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Reviewed August 22, Nice people. Mille Lacs Fishery Harvest Plan, Remember that the evening of February 6th is set aside starting at 7pm for precinct caucuses across the state. All citizens are invited to take the first step in deciding who our candidates are and what your party stands for.
You can also offer resolutions for new planks in your party's platform. Real new leadership from the Governor's office, Attorney General's office, and the Legislature may be the only thing that can break the logjam at the Mille Lacs fishery. Whether you attend or not, plan on asking your candidates questions about where they stand on the issues--for example, "What, specifically, will you do to end the stalemate caused by the failure of co-management of the Mille Lacs fishery? For more information and to learn where your precinct caucus meets, check out the Minnesota Secretary of State's website here.
If you just need the location, go to Caucus Finder here. I read with interest the article in the Jan. Of the many important topics she spoke of, as a fisherman, one in particular caught my eye. She said one of the challenges that the Band is facing is "declining revenue from gaming" but she expects the profits to recover when the Mille Lacs Lake walleye population recovers.
Which she said "appears to be right on track. So if the population is admittedly on track why aren't the regulations keeping pace? Last summer, anglers were only allowed to fish 78 days of a normal plus day season. The lake was closed to walleye fishing the other plus days of the season. On top of that, it's been two and a half years since open water anglers have been able to keep a walleye. Enough is enough already. And now, for the umpteenth year in a row, winter anglers can keep only one fish which feels like a gift and the slot has been set at an unprecedented to inch size range, once again protecting the hallowed year class of That year class appears to be in the high teens lengthwise right now, and are quickly on their way to another untouchable size.
If that year class continues to be protected, it is going to grow into one the biggest eating machines yet and the cannibalism that has plagued Mille Lacs for years and years - when there is a low natural forage base - will continue. The good news is, right now the lake is loaded with small perch. The lake is also full of good size tullibees.
Muskie fishing last fall, I snagged so many it actually became a nuisance. So in my opinion, there is a lot of natural forage in the lake at this time. So if indeed the Band's gaming revenues are suffering, it's not from a lack of walleyes in the lake.
It's because regulations have been too stringent for too long. Regulations dictate whether fishermen that want to take a meal home will come or not--it's really that simple. Loosen up the regulations and everyone will benefit--including the lake. So I ask you Ms. Everyone in this area will benefit. The Star Tribune's Oct. Amazingly, the Strib facilitates the racism smear against Mille Lacs-connected resorters, anglers, and others who rightfully dispute the horrendous political state-tribal co-management of Mille Lacs — with no hard follow-up questions!
The article's intro highlighted the theme of "anti-Indian racial tension. These are the same people who threw rocks at Native Americans exercising their rights in the s. The recent 'Circle the Wagons' rally where protesters in boats encircled Gov. Mark Dayton while he promoted Mille Lacs bass fishing is a perfect example of blatant racism at play on Mille Lacs. Which "vocal voices" and protesters? Proper Economic Resource Management, the fund-raising arm of the landowners in the anti-Minnesota treaty rights case?
I attended numerous PERM fund-raisers where the group's leaders and attorneys routinely reminded citizens that their cause was about law and resource management, not about race or opposing "the Indians. Honest responses would say no racism! Know that with tribal-related issues, the race card is misplayed to silence and discredit those posing relevant questions about high-impact policies, such as treaty management at Mille Lacs and elsewhere.
As the late Chippewa journalist Bill Lawrence reminded his non-Indian friends: Always distinguish between "the Indians," meaning the people, and what he called the modern "Indian industry" — a rich and super-powerful corporate-legal-political force. Is there a principle in government, politics, journalism, and academics that exempts modern tribal governments, their resource-management agencies, and state personnel who interact with them, from due scrutiny and accountability?
Hey, they impact public policy, the public treasury, and the well-being of Minnesota resources and people! What they do is fair game for questions, discussion, debate, and criticism every day of the year. More Mille Lacs propaganda.
This implies there was an actual harvest by anglers. There has been no harvest in the summer by anglers for the past two years, yet there has been a continual harvest by the bands with no interruption — of actual walleyes, not mythical post mortality poundage. But how can businesses prepare for several years of slashed allocations due to obviously flawed data?
Fishing has rarely been better than it was this summer. You can theorize all you want about the factors, but the fact remains, the lake is loaded with walleyes of all sizes right now.
And not a single one has hit the fry pan in the past two summers. For years, slot limits — not nature — have forced anglers to release eating-size walleyes that were outside the slot, only to allow them to grow bigger. The slot limits have built up giant eating machines of big walleyes though the years — and the DNR has admitted that. And now, the renowned class of that the DNR wants to protect — and has been virtually untouchable — is approaching the inch range and is another giant eating machine.
No wonder there is cannibalism. September 15, Equal hunting and fishing rights? For everybody else the state hunting is closed this year to allow herd to recover. Tribal biologist Mike Schrage said quotas are based on "demonstrated needs of the tribal community" along with other factors, "the way any natural resources agency would.
