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County, tribe partner to improve financial services to Spirit Lake

Benson County, N.D., and the Spirit Lake Tribe will sign a lease agreement Wednesday that will relocate county social services eligibility workers to office space on the reservation, where more than 90 percent of clients for Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and other financial assistance reside.

Grand Forks Herald, 07/29/2013

Grand entry, dances mark start of Spirit Lake’s Fort Totten Days

As drummers and singers of many American Indian nations filled the air with songs of honor, pride and victory, more than 400 champion dancers in full regalia entered the Spirit Lake powwow grounds here Friday night.

Grand Forks Herald, 07/26/2013

Annual event at Spirit Lake showcases tradition and skill

Hundreds of traditional dancers, singers and drummers from throughout Indian Country will gather on the Spirit Lake Sioux Reservation this weekend to compete for more than $40,000 in prize money during the 46th annual Fort Totten Days Powwow.

Grand Forks Herald, 07/23/2013

At Spirit Lake, a confusing round of elections, petitions and court decisions

Roger Yankton Sr. returned briefly as chairman of the Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe Wednesday, sanctioned by a Tribal Court order, but opponents obtained an emergency injunction from an appeals court which again declared him out of the office he was elected to in 2011.

Grand Forks Herald, 07/17/2013

Grand Forks County Courthouse celebrates 100 years

Everybody knew in 1913 that this was a special building, lovely and imposing, a declaration of pride, spirit and resolve. Still massive, lovely and ornately imposing today, the courthouse also remains a busy, functioning part of the city as it turns 100.

Grand Forks Herald, 07/16/2013

Spirit Lake woman pleads guilty in death of two-year-old

In a sudden close to one part of the ongoing Spirit Lake Nation child protection drama, Hope Tomahawk Whiteshield pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court here Monday to felony child abuse and witness tampering in the death last month of her toddler step-granddaughter.

Grand Forks Herald, 07/15/2013

Floating vengeance: Remembering the arrival of an early UAV in N.D.

It’s not big in the history books and it doesn’t get talked about at gatherings of World War II veterans. But on a wintry day in the final year of the war, Imperial Japan attacked North Dakota.

Grand Forks Herald, 07/15/2013

Minnesota girl home after fighting for her life for 206 days

Mickala Morinville, who will turn 17 in two weeks, was a healthy, active teenager when she was stricken suddenly last September by a virus of still-unknown origin. In two days, it nearly destroyed her lungs, putting her heart and other vital organs — her life — at risk.

Grand Forks Herald, 07/12/2013

Lawrence Welk’s niece recalls happy days at the family home in Strasburg, N.D.

The State Historical Society of North Dakota is considering buying Lawrence Welk’s boyhood home and promoting it to tourists to honor him and his distinctive “champagne music.” For Myra Mattern Collette, that would be — to borrow her uncle’s trademark phrase — “wunnerful, wunnerful.”

Grand Forks Herald, 07/10/2013

Homes on two frontiers: Evidence of a hardy, practical people should be preserved, scholar says

While there are strong Germans from Russia organizations and an extensive historical collection at NDSU, “they could easily be lost to history,” said The Rev. William Sherman, explaining why he strongly supports acquisition and development of the North Dakota Welk property.

Grand Forks Herald, 07/10/2013

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