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AP - Leech Lake band asks nonresidents to avoid area

05/05/2020, 2:30pm CDT
By Associated Press

CASS LAKE, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak in Minnesota (all times local):

2 p.m.

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe is asking nonresidents to avoid traveling to or through the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Leech Lake Chairman Faron Jackson says the band is “taking every precaution to ensure that the health and well-being of our communities is protected.”

Jackson asks anyone who lives more than a county away from the reservation’s boundaries to “please stay home.” The reservation is near the headwaters of the Mississippi River and shares territory with Chippewa National Forest.

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