A study by the University of Minnesota Tourism Center found family trips of two or more nights away decreased 50 percent in August or September when the start of school was before Labor Day, the Associated Press reports. Researchers tell the AP the data will help Minnesota policy makers decide whether they still need to mandate a school start date.
Charges: Driver had been drinking at party before striking teens, killing one
The victims were walking home from Walmart at the time of the crash, according to court documents.
State: Beltrami County Jail conditions present imminent risk of 'life-threatening harm'
The state is taking action to force changes at the Beltrami County Jail.
Utilities ask MN residents to reduce energy use as cold snap induces peak demand
The central U.S. is in the midst of a cold snap.
Tributes to 15-year-old girl killed in Burnsville crash
The teenager was a student at Burnsville High School.
Amazon to close Shakopee sort center, affecting 680 employees
The MSP5 center will close at the end of March.
Barenaked Ladies, Semisonic, Del Amitri to play 2 shows in Minnesota
Tickets go on sale Friday.
Charges: New Ulm couple abused young children with cruel punishments
Warning: The following contains upsetting details about child abuse.
Boy reels in 9.5lb walleye, wins pickup truck at Brainerd ice fishing tourney
Contestants come from all over the country compete in the annual event held in Brainerd.
Arrowhead 135 ultramarathon in northern MN kicks off in -25F temperatures
The race is considered one of the 50 most challenging races in the world.
Richfield student dies of injuries following Bloomington hit-and-run
The second crash victim remains hospitalized.
Owners of Extreme Sandbox to open 'blue-collar focused' taphouse in Hastings
The Quarry Taphouse is expected to open in mid-February.
Gallery: $500k St. Paul home built in 1886 sits on three acres
Old world charm on the East Side.
Minnesota schools might get option of starting before Labor Day
Some lawmakers want to give school districts the option of an early start. But such proposals always run into resistance from tourism industry lobbyists, who argue the early start time would cut short summer vacation and hurt business revenue.
Facebook deluged with back-to-school photos
Beaming Minnesota parents uploaded a staggering number of back-to-school images of their children to Facebook on Tuesday, the Pioneer Press noted. As social media continue to grow and expand, it may be that more and more parents are carefully posing that perfect shot of their well-scrubbed kids – and quickly posting it to the Internet.
Earlier start to school year brought no change to test scores in southwest MN
25 school districts gained state permission for a three-year experiment in starting classes two weeks before Labor Day. The hope is that the extra instruction will improve students' performance. But results from the first year show test scores stayed about the same.
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