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Morning headlines: Minnesota board suspends license of Clay County Jail's doctor

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A cell at the Clay County Jail in Moorhead.
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MOORHEAD — A doctor whose company is contracted to provide medical care to inmates at the Clay County Jail has lost his medical license.

The state medical board has indefinitely suspended the license of Dr. Todd Leonard, who owns MEnD Correctional Care in Sartell, Minnesota.

The company, which contracts for medical services with dozens of jails across Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa, had been under scrutiny over the death of 19-year-old Abby Rudolph at the Clay County facility in 2016, and more recently, over an inmate’s death at the Beltrami County Jail in Bemidji. Full story here.

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Operators pull the plug on Northwest Angle ice road; conditions too rough for plowing to continue

30 mile ice road built to save resorts on the Northwest Angle
A pickup uses a temporary bridge over an ice crack on the ice road on Lake of the Woods.

NORTHWEST ANGLE, Minn. – The operators of an ice road that provided access from the south shore of Lake of the Woods to Minnesota’s Northwest Angle have decided to discontinue the road, perhaps for the season, because of snow and ice conditions that hampered plowing efforts. Full story here.

Standing Rock withdraws from environmental review of Dakota Access Pipeline

Signs left by protesters demonstrating against the Energy Transfer Partners Dakota Access oil pipeline sit at the gate of a construction access road where construction has been stopped for several weeks due to the protests near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S. September 6, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen
Signs left by protesters demonstrating against the Energy Transfer Partners Dakota Access oil pipeline sit at the gate of a construction access road where construction has been stopped for several weeks due to the protests near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in Cannon Ball, N.D., last September. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen

BISMARCK — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe announced Thursday, Jan. 27, that it has withdrawn its participation in the federal government’s ongoing environmental assessment of operations of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Leaders from the tribe pointed to a lack of transparency by the operators of the pipeline and the U.S. Army Corps of Engieers in the environmental review process, as well as recently low water levels in the Missouri River and its Lake Oahe reservoir that they said would exacerbate damages if oil were to escape from the pipeline. Full story here.

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