Minnesota Public Radio features by Tom Weber http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30282 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:10:56 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Tom Weber http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Author Mary Relindes Ellis recounts Bohemian Flats history in new book Generations of immigrants in the early days of Minneapolis's history lived in the eclectic area along the Mississippi River known as the Bohemian Flats. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/19/daily-circuit-bohemian-flats?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2014 09:00:00 -0500 Zebra mussels infest Crooked Lake in N Minn. Biologists from the Fond du Lac Band of Chippewa found zebra mussels on an aluminum can in Crooked Lake in Lake County, DNR officials said today. Further searches of the lake found more zebra mussels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/28/zebra-mussel-crooked-lake?refid=0 Wed, 28 May 2014 11:40:00 -0500 MnDOT opens boat tours of St. Croix bridge site this weekend A MnDOT official said the idea for boat tours on this project came from the interest people had in the informal tours that developed during construction of the new I-35W bridge in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/28/daily-circuit-st-croix-bridge-tour?refid=0 Wed, 28 May 2014 09:00:00 -0500 New Ragamala performance is unique mix of Indian dance, jazz The unique blend of Indian classical dance and jazz will head out on a national tour after this weekend's premiere at the Walker Art Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/16/daily-circuit-ragamala?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2014 09:00:00 -0500 Abuse victim counsels others to 'thrive, not just survive' For Shelly Winemiller, the trigger was returning as an adult to the central Wisconsin parish where she had been sexually abused by a priest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/25/daily-circuit-shelly-winemiller-abuse?refid=0 Fri, 25 Apr 2014 09:00:00 -0500 What happens to babies born to inmates in Minnesota state prisons? Approximately 12 to 15 percent of offenders at the women's prison in Shakopee, Minn. are pregnant at any given time. Over the past five years, approximately 66 babies were born to inmates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/19/daily-circuit-tracy-belz?refid=0 Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:00:00 -0500 State Fair admission prices bumped up by $1 The fair noted in a newsletter this week that admission prices will increase to $13 for adults and $11 for seniors and kids. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/06/news/state-fair-admission-prices?refid=0 Thu, 06 Feb 2014 11:22:19 -0600 Mpls. Somali-American actor in 'Captain Phillips' nominated for SAG award Barkhad Abdi played the lead pirate taking over a ship in the movie "Captain Phillips" starring Tom Hanks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/11/arts/barkhad-abdi-sag-award?refid=0 Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:36:45 -0600 University police chief responds to recent crime on campus An online petition from students asking for more police presence now has more than 3,200 signatures http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/27/daily-circuit-university-minnesota-crime?refid=0 Wed, 27 Nov 2013 08:51:03 -0600 Rethinking a company town: International Falls tries to forge new future Last year, this iconic border town lost nearly 300 good-paying paper mill jobs. The shock has subsided and tears have dried, but the work of rethinking what this company town might become is just beginning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/15/daily-circuit-ground-level-international-falls?refid=0 Fri, 15 Nov 2013 09:00:00 -0600 Education commissioner points to achievement-gap progress New test scores out this morning show gains in closing the gap between white students and students of color. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/07/daily-circuit-test-scores-naep?refid=0 Thu, 07 Nov 2013 10:12:00 -0600 NPR's Peter Sagal to run Twin Cities Marathon Sunday This will be Sagal's 11th marathon and his first in the Twin Cities. He said he's hoping to finish in under three and a half hours. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/04/daily-circuit-peter-sagal-marathon?refid=0 Fri, 04 Oct 2013 09:00:00 -0500 Residency program gives future teachers a realistic taste After its first year, a program known as TC2 gets positive reviews. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/07/daily-circuit-teacher-residencies?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jun 2013 14:00:00 -0500 Accessing new health exchanges in Minnesota's tribal nations Gov. Mark Dayton this week named members of the board that will oversee the state's new health insurance exchange, which is scheduled to go live on Oct. 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/02/daily-circuit-health-exchange?refid=0 Wed, 01 May 2013 15:00:00 -0500 Duluth's Goucher 6th in Boston Marathon Distance runner Kara Goucher, who grew up in Duluth, finished in sixth place in the Boston Marathon Monday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/15/news/goucher-boston-marathon?refid=0 Mon, 15 Apr 2013 11:49:51 -0500 DFLers to file bill aimed at stalling U of M hospital deal Two DFL lawmakers say they're introducing legislation that would prevent the University of Minnesota hospitals from being owned by an out-of-state entity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/08/politics/fairview-sandord-university-of-minnesota-hospital?refid=0 Mon, 08 Apr 2013 10:45:57 -0500 Ask a Neuroscientist: Mapping the human brain President Obama has asked Congress to spend $100 million next year to start a project that will explore details of the brain. It's been compared to the big effort to map the human genome, which started in the 90s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/03/daily-circuit-ask-a-neuro?refid=0 Wed, 03 Apr 2013 07:57:05 -0500 Minn. lawmakers consider bill to set minimum school counselor ratios Minnesota legislators are holding a hearing Thursday on a bill that would set minimum counselor-to-student ratios in public schools. Minnesota currently ranks as having one of the highest ratios in the nation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/21/daily-circuit-school-counselor-ratios?refid=0 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 07:55:50 -0500 10 years after Iraq invasion, former Rep. Kriesel looks back John Kriesel, an Iraq War veteran and former state representative who now works with veterans as director of the Anoka County Veterans Services Office, joins us to look back on the last decade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/19/daily-circuit-kriesel-iraq-war-anniversary?refid=0 Tue, 19 Mar 2013 08:33:44 -0500 Minnesota lawmakers to look at credit for online courses If you're a Minnesota college student and you take an online course from an out-of-state entity, should you get credit for it? As massive open online courses become more popular, it's a question policymakers are trying to answer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/18/daily-circuit-online-classes-pogemiller?refid=0 Mon, 18 Mar 2013 08:12:21 -0500 Penumbra founder Lou Bellamy reflects on theater's near-closure Artistic Director Lou Bellamy, who founded Penumbra Theatre 37 years ago, spoke to The Daily Circuit about what he's learned from the theater's near-death experience. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/15/daily-circuit-penumbra-theater-bellamy?refid=0 Thu, 14 Mar 2013 15:00:00 -0500 Minn. joining national effort to boost graduation rates The state is one of the first four taking part in GradNation, an initiative of America's Promise Alliance, a group founded by former Secretary of State Colin Powell. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/13/daily-circuit-minnesota-graduation-rates-gradnation?refid=0 Wed, 13 Mar 2013 08:55:40 -0500 CapX2020: Landowners want tweaks to 'buy the farm' law A group of farmers and other landowners hope state lawmakers will address some of their concerns over a major project to upgrade electricity transmission lines throughout Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/07/daily-circuit-capx2020-buy-the-farm-law?refid=0 Wed, 06 Mar 2013 15:00:00 -0600 Sequestration to hit some school districts immediately Tom Weber talks with the superintendent of the Red Lake School District about the impact of budet cuts from the sequestration process. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/04/daily-circuit-sequestration-education?refid=0 Mon, 04 Mar 2013 08:53:35 -0600 Will Minn. apply for waiver to nation's welfare law? Lawmakers on a Republican-led subcommittee in the U.S. House met Thursday to discuss President Barack Obama's offer to give states the ability to receive waivers from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/28/daily-circuit-welfare-law-waiver?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2013 09:01:59 -0600 Teacher morale at lowest point in 25 years Teacher satisfaction is at the lowest in a quarter century, according to the latest MetLife Survey of the American Teacher released last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/25/daily-circuit-teacher-morale?refid=0 Mon, 25 Feb 2013 08:48:48 -0600 Minn. lawmakers urged to rethink year-old teacher test law Teachers and school administrators across Minnesota are asking lawmakers to rethink a law they passed last year that was aimed at producing higher-quality teachers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/20/daily-circuit-teacher-testing?refid=0 Wed, 20 Feb 2013 09:01:00 -0600 Univ. of Minn. chemist seeks greater understanding of blood Tom Weber goes inside the lab of renowned chemist Christy Haynes at the University of Minnesota. Haynes' research focuses on blood platelets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/18/daily-circuit-field-notes?refid=0 Mon, 18 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Romantica's Ben Kyle goes solo Romantica frontman Ben Kyle talks about his new solo project with The Daily Circuit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/01/daily-circuit-ben-kyle?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2013 14:25:51 -0600 No insurance at Edina clinic; it's cash only Southdale Internal Medicine is moving away from accepting insurance and come April will only accept Medicare. Other patients will be able to look at the clinic's price list and pay cash for the services they want. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/30/daily-circuit-doctors-insurance?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jan 2013 15:00:00 -0600 Why have a health care directive? Anne Denny was moved to start her own company to help people manage end-of-life issues after her mother's long battle with Alzheimer's disease. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/28/daily-circuit-health-care-directives?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jan 2013 15:00:00 -0600 Update on Minnesota Zoo biologist's work to save rhinos in Namibia Minnesota Zoo conservation biologist Jeff Muntifering checks in with The Daily Circuit about his work with rhinos in Namibia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/25/daily-circuit-rhinos?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2013 13:00:00 -0600 Minn. receives two failing grades in 'State of Tobacco Control' report The American Lung Association will release Wednesday its an annual report that tracks policies related to tobacco and tobacco prevention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/16/daily-circuit-state-of-tobacco?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:00:00 -0600 Proposed legislation cracks down on aggressive debt buyers New Minnesota legislation introduced this week would require companies that buy up debt from credit card companies and banks to show more proof to go after Minnesotans owing money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/15/daily-circuit-debt-collection?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2013 08:56:20 -0600 Do Minn. elementary schools need reconstruction to boost security? Vice President Joe Biden is finalizing a set of recommendations to curb gun violence, which he's expected to hand over to President Barack Obama Tuesday. As this plays out, schools are grappling with the issue of safety. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/14/daily-circuit-minn-elementary-school-safety?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jan 2013 09:15:26 -0600 New MN campaign aims to end stigma of mental illness Last week's shooting in Connecticut spurred debate about mental health care in the U.S. We wanted to take a few minutes today to discuss a new effort here in Minnesota related to mental health. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/18/daily-circuit-mental-illness-stigma?refid=0 Tue, 18 Dec 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Does Minnesota need a Basic Health Plan? Several health care-related matters await lawmakers as the state moves to implement the federal Affordable Care Act by its 2014 deadline. We'll discuss whether the state needs or can afford a Basic Health Plan to help residents afford insurance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/13/daily-circuit-aca-basic-health-plan?refid=0 Wed, 12 Dec 2012 15:00:00 -0600 Minn. 8th graders compare well to international students If Minnesota were a country, its 8th grade science scores would rank near the top, outscored only by Singapore and Taipei, according to a new report called Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/11/daily-circuit-minnesota-8th-grade-test-scores?refid=0 Tue, 11 Dec 2012 08:44:21 -0600 A walk through Union Depot's history Union Depot's $243 million renovation is finally done and on Saturday officials in downtown St. Paul will reopen it to the public. John Diers, author of a forthcoming book on the history of Union Depot, spoke with The Daily Circuit during a walk-through of the building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/07/daily-circuit-union-depot-history?refid=0 Thu, 06 Dec 2012 15:00:00 -0600 Dibble confident Legislature will pass new anti-bullying law in 2013 State Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, said he's "reasonably confident" Minnesota lawmakers will approve a new bullying prevention law for the state next year. Dibble has sponsored anti-bullying legislation at the state Capitol for several years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/06/daily-circuit-scott-dibble-anti-bullying-legislation?refid=0 Thu, 06 Dec 2012 08:20:12 -0600 Experts to discuss Twin Cities' increase in synthetic drug use The drug and alcohol treatment center Hazleden is bringing together several experts Tuesday in St. Louis Park to discuss the increased use of synthetic drugs in Minnesota, especially in the metro. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/03/daily-circuit-synthetic-drugs?refid=0 Mon, 03 Dec 2012 08:15:51 -0600 Folk musician Charlie Parr performs at MPR studios Minnesota folk musician Charlie Parr recently stopped by the MPR studios for a conversation and performance. He performed tracks from "Barnswallow," a new album he plans to release in February. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/30/daily-circuit-charlie-parr?refid=0 Thu, 29 Nov 2012 15:00:00 -0600 Twin Cities housing: Is it cheaper to own or rent? With a tight rental housing market, the cost of renting is on the rise. But what do experts say about that long-debated question of renting vs. owning? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/29/daily-circuit-renting-vs-owning?refid=0 Wed, 28 Nov 2012 15:00:00 -0600 Minn. launches forums to create environmental blueprint Forums to guide the Dayton administration's task of creating a 'blueprint' for Minnesota's environmental future start today in Rochester. It's the first of six across the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/27/daily-circuit-environmental-forums?refid=0 Tue, 27 Nov 2012 08:55:16 -0600 Ask a Neuroscientist: Sleeping and functioning skills This is the seventh in an occasional series called 'Ask a Neuroscientist.' Today, we take audience-submitted questions to Paul Zak, the founding director of the Center for Neuroeconomic Studies at Claremont Graduate University and author of "The Moral Molecule," to learn more about how the brain works. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/26/daily-circuit-ask-a-neuroscientist?refid=0 Wed, 21 Nov 2012 13:07:08 -0600 Give to the Max Day will bring in millions for Minn. nonprofits Thursday is Give to the Max Day, a unique and organized effort to spur people to donate to nonprofits in Minnesota during one 24-hour period. It's the fourth year for the effort and this time more than 200 schools are part of the mix too. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/15/daily-circuit-give-to-the-max-day?refid=0 Wed, 14 Nov 2012 15:00:00 -0600 Addressing disparities among Minn. American-Indian students Dennis Olson, a member a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, was named the new director of American Indian Education at the Minnesota Department of Education in September. He spoke with The Daily Circuit about his new role. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/13/daily-circuit-american-indian-graduation-rates?refid=0 Tue, 13 Nov 2012 08:00:00 -0600 Bakk: Amendment vote was not a mandate to legalize same-sex marriage Democrats in the Minnesota House and Senate elected their leaders Thursday as they prepare to take control of the Legislature in January. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/09/daily-circuit-tom-bakk-majority-leader?refid=0 Fri, 09 Nov 2012 08:27:23 -0600 Does law enforcement resist science? The suspension of drug testing at the St. Paul crime lab in July amid allegations of shoddy science is forcing a debate in Minnesota about the science that's used in police work and investigations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/08/daily-circuit-science-law-enforcement?refid=0 Thu, 08 Nov 2012 08:57:23 -0600 Should the U.S. have mandatory voting? In Minnesota, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is predicting this state's voters will again lead the nation in voter turnout, perhaps falling just shy of 80 percent voter turnout. Should voting be mandatory? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/06/daily-circuit-mandatory-voting?refid=0 Mon, 05 Nov 2012 15:00:00 -0600 Ritchie: 27 ballots tossed after voters die Twenty-seven ballots have been invalidated so far because the voter who cast an absentee ballot has since died, according to Secretary of State Mark Ritchie's office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/01/politics/ritchie-says-27-ballots-tossed-after-voters-die?refid=0 Thu, 01 Nov 2012 11:49:34 -0500 A look at statewide votes in the Dakotas While there's plenty of attention in Minnesota on the two statewide questions that will be on ballots in next week's election, voters in North and South Dakota also face several questions - seven in South Dakota and five in North Dakota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/30/daily-circuit-south-north-dakota-referendum?refid=0 Tue, 30 Oct 2012 08:49:33 -0500 A look at three other states with same-sex marriage on ballot Three other states will vote on measures related to same-sex marriage on Election Day: Maine, Maryland and Washington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/26/daily-circuit-same-sex-marriage-election-ballot?refid=0 Fri, 26 Oct 2012 08:41:31 -0500 Microsoft unveiling Windows 8 today Microsoft is unveiling Windows 8 today, a big gamble for the software giant. Windows 8 promises to be a dramatic overhaul of its well-known operating system. We'll look at the other gadget news to watch out for this season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/25/daily-circuit-windows-8-announcement?refid=0 Thu, 25 Oct 2012 09:14:26 -0500 Why we love talking about ourselves It really is all about us. So much so, research suggests that there's an evolutionary reason we might want to talk about ourselves so much. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/24/daily-circuit-talking-about-ourselves-selfish-meme?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 08:55:49 -0500 What can Minnesota learn from Finland's education system? Minnesota education experts and officials have often looked to Finland for guidance or hints on what a great education system looks like. Pasi Sahlberg, an education expert in Finland, spoke to The Daily Circuit about the traits of his nation's education system that leads to such high achievement and other positive reviews. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/23/daily-circuit-comparing-minnesota-finland-education?refid=0 Tue, 23 Oct 2012 08:40:47 -0500 Minnesotan Billy McLaughlin on dystonia and re-learning the guitar In the 90s, guitarist and Minnesotan Billy McLaughlin was a rising star as one of his albums cracked the top 10 on Billboard. But he slowly faded away from the spotlight when he developed a disorder called focal dystonia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/19/daily-circuit-billy-mclaughlin?refid=0 Fri, 19 Oct 2012 08:55:42 -0500 Minnesota Majority's Dan McGrath on group's support for voter ID amendment With three weeks left to go before the election, groups in Minnesota are ramping up efforts related to the two proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot. We spoke with Dan McGrath, chairman of pro-amendment group protectmyvote.com, about his support for the voter ID amendment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/18/daily-circuit-minnesota-majority-voter-id-amendment?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 08:44:46 -0500 League of Women Voters president on group's opposition to voter ID amendment With three weeks left to go before the election, groups in Minnesota are ramping up efforts related to the two proposed constitutional amendments on the ballot. We spoke with The League of Women Voters President Elisabeth MacNamara about her group opposing the voter ID amendment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/17/daily-circuit-league-of-womens-voters-voter-id?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2012 08:59:30 -0500 Ask a Neuroscientist: Introverts and free will This is the sixth in an occasional series called 'Ask a Neuroscientist.' Today, we take audience-submitted questions to Jason Castro, an assistant professor of neuroscience at Bates College in Maine, to learn more about how the brain works. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/daily-circuit-ask-a-neuroscientist-introvert-extrovert?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2012 15:00:00 -0500 New book recalls 1970 killing of St. Paul police officer Author William Swanson has written a new book, "Black, White, Blue," about a night that is arguably fading from the collective memory. It was May 22, 1970, the night a call came into St. Paul police headquarters that there was a woman about to have a baby at 859 Hague Avenue, at the corner of Hague and Victoria. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/21/daily-circuit-james-sackett-police-murder?refid=0 Fri, 21 Sep 2012 08:42:42 -0500 MSP commissioners hold public meetings on $1.5 billion expansion plan Commissioners who oversee the operation of Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport are debating whether to approve a $1.5 billion expansion that includes remodeling concourses and building an international wing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/18/daily-circuit-msp-airport-expansion?refid=0 Tue, 18 Sep 2012 09:01:54 -0500 Comparing Minnesota's and Chicago's proposed teacher evaluation systems One major issue in the ongoing Chicago teachers' strike is how the district will evaluate teachers. In Minnesota, every district in the state is preparing to have a similar system in place; state law requires the systems to be in place by the 2014-15 school year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/18/daily-circuit-minnesota-teacher-evaluation?refid=0 Tue, 18 Sep 2012 08:48:39 -0500 Former Sen. Bill Frist on health care in 2012 campaign Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader and heart transplant surgeon Bill Frist will speak in Minneapolis Saturday evening for an event with the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation. He talked to The Daily Circuit about whether the candidates were having the right debate over health care. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/14/daily-circuit-bill-frist-health-care?refid=0 Thu, 13 Sep 2012 15:00:00 -0500 State awards St. Paul $25 million for new Saints ballpark Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday announced the winners in a $47.5 million statewide competition designed to spur job creation. The largest sum went to St. Paul to build a ballpark for the St. Paul Saints. Saints Owner Mike Veeck joined the Daily Circuit as the announcement was being made. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/13/daily-circuit-saints-ballpark-bonding-bill?refid=0 Thu, 13 Sep 2012 07:51:07 -0500 Concordia University St. Paul cutting tuition $10,000 Concordia University in St. Paul plans to announce Wednesday that it will cut its tuition by a third next year. The private school's current tuition is $29,700; officials plan to drop that by $10,000. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/12/daily-circuit-concordia-tuition-cut?refid=0 Wed, 12 Sep 2012 09:56:32 -0500 John Mark Nelson performs at the Minn. State Fair The Minnesota State Fair wrapped up its run Monday night, but if for one fleeting moment, we're going to go back to the Fair. On Saturday, John Mark Nelson played a few songs from his new album called "Waiting and Waiting" at the MPR booth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/04/daily-circuit-john-mark-nelson-state-fair?refid=0 Tue, 04 Sep 2012 08:03:17 -0500 What happens to the Princess Kay butter heads after the Fair? With the State Fair ending Monday, you only have a few more days to go to the Dairy Building to see the butter princesses inside the rotating cooler, having their likeness carved into 90 pounds of butter. What happens to those butter heads when the Fair ends? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/30/daily-circuit-butter-heads-state-fair?refid=0 Thu, 30 Aug 2012 08:54:15 -0500 Two years after tornado, Wadena celebrates new school building People in the northern Minnesota town of Wadena will get their first look Wednesday night at the town's new middle and high school. The Wadena-Deer Creek High School building was destroyed in the June 17, 2010 tornado outbreak in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/29/daily-circuit-wadena-high-school-tornado?refid=0 Tue, 28 Aug 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Searching for dark matter in South Dakota A mine in Lead, S.D. is being re-purposed for a new kind of discovery. Researchers have installed the LUX Dark Matter Detector in the mine and are beginning research in the hopes of finding proof of dark matter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/22/daily-circuit-dark-matter?refid=0 Tue, 21 Aug 2012 15:00:00 -0500 'Undocubus' crossing six states, heading to DNC A group of about 30 undocumented immigrants is currently making their way by bus from Arizona across the southern United States to the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/16/daily-circuit-undocubus-dnc?refid=0 Thu, 16 Aug 2012 08:36:41 -0500 Conservation officers also help with rural law enforcement During The Daily Circuit Wednesday, a researcher from Illinois said game wardens are called as backups for domestic violence calls. We spoke to a retired DNR conservation officer about the job. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/16/daily-circuit-conservation-officers-domestic-violence?refid=0 Thu, 16 Aug 2012 08:29:05 -0500 Rural domestic violence: Dangerous for victims, complicated for police In the Minnesota countryside, sheer isolation can make domestic violence both dangerous for victims and complicated for police. The nearest neighbors may be miles away. Cell phone reception is often poor. Transportation options, beyond driving, can be limited or nonexistent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/15/daily-circuit-domestic-violence-rural?refid=0 Wed, 15 Aug 2012 09:02:23 -0500 GOP Senate race tops Tuesday's Wisconsin primary election. Voters in Minnesota head to the polls Tuesday for a primary election - and there's also a primary election in Wisconsin. Democrat Sen. Herb Kohl is retiring this fall, leaving an open seat. The Democrats have united behind Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, while the Republicans have four Senate candidates running in Tuesday's primary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/13/daily-circuit-wisconsin-primary?refid=0 Fri, 10 Aug 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Legal questions surround police camera scanning technology Police agencies across Minnesota and the country are utilizing new technology that allows license plates to be scanned real time. How long should information on where you've driven be kept by law enforcement agencies, and should it be legal? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/10/daily-circuit-police-cameras?refid=0 Fri, 10 Aug 2012 08:33:25 -0500 Ask a Neuroscientist: Thinking and physical activity Neuroscientists answer your questions: How does a brain think? And what is the relationship between increased physical exercise and cognitive processes http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/10/daily-circuit-ask-neuroscientist?refid=0 Thu, 09 Aug 2012 16:45:15 -0500 Teacher residency program debuts in Twin Cities The start of the upcoming school year will mark the debut of a new type of teacher preparation program for the Twin Cities. The program, known as TC2, is starting small, but organizers wonder if it might be the next big thing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/16/daily-circuit-teacher-residency-twin-cities?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jul 2012 09:26:01 -0500 Why did Minnesota skip the math Common Core standards? Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius spoke with The Daily Circuit about Minnesota's decision to adopt the English Common Core standards for K-12 education, but not the math. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/12/daily-circuit-minnesota-adopting-common-core?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jun 2012 08:40:29 -0500 Researcher Les Szabo on wheat rust, GMOs Les Szabo, research geneticist and acting research leader at the USDA-ARS Cereal Disease Laboratory on The University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus, discusses wheat's resistance to a new rust and how GMOs could help solve the problem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/11/daily-circuit-wheat-rust-gmo?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jun 2012 08:42:05 -0500 New book offers 'in season' Minn. recipes With the farmers' market season in full swing here in Minnesota, how are we supposed to know what's in season now and how to cook it? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/08/daily-circuit-eat-more-vegetables?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jun 2012 15:00:00 -0500 The history behind America's interstate highway system In "The Big Roads," Earl Swift looks at the history of the interstate highway system. He spoke with The Daily Circuit about his historical research. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/07/daily-circuit-history-interstate-highways?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jun 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Minn. inmate time served up 38 percent since 1990 Inmates in Minnesota are spending more time in prison, according to a new report from the Pew Center on the States. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/06/daily-circuit-pew-prisons-study?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jun 2012 08:26:21 -0500 Selah Sue performs at MPR studios One of the most successful recording artists to come out of Belgium hopes she'll enjoy similar success here in the United States when her album is released here later this summer. She performed in the MPR studios last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/31/daily-circuit-selah-sue?refid=0 Wed, 30 May 2012 16:13:19 -0500 America's conservative moments, an interactive history Public Insight Network reporter Jeff Severns Guntzel wondered if this year's primary battles weren't something of a 'conservative moment' in America - and he wanted to hear from conservatives about the stories in their lives that made them conservative. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/31/daily-circuit-conservative-moments?refid=0 Wed, 30 May 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Fairview, Accretive testifying on debt collection practices Interim CEO of Fairview Health Services Charles Mooty along with a top executive of a debt collection agency that has come under fire in Minnesota will be among those testifying at a congressional committee in St. Paul Wednesday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/30/daily-circuit-accretive-lawsuit-franken-committee?refid=0 Wed, 30 May 2012 08:50:48 -0500 At Valleyfair, 25 years of Physics Day Thousands of high school students from more than 200 schools across Minnesota, neighboring states and Canada made Valleyfair Amusement Park in Shakopee their classroom this week. It's a yearly tradition known as Physics Day and this year marked the 25th year the amusement park hosted it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/25/daily-circuit-valley-fair-physics-day?refid=0 Fri, 25 May 2012 08:52:55 -0500 Retired International Wolf Center director on upcoming hunt One of the best-known wolf education outlets in Minnesota is the International Wolf Center, which has a building in Ely. Last week, Mary Ortiz retired as the center's executive director and she said there are good and bad elements to the wolf hunt this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/21/daily-circuit-wolf-center-hunt-ortiz?refid=0 Mon, 21 May 2012 08:45:13 -0500 Robert Battle on Alvin Ailey's "Revelations" When you talk about longevity in the arts, you have to look at the well-known Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York. Last summer Robert Battle became just the third artistic director in the company's history. He spoke with The Daily Circuit when he was in town. