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DNR confronts tribal gill-netters on Gull Lake

Plus: Duluth sees surge in synthetic drug hospitalizations; Dayton supports law change to support soccer stadium; the new State Fair foods, assessed; and more.

Turns out the DNR’s one-day conflict avoidance tactic might not work out in the matter of Chippewa band wild rice harvesting and fishing. In the Star Tribune, Tony Kennedy writes, “Two tribal members who attempted to net fish on Gull Lake Friday were chased off the lake and given citations by state conservation officers who then pulled the 200-foot long net from the water and carried it away. … The confrontation happened just 300 feet away from Hole-in-the-day Lake, where treaty rights activists were harvesting wild rice without a license in the second day of a planned act of civil disobedience. … Three Department of Natural Resources conservation officers asked the fish netters to stop as they were paddling to shore. Instead, the two men landed their canoe and left the scene.”

Gov. Dayton never saw a stadium proposal he didn’t like. So Frederick Melo’s report in the Pioneer Press on the probably inevitable soccer stadium should come as no surprise: “Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday called a Major League Soccer franchise and a professional stadium for the team ‘on track’ and said he was optimistic both would come together in the Twin Cities. … Dayton, who spent part of the morning with St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, also said he supports any minor changes to state law that would help a stadium to move forward.”

Closing “Last Place on Earth” hasn’t solved Duluth’s synthetic drug problem. For the Duluth News Tribune, Lisa Kaczke reports, “An increasing number of people are being treated in Duluth’s emergency rooms after using a synthetic drug with an unknown chemical composition, authorities say. … This year’s increase in overdoses comes two years after doctors began to see a decrease in synthetic drug overdoses following the 2013 closure of Jim Carlson’s controversial head shop Last Place on Earth in downtown Duluth. … ‘It definitely feels like, “What? Again?” ’ Bilden said.”

It’s that best time of the year again! No, not the State Fair, but the Heavy Table’s roundup of the new foods at the State Fair. Summing it all up up top: “Was this the year the State Fair jumped the shark, or found its rhythm? Has the food gotten more ambitious or lazier? Yes, and yes, and yes again two times. Our 10-person team tackled a list of 59 items (our biggest ever) and discovered some unexpected gems (including an array of brilliant frozen treats), some throw-it-on-the-ground bad trainwrecks, about a tanker truck of Sriracha sauce, and a cooler, quieter brand of gonzo than the fried lamb testicles and ghost pepper wings of yesteryear.” But you’ve got to click through for the photos, mouthwatering and otherwise.

In other news…

No birds in the State Fair’s poultry barn thanks to avian flu, but there will be… “150 to 225 in­ter­ac­tive ta­ble-top dis­plays and posters about the poul­try in­dus­try” [The Country Today]

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MSP finds a new solution to the Runway 35 problem. [WCCO]

The Glean

Walz for governor? He’s not denying it: “U.S. Rep. Walz supporting Clinton; ‘honored’ by 2018 talk about him” [Pioneer Press]

All right, here are your UND nickname finalists: “Fighting Hawks, Nodaks, North Stars, Roughriders and Sundogs” [Inforum]

Also in North Dakota: Drones with stun guns legal under new North Dakota law” [Minnesota Lawyer]

Yeah, good luck with this: “Step Aside, San Francisco: ‘SF’ Now Stands for Sioux Falls, South Dakota” [Huffington Post]

And in non-Dakota news, First Avenue’s ceiling is fixed; GRRRL PRTY tonight. [MPR]

“These Are The 10 Drunkest Places In Wisconsin” [RoadSnacks]