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STAR LAKE, Minn. — The rallying cry of those opposed to a casino on Star Lake in Minnesota's Otter Tail County proved to be correct. It wasn't a done deal. "It's not a done deal," was the tagline used by groups opposing a massive casino, resort, convention center and RV complex proposed three years ago by then-leaders of the White Earth Band of Chippewa. It was to be built on Indian trust land and other property acquired by the tribe on Star Lake, a large and popular body of water located in a remote area of Otter Tail County east of Maplewood State Park near Dent.
This is complicated, because Ed Schultz was complicated. How does one eulogize such a man honestly, knowing that for every ounce of talent, there was an ounce of darkness to match? How does one tell the story with at least a semblance of balance, recognizing that for all the successes of the small-market sportscaster gone big time, there are innumerable tales of woe from many of those who dealt with him? Schultz died Thursday, July 5, leaving a legacy of broadcasting greatness. But there was more.
It seems obvious the moral thing to do would be to reunite the migrant children with their parents at this country's southern border. Stop the cruelty as the first step and go from there. Using children as young as 18 months old as political leverage isn't the American way. The Trump administration, as a way to scare migrants coming mostly from Central American countries, implemented a policy to separate parents from their children when they attempt to enter the United States illegally. It is called "zero tolerance" by supporters. It is called "inhumane" by detractors.
FARGO—Kevin Cramer continues to dance the dance, being a tease about running for a U.S. Senate seat in North Dakota. Whether this is because the Republican Congressman is truly conflicted or because he likes being courted by President Donald Trump remains up for debate. One sure way of getting a taste of Trump's shoe leather is, after all, to visit the White House.
FARGO — The television ads were running shortly after Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat, voted against the Republican tax bill that passed the U.S. Senate. They blasted Heitkamp for opposing the bill, echoing ads that earlier urged her to "do what's right for North Dakota."
Some men claim to be nervous because of all the male entertainment and media titans who've been fired in recent weeks over sexual harassment allegations. "What can we even do anymore?" they wail. "I'm afraid to compliment a woman at the office because she might take it the wrong way and get me fired." While some of this angst might be legitimate, we get the sense some men are just playing the victim. They think "boys will be boys" still plays in 2017.
The granddaughter of a white supremacist who preached hatred of Jews and police — and who kidnapped six of his grandchildren from North Dakota two decades ago — says he might be “setting up shop” in Kulm, N.D. Shannon Maresh said in an interview Tuesday afternoon that her grandfather, Gordon Winrod, might be planning to start a church — “Or a cult, in my mind,” Maresh said — in the old Kulm school building. The building was recently purchased at auction by Sam and Laura Leppert, Maresh’s aunt and uncle. Laura Leppert is Winrod’s daughter.
Hamid Shirvani, the controversial former chancellor of the North Dakota University System, has resigned as president of Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, Iowa, according to a press release from the school. “This has not been an easy decision for me to make, and is a result of a combination of family, personal and professional considerations,” Shirvani said in the release. “I have enjoyed working with the campus community, particularly with the faculty who represent the core of the university.”
Michele Bachmann was being Michele Bachmann, firing up a crowd of Republicans in rural Minnesota with a speech blasting immigration and insinuating a Somali-American cop who shot a white Australian woman in Minneapolis might have done so for "cultural" reasons. Right-wingers, meet red meat. It was a Trump-like performance from the former Congresswoman from Minnesota's 6th District. Twin Cities media who covered the event did their duty after the speech at the Waconia American Legion Club and asked Bachmann whether she was considering a run for governor in 2018.
A Detroit Lakes, Minn., woman gave what she called “the rest of the story” about a dispute that led to a landlord losing her rental license and a veteran losing his home. Beth Reski-Olness posted on Facebook Thursday that “the landlord in question, is illegally housing people in a garage that the city never knew about” and “this has nothing to do with a veteran, which we knew nothing about until he announced it at the meeting, but it is about a landlord breaking the law.”