Schrage said that the current moose population of about 3, animals "has not recovered to its estimate of more than 8, DNR's Rivers confirmed that reinstating a hunt for state sportsmen isn't anywhere near the table at the moment. There is still pressure to restore the hunt but right now their focus is on the status of the heard.
Radomski presents his research as "Personal observations on the management of the Mille Lacs walleye fishery. Radomski's August 25, report tries to answer two questions: What aspects of Mille Lacs fisheries management need improvement? What factors were important in the reduction of the walleye population? The Mille Lacs fisheries management goal of protecting large walleye has suppressed young walleye survival and reduced walleye productivity. The current Mille Lacs walleye spawning stock biomass is plentiful and the population can produce ample walleye eggs and very large numbers of young walleye.
The walleye populations has not collapsed, weakened, or failed; however, the management system has struggled. Suggestions are provided on how to improve the system. This assumption is incorrect. It could be more pragmatic on the difficulties of estimating the number of walleye in the lake with enough accuracy for a hard-edged quota. Star Tribune report includes evidence that the public wasn't supposed to find out about the walleye harvest agreement. Hopefully, he will learn more because the DNR is expected to be "on the hot seat to re-explain its management strategy of the famed Mille Lacs walleye fishery," according to a report in the Star Tribune.
The DNR is accused of hiding "details of a key walleye agreement made this spring with eight Chippewa bands that co-manage the lake. Mille Lacs area residents believe walleye stocks have recovered, based on "phenomenal catch rates. Elected leadership including Rep. Legislators have met with Erickson, and Sen. Oslin said the county will present data to show economic losses related to stringent walleye quotas. Oslin and Erickson agree with Mille Lacs anglers who don't believe the DNR's rigid position that there's a walleye crisis.
Oslin said, "A growing core of stakeholders around Mille Lacs believes co-management of the fishery with the Chippewa is't working and should be challenged," according to the report. Co-management protocols stemming from a federal court order "can be changed and the state should flex its muscles. The agency brought up points of the agreement, "but the document itself wasn't distributed until Erickson uncovered it," the report stated.
Secrecy appears to have been deliberate, since the signed agreement's masthead included the statement: Pereira was also quoted, saying, "It's a constant frustration to manage the Mille Lacs fishery while having "to exert so much energy managing human dimensions.
Getting past the secrecy and respecting the volunteer efforts of the Mille Lacs Fishery Advisory Committee would have saved a lot of that energy. Since you have declined to have a public meeting to discuss this situation, I will respond to both of the e-mails at one time. In Katie's e-mail, she included a copy of a document , which she states was the final agreement.
This document does not contain the opening paragraph, which restricted disclosure to the public. Upon reviewing that document copies of both documents attached , I have several questions. First, if you place page 4 of that document alongside page 4 of the original restricted document, the signatures and dates when they were signed look strikingly similar, and in fact, they look identical to the naked eye.
I do not think if you gave me one hundred tries to sign my name twice, any two of my signatures would look that similar. Also, why if both documents were available on March 31, when they were signed by Don Pereira, was the draft agreement signed along with the supposed final agreement? In the same way, why would the other three parties who signed the agreement seven to twelve days later sign the draft?
It would seem reasonable that all of the parties would only sign the final agreement. Both you and Katie make a point that the lack of disclosure to MLFAC and the public was an oversight and it was not intentionally withheld. I find it surprising that in all of the discussions since March 31, about harvestable surplus, regulations, closures, conservation caps, etc.
You both also state that the substance of the agreement was discussed with MLFAC members last spring. I certainly agree that we discussed the overage and its payback, as well as, safe harvest limits and allocation. It was also never disclosed to us that you had agreed upon parameters for calculating harvestable surplus levels for based on spawning stock biomass levels, nor that you had agreed to be locked in to the latest hooking mortality study, which we have many problems with, as outlined in our latest recommendations to you.
In your e-mail, you also outline the problems created by the State's overage in It was not allowed by your agreement with the Bands. My question then would be; was the Governor made aware of the potential consequences of his decision by either the DNR or the Attorney General's office prior to its announcement?
It would seem that this information would be critical to his decision. If he were aware of the consequences, why would he proceed? If not, why was he not given this information? It ha d some very negative consequences for the citizens of Minnesota.
I have also listened for years to you and other DNR employees say we have no chance if the State went back to court. We cannot win so we should give the Bands whatever they want. I am curious what basis you have for this conclusion. To the best of my knowledge, neither you nor Governor Dayton are attorneys so I assume this conclusion comes from Attorney General Swanson.
Have any independent parties ever reviewed these conclusions? There are several national law firms who deal with Native American treaties and rights on a daily basis and are current with the latest court decisions.
Would the citizens of Minnesota benefit from having one of these law firms review the State's legal position and options? In conclusion, there remain many questions about this entire situation, and I still believe an open meeting for MLFAC members and other interested parties would be beneficial. Anglers have endured an extended ban on walleye fishing interspersed with catch-and-release restrictions this summer, due to what critics view as mismanagement of the resource by the Dayton administration.