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/17/daily-circuit-robert-battle?refid=0 Wed, 16 May 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Documentary follows Maine same-sex marriage amendment campaign As Minnesotans gear up for a vote this November on the amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman, a documentary being screened at the Mall of America looks back at the same-sex marriage amendment campaign in Maine three years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/16/daily-circuit-same-sex-marriage-maine-documentary?refid=0 Wed, 16 May 2012 08:40:07 -0500 How will Vikings stadium fit into urban landscape? Now that a Vikings stadium is approved, what should be done to make sure it 'fits' into Minneapolis' urban landscape? Charles Landry, a well-known British consultant, spoke with The Daily Circuit about the ways cities unleash creativity to make themselves economic and cultural magnets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/11/daily-circuit-vikings-stadium-urban-landscape?refid=0 Thu, 10 May 2012 15:30:12 -0500 Rushford-Peterson schools lose bid for state bonding money One of the many items not included in the $496 million bonding bill that passed this week at the state Capitol was funding for local school district projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/10/daily-circuit-bonding-school-funding?refid=0 Thu, 10 May 2012 08:25:49 -0500 Focus on racial achievement gap, says Minn. Teacher of the Year A 10th-grade English teacher has been named Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Jackie Roehl has taught at Edina High School since 1998 and works to improve minority student achievement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/08/daily-circuit-teacher-of-the-year?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2012 09:00:40 -0500 Analysis: More Minn. students relying on free and reduced lunches The number of Minnesota students who rely on free or reduced lunch rose two percent this school year, according to new numbers analyzed by MPR News. That number is one of the best indicators of children in poverty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/07/daily-circuit-free-reduced-lunch-achievement-gap?refid=0 Mon, 07 May 2012 09:09:12 -0500 NPR leader Gary Knell on shaping the national radio network Gary Knell, the president of National Public Radio, was in town this week. He's been on the job a few months now, so he is making trips across the country to meet with leaders at local public radio member stations. He took some time to speak with The Daily Circuit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/03/daily-circuit-gary-knell?refid=0 Wed, 02 May 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Rep. Kline on House passing student loan bill The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Friday to hold down interest rates on some student loans. But the measure faces a veto threat from President Obama, who doesn't like the funding source. Republican Rep. John Kline spoke to The Daily Circuit shortly after the vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/27/daily-circuit-john-kline-student-loans?refid=0 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Jazz musician Dafnis Prieto performs in the MPR studios MacArthur Fellow and jazz musician Dafnis Prieto was in the Twin Cities recently and came by the MPR studios to talk to The Daily Circuit about his music and perform. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/26/daily-circuit-dafnis-prieto?refid=0 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 08:59:05 -0500 U of M regents to review compensation policy today A panel of University of Minnesota regents is meeting Thursday to review the University of Minnesota's compensation policy for top administrators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/26/daily-circuit-uofm-compensation?refid=0 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 08:46:59 -0500 After slow start, beekeeping permits jump in Minneapolis The number of requests for beekeeping permits is spiking in Minneapolis, nearly two years after it was legalized. It's still a relatively small number -fewer than four dozen--but it represents a four-fold increase over last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/25/daily-circuit-beekeeping-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2012 09:23:12 -0500 Human Services commissioner testifying before Congress on Medicaid Minnesota's Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson will testify Wednesday at a hearing in Washington on government oversight of Medicaid programs. MPR News reporter Elizabeth Dunbar gives us the details. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/25/daily-circuit-ucare-medicaid?refid=0 Tue, 24 Apr 2012 15:28:20 -0500 Historic documents, autographs from Minn. collection in NY auction There will be two auctions Tuesday at Swann Galleries in New York that include several items from the Minnesota Historical Society. The items include several autographs of presidents and other historic figures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/17/daily-circuit-historical-society-auction?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Astronomer Mike Brown on killing Pluto Even though most of us were born into a solar system with nine planets, we now live in a solar system of eight thanks to the work of Mike Brown five-and-a-half years ago. His discovery led to an international body of astronomers demoting Pluto from a planet to a new category of dwarf planet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/16/daily-circuit-pluto-mike-brown?refid=0 Sun, 15 Apr 2012 12:00:00 -0500 Minnesota National Guard soldiers returning with reduced paid leave Nearly 3,000 Minnesota National Guard soldiers are scheduled to return from deployments in Afghanistan and Kuwait over the next three weeks. But a rule change by the Defense Department will leave returning soldiers with significantly reduced paid leave. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/09/daily-circuit-national-guard-red-bull-paid-leave?refid=0 Mon, 09 Apr 2012 08:35:07 -0500 A new Twins anthem for opening day Twins fans all know and love the fight song "Win Twins" that dates back to when the Twins first moved to Minnesota in 1961. As much as we love it, let's ask the question: Is there room for another song, perhaps an anthem? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/06/daily-circuit-twins-anthem?refid=0 Fri, 06 Apr 2012 09:08:00 -0500 Baseball opener: What AL Central reporters think of the Twins Twins fans might be a little nervous on today's opening day. After the last place, 99-loss debacle of a season last year, what can we expect this year? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/06/daily-circuit-twins-opener?refid=0 Fri, 06 Apr 2012 08:23:26 -0500 The utopian ideal behind Riverside Plaza The Cedar-Riverside Plaza complex was placed on the National Register of Historic Preservation two years ago leaving many to wonder why. Can some of Ralph Rapson's vision still be captured? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/05/daily-circuit-cedar-riverside-plaza-rapson?refid=0 Wed, 04 Apr 2012 15:00:00 -0500 President to sign STOCK Act into law President Obama will sign the Stop Trading On Congressional Knowledge Act, or STOCK Act, into law Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/04/daily-circuit-stock-act?refid=0 Wed, 04 Apr 2012 08:49:44 -0500 In Minneapolis, the world's quietest room This morning, we're talking about noise pollution and the negative health affects it can cause. In Minneapolis' Seward neighborhood, you can find the world's quietest room. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/03/daily-circuit-quiet-room?refid=0 Tue, 03 Apr 2012 08:35:31 -0500 SPCO plan offers members concert buffet for $5 a month The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra will offer $5-a-month memberships that allow members to attend as many concerts as they want starting this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/03/daily-circuit-st-paul-chamber-orchestra?refid=0 Tue, 03 Apr 2012 08:26:27 -0500 Vitamin D and sun safety: What's the best way to get daily dose? We know that the sun is a great source of vitamin D, but given the risks of sun exposure, can humans get enough vitamin D elsewhere? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/02/daily-circuit-mayo-skin-cancer?refid=0 Mon, 02 Apr 2012 08:27:10 -0500 Federal transportation funding gets another stopgap Another stopgap funding bill for transportation is heading to President Obama's desk after Congress passed legislation yesterday to keep road and transit projects funded for another three months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/30/daily-circuit-transportation-funding?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2012 08:39:10 -0500 Crossword puzzle tournament tonight in St. Paul If you've ever seen the documentary "Wordplay" you'll know the world of crossword puzzles can be a fierce competition. The Friends of the St. Paul Library will hold its first-ever Minnesota Crossword Tournament tonight in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/30/daily-circuit-crossword?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2012 08:28:43 -0500 John Hodgman bringing "message of apocalypse" to Minneapolis Author, humorist and self-proclaimed "minor television personality and now deranged millionaire" John Hodgman is bringing his message of apocalypse -- the prominent theme of his most recent book, "That Is All" -- to the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis Thursday evening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/29/daily-circuit-john-hodgman?refid=0 Wed, 28 Mar 2012 15:15:00 -0500 Do community colleges provide a quality education? During a show last week, scholar Susan Jacoby said people attending a year or two of community colleges "might prepare you for a job or they may not, [but] you're not learning very much in them." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/27/daily-circuit-community-colleges?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2012 08:41:52 -0500 The future of America, Pakistan and Afghanistan Ahmed Rashid, a Pakistani journalist based in Lahore, will join The Daily Circuit Tuesday to talk about the current state of relations between Pakistan and the United States. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/27/daily-circuit-future-of-pakistan?refid=0 Mon, 26 Mar 2012 16:00:00 -0500 HHS Secretary Sebelius in Minn. for health reform anniversary The federal health care overhaul, a key legislative agenda item for President Obama, became law two years ago Friday. To mark the anniversary, political rhetoric over the law has ramped up. Supporters and opponents of the law are marking the anniversary in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/23/daily-circuit-health-care-law?refid=0 Thu, 22 Mar 2012 16:00:00 -0500 Video series explores stories behind marriage amendment vote A new video series explores the 'moments' in several voters' lives when they solidified their views on marriage and their vote on the marriage amendment in November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/22/daily-circuit-marriage-amendment-voters?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2012 16:00:00 -0500 What might the voter ID political campaign look like? Republicans in the Minnesota House passed a proposed constitutional amendment early Wednesday morning that would require all voters to show photo identification at the polls. If we are heading for a vote this fall with a voter ID amendment on the ballot, what would that campaign look like? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/21/daily-cricuit-voter-id-campaign?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2012 09:02:27 -0500 State High School League marks 100th basketball tournament The Minnesota high school boy's basketball tournament gets underway Wednesday at the Target Center in Minneapolis and this year marks the state's 100th boy's basketball tournament. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/21/daily-circuit-boys-basketball?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2012 08:42:37 -0500 Protecting rhinos from poachers Late last week, five south African countries agreed to create a huge conservation area to protect animals endangered by poaching -- including rhinos. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/20/daily-circuit-rhino-poaching?refid=0 Mon, 19 Mar 2012 16:00:00 -0500 New Minneapolis map could include first-ever 'Somali ward' Public hearings Tuesday and Wednesday evening will give the public one last chance to weigh in on new ward maps for the city of Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/20/daily-circuit-minneapolis-wards?refid=0 Mon, 19 Mar 2012 16:00:00 -0500 High school musicians to be featured at Minnesota Varsity Next month, five of the best Minnesota high school classical and musical theatre performers will do a showcase at the Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul. One of the five at the Minnesota Varsity showcase will be determined by a public vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/16/daily-circuit-minnesota-varsity?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2012 16:00:00 -0500 Honeydogs perform in MPR studios The band the Honeydogs has been a staple on the local music scene dating back to the 1990s, but they haven't had a new album in a few years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/16/daily-circuit-honeydogs?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2012 16:00:00 -0500 Ask a Neuroscientist: Are we born with our political beliefs? Brains of liberals and conservatives "glow" differently in MRIs as well as those of deeply religious and non-religious people. Is this brain difference from birth, does it develop throughout life, can it be changed? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/15/daily-circuit-ask-a-neuroscientist?refid=0 Wed, 14 Mar 2012 16:00:00 -0500 Is sleep really necessary in eight-hour blocks? Turns out there are historical accounts that suggest people centuries ago did not sleep for eight straight hours. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/14/daily-circuit-eight-hour-sleep?refid=0 Wed, 14 Mar 2012 08:42:00 -0500 Ask a Neuroscientist: How and where are memories stored? This is the second in an occasional series called 'Ask a Neuroscientist.' Dan in Columbia Heights wants to know more about how brains store memories. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/13/daily-circuit-ask-a-neuroscientist?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2012 16:00:00 -0500 Ask a Neuroscientist: Can we stop brain pruning in childhood? You wanted to hear more science-related material, and given that this week is Brain Awareness Week, we thought it would be a good time to launch what is going to be an occasional series called 'Ask a Neuroscientist.' http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/12/daily-circuit-ask-a-neuroscientist?refid=0 Mon, 12 Mar 2012 08:47:25 -0500 After son's suicide, Honeydogs' Adam Levy exploring what comes after The band the Honeydogs has been a staple on the local music scene dating back to the 1990s. The band's new album, releasing Saturday, comes two months after the death of 21-year-old Daniel Levy, the son of the band's frontman, Adam Levy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/09/daily-circuit-honeydogs-son-suicide?refid=0 Fri, 09 Mar 2012 08:51:27 -0600 14% of Winona youth hockey league had severe concussions this season A small Winona youth hockey league's use of baseline testing this season detected 14 percent of players had concussions severe enough to keep them off the ice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/08/daily-circuit-hockey-concussions-winona?refid=0 Thu, 08 Mar 2012 08:34:00 -0600 Downtown Minneapolis has country's highest restaurant tax Taxes on meals in downtown Minneapolis are higher than any city in the country, according to a report from the Tax Foundation. That means higher than Chicago or New York. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/07/daily-circuit-restaurant-tax?refid=0 Tue, 06 Mar 2012 16:00:00 -0600 BWCA visitors now older, more educated A new report on the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness shows visitors are now older and more educated compared to the 'typical visitor' in the 60s, when the government designated the land as a wilderness area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/07/daily-circuit-bwca-study?refid=0 Tue, 06 Mar 2012 16:00:00 -0600 Anoka-Hennepin votes tonight on agreement over pending federal lawsuit The Anoka-Hennepin School District plans to vote tonight on an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights over a pending federal lawsuit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/05/anoka-hennepin-department-of-justice?refid=0 Mon, 05 Mar 2012 08:50:20 -0600 MPR News series tackles food entrepreneurship This week, MPR News has been reporting on the health of Minnesota's entrepreneurial businesses. As a lot of communities shift their economic development strategies to encourage entrepreneurism, the series is looking at the best ways to encourage it at high enough levels to make a difference. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/02/daily-circuit-food-entrepreneurism?refid=0 Fri, 02 Mar 2012 08:58:06 -0600 How will new St. Croix bridge change Wisconsin landscape? With Thursday's crucial vote in the U.S. House coming down in favor of a new four-lane bridge across the St. Croix River at Stillwater, the project appears to be moving forward. What will that mean for western Wisconsin? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/02/daily-circuit-stillwater-bridge?refid=0 Fri, 02 Mar 2012 08:32:11 -0600 A conversation with Sir David Attenborough The BBC marked its 80-year anniversary Wednesday with a special day of programming that included an hour-long, global conversation with David Attenborough. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/01/daily-circuit-attenborough-bbc?refid=0 Wed, 29 Feb 2012 16:04:46 -0600 New Stillwater bridge heading for a U.S. House vote Thursday The U.S. House is expected to debate Wednesday and vote Thursday on legislation to allow a new $700 million, freeway-style bridge across the St. Croix River. Both the bill's sponsor, Republican Michele Bachmann, and its biggest opponent, Democrat Betty McCollum, are part of a lobbying effort to sway the final outcome. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/29/daily-circuit-stillwater-bridge?refid=0 Wed, 29 Feb 2012 08:28:47 -0600 As storm heads for Minn., is it too late for winter businesses? We're still waiting to see if parts of the state get the significant amount of snow Tuesday and Wednesday that's been forecast. But for the businesses that depend on it, is it too late? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/28/daily-circuit-snow-business?refid=0 Tue, 28 Feb 2012 08:57:00 -0600 In Rushford, officials hope state bonding bill will fund new school The fact that Rushford needs a new school isn't that incredible: Scores of districts across Minnesota could make compelling arguments for new facilities. But Rushford-Peterson school district wants to pay for it through state funding instead of raising local property taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/28/daily-circuit-k12-bonding?refid=0 Mon, 27 Feb 2012 17:00:00 -0600 BP oil spill trial delayed as parties try to find settlement This was supposed to be the week that BP and other companies went on trial for the nation's worst off-shore oil spill. But the judge in the case yesterday delayed the start of the trial for one week as the parties, including the government, try to find a settlement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/27/daily-circuit-bp-oil-spill-trial?refid=0 Mon, 27 Feb 2012 08:19:17 -0600 Bill would extend Minnesota's prone restraint law until late 2013 A state House committee discussed legislation Thursday that would allow schools to keep using a controversial physical restraint to subdue or calm students with severe mental health disabilities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/23/daily-circuit-special-ed-restraint?refid=0 Thu, 23 Feb 2012 08:12:49 -0600 Michelle Rhee's 'StudentsFirst' group ramping up presence in Minnesota Minnesota presents a 'unique and interesting opportunity' because of the widespread focus among the state's education community on closing the achievement gap, Rhee said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/22/daily-circuit-michelle-rhee?refid=0 Tue, 21 Feb 2012 17:38:17 -0600 Rep. Mindy Greiling on how redistricting changes a politician's home turf What's does the redistricting process look like for Minnesota state representatives? We talk with Rep. Mindy Greiling from Roseville about how her district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/21/daily-circuit-mindy-greiling-redistricting?refid=0 Tue, 21 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Grover Norquist - keeper of 'The Pledge' - speaking in Minnesota today The man considered by some to be the most powerful person in Washington is in Minnesota today. Grover Norquist is the guest speaker at the White Bear Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday morning in Vadnais Heights. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/20/daily-circuit-grover-norquist?refid=0 Tue, 21 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0600 More than 300 new Americans at the Fitzgerald Theater More than 300 people are becoming U.S. citizens Tuesday in St. Paul during two separate ceremonies at the Fitzgerald Theater. We spoke with two of those people ahead of today's ceremony, to get some thoughts on what the day means to them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/21/daily_circuit_naturalization_ceremony?refid=0 Tue, 21 Feb 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Anoka-Hennepin drops controversial 'neutrality policy' The state's largest school district has dropped a controversial policy that requires teachers to stay neutral when issues of sexual orientation come up in class. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/13/anoka-hennepin?refid=0 Tue, 14 Feb 2012 06:45:27 -0600 Anoka-Hennepin teacher, school board member to run for state Senate One of the first teachers in the Anoka-Hennepin school district to publicly criticize a controversial sexual orientation policy is running for Minnesota State Senate. /collections/special/columns/polinaut/archive/2012/02/anoka-hennepin.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 01 Feb 2012 13:28:33 -0600 Teacher seniority, NCLB top education issues in low-key legislative session GOP lawmakers are pushing legislation that would change several rules regarding teacher seniority and layoffs, one of several education-related proposals they hope to pass this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/30/k-12-issues-in-2012-legislative-session?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jan 2012 14:42:39 -0600 President's remarks buoy supporters of raising dropout age Minnesota supporters of raising the minimum school dropout age say they're buoyed by the president's mention of the issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/25/school-dropout-age?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jan 2012 15:44:09 -0600 Parents worry budget plan could close schools Parents of students in the East Metro Integration District are worried a new budget plan is a back-door attempt to close the district's two schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/24/emid-budget?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jan 2012 17:25:06 -0600 Anoka-Hennepin tries again on sexual orientation policy A newly revised policy on how teachers should handle contentious issues surrounding sexual orientation when they come up in class appears to be gaining support in the state's largest school district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/24/anoka-hennepin-sexual-orientation?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jan 2012 06:44:12 -0600 Anoka-Hennepin takes up new sexual orientation replacement policy tonight The Anoka-Hennepin school board will hear a new proposal Monday night for replacing a policy on sexual orientation curriculum matters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/23/anoka-hennepin-respectful-learning?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jan 2012 06:18:35 -0600 Gay and lesbian issues on tap at Minn. bullying summit Organizers of an anti-bullying summit in St. Paul Friday say they're glad the issue is getting wider attention, but schools still have more to do. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/20/saint-paul-anti-bullying-summit?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jan 2012 13:32:19 -0600 Anoka-Hennepin board scraps 'controversial topics' proposal The Anoka-Hennepin school board is scrapping its plan for replacing a policy on sexual orientation curriculum matters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/18/controversial-topics-policy?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jan 2012 21:10:47 -0600 Two GOP lawmakers ask feds to deny Minnesota's 'No Child' waiver Two key GOP lawmakers want the federal government to reject Minnesota's application for a waiver from the No Child Left Behind law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/18/nclb-gop?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jan 2012 19:41:09 -0600 Teachers union knocks lack of contract deadline The state's teachers union says the lack of a contract deadline has left more than half of Minnesota school districts without a contract. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/18/teachers-contract?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:46:34 -0600 Veteran state Rep. Greiling says she won't run again Longtime state Rep. Mindy Greiling, DFL-Roseville, announced today that she will not seek re-election this November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/18/mandy-greiling-will-not-seek-re-election?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jan 2012 13:32:35 -0600 In Minn. speech, historian marvels at non-violent civil rights movement Historian Taylor Branch spoke at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/16/branch-speech?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jan 2012 14:32:07 -0600 Family of paralyzed hockey player calls for safer play The family of Jack Jablonski, the 16-year old Benilde-St. Margaret's student who was paralyzed during a high school hockey game, is calling on the sport's governing body to better enforce existing rules. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/12/jablonski-family?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jan 2012 17:30:36 -0600 Anoka-Hennepin's 'controversial topics' proposal draws more criticism Leaders of Minnesota's largest school district are still wrestling with whether to replace a controversial sexual orientation policy with a new policy that has also drawn plenty of criticism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/10/controversial-topics-policy-debate?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jan 2012 00:00:00 -0600 More Minn. students earning college credit in high school The study by Macalester College's Center for School Change looked at students enrolling in 'dual credit' programs, which allow students to earn high school and college credit. Study authors are encouraging lawmakers to consider ways to continue boosting enrollment http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/08/minn-students-dual-credit?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jan 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Outpouring of support for paralyzed high school hockey player A neurosurgeon at Hennepin County Medical Center said surgery has confirmed high school hockey player Jack Jablonski has a severed spinal cord and won't walk again. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/05/jablonski-hockey-player?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jan 2012 00:00:00 -0600 High School League warns hockey teams about checking The organization that oversees high school sports in Minnesota is reminding hockey coaches about hitting from behind, after a 16-year old was paralyzed last week during a game. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/03/paralyzed-hockey-player?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2012 18:20:58 -0600 104 Minn. school districts reach deals with teachers More than 100 Minnesota school districts have reached new contract deals with their teachers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/03/school-district-teacher-contracts?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jan 2012 13:27:33 -0600 Plenty of interest to serve on Dayton's bullying task force More than 60 people have applied for a task force that will study bullying in Minnesota schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/30/bullying-task-force-applicants?refid=0 Fri, 30 Dec 2011 15:02:57 -0600 Feds seek more details on Minn's No Child Left Behind waiver request The U.S. Education Department wants more information on Minnesota's request for a waiver from the No Child Left Behind law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/29/feds-minn-no-child-left-behind-waiver?refid=0 Thu, 29 Dec 2011 18:35:02 -0600 Minnesota among 9 states to win 'Race to the Top' education grant Minnesota will receive $45 million in federal education money from the competitive grant program known as Race to the Top, specifically to enhance early childhood education programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/16/minnesota-race-to-the-top?refid=0 Fri, 16 Dec 2011 06:11:18 -0600 Proposed Anoka-Hennepin policy draws fire The state's largest school district is considering whether to abolish the sexual orientation language and replace it with a policy instructing teachers how to address controversial topics in the classroom. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/13/anoka-hennepin-controversial-topics?refid=0 Tue, 13 Dec 2011 06:18:44 -0600 Judge rules race discrimination lawsuit can go forward against Red Wing school district A judge has ruled a race discrimination lawsuit can continue against the Red Wing school district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/09/race-discrimination-lawsuit-red-wing?refid=0 Fri, 09 Dec 2011 15:49:42 -0600 Anoka-Hennepin says policy change offers clarification; some critics not so sure After months of criticsm, the Anoka-Hennepin school board will take the first steps on Monday towards abolishing a controversial sexual orientation policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/08/anoka-hennepin-policy-change?refid=0 Thu, 08 Dec 2011 17:39:47 -0600 Anoka-Hennepin reconsiders sexual orientation policy Minnesota's largest school district is considering changes to its neutrality policy on sexual orientation, a stance that critics contend has left gay and lesbian students without protection. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/08/anoka-hennepin-reconsidering-bully-policy?refid=0 Thu, 08 Dec 2011 10:30:07 -0600 Report: Minn. among states with least prescriptive anti-bullying laws Minnesota is given low marks in a U.S. Education Department analysis and report on bullying laws. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/06/minn-antibullying-laws?refid=0 Tue, 06 Dec 2011 18:47:29 -0600 Minneapolis teacher's union approved to authorize charter schools The Minneapolis teachers' union has become the first teachers' union in the nation to win the right to authorize charter schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/02/teachers-union-charter-school?refid=0 Fri, 02 Dec 2011 17:25:07 -0600 Short on cash, school districts will borrow to meet expenses More than two dozen metro-area school districts say they will have to borrow money this year to meet cash flow needs — and this year's state budget is to blame. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/01/schools-borrow?refid=0 Thu, 01 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Metro schools to borrow $382M in lieu of delayed state funds More than two dozen metro-area school districts expect they'll borrow nearly $382 million this year to meet cash flow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/30/school-borrowing?refid=0 Wed, 30 Nov 2011 12:37:36 -0600 Task force is no guarantee state's bullying law will change Gov. Mark Dayton says he'd like to update the state's bullying prevention law. However, recommendations from the governor's new task force to address the problem won't be be enacted until at least 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/29/bullying-task-force?refid=0 Tue, 29 Nov 2011 18:09:32 -0600 Anoka H.S.student dies after collapse on basketball court Principal Mike Farley said in a message to parents and students that Kareen Hopkins had a pre-existing heart condition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/28/anoka-student-dies-playing-basketball?refid=0 Mon, 28 Nov 2011 13:07:44 -0600 Dayton set to announce anti-bullying executive order Gov. Mark Dayton's office is finalizing an executive order addressing bullying in Minnesota's schools, the governor's spokeswoman said Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/28/dayton-bullying-task-force?refid=0 Mon, 28 Nov 2011 12:35:29 -0600 Judge rules Minn. online charter school should stay open State officials had moved to close BlueSky Online, saying the school wasn't meeting state standards and had graduated students who didn't deserve a diploma. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/22/bluesky-charter-school-ruling?refid=0 Tue, 22 Nov 2011 14:24:28 -0600 Achievement gap exists for kids even before kindergarten The study finds children of color and those who live in poverty are less likely to be considered ready for kindergarten. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/19/early-learning-study?refid=0 Sun, 20 Nov 2011 08:00:00 -0600 Rochester woman living a year on WWII rations Midmorning checks in with a Rochester woman who is trying to understand what her grandmother's life was like by living as closely as she can to the U.S. rationing standards of 1945. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/21/midmorning3?refid=0 Fri, 18 Nov 2011 15:47:13 -0600 10 Minn. high schoolers suspended after shouting incident Ten students at Coon Rapids High School have been suspended after comments made on Facebook escalated into a shouting match in a school stairwell. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/17/high-schoolers-suspended?refid=0 Thu, 17 Nov 2011 16:30:45 -0600 State sets out new education proposals in waiver from 'No Child' State education officials plan submitted on Monday their application for a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/14/no-child-left-behind-waiver?refid=0 Mon, 14 Nov 2011 15:16:49 -0600 70 percent of school funding levies approved It ended up being a pretty good day for school districts that had ballot questions before voters Tuesday. About a third of all school districts in Minnesota had decided to put referenda on the ballot. They were asking voters to either maintain or increase the amount of funds that come from local sources. And of all those questions that were out there, 70-percent were approved. Education reporter Tom Weber discussed the results with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/09/levy_results?