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mille lacs band of ojibwe sues county over policing dispute


the mille lacs band of ojibwe sued mille lacs county in federal court friday, asking a judge to allow tribal officers to do their jobs without the county interfering after a yearslong rift between tribal and county leaders over policing.after working together for 25 years under a joint law enforcement agreement, the county severed ties with tribal police in the summer of 2016 because of concerns about tribal police work. since then, negotiations over an agreement have deadlocked, mediation ended in impasse and even gov. mark dayton unsuccessfully intervened to urge both sides to end the “public safety crisis.”in the lawsuit friday, the band asked a judge to declare that tribal officers can investigate violations of federal, state and tribal law on the mille lacs indian reservation, and pro






mille lacs county sues feds to get foia response


those of us who routinely ask government for records are used to suffering. we wait, and wait, and wait, sometimes for months, or years, for a magic e-mail or a letter in the mailbox.so i confess to schadenfreude to see my friends in government feeling the same pain. in this case, it’s mille lacs county that has discovered the freedom of information act’s exasperating reality.the county is embroiled in a bitter dispute with the mille lacs band of ojibwe over law enforcement on the mille lacs indian reservation. in 2016, the county ended a 25-year agreement that allowed tribal police to work as fully authorized peace officers.the conflict has created the peculiar situation of tribal officers who can’t take criminal suspects to jail or carry out other basic duties. the dispute is rooted in b






mille lacs county sues feds to get foia response


those of us who routinely ask government for records are used to suffering. we wait, and wait, and wait, sometimes for months, or years, for a magic e-mail or a letter in the mailbox.so i confess to schadenfreude to see my friends in government feeling the same pain. in this case, it's mille lacs county that has discovered the freedom of information act's exasperating reality.the county is embroiled in a bitter dispute with the mille lacs band of ojibwe over law enforcement on the mille lacs indian reservation. in 2016, the county ended a 25-year agreement that allowed tribal police to work as fully authorized peace officers.the conflict has created the peculiar situation of tribal officers who can't take criminal suspects to jail or carry out other basic duties. the dispute is rooted in b






calling it 'public safety crisis,' gov. dayton orders end to county-tribal dispu


onamia, minn. – a 15-month dispute between county and tribal leaders over policing of the mille lacs indian reservation has drawn the ire of gov. mark dayton, who is urging the two sides to quickly end what he calls a “public safety crisis.”after working together for 25 years under a joint law enforcement agreement, mille lacs county severed ties with the mille lacs band of ojibwe’s police department in the summer of 2016 because of concerns about tribal police work. tribal officials say those concerns are meritless and that the county’s decision to end the relationship jeopardizes public safety.since then, negotiations over a new agreement have deadlocked, and mediation ended in an impasse. hoping to resolve the conflict, dayton met recently with county leaders at the capitol to little av






calling it 'public safety crisis,' dayton orders end to county-tribal dispute


onamia, minn. – a 15-month dispute between county and tribal leaders over policing of the mille lacs indian reservation has drawn the ire of gov. mark dayton, who is urging the two sides to quickly end what he calls a “public safety crisis.”after working together for 25 years under a joint law enforcement agreement, mille lacs county severed ties with the mille lacs band of ojibwe’s police department in the summer of 2016 because of concerns about tribal police work. tribal officials say those concerns are meritless and that the county’s decision to end the relationship jeopardizes public safety.since then, negotiations over a new agreement have deadlocked, and mediation ended in an impasse. hoping to resolve the conflict, dayton met recently with county leaders at the capitol to little av






ojibwe leader says mille lacs walleye have not recovered yet


bradley harrington jr., the mille lacs band of ojibwe commissioner of natural resources and environment, said state and tribal fisheries managers dealing with historically low walleye numbers on lake mille lacs sense a buildup of community pressure to liberalize fishing regulations. but science-based conservation of the species comes first, he said.while many longtime anglers and people who make money from walleye fishing say the lake’s walleye population has recovered, harrington cites evidence to the contrary. he also said anti-indian racial tension in the area has increased.by law, harrington’s agency shares management of the fishery with seven other ojibwe, or chippewa, bands and the department of natural resources (dnr). under jointly set harvest limits, it’s been illegal for two cons