Now the co-chair of the Mille Lacs Fishery Advisory Committee has accused the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Dayton of cutting a secret deal with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibway and other tribes on the walleye harvest for the next three years.
The agreement was finalized in March, but only recently came to light. This agreement was never disclosed to the public at any time. Why would the DNR secretly negotiate a settlement like this without disclosing it to anyone?
Hanson criticizes several aspects of the deal, including a "boost to treaty harvest quotas" that he says "could severely reduce our potential harvest in the future. A powerful conservation group , Proper Economic Resource Management, also ripped Dayton and the DNR for a lack of transparency and paying lip-service to local businesses and residents who depend on the fishery.
It ignores the constituencies MLFAC represents and the suggestions they have been making for improving the 'co-management of Mille Lacs. If an agreement like this has to be done behind closed doors, and the results known only if leaked, is ther more going on than meets the eye?
Steve Johnson found it "disturbing" that the DNR would meet with tribal leaders, and never let on for months. Loss of trust brings an obvious question: Was this really the first time? After being exposed, the DNR is claiming the secret agreement is actually a "public document. Almost as disturbing is the media's near total blackout on reporting the incident.
The lack of transparency, and lack of any calls for transparency, only covers the DNR's backside and leaves Minnesotans out in the cold. Feelings of helplessness and "this will never end" can by offset a bit by sharing these videos.
Steve John today released a second video covering 20 years of history of "how we got here" regarding the "co-management" debacle at Mille Lacs.
August 29, Otter Tail County commissioners last week voted to request a full environmental impact statement EIS for a proposed casino on Star Lake in response to concerns of local residents.
The project includes a gambling facility, hotel, restaurants, conference center and RV park. Federal law gives the band the right to build a casino on trust land set aside during treaty settlements long ago, but the county has the power to approve other aspects of the project.
Only about 15 acres of the proposed acres are Indian Trust land. Local residents are worried what this casino would do to the ecosystem surrounding the lake, a very environmentally sensitive area. They are worried run-off from the casino will be detrimental to the lakes and wetlands.
Too much human pressure on a fragile ecosystem, especially long-term, could be impossible to reverse. The casino proposal involves the federal, state and county governments as well as a sovereign tribal nation. An application for a dredging and filling permit on the trust lands is pending with the Army Corps of Engineers. After the county sets the scope of the EIS and gets responses from the tribe, the board will have a maximum of days to make a decision on its portion of the project.
The funds come from the U. Fish and Wildlife Service, which offers support for a range of species and habitats across the country. It will support endangered species and habitats listed in approved state wildlife action plans.
It is very troubling to say the least. We recently acquired a copy of an agreement called "Consensus: We were shocked to say the least. This is exactly the type of thing, which reinforces our position that more transparency is needed in connection with DNR and Band discussions and negotiations. It is an example of why we have requested participation of some kind in FTC meetings.
We also need to consider that this agreement resulted from an overharvest of 6, pounds in It was an estimated hooking mortality, not an actual harvest. These numbers come from expansions of creel census data, which have always been suspect to us, as well as an estimated hooking mortality study, which we have questioned since its release.
We also believe that this overage may well be within the margin of error of all of these calculations, as well. In addition, the DNR has stated several times that they do not believe that any harm was done to the spawning stock biomass, the year class or any part of the walleye population as a result of the overage.
So why, given the insignificant overage and its minimal impact, did the DNR give up so much? They set harvestable surplus levels, which could severely reduce our potential harvest in the future.
They locked us in to a hooking mortality based on the suspect hooking mortality study. They locked us in to an overage program which all comes due in and will probably significantly reduce our harvest potential in At this point, what did you have to lose by letting them go back to court and fighting it? Maybe a Phase II lawsuit would settle the allocation issues with a more favorable outcome for Minnesota sportsmen.
Please respond to this as soon as possible. DNR's Agreement with the Tribes. The agreement was negotiated entirely in secret. It ignores the constituencies MLFAC represents and the suggestions they have been making for improving the "co-management" of Mille Lacs.
It must be infuriating to find out that Mille Lacs "co-management" regarding walleye angling has been hard-wired--for the next three years! Especially galling is having an agreement based on research methods and data challenged as faulty by MLFAC members at every meeting.
The agreement leads one to believe all the meetings with Governor Dayton and DNR officials have been nothing more than dog-and-pony shows. If an agreement like this has to be done behind closed doors, and the results known only if leaked, is there more going on than meets the eye?
At a minimum it look like a one-sided sweetheart deal of a payoff, extracted over a measly 6,pound overage. They should be exposed for breaking trust with the citizens of Minnesota, and violating the spirit of the Supreme Court's affirmation of Treaty harvest rights.
Monday morning, August 14, driving up the west side of Mille Lacs Lake, I saw only a handful of boats, even on such a beautiful day. The hour and a half meeting touched on a variety of issues. We had a straightforward conversation that was pointed at times. One highlight was a hearing on how hard it is to run a business without a plan.
