Now that Minnesota schools are out from under the federal No Child Left Behind law – and working under a more flexible state accountability system – Minnesota's 127 lowest-performing schools have submitted school-specific plans for boosting achievement, the Star Tribune reports. School leaders have plans for fixes ranging from adding more math to the school day, to helping parents work with their preschoolers.
NHL announces make-up dates for Wild postponements
The Wild will play 40 games in the final 77 days of the regular season.
Group says Mayo should be 'severely punished' over research puppy's death
The puppy died two days after undergoing a procedure at a Mayo research facility.
Charges: Man kidnapped woman, sexually assaulted her at gunpoint
The suspect faces three separate felony charges.
St. Cloud 'Boogaloo Boi' who discussed attack on MN Capitol gets 2 years
He was charged with illegally possessing a machine gun.
High school basketball team returns from game to find bus driver dead
Members of the girls team returned to the bus to find the driver unresponsive.
Minnesota AG sues COVID testing site, alleging it sent false results
Sometimes the company didn't send people their results at all, the lawsuit alleges.
UnitedHealth Group says it made $287B last year, $24B of it profit
The corporation's Optum business represented a significant chunk of that total.
Friend arrives at couple's home, stabs one of them after being asked to leave
The couple say their friend was "not acting right."
Walz's $2.7B infrastructure plan includes $940M for climate projects
Projects will help Minnesota prevent or adapt to climate change and mitigate its impacts, the governor says.
Key to improving schools? How about better recesses
A nonprofit group maintains that better fitness, higher grades, and less bullying can all be achieved by improving recess. The group is working with nine Twin Cities area schools. It favors a revival of old-school organized games such as kickball, four square, and capture the flag.
Coming out of recession, architects still seek blueprint for future
Despite signs of hope in the economy and signals that the housing market may be recovering, some local architecture firms are still struggling, the Star Tribune reports. Many architects are out of work amid an atmosphere of uncertainty.
Fewer school kids walk to school
Federal officials think the lack of sidewalks and safe crosswalks are discouraging school children from walking to school. The Pioneer Press reports even after hundreds of millions of dollars in federal spending, the percentage of kids walking to school remains in the low double digits. In one Woodbury school, not one of the more than 800 students walks.
Record-low interest rates save Minn. taxpayers millions of dollars
School districts, cities and counties in Minnesota are saving tens of millions of dollars in borrowing costs by refinancing old bonds, the Pioneer Press reports. The South Washington County School District is among the government organizations reaping the benefits of historically low interest rates. The district alone has saved more than $14 million since 2001.
Kill sees room for improvement
The football Gophers are 2-0, but coach Jerry Kill tells the Pioneer Press there’s still a “lot of work to do.” Even though Minnesota clobbered New Hampshire 44-7 Saturday, Kill says the offense squandered opportunities -- opportunities that might haunt them against better teams.
Lowe's in Rogers to close as part of national cutback
The store in Rogers is scheduled to close within a month. Lowe's says it will also cut its plans for more than a dozen new stores next year because of slow sales related to the struggling housing market.
St. Cloud bishop reaches mandatory retirement age, submits resignation
Bishop John Kinney has declared his intent to step down as the spiritual leader of the Diocese of St.Cloud, which includes more than a dozen central Minnesota counties. The St. Cloud Times reports 75-year-old Kinney was first ordained an auxiliary bishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis in 1977. He also served as bishop of Bismarck, N.D., before his appointment to St. Cloud. The director of communications for the Diocese of St. Cloud says the replacement process will take several months.
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