pine county, mille lac band will hire cultural coach to help at-risk youth


pine county and the mille lacs band of ojibwe are teaming up to hire a new cultural community coach to work with american indian youth.the new contract position, one of the few of its kind in minnesota, starts jan. 1 and is funded with grants of $25,000 each from the tribe and the county.the coach, likely to be a tribal member, will work with boys and girls under age 18 who are in probation or restorative justice programs. the goal is to bridge gaps in the system by boosting support for kids through a culturally sensitive program.“we’d like to reinvest in children differently,” pine county probation director terry fawcett said. “if we just spend a little more time with the kid, they will have a better chance to be successful.”juveniles on probation will get a probation officer, but the cul






gov. mark dayton to open bass season on mille lacs lake


st. paul, minn. — gov. mark dayton will travel to mille lacs (mil-lax') lake for the bass season opener on may 27.with the popular lake's walleye population struggling, dayton is going to mille lacs to highlight how it has become one of the top lakes in the u.s. for smallmouth bass.the dayton administration and the legislature have invested $4 million in economic development and tourism promotion in the mille lacs area to help cushion the blow of tight walleye restrictions. anglers will have to release any walleyes they catch in mille lacs lake again this summer.dayton will fish with outdoors tv personality ron schara and seth feider, a bloomington native who won last year's bassmaster angler of the year championship on mille lacs, which will host the tournament again in september.






dayton says walleye restrictions on lake mille lacs could be eased


two days after his fishing trip was interrupted by a protest flotilla on lake mille lacs, gov. mark dayton said the state will conduct a new walleye survey of the lake and possibly ease the fishing restrictions that prompted the demonstration.the state department of natural resources will sample the walleye population this fall, dayton said monday. if the fish are thriving, as critics of the restrictions say they seem to be, the state would revisit its regulations and catch limits on the popular lake.dayton said he’s hoping that the survey will back up local reports that a healthy population of walleye is back and biting on mille lacs, one of the state’s premier walleye fishing destinations.more than 25 boats carrying protesters circled the governor’s boat as he fished for bass on saturday






dayton says walleye restrictions on lake mille lacs could be eased


two days after his fishing trip was interrupted by a protest flotilla on lake mille lacs, gov. mark dayton said the state will conduct a new walleye survey of the lake and possibly ease the fishing restrictions that prompted the demonstration.the state department of natural resources will sample the walleye population this fall, dayton said monday. if the fish are thriving, as critics of the restrictions say they seem to be, the state would revisit its regulations and catch limits on the popular lake.dayton said he's hoping that the survey will back up local reports that a healthy population of walleye is back and biting on mille lacs, one of the state's premier walleye fishing destinations.more than 25 boats carrying protesters circled the governor's boat as he fished for bass on saturday






dayton says walleye restrictions on lake mille lacs could be eased


two days after his fishing trip was interrupted by a protest flotilla on lake mille lacs, gov. mark dayton said the state will conduct a walleye survey of the lake and possibly ease the fishing restrictions that prompted the demonstration.the state department of natural resources will sample the walleye population this fall, dayton said monday. if the fish are thriving, as critics of the restrictions say they seem to be, the state would revisit its regulations and catch limits on the popular lake.dayton said he's hoping that the survey will back up local reports that a healthy population of walleye is back and biting on mille lacs, one of the state's premier walleye fishing destinations.more than 25 boats carrying protesters circled the governor's boat as he fished for bass on saturday. th






dayton says walleye restrictions on lake mille lacs could be eased


two days after his fishing trip was interrupted by a protest flotilla on lake mille lacs, gov. mark dayton said the state will conduct a new walleye survey of the lake and possibly ease the fishing restrictions that prompted the demonstration.the state department of natural resources will sample the walleye population this fall, dayton said monday. if the fish are thriving, as critics of the restrictions say they seem to be, the state would revisit its regulations and catch limits on the popular lake.dayton said he’s hoping the survey will back up local reports that a healthy population of walleye is back and biting on mille lacs, one of the state’s premier walleye fishing destinations.more than 25 boats carrying protesters circled the governor’s boat as he fished for bass on saturday, hol






