Fairbanks wins White Earth election

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

MAHNOMEN– Michael Fairbanks was elected the new chairman of the White Earth Nation yesterday.

Fairbanks defeated Brent Gish, with an unofficial count of 1,352 votes to Gish’s 679 in a special general election.

Fairbanks will fill the unexpired four-year term of former Chairman Terry Tibbets, who was elected in 2016 and died in March after a lengthy illness. 


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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