A murky IRRRB; Ojibwe opposition to Wolf hunt; ‘Intelligent Design’ in Bemidji

Ranger seeks IRRRB transparency

MPR News: “Three years after opponents of the Iron Range coal gasification plant had triggered a critical state report of Excelsior Energy with public documents, the Duluth News Tribune reported that the company still hadn’t followed through on promises to build energy plants on the Iron Range. But despite tens of millions of dollars in state, federal and IRR investment in the company, the public still could not access their yearly audits or other financial documents because of the provision exempting IRR from public records requirements.”

Diver crushes competition in Fond du Lac primary

Duluth News Tribune: “Incumbent Chairwoman Karen Diver enjoyed a commanding victory in the primary election Tuesday for leadership of the Fond du Lac Band.”

Mitt Romney’s Wisconsin win means the end of the end

Washington Post: “That sound you hear? It’s the fat lady singing.”

Duluth’s Gauthier warns of Ojibwe court challenge over wolf hunting

Inforum: “Minnesota House members approved a bill Tuesday that moves next month’s fishing opener up a week and establishes a wolf hunting and trapping season on the same dates as deer hunting season.”

DFL has set its sights on Rep. John Kline’s seat

Star Tribune: “When the new political maps came out, Democrats rejoiced that they had a better chance than ever to knock off Rep. John Kline, R-Minn. Just one problem: They lacked a Democratic candidate.”

Institute of Creation Research: Intelligent Design concept presented at Bemidji seminar

Bemidji Pioneer: “The inclusion of Intelligent Design in schools’ studies of life origins is overdue, said the superintendent of Bagley schools.”

I-35E toll lanes get OK from Ramsey County Board

Pioneer Press: “Adding toll lanes to Interstate 35E north of downtown St. Paul has support from the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners.”

To understand U.S.-Dakota conflict, historians resort to ‘truth recovery’

Mankato Free Press: ” Recent articles and letters to the editor in The Free Press demonstrate the raw emotions and conflict that surround the U.S.-Dakota War 150 years ago. Controversy over a poem on a proposed marker in Mankato, disputes over what artifacts to put on public display, and letters pointing out atrocities leading up to and during the war show the variety of views. So when the Minnesota Historical Society curators set out two years ago to begin planning their exhibits and activities surrounding the anniversary this summer, they used a ‘truth recovery’ process to sift through the facts and emotions in an attempt to portray events from all angles.”

Brown County has high rate of obesity, drinking

New Ulm Journal: “Brown County has very few low birth-weight babies, low teen birth rates, and high clinical care but higher than average obesity and drinking rates, according to a 2012 County Health Rankings released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.”