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More than 200 members and friends of the Anishinaabe gathered to celebrate the coming of spring by honoring the seeds and water that bring life at the Honor the Earth powwow at Pine Point School on Saturday. Honor the Earth is a national group that advocates for environmental justice, including working to stop pipeline projects in Minnesota and North Dakota. Winona LaDuke is executive director.
"Power is not brute force and money; power is in your spirit. Power is in your soul. It is what your ancestors, your old people gave you. Power is in the earth; it is in your relationship to the earth." ― Winona LaDuke Honor the Earth is holding a Traditional Spring Powwow (Ziigwan Niimi'idiwin in Ojibwe) beginning at noon Saturday at Pine Point School. The theme is "Water is Life."
Teresita Diaz, 17, a junior at Park Rapids Area High School, grew up on the White Earth Reservation and attended Pine Point School through eighth grade. Saying the Pledge of Allegiance was not part of their school day, so when she came to Park Rapids and saw everyone standing for the pledge she joined them.
Community members, friends and family are helping 6-month-old Neva Shepersky fight leukemia. On Feb. 21, Jeremy and Carin, who live between Osage and Ponsford, received the devastating news that their baby girl was diagnosed with pre-B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) at the University of Minnesota Children's Hospital in Minneapolis.
The U.S. Border Patrol — not the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) — is entering Park Rapids apartments and gathering immigrants. The claim that six immigrants were arrested without warrants was made a recent forum about immigration.
Is Nevis School equipped to handle an event like the recent school shooter in Florida? That question was the topic of much discussion at Monday's Nevis school board meeting. Two approaches to help prevent that type of tragedy were discussed: mental health services to help students before they commit such an act (see inside story) and ways to enhance security in the school building. Armed guards and other options School board member Justin Isaacson shared concerns about some children and teachers not feeling safe in school.
Racial profiling was not involved in the traffic stop by a Park Rapids police officer that was discussed at a Feb. 15 immigration forum. The Park Rapids Area League of Women Voters forum, "Bringing It Home: Immigration in Our Area" included a public comment section where Hubbard County resident Michael Rak stated he believed his wife was stopped because she is Hispanic. Park Rapids Police Chief Jeff Appel set up a meeting with Rak and Carolyn White from the League of Women Voters at the Enterprise to share information and resolve this issue.
A resolution by the City of Akeley to "not support the passing of a bill in the Legislature authorizing the issuance of an off-sale license to the S & H Retail/Red River Event Center" narrowly passed at the special meeting Thursday night. Council member Bobbie Wosika made the motion and council member Billy Krotzer seconded it. Council members Dan Riggs and Margaret Bond-Vorel voted against the motion.
Editor's Note: This is the second in a two-part series about a recent immigration forum hosted by the Park Rapids Area League of Women Voters. The journey to citizenship is costly in terms of both time and money, but for two local immigrants who shared their stories it is a priceless gift to pass on to your children. Teachers of English Language Learners (ELL) in Park Rapids who were on the panel talked about what being an immigrant is like from the student's point of view while struggling with a whole new way of life.
Drug dealers are not welcome in Hubbard County. That is the message of a countywide town hall forum at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 3 at the Akeley Regional Community Center gymnasium. The "Community Discussion about the War on Drugs" is an effort between the Akeley Chamber of Commerce, Akeley Police Chief Jimmy Hansen and the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office.