The latest numbers show Minnesota students gaining in math and holding steady in reading. But Minnesota education officials say other states are making bigger strides. “We are still ahead of the curve, but that won’t be the case for long if other states continue to gain ground while we simply hold steady," says education commissioner Brenda Cassellius.
2 killed after vehicle crosses center line near Silver Lake
A toddler in the vehicle survived.
WCCO-TV launching new newscast, adds North Carolina anchor, meteorologist
The new newscast will debut on Labor Day.
The answer to winter woes: St. Paul's upcoming Palm Springs-style supper club
Take a first look at inside the menu at The Apostle Supper Club.
Guilty plea: Ex-Mayo Clinic researcher tried to fly to Syria and fight for ISIS
Muhammad Masood, 30, pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization in U.S. District Court Tuesday.
Man says he was pistol-whipped, robbed at gunpoint by trio
The incident allegedly happened in Brooklyn Park early Friday morning.
Is the State Fair heatwave real, or an urban legend?
Sven Sundgaard checks the data behind the notion that the State Fair is Minnesota's 'last summer hurrah.'
Investigation after inmate found dead in cell at Stillwater prison
Drug paraphernalia was found by officers inside the cell.
Focus is on family fitness at this year’s Twin Cities Marathon
Don’t miss out on the running, racing and all the fun things to do for the whole family
DNR addresses State Fair controversy: Is it the 'fish' or 'fishes' pond?
Grammar lesson on a stick.
Family's tributes to mother killed by partner in St. Paul murder-suicide
The 30-year-old was killed by her partner, who then killed himself.
Eagan man killed after crashing into traffic signal
The 30-year-old crashed into a traffic light early Wednesday morning.
Minnesota 'above average' on college graduation
Twenty-two years ago, then Gov. Rudy Perpich caught heaps of flack for referring to Minnesota as the "Brainpower State." He may have been onto something. New Census data shows that Minnesota ranks fourth in college completion rates among adults 25-54 with 49.8 of folks in that bracket having completed college. Our neighbors to the northwest, North Dakota came in a slot ahead of us at #3 with 50.8 percent of their adult population donning college graduation caps.
Rosemout-Apple Valley-Eagan ACT scores above state, national average
When it comes to average scores on the ACT college entrance exam, high school seniors from the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan School District are not only topping other districts in the state, but others in the nation. According to new data, students in District 196 on average received a composite score in 2012 of 24.1, as compared to the state average of 22.8 and national average of 21.1.
Minnesota stocks gaining ground
Even before the Fed made its big announcement last week that it would try to juice the economy by buying large quantities of mortgage bonds, most of Minnesota's biggest companies were gaining ground, the Star Tribune reports. Total return for the Bloomberg-Star Tribune 100 index of Minnesota stocks was up 13.8 percent through Friday, with 65 gainers and 33 losers, the newspaper reported.
Average Minnesota CEO pay back above $1 million per year
The average chief executive officer in Minnesota is making over $1 million once again. The Star Tribune reports that in 2011, the median total pay for Minnesota's 100 highest-paid CEOs jumped by 26 percent to $1.19 million, hitting seven digits for the first time since 2007. Of the top 100 CEOs, 71 got a salary bump last year.
Minnesota still below average for wildfires
Minnesota officials have counted 997 wildfires in the state this year, surpassing 2011 by about 300 fires. But the average for the state is a little more than 1,500 wildfires, and in some years in recent decades Minnesota has had as many as 3,000 blazes.
Income in Minnesota falls relative to other states
Minnesota's median income no longer ranks in the top ten states nationwide, and experts say it could point to a bigger trend. One analyst tells MPR it could be a sign that other states are having more success at building industries and wealth.
Minnesota receives $28 million grant to support the state's charter schools
Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius told MPR the federal money will help "replicate high-performing charters and share those best practices across all schools." She also says the grant will help the state monitor the strengths and weaknesses of charter schools.
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