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About 200 early-season ice fishers were caught by surprise and stranded in a Minnesota lake when the frozen slab under their feet broke free and drifted into open water -- triggering a complex rescue operation.
A member of the group called emergency services Monday when they realized the people ice fishing -- a popular winter sport in the northern US state known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes -- were slowly drifting away from the shoreline of Upper Red Lake, local police said on Facebook.
"The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office and other first responders arrived on scene and discovered a large portion of the ice with up to 30 yards (27 meters) of open water stranding the fishermen," Chief Deputy Jarrett Walton said in a statement.
Some of the group had not even realized the ice floe had snapped free. But "due to the urgent nature of getting people off the ice," Beltrami County sent out an alert to the fishermen's cellphones to notify them they would soon be rescued in an emergency evacuation.
The alert "allowed notifications to be sent to cell phones of those who are not enrolled in the local notification system and provided GPS coordinates of the evacuation site," the sheriff's department said.
It took over three hours to complete the evacuate from the ice.
"A number of apparatus were deployed including airboats, water rescue boats, ATVs, drones and a temporary bridge," the sheriff's department said.
It also warned other local fisherman to use "extreme caution" on unsteady ice.
"The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office reminds those who are thinking of heading on the ice that early season ice is very unpredictable," the statement said.
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The GOP is planning to launch a review of their less-than-stellar midterms performance and bring in a team of outside adviser to assess strategy, Politico reports.
"The RNC is tapping nearly a dozen people to serve in what it’s calling a 'Republican Party Advisory Council' – a group that includes former Donald Trump White House adviser Kellyanne Conway, evangelical leader Tony Perkins and a pair of Senate candidates who ran this year," Politico's report stated. "Separately, the committee is starting what senior Republicans are describing as a 'review' of the party’s mechanics during the midterms, which is being led by RNC members. The RNC is expected to publish the findings sometime during the first half of 2023."
In a statement, RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel said that Republicans "are gathering a diverse range of respected leaders in our movement to join together and help chart a winning course in the years to come."
"I am thrilled that this talented group of Republicans will be shoulder to shoulder with us as we work to grow our party, hold Democrats accountable, and elect Republicans," she said.
McDaniel, the longest-serving RNC chair in more than a century, is facing a challenge to her leadership from New York Rep. Lee Zeldin, who said he is “seriously considering” running against McDaniel.
The review panel will also include former Arizona Senate candidate Blake Masters, who declared that the Republican Party "needs to modernize."
"We’re fighting against Big Tech, the media, and now, the Democrats’ GOTV early voting machine,” Masters said in a statement. “I look forward to working with Ronna to make sure the party effectively supports our candidates and wins big in 2024.”
Read the full report over at Politico.
Liz Harrington, a spokesperson for Donald Trump, was grilled this week after the former president dined with a white supremacist.
During a Monday interview with Harrington, right-wing host David Brody could not hide his disapproval of Trump's dinner date with white nationalist Nick Fuentes and rapper Ye.
"There are a lot of Trump supporters and these are people that want Donald Trump to win the nomination, want to see him back in the White House; we're talking about the MAGA crowd, the true blue MAGA folks, and the only concern they would have is, like, why does even Nick Fuentes — how does he even get on to Mar-a-Lago's property?" Brody wondered.
"I mean, just the vetting on all of that," he continued. "Because he said some really horrible stuff about the Jews and I think that — and this is from friends. This is not from Chuck Todd and these guys. But I think MAGA folks want to know, like, hey, look, if you've got DeSantis or some other people coming at Trump, you know, this is not the type of stuff that he really needs and these are people that are MAGA friends that want to see him do well. They just don't want people like Nick Fuentes and others in his orbit."
Harrington, however, was defiant.
"Look, a lot of people don't even know who this person is and President Trump was one of them," she replied. "Several people on the staff I don't think knew who this person was."
"They did not know that Kanye was bringing anyone else," Harrington insisted. "Again, Kanye West is very controversial, obviously. But President Trump's not going to, you know, shy away from meeting with Kanye West because he's had a relationship with him in the past."
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