From the Star Tribune:
It was May 20, 1979, and Hanneman was on a sports assignment with photographer Keith Brown when they were notified that Brown was needed in Red Lake, Minn., to get footage of a disturbance among residents of the northern Minnesota town. Two boys had been killed that day and the police station had been burned down, Hanneman said. The reporter assigned to the story, however, had called in sick, so Hanneman volunteered.
He and Brown were told the FBI had put up roadblocks around the town, but they drove into Red Lake unimpeded.
“A young guy jumped out in front of our car,” Hanneman recalled, “and fired a couple of shots into the car. We were told to get out and lie down on the street. He yelled at us and tormented us and tried to run over us with the car. He held a large-caliber pistol to our heads and fired a shot into the ground by me. When I heard that first shot, I thought I was going to die. It was a frightening day.”
Hanneman and Brown eventually were left alone and filed their report.
“Our stuff ran on CBS the next day,” Hanneman said. “It was my 15 minutes in the sun, I guess.”
Hanneman said there had been discussions about doing a retrospective on the anniversary date of the incident.
“If we were to do the story, it would be important to see if the conditions for those people have improved,” he said. “Not what happened to me that day.”




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