ONAMIA, Minn. —Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin came to the podium ready to fight those who would poison and destroy her tribe. She also fired a shot across the bow of those who otherwise might be traditional band allies.
BRAINERD, Minn.—Former DFL legislator Ryan Winkler is bringing on the populism in his race to become Minnesota's attorney general. He announced his intention to run especially early—fall of 2016. Originally from Bemidji, Winkler represented Twin Cities suburb Golden Valley for five terms in the Minnesota House of Representatives before moving to Belgium when his wife got a job there. Back in Minnesota, Winkler wants to use the state AG's office to level the playing field for common men and women, he said during a visit to Brainerd Dispatch on Friday, Jan. 5.
BRAINERD, Minn.—First-time congressional candidate Leah Phifer aims to resist President Donald Trump, engage a neglected voter bloc and be a voice of moderation—all at the same time.
BRAINERD, Minn. — The leader of a small tribe of Ojibwe in northern Minnesota thinks an increase in drug overdose deaths is due in part to county officials removing authority from her tribal police. The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe reservation sits mostly within the geographic boundary of Mille Lacs County, where county officials last year ended a police cooperation agreement. That ended tribal police authority on most parts of the reservation to enforce state laws, such as those dealing with illegal drugs.
CROSBY, Minn.—U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., said Friday he's not thinking of running for the U.S. Senate seat to be vacated when Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., resigns. Following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him, Franken announced Thursday he would resign. "Senator Franken has determined that he can no longer effectively represent the people of Minnesota," Nolan said in a statement Thursday. "He has done the right thing for Minnesota and our nation by stepping down."
BRAINERD, Minn.—Somalis in Minnesota often find themselves misunderstood, but one young refugee hopes to help change that.
EAST GULL LAKE—Matt Dean won the Minnesota governor straw poll among a gathering of Republicans Saturday, Dec. 2. A "straw poll" in politics refers to a poll taken among the attendees to a particular event. In this case, it was the delegates to the Minnesota Republican Party's State Central Committee, who attended a gathering at Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake. More than 300 of them voted on who they preferred for governor.
Six Republican Party candidates for governor spoke in front of a standing-room-only audience Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, and many of them echoed President Donald Trump in their remarks to fellow Republicans. Matt Dean, Keith Downey, Jeff Johnson, Phillip Parrish, David Osmek and Mary Giuliani Stephens all got the chance to introduce themselves early in the GOP primary season to an audience in a county where more than 62 percent of voters supported Trump.
BRAINERD, Minn. — All families may experience some sort of conflict when their members interact with each other, but that moment doesn't have to be at Thanksgiving, when the mood is supposed to be one of love and grace.
BRAINERD, Minn. — Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka has made a political career out of being a pinch hitter for Republicans in Minnesota and likely owes much of his success to a key character attribute. Gazelka, 58, holds fundamental beliefs, but tries not to let them obstruct the path to getting things done in St. Paul. First steps His initiation in politics was his first run for office in 2004, when he ran to replace Minnesota Rep. Dale Walz. Gazelka said Walz, a Republican from Brainerd, asked him to run in his stead.