Can you imagine a Mille Lacs resort customer calling in January to book a summer stay, and having to ask if they can fish while on vacation! The DNR-Tribal regulations are usually announced only a month or so before opener. These days pre-opener regs can be fleeting, since a mythical number called "hooking mortality," a term invented by the DNR-Tribal co-management team, drives the regs. We also touched on the number and location of DNR test nets, inaccurate creel surveys and boat counts, DNR refusal or inability to answer questions and concerns brought by MLFAC members, and the State not standing up for non-tribal interests and anglers.
When confronted with the debacle of The consensus of resorters was "good, lets go back to court, only this time use all documents and input. Resorters thought he had plenty, suggesting for example, expansion of statewide gambling.
The possibility of even a few machines in each resort would provide all the leverage he needs. I also had the opportunity to present the Governor with thousands of petitions collected by PERM to follow through on his campaign pledge: I also told them both "grow a pair" and tell the tribes they are in charge of all Minnesota's natural resources! Since co-management was implemented bag limits have gone from 6 walleye to zero. Over 50 businesses have gone under.
And those still open are surviving day to day. Given that Governor Dayton believes "all hunting and fishing in Minnesota should be done under the same rules," PERM's petition asked for the following:. We the undersigned users of Minnesota's natural resources petition the Minnesota Governor, Attorney General, DNR Commissioner, and Legislature to protect the interests of all sportsmen and women, and Minnesota's economic future by:.
Congratulations to the winners! And many thanks to all who entered the raffle. Your support is critical to PERM's success. That would have been quite an accomplishment, given that PERM was not formed until after ordinary business owners, residents, conservation groups clubs , and concerned citizens discovered the "settlement" and testified before the Legislature to defeat his agreement. Sando likes to blame others for losing on a really bad deal.
Sando made the settlement with Mille Lacs Band only, when seven other tribes also signed the Treaty. Had the state of Minnesota agreed to this deal, a Federal Court very quickly would have multiplied the payout seven times over!
The Settlement included a 6,acre exclusive Mille Lacs Chippewa treaty fishing zone border to be enforced by State of Minnesota. How many more acres would have been added if the other seven tribes asked the courts for equal treatment?
Recognition of a long-since-disestablished 61,acre reservation, the boundaries of which would have put the communities of Isle, Wahkon, and most of Onamia, plus many landowners and businesses under tribal jurisdiction.
The State would convey another 7, acres of land to the Mille Lacs Tribe, for which the State had to "acquire and present clear title. Fish harvest would have begun spring of in the 6,acre exclusive zone, and throughout all of Mille Lacs Lake, by tribal members outside of any State laws.
These are some of the realities of this "good deal. Take the time to read all 49 pages and you will discover other issues. In the end it still failed. Mainstream media ignored the troubling details of this mega-payout.
Instead, they chose to brand Coach Bud Grant and those opposed to the settlement as RACIST for supporting the common folk, even though this document was the focal point of the legislative hearings. After the settlement was defeated at the Legislature, landowners and affected counties were allowed in the lawsuit. It was at this point that PERM was formed to raise money and educate the public.
By Sando's own admission in his editorial, his Minnesota DNR--at that time--recommended businesses that depend heavily on fishing should diversify. Did they know even then how much gillnetting during the spawn would affect walleye populations in this premier walleye destination?
I challenge the mainstream press to find jut one reporter to do a full and in-depth story on how we got to the point we re at now. Also look at the Treaty itself, which references a revocation of temporary hunting and fishing privileges.
Find documents at perm. It was a spontaneous reaction to DNR co-management's over-reach. PERM did however promote it because so many concerned, frustrated citizens were willing to put their boats on the water for a cause.
Look at all the media coverage the Boat Rally got, reaching you in Oregon, a fish and wildlife resarcher in Alaska, and even being reported in the Wall Street Journal. Dayton will be fishing on a Fisher's Resort launch boat on July 8th. Please join us in a show of support for Lake Mills Lacs walleye. Head up early, have breakfast at an area resort or restaurant, show your support, do a little fishing, and have a meal locally before leaving.
This an attempt to show the Governor and his media there is support, please join us and be respectful! Over 50 Small Business have vanished from the lake; many more struggle to survive. The Governor's Launch will depart from Fisher's Resort at 9 am.
Let's send a loud and clear peaceful message to the Governor from the water! Remember to be respectful of other fishermen. DNR relies on little more than guesswork to set regs 'Co-management' solutions only look at half the equation The issues on Mille Lacs persist! Last year, before going into the "co-management" technical meetings, the DNR admitted they didn't know how many walleye were in Mille Lacs.
But there were no proposals coming from Gov. People who take the pulse of the lake daily have a much better picture of the state of the lake! So I am asking you to use the link at perm. Ask him to take action immediately and do away with "co management.
