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Two Harbors foster parents lose license after spanking

A Two Harbors foster mother spanked a foster child in violation of state rules, and she and her husband, a Lutheran pastor, lost their foster care license, according to the Minnesota Department of Human Services. They plan to appeal.
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A Two Harbors couple, Kirk and Beth Schield, have had a foster child care license since 2010. But the Minnesota Department of Human Services notified them in a July 6 letter that they had lost the license after Beth Schield spanked a child, the Duluth News Tribune reports.

The Minnesota Supreme Court in a 2008 ruling said spanking is legal unless the punishment is excessive.

CityPages notes that a 2005 poll of Minnesotans found that a majority think it is OK to spank a child as part of discipline.

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