mille lacs walleye season again catch-and-release, includes shutdown


lake mille lacs walleye anglers won’t be allowed to keep fish for the second season in a row, and a new state regulation will shut down mille lacs walleye fishing from july 7-27 in an attempt to extend the season through labor day weekend.tom landwehr, minnesota department of natural resources commissioner, announced the rules tuesday, about eight weeks before the state’s traditional walleye season opens may 13. mille lacs has been receiving special attention from the dnr ever since fisheries managers detected a sharp decline in walleye numbers in the lake.this year’s catch-and-release provision was long expected, but the planned july shutdown is something new. with state-licensed anglers facing an annual quota of mille lacs walleye and with one-third of this year’s quota already captured






walleye season on mille lacs is again catch-and-release; includes shutdown


lake mille lacs walleye anglers won’t be allowed to keep fish for the second season in a row, and a new state regulation will shut down mille lacs walleye fishing from july 7-27 in an attempt to extend the season through labor day weekend.tom landwehr, minnesota department of natural resources commissioner, announced the rules tuesday, about eight weeks before the state’s traditional walleye season opens may 13. mille lacs has been receiving special attention from the dnr ever since fisheries managers detected a sharp decline in walleye numbers in the lake.this year’s catch-and-release provision was long expected, but the planned july shutdown is something new. with state-licensed anglers facing an annual quota of mille lacs walleye and with one-third of this year’s quota already captured






outside experts to review dnr's mille lacs walleye management


 a nationwide group of fisheries scientists will evaluate department of natural resources walleye assessment and management methods on mille lacs.dnr fisheries chief don pereira and regional fisheries manager brad parsons told the mille lacs fisheries advisory committee on monday night the experts will be available to answer members’ questions directly.“they can ask these experts anything they want about our mille lacs policy or management without going through us at the dnr,’’ parsons said. “for example, do the experts think our walleye sampling methods are sufficient and appropriate for mille lacs?’’dr. chris vandergoot of the u.s. geological survey station in sandusky, ohio, will lead the group.“he is very familiar with lake erie, which is another complicated, multi-jurisdictional walle






anderson: experts to review dnr's mille lacs walleye management


 a nationwide group of fisheries scientists will evaluate department of natural resources walleye assessment and management methods on mille lacs.dnr fisheries chief don pereira and regional fisheries manager brad parsons told the mille lacs fisheries advisory committee on monday night the experts will be available to answer members’ questions directly.“they can ask these experts anything they want about our mille lacs policy or management without going through us at the dnr,’’ parsons said. “for example, do the experts think our walleye sampling methods are sufficient and appropriate for mille lacs?’’dr. chris vandergoot of the u.s. geological survey station in sandusky, ohio, will lead the group.“he is very familiar with lake erie, which is another complicated, multi-jurisdictional walle






anderson: experts to review dnr's mille lacs walleye management


a nationwide group of fisheries scientists will evaluate department of natural resources walleye assessment and management methods on mille lacs.dnr fisheries chief don pereira and regional fisheries manager brad parsons told the mille lacs fisheries advisory committee on monday night the experts will be available to answer members’ questions directly.“they can ask these experts anything they want about our mille lacs policy or management without going through us at the dnr,’’ parsons said. “for example, do the experts think our walleye sampling methods are sufficient and appropriate for mille lacs?’’dr. chris vandergoot of the u.s. geological survey station in sandusky, ohio, will lead the group.“he is very familiar with lake erie, which is another complicated, multi-jurisdictional walley






another catch-and-release summer for mille lacs walleyes


st. paul, minn. — minnesota wildlife officials are imposing another catch-and-release summer for walleyes on popular mille lacs lake.the restrictions this year include a closure on walleye fishing on mille lacs for 21 days, from july 7 to july 27. anglers can fish for all other species on the east-central minnesota lake during the 21-day period, including bass, muskies and northerns, but only with artificial bait and lures.the minnesota department of natural resources says the catch-and-release restrictions are needed to help rebuild mille lacs' struggling walleye population. catch-and-release regulations were imposed on the premier walleye lake for the first time last season.officials say the decision to have a 21-day closure during the walleye season was made after a successful winter se






mille lacs guide steve fellegy guarantees walleye* to eat


mille lacs fishing guide steve fellegy is trying to drum up business for the coming season by guaranteeing his clients will take home a limit of walleye fillets.guaranteeing success is risky for any angling guide, especially those who ply their trade on mille lacs.after all, again this summer, walleye fishing there is strictly catch-and-release.still, there was fellegy’s guarantee, broadcast recently via craigslist and other online outlets:“yep! included in my lake mille lacs guided walleye trips in 2017 is this guarantee: you will go home with 12 walleye fillets!! (for the group, not per angler).’’the fillets, fellegy goes on to say, will not be freshly caught. instead, they will be frozen and packed. dylan erickson of stacy, minn., fishing for catfish recently from the shores of the st.






