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John Stoesz is cycling throughout southern Minnesota to raise awareness for efforts to return land to the Dakota people. Red Wing was the 31st of 40 county seat stops along the trip. (Republican Eagle photo by Danielle Killey)

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When John Stoesz told his mother he wanted to do something to raise awareness about land recovery for the Dakota people, he said she reacted like many people have along his journey — “they deserve it, but it isn’t going to happen.”


Stoesz wants to tell people it can happen, and they can help. He has traveled about 1,500 miles on his three-wheeled bike throughout southern Minnesota to let people know about efforts to return some Minnesota land to the native Dakota people.

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Danielle Killey
Danielle Killey is the city reporter for the Republican Eagle, where she has worked since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.
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