This week

Here’s what we’ve been working on:

The mutual aid agreement between the Mille Lacs Band and Mille Lacs County expires tonight at midnight. I spoke with the Band’s lawyer, Marc Slonim, today. I also talked to Don Wedll, the Band’s long-range planner, and Mille Lacs County Commissioner Frank Courteau. It’s too bad the thing’s gone away, but it seems the county and band have irreconcilable differences.

I went to the city council meeting in McGrath yesterday. It really is a circus over there. They need to find a way to get along, the two factions in that town and on the council, but there’s a lot of history, and a lot of bad feelings have built up. The frustration is really noticeable in the pitch of people’s voices.

It’s official: The walleye regs will stay the same for the winter season. That might make next year’s regulations tighter, but it will make things easier for the resorters and anglers this summer. I talked to large lake specialist Tom Jones about research the DNR’s done this fall. We also had an interesting talk about climate change, evidence of climate change in reduced length of ice cover on lakes around the world, and what climate change would mean for Mille Lacs. I’ll be doing a story on that later this fall.

Rob’s done a couple good history features and a good vet’s day feature. He’s also looking into the 50-pound muskie caught on Mille Lacs last week. Diane did a good feature on a poor girl whose fighting leukemia. Viv did another interesting Vets Day story on a family that wants to bring the remains of their brother home from Europe, where he died and was buried during World War 2.

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