NEWS SUMMARY 5/28

Fatal Accidents Mar Weekend; White Earth Tribe Sued Over Water Access; Possible Canadian Customs Strike Could Hamper Border Travel

>>1 Dead After Crash In Crow Wing County

(Nisswa, MN)    A woman is dead following a crash in Crow Wing County.  The Minnesota State Patrol says the crash happened just before noon yesterday at the intersection of Highway 371 and County Highway 13.  Investigators say a car turning left onto County Highway 13 failed to yield for a pickup traveling north on Highway 371.  Thirty-five-year-old Ashley Gamm of Zimmerman died in the crash, while two others were injured. (24/7 News Source)

>>4 Teens Hit In Tragic Accident Over Memorial Weekend

(Alba, MN) — A tragic Memorial Day accident resulted in the death of three teens and one in critical condition. The accident occurred when a pickup truck failed to stop at a stop sign and was hit by a tractor-trailer. The collision resulted in the deaths of three young teens in the pickup truck. One passenger is still in the hospital with life-threatening injuries, Residents are calling for improved safety measures at the intersection to prevent future accidents. (24/7 News Source)

>>Tribe Sued Over Water Permit Requirements

(White Earth) One of Minnesota’s largest farming operations has sued the White Earth Band of Chippewa after the tribe sought to regulate its water use on its reservation and surrounding land.

The Star Tribune reports the tribe started requiring anyone who pumps more than 10,000 gallons of water a day or more than 1 million gallons a year on its reservation or within 5 miles of it to get a tribal permit. R.D. Offutt says the costs and uncertainty in getting approved could force farms to shut down.

Band lawyers argue that under federal law, White Earth can regulate non-members if their actions threaten the security and subsistence of the tribe. To get a tribal permit, farmers would need to pay a $5,000 application fee. The review process could take three years and the band would impose usage limits and inspect wells.

The state charges farmers $140 a year to pump up to 50 million gallons of water. All usage is self-reported and the state didn’t fine any of the roughly 800 farmers who broke their permits and pumped a total of 6.5 billion gallons more than they were allowed during the 2021 drought. White Earth Chair Michael Fairbanks said in a statement thatMinnesota is in the grip of a water crisis,

R.D. Offutt is one of the largest potato growing operations in the world. It rapidly expanded in Minnesota in the past two decades, becoming one of the state’s biggest water users. (Star Tribune)

>>Minnesota Officials Keeping On Eye On Possible Canadian Customs Strike

(St. Paul, MN)    Minnesota officials are keeping an eye on the northern border ahead of a possible strike by Canadian border agents.  Canada’s Customs and Immigration Union is demanding higher salaries and benefits and the membership has authorized a strike as early as next month.  Union officials say crossing the border could take up to ten hours if customs agents strike.  State leaders say they are working with the Canadian government to explore contingency plans if the strike happens.(24/7 News Source)

>>Man Arrested After Shots Fired In East Grand Forks

(East Grand Forks, MN) —  A man is in custody after he allegedly fired shots in East Grand Forks Sunday morning.  Police responded to reports of shots fired and identified Marko Ruot as a suspect.  He allegedly barricaded himself in an apartment unit , but he eventually surrendered and was arrested after negotiators and the Grand Forks Regional SWAT team arrived at the scene.  Nobody was injured in the shooting, and authorities say charges are currently pending.(24/7 News Source)

>>Undercooked Bear Meat Blamed For Illness That Sickened Four Minnesotans

(Undated)    The CDC says undercooked bear meat is responsible for an illness that sickened four Minnesotans in 2022.  Investigators say the meat was served at a family gathering in South Dakota and led to the hospitalization of three people.  Those who became ill developed trichinellosis [[ trick-in-el-LOW-sis ]], which is caused by a parasite found in wild game.  The CDC says the illness highlights the need to cook wild game meat to an internal temperature of 165 degrees to make it safe for consumption.(24/7 News Source)

>>Cyclists Finish MN to Maine Charity Bike Ride

(Duluth, MN)    Two women have completed a 15-hundred-mile bike ride from Minnesota to Maine to raise money for charity.  Duluth’s Britta Swanson and her cousin Karina finished their ride on Saturday.  The ride began earlier this month following Swanson’s graduation from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.  The pair has been raising money for World Bicycle Relief, an international nonprofit that uses donations to provide bikes to rural communities with few other transportation options.(24/7 News Source)

> Rural Farmers In Minnesota Switching To Solar Energy

(Minnesota) — Rural southern Minnesota faces a divide between traditional farmland and renewable energy production. The Kaehler family is choosing solar energy on their fifth-generation farm in St. Charles. Novel Energy Solutions has seen significant growth and is now the largest community solar developer in Minnesota. While concerns exist about prime farmland being used for solar projects, the Kaehlers view solar as a way to secure the future for their family and the next generation. Solar energy offers a stable income with minimal risk compared to traditional crops, and the family sees it as a long-term conservation project.



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