Of course the tribes may sue. But maybe that's exactly what's needed. He is ultimately responsible for protecting natural resources for ALL Minnesotans. The United States, in turn, guaranteed to the Indians certain hunting, fishing, and gathering rights on the ceded land "during the pleasure of the President of the United States. The petition's creator, Jon Knudsen, a launch boat captain at Nitti's Hunters Point Resort, is advocating for President Trump to curb the Treaty's harvest privileges in the ceded territory.
It states that the harvest privilege "is guaranteed to the Indians, during the pleasure of the President of the United States. The petition has the blessing of PERM, which has long been involved in the issues of fisheries management on Mille Lacs. Knudsen, who is not a member of PERM, said he appreciates what the group has done. Please click 'We the People' link below, then sign when prompted by the White House website. There will be an e-mail sent and you will have to click on their confirmation link to be counted.
Petition We the people ask the federal government to Change an existing Administration policy:. Remedy to eliminate bilateral control of Mille Lacs Lake, MN to save the walleye population of the lake. Because of closed season netting by Sovereign Ojibwe and MN DNR regulations, the tourism and angler's right to fish are being denied the region that is dependent on tourist dollars to survive.
All administrative remedies have been exhausted. The region is losing it's appeal to fishermen that can only shake their heads at the inconclusive measures that so-called "treaty" management has done to this premier walleye destination. The Sovereign Nation of Ojibwe claims it has the "right" to decimate the lake to take as many fish as it can take and dictate how many fish everyone else can have.
This is beyond their "sovereign" discretion. We aren't allowed to take any fish as a result. There is a plentiful population of walleye in the lake, yet they would deny anglers the right to fish. I reminded DNR Fisheries chief Don Pereira about a comment he made after attending the Technical Committee meeting with the tribes which he attended having no idea about the number of walleyes in the lake.
He said this year's DNR management and quotas would be about the political more than the biological. Many experts are saying we need to get more of the large walleyes out of the lake.
They are eating machines with poorer fertility. Removing some would actually protect stock levels. At some point the DNR has to realize they are the ultimate authority and still in charge of Mille Lacs' conservation. Anderson's article is worth reviewing since it covers the experience of resorters. Anglers, citizens concerned about Mille Lacs encouraged to attend Advisory Committee meeting. DNR staff will provide updates on the fishery, including upcoming research projects and preliminary findings from last year's experimental stocking.
The committee will also be discussing its future activities. Please attend and feel free to speak up during the "public comments and question" period at the end of the meeting.
The DNR needs to know we are paying attention and want to keep politics out of co-management. Band's walleye take a lesson in conservation Fond du Lac Band has tough year for walleye in Treaty lakes. Makes up for it in Treaty lakes, especially Mille Lacs.
A story in Outdoor News today, May 12, , shows that Mother Nature often creates tough odds for survival. The Fond du Lac Band was reminded of this again this spring. Many factors can affect survival. Aspects of water quality including dissolved oxygen, temperature, and pH have been known to affect walleye egg survival.
Egg adhesiveness can remain for a little as one to two hours. High wind speeds from the wrong direction or at critical times can transport eggs and move substrates and "should be considered a critical factor in annual walleye egg survival and year-class strength. The odds for survival are long enough.
Why would any fishery management add to that by allowing gillnetting during the walleye spawn? They must follow the laws that all other Americans have to follow. PERM continues to promote equal hunting and fishing rights for all! Brian Borkholder, inland fisheries biologist for Fond du Lac Resource Management blamed the weather for the poor lakes take. The Fond du Lac Band harvests game and fish in northeast Minnesota under treaty rights in the ceded territory. Those rights were upheld in U.
District Court by Judge Richard Kyle in That ruling prevents the state from regulating band harvest. An April 25th video shows spearers working the shoreline during the walleye spawn. This type of action is playing over and over on Mille Lacs.
It shows the disruption of the spawning process. It even shows an example of how spearing has its own "spearing mortality. Tom Wolak, from Foley, has it right when he writes "I can't believe [the DNR] still adheres to the idea that there is no correlation between spring tribal netting and the decline in walleye numbers. So not only do we lose the fertile females and their mates, but the netters and spearers are disturbing the process and huge amounts of eggs are scattered without being fertilized!
See his letter below. They claim by closing the lake to allowing fishermen to keep some walleyes they are somehow helping preserve the spawning class of fish. How many of those spawning class are gonna be taken in Native American nets before they can spawn? The spring netting needs to stop. Compensate the tribes for not netting and allow the lake to return to how it used to be, naturally.
The most restrictive regulations, even after summer and winter fishing seasons that clearly proved the lake is full of walleye of all sizes. After stating that we need a record-low harvest of walleyes because the lake is in "crisis" with only one year-class of small walleyes present in any numbers, DNR Fisheries Chief Don Pereira then states that one reason for the historic restrictions is that fisherman caught much higher numbers of walleye in all sizes than the DNR expected.
The frustrating part is that the DNR had determined a much higher harvest allotment this year than the DNR's "partners" in managing the lake would agree to. These so-called partners get to take fish by net, spear, and hook and line without the same restrictions as the rest of us. My biggest concern is for the hard-working, tax paying business men and women on and around Lake Mille Lacs who will go under this year thanks to the DNR and its partners.
