end of a rough and muddy trail in southern Koochiching County this weekend, a few miles from Northome, six hunters hunkered down over a simmering pot of spaghetti and talked about the challenge of taking part in the state's first managed wolf hunt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/04/environment/wolf-hunt-season-opener?refid=0 Mon, 05 Nov 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Ojibwe members protest Minn. wolf hunt A few Ojibwe tribal members spent part of the weekend protesting Minnesota's first managed wolf hunt, which began Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/04/regional/wolf-hunt-protest?refid=0 Sun, 04 Nov 2012 12:35:20 -0600 DNR reports on wolf kill numbers A DNR website shows that 33 wolves have been killed by hunters since the state's first managed wolf season opened on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/03/regional/wolf-hunt-numbers?refid=0 Sun, 04 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Minn. wolf hunting season opens Minnesota's inaugural wolf hunt started on Saturday, and wolf experts predicted that hunters' success will be low. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/03/regional/wolf-season-opens?refid=0 Sat, 03 Nov 2012 10:16:05 -0500 Minn. wolf hunters face tough odds of bringing home a pelt It's been nearly 40 years since the federal government banned wolf hunting and placed the animals on the endangered species list. Today, few people know how to effectively hunt the elusive predator. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/02/environment/wolf-hunt-opener?refid=0 Fri, 02 Nov 2012 15:19:17 -0500 Unsold wolf hunt permits going up for sale More than 600 early season wolf hunting licenses will go up for sale next week after going unsold to winners of a lottery. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/25/environment/unsold-wolf-hunt-permits-going-up-for-sale?refid=0 Thu, 25 Oct 2012 11:48:44 -0500 DNR studies wolf behavior as hunting season approaches Minnesota's first-ever managed wolf hunt gets underway in about two weeks, barring a successful legal challenge that could stop the hunt. The opportunity to learn about wolves and their behavior brings the Department of Natural Resources to Sampson to Itasca State Park. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/19/environment/dnr-wolf-survey?refid=0 Fri, 19 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Wildfire fighters welcome winter storm A winter storm warning is in effect for northwestern Minnesota. The strong system could end up dumping rain and up to a foot of snow on parts of the region, and that's good news for crews who have been battling wildfires all this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/04/wildfire-fighters-welcome-winter-storm?refid=0 Thu, 04 Oct 2012 10:40:25 -0500 Despite Census findings, rural poverty entrenched in Minnesota Many Minnesotans are battling tough circumstances in the northern part of the state. In Beltrami County the poverty rate is about 20 percent. Other nearby counties have struggled with chronic poverty for decades. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/12/social-issue/rural-poverty-census?refid=0 Wed, 12 Sep 2012 16:34:29 -0500 Community paramedic ranks begin to grow in Minn. Minnesota paramedics have begun training for a new certification as "community paramedics," letting them handle a new set of non-emergency health care situations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/10/regional/community-paramedics?refid=0 Tue, 11 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota loggers lose markets as mills close down August was a tough month for Minnesota's timber industry. Some fear that recent plant closures could signal the end of the road for some of the state's struggling loggers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/31/business/loggers-lose-markets-mills-close?refid=0 Fri, 31 Aug 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Telemedicine gives rural doctors immediate access to help Advances in technology and changes in public policy are paving the way for an explosion of growth in the telemedicine industry, delivering health care to rural Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/22/health/telemedicine-gives-rural-doctors-immediate-access-to-help?refid=0 Wed, 22 Aug 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Town saves money on cops, wonders if it did right Like an increasing number of Minnesota towns, Fertile relies on the county sheriff for law enforcement. Some residents worry more about safety. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/08/ground-level-price-of-safety-polk?refid=0 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Unique court lets tribal and state judges fight addiction together The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe has joined with two northern Minnesota counties to create a "wellness court" that for the first time is letting tribal and district court judges act together to handle addiction and substance abuse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/08/ground-level-price-of-safety-wellness?refid=0 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 State, federal forest managers deal with aftermath of blowdown Along the south shore of Cass Lake, clean-up efforts continue from the storms that ripped across northern Minnesota, with state, federal and county forest managers trying to determine how best to clean up the trees scattered across miles and miles of public lands. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/27/environment/blowdown-forest-cleanup?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jul 2012 18:08:40 -0500 USDA mortgage program puts rural home buying within reach for some A growing number of would-be home buyers in rural communities are turning to federally backed mortgage products administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The low-interest loans are making home ownership possible for people who never imagined they could afford to buy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/11/social-issue/usda-home-loan?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jul 2012 07:30:00 -0500 Floodwaters recede, but some areas still inaccessible Flood waters in the lakes country of north central Minnesota are just beginning to recede following last week's deluge of rainfall. But lakeshores that typically draw visitors this time of year aren't even accessible. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/29/disaster/flood-lakes-area-business?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jun 2012 04:00:00 -0500 FEMA officials to survey flood damage Four teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are in north Minnesota to gather preliminary damage assessments of roads, bridges and other public infrastructure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/27/disaster/fema-inspectors?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jun 2012 15:59:39 -0500 Dayton tours flood zone, says special session could provide aid Gov. Mark Dayton toured flood-damaged areas of rural northeastern Minnesota on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/26/disaster/dayton-tours-flood-zone?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jun 2012 19:07:32 -0500 Moose Lake residents survey damage as flood waters recede Residents in Moose Lake watched Friday as the water began receding, giving people a first look at the damage to homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/22/regional/moose-lake-rutledge-willow-river-flood-damage-friday?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jun 2012 15:58:28 -0500 Tourism-dependent region worries about flood impact With parts of northeastern Minnesota devastated by flooding following heavy rains on Wednesday, some are worried about how flood damage will affect the region's $800 million tourism industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/21/business/duluth-flood-tourism?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jun 2012 07:05:39 -0500 Flood knocks out cell phone, 911, cable service in Arrowhead The historic flooding in northeastern Minnesota damaged a fiber optic link that serves much of the Arrowhead region north of Duluth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/21/flood/flood-knocks-out-911-cell-cable-in-arrowhead?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jun 2012 09:04:36 -0500 N. Minn. bog to be site of massive global warming study A $50 million project in a remote bog north of Grand Rapids could help researchers over the next decade answer critical questions about global warming. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/07/environment/northern-minnesota-bog-massive-global-warming-study?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jun 2012 16:32:28 -0500 Funding change puts broadband expansion on hold Changes in telecommunications funding aimed at spreading access to high-speed Internet access are in fact causing a northern Minnesota phone company to put a fiber optic cable expansion on hold. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/23/ground-level-broadband-paul-bunyan?refid=0 Wed, 23 May 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Bonding package doesn't include some local projects Two years ago, a tornado in Wadena destroyed more than 200 homes and businesses, along with the town's municipal pool, ice arena and community center. Town leaders had pinned their hopes for rebuilding on state financing. This week, the Minnesota Legislature removed many local projects from a $500 million construction finance measure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/11/bonding-projects?refid=0 Fri, 11 May 2012 16:34:12 -0500 State auditor's study recommends a closer look at government consolidation A new report released today by the Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor suggests that local governments in Minnesota should give more consideration to consolidation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/09/consolidation-report?refid=0 Wed, 09 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Auditor: MN should encourage local gov't consolidation A new Minnesota Legislative Auditor's report suggests the state should do more to encourage consolidation of local governments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/08/politics/state-auditor-consolidation-report?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2012 16:27:25 -0500 High tech classrooms in northeast Minnesota redefine distance learning A school district collaborative in northeast Minnesota is using video technology to link classrooms with others in the region. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/04/telepresence-classroom?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Red Lake tribal officials frustrated by dispute that keeps detention center empty, unused A funding dispute that lets a juvenile detention center sit empty and unused since it was built seven years ago has Red Lake tribal officials frustrated with the federal government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/26/red-lake-juvenile-center?refid=0 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 17:12:20 -0500 As spring construction season begins, economy shows signs of improvement The spring construction season started early. Contractors hope that increased consumer confidence will help the industry inch its way back from the effects of the Great Recession. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/12/construction-economy?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Police say Native Mob busts lead to lull in gang-related crime Law enforcement officials are tracking a drop in gang activity in some tribal communities that they say is the result of a sweeping take-down of Native Mob gang leaders earlier this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/05/police-native-mob-gang-crime?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Trappers look forward to fall timber wolf season Some traditional Ojibwe Indians in Minnesota are unhappy with proposals to create a wolf hunting season this fall. But others have a very different perspective. We meet two northern Minnesota trappers who are looking forward to the challenge of pursuing wolves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/22/wolf-trapping?refid=0 Thu, 22 Mar 2012 16:24:26 -0500 Moose collared for study in Voyageurs park Wildlife officials at Voyageurs National Park have captured and collared six moose to study the impact of climate change on the animals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/21/more-moose-collared-for-study-in-voyageurs-park?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2012 14:34:29 -0500 MPR's Tom Robertson checks in from Bemidji Cathy Wurzer talks with MPR reporter Tom Robertson about the latest news out of northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/21/robertson0321?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2012 10:16:17 -0500 Some Ojibwe tribal members object to wolf hunting, trapping Some Ojibwe Indians in Minnesota are worried about the fate of the state's wolf population, which is now being considered healthy enough for hunting and trapping. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/13/ojibwe-opposition-wolf-hunting?refid=0 Tue, 13 Mar 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Crowdsourced funding boosts Bemidji micro-brewery The Bemidji Brewing Company plans to have its first public batch of brew on tap in a few local pubs by early summer. Kickstarter allowed the group to move forward at the nano-brewery level and created a buzz around the fledgling business. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/05/ground-level-crowsourced-funding-for-microbrewery-in-bemidji?refid=0 Mon, 05 Mar 2012 15:34:53 -0600 "I had it all on the line" A few years ago, Jason LaValley had no clue how to start or operate a business. Now he's running a multi-million dollar company that has 16 full and part time employees and is poised for growth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/29/i-had-it-all-on-the-line?refid=0 Wed, 29 Feb 2012 14:02:56 -0600 Body-gripping trap users and dog owners clash On Wednesday, we check in with one of our reporters based outside the Twin Cities. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Tom Robertson who's in Bemidji and covers northern Minnesota. He's been following the recent controversy surrounding the use of so-called "body-gripping" traps by trappers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/08/robertson?refid=0 Wed, 08 Feb 2012 09:00:38 -0600 After dog deaths, lawmakers eye new trapping laws At least six dogs have been killed over the past year by body-gripping traps designed to kill raccoons, beavers, bobcats and other species. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/08/trapping-bills?refid=0 Wed, 08 Feb 2012 07:53:41 -0600 Legislators to propose new rules on trapping Officials with the Minnesota Trappers Association say they oppose new regulations that would restrict the use of body-gripping traps. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/08/trapping-legislation?refid=0 Tue, 07 Feb 2012 18:39:30 -0600 On eve of caucuses, GOP candidates criss-cross Minnesota Minnesota is getting attention from Republican presidential hopefuls just before the state party caucuses on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/05/gop-candidates-visit-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 06 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Tribal members back in classroom for skills, jobs A program shows promise at luring unemployed adults on the Red Lake Indian Reservation back in the classroom. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/01/red-lake-classroom?refid=0 Wed, 01 Feb 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Marketing firm may bring 200 jobs to Bemidji There may be good news on the jobs front in Bemidji. Skybridge Marketing Group, a Minnesota-based firm, has tentative plans to expand its business in the city, adding up to 200 new jobs. /collections/special/columns/statewide/archive/2012/01/marketing-firm-may-bring-200-jobs-to-bemidji.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jan 2012 15:00:24 -0600 Bemidji Pamida's closing revives debate over burial site The planned closing of a Pamida store in Bemidji next month raises questions about what will happen to Native American remains on the property. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/26/pamida-burial-site?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 06:00:00 -0600 Power line work to include helicopter and implosives People traveling on U.S. Highway 2 between Cass Lake and Grand Rapids may notice some unusual construction activity this week. /collections/special/columns/statewide/archive/2012/01/power-line-construction-to-include-helicopter-and-implosives.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jan 2012 11:31:30 -0600 Brown winter shuts out snowmobile recreation, businesses Each January, snowmobiles are typically everywhere in much of the state. But this year is different. The machines that are a big part of winter tourism in Minnesota have been mostly idle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/10/snowmobilers-shut-out?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jan 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Rural septic systems imperiled by mild winter The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is warning rural homeowners to protect their septic systems to prevent freeze-ups. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/29/rural-septic-systems-imperiled-by-mild-winter?refid=0 Thu, 29 Dec 2011 10:45:57 -0600 Brown winter puts squeeze on winter tourism The lack of snow is hurting Minnesota businesses that cater to winter recreation, especially in the snowmobile and ski sectors, meaning a potential loss in millions of dollars in revenue in communities across the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/28/winter-tourism-suffers-from-lack-of-snow?refid=0 Wed, 28 Dec 2011 10:50:16 -0600 Lack of snow is affecting tourism Reporter Tom Robertson talks to Cathy Wurzer about what's going in northern Minnesota. Tourism is down this winter because of the lack of snow around the state, but the lakes are making cool sounds as they freeze. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/28/regional_debrief_robertson?refid=0 Wed, 28 Dec 2011 10:41:10 -0600 Minnesota scrutinizes 40-year-old 'Miracle' A 40-year-old idea that shifted the way Minnesota pays for many local government services -- the "Minnesota Miracle" -- is getting new scrutiny as budgets tighten. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/23/ground-level-forced-to-choose-miracle?refid=0 Fri, 23 Dec 2011 07:20:00 -0600 Under pressure, Ely scales back proposed property tax hike Ely city leaders have responded to pressure by presenting a revised budget that trims a proposed levy increase down to 14 percent from 27 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/21/ely-scales-back-proposed-property-tax-hike?refid=0 Wed, 21 Dec 2011 06:45:45 -0600 Struggling Ely taxpayers confront city leaders When Ely set its preliminary budget back in September, town leaders decided to raise the tax levy by 26 percent. As part of our Forced to Choose series, we report on the town's Truth in Taxation hearing Tuesday night, where the mayor and others felt the blowback for their plans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/07/forced-to-choose-ely-truth-in-taxation?refid=0 Wed, 07 Dec 2011 07:11:35 -0600 Fallout from Delta's decision to cut services in rural areas On Wednesday, we check in with one of our reporters who is based outside the Twin Cities. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio news' Tom Robertson who covers northern Minnesota from our Bemidji bureau. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/30/airservice?refid=0 Wed, 30 Nov 2011 10:57:28 -0600 Tax notices generate relief, anger In Minnesota, every year there are lots of reasons property taxes can go up or down. This year there are even more, as homeowners and business people are learning when they open their proposed property tax statements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/22/ground-level-forced-to-choose-property-taxes?refid=0 Fri, 25 Nov 2011 05:00:00 -0600 Small towns 'just one disaster away' Tough economic times are forcing cities of all stripes to re-examine how they spend tax dollars. But in small towns like Floodwood, many worry their actual existence is endangered. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/16/forced-to-choose-floodwood?refid=0 Wed, 16 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Duluth voters reject school referendum, approve parks fund Duluth voters rejected three different school referendum options on Tuesday that would have raised property taxes to provide more money for schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/09/duluth-voters?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2011 00:25:20 -0600 Duluth ballot asks for higher taxes to restore services Many Minnesota cities have whittled away at their library and park budgets the past few years, and Duluth is no exception. The city is, however, taking the step of asking residents to vote on whether they want to raise their taxes to restore some services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/02/forced-to-choose-duluth-ballot?refid=0 Wed, 02 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0500 For Grand Rapids, cash crunch spurs innovative ways to save State aid cuts have compelled Grand Rapids to trim more than $1 million from its budget, but it's also dropped the local property tax rate by 18 percent and avoided big layoffs and major cuts in services. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/20/forced-to-choose-grand-rapids-innovation?refid=0 Thu, 20 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Border crossing building picks up support On Wednesdays, Morning Edition checks in with an MPR reporter who is based outside the Twin Cities. Today, Tom Robertson, who covers northern Minnesota out of our Bemidji bureau, talked about a story he's tracking. It's happening in International Falls where local officials are throwing support behind a proposed new border crossing facility on the Rainy River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/19/robertson?refid=0 Wed, 19 Oct 2011 08:52:00 -0500 Tax hike saddles business, property owners Business owners are just beginning to learn how changes lawmakers and the governor made last summer are going to affect them. Many property owners are just learning of the tax hike enacted last summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/13/tax-hike-business-property-owners?refid=0 Thu, 13 Oct 2011 17:13:48 -0500 Rare WWII fighter plane under restoration in Bemidji The new owner of the Sierra Sue II, a World War II fighter plane that's been featured in midwestern air shows for years, wants it to look the way it did when it rolled out of the factory nearly 70 years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/04/sierra-sue-restoration?refid=0 Tue, 04 Oct 2011 15:48:27 -0500 Oufitters say it's business as usual in Boundary Waters area Heavy rain is expected to keep the massive Pagami Creek wildfire contained, and some businesses and outfitters in Ely and the surrounding area want their customers to know that the Boundary Waters remains open for business. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/20/oufitters-say-its-business-as-usual-in-boundary-waters-area?refid=0 Tue, 20 Sep 2011 18:38:08 -0500 Boundary Waters firefighters boost Ely's economy There's a silver lining to the smoky cloud billowing off the 147-square-mile Pagami Creek wildfire in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/18/boundary-waters-firefighters-boost-ely-economy?refid=0 Mon, 19 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Boundary Waters fire 11 percent contained Fire officials in Ely say the massive Boundary Waters Canoe Area wildfire is now 11 percent contained. That's up from 8 percent at the start of the day Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/18/boundary-waters-fire-11-percent-contained?refid=0 Sun, 18 Sep 2011 10:17:20 -0500 Emerging biotechnology offers hope for struggling timber industry As collapsed segments of Minnesota's timber industry struggle to recover from the national slump in new home construction, the state could see an increase use of timber resources by biotechnology firms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/12/new-tech-builds-business-from-struggling-timber-industry?refid=0 Tue, 13 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Bemidji's Stoner Avenue to keep its name -- for now The Bemidji street called Stoner Avenue will keep its name -- for now. The City Council has put on hold plans to change the name of the street. /collections/special/columns/statewide/archive/2011/09/bemidjis-stoner-avenue-gets-reprieve.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 09 Sep 2011 12:13:53 -0500 Timber industry struggling after burst housing bubble A few years ago, the Norbord Minnesota plant west of Bemidji was one of four plants in northern Minnesota making a plywood-like product called oriented strand board. Now Norbord is the only plant still running. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/31/minnesota-timber-industry-struggling?refid=0 Thu, 01 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Red Lake Band to reforest 50,000 acres The Red Lake Band of Ojibwe is gearing up to reforest 50,000 acres of tribal land. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/24/red-lake-band-reforest-50000-acres?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 EPA plan could spur big ND, NW Minn. electric rate hikes The Minnkota Power Cooperative recently raised rates to pay for $425 million in environmental upgrades and it says an new EPA plan to curb emissions will lead to more expenses and rate hikes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/16/north-dakota-northern-minnesota-electricity-rates?refid=0 Tue, 16 Aug 2011 15:12:52 -0500 Post-shutdown, state park reservations close to normal Minnesota state park officials say camping and lodging reservations are nearly back to normal since the state government shutdown closed parks last month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/10/state-park-reservations-shutdown?refid=0 Wed, 10 Aug 2011 10:55:52 -0500 Sanford hospital labor dispute dragging on There's still no progress in the labor dispute between Sanford Bemidji Hospital and about 230 of its registered nurses. Last month the nurses voted to reject Sanford's contract offer and instead authorize a strike. Now, officials with the Minnesota Nurses Association union say they're planning an informational picket for August 17. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/10/robertson?refid=0 Wed, 10 Aug 2011 10:50:23 -0500 Tick-borne diseases on the rise in northern Minn. Veterinarians in northern Minnesota say the number of dogs contracting Lyme and other tick-borne diseases has skyrocketed, an increase also seen in humans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/03/ticks?refid=0 Wed, 03 Aug 2011 16:03:06 -0500 Hospital officials disappointed with contract rejection, hope to resume talks Management officials with Sanford Bemidji Hospital are disappointed that nurses voted overwhelmingly to reject their contract offer Thursday. The vote authorizes union negotiators representing about 230 nurses to call a strike, if necessary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/29/bemidji-hospital-nurse-contract?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jul 2011 16:34:40 -0500 Bemidji nurses authorize strike An overwhelming majority of the 230 RNs rejected a contract offer from Sanford Bemidji Hospital. A strike date has not been set. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/28/bemidji-nurses?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jul 2011 21:54:40 -0500 Nurses will vote on contract offer About 230 nurses employed at Sanford Bemidji Hospital will vote Thursday on whether to accept or reject a contract offer from hospital management. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/27/nurses-contract-strike?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jul 2011 15:32:02 -0500 No arrests netted in black market fishing investigation Suspected black market fishing operations on two Indian reservations in northern Minnesota are under federal investigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/26/black-market-fishing-takedown?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jul 2011 15:01:52 -0500 Itasca State Park reopens for happy campers Minnesota's state parks are coming back on line after being barricaded for nearly three weeks because of the state government shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/22/itasca_reopens?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jul 2011 06:48:56 -0500 Itasca State Park open to visitors With the exception of the restaurant and lodge and a few cabins at the park, officials say visitors are welcome to return. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/21/itasca-state-park-open?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jul 2011 11:09:40 -0500 Delta to cut services as it retires fleet Delta Airlines officials have confirmed plans to reduce or eliminate service in 24 small markets throughout the midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/19/delta-retires-fleet-cuts-service?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jul 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Minn. residents have mixed reaction to budget deal As negotiators work out details to end Minnesota's state government shutdown, reaction to the potential deal is mixed among state residents. We sampled the sentiment of people in the Bemidji area today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/15/budget-reaction-stateparks?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2011 15:16:20 -0500 No free pass during shutdown; anglers must be licensed There is no free pass for anglers who thought they could fish through the government shutdown without a fishing license, said Tom Landwehr, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/13/shutdown-fishing-without-license?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2011 15:10:20 -0500 Minnesota logging operations stalled by shutdown Minnesota loggers are waiting for a court ruling that will determine whether they'll be allowed to continue logging operations in state forests during the government shutdown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/13/robertson-logging?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2011 10:31:56 -0500 Shutdown is mixed bag for tourism industry Minnesota's tourism industry is projected to lose millions of dollars for every week that state government remains shut down. But gauging the impact on tourism-related businesses depends on whom you ask. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/12/shutdown-tourism-impact?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jul 2011 16:04:33 -0500 Visitors told to leave as state parks close Staff in Minnesota's 66 state parks closed up facilities, shut off water and electricity, and told visitors it was time to leave. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/01/shutdown-state-park-visitors-leave?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0500 As shutdown nears, state park cancellations mount Employees are preparing state parks for closure, and small tourism community boosters say they'll lose millions because of canceled vacation plans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/29/state-parks-government-shutdown?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jun 2011 14:17:48 -0500 New census data: Some of state's poorest counties in northwestern Minn. New census data shows some of the state's poorest counties are in northwestern Minnesota, where living wage jobs are limited and geography isolates rural residents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/20/poorest-counties?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jun 2011 04:00:00 -0500 It's a sunny forecast for Minnesota's tourism industry Resorts are gearing up for the Memorial Day weekend, the traditional start of the summer tourist season. After several slow seasons, there are signs the industry is making a comeback. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/26/summer-vacation?refid=0 Fri, 27 May 2011 05:00:00 -0500 First Nations United plan fishing protest on Upper Red Lake The members hope to get ticketed by state DNR enforcement officers to raise treaty rights issues in the courts. Red Lake tribal officials say they're not part of the effort and don't support it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/12/fishing-protest?refid=0 Fri, 13 May 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Ojibwe bands still upset about treaty rights battle with state Minnesota is approaching another walleye fishing opener this weekend, but there is still no resolution to a treaty rights dispute between the state and two Ojibwe bands in northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/10/teraty-rights?refid=0 Wed, 11 May 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Nursing a favored landing spot for dislocated workers The number of graduates with two- and four-year degrees is more than double what it was in 2002, creating a short-term bottleneck for jobs. But the future in the field is bright. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/05/dislocated-workers?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2011 05:00:00 -0500 As walleye season opener approaches, new results from pollutant testing in area lakes Tests of fish from 9 of Minnesota's 10 largest walleye lakes show those lakes have little or no contamination from a class of pollutants called perfluorochemicals, or PFCs. State officials say PFCs are still a problem in some Twin Cities area lakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/04/robertson-debrief?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2011 09:41:17 -0500 Tests show state's largest walleye lakes show very little PFCs State health officials say fish tested from nine of Minnesota's 10 largest walleye lakes show those lakes have very little or no contamination from perfluorochemicals, or PFCs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/03/pfcs-walleye-lakes?refid=0 Tue, 03 May 2011 10:01:49 -0500 Bemidji poised to replace historic statue A statue that's been sitting on the shore of Lake Bemidji since the 1950s is another step closer to being replaced. /collections/special/columns/statewide/archive/2011/04/bemidji-poised-to-replace-historic-statue.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 29 Apr 2011 11:47:23 -0500 Minn. program uses American Indian culture to target prison recidivism The Red Road Home pilot program in northern Minnesota uses cultural and spiritual practices to try and slow down the revolving prison door on American Indian offenders. There are early signs of success, but the program may soon run out of funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/25/red-road-home?refid=0 Tue, 26 Apr 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Outdoors group supportive of higher DNR fees Minnesota DNR officials say they want to raise hunting and fishing license fees to avoid more cutbacks in agency staff. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/18/dnr-licensing-fees?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2011 12:57:19 -0500 Flood turns Minn. prairie town into temporary island All roads leading into Oslo are flooded, isolating the tiny town 25 miles north of Grand Forks. City officials say three consecutive years of major floods have been inconvenient and tough on businesses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/13/oslo-flood?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2011 15:36:47 -0500 Tiny Minn. town beats back flood waters Some question the sensibility of spending millions to save the small town just north of Moorhead, but Mayor Traci Goble is seeking to build permanent flood protection from the Buffalo River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/11/georgetown-buffalo-river-flooding?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2011 14:49:55 -0500 In Moorhead, home buyouts give flood-weary families relief More than 100 property owners have accepted buyouts from the city of Moorhead since 2009. The city says it reduces the need for sandbags and makes flood response easier. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/08/flood-home-buyouts?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2011 16:30:46 -0500 Preparations make the difference in 2011 flood fight Moorhead needs roughly a million fewer sandbags this year than it did in 2009, not only because of more levees, but because the city has been aggressive in buying properties near the Red River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/07/fargo-moorhead-flood-fight?refid=0 Thu, 07 Apr 2011 16:43:54 -0500 Baby boomer retirement to transform rural Minn., demographers say About 700,000 Minnesotans will reach retirement age in the next decade. Demographers say the effect on the workforce will be felt all over the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/04/aging-population?refid=0 Mon, 04 Apr 2011 14:37:27 -0500 Seniors contribute to large population boom in northern Minnesota In the latest U.S. Census, the corridor stretching from the Brainerd Lakes area into the north woods showed big gains, and state demographers say seniors are contributing to the region's significant population growth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/25/census-northern-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 25 Mar 2011 14:54:23 -0500 Tribal leaders say prescription drug abuse is epidemic Tribal leaders say abuse of prescription drugs has become an epidemic that plagues their communities. The Red Lake and White Earth Ojibwe bands have both declared public health emergencies to draw attention to the problem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/18/tribal-prescription-drug-abuse?refid=0 Fri, 18 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0500 St. Cloud nurse suspected of transmitting bacterial infection to patients A nurse at St. Cloud Hospital is suspected of transmitting a bacterial infection to patients when she diverted some drugs for personal use. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/16/nurse-infected-patients?refid=0 Wed, 16 Mar 2011 13:44:10 -0500 Expanded Medicaid a lifesaver for rural poor in Minn. The expansion of Medicaid means tens of thousands of low-income adults in outstate Minnesota will be able to access health care closer to home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/14/health-care-for-poor-outstate?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2011 15:00:00 -0500 Statue of Chief Bemidji to be replaced This week city leaders in Bemidji voted to support efforts to replace a statue of an Indian that's been sitting on the shore of Lake Bemidji for decades. The grassroots effort to replace the statue is partly about art and partly about race relations. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke this morning with reporter Tom Robertson from our Bemidji bureau to explain what's happening with the statue and to talk about a few other things happening in northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/09/robertsondebrief?refid=0 Wed, 09 Mar 2011 09:53:04 -0600 More Minnesotans turning to entrepreneurship in recession In the recent recession, thousands of Minnesotans have taken risks by borrowing money - or even spending their own savings - to become entrepreneurs, even as many others tightened their belts during the recession. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/28/entrepreneurs?refid=0 Mon, 28 Feb 2011 15:38:04 -0600 DNR likely to cut number of moose hunt permits in half Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials say they'll likely reduce the number of moose hunting permits by half for this fall's moose hunting season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/23/dnr-moose-hunt?refid=0 Wed, 23 Feb 2011 13:18:33 -0600 After racially motivated beating in Brainerd, a community reflects Nearly two weeks ago, Willy Navy walked out of a Brainerd bar when two men confronted him with racial slurs and then beat him unconscious. Navy is recovering, and some see it as an opportunity to re-examine how people view race in northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/18/brainerd-racial-assault?refid=0 Fri, 18 Feb 2011 13:59:59 -0600 Bemidji State's overhaul means expanding some programs, cutting others The theater department at Bemidji State University is one of the casualties of an effort by Minnesota state colleges and universities to tighten their belts. Anticipating funding cuts as lawmakers deal with a $6.2 billion dollar state budget shortfall, many campuses have already chopped programs and positions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/14/bemidji-theatre-program-higher-education-cuts?refid=0 Mon, 14 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Census: In recession, more grandparents raising grandkids Grandparents are raising nearly 3 million children in the United States, according to census data. The reasons vary from economic issues to drug and alcohol abuse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/27/grandparent-caregivers?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jan 2011 03:00:00 -0600 In a dark recession, green jobs grow strong in greater Minnesota Manufacturing has been hit hard by the recession, But some Minnesota manufacturing companies are thriving and creating new jobs in the emerging "green economy." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/20/green-jobs?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jan 2011 16:05:28 -0600 Federal aid adds $56M to Minn. heating assistance Minnesota will receive another $56 million in federal aid to help people struggling to pay winter heating bills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/13/minnesota-heating-assistance-federal-aid?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jan 2011 19:27:52 -0600 Census: 1 in 4 Minnesota renters in most counties paying more than they can afford The U.S. Census Bureau's five-year American Community Survey shows that one in four renters in 84 of 87 Minnesota counties pay 30 percent or more of their income for housing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/13/renters-pay-more-than-affordable-housing?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jan 2011 03:00:00 -0600 High jobless rate persists, but signs of recovery in Brainerd Despite a high jobless rate, people in the Brainerd Lakes area see signs of an economic recovery, and reasons to be cautiously optimistic about 2011. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/31/brainerd-economy?refid=0 Fri, 31 Dec 2010 13:46:30 -0600 White Earth Nation awarded $18.5M in casino lawsuit A tribal judge has awarded the White Earth Nation an $18.5 million judgment stemming from lawsuit against a Pennsylvania businessman and his company, Gaming World International. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/21/tribal-casino-settlement?refid=0 Tue, 21 Dec 2010 09:57:29 -0600 NW Minn. communities face increasing poverty rates New U.S. census data released this week show poverty is up in north central Minnesota, where in some counties the poverty rate is more than twice the state average of 10 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/16/poverty-northwest-minnesota-acs-data?refid=0 Thu, 16 Dec 2010 16:32:45 -0600 Red Lake teachers seek compensation for PTSD About a dozen former teachers who were in class the day of the Red Lake High School shootings on March 21, 2005 are asking for compensation, seeking to recoup lost wages. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/10/red-lake-teachers-shooting-ptsd?refid=0 Fri, 10 Dec 2010 03:00:00 -0600 More Minn. doctors refusing Medicare patients over low reimbursements Physicians have complained for years that Medicare doesn't keep up with the cost of delivering health care -- expenses that are driving some out of business. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/03/medicare-reimbursements?refid=0 Fri, 03 Dec 2010 15:07:33 -0600 Balsam firs in shorter supply for Christmas Some Minnesota tree growers predict there could be a shortage of balsam fir Christmas trees this holiday season. An early spring followed by a cold snap in May caused damage to the species in Minnesota and other parts of the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/29/christmas-tree-outlook?refid=0 Mon, 29 Nov 2010 09:07:19 -0600 National Guard unit leaves for Iraq mission Members of a St. Cloud-based National Guard unit leave home this weekend to prepare for operations in Iraq. The unit will participate in Operation New Dawn, the drawdown phase of U.S. military operations in Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/27/national-guard-deploy?refid=0 Sat, 27 Nov 2010 11:53:59 -0600 Muzzleloader season begins today Thousands of Minnesotans headed to the woods and fields today for the opening of muzzleloader deer hunting season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/27/muzzleloader-season?refid=0 Sat, 27 Nov 2010 11:43:33 -0600 Heating assistance requests up, but funding in limbo Applications for federal help with home heating bills are up more than 8 percent from last year, Minnesota officials say. But the amount of money available to help low-income families stay warm is uncertain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/24/heating-assistance?refid=0 Wed, 24 Nov 2010 13:11:19 -0600 Test for manganese underway A Minnesota company called Cooperative Mineral Resources started work last week on a demonstration project to test a new way to extract manganese ore. It's happening in the tiny town of Emily, in north central Minnesota. The ground beneath the town is believed to contain a mother lode of manganese. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/24/manganese?refid=0 Wed, 24 Nov 2010 09:41:22 -0600 Sanford Health merges with Bemidji hospital North Country Health Services, Bemidji's locally owned hospital, will soon merge with Sanford Health, based in Sioux Falls and Fargo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/18/sanford-northcountry-merger?refid=0 Thu, 18 Nov 2010 17:07:56 -0600 Clearwater County officials want to sell Bagley hospital Clearwater County commissioners want to sell off the county-owned hospital and clinic in Bagley. Officials say the facilities have been losing money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/17/bagley-hospital-sale-nurses?refid=0 Wed, 17 Nov 2010 21:05:12 -0600 Manganese test mine begins in Emily, Minn. Work began this week at a demonstration mining project in the town of Emily in central Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/17/mining-test?refid=0 Wed, 17 Nov 2010 14:48:30 -0600 Demolition begins on tornado-damaged Wadena school A tornado ripped through the town back on June 17, badly damaging the high school and hundreds of other buildings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/15/wadena-deer-creek-high-school-demolition?refid=0 Mon, 15 Nov 2010 11:04:02 -0600 Border Patrol increases visibility at new International Falls station The U.S. Border Patrol this week celebrated the opening of a new border station in International Falls, a $6.8 million facility that points to the agency's growing focus on Northern Minnesota, another sign that the federal agency has become much more visible in the region since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/10/border-patrol-international-falls-station?refid=0 Thu, 11 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Ojibwe family fights land sale for tribal casino Some members of an Ojibwe family in Warroad say the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe is evicting them from land they've lived on for generations, so the tribe can use the property for its casino. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/04/warroad-tribal-land-dispute?refid=0 Thu, 04 Nov 2010 16:02:33 -0500 Across the state, smooth voting for most Minnesotans But some voters dealt with overzealous poll challengers and translation issues. The executive director of Minnesota Majority also ran into trouble when he tried to wear a button that says "please ID me," one day after a judge ruled that it did not belong in the polling place. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/02/voter-challenging?refid=0 Tue, 02 Nov 2010 18:12:24 -0500 Strong voter turnout reported in some parts of Minnesota If early and mid-day turnout trends continue, Minnesota could exceed 60 percent voter turnout, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said late this afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/02/election-day?refid=0 Tue, 02 Nov 2010 16:21:44 -0500 More predicted to receive food aid after rule change Beginning Monday, tens of thousands more Minnesotans will qualify for food assistance, when new guidelines go into place for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -- what we used to call food stamps. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/01/food-assistance?refid=0 Mon, 01 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Bemidji college's Ojibwe center a home for increasing number of Indian students Built in 2003 largely with private dollars and contributions from local tribes, the $2.6 million American Indian Resource Center, has become an important gathering place for American Indians. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/29/bemidji-state-ojibwe-center?refid=0 Fri, 29 Oct 2010 15:36:19 -0500 Demand at rural food shelves keeps rising Economists say the recession is technically over, but there are still plenty of signs of struggle in rural Minnesota. You need only look at Itasca County, where more families are seeking help from food shelves and social service agencies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/21/food-shelf-demand?refid=0 Thu, 21 Oct 2010 17:36:48 -0500 Blandin survey: Demand for jobs is top rural concern The Blandin Foundation's Rural Pulse survey polled more than a thousand people living outside the metro area in cities smaller than 35,000. The survey reveals a mix of worry over the economy and confidence in the future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/20/rural-jobs-blandin-survey?refid=0 Wed, 20 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500 As state buys land, counties lose tax revenue Some northern Minnesota counties worry they're losing their taxable lands. The state already owns millions of acres that counties can't tax. Now, flush with cash from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, the state is buying up even more land. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/08/state-buying-land-county-property-tax?refid=0 Fri, 08 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Lawmaker wants tornado damage addressed in flood relief session A northern Minnesota lawmaker wants legislative leaders to consider help for tornado damage during next week's legislative special session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/06/special-session-flood?refid=0 Wed, 06 Oct 2010 13:44:02 -0500 Record low traffic deaths in Minnesota, but problems remain on rural highways Minnesota is on track to see the lowest number of traffic deaths since the 1940s and many credit stronger seat belt laws and crackdowns on impaired driving. /features/2010/09/23-driving-deaths-minn/?refid=0 Thu, 23 Sep 2010 16:04:15 -0500 Wolves to be protected on reservation An estimated 100 wolves live on the Red Lake Indian Reservation near Bemidji and tribal leaders want to protect them. So they've adopted a plan to manage the wolves and their habitat on the reservation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/22/robertson?refid=0 Wed, 22 Sep 2010 08:59:47 -0500 Rural hospitals take unique approach to health care for the poor A growing number of hospitals are taking unusual steps to cut their losses and still provide care for the poorest of the poor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/15/gamc-rural?refid=0 Wed, 15 Sep 2010 17:16:39 -0500 Wadena students head to temporary classrooms Students in Wadena, Minn., were back in school today for the first time since a tornado destroyed the town's high school back in June. They're now splitting their time between an elementary school and classroom space offered by the local community and technical college. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/07/wadena-schools-tornado?refid=0 Tue, 07 Sep 2010 09:05:51 -0500 Report: Minnesota ranks 25th in highway performance Minnesota fell 10 spots and now ranks 25th in the nation in state highway performance, according to a report from the Reason Foundation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/03/state-highway-ranking?refid=0 Fri, 03 Sep 2010 12:24:53 -0500 Study: Drivers more prone to risk-taking on rural highways A new University of Minnesota study shows that drivers are more prone to risk-taking on rural highways, even though that's where most fatal accidents occur. /features/2010/09/03-rural-driving/?refid=0 Fri, 03 Sep 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Red Lake schools committed to turnaround plan Plagued by poor student performance and still reeling from a 2005 school shooting, the Red Lake School District was stung last spring when two of its schools ranked among the state's lowest performers. But the district is working on improvements, with a turnaround plan that has teachers working with parents to create tailored learning plans for all students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/25/turnaround-school-redlake?refid=0 Thu, 26 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Leech Lake members protesting proposed power line A group of Leech Lake tribal members is protesting a proposed 230 kilovolt power transmission line that will run from Bemidji to Grand Rapids. