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Fond du Lac Follies
Tuesday, June 04 2013
 
Written by by Jim Northrup,
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It started with a little breeze, then grew into a bigger wind. At first, the snowflakes were small. They just kept coming until we had a genuine blizzard in April. My little village of Sawyer was mentioned on the National Weather Channel because of our snowfall amount. I have long suspected that Sawyer sits on a bump on the earth. We got 17 inches one day, then a day or so later got another 19 inches.
But never-the-less, the sugar bush surges on. We were ready on this end, just waiting for the trees to do their part. The crew consists of all family members, including sons Joe and Calvin, daughter-in-laws Jackie and Sarah, and nephew Kris. They work well together as they have in years past. My grandchildren will aid in the collecting of the sap.  They will help so they will know how to make syrup when it is their turn.

It ain’t easy being indian
Tuesday, June 04 2013
 
Written by by Ricey Wild,
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 At long last spring is showing up around here. Us Nort’ Landers just experienced one of the longest, most miserable, record-shattering winter snowfalls ever. The snow is only now beginning to melt and there are birds chirping, but no dandelions as yet. The weather was so wretched it caused widespread crankiness with an 80% chance of depression causing moody, irritable-people-syndrome. Ennit?

Community Calendar May 2013
Tuesday, June 04 2013
 
Written by The Circle Staff,
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May 1
Indian Month Kick Off
Come celebrate community and the start of MN American Indian Month at the 2013 MN American Indian Month Kickoff Parade and Celebration. Beginning at 9:30 am at Cedar Field‚ Little Earth of United Tribes, Minneapolis, MN. Please join us for the Parade of Nations and show your pride wearing regalia, ribbon shirts and shawls. Community-based organizations and groups are encouraged to carry banners, puppets, etc. and walk in the parade from Little Earth of United Tribes to the Minneapolis American Indian Center. All organizations, groups, eagle staff carrier and honor guards interested in participating or creating a float for the parade, contact Daniel Yang 612-235-4969 or: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it for further details and registration (no fee).



Ernest Wabasha -September 2, 1929 - March 28, 2013
Tuesday, June 04 2013
 
Written by The Circle Staff,
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passing_on_wabasha.jpgErnest “Ernie” Wabasha (age 83) of the Lower Sioux Community, journeyed to the Spirit World surrounded by family and loved ones on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at the Redwood Area Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. John’s Catholic Church in Morton. Visitation was held April 2 and 3rd at the Lower Sioux Community Center. Interment is in St. Cornelia’s Episcopal Cemetery. Place online condolences at: www.stephensfuneralservice.com.  

Cancer Survivor Sues HealthPartners for Discrimination
Wednesday, April 24 2013
 
Written by by Jamie Keith,
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cancer_survivor_sues.jpg Roger Jeffers (Sisseton Sioux), a 50-year-old bladder cancer survivor, says that he was the victim of racial discrimination while seeking treatment for post-chemotherapy-related health complications at HealthPartners St. Paul Clinic this fall.
“Nobody was taking that I was there and I had bladder cancer. They treated me as if I came in off the street and I was some guy looking for pills,” said Jeffers of HealthPartners staff.
The issue began when Jeffers got neuropathy, a nerve-damage disorder which causes pain and numbness in hands and feet. He requested refills of his Percocet prescription to manage the neuropathy pain from his primary care physician, Dr. Shehbana Mahmood.
“She did give me some pain medication, but nothing ever happened with my feet, nothing changed, so I went back to see her. That’s when she started thinking that I was there for one reason [drugs] and that’s all,” said Jeffers.
At that point, Jeffers says that Dr. Mahmood verbally instructed him to take twice the amount of Percocet he was currently taking to manage his pain. However, this was not communicated to other HealthPartners staff or documented, so Jeffers was unable to refill his prescription, and encountered increased suspicion from pharmacists and nurses at the clinic. Jeffers alleges that Dr. Mahmood’s personal nurse told him that they could tell he was an addict and instructed him to find health care somewhere else, despite the fact that Jeffers has no history of alcohol or drug abuse.


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