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Continued: Sale of contraband walleyes from Red Lake, Leech Lake persists

  • Article by: DENNIS ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 3, 2013 - 1:03 PM

“Red Lake is like a different country,’’ Hruza said.

On the Leech Lake Reservation, state and tribal officers are cross-deputized.

“Their [the Leech Lake Band’s] officers have done a good job,’’ Dyrland said. “They put in their time and take care of their equipment. People there should be proud of them.’’

Yet ending the North Country’s illegal fish trade will be slow, if it ever happens.

“There’s probably no way to stop it except for much stiffer penalties, and I’m not sure the Legislature will go for that,’’ Spaulding said.

Said John Falk, the lifelong northern Minnesota resident:

“Indians are good-hearted people. They sold fish for a little grocery money. No one got hurt. It wasn’t like murder or something. But you had to know your Indian. And they had to know you. You didn’t want any stool pigeons.’’

 

Dennis Anderson • 612-673-4424

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  • Walleyes sold illegally off the reservations can go for as little as $3 a pound, far less than the $10 to $17 price found in grocery stores.

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