dnr drops mille lacs b limit from 4 to 3 in may


st. paul, minn. — the minnesota department of natural resources says the limit for keeping b on mille lacs lake will drop by one fish this season.anglers on the big lake will be able to keep three b starting may 27 when the b season begins.dnr fisheries chief don pereira says dropping the b possession limit from four to three is a good way to strike a balance between harvesting fish and preserving the trophy-sized b mille lacs is known for.anglers can keep three b in any combination of smallmouth and lar outh. all b 17-21 inches must be immediately released, and only one b over 21 inches may be kept.catch-and-release b fishing opens the same day as minnesota's walleye and northern pike opener on may 13.






anderson: boorish mille lacs protesters miss point with governor


gov. mark dayton can be forgiven if he chooses not to help mille lacs area residents and business owners any further during his final 18 months in office.at his own suggestion, dayton traveled to mille lacs last saturday to promote the lake’s smallmouth bass fishing, saying he would fish the lake for a few hours to draw attention to its recent designation by bassmaster magazine as the nation’s best bass fishery.dayton believed his visit would be timely, given that walleye fishing is suspended on mille lacs until july 28 so sport anglers don’t exceed their 44,800-pound walleye quota before sept. 5, when walleye fishing on the lake ends until dec. 1. (as of june 30, the “harvest” of walleyes estimated to have died after being caught was 31,769.)the anglers’ quota represents 70 percent of a “






mille lacs ranked no. 1 bass lake in the nation by fishing magazine


mille lacs has been losing its identity as a leading walleye lake in the upper midwest, but it keeps gaining attention for great bass fishing.the big pond in central minnesota today was named the best bass fishery in the country by bassmaster magazine. the 2017 rankings put mille lacs no. 1 overall in a listing of the 100 best bass lakes in america. the iconic central minnesota lake ranked sixth on the same list a year ago. it dethroned toledo bend reservoir, holder of the top spot for the past two years.the magazine said mille lacs surged to the pinnacle in part because of the smallmouth bass production achieved by professional anglers in last september’s toyota bassmaster angler of the year championship. judges weighed nearly 100 five-fish limits of smallmouth during the tournament that






dayton cancels meeting with mille lacs business owners after protest


gov. mark dayton canceled a meeting with business owners around lake mille lacs saturday after about 75 protesters in boats encircled him on the lake to protest a temporary ban on walleye fishing.dayton was with a small group of people fishing for bass to promote the fishing that is still allowed at the lake after restrictions — including a ban on fishing walleye until july 28 — went into place thursday. dayton’s boat spent about 30 minutes on the water before heading back to land.passengers on roughly 25 boats displayed balloons and signs reading “regulation without representation = tyranny” and “gov. dayton stop lake mille lacs politics!”protesters included residents, business owners and resort customers, including one group of men who had planned a weekend of walleye fishing before they






another catch-and-release summer for mille lacs walleyes


anglers will have to release any walleyes they catch in mille lacs lake again this summer and they will be barred from even catching the fish for three weeks during the peak of the season, state wildlife officials said tuesday.






3 girls who rescued fox in mille lacs county sought after it tests positive for


the mille lacs county sheriff’s office is looking for three young girls who helped an injured fox that later tested positive for rabies.the girls “treated” a fox that appeared to have been hit by a car in the area near central avenue s. and the rum river in milaca on friday morning, the sheriff’s office said in a news release posted on its facebook page. the fox later tested positive for rabies.“the three young girls may have been exposed and need to be tested,” the sheriff’s office said.“mille lacs county sheriff brent c. lindgren would like to remind everyone that injured animals such as the above mentioned fox can be infected with rabies and any injured animal should be avoided for this reason,” the post continued.anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff at 320-983-8257 or t






anderson: submerged vehicles are mille lacs salvage company's specialty


you can call jim staricha at night and he’ll answer the phone. but if you’ve plunged your truck or car through a crack or pressure ridge in the lake mille lacs ice, he’ll wait until morning to recover your vehicle.“we stopped going out at night a couple years ago,” staricha said. “too dangerous. it’s not worth it.”staricha owns a specialized business: in winter, he recovers pickups, cars, four-wheelers, side-by-side atvs — you name it — from mille lacs, which remains one of the state’s most popular cold-weather angling destinations, despite its tight walleye harvest restrictions.he is, some say, the best at what he does. but don’t expect him and his crew to angle onto mille lacs in a blizzard, either, to recover your prized pickup or other vehicle.he’ll wait until the weather clears. submi






mille lacs walleye fishing, even catch and release,ends tonight


a planned temporary shutdown of walleye fishing this month on lake mille lacs, even catch and release, will take effect this week and last for most of the rest of the month in an effort to preserve the struggling population of the prized species.combined with a night-fishing ban already in place on the popular 207-square-mile lake, walleye fishing will come to a halt starting at 10:01 p.m. thursday and last until 6:01 a.m. on july 28.“conserving the mille lacs walleye fishery is a top priority for [the] dnr, and the closure is happening when fish are most vulnerable to stress from warm weather and high fishing [demand],” said don pereira, fisheries chief for the state department of natural resources.catch and release is part of the ban, the dnr explains, because fish have a tendency to die






mille lacs walleye fishing, even catch and release, ends tonight


a planned temporary shutdown of walleye fishing this month on lake mille lacs, even catch and release, will take effect this week and last for most of the rest of the month in an effort to preserve the struggling population of the prized species.combined with a night-fishing ban already in place on the popular 207-square-mile lake, walleye fishing will come to a halt starting at 10:01 p.m. thursday and last until 6:01 a.m. on july 28.“conserving the mille lacs walleye fishery is a top priority for [the] dnr, and the closure is happening when fish are most vulnerable to stress from warm weather and high fishing [demand],” said don pereira, fisheries chief for the state department of natural resources.catch and release is part of the ban, the dnr explains, because fish have a tendency to die






mille lacs walleye fishing, even catch and release, comes to halt thursday night


the anticipated shutdown of walleye fishing this month on lake mille lacs, even catch and release, is about to take effect this week and last for most of the rest of the month in an effort to preserve the struggling population of the prized species.combined with a night-fishing ban already in place on the popular 207-square-mile lake, walleye fishing will come to a halt starting at 10:01 p.m. thursday and last until 6:01 a.m. on july 28."conserving the mille lacs walleye fishery is a top priority for [the] dnr, and the closure is happening when fish are most vulnerable to stress from warm weather and high fishing [demand]," said don pereira, fisheries chief for the state department of natural resources.catch and release is part of the ban, the dnr explains, because fish have a tendency to






mille lacs walleye fishing, even catch and release, comes to halt thursday night


a planned temporary shutdown of walleye fishing this month on lake mille lacs, even catch and release, will take effect this week and last for most of the rest of the month in an effort to preserve the struggling population of the prized species.combined with a night-fishing ban already in place on the popular 207-square-mile lake, walleye fishing will come to a halt starting at 10:01 p.m. thursday and last until 6:01 a.m. on july 28."conserving the mille lacs walleye fishery is a top priority for [the] dnr, and the closure is happening when fish are most vulnerable to stress from warm weather and high fishing [demand]," said don pereira, fisheries chief for the state department of natural resources.catch and release is part of the ban, the dnr explains, because fish have a tendency to die






mille lacs walleye fishing, even catch and release, comes to halt thursday night


a planned temporary shutdown of walleye fishing this month on lake mille lacs, even catch and release, will take effect this week and last for most of the rest of the month in an effort to preserve the struggling population of the prized species.combined with a night-fishing ban already in place on the popular 207-square-mile lake, walleye fishing will come to a halt starting at 10:01 p.m. thursday and last until 6:01 a.m. on july 28."conserving the mille lacs walleye fishery is a top priority for [the] dnr, and the closure is happening when fish are most vulnerable to stress from warm weather and high fishing [demand]," said don pereira, fisheries chief for the state department of natural resources.catch and release is part of the ban, the dnr explains, because fish have a tendency to die