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2011 07:30:20 -0600 Voters approve 70 pct. of all school referenda; many raise own taxes Voters across Minnesota approved seven of every 10 school-related referenda on Tuesday, in many cases agreeing to raise their own property taxes to provide extra dollars for their districts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/09/school-district-tax-ballots?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2011 05:15:00 -0600 LIVE: Minnesota school levy election results MPR News reporter Tom Weber reports on the results of school levy votes around Minnesota. http://live.mprnews.org/Event/Minnesota_school_levy_election_results?refid=0 Tue, 08 Nov 2011 21:42:25 -0600 Key Minn. GOP lawmaker wants to limit school districts' levy votes The chair of a key state education committee plans to push for legislation next year that would require school districts to only hold levy referendums in even-numbered years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/02/garofalo-school-referendums?refid=0 Wed, 02 Nov 2011 12:14:56 -0500 Minn. students' reading scores stuck in place as ranking slips nationally Test scores from the National Assessment of Education Progress show that Minnesota students made little progress over the last decade in reading. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/31/naep-student-test-scores?refid=0 Tue, 01 Nov 2011 10:00:00 -0500 Report: No significant result from early school start Test scores did not change significantly last year in 25 southwest Minnesota school districts that had special permission to begin the school year before Labor Day, according to a report. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/31/report-early-school-start?refid=0 Mon, 31 Oct 2011 17:46:10 -0500 Franken shifts tactics on LGBT student protection bill Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., says he's still pushing for a law protecting gay and lesbian school students from discrimination, even though he recently withdrew the measure in committee. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/25/franken-lgbt-student-protection-bill?refid=0 Tue, 25 Oct 2011 15:31:38 -0500 Minnesota educators tackle standards for evaluating principals The state education system lacks a method with which to evaluate school principals. A growing body of research highlights the crucial role school principals play in creating good environments for learning. With increasing pressure over the last decade to improve student achievement, a group of educators will develop the evaluation criteria. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/24/principal-performance?refid=0 Mon, 24 Oct 2011 20:00:00 -0500 Fate of East Metro Integration District's schools to be decided tonight Leaders of the East Metro Integration District will decide Wednesday whether to close the district's two schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/19/emid-schools?refid=0 Wed, 19 Oct 2011 11:28:12 -0500 Minn. submits application for 'Race to the Top' grant Minnesota education officials have submitted the state's application for a competitive federal grant called "Race to the Top." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/18/minnesota-submits-application-for-race-to-the-top-grant?refid=0 Tue, 18 Oct 2011 16:10:47 -0500 Students lead charge against bullying in schools Several student-led events against bullying are taking place this week across Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/11/students-lead-charge-against-bullying?refid=0 Wed, 12 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Activists want Minn. school district to cut ties with Wells Fargo Community activists want Minneapolis Public School District to stop banking with Wells Fargo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/10/minn-school-district-wells-fargo?refid=0 Mon, 10 Oct 2011 20:34:31 -0500 'My heart leapt': Wayzata teacher gets $25,000 award An eighth grade math teacher at Wayzata West middle school has won a $25,000 award. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/10/milken-award?refid=0 Mon, 10 Oct 2011 16:21:49 -0500 Despite support, prospects are slim for federal bullying law Prospects for a federal bullying law are dim, despite the high profile of bullying over the past two years, including a White House summit to discuss the issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/08/despite-support-prospects-are-slim-for-federal-bullying-law?refid=0 Mon, 10 Oct 2011 06:00:00 -0500 Critics of Anoka-Hennepin policy divided over tax vote A vote next month to extend a property tax in the Anoka-Hennepin school district presents a problem for some voters, who are critical of a policy that addresses how bullying and harassment are handled in the schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/07/voters-conflicted-school-district-policy-property-tax?refid=0 Fri, 07 Oct 2011 06:00:00 -0500 ACLU releases hundreds of documents in TiZA case The ACLU of Minnesota claims the depositions, emails and other files help show that its nearly three-year old claims against Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy are true. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/03/tiza-documents?refid=0 Mon, 03 Oct 2011 16:11:58 -0500 More MN schools missing federal marks; officials reluctantly release list Nearly half of Minnesota's 2,255 schools were not on track to meet Adequate Yearly Progress, a basis for measuring school performance in meeting requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/29/no-child-left-behind-schools-miss-federal-marks?refid=0 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 08:01:00 -0500 No Child Left Behind overhaul challenges Minn. educators With changes on the horizon for No Child Left Behind, state education officials want to change the manner by which schools are measured, but don't yet know how that will take shape. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/28/replacement-no-child-left-behind?refid=0 Thu, 29 Sep 2011 08:30:00 -0500 Alexandria voters OK property tax hike for new high school Voters in Alexandria have overwhelmingly approved a property tax hike to pay for a new $65 million high school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/28/alexandria-property-tax-high-school?refid=0 Wed, 28 Sep 2011 10:13:17 -0500 Voters to decide referendum to pay for new high school Voters in Alexandria will decide a referendum Tuesday whether to approve a tax raise to pay for a new, $65 million high school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/26/voters-to-decide-referendum-to-pay-for-new-high-school?refid=0 Mon, 26 Sep 2011 14:20:51 -0500 Obama clears way for Minnesota's waiver from No Child Left Behind law President Barack Obama says his new reforms to the No Child Left Behind education law are aimed at improving standards for students, not doing away with standards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/23/no-child-left-behind-revisions-obama?refid=0 Fri, 23 Sep 2011 16:00:07 -0500 State education commissioner attends Obama's education speech today Minnesota's education commissioner today appeals to the federal government for a waiver from No Child Left Behind requirement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/22/state-education-commissioner-to-attend-obamas-education-speech-today?refid=0 Fri, 23 Sep 2011 06:00:00 -0500 Four months after MPR investigation, Minn. bullying law still weak Minnesota's law against bullying among weakest in nation. The mothers of two Minnesota teenagers who have committed suicide will speak at a conference in Washington today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/22/state-bullying-laws--weak?refid=0 Thu, 22 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Still waiting on Feds, state to release school progress data State education officials say they will release data related to the federal No Child Left Behind law next week because they haven't yet heard from the feds on a waiver from that law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/21/still-waiting-on-federal-government-state-to-release-school-progress-data?refid=0 Wed, 21 Sep 2011 15:21:18 -0500 Brooklyn Center voters say 'no' to school levy Voters in Brooklyn Center have rejected a property tax increase to pay for schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/21/brooklyn-center-levy-fails?refid=0 Wed, 21 Sep 2011 11:45:34 -0500 Assistant principal injured at Edison school dance An assistant principal at Edison High School in Minneapolis is recovering after being injured during an incident at a school dance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/20/assistant-principal-injured-at-edison-school-dance?refid=0 Tue, 20 Sep 2011 15:04:34 -0500 State audit finds lower completion rates, more dropouts among full-time online students A new audit shows there's been huge growth in the number of Minnesota students taking coures online. But it also raises concerns about how well those students perform in that setting, and also how the state regulates the entire venture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/19/state-auditor-online-classes-report?refid=0 Mon, 19 Sep 2011 13:42:55 -0500 Voters to decide fate of Brooklyn Center school referendum Brooklyn Center voters have until the end of the day Tuesday to return their ballots to decide a school referendum. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/19/brooklyn-center-school-referendum?refid=0 Mon, 19 Sep 2011 12:07:48 -0500 School districts defend funding, ballot referendums Today is the last day Minnesota school districts can put tax questions on the November ballot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/16/school-districts-defend-funding-ballot-referendums?refid=0 Fri, 16 Sep 2011 18:15:40 -0500 Perpich Center considers taking over East Metro Integration District's 2 schools The future of two east metro integration schools might involve the state-run Perpich Center for Arts Education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/14/perpich-center-might-take-over-east-metro-integration-districts-two-schools?refid=0 Wed, 14 Sep 2011 15:54:47 -0500 Reading scores up in Minnesota; math scores buffeted by test change Test results from the state education department show a gain for Minnesota students in reading. It's harder to tell whether there's been a gain in math, because most students took a new, tougher test this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/14/minnesota-test-scores-show-reading-improved?refid=0 Wed, 14 Sep 2011 08:00:00 -0500 Schools struggle with how to address 9/11 in classrooms But 10 years later, the attacks occupy an awkward spot in schools. For teachers and other adults, the anniversary triggers raw memories, and for them it might be too soon to treat the event as history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/08/schools-struggle-with-how-to-address-9-11-in-classrooms?refid=0 Thu, 08 Sep 2011 17:56:25 -0500 Students unlikely to feel budget cuts on first day of school Tuesday is the first day of class for most public school students in Minnesota, and although school leaders have bemoaned state cuts to education and delayed payments to their districts, they've worked like mad to keep doomsday scenarios from happening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/05/first-day-of-school-budget-cut-impacts?refid=0 Tue, 06 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Milestone year for high school football coach As he starts his 50th season, Ron Stolski is more than a high school football coach. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/01/stolski-milestone-year?refid=0 Fri, 02 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Concussion injury law takes effect today A new law takes effect in Minnesota today regarding concussion injuries involving student athletes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/01/concussion-injury-law-takes-effect-today?refid=0 Thu, 01 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 East Metro Integration District considers closing its two schools Two schools in a little-known district in the Twin Cities could be up for closure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/30/school-officials-weigh-value-of-special-integration-districts?refid=0 Wed, 31 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 St. Paul to reimburse superintendent up to $40K for moving The St. Paul School District will reimburse its superintendent up to $40,000 dollars for moving-related costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/25/valeria-silva-reimbursement?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2011 16:38:26 -0500 For some, high school football season opens tonight Twelve Minnesota high schools will open their high school football season this weekend one week before the rest of the schools in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/25/high-school-football-zero-week?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2011 12:04:13 -0500 St. Clair High to drop varsity football -- for now A high school in south-central Minnesota is dropping varsity football this season over safety concerns related to a lack of upperclassmen on the team. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/25/saint-peter-varsity-football?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2011 11:53:05 -0500 An intriguing mix of case law behind Anoka-Hennepin LGBT lawsuits Two lawsuits over the treatment of gay students in the Anoka-Hennepin School District offer something old and something new for legal observers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/23/anoka-hennepin-lgbt-lawsuit-case-law-background?refid=0 Tue, 23 Aug 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Minn. ed commissioner wants ACT to be an even higher-stakes test The state's education commissioner says she's exploring ways to make the ACT college entrance exam even higher-stakes for Minnesota students than it already is. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/17/cassellius-act-scores?refid=0 Wed, 17 Aug 2011 13:57:47 -0500 ACT scores for Minnesota high schoolers among best in nation Minnesota's high school class of 2011 scored an average of 22.9 of a possible 36 on the ACT, among the best in the nation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/16/act-scores-for-minnesota-high-schoolers-among-best-in-nation?refid=0 Wed, 17 Aug 2011 02:00:00 -0500 Family remembers Matthew Harmon The father of a U.S. soldier and Minnesota native who was killed in Afghanistan speaks in his memory. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/16/family-remembers-matthew-harmon?refid=0 Tue, 16 Aug 2011 19:25:49 -0500 State education official seeks waiver from portions of No Child Left Behind Minnesota's education commissioner today requested from the federal education department to waive two sections of the No Child Left Behind education law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/16/education-official-waiver-no-child-left-behind?refid=0 Tue, 16 Aug 2011 18:58:57 -0500 Dayton announces plan to expand daycare ratings system Gov. Mark Dayton said today that the state will expand a ratings system for daycare and early childhood education providers across Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/10/dayton-announces-plan-to-expand-daycare-ratings-system?refid=0 Wed, 10 Aug 2011 16:07:06 -0500 Dayton eyes expansion of education provider rating system Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday that state law already allows officials to create a statewide rating system for daycare and early childhood education providers so there's no need for legislation or any other action. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/10/dayton-early-learning-council?refid=0 Wed, 10 Aug 2011 13:59:59 -0500 Meeting of teachers to build GOP-leaning coalition A group of teachers will meet with state Republican party officials Wednesday evening to discuss forming a caucus of GOP-leaning union members. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/09/meeting-of-teachers-to-build-gopleaning-coalition?refid=0 Wed, 10 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Minn. seeks waiver to No Child Left Behind Gov. Mark Dayton announced Monday that Minnesota will seek a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law that would give the state permission to bypass some testing requirements and punishments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/08/minnesota-seeks-waiver-to-no-child-left-behind?refid=0 Mon, 08 Aug 2011 14:39:55 -0500 Gay Equity Team chides Anoka-Hennepin over website An activist group is accusing the Anoka-Hennepin school district of misleading the public with a new website it created that focuses on lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/05/gay-equity-team-chides-anoka-hennepin?refid=0 Fri, 05 Aug 2011 07:49:02 -0500 Lawsuit alleges school officials failed to stop offensive homecoming event A former Red Wing High School student claims in a lawsuit that a homecoming event two years ago was racially offensive and illegal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/03/red-wing-high-minnesota-wigger-day-lawsuit?refid=0 Wed, 03 Aug 2011 19:45:51 -0500 Supporters hope new law increases number of non-traditional teachers Taking effect today is a new law that supporters hope will increase the number of teachers who enter the profession through non-traditional ways. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/29/supports-hop-new-law-increases-number-of-nontraditional-teachers?refid=0 Mon, 01 Aug 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Twin Cities union leader to speak at teachers' rally in D.C. A Twin Cities union leader will speak at a rally of teachers, parents and other community members Saturday in Washington. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/29/twin-cities-union-leader-speak-teachers-rally-dc?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jul 2011 20:04:29 -0500 Early childhood advocates worried about Race to the Top chances after session For all the talk at the Minnesota State Capitol this year about early childhood education, supporters only won part of what they wanted. Legislators approved $4 million in scholarships for needy families, but they did not include a system to rate child care providers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/28/early-childhood-inaction-in-session?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jul 2011 15:33:24 -0500 School districts could turn out record numbers in Nov. referendums Voters in a record number of school districts could be asked to weigh in on funding referendums this November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/25/record-school-district-voting?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jul 2011 15:31:36 -0500 Budget deal draws criticism from education officials Education officials across the state are frustrated and even angry that the budget agreement reached Thursday will include delaying even more payments to schools than first proposed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/14/shutdown-budget-education-reaction?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jul 2011 20:13:51 -0500 How schools will be affected by aid payment shift The budget agreement reached Thursday makes some fundamental changes in the way the state funds public schools. Gov. Mark Dayton had already proposed delaying 30 percent of school payments as part of the budget he presented in February. Here's more information on how that shift will affect school districts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/14/budget-agreement-education-funding-shift?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jul 2011 18:35:46 -0500 Lawson lays off workers, won't say how many One of St. Paul's biggest employers, Lawson Software, laid off employees Wednesday, but the company won't reveal just how many or where they are located. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/13/lawson-layoffs?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2011 16:26:12 -0500 Dunwoody Academy will move from its North High home Dunwoody Academy charter school is moving out from its home of two years -- beneath the roof of North High School in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/07/dunwoody-move-north-high?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jul 2011 19:20:21 -0500 Six charter schools in Minn. shutting down Six charter schools across Minnesota have closed in recent weeks -- the largest number of closings in a decade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/06/charter-schools-closing?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jul 2011 20:24:38 -0500 Delayed payments balances books, but burden schools Gov. Dayton and Republican legislative leaders may resort to delaying more payments to Minnesota's public schools as a way to close a $5 billion projected budget gap. That's one tactic that both sides have floated as part of the budget solution. It saves costs to the state, but adds more burden to the school districts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/05/shutdown-school-budget-money-shift?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jul 2011 22:27:54 -0500 TiZA ponders legal options after state moves to shut down school Leaders of Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy acknowledge their prospects of reopening their charter school are not good. As of now, the state no longer considers TiZA a public school. TiZA also filed for bankruptcy last week, a move that was made to protect its financial obligations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/05/tiza-closed?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jul 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Opponents to changes in state pension laws lose a round Minnesota public employee retirees have lost a round in their effort to turn back pension changes made by lawmakers last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/30/state-pension-contract?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jun 2011 19:35:25 -0500 Little change on statewide writing test scores Minnesota 9th graders showed little change this year on a required statewide writing test. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/29/grad-writing-test-scores?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jun 2011 07:25:10 -0500 St. Paul School Board discussion on bullying is first of many St. Paul School Board members began a discussion about student bullying, hoping open up further conversation on the issue and define district policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/29/stpaul-school-board-addresses-bullying?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Southern Minn. school districts approve merger The LeCenter and Montgomery-Lonsdale districts will consolidate, the first in Minnesota in two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/28/school-vote?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jun 2011 22:22:22 -0500 Teachers must submit renewal paperwork ahead of possible shutdown Teachers and other school staff who need licenses must submit paperwork in the next few days, ahead of any possible government shutdown, or else find themselves prohibited from working. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/24/shutdown-teacher-license?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jun 2011 14:29:49 -0500 Fate of 20 Minn. charter schools at risk as sponsor deadline nears The leaders of 20 charter schools across Minnesota are wondering if next week might be their last in business. They all had to find new sponsors this year, but the switch to a new sponsor still hasn't earned final approval from the state education department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/24/charter-schools-trouble?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jun 2011 04:00:00 -0500 St. Paul schools to cut more than 300 positions The St. Paul school board has voted to eliminate more than 300 positions to balance next year's budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/22/saint-paul-schools-layoffs?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jun 2011 12:04:13 -0500 Anoka-Henn. school officials meet with civil rights groups over gay harassment claims Lawyers for two national civil rights groups met with leaders of the Anoka-Hennepin School district Tuesday to discuss claims that gay students have been illegally harassed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/14/anoka-hennepin-school-policy?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jun 2011 18:18:33 -0500 Public schools anxious over possible government shutdown Employees of Minnesota's public schools are not state workers, but their salaries and other school expenses rely on money that districts get from the state. So, one question surrounding a possible government shutdown is whether public schools in Minnesota would continue to receive state payments. Without any definitive ruling on the question yet, school leaders are drawing up contingency plans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/13/k12-shtudown-impact?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jun 2011 16:08:06 -0500 Metro school board members asking GOP to re-think ed. budget School board members from across the metro want GOP leaders to re-think the education budget they passed this year that has since been vetoed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/09/school-boards-budget?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jun 2011 12:55:21 -0500 Veto of education bill leaves school integration funding in limbo The Republican-led Legislature approved an education budget this spring that eliminates the funding for integration efforts altogether. But Gov. Dayton vetoed that bill, leaving the fate of the $100 million a year program uncertain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/09/school-integration-aid?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jun 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Anoka-Hennepin schools to staff mental health hotline for students The state's largest school district says it will staff a phone line this summer for any student or family having mental health problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/07/schools-summer-hotline?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jun 2011 11:02:37 -0500 In St. Paul, Duncan calls for faster work on 'No Child' fix Education Secretary Arne Duncan is visiting a high-achieving St. Paul school and hosting a round-table discussion about the overhaul of federal education law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/31/education-secretary?refid=0 Tue, 31 May 2011 06:02:50 -0500 Dayton: Minn. will apply for new 'Race to the Top' funds Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday directed the state's education department to apply for the federal "Race to the Top" program, just hours after the Obama administration announced new funding for the initiative. Minnesota lost out on a previous round of competition for the funds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/25/race-to-the-top-application?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2011 16:29:49 -0500 Anoka-Hennepin school district faces lawsuit over harassment of gays Lawyers for the Southern Poverty Law Center and National Center for Lesbian Rights say they have proof that Anoka-Hennepin students have been harassed for being gay or perceived as gay and that harassment violates federal law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/24/anoka-hennepin-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2011 17:09:46 -0500 Math and reading scores up in Minn., but racial gap persists New test results show high school students in Minnesota continue to improve their scores in math and reading. However, the data also shows a significant gap between how well white students perform, compared to students of color. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/24/mca-scores?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2011 17:00:00 -0500 Minn. charter schools get 1-year extension on new rules Charter schools in Minnesota are getting a one-year reprieve from a deadline that threatened to close dozens of schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/19/charter-school-authorizer-reprieve?refid=0 Thu, 19 May 2011 10:32:35 -0500 Minn. education commissioner responds to bullying investigation Minnesota's Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said Wednesday that Minnesota's bullying law needs a definition of bullying and more accountability. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/18/bullying-response?refid=0 Wed, 18 May 2011 06:56:50 -0500 To prevent bullying, what schools do often more important than policy Several experts, teachers and other school officials note that bullying policies are never as important as what actually happens in school. As part of a six-month MPR News investigation on bullying in Minnesota, we visited schools to learn what they are doing to address bullying. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/15/bullying-what-schools-are-doing?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2011 16:00:00 -0500 Breaking the law? One-third of districts don't include cyber-bullying in policies Today, a good deal of social interaction occurs over the Internet -- including bullying. That so-called "cyber-bullying" has schools across the nation struggling to figure out the best way to address it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/15/cyber-bullying?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Minnesota law leaves bullying policies up to districts An MPR News investigation has found Minnesota has one of the weakest anti-bullying laws in the country. MPR's Tom Weber and Cathy Wurzer talk about what that means for students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/16/weakonbullying?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2011 11:27:28 -0500 Minnesota: Weak on Bullying A six-month Minnesota Public Radio News investigation of bullying policies across the state found a patchwork of policies and that the state's policy is one of the shortest in the nation. MPR presents the first comprehensive look at school policies on bullying, cyber-bullying and what schools are doing to solve the growing bullying problem. /projects/2011/05/bullying/?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2011 07:55:47 -0500 MPR News investigation: Minnesota lacks strong bullying law, state oversight Minnesota Public Radio news presents the results of a six-month investigation on bullying in schools, policies, and what schools are, and aren't doing, to stop bullying. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/15/minnesota-weak-bullying?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Part 2: Teens can be cruel The most pervasive form of bullying is verbal and in-person, researchers say. But bullying can also be physical and include everything from someone punching another person repeatedly or blowing up a mailbox. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/15/bullying-part2?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Part 3: School boards sought weaker law State Sen. Barb Goodwin, DFL-Columbia Heights proposed Minnesota's first bullying law in 2002, when she was a state representative. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/15/bullying-part3?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Study gives insight into student bullies and their victims Students regularly involved with bullying -- either as a bully, a victim, or both -- also are less likely to earn A's and B's, the study found. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/09/bullying-study?refid=0 Mon, 09 May 2011 03:00:00 -0500 After defeat, DFLers to continue push for bullying bill Advocates for a stronger anti-bullying law in Minnesota say they'll continue their fight, even after state senators rejected such a measure last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/06/bullying-bill?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2011 13:35:45 -0500 Education commissioner calls for compromise in K-12 bills Brenda Cassellius said there is some room for agreement on Republican-backed education bills but other sections of the bills are unfair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/01/cassellius-education-bill?refid=0 Fri, 01 Apr 2011 14:16:31 -0500 Ely voters approve prop. tax increase to pay for school heating systems Voters in Ely have approved a property tax increase to pay for a new $3 million heating system for the town's schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/30/ely-tax-increase?refid=0 Wed, 30 Mar 2011 07:49:40 -0500 Bond request for schools on the ballot Tuesday in Ely The Ely school district is trying again to win voter approval of a construction project for its aging facilities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/28/ely_school_bond_vote?refid=0 Mon, 28 Mar 2011 15:00:00 -0500 Dayton objects to GOP education plan Gov. Mark Dayton's education commissioner indicated Monday that a school funding proposal offered by House Republicans at the Capitol is unacceptable, and a likely veto target. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/21/education-budget-plan?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2011 17:22:28 -0500 St. Paul school board approves strategic restructuring plan After weeks of public discussion, the St. Paul School Board has approved a plan that will reconfigure several schools and overhaul busing operations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/16/stpaul-school-plan?refid=0 Wed, 16 Mar 2011 06:05:42 -0500 St. Paul School Board to vote on wide-ranging strategic plan Superintendent Valeria Silva says her plan will raise student achievement, in part, by re-focusing on community, or neighborhood schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/14/st-paul-school-board-strategic-plan-vote?refid=0 Tue, 15 Mar 2011 06:00:00 -0500 Student reliance on free/reduced lunch rises More of Minnesota's school-aged children are living in or near poverty, according to new data from the Minnesota Department of Education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/14/free-reduced-lunch?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2011 20:27:54 -0500 Franken pushes for sexual orientation protection in school Sen. Al Franken says the effort is aimed at curbing the bullying of gay and lesbian students and giving them the same protections that current law offers against racial or sexual discrimination. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/10/senator-franken-gay-rights-schools?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2011 19:57:35 -0600 Educators gather in Mpls. to talk bullying prevention Hundreds of principals and other school leaders gathered in Minneapolis Monday to discuss strategies for preventing bullying in schools. Many of those strategies are based on new research into the subject. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/07/principals-school-bullying?refid=0 Mon, 07 Mar 2011 17:23:52 -0600 At Mpls. summit, educators take on bullying Hundreds of principals and other school leaders gathered in Minneapolis Monday to discuss strategies for preventing bullying. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/07/bullying-summit?refid=0 Mon, 07 Mar 2011 16:07:58 -0600 FAQ: Minn.'s alternative teaching licensure legislation A rundown of the alternative teaching licensure legislation now supported by Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican leaders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/02/alternative-licensure-faq?refid=0 Wed, 02 Mar 2011 16:11:42 -0600 Dayton, GOP compromise on alternative teacher licensure Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders have reached agreement on an alternative teacher licensure bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/28/teacher-licensure-deal?refid=0 Mon, 28 Feb 2011 10:13:11 -0600 Dayton's K-12 plan: Shift stays, more all-day kindergarten Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal includes a small increase for K-12 education. Most of that new money would be spent on increasing the number of children enrolled in all-day kindergarten. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/15/dayton-budget-all-day-kindergarten?refid=0 Tue, 15 Feb 2011 20:28:51 -0600 Minn. officials open to another Race to the Top run School officials in Minnesota say they'd be interested in applying for federal education funding in the so-called 'Race to the Top' contest, if Congress approves more funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/14/race-to-the-top-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 14 Feb 2011 20:41:24 -0600 St. Louis Park schools closed due to asbestos issue Deteriorating floor tiles are to blame for two school closures Monday in the St. Louis Park district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/14/stlouispark-schools-closed?refid=0 Mon, 14 Feb 2011 15:43:35 -0600 Stillwater schools set to redraw attendance boundaries District officials say the changes are needed to ease crowding at two elementary schools: Lake Elmo and Rutherford. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/10/stillwater-attendance-boundaries?refid=0 Thu, 10 Feb 2011 16:50:04 -0600 Two southern Minn. school districts to vote on merger The consolidation between the Le Center and Montgomery-Lonsdale districts would be the first in Minnesota in two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/10/s-mn-school-district-merger?refid=0 Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:25:00 -0600 Minn. AP class results continue to improve, still behind national average More high school seniors are taking Advanced Placement courses in Minnesota and scoring higher on AP tests, but the state's rankings are still below national averages. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/09/advanced-placement-classes?refid=0 Wed, 09 Feb 2011 12:32:54 -0600 Dayton: Budget proposal to increase school funding But the governor would not reveal just how much that increase will be, or whether it will go beyond paying back loans the state borrowed from schools last year to balance the state's budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/04/dayton-education-budget?refid=0 Fri, 04 Feb 2011 12:13:17 -0600 Senate set to take up alternative teacher licensure The state Senate could take up a bill Thursday that would establish more ways for people to become teachers if they didn't take the traditional path of earning an education degree. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/03/alternative-teacher-licensure?refid=0 Thu, 03 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 St. Paul district fills school board vacancy The St. Paul School Board has picked a parent of two district students to an open seat on the board. Jeff Risberg was one of ten finalists and 41 original applicants for the year-long post. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/02/st-paul-school-board-vacancy-risberg?refid=0 Wed, 02 Feb 2011 20:58:31 -0600 Broadway students caught in middle of credit fiasco Some students at a north Minneapolis high School are objecting to a district remedy for a bureaucratic failure over class credits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/27/broadway-high-school-credits-students?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jan 2011 15:48:59 -0600 St. Paul elem. school slated for closure will stay open Superintendent Valeria Silva announced tonight that she will keep open Four Seasons Elementary. She had planned to close the year-round arts magnet because of low enrollment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/26/four-seasons-elementary-school-open?refid=0 Wed, 26 Jan 2011 20:25:44 -0600 Anoka-Hennepin school district to approve $3.2 million in cuts Leaders of the state's largest school district are expected to sign off on $3.2 million in cuts Monday night. All of the cuts this round will be in operational costs, not classroom costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/24/anoka-hennipen-school-cuts?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jan 2011 13:39:28 -0600 Mpls. teachers approve new contract, until summer Minneapolis teachers have approved a new contract with the district. Leaders for the teachers union said 87 percent of teachers who voted approved of the new deal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/24/mpls-school-contract?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jan 2011 13:02:11 -0600 Minn. education advocacy group pushes new education proposals A new education advocacy group plans to push lawmakers this spring for two teacher-related proposals that will encourage a more robust teaching evaluation system and hopefully close the achievement gap between white students and students of color. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/24/education-advocacy-group?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jan 2011 06:07:31 -0600 Duncan: Minn. must address achievement gap The nation's highest education official said Friday that Minnesota needs to do more to close its achievement gap between white and minority students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/21/education-secretary?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jan 2011 06:33:36 -0600 Ed secretary considers opening 'Race to the Top' to districts only U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan says a third round of federal grants known as Race to the Top could potentially be open only to school districts, and not states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/22/race-to-top?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jan 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Mpls. school district continues student credit investigation Minneapolis school Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson says the district's investigation is continuing into student credits at Broadway High School. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/20/broadway-credits?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jan 2011 16:34:44 -0600 Opening of charter school in north Minneapolis delayed This fall's opening of a charter school in north Minneapolis is being delayed a year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/20/charter-schools-delay?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jan 2011 06:34:46 -0600 Silva says she's open to tweaking St. Paul schools plan St. Paul superintendent Valeria Silva says she's open to tweaking her plans for the district's French Immersion school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/19/silva-st-paul-schools-plan-changes?refid=0 Wed, 19 Jan 2011 16:30:05 -0600 Dozens of charter schools lack sponsor for next year Sixty-four charter schools in Minnesota are in limbo right now because the organizations that sponsor them still don't have the necessary approval to stay on as their sponsor, or authorizer. /features/2011/01/19-charter-school-sponsors/?refid=0 Wed, 19 Jan 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Parents want new location for Four Seasons Elementary A group of St. Paul parents will meet tonight to discuss ways to save Four Seasons Elementary, the only school slated to close entirely under a plan the district released this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/14/four-seasons-closing?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jan 2011 10:34:05 -0600 New education commissioner vows to take on achievement gap Two weeks into her new job as Minnesota's education commissioner, Brenda Cassellius isn't yet a household name. But if her track record is any indication, she will be. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/14/education-commissioner-brenda-cassellius?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jan 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Field narrowed to 10 finalists for St. Paul school board seat The St. Paul School Board has narrowed the field of candidates who applied for an open seat on the board. There are now 10 finalists remaining from the 41 who originally applied. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/13/st-paul-school-board-finalists?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jan 2011 10:46:00 -0600 St. Paul schools plan emphasizes neighborhood schools St. Paul school superintendent Valeria Silva is unveiling a new three-year strategic plan for the district Tuesday that calls for some programs to be moved, retooled or even eliminated -- but also includes the reopening of some previously shuttered buildings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/11/new-school-plan?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jan 2011 09:00:00 -0600 State teachers union faces a new political landscape Education Minnesota, which has a better relationship with Democrats, could wield far less clout after Republicans now control both the House and Senate. But no one is counting the state teachers union out yet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/10/education-minnesota-union-political-landscape?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jan 2011 03:00:00 -0600 School fairs open in Mpls., St. Paul today Students and parents in St. Paul and Minneapolis will be able to learn more Saturday about what schools are available in each city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/08/minneapolis-st-paul-school-fair?refid=0 Sat, 08 Jan 2011 06:00:00 -0600 Ballots are in the mail to Mpls teachers on new contract The Minneapolis teachers' union sent ballots out Friday to all its members, who will now vote during the next two weeks on a new contract. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/07/mpls-teachers-contract?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jan 2011 16:31:30 -0600 Mpls district investigates teacher license problems at Broadway High Students at Broadway High School in Minneapolis are being told that some of the credits they've received for classwork might not be valid for graduation. The school district is investigating whether some teachers at the school didn't have the proper licenses for classes they were teaching. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/04/mpls-broadway-school?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jan 2011 16:18:35 -0600 Glut of candidates for St. Paul school board as 41 apply The seat was left vacant in November when board member Vallay Varro stepped down to head an education non-profit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/03/saint-paul-school-board-41-candidate?refid=0 Mon, 03 Jan 2011 19:19:55 -0600 Ed commissioner: Little good news for school budgets Alice Seagren says a $6.2 billion budget looms for the next fiscal year, and there's uncertainty about when or if schools will ever get back more than a billion dollars the state borrowed from them last year to balance the state's books. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/31/alice-seagren-state-budget?refid=0 Fri, 31 Dec 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Mpls. schools reject proposals to redevelop Howe School The Minneapolis School District has rejected the latest proposals it received to redevelop a shuttered school in the Longfellow neighborhood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/30/howe-school-proposal-rejected?refid=0 Thu, 30 Dec 2010 20:53:42 -0600 State approves four more groups to sponsor charter schools The state education department has approved four more groups to sponsor charter schools in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/30/charter-schools-authorizers?refid=0 Thu, 30 Dec 2010 20:21:51 -0600 North High supporters ready their recruiting efforts For North High School in Minneapolis, a crucial deadline is now just three months away. Supporters are working with the Minneapolis district to recruit 125 students to attend the school next year as ninth graders. They must do so by the end of March to keep the school open for another year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/29/north-high-school-update?refid=0 Wed, 29 Dec 2010 15:17:18 -0600 Mpls. district, teachers reach tentative agreement Minneapolis school teachers and district leaders have reached an agreement on a new contract. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/28/mpls-district-teachers-reach-tentative-agreement?refid=0 Tue, 28 Dec 2010 10:04:19 -0600 Two more groups win approval to sponsor Minn. charter schools Two more groups have won state approval to sponsor charter schools in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/21/minnesota-charter-schools?refid=0 Tue, 21 Dec 2010 11:59:57 -0600 Anoka-Hennepin disputes bullying-suicide connection Anoka-Hennepin School District leaders are challenging what they say is an unproven theory that a string of student suicides can be tied to bullying. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/17/anoka-hennepin-bullying-suicides?refid=0 Fri, 17 Dec 2010 03:00:00 -0600 St. Paul students will make up snow days; Mpls not sure yet Officials in the Minneapolis school district have not yet determined whether they'll make up this week's two snow days, but St. Paul's school superintendent says she intends to. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/15/schools-closed-makeup-days?refid=0 Wed, 15 Dec 2010 16:43:13 -0600 Schools to reopen on Wednesday in Mpls, St. Paul The St. Paul and Minneapolis school districts will be back in session Wednesday. Both districts took Monday and Tuesday off in the aftermath of the Twin Cities' fifth-largest snowstorm ever. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/14/schools-open-wednesday?refid=0 Tue, 14 Dec 2010 13:33:54 -0600 Monday a snow day, for a variety of reasons One of the largest snowfalls to ever hit the Twin Cities made for tough driving Monday. But it gave tens of thousands of school children across the metro and the state a snow day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/13/snow-day-monday?refid=0 Mon, 13 Dec 2010 16:55:59 -0600 Feds give Minneapolis schools funds to help Indian students The Minneapolis School District is getting more than $1 million from the federal government to create a mentoring program aimed at American Indian students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/10/minneapolis_schools_indian_grant?refid=0 Wed, 08 Dec 2010 14:00:00 -0600 More schools join teacher merit pay program Another 30 schools and school districts in Minnesota are joining the state's merit pay program for teachers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/08/teachers-comp-pay?refid=0 Wed, 08 Dec 2010 12:06:16 -0600 Three more groups win approval to sponsor Minn. charter schools Three more groups have won state approval to sponsor charter schools in Minnesota as part of a new law meant to make so-called authorizers more accountable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/07/charter-school-approvals?refid=0 Tue, 07 Dec 2010 14:56:32 -0600 Should Minnesota redraw school district boundaries? The Minneapolis School District is considering whether to push for a new state law that would require an entire re-drawing of all school district boundaries in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/07/redraw-minnesota-school-district-boundaries?refid=0 Tue, 07 Dec 2010 03:00:00 -0600 One-third of state's authorizers are getting out of charter school business Having an authorizer, or sponsor, had been an almost mundane requirement for charter schools -- until this year, when the state started implementing a new law designed to make authorizers more accountable. /features/2010/12/01-charter-authorizers/?refid=0 Wed, 01 Dec 2010 03:00:00 -0600 St. Paul school board member steps down A member of the St. Paul School Board is stepping down to run a new nonprofit education organization. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/30/mpls-school-board?refid=0 Tue, 30 Nov 2010 17:47:09 -0600 High school football games become tougher to schedule Dozens of high school football teams across Minnesota are struggling with a growing problem -- scheduling games. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/25/high-school-football-schedules?refid=0 Thu, 25 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Leslie Frazier takes the reins of a struggling Vikings team Leslie Frazier becomes the Vikings interim head coach after Brad Childress was fired a day after the Packers thrashed Minnesota 31-3 at the Metrodome, a loss that dropped the team to a 3-7 record. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/23/vikings-leslie-frazier-new-coach?refid=0 Tue, 23 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Some districts see benefits in four-day weeks School officials agree their budgets forced them to the four-day week, but some defenders also say there are aspects of the new schedule that could be a model for other districts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/18/four-day-school-week?refid=0 Thu, 18 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Student survey: More college plans; less drinking, exercise Young people in Minnesota are smoking and drinking less and more are thinking about college, but many of them could also be doing more to exercise regularly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/15/minnesota-student-survey?refid=0 Mon, 15 Nov 2010 20:23:11 -0600 Mpls, St. Paul school leaders worry Legislature will target their funding Leaders of the Minneapolis and St. Paul school districts are wondering how they'll fare with Republicans set to control the Legislature next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/14/metro-education-funding?refid=0 Mon, 15 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Minneapolis Schools budget deficit could be double original estimate Minneapolis Public Schools district leaders had said next year's budget gap would exceed $20 million, but they now estimate it will be between $30 million and $45 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/10/minneapolis-schools-budgets?refid=0 Wed, 10 Nov 2010 06:28:03 -0600 Board gives North High a second chance The Minneapolis School Board voted Tuesday night to allow a group of community students to recruit new ninth graders for North High School next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/10/north-high?refid=0 Wed, 10 Nov 2010 06:08:10 -0600 Wheaton referendum question could see recount In addition to the governor's race and at least three legislative races, this week's election could also produce a recount in a small school district in western Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/05/wheaton-recount?refid=0 Fri, 05 Nov 2010 10:36:34 -0500 North High could reopen in new form in 2012 Minneapolis School Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson's new plan rests on members of the community getting involved. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/04/north-high?refid=0 Thu, 04 Nov 2010 12:47:57 -0500 Results mixed for levies in Minn. school districts Results were mixed for school districts at the polls Tuesday when 77 districts were seeking operating funds that would have raised property taxes in most cases to help fund day-to-day operations. /features/2010/11/03-school-levies/?refid=0 Wed, 03 Nov 2010 16:30:40 -0500 Duluth ballot question protests school plan Supporters of a ballot measure in Duluth say Tuesday' election is a chance to register a protest vote against the city's school district for its construction plan, but others say the vote will be confusing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/01/duluth-referendum-vote?refid=0 Mon, 01 Nov 2010 12:03:38 -0500 Rural districts struggle to find school board candidates Voters across Minnesota will select school board members on Tuesday, but in some districts, there aren't enough candidates on the ballot to fill all the seats up for election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/28/not-enough-board-candidates?refid=0 Thu, 28 Oct 2010 13:53:30 -0500 Schools say levies have become matter of survival When Minnesota voters go to the polls on Tuesday, many will be asked to approve higher property taxes for school districts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/27/school-levy-referendum?refid=0 Wed, 27 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Advocates say anti-bullying clarifications not enough Advocates for gay students say the Anoka-Hennepin school district only took small steps in voting last night to clarify its policies regarding sexual orientation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/26/anti-gay-bullying?refid=0 Tue, 26 Oct 2010 13:40:08 -0500 Funding K-12 education a key issue for Minnesota's next governor When Minnesota's next governor addresses the state's $5.8 billion budget deficit, a big part of the task will be determining how much to spend on primary and secondary education, which takes up 40 percent of the budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/25/k12-education-gov-campaign?refid=0 Tue, 26 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Hundreds urge reprieve for North High Supporters of saving North High School in Minneapolis say shutting the school down would affect the entire city. Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson says low enrollment and poor student achievement justify closing the school. But more than 200 people spoke out against the plan at a community forum last night. Some claimed the district set North up to fail, in part, by closing the elementary and middle schools that fed into the high school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/19/north2?refid=0 Tue, 19 Oct 2010 09:08:38 -0500 At meeting, public criticize closing of North High Dozens of students, alumni, and residents spoke out last night against the proposed closure of Minneapolis's North High School. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/19/north-high-meeting?refid=0 Tue, 19 Oct 2010 07:15:44 -0500 Minnesota's Wildcat Sanctuary Lions, tigers, and leopards are a few of the breeds housed at the Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone, Minn. The sanctuary is closed to the public and is solely funded by private funds. Since it's not open to the public, most of the donors will never see the cats in person. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/18/photos-wildcat-sanctuary?refid=0 Mon, 18 Oct 2010 11:06:42 -0500 Report: Ed official on 'both sides' of deal, but didn't defraud state An investigation into the state's former Deputy Education Commissioner, Chas Anderson, has found she broke some conflict-of-interest rules in procuring herself a contract, but clears her of more egregious allegations that she tried to defraud the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/15/chas-anderson-education-investigation?refid=0 Fri, 15 Oct 2010 20:25:44 -0500 Chemical spill forces 2 Edina schools to shut down Students at two schools in Edina were sent home this morning after what's being considered a minor chemical leak. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/15/edina-chemical-spill?refid=0 Fri, 15 Oct 2010 11:19:47 -0500 Mpls. NAACP urging parents to pull students from district The Minneapolis branch of the NAACP is calling on parents to consider moving their children out of Minneapolis city schools because of the district's recommendation to close North High School. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/14/naacp-horth-high?refid=0 Thu, 14 Oct 2010 13:48:06 -0500 Board members ask Johnson to delay vote on North High Three of the seven members of the Minneapolis School Board want the district's superintendent to delay next month's vote on closing North High School. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/13/north-high-meeting?refid=0 Wed, 13 Oct 2010 06:27:36 -0500 In Mpls, advocates set to fight for North High's survival Advocates for North High School in Minneapolis are promising a fight to keep the school open. That fight starts tonight, when they plan to protest outside a Minneapolis school board meeting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/12/minneapolis-north-high-school-closing?refid=0 Tue, 12 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Headed to New York, 0-2 Twins have tough job ahead The Yankees bested the Minnesota Twins 5-2 Thursday night at Target Field in game two of their division series, putting them again on the verge of being swept out of the baseball playoffs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/07/twins-unglued?refid=0 Fri, 08 Oct 2010 06:00:33 -0500 Yankees rally to beat Twins 6-4 With a final score of 6-4, the Twins opened the playoffs last night in a familiar way -- with a loss to the Yankees. It was the Twins' 10th straight loss in the playoffs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/06/yankees-twins-alds-game-1?refid=0 Thu, 07 Oct 2010 06:00:42 -0500 Twins hope to put postseason past behind them against Yankees The Twins open their postseason tonight against the New York Yankees -- a team that has been responsible for many of the Twins' woes in recent playoff appearances. There's no expectation that the Yankees will be any less of a threat this time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/06/twins-yankees-postseason-preview?refid=0 Wed, 06 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500 On the Gunflint Trail, students have one of the longest bus rides to school Many parents probably think their child's bus route is long. But most students probably don't have a bus ride that comes anywhere close to that of Cook County in northeastern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/04/long-bus-ride-cook-county?refid=0 Mon, 04 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Emmer would hold education spending flat; Dayton, Horner want more spending and revenue The three major-party candidates for governor all renewed their pledge Thursday night to increase funding for early childhood education, if elected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/24/debate-education?refid=0 Fri, 24 Sep 2010 06:05:20 -0500 Suicides have parents questioning district's policies A rash of suicides in Minnesota's largest school district has some people pushing for the district to revise policies regarding sexual orientation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/23/anoka-hennepin-suicides?refid=0 Thu, 23 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Wilder gets grant to raise achievement in St. Paul neighborhoods A coalition is getting a half-million-dollar grant to coordinate services in two distressed St. Paul neighborhoods, in hopes of raising student achievement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/21/wilder-grant-achievement?refid=0 Tue, 21 Sep 2010 16:18:20 -0500 Report: More waste at Hennepin County schools could be recycled A new report finds most of what's being thrown out at schools in Hennepin County could be recycled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/16/schools-recycle?refid=0 Thu, 16 Sep 2010 07:09:38 -0500 Minn. students scoring better on advanced placement tests Minnesota education officials say more high school students are taking Advanced Placement tests, and getting high enough scores to qualify for college credit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/13/advanced-placement-classes?refid=0 Mon, 13 Sep 2010 16:56:47 -0500 Survey: 1,700 laid off in metro school districts over two years The school year has just begun, but a new survey is already painting a bleak picture for district budgets for next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/08/schools-survey?refid=0 Wed, 08 Sep 2010 13:48:02 -0500 School board reinstates six Elk River coaches, with punishments The Elk River High School football team will have its entire coaching staff back on the sidelines this week, after the district's school board voted last night to reinstate them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/08/hazing-coaches?refid=0 Wed, 08 Sep 2010 06:08:33 -0500 Classes start for 'turnaround schools' Today was the first day of school in most districts across Minnesota. For 30 schools that were identified earlier this year as the state's worst performers, it also marks the start of a three-year effort aimed at turning themselves around. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/07/turnaroundschools-firstday?refid=0 Tue, 07 Sep 2010 16:47:08 -0500 Nonprofit receives federal money for anti-truancy program Leaders of a Minneapolis nonprofit say they've raised the private money needed to secure $5 million in federal money for expanding a program at St. Louis Park High School. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/07/truancy-program-funding?refid=0 Tue, 07 Sep 2010 06:25:13 -0500 Districts mull how to spend 'EduJobs' money Today is the first day of class for most Minnesota school districts. As the year gets underway, districts are also trying to figure out how to use some federal money that's designed to preserve education jobs. /features/2010/09/07-edujobs-money/?refid=0 Tue, 07 Sep 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Officials report outbreak of hepatitis C in Dakota County State health officials say there's been an outbreak this summer of hepatitis C in Dakota County, mostly among drug users. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/03/hepatitis-c-dakota-county?refid=0 Fri, 03 Sep 2010 11:17:30 -0500 Former Hill-Murray president sentenced in sex sting The former president of Hill-Murray Catholic school in Maplewood has pleaded guilty to charges related to a sex sting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/01/peschges-sentenced?refid=0 Wed, 01 Sep 2010 15:11:25 -0500 Elk River football team practices without several players The Elk River High School football team returned to practice Monday, but without nine of its players and a head coach. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/30/elkriver-hazing-folo?refid=0 Mon, 30 Aug 2010 18:03:48 -0500 New oversight law worries charter schools Some charter school leaders in Minnesota say a new law has them worried about their futures. The law was meant to strengthen charter school oversight. But some advocates say the new rules are stifling, not encouraging, their work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/30/charter-schools-law?refid=0 Mon, 30 Aug 2010 16:50:04 -0500 4 players removed from Elk River football team for hazing The Elk River school board has decided to kick four football players off the team and suspend several others over hazing allegations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/29/elkriver-hazing-action?refid=0 Sun, 29 Aug 2010 23:18:28 -0500 Elk River football team suspended over hazing incident The school district is having a lawyer conduct an investigation into the allegations, and the Elk River Police Department is also involved, a school district spokesman said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/26/elk-river-football-team-suspended-over-hazing-incident?refid=0 Thu, 26 Aug 2010 09:08:12 -0500 Recount in; Menahga school property tax levy still fails A recount in a north-central Minnesota school district did not change the outcome of a recent school referendum. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/24/menagha-recount?refid=0 Tue, 24 Aug 2010 12:24:09 -0500 School starts for 16,000 students in southwest Minnesota Monday is the first day of school for more than 16,000 students in southwestern Minnesota, even though state law prevents most schools from starting before Labor Day. A group of schools got special permission to start early, saying it would help them raise test scores. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/23/first-day-school?refid=0 Mon, 23 Aug 2010 07:08:22 -0500 As districts shuffle students, schools change for them Thousands of students in St. Paul and Minneapolis will attend the same school they did last year, but they'll be in a new location. That means more than the usual summer maintenance at many buildings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/19/same-school-new-students?refid=0 Thu, 19 Aug 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Minnesota ACT scores continue to climb Minnesota high school students continued to improve their scores this year on the ACT college entrance exam. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/18/act-results?refid=0 Wed, 18 Aug 2010 06:29:28 -0500 Mixed message? Some of state's 'worst-performing' schools making AYP Some of Minnesota's worst-performing schools found out this week their performance might not be so bad, afterall. Seven of them just found out they're making Adequate Yearly Progress under the federal No Child Left Behind law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/12/ayp-schools?refid=0 Fri, 13 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Recount possible in north-central Minn. school dist. There could be a recount in a referendum held Tuesday in a small school district in north-central Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/12/menahga_schools_recount?refid=0 Thu, 12 Aug 2010 10:01:40 -0500 GOP's first TV ad paints Dayton as 'erratic' Minnesota's Republican Party will start airing TV ads tomorrow that call the DFL's nominee for governor 'erratic' http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/11/gop-dayton-ad?refid=0 Wed, 11 Aug 2010 14:19:03 -0500 No change in number of Minn. schools missing NCLB progress marks But, for the first time in Minnesota, there was no increase in the number of schools who are failing to meet Adequate Yearly Progress under the federal No Child Left Behind law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/10/annual-yearly-progress?refid=0 Tue, 10 Aug 2010 23:51:41 -0500 Education races and issues fill ballot for Tuesday elections Tuesday's primary election includes some school-related races and measures on the ballot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/08/eduaction-issues-in-election?refid=0 Sun, 08 Aug 2010 11:40:01 -0500 Midtown land development could change Corcoran neighborhood A large piece of land owned by the Minneapolis School District in the Corcoran neighborhood in Minneapolis is for sale, and future development could help redefine the area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/07/midtown-property?refid=0 Sat, 07 Aug 2010 10:09:44 -0500 St. Paul schools get $3M to train school leaders Five schools in St. Paul identified this year as among the state's worst performers are getting more than $3 million to boost leadership. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/04/stpaul-schools-funding?refid=0 Wed, 04 Aug 2010 15:48:52 -0500 Retirees challenging changes to state pension laws Some of the state's former public employees hope to block changes made this year to the state's three largest pension systems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/03/pension-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 03 Aug 2010 15:54:31 -0500 Low-performing Minn. schools get extra money, with strings attached In Minnesota, 19 schools will split $24.5 million, as part of an unprecedented federal effort aimed at turning around the schools ranked as the lowest performers in the country. The strategy is to focus a lot of money on a relatively small number of schools. /features/2010/07/29-failing-schools/?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jul 2010 11:47:17 -0500 A closer look at DFL candidates' education proposals The three Democrats vying to be their party's nominee for Minnesota governor in this fall's election are battling over their education credentials. Two of those three, Mark Dayton and Matt Entenza, are running ads that focus on the issue. Margaret Anderson Kelliher is talking about her education proposals on the campaign trail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/29/education?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jul 2010 10:58:35 -0500 Former Ed. Dept. official under scrutiny for outside contracts State officials are investigating a former top Education Department official for her role in negotiating a state contract. Chas Anderson was the No. 2 person in the department until she resigned last month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/27/chas-anderson-investigation?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jul 2010 16:05:11 -0500 Students scoring higher on standardized science test The test is only in its third year, but there's already been a nearly 10 point gain in the number of kids considered proficient. /features/2010/07/27-school-science-scores/?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jul 2010 00:01:00 -0500 Study: Leadership in school admins plays huge role in performance A new study from the University Minnesota re-affirms the importance of having strong leadership from school principals and superintendents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/22/leadership-study?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jul 2010 07:15:39 -0500 Teachers anxious as job market tightens As school district officials get ready to hire teachers for the Fall, they say the job market has been especially tight for educators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/14/teachers-job-market?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jul 2010 15:45:33 -0500 Mpls. teachers' union wants power to authorize new charter schools Nearly 20 years after becoming the first state to allow charter schools, Minnesota could soon have another charter first. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/09/teachers-union-charter-schools?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jul 2010 13:54:49 -0500 Flanagan returns to Mpls school board temporarily Peggy Flanagan, a former Minneapolis School Board member is returning to the board for the next six months to fill the unexpired term of another board member who resigned. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/07/mpls-schoolboard?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jul 2010 15:42:04 -0500 Fewer superintendents heading more school districts Jerry Reshetar is getting ready to become the superintendent of three districts in southern Minnesota, and officials say he probably won't be the last. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/05/shared-superintendents?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jul 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Applications due for turnaround schools in Minnesota In Minnesota, 32 schools were labeled this year as the state's 'persistently lowest-performing,' making them eligible for federal money. Today's the deadline for those schools to tell the state just how they'll spend that money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/01/turnaround-schools?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jul 2010 17:04:56 -0500 Study: Few academic gains for American Indian students A new government study shows there have been few gains in academic achievement for the nation's American Indian students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/30/america-indian-students?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jun 2010 09:00:00 -0500 In four years as superintendent, Green brought stability It's the last day on the job for Minneapolis school superintendent Bill Green, who is credited with bringing stability to a district that badly needed it four years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/30/superintendent-bill-green-last-day?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jun 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Schools prep for new statewide physical education standards Schools in Minnesota have long had statewide standards to follow in subjects like math, reading and science, but now they'll have to do the same for physical education, thanks to legislation signed into law last month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/25/physical-education-standards?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jun 2010 12:00:00 -0500 Timeline of Thursday's storms Up to 35 tornadoes were reported across Minnesota on Thursday, and officials from the National Weather Service were trying to determine how many of them were really tornadoes. A more accurate number will likely be known after this weekend, but here's a summary of what happened when. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/18/storm-timeline?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jun 2010 14:28:34 -0500 School district ponders whether to get rid of class rank School officials in Mounds View will decide next week whether to get rid of class rank for graduating seniors. If they do, they'll join a handful of other public school districts who have made the switch in recent years, and who say it might help some students get into college. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/18/classrank?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jun 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Education dept. rejects two districts' bids for four-day week The Lake Superior District in Two Harbors and the Northland district in Remer, both in northern Minnesota, were among those looking to the four-day week as a way to save money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/15/four-day-week-rejected?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jun 2010 19:55:02 -0500 Minn. won't join effort to create national ed standards Education Commissioner Alice Seagren says the proposed national math standards don't align well with the rigorous standards Minnesota already has. She says that's what a group of teachers and other education officials found when they reviewed the proposals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/10/national-standards?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jun 2010 17:19:26 -0500 Nine years later, promised $10K for graduates arrives It's graduation time for Minnesota high schoolers, and for a small group of seniors in Minneapolis and St. Paul -- that very fact also means money for college. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/10/destination-2010?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jun 2010 14:10:09 -0500 Voters in Pequot Lakes reject tax increase Voters in the Pequot Lakes school district in central Minnesota have rejected a tax increase that would have funded several construction projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/09/school-bond-vote?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jun 2010 14:45:53 -0500 Contract approval expected tonight for new Mpls. supt. Bernadeia Johnson was named Minneapolis superintendent in January but won't officially take over until July 1. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/08/bernadeia_johnson_contract_mps?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jun 2010 14:08:59 -0500 Even after Pawlenty, teacher reform to remain a hot topic The argument over the way Minnesota's teachers are licensed and evaluated was a hot topic in the last legislative session, and the issue promises to be just as contentious in the coming year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/07/education-reform?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jun 2010 13:46:28 -0500 Minneapolis school board member stepping down Pam Costain, a Minneapolis School Board member, will leave the board before the end of her term to become president and CEO of a non-profit that focuses on the achivement of students in the Minneapolis district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/02/mpls-school-board-member-stepping-down?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jun 2010 13:25:16 -0500 Consultants find common faults in 32 Minn. schools A state consultant has a found some common failings among 32 of the state's lowest-performing schools, including poor leadership and a lack of parental engagement. /features/2010/05/26-turnaround/?refid=0 Wed, 26 May 2010 11:15:26 -0500 Voters in northwest Minn. district approve school building plan Voters in the Lake Park-Audubon school district in northwest Minnesota have approved property tax increases that will allow the district to build a new high school and overhaul its elementary school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/26/lakeparkvote?refid=0 Wed, 26 May 2010 10:30:37 -0500 Graduation test scores in Minn. show modest gains New data from the state show more high schoolers are meeting Minnesota's graduation requirements for math, reading and writing. But those gains are modest, and there's still a wide gap between how well white students do, compared to students of color. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/25/testresults?refid=0 Tue, 25 May 2010 15:59:28 -0500 Lake Park-Audubon voters going to polls over tax hike Voters in a northwestern Minnesota school district will head to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to raise their property taxes to pay for construction that includes a new high school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/24/school-tax-vote?refid=0 Mon, 24 May 2010 06:26:23 -0500 St. Paul Arlington High to close this summer after all St. Paul School officials said Friday that not enough current juniors have signed up to attend Arlington High School next year, so the program will close this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/21/arlington-close?refid=0 Fri, 21 May 2010 15:54:31 -0500 St. Paul teacher indicted on child porn charges A former St. Paul special education teacher has been indicted in federal court for allegedly coercing two children to pose for pornographic photos. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/20/childporn-charges?refid=0 Thu, 20 May 2010 17:43:41 -0500 Pawlenty says no to possible $175M in federal education grants Gov. Tim Pawlenty confirmed Tuesday that Minnesota will not re-apply for federal education funding under the Race to the Top program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/19/pawlenty-says-no-on-second-round?refid=0 Wed, 19 May 2010 10:40:02 -0500 Pawlenty: Race to the Top application 'highly unlikely' Gov. Tim Pawlenty says it's "highly unlikely" that Minnesota will apply for a second round of federal "Race to the Top" funding, after lawmakers failed to pass any of his education policy changes during the session that ended Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/18/race-to-top?refid=0 Tue, 18 May 2010 06:53:44 -0500 Schools see delayed payments and little else from legislative session The budget deal the Legislature passed Monday relies heavily on delayed payments to schools to balance the state's books. But aside from that payment shift, lawmakers adjourned without passing any other significant education-related legislation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/17/budgetfolo-k12?refid=0 Mon, 17 May 2010 16:53:04 -0500 Mahtomedi School District vote recount results finalized Election officials in Washington County have finalized results of a vote recount in the Mahtomedi School District. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/14/vote-results?refid=0 Fri, 14 May 2010 13:00:31 -0500 Even with lure of money, some Minn. schools balk at 'turnaround' effort The 34 schools deemed Minnesota's persistently lowest performing are working with state officials on plans to turn them around. Each school stands to gain a lot of money for that effort, but some say they don't want to be on the list, no matter how much money they stand to receive. /features/2010/05/12-schools/?refid=0 Wed, 12 May 2010 03:00:00 -0500 School payments shifts A key part of the budget bill the governor vetoed today contains what is called a "shift" in state payments to school districts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/11/school-payment-shift?refid=0 Tue, 11 May 2010 17:03:07 -0500 Bill to create health insurance pools for teachers headed to Pawlenty Legislation approved Thursday night would create a statewide health insurance pool for school employees and teachers, but some critics say it might create more red tape and question the program's savings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/07/teacher-health-pools?refid=0 Fri, 07 May 2010 06:54:45 -0500 St. Paul Jewish day school stays open, but with fewer grades The board that runs Talmud Torah of St. Paul voted Wednesday to keep the private school open next year but with only kindergartners through fourth grade. The school currently has classes through eighth grade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/06/jewish-day-school?refid=0 Thu, 06 May 2010 19:36:07 -0500 Ed Commissioner sets deadline for 'Race' application Minnesota's Education Commissioner is setting a deadline for determining whether the state re-applies for federal funds in the Race to the Top program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/05/race-to-the-top-deadline?refid=0 Wed, 05 May 2010 18:05:50 -0500 Judge denies Met Council's motion to dismiss MPR lawsuit A Ramsey County judge has denied an attempt by the Met Council to dismiss a lawsuit over the Central Corridor light rail line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/05/mpr-central-corridor-lawsuit?refid=0 Wed, 05 May 2010 15:44:44 -0500 Onamia is eighth district to move to four-day weeks There now at least eight school districts in Minnesota that plan to operate on four-day weeks this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/05/four-day-schools?refid=0 Wed, 05 May 2010 07:13:26 -0500 Mpls. seeking private sources to fund new school fields The Minneapolis School District will kick off an effort Tuesday to raise more than a million dollars from private sources to pay for new turf fields at two city high schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/04/schools-turf-money?refid=0 Tue, 04 May 2010 06:51:00 -0500 Jewish day school Talmud Torah in St. Paul could close The board that runs a Jewish day school in St. Paul will meet this week to discuss whether the school should close. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/03/talmud-torah?refid=0 Mon, 03 May 2010 16:38:22 -0500 For Minnesota's new Teacher of the Year, achievement gap is an everyday reality The 2010 Minnesota Teacher of the Year is Ryan Vernosh, a sixth-grade teacher at Maxfield Magnet Elementary School in St. Paul. The award is a bright spot for a school that has had its share of bad news in the past. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/02/teacherofyear?refid=0 Sun, 02 May 2010 16:17:44 -0500 Another MN school district moves to four-day week Leaders at the Clearbrook-Gonvick School district in northwest Minnesota estimate they'll save about $140,000 annually by only offering classes four days a week next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/28/clearbrook-gonvick-fourday-week?refid=0 Wed, 28 Apr 2010 14:09:40 -0500 Mahtomedi passes tax increase to pay for schools Voters in the Mahtomedi School District have narrowly approved higher property taxes to pay for $45 million in construction projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/28/school-vote?refid=0 Wed, 28 Apr 2010 08:19:23 -0500 Students get sobering warning before prom season With prom season underway, school officials across Minnesota are reminding students about safe driving. School leaders say they hope this year's messages will especially hit home, given the run of deadly crashes in recent days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/27/driving-prom-season?refid=0 Tue, 27 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Mahtomedi school building referendum up for vote Voters in the Mahtomedi school district in the north metro head to the polls Tuesday, to decide whether to raise their property taxes to fund $45 million in construction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/26/mahtomedi-school?refid=0 Mon, 26 Apr 2010 16:51:20 -0500 One of Minn's 'worst performing' schools likely to close Minnesota's list of the 34 worst-performing schools now includes one that will likely close this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/23/school-closing?refid=0 Fri, 23 Apr 2010 15:43:37 -0500 Current Arlington HS juniors will get to stay, but not sophomores The vote Wednesday night caps a week in which the board voted to close Arlington and five other schools as a way to balance a nearly $30 million budget gap. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/21/arlington-juniors?refid=0 Thu, 22 Apr 2010 00:15:46 -0500 Despite protest, St. Paul school plan moves forward After approving most of its reorganization plan Tuesday night, the St. Paul School board will meet again to finalize the details of moves to help solve a nearly $30-million budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/21/st-paul-schools-plan?refid=0 Wed, 21 Apr 2010 06:56:02 -0500 Arlington HS backers say bad rap led to budget ax St. Paul School District officials proposed closing Arlington High School as a way to fill a nearly $30 million budget deficit. Supporters say Arlington's flaw isn't bad students or teachers -- it's a bad reputation that's never gone away. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/20/arlington-high-school?refid=0 Tue, 20 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 St. Paul school closures only one part of budget-cutting plan The St. Paul School Board could vote as early as next week to approve a reorganization plan that would close six school buildings. The district is taking the steps to help close a $30 million budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/14/school-plan?refid=0 Wed, 14 Apr 2010 17:03:28 -0500 Report: Fewer school districts had excess debt in 2009 A new State of Minnesota report finds that fewer Minnesota school districts are in the worst category of financial hardship. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/13/report-fewer-school-districts-in-financial-trouble?refid=0 Tue, 13 Apr 2010 18:25:20 -0500 Stray bullet hits school bus in Minneapolis Minneapolis police say they're still looking for the two men who shot at each other Monday afternoon and hit a school bus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/12/minneapolis-bus-fire?refid=0 Mon, 12 Apr 2010 17:58:33 -0500 Should a new ballpark raise our expectations for the Twins' success? The opening of Target Field in Minneapolis raises the question: Should a new ballpark raise our expectations for the Twins' success? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/12/target-field-advantage?refid=0 Mon, 12 Apr 2010 11:26:37 -0500 Minnesota schools begin MCA testing It's testing time in Minnesota as the annual MCA standardized tests get underway Monday at schools across the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/12/mca-tests-begin?refid=0 Mon, 12 Apr 2010 06:32:07 -0500 Schools prep for springtime ritual of standardized tests The MCAs are a springtime ritual of standardized tests in Minnesota schools, and are so much a part of school culture that some students take them in stride. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/09/mca-testing-preparation?refid=0 Fri, 09 Apr 2010 14:46:46 -0500 Federal reviewers: Minn. 'Race to the Top' application illegible, missing information Some complaints about Minnesota's Race to the Top application, found in the comments federal officials made, call into question the quality of the application itself. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/09/race-to-the-top-application?refid=0 Fri, 09 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty tells lawmakers to pass teacher proposals Gov. Tim Pawlenty is insisting that the Legislature pass his proposals to bring changes to the teaching profession. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/08/pawlenty-urges-education-policy-changes?refid=0 Thu, 08 Apr 2010 10:15:08 -0500 Pawlenty plans to sue over federal health care law Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he plans to sue over the federal health care law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/06/pawlenty-health-care?refid=0 Tue, 06 Apr 2010 11:58:17 -0500 State won't reapply for ed money unless laws change The Pawlenty administration says it won't apply for a second round of federal education money unless lawmakers make several changes to state laws. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/06/education-grants?refid=0 Tue, 06 Apr 2010 06:19:56 -0500 Mpls. schools discuss plans for new district HQ The Minneapolis School District will hold two meetings this week to discuss plans for a new headquarters building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/06/school-headquarters?refid=0 Tue, 06 Apr 2010 06:14:31 -0500 Measure to raise taxes to fix school rejected in Eagle Valley Voters in the Eagle Valley school district in central Minnesota have narrowly rejected a ballot measure that would have raised property taxes to pay for building renovations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/31/eagle-valley-schools-vote?refid=0 Wed, 31 Mar 2010 07:55:21 -0500 Minnesota gets more details on failed bid for 'Race' money Minnesota education officials learned more details Monday about why they lost out in a competition for money called "Race to the Top." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/29/race-to-the-top-mn-wi?refid=0 Tue, 30 Mar 2010 18:02:02 -0500 Voters going to polls for school improvements in Eagle Valley Voters in one central Minnesota school district are heading to the polls today to decide whether to raise their own taxes to pay for school building improvements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/30/eagle-vally-school-vote?refid=0 Tue, 30 Mar 2010 08:39:28 -0500 Target Field turf set for season opener Officials from Major League Baseball will visit the new Target Field on Friday to make sure the new field meets league standards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/29/target-field-turf?refid=0 Mon, 29 Mar 2010 19:39:20 -0500 Four day school week not a budget panacea Kids, teachers and parents in another Minnesota community are preparing to adjust their routines a bit. Next fall, the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City school district plans to hold classes only four days a week. Many other districts are considering it -- especially in rural areas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/26/fourday?refid=0 Fri, 26 Mar 2010 08:56:59 -0500 Schools on front lines in obesity battle One effort to improve nutrition on school menus is a movement to connect nearby farmers with Minnesota schools to provide fresh vegetables, fruits and meats. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/23/school-nutrition?refid=0 Thu, 25 Mar 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Minnesota reading test scores show achievement gap persists New test scores show Minnesota students are still above the national average in reading, but there's still a wide gap between how well white students perform compared with students of color. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/24/test-scores-show-gap?refid=0 Wed, 24 Mar 2010 10:34:02 -0500 Reading scores mostly flat, race gap persists New scores from a test called the Nation's Report Card show Minnesota students are still performing above the national average in reading, but a big gap remains between how well white students perform, compared with students of color. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/25/reading-scores?refid=0 Wed, 24 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0500 West-central Minn. school district moving to four-day week Another Minnesota school district is moving to a four-day school week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/23/four-day-week?refid=0 Tue, 23 Mar 2010 10:52:17 -0500 Twins, Mauer make it official: $184M extension and eight more years Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer made his eight-year, $184 million contract extension official Monday, signing the document in front of his family, team officials and teammate Justin Morneau. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/22/joe-mauer-minnesota-twins-contract?refid=0 Mon, 22 Mar 2010 19:40:50 -0500 School year to start before Labor Day in SW Minn. Schools across southwestern Minnesota, including Worthington high school, will start next school year before Labor Day under a plan approved Friday by Minnesota Education Commissioner Alice Seagren. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/13/early-start?refid=0 Sat, 13 Mar 2010 16:22:38 -0600 Twins to host high school baseball title games at Target Field The Minnesota Twins announced today that the state's high school baseball championship games will be played at the new Target Field this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/12/twins-state-baseball-championships?refid=0 Fri, 12 Mar 2010 16:11:51 -0600 More students relying on free and reduced lunches New data from the state education department shows statewide enrollment in Minnesota schools stayed mostly flat from last year to this year, but there was an 8.5 percent increase in the number of students on free and reduced lunch. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/11/free-reduced-lunch-use-increase?refid=0 Thu, 11 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Police trace school threats to Australia St. Paul police spokesman Paul Schnell says the department has notified the FBI and Interpol, but added that authorities do not believe the threats were credible. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/10/schoolslockdown?refid=0 Wed, 10 Mar 2010 10:28:34 -0600 Minn. passed by in first round of "race to the top" school funding The U.S. Education Department named 15 states and the District of Columbia as finalists Thursday in the so-called "Race to the Top" competition, and Minnesota is not among the finalists. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/04/race-to-top-finalists?refid=0 Thu, 04 Mar 2010 11:05:35 -0600 Obama school turnaround effort includes 34 Minnesota schools More than 30 Minnesota schools will receive sharp attention under a federal program that will give states money to improve performance in the nation's poorest-performing schools. /features/2010/03/01-school-performance/?refid=0 Mon, 01 Mar 2010 16:08:53 -0600 North Branch schools move to four-day week Another Minnesota school district is moving to a four-day school week. The North Branch School Board ordered district leaders on Thursday night to craft next year's budget to include the four-day week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/26/fourday-week?refid=0 Fri, 26 Feb 2010 16:52:07 -0600 City high school teams disappearing from state hockey tournaments City teams used to be giants in boys hockey, but they've been declining for more than 20 years and there's little hope for a return to that heyday any time soon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/25/high-school-hockey?refid=0 Thu, 25 Feb 2010 14:46:46 -0600 Two more members won't seek re-election to Mpls. School Board Citing "burn out," dismal pay, and an exhausting "culture of negativity," Minneapolis School Board members Tom Madden and Pam Costain will not seek re-election this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/22/board-members?refid=0 Mon, 22 Feb 2010 06:09:03 -0600 Stimulus saved special ed jobs in Minn., for now The $200 million in federal stimulus funding for special education in Minnesota has mainly been used to maintain what was already there. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/17/special-education-stimulus?refid=0 Wed, 17 Feb 2010 12:32:24 -0600 Pawlenty's budget: K-12 spared, higher ed sees cuts K-12 education funding was spared from the governor's budget proposal released Monday, but higher education was not as fortunate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/15/budget-education?refid=0 Mon, 15 Feb 2010 20:43:36 -0600 Pawlenty wants mayors to manage St. Paul, Mpls. schools Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Thursday proposed handing control of the Minneapolis and St. Paul school districts over to those cities' mayors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/11/mayoral-control-school-districts?refid=0 Thu, 11 Feb 2010 16:25:29 -0600 Contract negotiations to begin for Mpls superintendent The Minneapolis School Board will now start negotiating a contract with its choice for superintendent, after formally voting Tuesday night for Bernadeia Johnson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/10/minneapolis-superintendent?refid=0 Wed, 10 Feb 2010 09:43:46 -0600 As districts fear more cuts, school allies prepare for a fight Fearful that Minnesota will cut funding to school districts to help close a $1.2 billion deficit, school officials and their allies in the state capitol are preparing for a fight in the young legislative session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/10/school-districts-fear-cuts?refid=0 Wed, 10 Feb 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Changes face No Child Left Behind; details still murky This year, President Bush's landmark education policy will be revamped by the Obama administration, but Minnesota is still waiting to see how a new bill could affect education in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/02/changes-to-no-child-left-behind?refid=0 Tue, 02 Feb 2010 06:00:00 -0600 Mpls superintendent candidate holding four public meetings this week The woman being tapped to run the Minneapolis School District will take part in four meetings this week to meet the community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/01/school-superintendent-interviews?refid=0 Mon, 01 Feb 2010 06:12:31 -0600 Group of schools says early start could improve performance Minnesota has long had a law that prevents pre-Labor Day starts, but education officials say student performance is too important to be limited by such a ban. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/29/school-early-start?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jan 2010 14:40:02 -0600 New federal budget ups spending on education One area of the federal government that could see more money is education as the president is proposing to spend as much as $4 billion more nationally next year on schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/28/federal-education?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jan 2010 16:02:25 -0600 State withholds payments to schools to pay the bills Withholding payments will free up some of the state's cash so it can pay its own bills. Today's action is in addition to more than $1 billion in delayed payments to schools that were announced last summer. /features/2010/01/26-school-payments/?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jan 2010 15:55:35 -0600 Hundreds of MN schools vie for "Race to the Top" money Three-hundred school districts and more than 100 charter schools across Minnesota have signed on to a bid by the state to win federal stimulus dollars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/20/race-to-the-top-schools?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jan 2010 13:37:34 -0600 Minneapolis School Board names new superintendent The Minneapolis School Board on Tuesday picked Bernadeia Johnson to take over as the district's superintendent after Bill Green retires this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/19/minneapolis-superintendent?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jan 2010 18:15:44 -0600 Three more districts eke out contract before deadline The state's teachers union said Monday that three more school districts approved contract settlements with their teachers in the waning hours before a deadline Friday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/19/teacher-contracts?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jan 2010 11:49:45 -0600 Schools face record fines as districts lack teacher contracts The state's teachers union predicts 35 school districts will miss Friday's midnight deadline to have new contracts in place with their teachers, a number that will likely result in the highest amount of fines ever imposed by the state in a single year. /features/2010/01/15-teacher-contract-penalties/?