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/23/powerline-protest?refid=0 Mon, 23 Aug 2010 16:15:44 -0500 Politics blamed for holding up Ojibwe treaty rights issue Aaron White Sr. has yet to be charged for breaking a state law during a fishing protest in May, and some tribal members suspect the political nature of the issue is keeping it on hold. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/19/treaty-rights-charges?refid=0 Thu, 19 Aug 2010 14:30:44 -0500 Farmers markets brought to reservations A new state health department program is introducing farmers markets to Minnesota's Ojibwe Indian Reservations. The goal is to provide better access to fresh fruits and vegetables. It's a way to tackle some of the big health challenges in Indian communities, including high rates of diabetes and obesity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/12/robertson?refid=0 Thu, 12 Aug 2010 11:13:39 -0500 DNR wants to stock muskie in five more Minn. lakes The Minnesota DNR wants to stock muskie in five additional lakes in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/12/muskie-stock?refid=0 Thu, 12 Aug 2010 11:01:27 -0500 Building the Indian Country economy, one business at a time Red Lake officials have partnered with the American Indian Economic Development Fund, a St. Paul-based organization that provides loans and training for start-up businesses in Indian Country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/11/american-indian-economic-development?refid=0 Wed, 11 Aug 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Aid worker slain in Afghanistan had Minn. ties One of the six American aid workers killed in Afghanistan last week had ties to Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/10/aid-worker-killed-mn?refid=0 Tue, 10 Aug 2010 10:24:32 -0500 GOP Sen. Koering faces primary opposition from own party Minnesota's only openly gay Republican legislator faces a tough challenge from his own party in Tuesday's primary. State Sen. Paul Koering of Fort Ripley didn't get his party's endorsement last spring. He's being challenged by former GOP state Rep. Paul Gazelka of Brainerd. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/05/koering-primary-challenge?refid=0 Thu, 05 Aug 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Cass Lake supt. charged with sexual assault of teen The superintendent of Cass Lake-Bena schools was charged Tuesday with sexually assualting a 17-year-old boy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/27/sexual-misconduct-supt?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jul 2010 16:33:31 -0500 Test of new mining technique set for Minn. manganese deposit Test mining is set to begin in central Minnesota this fall on what could be one of the largest manganese deposits in North America -- which is sitting right underneath the small town of Emily. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/21/manganese-mine?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jul 2010 15:30:15 -0500 Protesters removed from White Earth Indian Reservation Tribal officials on the White Earth Indian Reservation say they've removed a small group of protesters who had been camped outside the tribe's administrative headquarters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/14/protesters-removed-from-white-earth-indian-reservation?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jul 2010 13:55:44 -0500 Worries in Wadena as residents opt not to rebuild Plenty of signs are visible of recovery in Wadena, but some fear that some tornado victims may choose not to return to their neighborhoods. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/13/wadena-rebuilding?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jul 2010 18:11:01 -0500 Minnesota's Paul Bunyan Trail paved, now longest in state Visitors can now hop on a bike in Brainerd and ride 110 miles north to Bemidji on a paved trail, making it the longest bike and snowmobile trail in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/03/paul-bunyan-trail-paved?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jul 2010 14:44:00 -0500 Wadena closing volunteer center as tornado cleanup winds down Storm cleanup in Wadena is winding down and officials in Wadena say they plan to close down the city's volunteer center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/29/wadena-cleanup?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jun 2010 14:04:46 -0500 Civic participation on the rise in Indian Country In Bemidji, there are Native American candidates running for the state Senate and House of Representatives. A Native American is running for Bemidji city council and another is seeking a seat on the county board. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/28/native-american-indian-politics?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jun 2010 15:53:34 -0500 Hearing in Leech Lake to look at alleged election fraud A hearing on Thursday on the Leech Lake Reservation will determine whether there were irregularities in a tribal election earlier this month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/24/leech-lake-elections?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jun 2010 07:37:05 -0500 Wadena residents take stock of their losses after tornado Work crews and volunteers in Wadena are focusing mostly on clearing downed trees and removing debris from roadways following last week's devastating tornado. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/22/wadena-tornado-cleanup?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jun 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Wadena putting the pieces back together In the next few days, officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are expected to assess the damage from last Thursday's tornadoes. The storms caused a lot of property damage. They also killed three people. Governor Tim Pawlenty says he expects to ask for a disaster declaration for about half a dozen counties in northern and southern Minnesota. That will likely include Wadena County, where a tornado plowed through the city of Wadena. Reporter Tom Robertson discussed the latest with Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Crann. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/21/wadena-update?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jun 2010 18:42:51 -0500 Cleanup begins after deadly tornadoes National Guard troops and volunteers with chainsaws were helping residents in this northwestern Minnesota town begin a massive cleanup effort, a day after a tornado destroyed homes and uprooted trees in its path. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/18/minnesota-tornadoes-severe-weather?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jun 2010 06:26:33 -0500 New candidates shake up races Native American voters in Minnesota have historically aligned themselves with the DFL party. But two Native American candidates in northern Minnesota are bucking that trend. The two have formed their own political party and are running for state House and Senate seats currently held by the DFL. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/17/robertson?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jun 2010 10:42:48 -0500 Cuts to health care for poor in greater Minn. hit hard Bruce Lundmark, a 54-year-old Vietnam veteran from Bagley on GAMC, is in the midst of getting fitted for dentures. But because of the cuts to the welfare program, he doesn't know how he'll pay for the procedure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/11/outstate-minnesota-general-assistance-medical-care?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jun 2010 14:38:19 -0500 Health care plan for the poor limits options for rural patients General Assistance recipients used to be able to get health care at any hospital or clinic. Now it's not so easy. Only four hospitals in the state have signed on to provide care for GAMC patients under the revised plan, and all four are located in the Twin Cities area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/04/gamc-outstate?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jun 2010 07:45:43 -0500 Mom-and-pop resorts dwindle across Minnesota Mom-and-pop resorts in Minnesota used to be the backbone of summer tourism, but they're disappearing fast. Since the industry's peak in 1970, the number of resorts in the state has fallen by nearly 70 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/31/minnesota-resorts-decline?refid=0 Mon, 31 May 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Tribal members say treaty rights protest a success Nearly 200 Ojibway tribal members gathered in Bemidji Friday afternoon to demand the state recognize their rights to hunt and fish. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/14/treatyprotest?refid=0 Fri, 14 May 2010 18:00:00 -0500 Treaty rights supporters to launch fish-off today Tomorrow is the big walleye fishing season opener in Minnesota, but some Native Americans from the White Earth and Leech Lake bands of Ojibwe plan to violate state law by fishing in Lake Bemidji today. It's part of a rally to draw attention to an 1855 treaty between the Ojibwe and the U.S. government. The bands claim they may have given up land in the treaty, but they kept their right to hunt, fish, and gather in a large section of northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/14/robertson?refid=0 Fri, 14 May 2010 10:33:46 -0500 Treaty rights to be asserted in different ways This Saturday is the Minnesota fishing opener, but plans for the Anishinabe fish-off are going ahead. Some members of the White Earth and Leech Lake bands of Ojibwe say they'll intentionally violate state law and fish the day before the opener. Their goal is to draw attention to hunting and fishing treaty rights they claim are guaranteed in an 1855 treaty with the federal government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/12/robertson?refid=0 Wed, 12 May 2010 10:38:58 -0500 Leech Lake, White Earth plan treaty rights event Ojibwe band members will highlight their claim to treaty-based hunting and fishing rights by staging two separate events in Bemidji May 14, a day before the state's walleye fishing opener. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/07/treaty-rights?refid=0 Fri, 07 May 2010 11:15:24 -0500 Mixed reaction to Ojibwe fishing protest from outdoors groups There's mixed reaction from Minnesota outdoors groups on plans by some northern Ojibwe band members to assert hunting and fishing rights they believe are guaranteed by a treaty from the mid-1800s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/04/treaty-rights-outdoor-groups?refid=0 Tue, 04 May 2010 18:24:54 -0500 Band members continue plans to assert tribal rights with protest Organizers with the White Earth and Leech Lake Bands of Ojibwe, including Boone Wadena, above, plan to go fishing before the state walleye opener as a way to assert hunting and fishing rights they say tribal chiefs never relinquished in an 1855 treaty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/04/ojibwe-treaty-rights?refid=0 Tue, 04 May 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Planned meeting between tribe, DNR canceled Officials with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe have canceled a meeting planned for Tuesday morning with the head of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/26/dnr-leech-lake-band-meeting?refid=0 Mon, 26 Apr 2010 17:00:57 -0500 Leech Lake leaders want to halt fishing protest Leaders on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation say they will work to resolve differences over treaty rights through conversation with state officials and diplomacy, instead of a demonstration before the state's fishing opener next month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/23/leech-lake-protest?refid=0 Fri, 23 Apr 2010 10:38:05 -0500 Outdoor groups unhappy with tribes' claim for fishing, hunting rights Some Minnesota outdoor groups are expressing frustration with two Ojibwe Indian bands in northern Minnesota that plan to reassert hunting and fishing rights they believe are protected by federal treaties from the 1800s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/21/treatyrights-reax?refid=0 Wed, 21 Apr 2010 16:08:15 -0500 Two northern Ojibwe bands say it's their turn on treaty rights The Leech Lake and White Earth Ojibwe Indian bands are gearing up to reassert hunting and fishing rights they say are guaranteed by 19th century treaties. The push by the northern Minnesota bands comes more than a decade after the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe won a similar claim in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/20/fishing-protest?refid=0 Wed, 21 Apr 2010 05:00:00 -0500 Small gestures help improve race relations in Bemidji A year ago, Bemidji business owners began to display greetings and words of thanks written in the Ojibwe language. It was a simple, symbolic gesture, but the idea caught on. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/14/bemidji-race-relations?refid=0 Thu, 15 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Brainerd Lakes area could see second wave of foreclosures Mike and Cathy Borgie are among those struggling in the Brainerd Lakes area's 19 percent unemployment rate; an area that experts say could see a second wave of foreclosures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/07/more-foreclosures?refid=0 Wed, 07 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Opponents of Alberta Clipper pipeline protest in Cass Lake Opponents of the Alberta Clipper oil pipeline are protesting on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation in Cass Lake today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/01/pipeline-protest?refid=0 Thu, 01 Apr 2010 12:00:14 -0500 Shortage of used cars sends prices skyward Auto dealers say a nationwide shortage of quality used cars is driving up prices, and some dealers are even having trouble finding cars to sell. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/31/used-car-shortage?refid=0 Wed, 31 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Leech Lake tribal members try to break the cycle of obesity In northern Minnesota, the Ojibwe are making some progress battling the unhealthy eating habits that are closely linked to higher rates of Type 2 diabetes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/23/ojibwe-take-on-obesity?refid=0 Fri, 26 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Commerce Dept. awards $4.8M for rural Minn. broadband The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded $4.8 million in stimulus money to increase broadband use in rural Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/25/broadband-stimulus?refid=0 Thu, 25 Mar 2010 15:46:55 -0500 Fargo-Moorhead calm as Red River crests The Red River crested in Fargo-Moorhead Sunday, with water levels right around 37 feet. For people who live along the river, the flood this year was a much different experience than it was when the river reached a record level in 2009. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/21/red-river?refid=0 Sun, 21 Mar 2010 14:25:37 -0500 New technology challenges the sandbag Sandbags are still the weapon of choice for most people trying to protect their property from floodwaters, but some homeowners along the Red River are using new technology to hold the water back. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/21/new-technology-challenges-the-sandbag?refid=0 Sun, 21 Mar 2010 09:45:20 -0500 Buying out homeowners to make flood fighting easier The City of Moorhead wants to purchase and remove this year about 45 homes on the banks of the Red River this year. Many will be replaced by a permanent levee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/20/flood-buyouts?refid=0 Sat, 20 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0500 A contractor's nightmare: low demand, high costs The combination of record low new home sales and spiking lumber prices spells trouble for Duane Lewis, above, and others in the home construction business. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/08/lumber-prices-soar?refid=0 Mon, 08 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Radio dramas reflect life in the 'Icebox of the Nation' International Falls has been known for years as the Icebox of the Nation, but in some circles, the northern Minnesota border town is gaining notoriety for producing radio theater. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/26/icebox-theater?refid=0 Fri, 26 Feb 2010 06:48:04 -0600 Arctic Cat recalls 1300 snowmobiles Arctic Cat has voluntarily recalled about 1,300 snowmobiles due to a potential fire hazard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/23/arctic-cat-recalls-1300-snowmobiles?refid=0 Tue, 23 Feb 2010 16:52:29 -0600 Red Bulls: Beyond Deployment More than 1,200 soldiers from Minnesota's 34th Infantry Division National Guard brigade are returning home. MPR looks at what happens after the welcome back ceremonies are over. /projects/2010/02/beyond-deployment/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Feb 2010 10:28:50 -0600 Returning home is harder for some than combat For many who served in Bemidji's Alpha Company in 2006 and 2007, the memories of war are still fresh. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/05/struggling-to-reclaim-civilian-lives?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Getting help to rural vets For some veterans that live in rural Minnesota, mental health services can be hundreds of miles away. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/05/trying-reach-rural-vets?refid=0 Mon, 08 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Rural areas taking steps to address shortage of mental health professionals The strategy has run into some big obstacles along the way, but observers say there are now signs it's paying off. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/20/mental-health-rural?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Committee's bill would realign Minn. environmental departments The Minnesota Senate Environment and Natural Resources Policy Committee met in Bemidji Friday to hear feedback on a bill that would overhaul management of the DNR and other state agencies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/15/environmental-senate-bill?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jan 2010 16:53:49 -0600 DFL gubernatorial candidates address Native American issues Native Americans in northern Minnesota got a chance Thursday night to hear from nine DFL candidates for Minnesota governor. A forum at Bemidji State University focused on Native American issues and attracted more than 100 people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/15/native_american_issues?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jan 2010 06:26:56 -0600 Wildlife official says number of wolf killings not unusual The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating 16 incidents of wolves being killed illegally in November and December of last year. Two wolves were killed in northern Minnesota, eight in Wisconsin and six in Michigan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/12/wolf-kill-investigations?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jan 2010 15:32:46 -0600 New life for lumber mills brings jobs, environmental concerns Three buyers of former Ainsworth lumber mills all have similar plans to turn materials from the forest into biofuels, but environmentalists worry the increased demand will hurt the forests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/29/family-owned-timber?refid=0 Wed, 30 Dec 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Hope fades for a hospital in a county without one Cass is one of only seven counties in Minnesota that doesn't have a hospital. A task force worked for years to get one built on a site near Walker, Minn., but the effort has lost a key supporter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/23/cass-county-hospital?refid=0 Wed, 23 Dec 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Many Minnesota schools seeing enrollment increase Many school districts in Minnesota have more students in kindergarten this year, and it appears to be the beginning of a rebound from years of steady decline in enrollment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/14/enrollment-bump?refid=0 Mon, 14 Dec 2009 15:01:49 -0600 A guy and a truck provide recycling pickup in Bemidji The City of Bemidji used to provide a curbside recycling service. But the program got the axe in 2007 because of budget cuts. Now, a one-man company is trying to revive the service. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/03/bemidji-recycling?refid=0 Thu, 03 Dec 2009 15:33:47 -0600 Beltrami County uses new approach to fight poverty A new program in Beltrami County combines personal coaching and weekly meetings to move people off of public assistance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/23/beltramiantipoverty?refid=0 Mon, 23 Nov 2009 15:00:00 -0600 Hunting season not bringing in as many bucks to merchants The deer hunting season is underway in Minnesota, but the northern Minnesota economy isn't getting as much of a boost as it often does. Stricter bag limits, combined with a weak economy, mean hunters are spending fewer dollars on the sport. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/13/huntingseason?refid=0 Fri, 13 Nov 2009 15:00:00 -0600 Bemidji: A tale of two economies Getting a read on Bemidji's economy depends on where you look these days. You can find both ongoing struggle and boom times. It's a tale of two economies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/02/bemidji-recovery?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 15:00:00 -0600 Analysts predict lower heating bills this winter Officials with Minnesota's energy assistance program say they could see a record number of people seeking help with their home heating bills this winter, but the good news is that economists predict heating your home this winter will be a little bit easier on the pocketbook. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/29/home-heating?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 More drunken driving offenders using ignition device A small but growing number of drunken driving offenders in Minnesota are using an electronic device designed to keep them from reoffending, a program first piloted in Hennepin and Beltrami counties and has now expanded statewide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/08/interlock-drink-driving?refid=0 Fri, 09 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Voyageurs: 'It's all remarkable' Voyageurs National Park in far northern Minnesota was created in the mid-1970s. It's the only national park in Minnesota. Voyageurs is known for its vast wilderness and stunning beauty, yet many locals say the park doesn't attract enough visitors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/25/voyageurspark?refid=0 Mon, 28 Sep 2009 13:00:00 -0500 Cabin owners prepared to go to court over fee increase Cabin owners in the Chippewa and Superior National Forests are balking at a dramatic increase in fees for maintaining private cabins that have been historically modest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/25/cabin-owners-angry?refid=0 Fri, 25 Sep 2009 16:48:15 -0500 Oil pipeline pumping millions of dollars into area communities A controversial new oil pipeline called the Alberta Clipper has created thousands of construction jobs across northern Minnesota and is bringing millions of dollars into communities all along the pipeline route. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/15/alberta-clipper-pipeline?refid=0 Wed, 16 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Summer tourism numbers mixed A recent state survey shows that while many hotels saw fewer guests this summer, campground operators say business was up, and festivals across the state drew record crowds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/04/tourism-roundup?refid=0 Fri, 04 Sep 2009 12:58:31 -0500 Idled lumber plants may get second life in bioenergy business Canadian-owned Ainsworth Lumber Company permanently shuttered its plants in Bemidji, Grand Rapids and Cook earlier this year, and now those communities are wondering what's next for the huge, idle plants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/02/lumber-plants-biofuels?refid=0 Thu, 03 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Federal grant helps bring solar heat to Ojibwe With help from a federal grant, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe is putting some cutting-edge solar technology on the homes of low-income tribal members. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/24/solar-air-heaters?refid=0 Mon, 24 Aug 2009 16:30:00 -0500 New mission for Depression-era camp An old Civilian Conservation Corps work camp in the Chippewa National Forest is getting a facelift. Camp Rabideau near Blackduck was home to hundreds of young men in the 1930s and '40s. Now it's being turned into a year-round learning center for kids and young adults. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/13/camp-rabideau?refid=0 Fri, 14 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Bemidji businesses including Ojibwe in signs A growing number of businesses in Bemidji are putting up signs in the language of the local Native American community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/05/ojibwe-signs?refid=0 Wed, 05 Aug 2009 15:36:04 -0500 On Red Lake, walleye netting makes a comeback The Red Lake Band of Ojibwe has resumed commercial walleye netting on the tribal waters of Upper and Lower Red Lake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/03/red-lake-walleye-fishing?refid=0 Mon, 03 Aug 2009 08:00:00 -0500 Outdoors money paves way for state's largest forest preservation deal For $36 million, the state gets permanent land rights and ensures public access to more than 187,000 acres of privately owned forest land scattered over seven counties in northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/16/forest_preservation_deal?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jul 2009 08:30:00 -0500 MPCA orders troubled dairy to take action State health officials say a dairy farm near Thief River Falls continues to pose a public health hazard. The MPCA has now ordered the dairy to take immediate action. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/dairy_emissions?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 12:00:00 -0500 Farm runoff blamed for town's contaminated water The water supply in the city of Park Rapids is contaminated with nitrates, and many suspect the source is the fertilizer used on local farm fields. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/29/park_rapids_water?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jun 2009 14:15:09 -0500 Cass Lake residents continue waiting for Superfund cleanup Cass Lake residents heard an update this week from the Environmental Protection Agency on plans to clean up the St. Regis Superfund site. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/24/cass_lake_superfund?