The new regulations came out right after my last email, where I first suggested asking for an Executive Order. As I wrote then, "Will this fix the situation at Mille Lacs? The more emails the President gets only helps our cause.
Add your own thoughts to make it personal. We ask that you sign an Executive Order to honor the Treaty's original intent and address the technical flaw in the Presidential Order regarding the Treaty's tribal harvest rights. Here are some reasons to ask for an Executive Order.
Adding the whole list below is too large to fit size limits for the Contact the President email. Dayton has publicly stated that "I believe that all hunting and fishing in Minnesota should be done under the same rules";.
Supreme Court's ruling on the existence of treaty harvest rights was based on its determination that President Zachary Taylor's revocation order was technically flawed;. We even sued the State of Minnesota. It all fell on deaf ears! Let us start at the top—with a new Presidential Order!
We must all abide by the same laws. I ask you to take a few minutes and go to perm. On the left of the screen there is a link for contacting President Trump. Click on it and within a few seconds you can send our President your own personal message. Ask him to sign an Executive Order to replace the technically flawed according to the Supreme Court ruling Presidential Order signed by President Taylor in that ended harvest rights under the Treaty with the Chippewa Tribe. We are all citizens of America subject to the same rights and rules.
Will this correct the present situation at Mille Lacs? But we have tried so many things over the years. Whether you voted for Trump or not is really not relevant. If he chooses to help, we will ALL benefit. We won't share your email addresses. Make Mille Lacs Great Again! Pereira pointed out that negotiations with the tribes weren't going very well because they are mad about non-tribal anglers going over our quota. We must remember that regulations were catch and release only, so quotas are made-up hooking mortality numbers.
Ray entered the U. Army in September of and was stationed in Hawaii, where Joyce was able to join him. They were later blessed by the birth of their son, Terry, who was born in Hawaii. Joyce was a devoted homemaker and lovingly cared for Ray and Terry throughout the years.
Ray and Joyce did everything together and they loved going to the mall to people watch, visit with friends they would cross paths with, and make new friends as well.
Sadly, Ray passed away on July 26, She loved sharing meals with family and friends and the engaging conversations that took place were as important as the food. Joyce remained in her home until becoming a resident of the Villa this past July 9th.
Joyce is lovingly survived by her son, Terry, of Crookston, MN; and other family members and friends. In addition to Ray, her beloved husband and best friend of 51 years, Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, Noel and Marie Brouillard; parents-in-law, Joe and Mabel Nelson; her puppy and faithful companion, Sasha; and other relatives. May God bless the memory of Joyce Elaine Nelson.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Joyce Nelson will be held at 1: Visitation with the family will be for one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will follow in the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston.
Memorials may be given to the family. A memorial service will be held Friday, October 5, at 2: They started to prepare for the journey that was set before them. This procedure was successful.
One of the side effects of this procedure is putting the mother into preterm labor. Michelle was discharged from the Mayo Clinic on Thursday, September 13th after having no side effects from the procedure.
Unfortunately, on Friday, September 14th, preterm labor began and Kaia was born. Since her lungs did not have a chance to develop and because of her diagnosis of HLHS Kaia had no chance of survival. We want to thank everyone for the many, many prayers have been said for Kaia, Michelle and Jake from family and friends.
Please continue to pray as they grieve from the loss of their precious little girl. Kaia was preceded in death by her uncle, Nathan Schmidt. A funeral service will be held Thursday, September 20, , at She was baptized and con firmed at Trinity Lutheran Church. Melva attended rural school until she started working around age 15, and also helping to raise her younger siblings.
She first met Newman Boreen at a local dance and after dating a few years, they were married on November 28, , near Twin Valley. They resided on farms mostly in Norman County, where Melva was active in the farming operation; driving truck, milking cows, and picking potatoes. They were blessed with 4 children, Diane, Dennis, Darrell, and Dean.
The family moved to Dilworth in and Melva began working at The Bowler as a cook for the next 25 years.
Newman passed away in and Melva stayed in Dilworth until , when she moved to Fargo. She enjoyed family reunions and time spent with her grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Melva was also an active sports enthusiast and loved all animals. She always looked forward to Sundays and enjoyed watching the Vikings with family.
She had entered Bethany Homes where she passed away peacefully last Friday with her family by her side. He was raised on the family farm in rural Euclid, MN. He went to country school and afterwards went to work on the farm.
Shortly after the marriage Lyle enlisted in the Army National Guard before he was drafted and was made a Sargent when brought up to active duty. He served in Germany during peace time and when he returned home the family settled back in Euclid where he farmed until moving to Grand Forks in Lyle loved to keep himself busy for all his life, especially in all the family endeavors of farming, peat mining, manufacturing, construction, and real estate rental and development, right up to the end of his life.
He treated everyone the same no matter what and loved to socialize with all the employees just as easily as his buddies here and when he wintered in Arizona. Lyle was a devoted family man and will be forever remembered for his love, kindness, humility, and generosity to all.