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jan 2010 13:55:02 -0600 Minn. districts, teachers scramble for contracts School districts across the state are scrambling to meet a midnight deadline Friday to have new contracts in place with their teachers or risk a fine from the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/14/teacher-contracts-deadline?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jan 2010 17:53:13 -0600 Teachers approve contracts in state's two largest districts Teachers in the state's two largest school districts have approved new contracts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/13/anoka_stpaul_contractapprovals?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jan 2010 13:18:10 -0600 Lynx trade brings Lindsay Whalen home to Minnesota The best-known women's basketball player in Minnesota history is coming home. The Minnesota Lynx announced Tuesday that Lindsay Whalen will join the team, as part of a trade with the Connecticut Sun. Whalen was a standout player at the University of Minnesota before going pro. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/12/lynx-lindsay-whalen?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jan 2010 10:55:23 -0600 Minneapolis district will miss deadline for teacher contract The Minneapolis school district and its teachers will miss Friday's state-imposed deadline to have a new contract in place. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/11/minneapolis_teachers_contract?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jan 2010 17:21:36 -0600 Deadline looming for teacher contracts Fewer than half of the state's school districts have reached deals on new contracts with their teachers and the remaining have until the end of next week to do so. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/07/teacher-contracts-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jan 2010 15:13:03 -0600 Two Minn. teachers honored by Obama Two teachers from Minnesota are taking part in a White House ceremony today, where President Obama is recognizing them for their work teaching math and science. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/06/teachers-honored?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jan 2010 12:11:36 -0600 It's still too cold to clean up icy streets A couple of inches of powdery snow is in the forecast for the Twin Cities tonight, but there's no end in sight to the arctic weather that's hampering road cleanup efforts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/04/cold-snows-ice-removal?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jan 2010 15:18:26 -0600 Historic NDSU building is salvageable, officials say Officials at North Dakota State University in Fargo say the historic campus building that partially collapsed this weekend is mostly salvageable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/29/ndsu_building_collapse?refid=0 Tue, 29 Dec 2009 11:21:09 -0600 How Dayton's disclosure will affect his campaign The race for Minnesota governor now includes the issue of how public candidates' personal matters should be, after DFL candidate Mark Dayton disclosed his battle with depression and alcoholism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/28/dayton-talks-about-depression?refid=0 Mon, 28 Dec 2009 12:37:30 -0600 Franken wants federal money spent to train school principals U.S. Senator Al Franken says next year's re-writing of the No Child Left Behind education law should include more money to train school principals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/27/franken_schoolprincipalsbill?refid=0 Sun, 27 Dec 2009 22:41:59 -0600 Minneapolis schools might add three autonomous schools The Minneapolis School Board will decide in January whether to give as many as three schools more autonomy than traditional district schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/29/minneapolis_autonomous_schools?refid=0 Sat, 26 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Rural school districts using 4-day weeks to save funds Leaders in three rural Minnesota school districts are giving high marks to a big change they made this year -- four-day weeks. The districts say they're saving money with the move, but not enough to solve their budget woes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/21/four-day-week?refid=0 Mon, 21 Dec 2009 15:13:15 -0600 Franken denies Lieberman extra time on Senate floor Franken was presiding over the chamber when Lieberman asked for additional time to finish his speech. It's a routine request in the Senate, but one Franken denied. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/17/franken-lieberman?refid=0 Thu, 17 Dec 2009 17:00:55 -0600 Teacher who donated kidney to student returns to work A high school business teacher in Warroad will return to work Thursday, nearly a month after donating one of her kidneys to an eighth-grade student at the school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/16/teacher-kidney-donation?refid=0 Thu, 17 Dec 2009 07:00:00 -0600 Minn. bid for part of education stimulus hits snag The state's teachers union complained today that the Pawlenty administration is trying to use federal stimulus dollars to force schools to adopt the governor's merit pay plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/16/education-stimulus?refid=0 Wed, 16 Dec 2009 11:34:53 -0600 Longtime Tommies baseball coach retiring The longtime baseball coach at the University of St. Thomas is retiring after 15 years and two national championships. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/15/tommies-coach-retiring?refid=0 Tue, 15 Dec 2009 16:42:13 -0600 St. Louis County to close 4 rural schools, build 2 Voters in northern Minnesota have narrowly approved a $78 million construction plan for the St. Louis County school district, including closing four aging schools and building two new ones. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/09/st-louis-county-schools?refid=0 Wed, 09 Dec 2009 06:28:10 -0600 Bill Green says test scores a concern in final 'State of the Schools' speech Minneapolis schools are on the cusp of seeing higher test scores, but a large achievement gap remains. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/08/achievement-gap-schools?refid=0 Tue, 08 Dec 2009 14:16:36 -0600 St. Louis County headed to polls on property tax vote Voters in St. Louis county head to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to raise their own property taxes to pay for nearly $80 million in construction projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/07/new-schools?refid=0 Tue, 08 Dec 2009 07:00:00 -0600 St. Louis County schools face major change, regardless of $80 million vote Voters in St. Louis County head to the polls Tuesday for a special election that carries both a large price tag and potentially large ramifications for education across northern Minnesota. /features/2009/12/04-isd2142-referendum/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Dec 2009 14:38:04 -0600 Voters approve tax hike to cover school construction costs Voters in two school districts just outside the Twin Cities have approved a property tax hike to pay for construction projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/02/voters-approve-tax-hike-to-cover-school-construction-costs?refid=0 Wed, 02 Dec 2009 06:53:09 -0600 Districts to vote on taxes for school construction Two school districts just outside the Twin Cities metro area will hold special elections Tuesday, seeking higher taxes to pay for construction projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/01/schools_construction?refid=0 Tue, 01 Dec 2009 06:47:38 -0600 School district negotiations with teachers moving slowly School districts across Minnesota are agreeing to terms with teachers at a slower pace than during the last contract cycle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/28/school-district-negotiations-with-teachers-moving-slowly?refid=0 Sat, 28 Nov 2009 11:29:52 -0600 Move over Gophers; UMD, St. Thomas in playoffs Two Minnesota college football teams will continue their bids for national championships Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/28/tommies-bulldogs?refid=0 Sat, 28 Nov 2009 10:03:12 -0600 Prep Bowl's days at the dome might be numbered Minnesota's high school football championships are underway today at the Metrodome, but their days there might be numbered. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/27/prepbowl-future?refid=0 Fri, 27 Nov 2009 09:59:08 -0600 Financial troubles force closing of St. Paul charter school A charter school in St. Paul plans to close next month because of financial problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/25/charter-school-close?refid=0 Wed, 25 Nov 2009 17:06:59 -0600 Anoka-Hennepin re-approves plan to close schools The Anoka-Hennepin School Board has re-approved a plan to close six schools in the district and reconfigure two others. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/24/anoka_hennepin_closings?refid=0 Tue, 24 Nov 2009 06:45:18 -0600 St. Paul board picks Silva as new supt. The St. Paul School Board has named Valeria Silva, the current chief academic officer of St. Paul Schools, as its new superintendent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/23/newsupt?refid=0 Mon, 23 Nov 2009 18:39:51 -0600 Anoka-Hennepin forced to reapprove school closure plan The Anoka-Hennepin School Board is expected to re-approve a plan Monday to close six schools and reconfigure two others in the state's largest school district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/23/anoka-hennepin-forced-to-reapprove-school-closure-plan?refid=0 Mon, 23 Nov 2009 08:10:59 -0600 St. Paul School Board to pick new superintendent today The St. Paul School Board will pick a new superintendent Monday night from a field of three finalists. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/23/st-paul-school-board-to-pick-new-superintendent-today?refid=0 Mon, 23 Nov 2009 08:03:59 -0600 Payment shift makes rough waters for charter schools Charter schools in Minnesota are bracing for a cash flow crunch that could determine whether some survive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/20/charter-schools?refid=0 Mon, 23 Nov 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Re-vote on Anoka-Hennepin school closures starts tonight The district's vote to close six schools and reconfigure two others didn't follow proper procedures, which created the need for a 'do over.' http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/18/anokahennepin_revote?refid=0 Wed, 18 Nov 2009 10:30:01 -0600 Road vs. Rail -- from Big Lake to Minneapolis Some commuters will ride the Northstar train to save time on their trip to downtown Minneapolis each day. But will they really get there any faster? MPR News sent two teams to document their trip from Big Lake to Minneapolis this morning to answer that question. /features/2009/11/northstar-commuter-rail/road-v-rail/?refid=0 Mon, 16 Nov 2009 18:24:23 -0600 Students help Minn. take aim at new standardized test Minnesota students will be taking a new version of the standardized test help the state develop get ready for the new test's roll out in two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/16/mca-3?refid=0 Mon, 16 Nov 2009 07:05:16 -0600 St. Paul narrows superintendent finalists to six Interviews with the six people vying to be the next superintendent of St. Paul Schools are set to begin in days. Most of them won't have to drive far to get to those interviews. The district named its semi-finalists last night. Five of the six are from the Twin Cities area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/11/superintendent-finalists?refid=0 Wed, 11 Nov 2009 18:29:17 -0600 Field of St. Paul superintendent candidates to be narrowed to 6 next week The St. Paul School District plans to narrow its list of candidates for superintendent to three by the end of next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/06/super-search?refid=0 Fri, 06 Nov 2009 15:15:48 -0600 Wayzata shocks Woodbury to win girls' AA soccer title The high school soccer season ended yesterday in Minnesota with a big upset. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/06/soccer-roundup?refid=0 Fri, 06 Nov 2009 07:01:26 -0600 Many school districts see levy success Election Day turned out to be a pretty good one for schools. Most of the ballot questions across the state that asked for some form of local funding were approved, even though in many cases, that now means those voters' property taxes will increase. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2009/11/03-school-results/?refid=0 Wed, 04 Nov 2009 07:30:35 -0600 School district referendum results School districts across Minnesota held elections Tuesday for school boards and for ballot questions that ask voters to approve some form of local funding. In most cases, approval of those referenda will result in higher property taxes. In all, 67 districts are asking a total of 92 funding-related ballot questions. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2009/11/03-school-results/index.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 20:47:47 -0600 Applicants for St. Paul superintendent top 40 The St. Paul school board plans to name semi-finalists in its search for a superintendent in the coming weeks, as well as host public meetings for those candidates and possibly name a preferred finalist by Thanksgiving. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/02/superintendent-search?refid=0 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Teachers union supports school funding ballot measures The head of Minnesota's teachers union says next week's election is just the latest sign that the state's system for funding schools needs a complete overhaul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/29/referenda?refid=0 Thu, 29 Oct 2009 13:00:32 -0500 Schools making final push to win funding support More than five dozen Minnesota school districts have questions on next Tuesday's ballot that ask voters to approve some form of local funding, and in many cases approval would mean higher property taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/27/school-levies-election?refid=0 Tue, 27 Oct 2009 14:33:03 -0500 Pilots of wayward flight identified The Metropolitan Airports Commission has identified the two Northwest pilots who overflew the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport by 150 miles Wednesday evening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/23/nwa-pilots?refid=0 Fri, 23 Oct 2009 12:00:07 -0500 Report: Nearly a third of students left home alone once a week The Afterschool Alliance says about a third of Minnesota students are left unsupervised after school at least once a week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/22/kids-home-alone?refid=0 Thu, 22 Oct 2009 12:43:06 -0500 Study shows where Minn. could improve in teaching math and science New analysis of a test that pitted Minnesota students against the world offers areas where the state could improve in both math and science. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/21/math-science-improvements?refid=0 Wed, 21 Oct 2009 18:33:40 -0500 Minneapolis teacher wins Milken educator award A Minneapolis math teacher has won The Milken National Educator Award, which is often called the "Oscars of teaching." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/20/milkenteacher?refid=0 Tue, 20 Oct 2009 11:55:23 -0500 Traditional teachers' convention gives students long weekend Most school children in Minnesota have Thursday and Friday off, a break that happens every year to coincide with a teachers' convention in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/14/mea-weekend?refid=0 Thu, 15 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Math results show racial achievement gap hasn't changed While a new report says Minnesota's fourth and eighth graders continue to rank highly in math skills, it also exposes a key shortcoming -- the gap between how well white students perform compared to students of color. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/14/math-gap?refid=0 Wed, 14 Oct 2009 16:27:31 -0500 New math scores show Minnesota students remain in top tier Fourth- and eighth-graders in Minnesota continue to rank in the top-scoring tier of states, according to results of a national math test released Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/13/math-test-scores?refid=0 Wed, 14 Oct 2009 09:00:00 -0500 Health and your environment: School At Jackson Elementary in St. Paul, Principal Patrick Bryan runs with students to encourage them to develop a health lifestyle. What we learn in school is one of the many factors that affect our health, from genetics to our own personal behaviors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/06/schools-health-determinants?refid=0 Wed, 07 Oct 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Storms batter Lake Superior's north shore High-speed winds along Highway 61 along the north shore of Lake Superior stirred up impressive waves this weekend. Wind gusts hit 50 mph in Duluth, which knocked trees onto a power line and left 1,200 customers without power, the Duluth News-Tribune reported. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/03/lake-superior-slideshow?refid=0 Sat, 03 Oct 2009 11:43:21 -0500 Anoka-Hennepin considers first school closures in 50 years More Minnesota schools are slated for closure Monday night when the Anoka-Hennepin School Board decides which buildings to close, a rare move for the state's largest district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/25/anoka-school-closures?refid=0 Mon, 28 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0500 No gun found after St. Paul College lockdown Police and school officials issued an "all-clear" early Wednesday evening after a report of a man with a gun inside the school's main building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/23/stpaul-gunman?refid=0 Wed, 23 Sep 2009 12:02:28 -0500 Four Minneapolis schools to be shuttered The Minneapolis School Board has given final approval to a plan to close schools, re-organize programs, and change busing - in an effort to save millions of dollars a year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/23/minneapolis-schools?refid=0 Wed, 23 Sep 2009 08:07:42 -0500 Minneapolis schools in line for major overhaul The Minneapolis School Board will vote tonight on a plan called "Changing School Options," which will close some buildings, reorganize others, and change bus routes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/21/mpls-schoolplan?refid=0 Tue, 22 Sep 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Survey outlines effects of Pawlenty's shifts on Minn. schools A survey of more than 30 metro-area school districts outlines the costs they'll incur as a result of the governor's payment shifts this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/17/schools-survey-budget?refid=0 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 14:04:32 -0500 Minneapolis, St. Paul will grapple with what to pay new superintendents Two of Minnesota's three largest school districts will spend a lot of time in coming months looking for new leadership. Each district will try to find the best person, but they'll also have to figure out what to pay and how that compensation will be structured. /features/2009/09/16-superintendent-pay/?refid=0 Wed, 16 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Final public hearing tonight on Mpls. school reorganization The "Changing School Options" plan would close schools, alter curriculum, and change the district's busing system -- all in an effort to save millions of dollars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/15/minneapolis-school-district-changes?refid=0 Tue, 15 Sep 2009 06:49:31 -0500 Five metro-area charter schools receive high marks in new study A new study offers promising marks for five metro-area charter schools that got their start from a donation from the Gates Foundation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/10/charter-schools-high-marks?refid=0 Fri, 11 Sep 2009 00:03:00 -0500 Annandale residents to vote on tax increase for new school Voters in the south central Minnesota town of Annandale will head to the polls Thursday to decide whether to raise their own property taxes to raise money for a new school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/09/annandale-taxes-vote?refid=0 Thu, 10 Sep 2009 06:05:00 -0500 New schools make debut around Minnesota The start of school today Tuesday also meant the debut of at least seven new school buildings in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/08/new-schools?refid=0 Tue, 08 Sep 2009 17:00:58 -0500 A preview of back to school Summer ends today for thousands of students across Minnesota who are going back to school. The new year will feature a presidential address to students, schools gearing up for more H1N1 flu, and a number of districts are getting ready to ask voters for more money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/08/weber?refid=0 Tue, 08 Sep 2009 10:50:25 -0500 Issues abound as school starts across Minnesota Summer ended Tuesday for thousands of students across Minnesota, as they headed back to school. The new year starts with a presidential address, but districts are also facing a number of issues, from flu to funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/08/new-school-year-issues?refid=0 Tue, 08 Sep 2009 08:28:13 -0500 Few details in death of North St. Paul officer Investigators are still piecing together details of the shooting yesterday that claimed the life of North St. Paul police officer Richard Crittenden. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/07/officer-killed?refid=0 Mon, 07 Sep 2009 11:28:00 -0500 A home game 100 years in the making for DeLaSalle One of the state's powerhouses will do something Friday night that it's never done before. Even though DeLaSalle High School is more than 100 years old, it's never hosted its own home game. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/03/delasalle-football-first-home-game?refid=0 Thu, 03 Sep 2009 15:13:23 -0500 Minn. schools move to address protests over Obama's speech A presidential speech next week to the nation's students is causing Minnesota districts to scramble to figure out how - or whether - to show it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/03/obama-schools-speech?refid=0 Thu, 03 Sep 2009 11:17:46 -0500 New football season means new matchups for some Minnesota schools Nearly three dozen high school football teams across Minnesota will play in new classes this season because of changes in those schools' enrollments. /features/2009/09/03-high-school-football-class-changes/?refid=0 Thu, 03 Sep 2009 05:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis schools present new overhaul plan The Minneapolis school district has finished updating a wide-ranging overhaul plan that will close several schools and change the way students are transported. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/01/minneapolis-schools-overhaul?refid=0 Tue, 01 Sep 2009 17:05:00 -0500 Minneapolis School Board to unveil reorganization plan tonight The Minneapolis School Board will review an updated plan tonight to overhaul the district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/01/minneapolis-school-overhaul?refid=0 Tue, 01 Sep 2009 13:12:29 -0500 Woodbury teen one of 19 Davidson Fellows A teenager from Woodbury is among 19 to win scholarships from a foundation that aims to find the nation's most gifted students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/27/davidson-fellow?refid=0 Fri, 28 Aug 2009 05:00:00 -0500 Classes start early in some Minnesota schools Classes have already started for Minnesota students in a handful of public school districts, although most won't start until after Labor Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/27/early-schoolstart?refid=0 Thu, 27 Aug 2009 10:52:43 -0500 More students taking physical education online Online education continues to grow in Minnesota, but along with traditional courses, like English, reading and math, more and more schools are embracing online classes in subjects you might not expect, such as online physical education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/25/online-physical-education?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0500 University of Minnesota to house world's largest magnet A ceremony Thursday at the University of Minnesota marked the start of construction of a building that will one day house the world's most powerful magnet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/20/largest-magnet-uofm?refid=0 Thu, 20 Aug 2009 16:45:41 -0500 Witnesses say sirens didn't sound prior to storm Tornado sirens in Minneapolis did not go off until after a reported tornado hit today, leaving some residents angry and confused. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/19/tornado-sirens?refid=0 Wed, 19 Aug 2009 17:18:52 -0500 Minnesota students rank highest among ACT takers Minnesota students who took the ACT this year once again scored well enough to rank the state first in the nation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/18/act-scores-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 19 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Many Vikings fans happy about Favre Today saw another chapter written in the saga of quarterback Brett Favre. Just three weeks after announcing he would stay retired this season, signed on with the Minnesota Vikings. Many Vikings fans say they're happy with Favre's decision. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/18/favre-reax?refid=0 Tue, 18 Aug 2009 16:02:44 -0500 Two killed in plane crash near Sioux Falls Two people were killed Sunday after a small plane crashed in southeast South Dakota this afternoon, near the Minnesota border. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/17/south-dakota-plane-crash?refid=0 Mon, 17 Aug 2009 07:08:07 -0500 Phelps-made-famous swimwear banned for Minn. high school swimmers High school swimmers in Minnesota won't be able to wear the high-tech swimsuits made famous by Michael Phelps during last summer's Olympics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/13/new-swimwear-illegal-for-minnesota-high-school-swimmers?refid=0 Thu, 13 Aug 2009 06:15:28 -0500 Prescribed burn planned for Voyageurs National Park Anglers and boaters are being asked to stay away from a part of Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota on Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/12/prescribed-burn-planned-for-voyaguers-national-park?refid=0 Wed, 12 Aug 2009 06:43:12 -0500 More Minnesota schools not meeting standards Half of all schools in Minnesota did not meet the yearly progress they were supposed to under the federal No Child Left Behind law, according to new numbers from the state education department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/10/ays?refid=0 Mon, 10 Aug 2009 21:45:00 -0500 Groups encourage parents to find PVC-free school supplies A coalition of health-focused groups in Minnesota wants parents to use a new guide to find school supplies that are free of the chemical PVC. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/04/pvc-free-products?refid=0 Tue, 04 Aug 2009 16:20:02 -0500 U.S. energy secretary in Rochester, talking renewables The nation's energy secretary used a union hall in Rochester this Monday to continue his push for renewable energy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/03/steven-chu-in-rochester?refid=0 Mon, 03 Aug 2009 15:30:14 -0500 Beekeeping in Minnesota Beekeeping is now legal in Minneapolis, after being banned for more than three decades. MPR's Jess Mador and Tom Weber visited a beekeeper to find out more about the process. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/31/video-beekeeping?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jul 2009 17:05:47 -0500 U of M surgeon defends work with Medtronic A University of Minnesota doctor who's now part of a look into conflicts of interest, says information about payments to him doesn't tell the whole story. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/31/polly-responds?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jul 2009 16:42:01 -0500 U of M surgeon's ties to Medtronic under scrutiny A U.S. senator's look into the financial ties between doctors and private companies includes a surgeon at the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/29/medtronic-doc?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jul 2009 16:33:59 -0500 Minneapolis schools superintendent to resign Minneapolis Public Schools' Superintendent William Green announced today that he will not seek an extension to his contract beyond the 2009-10 school year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/23/green_resigns?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jul 2009 10:45:44 -0500 Judge allows ACLU lawsuit against school to continue A federal judge Tuesday allowed most of a lawsuit to continue over a metro-area charter school's disputed religious practices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/21/school_suit?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jul 2009 17:47:40 -0500 St. Paul school board to vote on closure of two schools The St. Paul School Board will decide tonight whether to close Roosevelt and Longfellow Schools after the upcoming year to save money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/21/school_closures?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jul 2009 06:52:12 -0500 New science test scores show improvement Scores for state science tests were better this year than last year, although more than half of the students who took the exam still scored below grade-level expectations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/20/mca2_tests?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Study: Achievement gap persists in Minnesota, rest of U.S. A new report from the U.S. Education Department shows black students are scoring better in math and reading, but not enough to close a nationwide gap between them and white students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/14/achievement_gap?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jul 2009 09:00:00 -0500 Book by 8th graders follows James gang through Minnesota For four years, students at Northfield Middle School wrote a book about a failed bank robbery in 1876 by outlaw Jesse James and his gang. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/09/northfield_james_book?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jul 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Study: Food supplement could help with hair pulling, other compulsions Researchers at the University of Minnesota say a common health food supplement could help control the urges of people who compulsively pull out their hair. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/06/hair_pulling_study?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jul 2009 15:08:20 -0500 Bid by 13 school districts to start early rejected A bid by 13 school districts in southwest Minnesota to start school early this year and share a common calendar has been rejected. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/02/early_school_start?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jul 2009 15:55:36 -0500 Some improvement, but Minnesota test scores mostly flat More than 500,000 Minnesota students who took the MCA-II standardized tests this spring will soon find out how they did. However, the results show this year's scores stayed mostly steady, when compared to last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/30/test_scores?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0500 St. Paul superintendent ends tenure this week Tuesday is the last day on the job for the superintendent of the state's second-largest school district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/29/st_paul_superintendent?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jun 2009 06:25:00 -0500 U of M regents approve job cuts, alcohol ban The University of Minnesota's governing body today approved a budget that will eliminate jobs on campus and hike tuition for students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/24/university_minnesota_budget?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jun 2009 11:17:33 -0500 Pawlenty shifts mean schools need loans; charters especially worried Public schools across Minnesota will have to take out loans to make up for the delays in state payments that Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/23/schools_loans_funding_shift?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jun 2009 03:15:00 -0500 Can a small Minnesota community college survive such tough times? Gov. Pawlenty's decision to cut $50 million from the MnSCU system could raise the question, again, of whether the system's size is sustainable. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/16/rainy_river_community_college_future?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jun 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Education department awards school lunch grants Minnesota's Education Department has awarded grants to more than six dozen schools and groups so they can buy equipment for their lunch programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/11/education_department_awards_school_lunch_grants?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jun 2009 11:52:57 -0500 Robbinsdale students were in Holocaust Museum during shooting A group of students and chaperones from the Robbinsdale School District were in the Holocaust Museum when Wednesday's fatal shooting took place. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/10/robbinsdale_children_holocaust_museum?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jun 2009 09:00:00 -0500 St. Paul school district laying off 143 teachers The St. Paul School district is laying off 143 teachers to help balance its budget. That's nearly four times the average number of teachers laid off in the previous four years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/10/school_layoffs?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jun 2009 17:42:14 -0500 Schools still waiting for stimulus money It's easy to see signs of the federal stimulus money at work in Minnesota, along highways where crews have posted notices of projects funded with stimulus money. But school districts are still waiting for their share of Minnesota's $800 million in stimulus money for education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/09/schools_wait_for_stimulus?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jun 2009 03:30:00 -0500 State rejects bid for charter school in McLeod West building As the McLeod West School District shuts down, the state has rejected an effort by residents to keep the community's only school open. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/08/mcleodwest_browntoncharter_rejected?