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    Agreement signed to expand White Earth Nation's tribal access to Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge

    enJune 04, 2024

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    • Criminal justice system, law enforcementThe criminal justice system and law enforcement continue to face major issues surrounding justice and accountability, highlighted by recent cases and the need for transparency and fairness.

      Justice and accountability continue to be major issues, particularly in cases involving law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Lee Hawkins, a journalist, explores these themes in his new podcast, "What Happened in Alabama," where he delves into his family history and the cycles of trauma experienced by many Black Americans. Meanwhile, in Minnesota, the family of a man shot and killed by a state trooper last year are expressing disappointment and frustration after murder and manslaughter charges against the officer were dropped. The case has highlighted the ongoing tension between communities and law enforcement, and the need for transparency and fairness in the application of justice. Elsewhere, there is progress being made in other areas. The US Fish and Wildlife Service and the White Earth Nation have signed an agreement to expand tribal access to the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, addressing issues of permitting, water management, and co-stewardship. However, these positive steps are overshadowed by the ongoing challenges in the criminal justice system, underscoring the need for continued dialogue and action towards greater equity and fairness.

    • Smith Foundry emissionsSmith Foundry faces a $80,000 fine and must cease furnace and casting processes within a year to reduce emissions significantly following EPA settlement

      The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached a settlement with Smith Foundry in Minneapolis, requiring them to pay an $80,000 fine and cease their furnace and casting processes within a year to reduce emissions significantly. The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe is opening a new marijuana dispensary, Sweetest Grass, making it the closest to the Twin Cities. The Twins begin a series against the Yankees, and the Lynx and Minnesota Aurora have upcoming games. Smith Foundry, which was cited for emissions violations last May, will convert to a metal finishing facility. The Leech Lake dispensary had a soft opening for band members and will officially open to the public this week. The Prairie Island Indian community will also open a dispensary later this month. The Twins are performing well in the AL Central, while the Yankees lead in the AL East. The lynx and Minnesota United also have upcoming matches. The Loons recently beat Kansas City. The weather in Minnesota tonight includes partly cloudy conditions with potential for showers and heavy rain.

    • Minnesota WeatherMinnesota will have cooler temps, sunny but cooler day, and possible showers in northern and eastern areas, with a slight chance of afternoon storms

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