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jun 2009 11:41:29 -0500 Minnesota cities deal with state aid cuts Cities across Minnesota are bracing for budget challenges. Gov. Tim Pawlenty's proposed plan to unilaterally balance the state budget includes cuts in local government aid to cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/16/lgaimpact?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jun 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Koochiching County says wetland laws hinder economic development Nearly 80 percent of the land in Koochiching County is considered wetlands. Officials there say state and federal laws protecting the resource create big obstacles for economic development. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/11/ifallsdevelopment?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jun 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Underground in Emily, a mother lode of manganese According to mineral experts, one of the largest high-grade deposits of manganese in North America is located on a five-acre site at the edge of Emily, Minn. Manganese is a mineral used in steel and aluminum production. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/04/manganese_mining_in_emily_minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jun 2009 12:30:00 -0500 Americans entering the U.S. now need passports Tightened border rules now require U.S. citizens to have a passport or other approved document to re-enter the country. Some are worried it may slow down commerce in border towns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/27/passportrequirements?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jun 2009 02:00:00 -0500 Weatherization programs gear up for stimulus business The federal stimulus package is pumping millions of dollars into weatherizing homes for low-income people. Program administrators in Minnesota are gearing up to spend lots of money in a short period of time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/20/weatherize?refid=0 Thu, 21 May 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Doctor shortage in rural Minnesota reaches crisis There's a shortage of doctors in rural Minnesota. At some clinics and hospitals, it means longer waits and difficulty finding a family physician who takes new patients. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/13/ruraldoctors?refid=0 Mon, 18 May 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Minnesota's Indian tribes expect huge benefits from economic stimulus American Indian tribes expect huge benefits from the federal government's $787 billion economic stimulus package. Some of the stimulus money is already flowing to tribes in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/05/redlakestimulus?refid=0 Thu, 07 May 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Despite down economy, Red Lake bets on new casino Despite the economic downturn and a time when the gambling industry may see less profits, the Red Lake band is building another new casino just north of Bemidji. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/28/redlakecasino?refid=0 Fri, 01 May 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Homeowners begin cleanup in Fargo-Moorhead Homeowners in the Fargo-Moorhead area are beginning to clean up and assess the damage from weeks of flooding along the Red River http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/20/flood_damage?refid=0 Mon, 20 Apr 2009 06:43:54 -0500 Red River crests again, on the way down The Red River reached its second crest Thursday, at 34 feet and residents in some parts of the valley may be past the worst of the flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/17/red_river_drops?refid=0 Fri, 17 Apr 2009 12:00:47 -0500 Flood waters still isolate many rural homes Many roads in rural parts of North Dakota are still under water because of flooding. In Cass County, it's not just the Red River that's causing flooding. The Sheyenne River and other tributaries have made parts of the county a lake. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/16/harwoodndboatcommute?refid=0 Fri, 17 Apr 2009 02:00:00 -0500 Bemidji State's Frozen Four run ends Last night, the Bemidji State hockey team's hopes of going all the way were dashed when they fell to Miami of Ohio by a score of 4 to 1, but the Beavers puck play was put Bemidji on the map. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/09/miami_of_ohio_tops_bemidji_st_in_frozen_four_semis?refid=0 Thu, 09 Apr 2009 18:34:30 -0500 Fargo-Moorhead set sights on second crest Sandbagging efforts in both Fargo and Moorhead are set to continue this week in preparation for the expected second crest. Officials in both cities want to raise all the dikes up to 44 feet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/07/fargo_moorhead_secondcrest?refid=0 Tue, 07 Apr 2009 14:30:25 -0500 Fargo-Moorhead plans ahead for second crest of the Red River After taking a breather over the weekend, community leaders in the Fargo-Moorhead area are gearing up for round two against the Red River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/06/fgomhdinterimfloodplan?refid=0 Mon, 06 Apr 2009 15:06:14 -0500 One family's fight against the flood The Red River continues to drop today in Fargo-Moorhead, even as a heavy snow and powerful wind ravages the communities. The past 10 days have been a huge emotional drain on families as they fight to hold back the river from claiming their towns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/31/onefamilyfights?refid=0 Tue, 31 Mar 2009 15:24:09 -0500 Plastic and potatoes help protect earthen dikes A spring storm has already started to deliver snow to the Fargo-Moorhead area, and high winds along with it may whip up waves that could erode the earthen dikes. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began covering vulnerable sections of the dikes with huge sheets of plastic to prevent that. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/30/dike_reinforcement?refid=0 Mon, 30 Mar 2009 15:21:57 -0500 Red River tops historic marker, undermines dike A breach in a dike along the Red River has prompted the mandatory evacuation of all homes in an area south of downtown Fargo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/27/flood_friday?refid=0 Fri, 27 Mar 2009 06:40:27 -0500 How to coordinate a river of volunteers Tens of thousands of people have volunteered to fill sandbags, build dikes or provide other support in the Red River Valley, as the area prepares for what could be a record flood this weekend. Managing all those volunteers is a monumental task. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/25/trthurflood?refid=0 Fri, 27 Mar 2009 03:00:00 -0500 This year's flood is 'uncharted territory' There's a massive new effort underway in the Red River Valley. A new flood prediction has the Red River in Fargo reaching a record 41-foot crest by early Saturday. That's a foot higher than the community had been planning for. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/25/trwedflood2?refid=0 Thu, 26 Mar 2009 07:01:00 -0500 Fargo prepares for higher Red River crest The National Weather Service reports that the Red River will reach a new record crest by the weekend, and local officials are scrambling to add some more height to their dikes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/25/floodupdate_wedpm?refid=0 Wed, 25 Mar 2009 15:09:19 -0500 The tools that can hold back water The massive effort to prepare for what's expected to be record flooding continues today in Fargo. The good news is that city officials have some new tools to keep back flood waters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/24/trwedflood?refid=0 Wed, 25 Mar 2009 02:37:36 -0500 Red River flood -- what's changed since 1997? The potential for flooding is very different in some Red River valley communities, because of measure that were taken after the 1997 floods. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/23/montrflood?refid=0 Tue, 24 Mar 2009 07:00:00 -0500 Survey shows race relations problems in Bemidji A new study asks people what they think of race relations in Bemidji. American Indians who live on the reservation, view race relations more poorly than Indians living in the community. What's the purpose of the study, and what will they do with the results? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/13/bemidjiracestudy?refid=0 Mon, 23 Mar 2009 05:43:38 -0500 Fargo has less time to prepare for higher flooding A new flood forecast for the Red River, projects that flood waters will crest higher and sooner than first thought. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/19/southfargo?refid=0 Thu, 19 Mar 2009 15:30:40 -0500 Empty jail space in Minnesota counties Some Minnesota counties built new jails in the past few years to cope with overcrowding. But now, there's a decline in the need for jail space. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/11/countyjailcrunch?refid=0 Fri, 13 Mar 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Invest Early shows success early Invest Early, a three-year-old early childhood education program, shows cost savings and achievement improvements for students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/02/investearly?refid=0 Thu, 05 Mar 2009 16:15:00 -0600 Heating assistance requests up ten percent A record numnber of Minnesota families need help with their heating bills this winter. So far, about ten percent more families have been served by the state's low income energy assistance program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/24/heatasstupdate?refid=0 Thu, 26 Feb 2009 03:36:23 -0600 Wildlife agency gives Canada lynx more room to roam The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has added about 8,000 square miles of forest land in northeastern Minnesota as critical habitat acreage for the Canada lynx. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/24/wildlife_agency_gives_canda_lynx_more_room_to_roam?refid=0 Tue, 24 Feb 2009 17:36:38 -0600 Funeral business might not be as recession-proof as once thought Funeral homes were once thought to be recession-proof businesses. But funeral directors across the country are discovering they're not immune from this troubled economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/09/recessionfuneral?refid=0 Mon, 16 Feb 2009 03:05:17 -0600 Will there be jobs for newly-trained nurses? The number of jobs in nearly every sector of Minnesota's economy is shrinking. The exception is health care. As of December, there were still new jobs created in health care professions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/04/displacednurses?refid=0 Thu, 05 Feb 2009 03:45:35 -0600 Minnesotans heading to North Dakota for jobs Minnesota's unemployment rate is at nearly seven percent, but things are better in neighboring North Dakota where a booming oil business appears to be attracting a growing number of Minnesotans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/29/headwestforwork?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jan 2009 02:56:25 -0600 Ainsworth Lumber closes Minn. plants permanently Ainsworth Lumber Co. says it will close its oriented strand board mills in Bemidji and Cook permanently. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/28/ainsworthclosures?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jan 2009 09:46:16 -0600 Bemidji ponders impact of potential loss of LGA City leaders across Minnesota are bracing for what's expected to be massive cuts in state aid to cities. In Bemidji, they're just beginning to weigh the implications. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/21/bemidjilgacuts?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jan 2009 15:38:51 -0600 Cold weather testing is big business Frigid temperatures are good news for the state's cold weather testing industry. It's big business in International Falls and several other northern Minnesota communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/15/coldwxtesting?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jan 2009 16:00:00 -0600 Growing number of dislocated workers presents funding challenge Nearly 190,000 people are unemployed in Minnesota, the highest number in a quarter century. Many turn to the state's Dislocated Worker Program to get back on their feet, but the cost of that service is on the rise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/06/petersonretrain?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jan 2009 17:30:29 -0600 Banks have money to loan, but many tightening criteria There's a public perception that banks are short on cash for loans to businesses and individuals. But many Minnesota banks say they have plenty of cash to lend out, as long as borrowers can meet stricter lending guidelines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/30/creditcrunch?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jan 2009 15:00:00 -0600 Some Christmas tree retailers saw a drop in sales this season Some retailers say Christmas tree and holiday wreath sales were down this year. It may be another sign that people are holding tight to their pocket books in these tough economic times. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/22/seasonalsales?refid=0 Wed, 24 Dec 2008 02:31:53 -0600 Loggers struggle amid timber industry slump Four big lumber mills have shut down, putting hundreds out of work. Now, many logging companies are going out of business, too. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/19/loggingcontracts?refid=0 Mon, 22 Dec 2008 15:00:00 -0600 College sports teams need to help raise money The men's track and field program at Bemidji State University has been saved from the chopping block. BSU officials were looking to pull the plug on the program, in part, to save money but will keep the program for another year as long as it does more of its own fund raising. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/11/bsuathletics?refid=0 Mon, 15 Dec 2008 15:59:35 -0600 Some charities see good news and bad in the economy The bad economy is putting pressure on non-profit charities in the state. There's higher demand and fewer funding dollars to go around. But for charity organizations that sell donated items in second-hand stores, these tough economic times bring both good news and bad news. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/09/charitygiving?refid=0 Thu, 11 Dec 2008 15:00:58 -0600 Gas prices down, old habits return? Gas prices dipped Tuesday, hitting their lowest level since January 2005. High gas prices over the summer turned Minnesotans into frugal drivers. Now that prices have plummeted, are drivers reverting back to their old gas-guzzling ways? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/02/gaspriceredux?refid=0 Wed, 03 Dec 2008 03:53:58 -0600 Bemidji clinic hopes to ease dental access crisis Finding dental care is tough in rural Minnesota, especially if you're on medical assistance. But there's a new facility in Bemidji that will help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/20/lowincomedental?refid=0 Tue, 25 Nov 2008 02:55:16 -0600 Smoking ban has cleared the air, but businesses suffer Minnesota's smoking ban is now more than a year old. Thousands of hospitality workers are healthier because of the ban, but some bar owners say it's devastated their business http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/07/smokebanupdate?refid=0 Thu, 13 Nov 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Food shelves will likely see fewer venison donations Hundreds of thousands of hunters head out this weekend for Minnesota's firearms deer season opener. That's usually good news for food shelves around the state, which receive thousands of pounds of venison donated by hunters. But this year, some food shelves may not get any venison. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/04/sheltervenison?refid=0 Fri, 07 Nov 2008 03:46:33 -0600 Homeowners, utility companies prepare for high heating costs For lots of Minnesota homeowners, higher heating costs this winter will be tough to absorb. It also means some new challenges for utility companies and heating assistance providers around the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/29/coldweather?refid=0 Fri, 31 Oct 2008 14:15:00 -0500 House DFLers race for a veto-proof majority One of the uncertainties this election season is how many Democrats will win Minnesota House seats. DFLers are just a handful of seats away from a veto-proof majority. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/29/legislature_power?refid=0 Wed, 29 Oct 2008 15:00:40 -0500 Older Americans hit hard by economic turmoil Seniors and those close to retirement are getting hit hard by the volatile economy. Some are figuring out they can't afford to retire, and many retirees are heading back to work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/21/retireesmoney?refid=0 Tue, 28 Oct 2008 02:20:33 -0500 Wood products industry layoffs create ripples of pain Home construction and real estate agents may have been the first wave of people to lose out from the mortgage crisis. Now, the Ainsworth mill in Bemidji has shuttered its facility and 140 are out of work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/15/housingripple?refid=0 Fri, 17 Oct 2008 15:51:01 -0500 Excel Dairy still below air quality standards Minnesota Health Department officials meet with Marshall County to report on the continuing problems with air quality issues around the Excel Dairy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/07/excelmeeting?refid=0 Tue, 07 Oct 2008 20:00:49 -0500 College construction programs suffer enrollment declines Fewer people are signing up to learn a construction trade than just a few years ago. What do those enrolled hope they'll get with the declining need for those professions? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/23/vocprof?refid=0 Thu, 25 Sep 2008 16:00:00 -0500 Campaign for constitutional amendment gears up A constitutional amendment on the November ballot would raise the state sales tax to support the environment and the arts. Advocates on both sides of the issue have launched aggressive campaigns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/15/legacyact?refid=0 Mon, 22 Sep 2008 02:51:19 -0500 New novel set on northern Minnesota Indian reservation A new novel by Jim Proebstle, "In the Absence of Honor," is set on a northern Minnesota Indian reservation. The story weaves themes of greed, tribal casino corrution and murder. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/15/roebstlenovel?refid=0 Wed, 17 Sep 2008 14:07:06 -0500 Home heating worries arrive with cold weather Home heating costs will be higher this winter, with fuel oil customers seeing the sharpest increase. Experts say those households may be the least able to absorb the cost. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/10/heatingoil?refid=0 Thu, 11 Sep 2008 16:00:00 -0500 School districts challenged by rising energy costs School districts across Minnesota will pay more to keep their classrooms warm this winter. Rising energy costs will likely mean cooler classrooms and tighter budgets as districts look for ways to conserve. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/03/schoolheat?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2008 03:40:32 -0500 Businesses offer mixed reviews on summer tourism season Observers say more Minnesotans took vacations closer to home, but travelers were also more selective on how they spent their money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/01/summer_tourism?refid=0 Mon, 01 Sep 2008 02:10:44 -0500 Land values on the rise even for non-prime farmland Land prices for the best farm acreage have been shooting up. But now, even the state's less-than-prime farmland is selling for record amounts. Many are buying the land not for farming, but for recreation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/21/landvalues?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2008 00:10:00 -0500 U of M study shows cancer hits American Indians at higher rates The first large-scale national study of cancer rates among American Indians and Alaska Natives shows they face highers rates of several forms of cancer than the rest of the population. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/20/indiancancer?refid=0 Thu, 21 Aug 2008 02:36:44 -0500 Gas prices collide with county fair tradition The demolition derby has been a quirky tradition at county fairs across the country for decades. Add to that the truck and tractor pull events, and you've got traditions running face to face into reality. With rising fuel costs, it's getting more and more expensive to be a derby competitor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/07/countyfairgas?refid=0 Mon, 11 Aug 2008 14:29:38 -0500 Boardwalk gives visitors better access to Big Bog The Red Lake Bog covers nearly 600 square miles in northern Minnesota. Until a few years ago, walking into this bog's spongy landscape was only for the most adventurous. But the bog is now accessible to anyone, thanks to a mile-long boardwalk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/06/bigbog?refid=0 Sun, 10 Aug 2008 16:00:00 -0500 Slideshow: A walk in the big bog In every season, there are sights to see in the Big Bog State Recreation Area near Waskish, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/06/bigbogslideshow?refid=0 Wed, 06 Aug 2008 10:51:35 -0500 Cass Lake abolishes police force, seeks enforcement deal with county Cass Lake plans to abolish its police department because of budget problems. They're hoping to contract their law enforcement needs with Cass County, a move other towns have made. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/28/casslakecops?refid=0 Fri, 01 Aug 2008 02:15:33 -0500 Excel Dairy still violating air quality A large dairy operation near Thief River Falls in northwestern Minnesota, continues to violate air quality standards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/23/exceldairyupdate?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jul 2008 14:10:12 -0500 Chippewa bands can't agree how to split multi-million dollar settlement The six bands of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe have more than $20 million in a legal settlement, but they can't agree how much each band should get. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/17/mctsettlement?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jul 2008 02:55:09 -0500 Ranchers face deadline for bovine TB buyout program Today is the deadline for cattle ranchers in northwestern Minnesota's bovine tuberculosis zone to decide whether to participate in a state buyout. The state will pay producers $500 per animal, plus $75 a year until the state regains its TB-free status. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/15/bovine_tb?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jul 2008 09:58:00 -0500 White Earth purchases tribal teen treatment center The White Earth Band of Ojibwe is moving forward with plans to create a chemical dependency and mental health treatment center for Indian kids. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/09/whiteearthtrtmt?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jul 2008 15:13:18 -0500 White Earth celebrates treatment facility for young people White Earth tribal leaders are in Bemidji Wednesday to celebrate the purchase of a 40-acre youth treatment center. Officials plan to provide chemical dependency and mental health treatment for American Indian young people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/09/white_earth?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jul 2008 06:41:50 -0500 State park visits dip but gas prices may help rebound Visits to Minnesota state parks are down so far this year, but officials say that's mostly because of weather. With rising gas prices, some campers are heading to the parks in favor of trips farther away from home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/02/parktourism?refid=0 Thu, 03 Jul 2008 02:12:23 -0500 Rural nonprofits struggle with sagging economy The sagging economy is putting a pinch on Minnesota's nonprofit sector. High demand for services and shrinking budgets are putting some nonprofits in crisis. Some say the problem may be worse in greater Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/26/ruralphilanthropy?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jun 2008 15:05:24 -0500 Some Minnesota cities don't like their 'LGA surprise' At the end of this year's legislative session, Minnesota cities were happy when they were told they'd get a big increase in local government aid. Now, some cities are surprised to learn they won't be getting the state aid dollars they expected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/23/lgasurprise?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jun 2008 17:00:00 -0500 EPA seeks final cleanup plan for Cass Lake Superfund site After nearly 25 years, the St. Regis Superfund site in Cass Lake may be nearing its final phase of cleanup. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/17/casslksuperfund?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jun 2008 02:52:20 -0500 American Indians prefer to reflect on their own history Minnesota marks 150 years of statehood this year, but not everyone is celebrating. American Indian tribes in Minnesota were here long before the state was. For many Indians, the history they remember is one of repression, broken promises and loss of culture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/06/redlakesesquicentennial?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jun 2008 13:00:00 -0500 Minnesota's nursing homes face financial crisis Elderly care advocates say nearly a third of the state's nursing homes are in danger of closing their doors because of financial problems. Facility administrators say part of the problem is a state law that caps the rate homes can charge patients. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/20/nursinghomedecline?refid=0 Fri, 23 May 2008 02:41:08 -0500 Minnesota's forests played a role in history Minnesota's Forest History Center offers a glimpse back at a time when lumberjacks lived deep in the north woods, carving a future from the trees. Listen to an audio postcard as second graders learn about lumberjack life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/15/foresthistory?refid=0 Sun, 18 May 2008 15:00:00 -0500 Minnesota among worst in nation for drinking and driving A new national report estimates more than 30 million adults in the U.S. drove under the influence of alcohol at least once in the past year. The study shows the highest rates of drinking and driving are in the upper Midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/09/dwinumbers?refid=0 Fri, 09 May 2008 13:14:44 -0500 When work makes you drive, gas prices hurt more A national survey out this week shows the top economic concern for Americans is the price of gasoline. For some, driving is a necessary part of their job and the pressure at the pump is eating into their paycheck. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/30/gaspricedrivers?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 2008 02:45:06 -0500 Leech Lake students build home for elders through service learning program Leech Lake Tribal College students are building homes for elders as part of a service learning initiative. Experts say the program helps at-risk students stay in school and perform better academically. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/23/leechlakehomebuilding?refid=0 Fri, 25 Apr 2008 01:00:00 -0500 Plummeting lumber prices good for consumers, bad for timber industry Prices are up on most things these days, but lumber prices have plummeted because of a slowdown in home construction. That's good news for consumers, but devastating for those in the timber products industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/16/lumberprices?refid=0 Thu, 17 Apr 2008 02:03:27 -0500 Immersion program provides new hope for preserving Ojibwe language The number of people fluent in the Ojibwe language is fading fast. An elementary school program on the Leech Lake reservation is taking a more aggressive approach to saving the language. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/08/teachingojibway?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2008 02:38:50 -0500 Red Lake school district upset by bonding bill veto Red Lake school officials are frustrated after Gov. Pawlenty vetoed $16 million in funding for construction and curriculum projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/09/red_lake_funding?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2008 07:30:11 -0500 New trail ambassadors will be 'eyes and ears' for DNR A new DNR program is putting state-trained trail ambassadors on public lands in Minnesota. The volunteers will keep watch on the state's trail system and report problems to the DNR. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/02/trailambassadors?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2008 08:42:52 -0500 Minnesota's moose are dying; global warming may be to blame Minnesota's moose are in trouble. Researchers are trying to figure out why the animals are dying prematurely. Some think global warming may be to blame. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/20/moose_study?refid=0 Tue, 25 Mar 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Future of BSU hockey rides on bonding bill The city of Bemidji and Bemidji State University are asking the state to help pay for a regional events center and hockey arena. BSU officials say the future of the university's hockey program rides on a successful outcome. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/13/bemidjieventscenter?refid=0 Tue, 18 Mar 2008 02:00:00 -0500 Senate bill could turn some Minnesota lakes into stars A new bill in the Minnesota Senate is designed to improve lake water quality by empowering the state's lake associations. Those who meet the criteria could be declared "star lakes." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/20/starlakes?refid=0 Thu, 21 Feb 2008 15:00:00 -0600 Northern Minnesota prepares for wave of baby boomer retirements Some northern Minnesota communities are preparing for the wave of baby boomer retirements expected over the next decade. The workforce shift will create new job opportunities, but some jobs will be hard to replace. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/08/koochichingaging?refid=0 Mon, 11 Feb 2008 03:05:00 -0600 Heading across the border gets more complicated New border crossing rules take effect at the end of January. Federal officials say it will make the country safer, but northern border communities worry it will hurt their economies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/30/borderregulations?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2008 01:47:12 -0600 American Indian products selling big on the Web The Red Lake Band of Ojibwe in northern Minnesota has developed a booming business on the Internet. The band sells wild rice, jellies and traditional handmade crafts to customers worldwide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/23/tribalwebbusiness?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2008 01:43:52 -0600 Red Lake tribe resumes commercial fishing industry Commercial walleye fishing on the Red Lake Indian Reservation is making a comeback after being idle for more than a decade. The industry was shut down in 1995 after the walleye population crashed because of overfishing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/19/rlcommercialfishing?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Few takers for ignition program aimed at drunk drivers A pilot program in Hennepin and Beltrami counties offers repeat DWI offenders a chance to get their license back sooner, if they use a breath analyzer in their car. So far, only a few people are participating. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/04/interlock?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jan 2008 15:00:50 -0600 Is there justice for people with fetal alcohol brain damage? Pregnant women who drink alcohol risk giving birth to children with permanent brain damage. As these kids grow up, many get in trouble with the law. Experts say the country's justice system is ill-equipped to deal fairly with fetal alcohol offenders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/18/fasdjuducial?refid=0 Thu, 20 Dec 2007 13:28:05 -0600 Authorities search for cause of pipeline explosion Federal and state agencies are investigating what may have caused an explosion Wednesday at a crude oil pipeline near Clearbrook in northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/28/28explosion?refid=0 Thu, 29 Nov 2007 15:00:57 -0600 Adults with fetal alcohol syndrome face huge challenges Problems associated with fetal alcohol syndrome don't end when children grow up. There are hundreds of thousands of adults across the country affected by the disorder. They often have poor judgment and struggle just to survive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/15/adultfasd?refid=0 Wed, 21 Nov 2007 14:00:53 -0600 Beltrami County youth suicide rate highest in the state Beltrami County health advocates are reacting to a report showing the county has the highest suicide rate in the state for young people. Agencies are reaching out to schools, but drastic funding cuts are making it a challenge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/12/beltramisuicide?refid=0 Wed, 14 Nov 2007 01:21:31 -0600 Experts look to timber as next generation energy source Ethanol production in the U.S. relies mostly on corn. But timber industry experts say emerging technologies will soon make Minnesota's vast northern forests a new source for ethanol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/31/woodybiomass?refid=0 Thu, 01 Nov 2007 01:22:22 -0500 Beltrami County squabbles with Red Lake over child protection funding Beltrami County has been refusing to pay for out-of-home placements for kids on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. Now the state of Minnesota has stepped in and is siding with the tribe. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/25/beltramiredlake?refid=0 Fri, 26 Oct 2007 16:00:48 -0500 Alcohol exposure affects generations on Indian reservations The incidence of fetal alcohol syndrome, or FAS, among American Indians is 30 times higher than among whites. Indians in Minnesota say fetal alcohol damage is causing huge problems. Some say it's the No. 1 problem facing Indian communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/17/indianfasd?refid=0 Mon, 22 Oct 2007 13:08:25 -0500 American Indians want more recognition of tribal IDs Indian tribes won the right to use tribal identification cards during elections, but band members still can't use them for many other things, like cashing checks, making flight reservations, or doing county-related business. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/10/tribalids?refid=0 Tue, 18 Sep 2007 01:43:34 -0500 Part 3: Living with FASD as an adult Many people assume that Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders affect only children, but it's a lifetime disease. Advocates say once a child with FASD turns 18, most of the safety nets disappear and a vast new set of challenges emerge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/05/fasd3?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2007 14:00:50 -0500 Part 2: Diagnosing FASD is tricky Despite decades of research, there are still many questions about fetal alcohol disorders. Children exposed to alcohol in the womb are often misdiagnosed with other conditions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/05/fasd2?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2007 14:00:21 -0500 'It's like we're raising drunk kids' When a pregnant woman drinks, she risks giving birth to a child with a broad range of health problems, including permanent brain damage. Children and adults with fetal alcohol exposure are an invisible population -- underserved and misunderstood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/05/fasd1?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2007 14:00:20 -0500 Part 5: Some help is there for parents and teachers In South Dakota, two education advocates are assigned specifically to help children with FASD to succeed in school. They hold workshops around the state to help parents, educators and FASD students learn how to help each other. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/06/fasd5?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2007 14:00:16 -0500 Part 4: How to educate kids with FASD Most public schools in the U.S. don't know how to deal with FASD students. Until recently, colleges and universities that train teachers didn't pay much attention to FASD. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/05/fasd4?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2007 14:00:07 -0500 Part 6: It's 100 percent preventable It's estimated the nation spends close to $4 billion annually to care for children and adults with fetal alcohol syndrome. That includes costs in health care, social services and prisons. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/06/fasd6?refid=0 Thu, 06 Sep 2007 23:55:33 -0500 Itasca State Park using new, four-legged weed control There's a new kind of invasive weed control at work in Itasca State Park. It doesn't use chemicals, but rather stands on four legs. Goats are eating spotted knapweed near the Headwaters of the Mississippi River as part of a three-year pilot project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/17/invasiveweeds?refid=0 Tue, 21 Aug 2007 01:37:21 -0500 Rural foreclosures hitting some areas hard The number of mortgage foreclosures in greater Minnesota is nearly twice as large as previously reported according to a new study from the Greater Minnesota Housing Fund. Experts say the study reveals an invisible epidemic that's affecting every corner of the state and they predict the problem will get worse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/14/ruralforeclosure?refid=0 Wed, 15 Aug 2007 01:50:58 -0500 Experts predict more tick-borne illnesses This could be another near-record summer for diseases carried by tiny deer ticks. Reported cases of Lyme disease in Minnesota have increased tenfold since the early 90s. Experts say the trend will likely continue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/13/tickdiseases?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jul 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Regional flights running smoothly Northwest Airlines' trouble with cancelled flights has caused plenty of headaches for travelers. But that problem has apparently not affected Mesaba Airlines, a subsidiary of Northwest that serves eight communities in greater Minnesota. Most flights to and from those communities have been running on schedule. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/29/regionalair?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jun 2007 13:35:27 -0500 Apprenticeships prepare Red Lake members for jobs A Native American business owner in northern Minnesota has created an apprenticeship program to help members of the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe. The goal is to get more young Native Americans interested in manufacturing careers. The program will produce its first graduate in July. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/25/redlkjobtrng?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jun 2007 01:01:29 -0500 Another legislative session over, another ATV law on the books There are more than a quarter-million all-terrain vehicles in Minnesota. Lawmakers have been haggling for years to figure out where those machines can and can't go on state lands. This past legislative session produced another set of new laws designed to reign in ATV use. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/19/atvupdate?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jun 2007 13:00:38 -0500 Wildfire academy trains firefighters Nearly 500 people participated this week in the Minnesota Wildfire Academy at Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids. The program is in its seventh year offering basic and advanced training for folks who battle forest fires. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/06/fireschool?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2007 13:00:00 -0500 Rising gas prices cause hardship for low-income drivers Rising gas prices will hit all of us. Even people who don't drive see the costs of things go up. For those people who work at low-paying jobs or live on a fixed income, the increase can be harder to bear. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/16/gaslowincome?refid=0 Wed, 23 May 2007 13:00:00 -0500 Low water levels could make for fishing opener surprises Minnesota's fishing opener comes at a time when many lakes are suffering from record low water levels. That could cause problems for some anglers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/07/fishingopener?refid=0 Fri, 11 May 2007 15:00:00 -0500 Ash borers on their way to Minnesota An exotic beetle that destroys ash trees has people worried across the Midwest. The emerald ash borer has already killed more than 20 million ash trees in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Federal agriculture officials said this week the pest could spread to Minnesota and other states within the next two decades. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/03/buggytrees?refid=0 Thu, 03 May 2007 15:00:00 -0500 Minnesota campuses review crisis plans College communities across Minnesota are reviewing their emergency plans following Monday's campus shooting at Virginia Tech. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/17/bsusecurity?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2007 15:00:00 -0500 Red Lake boys may have wandered onto thin ice Authorities are conducting autopsies on the bodies of two young children found Sunday on the Red Lake Indian Reservation. Tristan White, 4, and his 2-year-old brother Avery Stately disappeared four months ago. A search team found their bodies not far from their home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/02/redlakeboys?refid=0 Mon, 02 Apr 2007 15:00:00 -0500 Compromise in the works over ATVs Environmentalists and all-terrain vehicle enthusiasts have squabbled for years over ATV trails in state forests. It's typically a political football each year at the state Capitol. This year, there may be a compromise in the works. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/16/atvplan?refid=0 Sun, 18 Mar 2007 15:00:00 -0500 State archeologist rejects findings at Walker site Sharp divisions are developing over an archeological site in Walker. Some archeologists say the site could be among the oldest human sites in the country. Minnesota's state archeologist rejects the claims. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/06/walkerrocksupdate?refid=0 Tue, 06 Mar 2007 16:15:00 -0600 Evolving passport rules cause confusion on northern border The federal government plans to tighten the rules on travel across the U.S.-Canadian border. That's frustrating for people living in border communities like International Falls. Right now, it's not even clear whether passports will be required, or when the new rules will take effect. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/02/passportupdate?refid=0 Tue, 06 Mar 2007 01:00:00 -0600 International Falls and Colorado town battle over "Icebox" title There's a cold war heating up between the northern border town of International Falls and Fraser, Colo. Both communities claim to be the "Icebox of the Nation." It's now up to federal trademark officials to decide who's right. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/22/iceboxtitle?refid=0 Fri, 23 Feb 2007 03:00:00 -0600 Minnesota Historical Society closes Grand Mound burial site The Minnesota Historical Society has permanently closed the Grand Mound History Center near International Falls. The 2,200-year-old burial mounds are the largest surviving prehistoric structure in the upper Midwest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/12/grandmound?refid=0 Tue, 20 Feb 2007 08:00:00 -0600 Frigid temps, lack of snow cause wave of septic freeze-ups The frigid temperatures and lack of snow make septic systems vulnerable to freeze-ups. It's happened to thousands of homeowners across Minnesota and it's big business for plumbers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/06/frozenseptic?refid=0 Wed, 07 Feb 2007 13:00:00 -0600 Archeological find in Walker may be one of oldest human sites Archaeologists have uncovered ancient stone tools at the site of a road construction project near Walker. The find may be evidence of one of the oldest human habitations in North and South America. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/22/walkerrocks?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jan 2007 01:00:00 -0600 Court program helps parents get kids back home When parents lose custody of their kids because of drug or alcohol abuse, they face a tough challenge. The courts require them to be clean and sober before their kids can return home. A pilot program in Minnesota's Itasca County is designed to give addictive parents a better chance at success. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/11/mentorparents?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jan 2007 01:00:00 -0600 Beltrami County goes smoke free, supporters push for statewide ban Beltrami County went smoke free on Jan 1. The county-wide ban is now one of the strictest in the state. Health organizations and some lawmakers are hoping 2007 will be the year Minnesota adopts a statewide ban. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/29/beltramismokeban?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jan 2007 02:00:00 -0600 Mississippi Headwaters State Forest is latest battleground over ATV use The latest flashpoint in the battle over ATV use on public lands and forests has come in the form of a request from conservationists. They want ATVs prohibited from the Headwaters State Forest because of the region's unique and sensitive ecology. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/20/headwaterstrail?refid=0 Wed, 20 Dec 2006 12:00:00 -0600 Juvenile detention center sits empty, unused at Red Lake The Red Lake tribe has filed suit against the Department of Interior for failing to fully fund a new juvenile detention center. The new building has been sitting empty, furnishings and all, for nearly two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/17/juvenilecenter?refid=0 Wed, 06 Dec 2006 02:00:00 -0600 Northern tribes rally to boost economy Minnesota's northern Indian tribes, Red Lake, White Earth and Leech Lake, come together to discuss how to bring business and jobs to their reservations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/28/tribalsummit?refid=0 Thu, 30 Nov 2006 00:00:01 -0600 Searchers stumped by boys' disappearance Residents and authorities on the Red Lake Indian Reservation have had no luck finding two young brothers who've been missing since last Wednesday. So far there's no clear evidence pointing to what happened. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/27/missingboysfolo?refid=0 Mon, 27 Nov 2006 16:07:22 -0600 Coming together over Red Lake's needs Leaders from Beltrami County and the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe have formed a partnership to figure out a better way to pay for welfare programs, foster care and other human services on the reservation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/14/redlakesocialservices?refid=0 Thu, 23 Nov 2006 16:00:00 -0600 Timber troubles hurt northern economy Minnesota's timber industry is in crisis. Recent mill lay-offs at one of the state's largest wood products companies is sending ripples through the economy. Many loggers, haulers and suppliers are expecting things to get worse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/23/timberpeople?refid=0 Tue, 31 Oct 2006 12:00:00 -0600 Northern legislative candidate makes Red Lake a campaign issue A candidate for the District 2B House seat in northern Minnesota is turning the Red Lake Indian Reservation into a campaign issue. Some say the strategy is divisive and risky. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/26/district2b?refid=0 Tue, 31 Oct 2006 02:00:00 -0600 Obscure 1960s rockers the Monks make comeback An obscure 1960s rock group called the Monks is rehearsing in northern Minnesota this week. It's the latest chapter in one of the stranger tales in rock and roll history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/12/monks?refid=0 Thu, 12 Oct 2006 15:30:28 -0500 Ground-breaking study tracks water quality Researchers from Bemidji State University are looking into the water quality of a lake that's only recently been developed. They're hoping to use the opportunity to show the long term impacts of residential development on Minnesota lakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/11/waterquality?refid=0 Mon, 18 Sep 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Low water levels causing problems for boaters and wildlife Extreme drought has lowered water levels on lakes and streams in northern Minnesota. It's creating headaches for boaters and putting stress on some plants and wildlife. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/06/waterlevels?refid=0 Tue, 12 Sep 2006 00:00:01 -0500 Despite gains, women still lag at orchestral podium Women have made great strides in corporate board rooms and other professions, but they lag behind at the conductor's podium. The head of the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra is hoping that will change. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/24/bsoconductor?refid=0 Sun, 03 Sep 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Red Lake tribe faces water rights challenge Every few years, a white angler is caught on the wrong side of the Red Lake boundary. When that happens, the tribe confiscates equipment and charges the offender with trespassing. Now, some people are challenging the tribe's water rights within the reservation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/18/waterrights?refid=0 Wed, 23 Aug 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Red Lake chairman faces accusations in election dispute Red Lake Tribal Chairman Buck Jourdain is fending off allegations that he bought votes and misused tribal funds in a July election. Jourdain will make his case to the Tribal Council Tuesday. The council will also weigh in on a call for a new election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/03/redlkelectionchallenge?refid=0 Mon, 07 Aug 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Koochiching County hopes emerging gasification technology could solve garbage woes A proposed $30 million facility in Koochiching County could convert municipal waste to energy with minimal emissions. It would be the first of its kind in North America. Some environmentalists say the technology might be too good to be true. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/26/trashpower?refid=0 Mon, 31 Jul 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Families settle lawsuit over Red Lake shootings Victims of the Red Lake school shooting and their families have accepted a $1 million settlement from the school district. The money will be distributed among 21 families but may not be the end of litigation over the tragedy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/20/redlakesettlement?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jul 2006 14:30:00 -0500 Concordia unveils Arabic language camp Arabic is one of the most spoken languages in the world, yet few Americans can speak it. Concordia Language Villages hopes to change that with its new Arabic Language Camp in northern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/26/arabiccamp?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jul 2006 04:00:00 -0500 National dance event links seven communities on the Mississippi River On June 24, simultaneous, site-specific dance performances will take place at seven locations along the Mississippi to call attention to environmental issues affecting the watershed. Two of the locations are in Minnesota: Lake Itasca and the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/23/onerivermississippi?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jun 2006 17:15:00 -0500 Red Lake tribe starts Internet radio station The Red Lake Band of Ojibwe would like to start an FM radio station to serve its tribal community. For now, the tribe is offering a community-based radio station on the Internet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/25/redlakeradio?refid=0 Mon, 12 Jun 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Border towns want changes to 2008 passport requirements By 2008, the U.S. will require passports to enter the country from Canada. Northern border communities want the law changed, saying it would devastate cross-border tourism and trade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/25/passports?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jun 2006 00:00:01 -0500 Border towns want state, province to purchase International Bridge The toll bridge from International Falls to Fort Frances, Ontario is up for sale. Locals on both sides of the border worry that if the bridge is sold to private investors, it would mean a rise in crossing tolls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/13/bridgesale?refid=0 Wed, 17 May 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Waskish stakes a future on walleye The walleye fishing season opens this weekend in Minnesota. That's a big deal on Upper Red Lake because walleye fishing has been banned there since 1999. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/08/wahkishwalleye?refid=0 Fri, 12 May 2006 00:00:01 -0500 Walleye season comes again to Red Lake Members of the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe are gearing up for a celebration. Beginning Saturday, tribal members will be able to legally fish for walleye for the first time since 1997. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/03/redlakefishing?refid=0 Fri, 05 May 2006 00:00:01 -0500 Mesaba unions fight proposed pay cuts Mesaba Airlines wants to cut employee wages and benefits by nearly 20 percent as part of its bankruptcy restructuring plan. Unions representing pilots, mechanics and flight attendants say if there's no compromise, workers will either quit or strike. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/18/mesabapilots?refid=0 Mon, 24 Apr 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Cass County officials say they need a hospital Cass County has no hospital, not one in the entire county. There's interest in reusing the state-owned Ah-Gwah-Ching facility in Walker for such a purpose. Cass County first has to get an exemption from a state moratorium on new hospital beds in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/05/casscohospital?refid=0 Wed, 12 Apr 2006 09:00:00 -0500 Toxic dust cleaned from Cass Lake homes About 30 homes in the contaminated St. Regis Superfund site in Cass Lake got a thorough cleaning over the past few weeks. The Environmental Protection Agency ordered the house cleanings after tests showed some household dust contained dangerous levels of dioxin and arsenic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/28/casslkcleanup?refid=0 Mon, 03 Apr 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Red Lake braces for an uneasy anniversary Red Lake tribal members are reacting to the anniversary of last year's school shootings in different ways. Some will gather quietly to remember the tragedy and the people who died. Others are dreading the anniversary and are still trying to forget what happened that day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/20/redcommunityanni?refid=0 Sun, 19 Mar 2006 15:00:00 -0600 Growing Up Indian American Indian children are at the bottom of nearly every national indicator of well being -- suicide rates, dropout rates, poverty rates, death rates. Alcohol and drugs have ripped apart Native families. Often, the kids suffer most. /projects/2006/03/growing_up_indian/?refid=0 Thu, 16 Mar 2006 14:38:48 -0600 Recovery for a community There are lots of efforts to fix the problems in Indian Country. Often the most effective ones are driven by the work of a few individuals passionate about making a better future. For many, the answers include a return to culture and tradition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/15/indiankidswellbriety?refid=0 Thu, 16 Mar 2006 14:00:00 -0600 Bryce Hanks: Dreaming big A young White Earth man has big dreams for himself. He wants to prove that there's more to White Earth than dropping out and drinking. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/15/indiankidsbryce?refid=0 Thu, 16 Mar 2006 14:00:00 -0600 Brandon Humphrey: Killed Brandon Humphrey was looking forward to his 18th birthday. His family threw a party for him, but he wasn't there. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/15/indiankidsbrandon?refid=0 Thu, 16 Mar 2006 14:00:00 -0600 David Eischens: Imprisoned David Eischens has spent most of his young life in jail or prison. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/15/indiankidseischens?refid=0 Thu, 16 Mar 2006 14:00:00 -0600 Moon Roberts: Suicide A young man who seemed destined to be a leader is overwhelmed by the needs of his people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/15/indiankidsmoonroberts?refid=0 Thu, 16 Mar 2006 14:00:00 -0600 Michael Littlewolf: Killed After years of crime and gang activity, Michael Littlewolf decided to straighten up. That decision cost him his life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/15/indiankidslittlewolf?refid=0 Thu, 16 Mar 2006 14:00:00 -0600 The huge influence of gangs Gangs are a big problem on Indian reservations. Authorities estimate that on White Earth, Red Lake and Leech Lake -- the state's three largest reservations -- there are hundreds of young Native men who consider themselves part of a gang. Lenny Fisherman is one such man. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/14/indianslenny?refid=0 Thu, 16 Mar 2006 14:00:00 -0600 Curling capital celebrates Olympians Hundreds of fans turned out in Bemidji on to pay tribute to the men's and women's U.S. Olympic curling teams. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/13/curling_celebration?refid=0 Mon, 13 Mar 2006 10:45:17 -0600 Olympic connection highlights Bemidji's long curling tradition People in Bemidji will be closely watching Olympic curling competition this year in Turin, Italy. Five Bemidji curlers are competing in the Winter games -- half of the entire U.S. curling team. Curling has long been a way of life for many in Bemidji. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/10/curling?refid=0 Fri, 10 Feb 2006 02:00:00 -0600 Prosecutor: Dozens knew school shooter's plans Nearly 40 people knew that 16-year-old Jeff Weise had planned some sort of violence at Red Lake High School before he went on a rampage, according to family members who met with U.S. Attorney Tom Heffelfinger on Monday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/30_robertsont_redlake/?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jan 2006 22:56:00 -0600 Study seeks new uses for potato waste Minnesota's potato industry produces some 400,000 tons of potato waste each year. Scientists at Bemidji State University are looking for ways to turn that waste into something valuable and environmentally friendly. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/27_robertsont_potatowaste/?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jan 2006 14:00:00 -0600 State hosts bovine TB meetings in northwest Minnesota Until last year, Minnesota hadn't seen a case of bovine tuberculosis in more than 30 years. Now, officials are trying to eradicate the disease in cattle and deer in northwest Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/18_robertsont_bovinetb/?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jan 2006 06:00:00 -0600 Louis Jourdain sentenced for threatening messages involving Red Lake gunman Louis Jourdain, 17, the only person to be charged in connection with the school shootings at Red Lake last March was sentenced behind closed doors Friday on a lesser charge of sending threatening messages. The details of the sentence were not disclosed. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/13_gundersond_jourdainsentence/?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jan 2006 10:41:00 -0600 Two Minnesota school districts exploring random drug testing So far no Minnesota school districts have a random drug testing policy for its students. Now two districts - Cass Lake-Bena and Forest Lake - are testing the waters. Civil rights advocates are already talking of a challenge. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/30_robertsont_casstesting/?refid=0 Mon, 26 Dec 2005 10:29:00 -0600 Cass Lake community struggles with increase in violence The Cass Lake community on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation is struggling with a recent increase in violence, including four murders in just the past two months. Community leaders are looking for solutions. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/01_robertsont_casskillings/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Dec 2005 06:47:00 -0600 Jourdain pleads guilty in Red Lake shooting case Louis Jourdain, the 17-year-old son of Red Lake Tribal Chairman Floyd Jourdain Jr., pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge related to the shootings that left 10 people dead on the Indian reservation last March. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/29_ap_jourdain/?refid=0 Wed, 30 Nov 2005 07:05:00 -0600 Bemidji group harnesses public opinion to plan for future Bemidji, Minn. has grown rapidly over the past few decades. Before its small town feel slips away, some residents are using an innovative new model to create a common vision for the city's future. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/25_robertsont_bemidjileads/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Nov 2005 07:39:00 -0600 Warroad Ojibwe want federal recognition A group of Ojibwe Indians who have lived in and around Warroad for centuries is not recognized by the U.S. government. Now, the Warroad Ojibwe community is beginning the long and daunting task of seeking that federal acknowledgment. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/13_robertsont_unknowntribe/?refid=0 Mon, 24 Oct 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Debate continues over ATV access in state forests During the last legislative session, Minnesota lawmakers made a controversial change to laws regulating all-terrain vehicles on state land. It means fewer restrictions on ATVs in state forests north of Highway 2. ATVers are happy with the change. Environmentalists think it will hurt the forests. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/05_robertsont_atvregs/?refid=0 Thu, 06 Oct 2005 13:48:00 -0500 Wild rice sales are booming; threat of contamination looms Members of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe in northern Minnesota have harvested thousands of pounds of wild rice in recent days. The tribe sells the hand-harvested rice, and business has tripled just in the past year. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/19_robertsont_wildrice/?refid=0 Mon, 19 Sep 2005 12:00:00 -0500 Bemidji renews sister city connection with New Orleans In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, people in Bemidji are recalling a connection with New Orleans that many had long forgotten. Twenty years ago, Bemidji and New Orleans became sister cities. Bemidji residents are now looking for ways to help. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/14_robertsont_sistercities/?refid=0 Wed, 14 Sep 2005 13:56:00 -0500 Red Lake protesters call for educational reforms As Red Lake High School students get back into the daily school routine, some tribal members are calling for major educational reforms. Some want the district to introduce more Ojibwe culture into the curriculum. There's also a renewed effort to get rid of the district's superintendent. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/08_robertsont_redlakecultureed/?refid=0 Thu, 08 Sep 2005 14:55:00 -0500 Red Lake students prepare to begin classes next week More than 100 students and their parents attended an orientation at Red Lake High School on Thursday. For many it was their first time back in the school building since the school shootings last March. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/01_robertsont_redlake/?refid=0 Thu, 01 Sep 2005 17:07:00 -0500 Red Lake students prepare to head back to school As a new school year begins, the Red Lake community, still recovering from the March 21st school shootings, is filled with a sense of both apprehension and optimism. The big question is whether students will show up for school. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/31_robertsont_redlkreturns/?refid=0 Wed, 31 Aug 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Red Lake teachers get first glimpse of new security plan Hundreds of teachers and staff from the Red Lake School District gathered Monday to hear details of a new security plan. School administrators are hoping the plan will increase the community's confidence in school safety as they prepare for classes to resume next month. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/09_robertsont_redlksecurity/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Aug 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Red Lake prepares for school opening amid concerns over attendance, lawsuits Officials say the Red Lake school district will likely be the target of lawsuits related to the school shootings last March. There are also worries that some students might not come back to school. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/05_robertsont_redlksuits/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Aug 2005 16:47:00 -0500 Red Lake kids form youth council to improve life on reservation Some of the Red Lake Indian Reservation's brightest young people are coming together to do what they can to tackle the tribe's problems. The goal of the new group, The Red Lake Nation Youth Council, is to create a better life for kids. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/25_robertsont_redlakeyouth/?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jul 2005 14:04:00 -0500 Red Lake tribe awaits word on major federal funding requests In the wake of the school shootings at Red Lake, leaders of the Red Lake tribe were hoping the national attention would result in long-awaited funding for infrastructure needs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/30_robertsont_redlakemoney/?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2005 11:30:00 -0500 ATV restrictions rolled back in state parks bill A little-noticed provision was tucked into the state parks bill passed by the Legislature Thursday, which rolls back some ATV restrictions in northern Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/01_robertsont_atvchange/?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2005 09:00:00 -0500 EPA plan tackles toxic dust in Cass Lake homes The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says houses near a polluted Superfund site in Cass Lake are exposed to dust containing dangerous levels of dioxin and arsenic. The EPA has proposed a plan to clean it up, but some say the plan doesn't go far enough. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/17_robertsont_casslkclean/?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jun 2005 17:16:00 -0500 "Barns of Minnesota" pays tribute to vanishing rural icons The old, wooden barns that once anchored family farms across Minnesota are slowly vanishing. The rise of agribusiness has made barns nearly obsolete. The new book "Barns of Minnesota" pays tribute to those rural icons. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/10_robertsont_barnsofmn/?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jun 2005 13:42:00 -0500 Nation's top conservators help county history museum in northern Minnesota About 700 art and history conservators from around the world are in Minneapolis this week for the 33rd annual meeting of the American Institute for Historic and Artistic Works. Some of them volunteered to help out a rural county museum. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/10_robertsont_conservation/?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jun 2005 09:01:00 -0500 New health center to help crime victims in northern Minnesota Bemidji will be home to a first-of-its-kind Family Advocacy Center. It will serve victims of child abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence in a 16-county region in northwest Minnesota. It's the first such facility in the country developed by a tribal government and non-tribal organizations. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/01_robertsont_advocacyctr/?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jun 2005 09:43:00 -0500 Some Red Lake tribal members worry about fall enrollment Each year, hundreds of Red Lake students use the state's open enrollment option to attend school in neighboring school districts. Some on the reservation now worry the March 21 shootings will prompt more parents to send their kids elsewhere to school. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/27_robertsont_rlschoolfuture/?refid=0 Fri, 27 May 2005 14:00:00 -0500 Red Lake police chief says officers performing heroically, despite challenges The Red Lake tribal police officers have been pulling extra duty since the school shootings March 21. The force has been given additional security assignments. Officers now guard many of the reservation's public buildings. But the small department is being stretched thin keeping the community safe at a time when many people are still afraid. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/09_robertsont_patmills/?refid=0 Tue, 10 May 2005 18:08:00 -0500 Red Lake tribe preparing to keep kids busy this summer Young people on the Red Lake Indian Reservation sometimes complain there's little for them to do once school gets out. But this summer, there may be plenty of other activities to keep kids busy. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in financial help are flowing onto the reservation for summer youth programs. Tribal leaders are now planning ways to use those resources. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/09_robertsont_summerofyouth/?refid=0 Mon, 09 May 2005 17:11:00 -0500 Red Lake superintendent talks about past, present and future The lives of many people on the Red Lake Indian Reservation have changed in the past two months. One of the people who's been in the middle of it is Red Lake Schools Superintendent Stuart Desjarlait. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/05_robertsont_suptdesjarlait/?refid=0 Thu, 05 May 2005 13:00:00 -0500 Red Lake seeks better programs for kids Red Lake community members are talking about ways to improve the lives of kids on the reservation. Perhaps the most visible effort involves the Boys and Girls Club. Tribal and club officials hope the national Boys and Girls Clubs will provide funding to help Red Lake's club broaden its impact on kids. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/28_robertsont_redlakepgms/?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2005 15:02:00 -0500 Red Lake schools returning to normalcy amid tighter security It's a week of important dates at Red Lake High School. Tuesday was the sixth anniversary of the shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado. Wednesday will be one month since a Red Lake student shot and killed nine people before killing himself. The anniversaries have sparked rumors and fueled tensions in a community that's already on edge. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/20_robertsont_redlakeschool/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Apr 2005 05:00:00 -0500 Tensions within Red Lake tribe reach the surface On the Red Lake reservation, a decision to include the family of teenage gunman Jeff Weise as a beneficiary of a memorial fund has stirred up anger among some tribal members. Some on the reservation say they're worried there are other underlying tensions within the tribe that could become volatile. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/15_robertsont_tribaltension/?refid=0 Fri, 15 Apr 2005 16:25:00 -0500 Teacher recalls 'madness' of the Red Lake shootings It's been three weeks since 16-year-old Jeff Weise went on a killing spree on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, killing 10 people including himself. High school students and teachers returned to the high school building for a healing ceremony Monday, before classes resume Tuesday. One teacher agreed to share his story. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/11_robertsont_redlaketeacher/?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2005 09:00:00 -0500 Authorities search for gun at Red Lake High School A healing ceremony and Monday's planned start of classes are Red Lake High School were both postponed by a day, after the FBI announced it was searching for a gun at the school. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/07_ap_redlakegun/?refid=0 Thu, 07 Apr 2005 12:51:00 -0500 Jourdain talks about the challenges of leading Red Lake Red Lake tribal chairman Buck Jourdain continues to deal with his dual struggles -- leading his nation through the aftermath of the recent school shootings, and dealing with his son's arrest in connection with the case. Jourdain has made it clear that, for now, he'll continue to lead the Red Lake Nation. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/06_robertsont_jourdain/?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2005 17:30:00 -0500 Red Lake tribe continues healing, recovery process Red Lake band members gathered Monday night for a traditional community healing ceremony. Tribal elders called the meeting to begin the process of recovery from the March 21 shootings that claimed 10 lives. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/05_robertsont_redlakehearing/?refid=0 Tue, 05 Apr 2005 08:44:00 -0500 An attempt at healing on the Red Lake Reservation Red Lake band members are moving from a period of mourning, to one of recovery. The Red Cross and other agencies are offering counseling services for those who want them. But many people are instead turning to tribal elders and spiritual leaders for help. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/03_robertsont_redlake/?refid=0 Sun, 03 Apr 2005 08:00:00 -0500 Should Jourdain remain as Red Lake chairman? The arrest of the son of Red Lake Tribal Chairman Buck Jourdain stunned people on the reservation this week. Louis Jourdain, 16, faces charges that he conspired with teenage gunman Jeff Weise in last week's shooting rampage. Some Red Lake band members question whether Buck Jourdain should resign. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/30_robertsont_jourdainfuture/?refid=0 Wed, 30 Mar 2005 16:34:00 -0600 Arrest of Jourdain's son another shock for Red Lake People on the Red Lake Indian Reservation are dealing with the news that the son of their tribal chairman is now a suspect in last week's shootings. Louis Jourdain, 16, was arrested Sunday. Tribal officials are rallying around Chairman Buck Jourdain and his family. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/29_robertsont_arrestreax/?refid=0 Tue, 29 Mar 2005 17:09:00 -0600 Red Lake buries four on Monday News of an arrest in the Red Lake shooting case came on the same day the community buried four of the dead -- including the gunman, Jeff Weise. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/28_scheckt_threefunerals/?refid=0 Mon, 28 Mar 2005 13:58:00 -0600 Northern tribal members not convinced about casino Gov. Tim Pawlenty's plan for a state-tribal casino has launched a high-profile debate in the Legislature. But members of the three northern tribes involved in the deal are also raising questions about whether they can trust the state, and whether they'll give up more than they'll gain. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/15_robertsont_bandmembers/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Mar 2005 15:46:00 -0600 White Earth members seek ban on genetically modified wild rice The lakes and rivers on the White Earth Indian Reservation in northwest Minnesota are an ideal habitat for wild rice. But the tribe is worried that resource could be threatened by the science of genetic engineering. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/08_robertsont_wildrice/?refid=0 Tue, 08 Mar 2005 16:34:00 -0600 House drops northern projects from bonding bill; was it political payback? House and Senate lawmakers began meeting this week to hammer out a bonding plan for some of the state's biggest building projects. Folks in northern Minnesota are upset that some of the projects they support were cut out of the House bonding bill. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/03_robertsont_bemidjibonding/?refid=0 Thu, 03 Mar 2005 14:43:00 -0600 Early reviews are mixed for state-tribal casino plan Three northern Minnesota Indian tribes are closing in on an agreement with the state to build a Twin Cities area casino. The proposed half-billion dollar entertainment and hotel complex would be operated by the tribes through the Minnesota State Lottery. Not all tribal members are convinced the plan is a good idea. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/24_robertsont_casino/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Feb 2005 16:34:00 -0600 Thousands show up to support ATV access in state forests More than 2,000 people packed a hockey arena in Warroad Thursday night, to discuss the fate of the Beltrami Island State Forest in northwest Minnesota. They're against a proposal by the Department of Natural Resources to limit where all-terrain vehicles can travel. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/18_robertsont_trailmeeting/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Feb 2005 08:29:00 -0600 Growing number of cities seeking local sales tax option Minnesota's budget problems have created big challenges for communities. Many cities have cut services or raised local property taxes to make up the difference, but this year, a record number of cities are looking at the possibility of local sales taxes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/25_robertsont_salestax/?refid=0 Thu, 17 Feb 2005 08:26:00 -0600 Dental clinic takes new approach to treating low income patients Poor people in Minnesota have a tough time finding dental care. But a new dental clinic in Park Rapids is taking a new approach to dental access by integrating dentistry into a comprehensive public health program. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/31_robertsont_dentalwork/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Feb 2005 07:50:00 -0600 Tribes split over Pawlenty's casino plan Gov. Tim Pawlenty is banking on casino money as a way to balance the state's finances. His budget plan, introduced Tuesday, includes a proposed Twin Cities casino that would be run jointly by the state and interested northern Indian tribes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/25_robertsont_budgetgambling/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jan 2005 21:52:00 -0600 Off-peak electricity customers shivering Some people sign up for 'off-peak' electricity, to save money on their bills. But customers find their power is going off a lot more during the winter heating season. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/21_robertsont_offpeakheat/?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jan 2005 15:00:00 -0600 Cass Lake soldier dies in Iraq People on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation are mourning the loss of a Minnesota soldier killed in Iraq. Army Spc. Dwayne James McFarlane, Jr., 20, grew up in Cass Lake. Friends and family members remember McFarlane as an ambitious and caring young man who was proud of his American Indian heritage. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/11_robertsont_mcfarlaneobit/?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jan 2005 09:50:00 -0600 Pawlenty and northern tribes say gambling talks were productive Gov. Tim Pawlenty and leaders of three northern Minnesota Indian tribes say they were pleased with an historic meeting on the White Earth Reservation Thursday. The discussion centered on the governor's push to change the landscape of casino gambling in the state. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/07_robertsont_wemeeting/?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jan 2005 09:35:00 -0600 Boise job cuts are bad news for International Falls Sixty-four people lost their jobs this month at the Boise paper mill in International Falls. About half of them were let go just this week. The cuts are part of a restructuring at the Boise mill, which is the largest employer in International Falls. The loss of jobs is a major blow to the town's fragile economy. Community leaders are now trying to figure out what to do next. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/31_robertsont_ifallsjobs/?refid=0 Fri, 31 Dec 2004 12:00:00 -0600 International Falls border agents begin fingerprinting some foreign visitors Federal agents at the U.S.-Canadian border crossing in International Falls have a new tool to enhance homeland security. This week, customs officials began using digital fingerprint technology to verify the identity of some foreign visitors. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/29_robertsont_fingerprints/?refid=0 Wed, 29 Dec 2004 07:38:00 -0600 Blackduck company recruits Latino workers to fill labor gap Anderson Fabrics in northern Minnesota, is the largest maker of custom drapery products in the country. It's located in the small town of Blackduck, a half-hour north of Bemidji. Because of its geographic isolation, the company has struggled to find the skilled workers it needs. Company officials think they may have found a solution in the Twin Cities Latino community. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/24_robertsont_andersonjobs/?refid=0 Mon, 27 Dec 2004 08:33:00 -0600 Red Lake tribe demands BIA replace crumbling water system The Red Lake Band of Ojibwe is in a fight with the federal government. The tribe is demanding that the Bureau of Indian Affairs replace Red Lake's antiquated water system. The BIA built the system about 100 years ago. Its underground pipes leak and water mains burst several times a year. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/23_robertsont_watertower/?refid=0 Tue, 23 Nov 2004 10:24:00 -0600 DNR continues CWD tests on deer Tens of thousands of deer hunters hit the woods this past weekend for the opener of Minnesota's firearms deer season. Many of those hunters provided tissue samples from their deer, which will be tested for chronic wasting disease. The testing marks the third and final year of a statewide survey. DNR officials say this year, the testing has become much simpler. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/08_robertsont_cwdupdate/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Nov 2004 10:23:00 -0600 Indian voters help tip the balance for DFLers While Minnesota Republicans may be happy with the country's choice of president, they're stinging from defeats at home. Democrats picked up 13 seats in the Minnesota House of Representatives. Two of those DFL wins came in side-by-side districts in north central Minnesota. House districts 4A and 2B include the Red Lake and Leech Lake Indian reservations. Observers say an aggressive get-out-the-vote effort by Native Americans played a significant role in the DFL victories. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/04_robertsont_legdems/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Nov 2004 14:46:00 -0600 MPR Poll: Majority want tribes to share gambling revenues A new Minnesota poll shows a majority of Minnesotans favor a gaming proposal from Gov. Tim Pawlenty. The governor wants Indian tribes to share some of their gambling revenue with the state. The poll, conducted last week for Minnesota Public Radio and the St. Paul Pioneer Press, also shows most Minnesotans are opposed to an expansion of gambling in the state. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/02_robertsont_pollgambling/?refid=0 Tue, 02 Nov 2004 00:01:00 -0600 DFL hopes to regain House seat 4A in northern Minnesota Northern Minnesota has historically been a Democratic stronghold. But Republicans say that's changing. Several House seats once dominated by the DFL are now held by Republicans. In House District 4A, Republican incumbent Doug Fuller is seeking his fourth term. He faces a tough DFL challenge from Bemidji State University teacher Frank Moe. DFL leaders say their party has been reenergized. And they're determined to unseat Fuller. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/18_robertsont_legprofile/?refid=0 Tue, 19 Oct 2004 15:00:00 -0500 Indian Country is in the midst of political awakening Native Americans consider themselves the "first people." But they waited until 1924 to get the right to vote. Since then, they haven't voted in large numbers. And they've been largely ignored or taken for granted by politicians. Now, Native Americans across the country are registering to vote in droves. They're considered a key constituency in Minnesota and several other battleground states where Democrats and Republicans are fighting for control of the White House. In northern Minnesota, Indians could also hold pivotal swing votes in several state House races. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/29_robertsont_rezturnout/?refid=0 Mon, 11 Oct 2004 15:18:00 -0500 Landscape changing in Indian gaming relationship with state Indian casinos in Minnesota generate more than a $1 billion a year in revenue. But most of those profits are earned by tribes close to the Twin Cities. Rural reservations have struggled. For three years, tribal leaders from the White Earth and Red Lake Chippewa bands in northern Minnesota have tried to convince lawmakers to level the playing field. They want to create a metro-area casino that would share profits with the state. That plan could soon get a boost. Tribal leaders on the Leech Lake Reservation once opposed a joint casino venture with the state. Now they say they want to join the effort. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/09_robertsont_gamblingupdate/?refid=0 Thu, 09 Sep 2004 14:35:00 -0500 Debate continues over whether wolves should remain protected Thirty years ago, gray wolves were nearly extinct in the lower 48 states. The gray wolf has been on the endangered species list since 1974. Now, U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials say the animal has made a remarkable recovery. At a hearing in Bemidji Tuesday night, the agency took public testimony on a proposal to remove endangered species protections and turn gray wolf management over to the states. But not everyone favors removing gray wolves from federal protection. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/01_robertsont_wolfhearing/?refid=0 Wed, 01 Sep 2004 12:17:00 -0500 ACLU targets Indian civil rights with new office in Bemidji Minnesota court records show American Indians living in some northern counties are arrested at a rate far higher than any other race. That's got the attention of the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota. The ACLU's work has been focused mostly in the Twin Cities. Now, the ACLU has opened a satellite office in Bemidji, to target what the group views as racial profiling against American Indians. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/30_robertsont_aclubemidji/?refid=0 Mon, 30 Aug 2004 15:00:00 -0500 Red Lake tribe debates future of walleye fishery Hundreds of families on the Red Lake Indian Reservation once made their living from commercial walleye fishing. But decades of over-harvest nearly wiped out the walleye. In 1999, tribal, state and federal officials agreed to a recovery plan. Walleye fishing was banned. Now, biologists say the species has rebounded. They say walleye fishing can begin again in 2006. That presents a dilemma for the Red Lake people. Some tribal members want to open the lake to sports fishing and tourism. Others want the lake to remain off-limits to outsiders. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/09_robertsont_redlkfish/?refid=0 Mon, 09 Aug 2004 12:00:00 -0500 State plans to close Minnesota's only psychiatric nursing home The Ah-Gwah-Ching Center near Walker is the state's only psychiatric nursing home. If some people have their way, it will soon be shut down. Ah-Gwah-Ching is located on a sprawling, 175-acre campus. It was once the state's premier home for elderly people with behavior problems and severe mental illness. But treatment trends now favor smaller, community based facilities over large institutions. Still, some northern Minnesota lawmakers are fighting to keep Ah-Gwah-Ching open. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/30_robertsont_agcrtc/?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jul 2004 11:59:00 -0500 Red Lake students score lower than other Indian kids on standardized test Statistics show Minnesota's American Indian children typically perform below average on the state's basic skills tests. The most recent scores have people on the Red Lake reservation especially worried. Students there scored significantly lower than Indian students anywhere else in the state. Red Lake School District officials say there are lots of reasons for the poor scores, including geographic isolation, widespread poverty, and a lack of commitment to education by some parents. School officials are now trying to figure out how to move forward. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/06_robertsont_redlakeschool/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jul 2004 16:00:00 -0500 Meth in Minnesota: The costly addiction Meth is taking its toll in Minnesota. Methamphetamine, a highly-addictive drug that's been around for decades, has become the drug of choice for many in recent years because it's cheap, easy to make, and a "good high." But it is a costly drug in terms of the devastation it causes for users and their families. One family in northern Minnesota has lived that nightmare for years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2004/06/meth/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jun 2004 08:45:00 -0500 A family devastated by meth Methamphetamine is one of the most highly addictive drugs to come along in years. Experts say meth quickly turns casual users into addicts. They become consumed by the drug. They leave a trail of burned bridges and broken trust. This is a story of how meth has devastated the lives of one northern Minnesota family. At the center is a woman named Rubetta. She's making her fourth attempt to break free of meth, and pick up the pieces of her shattered life. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/14_robertsont_methaddict/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jun 2004 04:00:00 -0500 Green Party in race to retain major-party status in Minnesota The Green Party of Minnesota held its state convention in Bemidji over the weekend. Party activists selected 28 delegates to represent them at the Greens' national convention in Milwaukee later this month. But those delegates disagree about their choice for president. For the first time in eight years, the party is without standard bearer Ralph Nader, who is running for president this year as an independent. Party officials say that void could cost the Green Party its major party status in Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/06_robertsont_greens/?refid=0 Sun, 06 Jun 2004 21:03:00 -0500 Minnesota Green Party gathers for convention in Bemidji The Minnesota Green Party holds its state convention in Bemidji this weekend. Party members will sort through more than 200 proposals to amend their party platform. They'll also select 28 delegates to go to the national convention later this month in Milwaukee. Perhaps the biggest issue will be selection of a presidential candidate. Some delegates still support Ralph Nader. But many don't want the party to run a candidate at all. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/04_robertsont_greenconv/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jun 2004 10:00:00 -0500 Chip Wadena attempts comeback, despite criminal record Former White Earth Tribal Chairman Darrell "Chip" Wadena is trying to get his old job back. Wadena was chairman of the White Earth Indian Reservation for 20 years. He was convicted in 1996 of bid-rigging, money-laundering and stealing from his own people. He served two and a half years in a federal prison. Next month, voters on White Earth will choose between Wadena, and former secretary-treasurer Erma Vizenor. It was Vizenor's testimony that helped put Wadena behind bars. Despite Wadena's criminal record, it's not hard to find people on the reservation who want to put him back in office. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/26_robertsont_whiteearthelex/?refid=0 Tue, 25 May 2004 16:27:00 -0500 New home construction booming, despite skyrocketing lumber prices Low interest rates have prompted a boom in new home construction in Minnesota. Last year, there were a record 40,000 new houses built in the state. That's a 30 percent increase from the year before. But the pricetag on those homes is skyrocketing. The price of lumber materials has more than doubled in just the past year. And home builders say what's worse, local governments have jacked up the permit fees they charge for new construction. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/11_robertsont_timberprices/?refid=0 Mon, 10 May 2004 17:02:00 -0500 High speed Internet extending its reach in rural Minnesota During President Bush's recent visit to Minnesota, he touted high speed Internet service as one of the keys to a healthy economy. The President wants high speed Internet available to every home in the country by 2007. Minnesota may be on the fast track to reaching that goal. Just a few years ago, rural Minnesota communities were clamoring for access to high-speed Internet, also known as broadband. A new study now shows most rural communities have broadband. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/29_robertsont_ruralbroadband/?refid=0 Thu, 29 Apr 2004 12:00:00 -0500 Dru Sjodin laid to rest About 1,500 people gathered at a resort near Nisswa Saturday for the funeral of Dru Sjodin. The 22- year-old University of North Dakota college student was found dead near Crookston last weekend, five months after she was abducted from a Grand Forks, North Dakota parking lot. The funeral service was a chance for mourners to say goodbye to Dru, and to celebrate her life. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/24_robertsont_sjodinfuneral/?refid=0 Sat, 24 Apr 2004 15:31:00 -0500 Weighing the risks of gastric bypass surgery Last spring, as part of MPR's special report, "The Fight Against Fat," we introduced you to Gail Hocking, a member of the Red Lake Band of Ojibwe. At the time, Hocking weighed 370 pounds. She was preparing to undergo a surgical weight-loss procedure called gastric bypass. Now, one year later, Hocking's life has changed. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/05_robertsont_bypass/?refid=0 Sun, 11 Apr 2004 15:00:00 -0500 ATV debate covers familiar terrain There's a renewed battle in Minnesota over all-terrain vehicles. Last year, lawmakers approved a plan to create a system of designated trails for ATVs. They also passed rules protecting wetlands on both public and private lands. Several bills before this year's Legislature would undo some of those restrictions, and give ATV users broader access to state forests. The proposals have sparked renewed debate about where ATVs should and shouldn't go in Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/29_robertsont_atvupdate/?refid=0 Mon, 29 Mar 2004 14:40:00 -0600 Cleaning up the White Earth Reservation The White Earth Indian Reservation in northwest Minnesota has struggled for years with poverty. Unemployment hovers at around 25 percent, well above the national average. The tribe employs some 1,500 people at its casino and in tribal government jobs. But White Earth leaders have had little success in attracting jobs in the private sector. Now, the tribe is getting some help. A Detroit Lakes-based non-profit group is working with White Earth to make the reservation more attractive to new businesses. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/17_robertsont_whiteearthdev/?refid=0 Wed, 17 Mar 2004 11:35:00 -0600 Tribes oppose reopening gambling compacts It's been 15 years since state officials signed gaming compacts with Minnesota's Indian tribes. Since then, the tribes have built 18 casinos, which generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue -- far more than anyone imagined they would. The state of Minnesota gets only a small sliver of that money. Minnesota's contract with the tribes is permanent -- no expiration, no renegotiation. Gov. Pawlenty has hinted it's time for a change. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/01_robertsont_gamblingupdate/?refid=0 Mon, 01 Mar 2004 17:06:00 -0600 Biotech has potential in rural Minnesota There are only a few places in the country considered hotbeds for emerging biotechnology industries. Minnesota isn't one of them. Gov. Pawlenty hopes to change that with an initiative to strengthen a biotech corridor in the Twin Cities and Rochester. But some say biotech businesses could also spur economic development in rural Minnesota. Leaders in Bemidji are exploring ways to develop a mini biotech cluster of their own. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/10_robertsont_ruralbiotech/?refid=0 Tue, 10 Feb 2004 15:00:00 -0600 Hunter ponders what to do with meat from CWD elk A recent round of testing shows no sign of chronic wasting disease in Minnesota's wild deer herd. But there is an elk in northern Minnesota that's infected with CWD. The butchered meat is sitting in a hunter's freezer. He shot it in Colorado last month. Now, it's up to him whether to eat the meat. Colorado officials say no. Minnesota officials say it's his choice. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/20_robertsont_cwdelk/?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jan 2004 15:47:00 -0600 Peat could be northern Minnesota's newest cash crop Northern Minnesota has nearly seven million acres of peatlands. That's more than any other state except Alaska. Peat is the decayed remains of plants that accumulate over centuries in wetlands. Most people think of peat as the black, mossy stuff home gardeners use to help their plants grow. But researchers in Minnesota say peat is much more than that. They've discovered other uses for peat that could be worth millions. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/14_robertsont_peat/?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jan 2004 10:24:00 -0600 Timber industry wants to increase logging in Minnesota Thirty years ago, Minnesota's timber industry was booming. But today, the industry is floundering. Recent mill closures and cutbacks in the industry have cost Minnesota more than 1,000 jobs. Some say that's partly because prices for Minnesota trees are among the highest in the country. Industry officials say the state could ease the cost crunch. They want Minnesota and the federal government to open up more of their forests to logging. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/19_robertsont_loggingpolicy/?refid=0 Mon, 22 Dec 2003 13:00:00 -0600 Charter schools pose unique challenges in rural Minnesota There are 88 charter schools in Minnesota. About two-thirds of those are in the Twin Cities. But a growing number of charter schools are popping up in greater Minnesota. Supporters say starting charter schools in rural Minnesota is tough. They face resistance from school districts afraid of losing students. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/05_robertsont_ruralcharters/?refid=0 Fri, 05 Dec 2003 02:01:00 -0600 International Falls debates proposed casino Several hundred people packed a convention center in International Falls earlier this week to hear plans for a casino. The Red Lake Indian Reservation wants to build a facility that would create hundreds of jobs in the area, which has been struggling economically. But some community members worry a casino will bring nothing but trouble. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/06_robertsont_redlakecasino/?refid=0 Thu, 06 Nov 2003 16:35:00 -0600 EPA postpones soil removal at Cass Lake Superfund site A plan to remove contaminated soil from a Superfund site on the Leech Lake Reservation is on hold. The Environmental Protection Agency had proposed that soil be excavated from the St. Regis site this fall. The soil is polluted with cancer-causing chemicals left behind by a wood treatment plant that operated in Cass Lake for 30 years. But recent winter weather put a hault to the plan. And EPA officials now say there's another snag. The EPA has been unable to reach consensus with local governments on a soil removal strategy. That could delay soil excavation for up to two years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/05_robertsont_epastregis/?refid=0 Wed, 05 Nov 2003 00:36:00 -0600 Bemidji police officials dispute racial profiling study A recent study shows racial profiling occurs across Minnesota. In Bemidji, the study sparked renewed protests by American Indians. They've complained for years that Indians in the region are unfairly targeted by law enforcement. Now, some are demanding action. But law enforcement officials in Bemidji deny racial profiling exists. They say the study is flawed. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/31_robertsont_profiling/?refid=0 Thu, 23 Oct 2003 14:08:00 -0500 Thriving tribal colleges are good news for mainstream schools American Indians have the lowest level of educational attainment of any ethnic group in the country. But a growing movement to establish tribal colleges is having an impact. Just three decades ago, there wasn't a single tribal college in the country. Today there are 35, and the number is growing. While mainstream universities have struggled to attract and retain Indian students, tribal colleges are succeeding. In northern Minnesota, tribal colleges have become cornerstones of reservation life. Larger universities are now hoping to attract tribal college graduates. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/10_robertsont_indianstudents/?refid=0 Fri, 10 Oct 2003 16:05:00 -0500 Minnesota lawyers frustrated over shortage of public defenders Public defense lawyers across Minnesota are throwing up their arms in frustration. Public defenders say they're overburdened with huge caseloads. Budget cuts have forced layoffs within their ranks. And more public defenders are quitting because of stress. Some say the crisis jeopardizes the legal rights of Minnesota's poor. Public defenders are turning to the Minnesota Supreme Court and the Legislature for help. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/30_robertsont_pdshortage/?refid=0 Tue, 30 Sep 2003 11:47:00 -0500 OxyContin abuse is growing in Minnesota A controversial pharmaceutical drug is destroying lives in northern Minnesota. OxyContin is a powerful narcotic painkiller that's been available since 1995. To cancer patients and chronic pain sufferers, OxyContin is a wonder drug that allows them to lead a more normal life. But OxyContin is highly addictive. And when it's snorted or injected, the drug produces a heroin-like and potentially lethal high. Some law enforcement officials in northern Minnesota say OxyContin abuse has become one of their biggest problems. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/18_robertsont_oxycontin/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Sep 2003 10:18:00 -0500 Part 7: The healing spirit Healing is an important part of American Indian spirituality. The medicines comes from nature. The knowledge about which plants to use has been passed down for centuries. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/18_gundersond_spiritualityeigh/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Part 6: Ceremony and symbolism Ceremonies are the most visible part of American Indian spirituality. But to the Anishinaabe, there's much more to walking the Red Road than the occasional ceremony. Anishinaabe people say their spiritual beliefs influence everything they do, every decision they make. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/18_gundersond_spiritualityseve/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Part 2: The seventh fire Kids are the heart of the spiritual revival in Indian country. In schools and homes and forests, they are learning a way of life that was nearly destroyed. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/18_gundersond_spiritualitythre/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Part 5: Where tradition thrives For those who practice spiritual rituals, the heart of the Red Lake Reservation is the town of Ponemah. Christianity flourished in many reservation communities. But it never gained a large following in Ponemah, population 1,000. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/18_gundersond_spiritualitysix/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Part 1: The spirits spoke to him Bob Shimek rediscovers his native spirituality. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/18_gundersond_spiritualitytwo/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Part 8: Returning to the Red Road As more American Indians seek out their spiritual heritage, there's growing tension over what is traditional. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/18_gundersond_spiritualitynine/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Part 4: One church, two traditions About 2,000 people living on the Red Lake Indian Reservation are baptized Catholics. That's half the population. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/18_gundersond_spiritualityfive/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Part 3: Christianizing the Indians Many Indian people have lost touch with traditional ways. Worship was illegal for generations of Indians. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/18_gundersond_spiritualityfour/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Rekindling the Spirit: The Rebirth of American Indian Spirituality The U.S. government and Christian churches spent more than 150 years trying to eliminate American Indian spiritual practices. Ceremonies were banned. People were put in prison. Children were sent to government boarding schools. But the spiritual beliefs survived. Indians young and old are returning to traditional ways. Some call the traditional life "walking the Red Road." They believe old ways are bringing new life, and new hope, to Indian Country. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/18_gundersond_spiritualityone/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Reviving the language For more than a century, the Ojibwe language has been under assault. Generations of American Indians were forced into government or church-run boarding schools, where their native language and culture were forbidden. Today, only a few can speak Ojibwe fluently. But there are growing efforts to revive the language. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/20_robertsont_languagecamp/?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2003 10:44:00 -0500 New round of environmental testing underway on Leech Lake Reservation A new round of soil testing is underway at the St. Regis Superfund site on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation. The former St. Regis wood treatment plant operated near downtown Cass Lake for about 30 years. The federal government has been working to clean up the mess since the mid-1980s. But the site is still contaminated and poses a health risk to people living there. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/12_robertsont_stregisupdate/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2003 14:08:00 -0500 Longtime Rainy Lake islanders prepare to leave their pioneer life When Voyageurs National Park was created in 1975, there were still thousands of acres of private land within park boundaries. Voyaguers is in far nothern Minnesota nestled along some of the largest border lakes. The federal government immediately began buying up the privately held land. Home and cabin owners were forced to sell. But they were given a choice. Some sold their property outright. Many more purchased 25-year leases so they could stay longer. About 50 of those leases end this year. One of them is held by Norbert and Etta Jean Goulet. The elderly couple has been living alone on a small island on Rainy Lake for 40 years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/28_robertsont_rainylake/?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jul 2003 14:00:00 -0500 Northern Minnesota writers feed creativity through nature There's a significant community of writers living amidst the lakes and pines of northern Minnesota. Poets, novelists, nature and non-fiction writers are attracted to the serenity of the northern landscape. Many northwoods writers sustain their creativity by the natural beauty that surrounds them. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/04_robertsont_northwriters/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jul 2003 11:58:00 -0500 New off-highway vehicle laws mean big changes in state forests There are big changes ahead for ATV riders. This year, the Legislature passed Minnesota's first comprehensive plan regulating where people can ride off-road vehicles. Managing the sport has become one of the most divisive issues in years. But for now, it seems, people on both sides of the issue have at least some reason to celebrate the new regulations. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/16_robertsont_atvupdate/?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jun 2003 13:37:00 -0500 Greater Minnesota cities bracing for state aid cuts City leaders across Minnesota are preparing to tighten their fiscal belts. DFL lawmakers say the newly-passed state budget means cities, mostly in greater Minnesota, will see a 25 percent average cut in state aid payments. Some say the cuts will result in fewer services and higher property taxes. Officials in Bemidji are hoping to avoid cuts to essential services like police and fire protection. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/04_robertsont_lgabemidji/?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jun 2003 15:40:00 -0500 Weight loss surgery: the last resort? Some 10 million Americans are considered severely obese. That means they're at least 100 pounds overweight. A growing number of severely obese people are turning to gastric bypass surgery as a last-ditch solution to their weight woes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/02_robertsont_obesitysurgery/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Dueling off-highway vehicle bills move through Legislature A controversial bill regulating off-highway vehicles on state lands gets a hearing in a Minnesota Senate committee Tuesday. All-terrain vehicle groups oppose the bill. They say it would limit their access to state forests. Environmentalists say ATVs are causing major damage to state lands. They say the Senate bill protects the land. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/22_robertsont_atvupdate/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Apr 2003 08:11:00 -0500 EPA proposes more soil testing at Superfund site in Cass Lake The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to do more soil testing at a Superfund site on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation in northern Minnesota. For 30 years, a wood treatment plant in Cass Lake polluted the soil and water with cancer-causing dioxin. City and tribal leaders are frustrated with the speed of the cleanup. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/10_robertsont_stregis/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2003 14:10:00 -0500 Bemidji prepares for looming state aid cuts Cities across Minnesota are facing deep budget cuts. Governor Tim Pawlenty's proposal to erase a $4.2 billion budget deficit would slash aid to cities by more than 20 percent over two years. People in Bemidji are bracing for a broad range of cuts, including reductions in the police department. But some lawmakers now say the governor's plan has little chance of passing in the Legislature. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/03_robertsont_lgaupdate/?refid=0 Thu, 03 Apr 2003 05:00:00 -0600 Senior programs in rural Minnesota are threatened Some vulnerable seniors in Minnesota would feel the pinch of Gov. Tim Pawlenty's proposed budget cuts. Pawlenty's plan to fix the state's $4.2 billion budget deficit includes elimination of state funding for a number of senior services, including the Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion programs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/12_robertsont_seniorcuts/?refid=0 Tue, 11 Mar 2003 12:00:00 -0600 Governor gets a polite earful Gov. Tim Pawlenty took his budget proposal on the road Wednesday. The governor toured four northern Minnesota communities to promote his plan to fix the state's $4.2 billion budget deficit. At a community forum in International Falls, Pawlenty got a favorable response for his plan to create tax free-zones to promote business. But he also heard concerns over cuts to social programs and state aid to cities and counties. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/27_robertsont_govifalls/?refid=0 Thu, 27 Feb 2003 08:46:00 -0600 Cities trying to figure out how to make due with less City leaders across Minnesota are gearing up for a fight. They're upset over Gov. Tim Pawlenty's plan to fix the state's $4.2 billion budget deficit. The plan would cut state assistance to cities and counties by more than 20 percent. The governor says those cuts won't be any more than five percent the first year. City leaders say he's wrong. They fear they'll have to cut essential services like police and fire protection. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/21_robertsont_lgacuts/?refid=0 Fri, 21 Feb 2003 00:00:00 -0600 Roseau needs more money for flood recovery It's been seven months since the Roseau River overflowed its banks. People in Roseau have been cleaning up ever since. The massive flood caused nearly $100 million in damage. While the city fights for more state and federal disaster funds, some local residents are growing weary of the stress. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/28_robertsont_update/?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jan 2003 17:00:00 -0600 Day care costs create obstacles for working poor Each day, two-thirds of school age children in Minnesota are cared for by someone other than their parents. For many families, that's a huge expense. While lower income families can receive financial assistance for child care, many working families don't qualify for help. The high cost of day care is pushing many working families to the financial edge. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/27_robertsont_poordaycare/?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jan 2003 14:00:00 -0600 Pawlenty tours outstate Minnesota Gov.-elect Tim Pawlenty completed a two-day "listening tour" of outstate Minnesota Friday. Pawlenty sounded separate themes on each of his stops; health care, economic development and the state's budget woes dominated most of the discussions. Pawlenty, who has tried to cut state aid to cities and towns, criticized some localities for depending too much on the aid. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/03_ap_pawlentytour/?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jan 2003 11:50:00 -0600 Leech Lake tribal members fear political violence on reservation Political tensions are high on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation. Voters head to the polls Tuesday to narrow the field of candidates for tribal chairman. Some tribal members are scared. They're worried that political divisions on the reservation could lead to violence. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/16_robertsont_leech/?refid=0 Mon, 16 Dec 2002 16:04:00 -0600 More Minnesotans heating with natural gas Homeowners are paying more for natural gas this year, but it's still the fuel of choice for most Minnesotans. Many are saving money by replacing inefficient gas furnaces. They're even converting wood-burning fireplaces to gas. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/04_robertsont_heating/?refid=0 Wed, 04 Dec 2002 05:00:00 -0600 Deer season brings in the bucks While deer hunters set their sights on big bucks in the fields and forests, merchants are seeing big bucks in their cash registers. Deer hunting pumps millions into the state's economy. And despite concerns about chronic wasting disease this season, that shows no signs of abating. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/18_robertsont_economics/?refid=0 Mon, 18 Nov 2002 06:00:00 -0600 Continuing the tradition The deer hunting tradition in Minnesota has been built over generations. Nearly half a million people participate each year. Though this year's hunt has been overshadowed by the threat of chronic wasting disease, it hasn't kept hunters out of the woods. For many, the annual gathering is as important as Christmas, and as much a family reunion as an opportunity to kill a deer. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/18_robertsont_huntculture/?refid=0 Mon, 18 Nov 2002 06:00:00 -0600 Leech Lake Superfund site still a health hazard The Environmental Protection Agency says recent tests show cancer-causing agents are still at unsafe levels at the St. Regis Superfund site on the Leech Lake reservation. Local residents worry the contamination has already caused chronic health problems in the Cass Lake community. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/24_robertsont_sprfund-m/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Oct 2002 12:30:00 -0500 Roseau flood victims anxious for special session Lawmakers will gather in St. Paul Thursday for a special legislative session to pass a package of flood aid for northwestern Minnesota. The Ventura administration and legislative leaders agreed last week to spend more than $32 million on flood relief. It includes payments to businesses, homeowners and farmers in 19 counties. Roseau County was one of the hardest hit by summer flooding. People there are relieved state help could soon be on the way. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/16_robertsont_roseauupdate-m/?refid=0 Mon, 16 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Hunters anticipate deer season despite concerns about chronic wasting disease Recent mild winters have allowed the deer population in Minnesota to flourish. The Department of Natural Resources will offer a record number of permits this year, in an effort to reduce the size of the herd. But DNR officials are worried some hunters might skip the upcoming season because of growing concerns about chronic wasting disease. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/05_robertsont_hunters-m/?refid=0 Thu, 05 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 New Native American group tackles age-old problem of racism People in Bemidji have struggled with racial tension for years. Native Americans say they face discrimination when they look for housing or work, and when they shop or eat in restaurants. But the problem is often, still, an invisible one. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/21_robertsont_racism-m/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Red Lake uses settlement money to reforest reservation Last year, the Red Lake Band of Chippewa settled a longstanding dispute with the federal government. Red Lake claimed the Bureau of Indian Affairs mismanaged the band's forests. As a result, the tribe lost millions in timber revenue. Now, the band will get more than $53 million in compensation. They'll use it to restore 50,000 acres of pine forest. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200208/05_robertsont_forest-m/?refid=0 Mon, 05 Aug 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Lacrosse returns to Leech Lake after 70-year absence Before the arrival of white settlers, lacrosse was the most popular team sport on the North American continent. Indian tribes on the East Coast never stopped playing the ball game. But the tradition faded for many Midwestern tribes. On the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota, a new generation is learning the game. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/30_robertsont_lacrosse-m/?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Roseau struggles to recover from flooding Seven new counties in flood-ravaged northwest Minnesota, have been added to the list of those eligible for federal disaster assistance. That brings the total to 17. The region was devastated last month by heavy rains and overflowing rivers. Damage estimates are approaching $500 million. It's left many farmers and business owners wondering if they'll be able to recover. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/11_robertsont_roseau-m/?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 The end of a summertime era The mom-and-pop resort, that staple of Minnesota lake life, is becoming harder to find. Since 1970, the number of resorts in Minnesota has dropped by more than 50 percent. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/04_robertsont_resortfailure-m/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Flood cleanup begins in Roseau People in Roseau near the Canadian border are beginning the process of cleaning up after the worst flood in that town's history. Water from the rain-swollen Roseau River receded over the weekend, after nearly a full week of devastation. City officials place early damage estimates at more than $120 million. Residents are discovering just how much they've lost. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/17_robertsont_floodupdate-m/?refid=0 Mon, 17 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Army Corps begins study of dams on upper Mississippi Since the late 1800s, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has built six dams on Mississippi River lakes in northern Minnesota. The original purpose was to control water flow for downstream navigation. Now, the dams are used mostly to control flooding and maintain lake levels. It's been almost 50 years since the Corps examined the effectiveness of the system. Now a major study is underway. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/28_robertsont_waterlevels-m/?refid=0 Tue, 28 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Rural 'digital divide' reversed Rural residents have complained for years about poor access to high speed Internet service. But the so-called 'digital divide' in Minnesota may be a thing of the past. A recent survey of independent outstate telephone companies shows rural Minnesotans are now more likely to have access to high speed Internet than those in the Twin Cities. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/15_robertsont_telecommimproves-m/?refid=0 Wed, 15 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Ventura has best day yet on opener About a million anglers hit the lakes over the weekend for the walleye fishing season opener. Gov. Jesse Ventura spent the weekend on Rainy Lake in International Falls, making the most of what could be his last opener as governor. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/12_robertsont_fishing-m/?refid=0 Sun, 12 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Changes on the horizon for Minnesota ATV riders There are changes ahead for Minnesotans who ride all-terrain vehicles. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/26_robertsont_atvreaction-m/?refid=0 Fri, 26 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Bemidji playhouse faces competition from new theater ventures The Paul Bunyan Playhouse in Bemidji is the longest continuously-running summer stock theater company in Minnesota. But, lately, it's fallen on tough financial times. The playhouse is also facing competition from several new theater companies. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/15_robertsont_bunyantheater-m/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Chasing online predators Last month, the FBI announced the arrests of dozens of people in a child pornography sting operation called "Operation Candyman." The sweep targeted an online child porn club with 7,000 members worldwide. Some say it only scratches the surface of a growing problem. There are efforts in Minnesota - both public and private - to hunt down online sexual predators and consumers of child pornography. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/11_robertsont_predators-m/?refid=0 Thu, 11 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Putting the brakes on ATVs? Current state law lets users of all-terrain vehicles go almost anywhere they want in 46 of Minnesota's 58 state forests. That may not have been a big deal a few years ago. But in the past decade, the number of ATVs has nearly tripled, and the machines have caused widespread environmental damage. The DNR now says it wants to impose limits on ATV use, and the Legislature is also considering tighter ATV restrictions. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200203/12_robertsont_atv-m/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Mar 2002 12:00:00 -0600 In Bemidji, curling is queen If there is a curling capital in Minnesota, it may well be the city of Bemidji. The winter sport took hold there in the 1930s, and the community has embraced it ever since. In the past two decades, Bemidji has produced 20 national championship teams. This year, two Bemidji sisters - coached by their dad - will compete in Salt Lake City for Olympic gold. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/31_robertsont_womencurlers-m/?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Townships struggle with loss of state aid Some of the smallest local governments in Minnesota, the townships, are getting ready for major changes in the state's tax structure. Many are still trying to work out how the reforms will affect taxpayers. Last summer's special legislative session resulted in a shift in philosophy. The state will now pick up nearly 80 percent in public school costs. But for some cities and townships, the reforms mean the loss of millions of dollars in state aid. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200110/08_robertsont_townships-m/?refid=0 Mon, 08 Oct 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Minnesotans feel pinch at northern border U.S. Customs officials are in a state of high alert at U.S border crossings as security tightens in the wake of this week's terrorist attacks. At the bridge crossing between International Falls and Fort Frances, Ontario, this means long lines for those trying to get into the United States. Travelers see it as a necessary inconvenience. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200109/14_robertsont_border-m/?refid=0 Fri, 14 Sep 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Operation Walking Shield Some 500 Red Lake Reservation families are on a waiting list to move into tribal homes. Many have been on the list for years. Now tribal housing officials are teaming up with the U.S. military to try to solve at least part of the problem, with the help of an organization called Operation Walking Shield. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/06_robertsont_walkingshield-m/?refid=0 Mon, 06 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Bringing back an ancient fish The people of White Earth in northwestern Minnesota are trying to bring back the lake sturgeon. The mammoth fish, a holdover from prehistoric times, was once plentiful in the lakes and tributaries of the Red River watershed. But unregulated commercial fishing in the late 1800s all but wiped out the population. Officials on the White Earth Indian Reservation say when the sturgeon disappeared, so did an important part of their culture. Tribal members are now working to restore the fish and reclaim their heritage. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200107/27_robertsont_sturgeon-m/?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jul 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Dog Attacks Spur Crackdown on Strays Stray dogs roaming the Cass Lake area and other parts of the Leech Lake Indian Reservation have been a problem for years. But a recent series of vicious dog attacks has prompted tribal and other local authorities to crack down on stray animals. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200105/28_robertsont_dogs-m/?refid=0 Mon, 28 May 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Squaw Lake Resists Name Change In the mid-1990s, a group of students from the Cass Lake-Bena High School in northern Minnesota began a campaign to eliminate use of the word "squaw." In 1995, the students convinced the Minnesota Legislature to pass a law eliminating the word from 19 geographic place names in the state. But there still remains one municipality, the tiny town of Squaw Lake on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation, that has resisted the change. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200104/30_robertsont_squawlake-m/?refid=0 Mon, 30 Apr 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Dorothy Coyle's 10,000 Ribbons Before the homemade bread-and-butter pickles, patchwork quilts, and gooseberry jams are exhibited at the Minnesota State Fair, some stiff competition has already taken place at the county level. For some county fair exhibitors, like northern Minnesota resident Dorothy Coyle, fair time is the time to harvest blue ribbons. Coyle has earned thousands of awards for her knitting and culinary skills. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200008/25_robertsont_fair-m/?refid=0 Fri, 25 Aug 2000 12:00:00 -0500 The Thin Wet Line While there is growing concern that the state's dry winter will lead to drought conditions, some northern Minnesotans still haven't recovered from flooding caused by last summer's record rainfalls. Experts say a dry spring could lead to extreme fire danger, but too much rain could mean more flooded basements and lakeshore erosion. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200003/22_robertsont_drought-m/?refid=0 Wed, 22 Mar 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Turbulent Election Nears on White Earth Reservation The White Earth Tribal Council says former Tribal Chair Darrell "Chip" Wadena can't run for his old job. Wadena served prison time for stealing from the tribe, but now says he's learned his lesson. Wadena is one of six people filing for an office which has long been a center of controversy. With the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe weighing in on Wadena's behalf in the controversy, White Earth appears to be set for another turbulent election. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200003/09_robertsont_wadena-m/?refid=0 Thu, 09 Mar 2000 12:00:00 -0600 No More Secrets For years, Minnesota archeologists have attempted to protect Indian burial grounds and other sensitive historic sites by keeping their locations secret. But now, state officials are reversing that strategy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199912/09_robertsont_dig-m/?refid=0 Thu, 09 Dec 1999 12:00:00 -0600 The Threat From Below Record rainfall in northern Minnesota has created huge flooding problems. The flooding is particularly difficult because the water is not from overflowing river banks, but rising from underground, where water tables are higher than anyone remembers. In Beltrami County, roads have been damaged, homes abandoned, and hundreds of residents have been pumping water from their basements for months. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199909/22_robertsont_flood-m/?refid=0 Wed, 22 Sep 1999 12:00:00 -0500 On Their Own? The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe is considering a new constitution. But with individual bands becoming more like businesses, some say the end of the Tribe is at hand. Part two of two parts. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199907/23_robertsont_tribaltwo-m/?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jul 1999 12:00:00 -0500 "The Heads Turn, Even in Church" African-Americans have been attending schools in greater Minnesota for many years, but many still report feeling as if they are living in a bubble, treated politely by the larger community, but never really accepted. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199905/06_robertsont_bemidji/?refid=0 Thu, 06 May 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Wadena's Comeback After a prison term for corruption, the former White Earth Band Chairman plots a comeback against a regime that helped oust him. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199904/09_robertsont_wadena-m/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Apr 1999 12:00:00 -0500 Conserving Balsam Boughs Demand for Christmas wreaths requires education of bough cutters. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199812/15_robertsont_balsam-m/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Dec 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Bemidji Celebrates Santa Lucia Festival A 400-year-old Swedish tradition with Italian lives on in northern Minnesota.. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199812/15_robertsont_santalucia-m/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Dec 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Hunters Give Thumbs-up to Amendment Two It was hard to find a negative voice among Bemidji deer hunters following the election. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199811/13_robertsont_amendment-m/?refid=0 Fri, 13 Nov 1998 12:00:00 -0600 Change Ahead on the Red Lake Indian Reservation Attitudes towards outside investment change as local economy flourishes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199810/13_robertsont_redlake-m/?refid=0 Tue, 13 Oct 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Regulations Prove Problematic for Employer-Provided Childcare Rules meant to improve services in metro areas may impede greater Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199810/05_robertsont_child-m/?refid=0 Mon, 05 Oct 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Bemidji's River Renaissance The Mississippi's first city seeks to revitalize its riverfront communities. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199809/08_robertsont_bemidji-m/?refid=0 Tue, 08 Sep 1998 12:00:00 -0500 Saving Bemidji's Depot Renovation of James J. Hill's depot will provide new home for historical society collection . http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199807/31_robertsont_bemedji-m/?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jul 1998 12:00:00 -0500