Community mourns loss of Red Lake Conservation Officer

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

RED LAKE– The community is mourning the sudden loss of a Red Lake Conservation Officer.

According to a release from the Red Lake Police Department, Officer Shannon “Opie” Bannon appeared to have suffered a medical emergency while responding to a suspected illegal harvesting report.

He was 48 years old, and had worked for the Red Lake Department of Public Safety since 2000.

Flags will be flown at half-staff in Officer Bannon’s honor in the Red Lake Nation until further notice, according to an announcement from Chairman Darrel Seki.

Funeral arrangements have yet to be announced. 


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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