ONAMIA—Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin came to the podium ready to fight those who would poison and destroy her tribe. She also fired a shot across the bow of those who otherwise might be traditional band allies.
Northern Minnesota is going to be cold and dry this week, amid a colder than usual winter caused by a La Niña pattern. Meteorologist Geoff Grochocinski of the National Weather Service's Duluth office said Monday that cooler than usual water temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean are causing colder than normal air temperatures here in Minnesota, since the air jet stream is pulled south and cold Canadian air is free to shift down to the U.S. "Overall, we are in a weather pattern that will favor a colder-than normal winter, for much of the winter," he said.
A kitty narrowly escaped a fire Friday in Breezy Point, rescued by quick-thinking paramedics. Firefighters responded just before 3 p.m. to a house fire at 31700 Robinhood Lane, northwest of the city, according to Sgt. Brian Sandell of the Breezy Point Police Department. Pequot Lakes, Ideal and Crosslake fire departments also responded. The home was unoccupied by humans at the time of the fire. However, North Memorial Ambulance saved a cat, whose name was unclear at press time.
Two lost souls from Brainerd are likely thanking their good luck after getting lost in the woods amid temperatures roughly 23 degrees below zero. Pillager Fire Chief Randy Lee said his firefighters were dispatched just after 3 a.m. Sunday morning to aid the Cass County Sheriff's office in locating two stranded motorists who had gotten lost and run out of gas in the Pillsbury State Forest, north of Pillager.
BRAINERD, Minn. — The leader of a small tribe of Ojibwe in northern Minnesota thinks an increase in drug overdose deaths is due in part to county officials removing authority from her tribal police. The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe reservation sits mostly within the geographic boundary of Mille Lacs County, where county officials last year ended a police cooperation agreement. That ended tribal police authority on most parts of the reservation to enforce state laws, such as those dealing with illegal drugs.
BAXTER—A crowd of people, some in costume, turned out to see the lakes area premiere of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" Thursday. Mann Lakes 12 Theatre had four screens showing the newest installment around 7 p.m. and two after 10 p.m. Isiah Guetter was taking tickets. "Tons of people, lots of crowds," he said. Guetter reported several people came dressed up as Darth Vader or stormtroopers (the retro kind).
CROSBY, Minn. — Crosby native Joe Radinovich, a 31-year-old former legislator, will become chief of staff to the mayor of Minneapolis in January. To get to this point, he had to overcome a harrowing origin story containing tragedy, hatred and defeat. But the difficulties he's experienced on his road to Minneapolis City Hall apparently haven't dimmed his willingness to work hard or his ambition to go further.
EAST GULL LAKE—The core of the Republican Party of Minnesota assembled Saturday at Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake in preparation for 2018. The meeting fulfilled a promise by new party chair Jennifer Carnahan to locate the State Central Committee gathering within the boundaries of the 8th Congressional District. Carnahan has long-standing ties to the 8th: her family came to a cabin on Round Lake since she was a child, and she now owns a women's clothing boutique in Nisswa.
BAXTER—Six Republican Party candidates for governor spoke in front of a standing-room-only audience Friday, and many of them echoed President Donald Trump in their remarks to fellow Republicans. Matt Dean, Keith Downey, Jeff Johnson, Phillip Parrish, David Osmek and Mary Giuliani Stephens all got the chance to introduce themselves early in the GOP primary season to an audience in a county where more than 62 percent of voters supported Trump.
All families may experience some sort of conflict when their members interact with each other, but that moment doesn't have to be at Thanksgiving, when the mood is supposed to be one of love and grace.