Blessed be the memory of Lyle Stanley Pierce. Barbara Ann Beresford , 56, passed away September 13 th. A memorial gathering will be held Sunday, September 16 from 3: His parents were Chris H. Ray attended Pleasant View School. He was baptized on November 28, , and confirmed December 10, Ray had a great appreciation for his hired help throughout the years, thinking of many of them as family.
He enjoyed driving around and looking at crops as well as taking out shelter belts with his dozer. Many days you could find him shaking dice and playing cards while having coffee in the morning followed by a little fun at the casino later in the day. In his later days he played cards on his iPad and strolled around the yard on the 4-wheeler. In true Ray fashion, on the day he passed away, while with family, Ray asked how digging beets was going and if the soybeans were ready yet.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings: Marguerite, Fern, Leo, and Irving, his wife, three sons, four grandsons, and one great grandson. Friday, September 21, , from 5: Dussell, a beloved mother to Holly A. Dussell, and a grandmother to Shannon M. Feeney and Virginia M. She was preceded in death by her brother Roger Gamme and husband Lloyd Dussell. Virginia grew up in a farming family in rural Minnesota near Fertile, MN. She was born a month before the Stock Market Crash of , which signaled the beginning of the Great Depression.
Us kids forced her to retell countless times the story about how a noon time tornado blew out the house windows and left nails in the sticks of butter that had been set out for lunch. Those experiences in her first 10 years would shape her outlook for the rest of her life. Virginia attended the Willowby School, District , through middle school before graduating from high school in Fertile in She taught elementary school until she and Lloyd Dussell married in and relocated to Beaumont, Texas where Lloyd worked in the oil business.
Holly and Bill were both born in Beaumont, Texas in and , respectively. Bill was in the third grade and Holly in the sixth. Lloyd had accepted a position with near Dubuque, Iowa, where the family joined him before the start of new school year. In , Lloyd accepted a position with the refinery and chemical division of Bechtel Corporation in San Francisco, so Virginia packed up Holly and Bill and moved to Redwood City, California in December where Bill finished up fourth grade and Holly seventh.
Through all these moves and career changes, there were two constants: Once the crops were out of the fields, there was plenty of time for all the outdoor activities that upstate Minnesota offers during summertime. What more could a kid ask for? This, of course, created many issues as Bill and Holly went through adolescence and the difficult high school years, but once Bill and Holly were off to college, Virginia started going with him.
In some cases, they relocated on a semi-permanent basis while other locations were extended stays. On top of all the work-related travel and extended stays, Virginia and Lloyd traveled extensively with long-time friends Hank and Betty Brandt and Rick and Irene Erwin. From driving a newly-minted Mercedes on the Autobahn to exploring Australia, Virginia and Lloyd did it all with their best of friends.
As had happen innumerable times before, they soon established long-lasting friendships with young and old alike. So much so, that Virginia decided to stay in Jackson after Lloyd passed away in after 54 years of marriage. While she enjoyed living alone, her independence and friends in the greater Jackson area, she decided it would be better to move to Merrill Gardens Campbell in late Not only was Merrill Gardens closer to Bill, it offered the level of assistance appropriate for her stage in life.
She greatly enjoyed the companionship of all the new friends, residents and staff alike, she made at Merrill Gardens. Vincent in Crookston with many of his family at his side.
Throughout his life he was affectionately known by many in his family as Sonny, and by his friends as Louie. He grew up on the family farm, was baptized and confirmed at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and attended Cathedral High School where he played football and baseball for the Blue Wave. Louie graduated with the Class of and then began farming with his father, and brothers Delmont and LeRoy.
The couple made their home in Crookston at North Broadway and settled in to begin raising a family. Six babies later, and with a seventh on the way, it was time to move to the farm. In addition to farming, Louie was very much a businessman and entrepreneur. Many years ago, Louie and Fr. Nancy and Louie loved to travel and make new friends wherever they went. The couples spent thirty winters at Weslaco, TX and were very active in St. Pius X Catholic Church there.
Louie had a kind heart, and he was very giving to those who were less fortunate, whether in Crookston or down south on both sides of the Texas-Mexico border. He was humble to a fault and never did a single thing for recognition.
His motto was, if something needs to be done to help others, do it! He was fortunate enough to have been on several mission trips to Mexico, and pilgrimages to spiritual significance to Medjugorie, Herzegovina and Yugoslavia. When the kids were growing up he loved nothing more than to host their friends at the farm for hayrides, bonfires, and various parties celebrating the seasons. He was never judgmental and loved unconditionally.
His family always knew they could come to him for advice and direction and would go away with heads held high ready to face the world. This is the legacy he leaves a family that will miss him beyond measure. May God bless the memory of Louie Cournia as his new life is just beginning. Mass of Christian Burial for Louis O.
