05/11/10: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

Activists have encouraged enrolled tribal members of the Leech Lake and White Earth bands who wish to demonstrate their off-reservation fishing rights to participate in the “Great Anishinaabeg — Fish Off Reservation” rally, the Bemidji Pioneer reports. The rally will take place at 1 p.m. Friday, May 14, at the Lake Bemidji waterfront park. The article says, “The object of the rally is to protest ‘abuse and neglect of the 1855 treaty with the Anishinaabeg by the state of Minnesota.’ “

“North Country residents have experienced the warmest spring since modern record-keeping began shortly after the turn of the last century,” writes Marshall Helmberger in the Ely/Cook/Tower Timberjay. He reports that “During the two-month stretch, the I-Falls weather station recorded an average temperature of 40.0 degrees, beating the previous mark of 38.9 degrees, set in 1987.”

Construction on Rochester’s “Beltline” is headed for a later-than-expected start, reports Jeffrey Pieters in the Rochester Post-Bulletin. The article says, “Delays in acquiring five parcels needed for right-of-way along 12th Street Southeast are pushing back the expected start date to Aug. 2, the project manager told the Rochester City Council on Monday. Once started, the project will take about two months to finish.”

Duluth’s new arena will be named Amsoil Arena, reports Steve Kuchera in the Duluth News Tribune. The article says “Amsoil, the Superior-based maker of synthetic motor oil, will pay $6 million over 20 years for the right to name the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center’s new arena.”

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