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More on the 'miracle' child; the end of a racial argument at MCTC; Germany claims right to prosecute Karkoc; the iconic toys made in Minnesota

Thursday, May 22, 2014

  • MCTC rescinds reprimand in racial argument
    There's news about Minneapolis Community and Technical College instructor Shannon Gibney, who last fall appealed a reprimand over how she handled a heated discussion of race with three white students.
  • 'Miracle' child recovering after 11-story fall
    One-year-old Musa Dayib fell from the balcony of his family's high rise apartment in Riverside Plaza in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis on May 11. His condition keeps improving.
  • Spending report reconsiders its U statements
    Earlier this week, the progressive Institute for Policy Studies pulled a report critical of the administrative spending at the University of Minnesota and other universities because of questions over the accuracy its data. It has since reissued the report with some modified conclusions.
  • 'Mother' of Crazy Horse Monument dies
    Ruth Ziolkowski, who died yesterday, is a vanishing breed in America; like her husband, she was willing to spend her life energy on a project that could not possibly be finished in her lifetime.
  • 5 iconic toys born in Minnesota
    Minnesotans had a hand in developing a number of childhood favorites. One St. Paul man invented both Twister and Nerf balls. Take a look at some of these TV ads from back in the day.
  • Fox News anchor released after airport arrest
    Authorities say the 59-year-old network anchor was arrested about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Northern Lights Grill in the main terminal. Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesman Patrick Hogan says officers reported that Jarrett seemed intoxicated.
  • Germany claims right to prosecute Karkoc over alleged Nazi ties
    The Federal Court of Justice said in its ruling that 95-year-old Michael Karkoc's service as a commander in the SS-led Ukrainian Self Defense Legion made him the "holder of a German office" -- giving Germany the legal right to prosecute him even though he is not German himself.
  • Better security urged after school janitor charged with sex abuse
    Walter Happel, who resigned from the district in February, already faced a charge he'd spied on an 11-year-old boy in a school bathroom. Now, a number of other students have come forward with similar allegations.
  • North Dakota, South Dakota only states without same-sex marriage challenges
    Montana on Wednesday joined 28 other states with legal battles over gay marriage, while same-sex couples in Pennsylvania spent their first full day applying for marriage licenses knowing the governor wouldn't stand in their way.
  • Tough winter gives Minnesota's moose a boost
    So far this year, an ongoing state Department of Natural Resources study shows moose mortalities are down two-thirds from what they were at this point last year.
  • Report: Minnesota ranks as healthiest state for seniors
    The state stood out in several key indicators -- seniors here have the lowest prevalence of cognitive problems, they visit the dentist often, and they volunteer.
  • App helps pinpoint people in tornado rubble
    After a devastating tornado rolled through Moore, Okla., last May, firefighters were scrambling to pull people out of storm shelters. Actually finding those shelters, though, was difficult. Landmarks had been swept away, and the town's emergency dispatcher was overwhelmed with calls. So a firefighter with a tech background had an idea.
  • The vegetables most Americans eat are drowning in salt and fat
    Potatoes and tomatoes are nutritious and delicious. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture finds that most Americans tend to consume way too many of them in unhealthy ways, like french fries and pizza.
  • Tears of weather joy, fantastic forecast ahead
    I won't be shocked if some Minnesotans actually weep over our weather the next 72 hours. The mildest forecast in over seven months is here, and the weather looks good into the first part of Memorial Day Weekend. Cue the confetti.

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