Visitation will be at the Cathedral on Sunday from Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Crookston. Vincent or Cathedral School. He grew up on the family farm, was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, and attended country school at nearby Underwood Grade School While in high school Earl sang in the chorus, played football, and was a much feared left-handed pitcher for the baseball team. He was also a member of the student council, year book staff, and art editor of the school newspaper.
After their marriage Earl farmed on the farm he grew up on. During those years he and Christine were blessed by the births of their 2 children, Emilie and John. However, farm life called to Earl once again and in he and Christine bought a farm near Holt, MN, living there until Earl then accepted a position at the Northwest Experiment Station in Crookston. At the time of his retirement he was the supervisor of buildings and grounds and a past honoree as Employee of the Year.
Wherever the family lived Earl was active in the church of which he was a member; singing in the choir and holding various leadership roles. In Holt he was the chairman of the school board, the creamery board, and the town board. Woodworking was one of his favorite pastimes and he created many wonderful and useful items in his shop. His sense of humor and wit will remain a treasure forever. Earl was preceded in death by Christine, his soul mate and best friend for over 73 years; his parents, Willie and Mathilda Carlson; parents-in-law, Oscar and Edith Nelson; sister, Hazel Pahan; brother, Clarence Carlson; and an infant brother.
Blessed be the memory of Earl James Carlson. A funeral service honoring the life of Earl Carlson will be held at 2: Visitation will be at the church for one hour prior to the funeral. Interment will follow at the Oakdale Cemetery, Crookston. Funeral services will be held at Interment will be in Hope Lutheran Cemetery, Fosston, at a later date. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to the service on Friday at the church. Arrangements are with the Carlin Funeral Home of Fosston and messages of condolence may be shared at www.
As soon as she could, she married the love of her life, Robert Evje on October 30, Bonnie worked 15 years at Rosebud Co-op in Fosston as office manager and finished her career at Altru Clinic in Fertile where she retired in Bonnie was a devoted member of Hope Lutheran Church, she enjoyed her travels with Bob, visits with friends, concerts, Hallmark, and most of all being around her family. She will be missed by her husband of 47 years, Bob, her children: Her brothers and sisters-in-law: As well as many nieces and nephews.
She has been reunited with her parents, Art and Mabel Nelson; her sister and brother-in-law, Arlene and Merle Barstad; and her mother and father-in-law, John and Lorraine Evje. Vincent in Crookston on Sunday, September 9, , embraced and comforted by the love of her family, many of whom were at her bedside.
She had been ill for a short time. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith, attended Crookston schools, and graduated from Central High School with the Class of Patsy and Earl lived in Crookston Township just outside of the city and she led a very busy life in her roles as wife, mom, and homemaker.
Together, she and Earl raised their 5 children: She was extremely proud of her kids and considered herself blessed by the love of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Patsy will be very lovingly remembered and sadly missed by all who were a part of her life. Family members include, Earl, her beloved husband of 65 years; their 5 children: She also leaves 4 siblings: She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Olga Crane; granddaughter, Heather Bruggeman; brothers: A memorial service for Patricia Abrahamson will be held at Visitation with the family will be at the church from 9 to Scandia Cemetery, rural Beltrami, MN.
Funeral service will be held on Sunday, September 9, at 3: Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Sunday at the Seventh Day Adventist. She was baptized in the Seventh Day Adventist Church. She attended school in Italy through the 6 th grade and then started working in a material factory until the age of Tersilla worked at Detroiter for 2 years, 14 years at the US Post Office and also worked at housekeeping, retiring in Tersilla enjoyed quilting, knitting and crocheting.
Family was very important to her. She was a member of Seventh Day Adventist Church. Family condolences may be sent to www. At the age of 4 he moved with his family to Mentor, MN, and two years later to Crookston, where he attended the Cathedral School. In Marlyn began working for the Sanitary Dairy in Crookston. He enlisted in the Minnesota National Guard in Sis was able to join him there for most of his tour and the couple returned to Crookston after his honorable discharge on September 14, After 38 years of dedicated service Marlyn retired in In retirement he and Sis maintained a busy schedule, volunteering for the Sisters of St.
Benedict and doing Home Delivered Meals. Marlyn also held membership in Crookston Eagles Aerie for nearly 60 years. Every Saturday evening Sis and her fellow Eagles Auxiliary members would put on suppers at the club, and Marlyn would be there to pour coffee while visiting with everyone.
Entertainment usually followed and he and Sis loved to show off their moves while dancing the night away with friends. Marlyn loved to go deer hunting with his family, and looked forward to making visits to the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen.
His most unusual passion had to be his love of shoveling snow, and literally manicuring the snow banks. Marlyn was devoted to his family, especially his beloved wife and best friend, Sis, and to the 7 children who blessed their lives together. He was immensely proud of their grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchild. He was always showing off his coin collection to them and they in turn were tickled every time he brought the state coins out for them to marvel at and learn about.
She attended country school. In , Laura moved with her family to Waukon Township, where she worked on the family farm. On October 1, , Laura was united in marriage to Ralph M. Together, they operated a dairy farm and raised three children: