John Enger, Minnesota Public Radio News
Four Ojibwe tribe members plead not guilty Monday in Crow Wing County District Court to charges of gathering wild rice and gillnetting without permits during a treaty rights protest last summer. In August 2015, a group of tribe members from across Minnesota gathered at Hole-in-the-Day Lake near Nisswa to harvest wild rice in an attempt to strengthen hunting and gathering rights under the 1855 Treaty. At the time, Morningstar Shabaiash and Harvey Goodsky were cited for gathering wild rice.
As the snail darter did decades ago, a species of bat in northern Minnesota may pose a major obstacle to a controversial construction project. The proposed Sandpiper oil pipeline, intended to carry crude from the North Dakota oilfields to Superior, Wis., would run for 150 miles through the habitat of the northern long eared bat, a potentially endangered species. If the federal government were to declare the bat species endangered – which may happen soon -- the pipeline project could be postponed or forced to adopt a different route.
NEAR AKELEY - Loggers Tim, Dean and Duane White typically finish cutting winter wood for their home clients by mid-October, then shift to supplying timber to area lumber mills. This year, though, the mills will have to wait. Calls for firewood have doubled and the Whites are working against the clock to cut fuel for customers before it gets truly cold. "Usually we cut 500 cords.
Here's how hard it is to find workers and housing lately in northwest Minnesota: Polaris Industries is flying in workers from Mexico, bunking them in tiny Karlstad then busing them 80 miles daily to work at its Roseau plant. A Monterrey-Karlstad-Roseau commute may seem extreme, but it's at least an answer to the skilled worker shortage that continues to frustrate Polaris and other businesses. The snowmobile and ATV maker has struggled for months to hire for its Roseau operation 10 miles from the Canadian border.
BEMIDJI - In 1987, the fishing resort Kec's Kove on Lake Kabetogama had a big problem: Early in the season, the lake's water level was so low that it had moved a few hundred yards from its dock. "I had to haul the boats to the water with a four wheeler out over the dried lake-bed," owner Larry Kec said. That was a record year, but low water levels had been common on Kabetogama for decades.
BEMIDJI- The Bemidji region will soon see some of the fastest Internet download speeds in Minnesota outside the Twin Cities. Paul Bunyan Communications on Thursday unveiled plans to bring the cooperative's 5,000 square mile network up to speeds of 1 gigabit per second -- more than six times faster than its current top speeds -- over the next four years. The first customers to receive the faster Internet service will come on line by early next year in parts of Bemidji. When fully operational, gigabit coverage will cost $100 per month, $25 more than the cooperative currently charges for
BEMIDJI - When some of the Minnesota Orchestra's finest arrived on the shore of Lake Bemidji on Tuesday, they were ready for business. On a crisp, fall morning in northern...
As bow hunting season opens Saturday morning, white tail deer will be in the crosshairs of a new group -- aging hunters armed with crossbows. Minnesota lawmakers passed new regulations earlier this year that allow hunters over the age of 60 to use crossbows during the regular bow hunting season which opens Sept. 13 and runs through December.
BEMIDJI - It's illegal to sell or possess a Budweiser on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, but anyone who drives a few miles down the road will find liquor readily available. In a sparsely populated area of northern forest, a handful of liquor stores are located within a mile or two of Minnesota's only dry reservation. Liquor sales have long been a source of tension along its border, but Chris Freudenberg didn't know that.
Jason Zabokrtsky was guiding a trip along the North Kawishiwi River in the Boundary Water's Canoe Area Wilderness last month when he noticed a guy in his group was Googling riddles on his iPhone. "He was trying to entertain his grandson," Zabokrtsky said.