mille lacs walleye fishing, even catch and release, comes to halt thursday night


a planned temporary shutdown of walleye fishing this month on lake mille lacs, even catch and release, will take effect this week and last for most of the rest of the month in an effort to preserve the struggling population of the prized species.combined with a night-fishing ban already in place on the popular 207-square-mile lake, walleye fishing will come to a halt starting at 10:01 p.m. thursday and last until 6:01 a.m. on july 28.“conserving the mille lacs walleye fishery is a top priority for [the] dnr, and the closure is happening when fish are most vulnerable to stress from warm weather and high fishing [demand],” said don pereira, fisheries chief for the state department of natural resources.catch and release is part of the ban, the dnr explains, because fish have a tendency to die






mille lacs becomes a big bass hot spot


state tourism officials were thrilled by the announcement last week that mille lacs now ranks as the crown jewel of all bass-fishing destinations in the united states.alabama-based bassmaster magazine selected the big pond in central minnesota no. 1 overall in its annual ranking of the 100 best bass lakes, up from sixth place in 2016. mille lacs dethroned toledo bend reservoir, holder of the top spot for the past two years.“this is a fantastic and well-deserved recognition for lake mille lacs and minnesota’s growing reputation as a bass-fishing destination,” said john edman, director of explore minnesota.over the past three years, state taxpayers have invested $4 million in economic development and tourism promotion in the mille lacs area, some of it carrying the message that the lake is w






mille lacs business owners say walleye strife is politics, not biology


coming off a season of walleye overindulgence on mille lacs, there's discord between the department of natural resources and chippewa bands from minnesota and wisconsin over how many walleyes to allocate for state and tribal anglers in 2017.the annual fishery co-management talks normally settle in time for the dnr to set mille lacs walleye regulations in time for the northwest sportshow, starting march 23. but this year's discussions to establish a safe harvest level might not be completed by then, dnr fisheries chief don pereira said tuesday.pereira met friday in isle with members of the mille lacs fisheries advisory committee, explaining that the bands did not accept the dnr's position that the lake could safely support a total walleye harvest this year of 90,000 pounds. the advisory com






palaniuk wins bass tournament on mille lacs


lake mille lacs – at 10:30 sunday morning, brandon palaniuk had just one smallmouth bass in his boat. he had dreamed of becoming a professional angler since he was 8 years old, and now, on this most important day of his fishing career, his livewell was nearly empty.palaniuk, of hayden, idaho, had entered the third and final day of the toyota bassmaster angler of the year championship as the season-long points leader among 108 elite series fishermen.a $100,000 paycheck awaited him if he could put together a five-bass limit that weighed about 20 pounds sunday. but he held only a slim, 12-point lead over oklahoma angler jason christie, and palaniuk knew he needed a productive third day on mille lacs to win.“the next spot i fished i had fished twice each day the first two days of the tournamen






dayton cancels mille lacs meeting following protest


gov. mark dayton canceled a meeting with business owners around lake mille lacs saturday after about 75 protesters in boats encircled him on the lake to protest a temporary ban on walleye fishing.dayton was with a small group of people fishing for bass to promote the fishing that is still allowed at the lake after restrictions — including a ban on fishing walleye until july 28 — went into place thursday. dayton’s boat spent about 90 minutes on the water before heading back to land.passengers on roughly 25 boats displayed balloons and signs reading “regulation without representation = tyranny” and “gov. dayton stop lake mille lacs politics!”dayton said he respects the protesters’ frustration, but he defended the ban as a way of preserving the struggling walleye population. he said he cancel






al jarreau: seven-time grammy-winning jazz singer dies at 76


image copyrightepaimage caption jarreau was being treated in a los angeles hospital seven-time grammy award-winning jazz and pop singer al jarreau has died in los angeles at the age of 76, his publicist says.the cause of his death was not immediately clear. he was in a hospital being treated for exhaustion. a rare artist to have won a grammy in jazz, pop and r&b categories, jarreau was famed for writing the theme to hit television show moonlighting.earlier this month, he retired from touring after more than 50 years.born in milwaukee, wisconsin, in 1940, he started singing as a child, joining his family in church concerts and events.but his career did not kick off until years later - first, he graduated in psychology and worked at a rehabilitation centre in san francisco.his first albu