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jun 2009 10:39:37 -0500 Latest school test scores show improvements More than half of all high school juniors in Minnesota met the state's new requirements on a math graduation test that had many worried about whether they'd graduate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/05/testscores?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jun 2009 10:38:41 -0500 State to release high school test results today The Minnesota Department of Education will release statewide figures today showing how many students passed a math test this spring that had many worried about whether they'll graduate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/05/state_standardized_test_results?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jun 2009 07:13:20 -0500 The last hurrah for a Minnesota school district This is the last week of class for the McLeod West School district, about an hour's drive west of the metro. It's shutting down next month because of financial problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/26/mcleod_schools_lastdays?refid=0 Wed, 27 May 2009 04:00:00 -0500 One Year Later: The Hugo Tornado An audio slideshow shows how the city of Hugo has recovered one year after a deadly tornado. /features/2009/05/24_hugo_tornado_slideshow/?refid=0 Sun, 24 May 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Teachers' union president predicts 1,000 layoffs The head of the state's teachers union says as many as a thousand Minnesota teachers and other staff could lose their jobs, even with a new state budget that keeps education funding flat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/20/teachersunion_sessionreax?refid=0 Wed, 20 May 2009 14:00:00 -0500 Session produced no change to Labor Day school start One issue lawmakers did not address before ending their session last night was whether schools should be allowed to start their next year before Labor Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/27/no_laborday_schools?refid=0 Tue, 19 May 2009 17:00:00 -0500 K-12 funding stays flat, but schools are still cutting Schools in Minnesota will get the same amount of state money next year as they got this year -- that's what the governor signed into law over the weekend. But even with flat funding, districts statewide have already made cuts to their own budgets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/18/k12_funding?refid=0 Tue, 19 May 2009 01:00:00 -0500 Two more southern Minn. school districts to merge Voters in the Tracy and Balaton districts approved a consolidation this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/14/tracy_balaton_schoolmerger?refid=0 Thu, 14 May 2009 12:22:32 -0500 Fight over cabin property tax money back on at Capitol Since 2001, property taxes collected on lake cabins have gone to the state, not local school districts. School districts in Minnesota's lake country want the revenue back. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/11/another_fight_over_cabin_property_taxes?refid=0 Tue, 12 May 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Join our conversation about standardized testing The state just finished administering the MCA-II standardized test, and now students are in the thick of AP and IB testing. Join education reporter Tom Weber at 9am for a live chat about testing. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2009/05/live_chat_understanding_minnes.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 07 May 2009 07:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis postpones district reorganization plans The Minneapolis School District is postponing its plans for a reorganization that would close schools, return some magnet schools to regular community schools, and change busing options for students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/07/minneapolis_school_district_reorganization_postponed?refid=0 Thu, 07 May 2009 05:06:30 -0500 With new GRAD test done, passing score can now be set Before the state can know who passed a new 11th-grade math test, a passing score needs to be established. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/06/math_test_cutscore?refid=0 Thu, 07 May 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Southern Minn. school district dissolved Voters in four southern Minnesota school districts have approved a plan to divide one of the districts into the other three. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/06/school_district_consolidation?refid=0 Wed, 06 May 2009 06:15:26 -0500 St. Paul Schools superintendent starting work early in Austin Outgoing St. Paul Superintendent Meria Carstarphen won't start her new job in Austin Texas until July 1, but she's already being paid $1,000 a day as a consultant from her new district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/06/meria_carstarphen?refid=0 Wed, 06 May 2009 05:54:15 -0500 St. Paul plans to close three elementary schools The St. Paul School District plans to close three elementary schools at the end of the 2009-2010 school year in an effort to save money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/05/st_paul_plans_to_close_three_elementary_schools?refid=0 Tue, 05 May 2009 17:00:56 -0500 New flu plan seeks prevention over containment Two schools in Minnesota will stay closed today because of concerns over the H1N1 swine flu. But four others that were closed yesterday are re-opening, and the state now says future probable cases of the disease won't automatically warrant closures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/04/flu_schools?refid=0 Tue, 05 May 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis school principal returns to work after forced leave A Minneapolis school principal was back at work Monday about two weeks after being put on leave following an exchange with a school board member. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/04/principal_minneapolis_returns_to_work?refid=0 Mon, 04 May 2009 08:07:20 -0500 St. Paul school votes to change name to Obama The final decision on a name change for Webster Magnet School is up to the St. Paul School Board. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/01/obama_elementary_webster?refid=0 Fri, 01 May 2009 13:56:24 -0500 Minn. schools taking lead from state on swine flu Two schools in Cold Spring remain closed as a precaution today because of a case of swine flu. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/30/swineflu_mn_schools?refid=0 Thu, 30 Apr 2009 08:12:32 -0500 Vote today on putting Obama's name on St. Paul school St. Paul residents can vote today on whether to name a magnet school after President Obama. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/30/obamaschool_vote?refid=0 Thu, 30 Apr 2009 08:08:47 -0500 Survey: Schools face big cuts, even if state funding stays flat The Association of Metro School Districts asked members what their local budget shortfalls would be if state funding stays flat or is cut 3.2 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/29/schoolbudget_survey_amsd?refid=0 Wed, 29 Apr 2009 14:54:52 -0500 Dozens rally for ousted principal as lawmakers demand reinstatement Tim Cadotte was recently removed as principal of Burroughs Community School and placed on leave after an incident that's under investigation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/28/mpls_principalrally?refid=0 Tue, 28 Apr 2009 05:00:00 -0500 Mpls. schools plan includes closed schools, fewer magnets, less busing The Minneapolis School District wants to close four of its buildings, move some operations to other schools, and get rid of five magnet programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/27/mpls_schools_reorg_plan?refid=0 Tue, 28 Apr 2009 05:00:00 -0500 Temporary superintendent for St. Paul to be appointed today The St. Paul School District will have an interim superintendent, Suzanne Kelly, until a permanent replacement for Meria Carstarphen can be found. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/27/interim_stpaul_superintendent?refid=0 Tue, 28 Apr 2009 04:00:00 -0500 State working on next generation of standardized tests This is the last week for schools to administer the MCA-II standardized tests. In a few years, they'll start giving the MCA-III. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/27/new_mca_tests?refid=0 Mon, 27 Apr 2009 15:30:00 -0500 Armed robbery prompts school lockdown An elementary school in St. Paul was locked down for a brief time this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/24/armed_robbery_prompts_school_lockdown?refid=0 Fri, 24 Apr 2009 14:06:24 -0500 Minn. House DFLers release education proposal DFL leaders in the Minnesota House have released details of their proposal for education this year. As expected, they are proposing schools get the same amount of state funding next fiscal year as they're currently getting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/13/dfl_education?refid=0 Mon, 13 Apr 2009 17:34:38 -0500 Pencils ready? It's testing time for Minnesota schools The MCA II standardized tests are being administered across Minnesota beginning today. They include a math test that 11th graders have to pass to graduate next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/10/mca_math_testing?refid=0 Mon, 13 Apr 2009 03:15:00 -0500 Robbinsdale school district names new superintendent The Robbinsdale School District has named its replacement for retiring superintendent Stan Mack. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/10/robbinsdale_superintendent?refid=0 Fri, 10 Apr 2009 09:36:09 -0500 Wild hockey fans pick greatest high school team, player The Minnesota Wild hockey team held a bracket-style contest to let fans pick the greatest boys' high school team in state history. They also picked the greatest Minnesota-born player. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/10/greatest_hshockey?refid=0 Fri, 10 Apr 2009 09:27:42 -0500 St. Paul magnet school might be renamed for Obama Webster Magnet School in St. Paul is believed to be the first in Minnesota to consider changing its name to include 'Obama.' http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/10/obama_school?refid=0 Fri, 10 Apr 2009 08:15:59 -0500 Red River flooding closed schools in more than a dozen districts MPR News contacted districts along both sides of the Red River and found 13 that lost at least one day of school due to flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/03/flooding_closed_mnnd_schools?refid=0 Sun, 05 Apr 2009 04:00:00 -0500 Moorhead Schools might add days, but not for flooding Superintendent Lynne Kovash is recommending the Moorhead School Board add two days to the end of the school year, but those are make-ups from previous snow closings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/03/moorhead_schools_flood_makeupdays?refid=0 Fri, 03 Apr 2009 14:15:58 -0500 Minneapolis charter school to get EPA monitoring A charter school in north Minneapolis is one of 62 across the nation that will get extra testing for air quality. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/01/international_charter_epa_monitor?refid=0 Wed, 01 Apr 2009 09:31:14 -0500 Carstarphen to be offered Austin job today St. Paul Superintendent Meria Carstarphen was named the only finalist for the top job in Austin three weeks ago, but Texas law requires a waiting period before school boards can actually make a job offer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/23/carstarphen_austin_job_offer?refid=0 Mon, 23 Mar 2009 08:14:23 -0500 For Wayzata math team, a family affair Wayzata won its fifth state math championship in seven years on Monday, thanks in part to its own numerical anomaly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/09/chen_sisters_math?refid=0 Mon, 09 Mar 2009 22:46:08 -0500 Poetry Out Loud winner headed to Washington It's tournament time in Minnesota, and not just for sports. On Monday some of the state's best high school poetry readers competed for a state championship. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/09/poetry_out_loud_winner_headed_to_washington?refid=0 Mon, 09 Mar 2009 18:18:33 -0500 Minnesota's longest-serving teachers Two teachers in Minnesota have been teaching for more than a half-century. Karene Churchill and Jerry Tedrow both graduated college in 1957 and have spent nearly every year since in western Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/05/longestserving_teachers?refid=0 Fri, 06 Mar 2009 04:03:00 -0600 Cargill donates $3 million to expand science in schools Most of the money - $2.5 million - will go to the Science Museum of Minnesota so it can distribute a curriculum called Engineering in Elementary to elementary schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/05/cargill_donation_schools_science?refid=0 Thu, 05 Mar 2009 09:01:02 -0600 Carstarphen tapped to lead Austin, Texas schools The Austin, Texas, school board has selected St. Paul superintendent Meria Carstarphen as its only finalist for superintendent job. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/26/carstarphen?refid=0 Thu, 26 Feb 2009 06:34:04 -0600 Mpls schools to start before Labor Day The Minneapolis School Board has unanimously voted to start class in the next school year on Sept. 1, before Labor Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/25/mpls_starttimes?refid=0 Wed, 25 Feb 2009 07:04:24 -0600 Even with stimulus, schools still making budget cuts The federal stimulus money for education won't keep schools from making their own local budget cuts in coming weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/20/stimulus_school_needs?refid=0 Fri, 20 Feb 2009 15:30:00 -0600 St. Paul superintendent a finalist for Austin, Texas job St. Paul schools superintendent Meria Carstarphen is a finalist for the Austin, Texas, superintendent position, according to a newspaper report. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/19/carstarphen?refid=0 Thu, 19 Feb 2009 10:13:07 -0600 Principals doubtful of meeting NCLB standards A new survey of more than 700 principals in Minnesota finds nearly all of them are doubtful about meeting federal No Child Left Behind standards by 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/17/survey_finds_principals_doubtful_of_meeting_nclb_standards?refid=0 Tue, 17 Feb 2009 16:28:40 -0600 How do high schools regulate dances? From "twerking" to bumping and grinding, schools vary their approaches to inappropriate dancing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/13/school_dance_rules?refid=0 Fri, 13 Feb 2009 15:30:00 -0600 McLeod West students' tough choice: Where to go next year The McLeod West School District will shut down after this year, meaning every student must find a new school home next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/11/mcleod_students?refid=0 Thu, 12 Feb 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Recalled peanuts found in school inventories At least 16 schools across Minnesota have found more than 2.5 tons of recalled peanuts in their inventories and are now working to destroy those items. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/10/25_tons_of_recalled_peanuts_found_in_school_inventories?refid=0 Tue, 10 Feb 2009 15:44:35 -0600 Royalton schools make plans after death of superintendent School officials in the central Minnesota town of Royalton are planning a memorial service for their superintendent, who died in a car crash over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/09/principal_killed?refid=0 Mon, 09 Feb 2009 12:55:03 -0600 Last chance to check out the Art Shanty Projects The sixth annual art exhibit on ice closes February 14th. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/04/icehanty?refid=0 Mon, 09 Feb 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Audit: Q Comp effect on student performance inconclusive The Legislative auditor's report raises questions about whether the governor's plan to expand Q Comp is a good idea. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/03/q_comp_leg_audit?refid=0 Tue, 03 Feb 2009 17:00:00 -0600 Math GRAD test changes in the works Minnesota lawmakers are working on an issue they say could keep thousands of current high school juniors from graduating next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/02/grad_test_change?refid=0 Mon, 02 Feb 2009 15:30:00 -0600 Possibly tainted peanuts shipped to Minn. schools Peanuts from the ongoing nationwide salmonella scare are now believed to have been delivered to nearly 200 schools across Minnesota. But it's likely that many of the peanuts were eaten long ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/30/possibly_tainted_peanuts_shipped_to_minn_schools?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jan 2009 16:03:35 -0600 Minnesota gets poor marks for teacher quality Minnesota scores a 'D' in a new national study that rates how well states keep good teachers and remove bad ones. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/29/teacher_quality?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jan 2009 01:00:00 -0600 St. Paul schools get grant to boost college readiness The St. Paul School District is getting nearly $1.5 million from Travelers' Insurance to help get more students ready for college. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/28/stpauledgrant?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jan 2009 13:25:05 -0600 Dozens of education-related bills already filed at the Capitol From the state's funding formula to tuck pointing a gymnasium, lawmakers have introduced a host of bills related to education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/23/education_bills?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jan 2009 02:00:00 -0600 ACLU sues TiZA charter school The ACLU is suing a metro-area charter school, claiming taxpayer money was used to illegally promote religion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/21/aclu_to_sue_tiza_charter_school?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jan 2009 13:39:13 -0600 Audio slideshow: White Bear Lake's school district White Bear Lake School Superintendent Michael Lovett talks about why his district is on relatively sound financial footing. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2009/01/white_bear_lake/21_ss_k12_education/?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jan 2009 15:13:48 -0600 In White Bear Lake K-12 schools are bright spot in budget crisis While school leaders across Minnesota are bracing for the impact of the state budget on their own budgets, White Bear Lake has no plans for layoffs or school closings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/16/whitebearlake_k12?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jan 2009 15:00:00 -0600 Schools brace for rough Legislative session The size of the Minnesota budget deficit means even schools might not be 'off-limits' to cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/05/education_preview?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jan 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Teach for America looks to expand into Minnesota The national program targets low-income school districts and has never placed teachers in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/31/tfaminnesota?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jan 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Slideshow: McLeod West School District A look at the McLeod West School District, now living out its final six months in existence http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/30/mcleodslideshow?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jan 2009 03:00:00 -0600 For McLeod West district, the end is nigh A failed ballot question in November sealed the fate for this school district, about an hour's drive west of Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/30/mcleodclosing1?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jan 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Consultant lists three Robbinsdale schools that should close A consultant is recommending the Robbinsdale School District close three of its schools to account for declining enrollment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/31/closerobbinsdale?refid=0 Wed, 31 Dec 2008 15:19:54 -0600 Two reports make pitch for more education funding As lawmakers return to the Capitol next week to face a massive budget deficit, two new reports make the case for more education funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/30/educationreports?refid=0 Tue, 30 Dec 2008 11:43:19 -0600 State tweaks school report cards The yearly school report cards will now include more information on math and reading proficiency. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/18/newreportcards?refid=0 Thu, 18 Dec 2008 15:00:33 -0600 Schools already cutting budgets, ahead of state action Schools aren't waiting for possible cuts from the state to slash their own budgets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/17/schools_budgets_cut?refid=0 Thu, 18 Dec 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Residents vote against Annandale schools construction Voters in the Annandale School District have overwhelmingly rejected a ballot question that would have approved $45 million for construction projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/17/annandale_vote?refid=0 Wed, 17 Dec 2008 07:57:27 -0600 Henn. Co. set to pass $1.7 billion budget for '09 The spending plan includes a cut of 240 staff positions, as well as a number of human services reductions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/16/henncobudget?refid=0 Tue, 16 Dec 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Robbinsdale considering closing as many as three schools Two open houses this week will allow the public to hear about a recently-finished facilities study. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/12/robbinsdale_schoolsclosings?refid=0 Tue, 16 Dec 2008 01:00:00 -0600 Last day to bid on Minneapolis schools Monday is the last day the Minneapolis School District will accept bids for three of its shuttered school buildings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/15/buy_schools?refid=0 Mon, 15 Dec 2008 09:04:38 -0600 Annandale schools want to borrow $45 million There will be a special election tomorrow in the Annandale School District. The district is asking permission to borrow more than $45 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/15/annandale_schools?refid=0 Mon, 15 Dec 2008 08:11:19 -0600 Annandale residents to vote on school building question A special election Tuesday in the Annandale School District will determine the fate of more than $45 million in proposed construction projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/11/annandale_vote?refid=0 Mon, 15 Dec 2008 01:00:00 -0600 U of M gets $40 million for diabetes research Best Buy founder Richard Schulze is giving $40 million to the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/11/diabetes_research?refid=0 Thu, 11 Dec 2008 12:04:53 -0600 Teen smoking continues to decline State health officials say the rate of underage tobacco use continues to decline. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/10/teensmoking?refid=0 Wed, 10 Dec 2008 14:34:39 -0600 Minnesota students fare well in global comparison A new study finds that Minnesota students perform well in math and science compared to students in other countries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/09/math_comparison?refid=0 Tue, 09 Dec 2008 16:45:00 -0600 Budget woes dampen Henn. Co. schools effort The county recently came up with a way to address school drop outs, but that new effort faces the same budget cuts as the rest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/04/hennco_agrad?refid=0 Fri, 05 Dec 2008 02:30:50 -0600 House party in SW Mpls. leads to school suspensions Police broke up a house party late Friday night and cited 38 teens for either underage drinking, curfew violations, or both. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/03/southwest_partybust?refid=0 Wed, 03 Dec 2008 15:52:46 -0600 St. Paul School District to overhaul two schools The district is required to restructure Humboldt Junior High and Arlington Senior High, because the schools failed to meet No Child Left Behind standards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/03/spps_humboldtarlington?refid=0 Wed, 03 Dec 2008 08:02:58 -0600 High schools worried new math test might keep diplomas from thousands Officials question why the test is administered so late in high school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/01/grad_math_test?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2008 16:45:00 -0600 New program aims to train coaches for cardiac arrest Officials at the Minnesota State High School League know of at least three teens who have died this school year after going into sudden cardiac arrest during a game or practice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/26/cardiac_training?refid=0 Fri, 28 Nov 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Big day for high school sports: End of football, start of boys' hockey Minnesota's high school football champions will be crowned at the Metrodome this weekend. Boys' hockey also starts today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/26/hschamps?refid=0 Fri, 28 Nov 2008 01:00:00 -0600 Gun found at Hopkins North Jr. High School Minnetonka police say the gun was never used in a threatening manner, and they're still investigating. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/26/hopkins_gun?refid=0 Wed, 26 Nov 2008 09:35:58 -0600 Study: Charter schools promote segregation, perform worse than traditional schools The findings by the Institute on Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota do not deter backers of charter schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/25/charter_schools_study?refid=0 Wed, 26 Nov 2008 00:05:00 -0600 Groups lining up to push for more education funding Funding for schools is sure to be a hot topic at the state Capitol next year, and groups calling for more money are gearing up for the fight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/19/growthjusticereport?refid=0 Wed, 19 Nov 2008 14:35:43 -0600 Charter schools to buy three Mpls district buildings Unlike previous property deals, the Minneapolis School District this time entertained offers from charter schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2008/11/18_schools_for_sale/index.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 18 Nov 2008 17:00:00 -0600 Kids also voted, and they favored Obama, Franken President-elect Barack Obama didn't just win Minnesota's electoral votes last week; he also won the kids' vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/12/kids_vote2008?refid=0 Wed, 12 Nov 2008 13:30:42 -0600 St. Paul schools invite public input The St. Paul School District wants the public's input on a far-reaching plan called "Large Scale System Change" - so it's holding six meetings across the city over the next month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/10/st_paul_schools?refid=0 Mon, 10 Nov 2008 07:51:09 -0600 Classic Lake Conference removes Armstrong HS Five metro-area high schools might have to find new opponents for their sports teams, after a vote Thursday by the Classic Lake Conference. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/10/clc_conference?refid=0 Fri, 07 Nov 2008 13:00:00 -0600 Barack Obama's historic victory informs school lesson plans Teachers and students across Minnesota are spending class time discussing this week's historic election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/06/teaching_obama?refid=0 Fri, 07 Nov 2008 03:00:00 -0600 School referenda split throughout Minnesota The results of school levies and bonds in Minnesota Tuesday were almost evenly split. So far, 35 of the questions have passed; 38 have failed. Results aren't known yet in three districts, including three questions in Duluth, because of precincts that haven't reported. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2008/11/05_school_districts_results/?refid=0 Wed, 05 Nov 2008 07:31:45 -0600 Candidates set furious pace on last campaign day Minnesota's leading Senate candidates are turning to heavy hitters on the last day before the election, and crisscrossing the state to appeal to their supporters to go to the polls tomorrow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/03/senate_lastday?refid=0 Mon, 03 Nov 2008 11:11:09 -0600 Where and how do I vote on Election Day? What do I do if I just moved to Minnesota? Can I vote? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/30/electionsurvivalguide_sameday?refid=0 Fri, 31 Oct 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Mpls schools could add funding and board members with votes Minneapolis voters will answer two ballot questions next week regarding their school district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/29/mpls_schoolquestions?refid=0 Wed, 29 Oct 2008 16:30:00 -0500 Minneapolis voters' thoughts on next week's school levy We asked voters in Minneapolis whether they'll support next week's school levy, which would raise property taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/29/mpls_pijlevy?refid=0 Wed, 29 Oct 2008 15:30:10 -0500 Marching bands to vie for state title Saturday High school marching bands from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and South Dakota will compete at an all-day event at the Metrodome Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/22/marchingbands?refid=0 Fri, 24 Oct 2008 03:01:00 -0500 Slideshow: Rosemount marching band practices MPR's Tom Weber visited with the Rosemount High School marching band this week, as they prepare to defend their state title this weekend at the Metrodome. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/22/rosemount_slideshow?refid=0 Fri, 24 Oct 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty pushes new school programs Gov. Tim Pawlenty used a conference of rural educators Thursday to renew his push for a list of proposals, including summer school for 8th graders and online classes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/23/pawlenty?refid=0 Thu, 23 Oct 2008 14:36:06 -0500 Some districts hope 'smaller is better' will get levies passed For districts that have seen levies fail in the past, some are trying again and asking for less money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/21/smaller_school_levies?refid=0 Thu, 23 Oct 2008 03:00:00 -0500 It's playoff time for Minnesota high school football teams It's playoff time for high school football fans in Minnesota. Most first-round games will be played Tuesday night. Hundreds of teams are now vying for six state championships. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/20/hsplayoffs?refid=0 Tue, 21 Oct 2008 01:00:00 -0500 School's out for two days; teachers gather at convention Thousands of school children across the state have an extra-long weekend this week. There's no school today or tomorrow for what has become an annual tradition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/16/schooldays?refid=0 Thu, 16 Oct 2008 10:11:52 -0500 One-day bonds for schools require no new tax increases Voters in 14 school districts in Minnesota will be asked next month to approve plans for new construction or renovations at existing buildings. Most of those will require a tax increase, but not those known as 'one day bonds.' http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/15/one_day_bonds?refid=0 Wed, 15 Oct 2008 16:00:00 -0500 Report finds Perpich Center lacks financial safeguards A new audit finds a state run high school in suburban Golden Valley is not adequately safeguarding its own financial systems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/09/perpich_audit?refid=0 Thu, 09 Oct 2008 13:38:09 -0500 Dozens of school districts seeking tax hikes next month Thousands of voters across the state will decide on Nov. 4 whether to raise their property taxes for local school district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/08/schoollevies?refid=0 Thu, 09 Oct 2008 03:00:00 -0500 List of districts with school referenda on ballot Here's a list of all the districts that have school referenda on the ballot next month. All districts have 'operating levies' unless otherwise noted. Districts marked 'bond' have bond levies, which are specifically for capital projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/08/school_list?refid=0 Wed, 08 Oct 2008 16:49:04 -0500 MnSCU audit calls for improved financial systems Minnesota's Legislative Auditor says some colleges and universities should improve some aspects of their financial systems, like how faculty use credit cards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/08/mnscu_audit?refid=0 Wed, 08 Oct 2008 15:11:50 -0500 Report: Mpls. schools not meeting targets in 4 of 5 areas The head of Minneapolis Public Schools presented a report Thursday morning, updating progress in five key areas. In four of those, students are not meeting the district's own targets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/02/mplsschoolsreport?refid=0 Thu, 02 Oct 2008 12:25:26 -0500 Some schools look for ways to allow cell phones, without distractions Schools worry that cell phones distract from learning, but with most students owning one, how best to regulate them? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/02/texting_classroom?refid=0 Thu, 02 Oct 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty renews push to change teaching rules Gov. Tim Pawlenty traveled the state today to discuss education initiatives he'd like to see pass during next year's legislative session. Some of the ideas might sound familiar because Pawlenty has pursued them before. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/23/pawlenty_education?refid=0 Tue, 23 Sep 2008 09:31:24 -0500 Washington County wants in on new transportation tax dollars A group of metro-area County Commissioners is expected to ask the Metropolitan Council today to add the Red Rock corridor rail project to its master plan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/17/red_rock?refid=0 Wed, 17 Sep 2008 06:45:39 -0500 State wants feedback on science standards The state Department of Education wants to know what Minnesotans think of its updated list of standards for science education. The first of six public hearings will be held tonight in Fergus Falls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/15/science?refid=0 Mon, 15 Sep 2008 07:26:24 -0500 City cops take over high school beat Minneapolis public schools are once again being patrolled by city police. Security at the schools had been provided for the past five years by Minneapolis Park Police. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/12/school_cops?refid=0 Fri, 12 Sep 2008 07:50:59 -0500 Voters approve 10 school questions; reject three One school district is headed out of debt and another two will soon merge. Those are just some of the results of school-related referenda that were on ballots yesterday in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/10/levyresults?refid=0 Wed, 10 Sep 2008 01:52:32 -0500 Six Minn. school districts have levies, bond questions on Tuesday's ballot Tuesday's primary election will be light on school-related votes. Just six districts in Minnesota will have levy questions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/08/schoollevies?refid=0 Mon, 08 Sep 2008 14:42:21 -0500 Minneapolis schools want more kids to walk to class The aim is to get more kids exercising by walking. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/08/schoolwalk?refid=0 Mon, 08 Sep 2008 13:58:31 -0500 Vikings open against Packers, without Favre The Minnesota Vikings open their season tonight against Green Bay. This will be the first time since 1992 that the Vikings will take the field against the Packers and not see quarterback Brett Favre looking back at them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/08/vikings?refid=0 Mon, 08 Sep 2008 08:25:05 -0500 Famed 'church lunch' offers extra helpings during RNC The RNC isn't the only thing ending Thursday; so is an extra run of church lunches. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/04/churchlunch?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2008 06:12:58 -0500 Mixed results for 4 a.m. bars in Twin Cities Some bars staying open until 4 a.m. this week say they think it will be worth the extra costs, but others say traffic has been slow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/03/4ambars?refid=0 Wed, 03 Sep 2008 06:41:12 -0500 Despite RNC, it's back to school for most Today was the first day of school for many students across Minnesota. And even with the Republican National Convention in town, it was also back to school for the St. Paul School District http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/02/back_to_school?refid=0 Tue, 02 Sep 2008 14:00:51 -0500 Revelers take advantage of 4 a.m. bar closing It's not clear whether the Republican National Convention or the Labor Day holiday deserves the credit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/01/4am_bars?refid=0 Mon, 01 Sep 2008 05:53:43 -0500 What's next for Pawlenty For the first time in two years, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty doesn't have to field any questions about being John McCain's running mate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/29/not_pawlenty?refid=0 Fri, 29 Aug 2008 17:06:34 -0500 GOP delegates from Louisiana keeping eye on storm Some Louisiana delegates are already in the Twin Cities; others are waiting to decide whether to come, as Hurricane Gustav aims for their state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/29/la_delegation?refid=0 Fri, 29 Aug 2008 16:30:23 -0500 Pawlenty not McCain's choice for VP Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty was not chosen by presidential candidate John McCain to be his running mate. Instead, McCain chose Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Pawlenty hosted his weekly radio show from the Minnesota State Fair this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/29/pawlenty?refid=0 Fri, 29 Aug 2008 06:36:19 -0500 High school football season starts in Minnesota Games on Thursday and Friday night will kick off this year's high school football season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/28/hsfootball_begins?refid=0 Thu, 28 Aug 2008 07:27:23 -0500 Pool owners find challenges installing new drains Two new laws require pool owners across the nation to upgrade drains, but there are delays. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/26/pool_changes?refid=0 Wed, 27 Aug 2008 02:00:00 -0500 Can I drive into downtown St. Paul? Will I be able to drive downtown during the RNC? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/15/survivalguide_drivingdowntown?refid=0 Mon, 25 Aug 2008 00:00:00 -0500 A first-timer's trip to the Fair The Minnesota State Fair can be overwhelming, even for long-time fans. But what about the first-time fair-goer? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/21/fair_first_time?refid=0 Fri, 22 Aug 2008 05:00:00 -0500 Transit tax board commits to Central Corridor, Hiawatha A new board created to spend billions of new tax dollars made its first commitments Wednesday to the Central Corridor and Hiawatha light rail lines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/20/cent_corr_vote?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2008 14:46:28 -0500 Dolphin at Minnesota Zoo is pregnant; dolphin show on hold Allie, a 21-year old bottlenose dolphin, is pregnant; her calf is due next spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/18/dolphinshow?refid=0 Mon, 18 Aug 2008 13:16:01 -0500 Qwest, union reach deal Qwest Communications and its largest union reached a contract deal this morning that will affect about 2,300 workers in the Twin Cities and avoid any delays in communications work at the Xcel Energy Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/18/qwest?refid=0 Mon, 18 Aug 2008 07:45:42 -0500 Job search still grueling for some With Minnesota's unemployment rate now at 5.8 percent, Minnesotans age 20 to 60 talk about their challenges in finding a job. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/15/jobs_search?refid=0 Fri, 15 Aug 2008 15:30:00 -0500 Marks eliminated in triple jump; Goucher takes 10th in 10,000 meters Minnesota track and field athlete Shani Marks failed to qualify for the Olympic finals in the triple jump event today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/15/mnolympics?refid=0 Fri, 15 Aug 2008 13:59:34 -0500 Bar owners ask St. Paul to repeal $2,500 license fee The city is charging $2,500 for bars that want to stay open until 4 a.m. during the Republican Convention. Bar owners say that's too expensive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/13/bar_fee?refid=0 Wed, 13 Aug 2008 14:48:31 -0500 Minnesota wrestler shut out in Beijing A Twin Cities area teenager, Jake Deitchler, who earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic wrestling team lost both his matches earlier today in Beijing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/13/deitchler?refid=0 Wed, 13 Aug 2008 07:32:48 -0500 Anoka teen begins Olympic quest tonight A recent graduate of Anoka High School will compete in his first wrestling match at the Olympics Tuesday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/12/deitchler_olympics?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2008 11:30:15 -0500 Slideshow: War veteran hopes to come home soon A former Minnesota soldier who's been recovering for more than a year in Texas from wounds sustained in Iraq hopes to move his family back to Minnesota this month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/12/adams_slideshow?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2008 07:01:59 -0500 War veteran tries to move on from his injuries A former Minnesota soldier who was injured in Iraq last year is getting ready to come home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/11/adams_update?refid=0 Tue, 12 Aug 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Paulsen offers views on energy issues The Republican running to replace retiring 3rd District U.S. Rep. Jim Ramstad is calling for off-shore drilling and more alternative energy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/08/paulsen_energy?refid=0 Fri, 08 Aug 2008 13:23:08 -0500 Lawmaker questions use of welfare outside Minnesota The top-ranking Republican in the Minnesota House is calling for an investigation of out-of-state debit card purchases made by Minnesota welfare recipients. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/07/welfarecards?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2008 14:42:46 -0500 Frank Lloyd Wright gas station turns 50 It's the only gas station ever designed by Wright, and it's in Cloquet, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/06/wright_gasstation?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Slideshow: The Wright gas station in Cloquet The Lindholm service station in Cloquet, Minn. -- the only gas station designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Here's a look at it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/06/gasstationslideshow?refid=0 Wed, 06 Aug 2008 16:27:21 -0500 Sendoffs for two Minnesota Guard units headed to Iraq Ceremonies were held today for two Minnesota National Guard units heading to Iraq -- one in Oklahoma, the other in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/04/deploy?refid=0 Mon, 04 Aug 2008 14:36:58 -0500 Pups introduced to pack at Ely wolf center The pups, Aidan and Denali, have been segregated from the center's pack since their arrival this spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/04/wolfpups_introduced?refid=0 Mon, 04 Aug 2008 07:28:10 -0500 MnDOT: One year later MnDOT is a different agency than it was one year ago, when one of the worst infrastructure failures in U.S. history happened. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/31/mndot_oneyearlater?refid=0 Fri, 01 Aug 2008 00:04:00 -0500 Bush Foundation to change course of giving efforts A philanthropic group that doles out more than $40 million each year is changing the focus of those grants. The Bush Foundation says it will likely give fewer but larger grants in coming years http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/29/bush_foundation?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jul 2008 13:03:52 -0500 Lawmakers want tougher bridge regulations Lawmakers rolled out a plan Monday they say would make Minnesota bridges safer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/28/bridge_presser?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jul 2008 11:31:07 -0500 MnDOT considers keeping extra lanes on I-94 After the I-35w bridge collapse, crews repainted I-94 to add an lane. Considered a temporary move, those lanes now might stay put. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/28/extralanes?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jul 2008 07:16:14 -0500 Ford dealer says demand is up for Ranger Jerry Bauer, with Inver Grove Ford, is anxious to get more Rangers onto his lot to sell. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/07/24/ford_dealer?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jul 2008 15:43:14 -0500 Anti-war activists plan protest on last day of RNC Organizers are planning a second anti-war protest during the Republican Convention, and they say this one could include civil disobedience. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/23/rncprotest?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jul 2008 11:06:03 -0500 RNC construction begins inside Xcel Energy Center Construction began Monday inside the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul to get it ready for the Republican National Convention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/21/weber?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jul 2008 14:25:00 -0500 B99 biodiesel well runs dry in Twin Cities Drivers of diesel vehicles in the Twin Cities trying to buy the purest of biodiesel fuels have run out of easy options. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/18/nobiodiesel?refid=0 Sun, 20 Jul 2008 16:00:00 -0500 Hearings start today for bus, rail fare hike The Metropolitan Council wants to raise bus and light rail fares, and is asking the public for its input. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/03/farehike_hearings?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jul 2008 00:04:00 -0500 Activist sues St. Paul, police over arrest An anti-war activist who was mistakenly arrested during a rally last month is suing the city of St. Paul and five police officers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/02/protestlawsuit?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2008 12:04:42 -0500 Filing opens for candidates in Minnesota County, state and federal candidates have until July 15 to submit their paperwork at the Secretary of State's office or in their county of residence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/01/first_file?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jul 2008 07:09:24 -0500 New Web site pools best research on rural highway safety The University of Minnesota is launching a Web site to track the best research and policies regarding safety on rural highways. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/30/safetywebsite?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2008 12:28:22 -0500 Women's Open starts day two with a tie Day two of the U.S. Women's Open in Edina begins this morning with two leaders. South Korean Ji Young Oh and American Pat Hurst are both 6 under par. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/27/open_second?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jun 2008 06:42:10 -0500 Two tied for lead at Women's Open after first day Minnesotans Hilary Lunke and Michele Redman finished the first day of LGPA at Interlachen Country Club in Edina one over par. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/26/usopen_day1?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jun 2008 14:00:15 -0500 Minnesota welcomes top golfers to U.S. Women's Open The U.S. Women's Open golf tournament starts this morning at Interlachen Country Club in Edina. Some of the world's best female golfers will compete there this week, including retiring champion Annika Sorenstam. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/22/lpga?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jun 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Autistic man recovering well after a week lost in the woods Doctors at the University of Minnesota Hospital say a 25-year old autistic man is lucky to be alive today after spending a week in the woods of northwestern Wisconsin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/23/manfoundfolo?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jun 2008 13:54:10 -0500 Nonprofits receive reprieve on property tax issue Minnesota nonprofit groups worried about whether they might have to pay property taxes have gotten a one-year reprieve. Lawmakers passed a moratorium that will keep county assessors from making any changes on this year's taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/23/nonprofit?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jun 2008 06:54:57 -0500 Wild have only four picks in NHL draft The Wild enter this weekend's NHL draft with the fewest picks in team history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/19/wild08draft?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Corps increasing water release levels at Watson reservoir The Army Corps of Engineers is increasing the amount of water it is releasing from a reservoir near Watson in western Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/18/reservoir_release?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jun 2008 09:04:54 -0500 State promises to reimburse Winona for ferry Minnesota's Transportation Commissioner said today the state will reimburse the city of Winona for the money it is spending on ferry service across the Mississippi River. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/17/ferry_money?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jun 2008 07:18:54 -0500 Minn. officials to replace 11 major bridges by 2018 Minnesota transportation officials outlined a $2.5 billion draft bridge improvement plan that would replace 11 major highway and freeway spans over the next decade -- a top priority set by lawmakers after last year's Interstate 35W bridge collapse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/16/bridge_improvements?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jun 2008 11:06:24 -0500 Gas tax increase bringing in money The state gas tax went from 20 to 22 cents per gallon on April 1. New numbers show the state's gas tax increase is already bringing in more money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/16/gas_tax?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jun 2008 08:25:11 -0500 Flood water levels begin to drop in southeast Minn. Water levels in southern Minnesota are going down after this week's flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/13/flood_waters?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jun 2008 10:39:49 -0500 Small coffee shops not sweating McDonald's new McCafes The debut of gourmet coffee in Twin Cities area's new McDonald's McCafes is being welcomed by some smaller coffee shop owners. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/12/coffeewars?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jun 2008 02:00:00 -0500 Root River flooding causes evacuations Cities along the Root River in southeastern Minnesota are declaring emergencies after weekend flooding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/10/root?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jun 2008 11:01:09 -0500 Sen. Coleman meets with Ford officials on St. Paul plant Coleman says he doesn't want to raise expectations, and concedes that Ford's decision to close the St. Paul plant is still in place. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/06/coleman_ford_plant?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jun 2008 09:43:02 -0500 'Grizzly Coast' takes Minnesota Zoo visitors to Russia Leopards and otters and bears, oh my! A new exhibit, Russia's Grizzly Coast, debuts Saturday at the Minnesota Zoo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/05/grizzlycoast_opens?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jun 2008 04:00:00 -0500 A tour of the Minnesota Zoo's newest exhibit The Minnesota Zoo's $23 million exhibit, Russia's Grizzly Coast, is opening to the public. The zoo's director Lee Ehmke takes us on a virtual tour. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2008/06/06_tweber_zooslideshow/index.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2008 18:51:22 -0500 Mayor hopes ferry will ease Winona driving problems The mayor of Winona says he hopes the city will have ferry service up and running by Monday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/05/ferry?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2008 10:25:43 -0500 St. Paul sirens sound false alarm Tornado sirens that sounded in St. Paul this morning were a false alarm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/05/sirens?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2008 01:01:00 -0500 New chief justice to be sworn in today The state's Supreme Court officially gets a new chief justice Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/03/magnuson_swearingin?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2008 09:14:19 -0500 Funeral today for 2-year old tornado victim A funeral will be held today for two-year old Nathanial Prindle, who was killed in last weekend's tornado in Hugo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/02/prindle_funeral?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2008 07:41:28 -0500 Klobuchar pushes funding for plant disease lab U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar says she'll fight to preserve funding for plant disease research at the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/28/disease?refid=0 Wed, 28 May 2008 11:18:25 -0500 Returning to normal Many residents of Hugo whose homes are still standing and have electricity after Sunday's tornado have moved back home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/27/normal?refid=0 Tue, 27 May 2008 14:37:09 -0500 A killer tornado leaves a family grieving and hoping Two-year-old Nathanial Prindle was the only person killed in the Hugo tornado. All that remains of the Prindle's home is some concrete and a pile of debris with two highchairs on top of it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/26/prindle?refid=0 Tue, 27 May 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Officials tour damage; Gov. says special session possible As residents were beginning to survey the damage to their homes, officials were touring the wreckage from Sunday's tornado in Hugo. Gov. Pawlenty held open the possibility of a special session, if it was needed to secure emergency funds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/26/tour?refid=0 Mon, 26 May 2008 14:45:07 -0500 State plans second veterans cemetery near Duluth Plans for creating the state's second veterans cemetery are moving ahead, after lawmakers passed the necessary legislation at the Capitol this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/26/vet_cemetery?refid=0 Mon, 26 May 2008 08:05:01 -0500 Group to give out 1,000 more grants to soldiers this year More than 650 Minnesotan soldiers have received cash "thank you" grants from the Minnesotans' Military Appreciation Fund this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/23/soldier_money?refid=0 Mon, 26 May 2008 00:00:00 -0500 RNC chair: Minnesota will be in play in November The head of the national Republican Party says Minnesota will be up for grabs this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/21/rnc_chair?refid=0 Wed, 21 May 2008 11:07:11 -0500 Central Corridor planning moves forward State legislators approved $70 million for the rail line. Half of the money for the $909-million project is expected to come from the federal government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/19/central_corridor?refid=0 Mon, 19 May 2008 16:38:59 -0500 House blocks measure for seat belt crackdown The Minnesota House Thursday rejected an attempt to pass legislation to allow police to pull over drivers for not wearing seat belts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/15/seatbelt?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2008 13:00:00 -0500 Bemidji honored as Minn. state capital for a day To help celebrate the state's Sesquicentennial, Bemidji will be the state capital today. As part of Minnesota's 150th birthday, five cities will get the honor this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/12/bemidji?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2008 08:37:58 -0500 Minnesota foreclosure bill faces veto threat Instead of trying to halt foreclosures outright, the measure would let people delay foreclosure but only if they keep paying at least 65% of their monthly mortgage payment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/08/mnforeclosure_defer?refid=0 Thu, 08 May 2008 07:30:20 -0500 McLaughlin elected chair of new metro transit board Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin will chair a board that will decide how to spend about $1 billion over the next 10 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/07/transit_board_mclaughlin?refid=0 Wed, 07 May 2008 15:46:59 -0500 The streetcars are running again The Como-Harriet streetcar opens for the season Saturday. The one-mile track connects Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/01/streetcar_season_begins?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2008 07:10:00 -0500 Study predicts 28,000 Minn. foreclosures this year There were more than 38,000 foreclosures in Minnesota between 2005 and 2007, according to new numbers from a group of state housing organizations. The study suggests there will be 28,282 home foreclosures this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/30/warren_hanson?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2008 07:50:02 -0500 Wounded Minnesota vet to receive new home A Twin Cities area soldier who was injured in Iraq will get a new home in Woodbury, thanks to a national organization called Homes for Our Troops. Sgt. Marcus Kuboy is a lifelong Minnesotan who was hurt a year ago while serving with the Minnesota National Guard in Fallujah. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/28/kuboy?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2008 07:17:35 -0500 Why are grocery prices going up? With food prices soaring around the globe, the head of the University of Minnesota's Food Industry Center talks about the factors behind the rising cost of food. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/25/groceryshopping?refid=0 Mon, 28 Apr 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Three bears arrive at Minnesota Zoo The animals will be part of the new Russia's Grizzly Coast, which opens in June. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/18/bears_arrive?refid=0 Fri, 18 Apr 2008 11:02:40 -0500 State adds 5,200 jobs; unemployment rises Minnesota's economy gained a net 5,200 jobs in March. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/17/jobs?refid=0 Thu, 17 Apr 2008 14:26:10 -0500 Mayo finds common thread in pork plant illnesses Researchers say more workers at pork plants have contracted a mysterious neurological illnesses. The Mayo Clinic's Dr. Daniel Lachance says the common thread is pork brains. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/17/mayo_porkbrains?refid=0 Thu, 17 Apr 2008 09:44:36 -0500 Future Twin Cities archbishop to attend papal prayer Bishop John Nienstedt, who is preparing to take over the Twin Cities archdiocese, will attend a prayer service today that Pope Benedict XIV will deliver to the nation's bishops. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/16/papal_visit?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Archbishop's successor to attend Pope's prayer service Bishop John Nienstedt said seeing the Pope this week will help him prepare for his new assignment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/15/nienstedt_pope?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2008 14:38:06 -0500 Passengers have mixed reaction to the merger News of the Delta-Northwest deal was greeting travelers at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Monday night and Tuesday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/15/passengers?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2008 12:57:19 -0500 120 year tradition ends in South St. Paul The last working stockyard in South St. Paul will close Friday after one final cattle auction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/11/stockyard_closes?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2008 23:24:38 -0500 People hampered by criminal records looking to Minn. Supreme Court A case scheduled for arguments next month at the Capitol affects anyone who's been arrested or convicted of a crime. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/09/expunge?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Hastings bridge inspection will preview summer traffic An annual inspection to the Highway 61 bridge in Hastings, Minn. will reduce traffic to one lane during the day this week. The delay will give planners and drivers a preview of the coming construction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/07/bridge_inspection?refid=0 Mon, 07 Apr 2008 07:13:45 -0500 Washington County becomes fifth and final to raise sales tax After a long meeting, Washington County commissioners voted Tuesday night to raise the sales tax to pay for transit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/02/washcotax?refid=0 Wed, 02 Apr 2008 07:08:16 -0500 Hennepin, Dakota Counties approve sales tax hike Hennepin and Dakota Counties Tuesday joined Anoka and Ramsey counties in raising their sales tax to help pay for public transit. Scott County commissioners rejected the idea. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/01/gastax1?refid=0 Tue, 01 Apr 2008 13:30:11 -0500 State's gas tax goes up today The state gas tax is going up today for the first time in two decades. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/01/gastax?refid=0 Tue, 01 Apr 2008 08:35:29 -0500 Klobuchar endorses Obama DFL Senator Klobuchar held off on an endorsement. One reason she said was that it was hard to choose between two Senate colleagues: Hillary Clinton & Barack Obama. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/31/amyobama?refid=0 Mon, 31 Mar 2008 08:23:28 -0500 How do changing economic factors affect the state's budget forecast? How do indicators suggesting the economy is in worse shape affect the state's budget forecast? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/28/budget_forecast?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2008 15:05:00 -0500 Declaration of Independence coming to Minnesota Minnesotans will soon get a chance to view an original copy of the Declaration of Independence from May 6-18 in St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/26/declaration_stpaul?refid=0 Wed, 26 Mar 2008 15:11:50 -0500 Anoka, Ramsey counties approve transit sales tax; Carver says 'no' The recently-enacted transportation bill raises the gas tax for all Minnesotans, and it also includes a metro-area sales tax. State lawmakers gave metro area counties the power to raise a 0.25 percent sales tax to pay for transit projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/25/countytransit?refid=0 Tue, 25 Mar 2008 12:30:48 -0500 St. Cloud mayor says Monday will be true test of traffic Mayor Dave Kleis says traffic this morning wasn't too bad but many offices were closed for Good Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/21/stcloudmayor_bridge?refid=0 Fri, 21 Mar 2008 14:37:06 -0500 Oberstar: Bridge closure shows need for new regulations The DFL Congressman also says closing the bridge in St. Cloud was the right move. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/21/oberstar_stcloudbridge?refid=0 Fri, 21 Mar 2008 11:14:25 -0500 Atheists gather in Minneapolis for national convention Hundreds of atheists will spend this Easter weekend in a downtown Minneapolis hotel, attending the national conference of the group American Atheists. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/21/atheists?refid=0 Fri, 21 Mar 2008 01:00:00 -0500 Governor decries attempt to axe tax breaks Gov. Pawlenty calls a plan to eliminate a number of corporate tax breaks "unwise." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/19/paw_jobz?refid=0 Wed, 19 Mar 2008 13:07:18 -0500 Pawlenty praises troops during prayer breakfast This year's theme for the annual event was "The Power of Prayer." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/19/prayerbfast?refid=0 Wed, 19 Mar 2008 11:47:40 -0500 Local man arrested in illegal gas siphoning scheme Investigators with the Ramsey County Sheriff's office said they have arrested a suspect in one of the most elaborate schemes to steal gas that they have ever seen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/18/siphon?refid=0 Tue, 18 Mar 2008 15:28:31 -0500 Sesquicentennial organizers look for state money A Minnesota House committee on Monday heard a request to give the state's Sesquicentennial Commission money to help pay for the state's 150th birthday celebration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/17/150funds?refid=0 Mon, 17 Mar 2008 16:00:51 -0500 Chemical unit heads to Iraq About 30 Minnesota soldiers from the Army Reserve deployed Monday on a mission that will take them to Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/17/704th_deployed?refid=0 Mon, 17 Mar 2008 14:33:47 -0500 Sesquicentennial fundraising lags A legislative committee will discuss Monday whether to give more taxpayer money to the state's sesquicentennial commission. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/17/sesqui_money?refid=0 Mon, 17 Mar 2008 07:47:21 -0500 Local man to receive $100,000 community award Matthew Sanford from the western Minneapolis suburbs will be awarded this week for his work helping disabled people learn yoga. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/16/snaford?refid=0 Sun, 16 Mar 2008 13:00:00 -0500 Tales of a fourth grade opera Fourth graders at Linwood A+ Elementary in St. Paul created an opera to celebrate Minnesota's 150th birthday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/12/fourth_grade_opera?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2008 02:00:00 -0500 A song written for the fourth grade opera The students of Linwood A+ Elementary School open their opera with a song called "North Star State." Here are the lyrics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/12/opera_song?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2008 14:59:55 -0500 Minneapolis among targets of new anti-union campaign A group called the Center for Union Facts wants to give the nation's worst teachers $10,000 to quit their jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/11/unionads?refid=0 Tue, 11 Mar 2008 11:18:22 -0500 Senate committee passes $25 million bridge compensation fund A plan to compensate victims of the 35W bridge collapse is on its way to the Minnesota Senate floor for a vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/10/bridgecompfund?refid=0 Mon, 10 Mar 2008 14:09:48 -0500 U.S. House passes mental health bill named for Wellstone The legislation aims to put mental and physical illnesses on the same footing, in terms of insurance coverage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/06/mental_passes?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2008 09:24:17 -0600 Snow snarls traffic across Minnesota Commuters had a slower-than-normal drive to work Wednesday morning, thanks to snow and slippery roads. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/05/snowtraffic?refid=0 Wed, 05 Mar 2008 10:32:18 -0600 Students march for Minnesota Dream Act Hundreds of teenagers marched to the state Capitol Tuesday morning to show support for what's known as the Minnesota Dream Act. Despite the show of enthusiasm, the legislation has little chance of passing this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/04/student_march?refid=0 Tue, 04 Mar 2008 15:40:12 -0600 Injured soldier wants to return to Minnesota Scott Adams is recovering from severe injuries he sustained in a bombing in Iraq. He wants to return to Minnesota by year's end. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/03/injured_soldier?refid=0 Mon, 03 Mar 2008 15:00:15 -0600 IRS sending letters regarding economic stimulus Taxpayers will start getting letters in the mail this week from the IRS, which include details about the rebates Congress recently approved. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/03/taxletters?refid=0 Mon, 03 Mar 2008 07:21:27 -0600 The reasons behind the deficit Thursday's report that state government is facing tough times is a result of many Minnesotans also facing tough times. MPR's Tom Weber traces the connection between consumers and the state's budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/28/deficitsidebar?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2008 16:01:57 -0600 Eden Prairie High School closed due to alleged threat About 3,300 students at Eden Prairie High School have the day off, because of what's being called an alleged threat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/27/ephs?refid=0 Wed, 27 Feb 2008 10:01:43 -0600 Border residents debate gas tax impact Now that the gas tax is going up, how will Minnesota compare with bordering states, and will the state lose business in border communities? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/26/border_gas?refid=0 Tue, 26 Feb 2008 15:32:16 -0600 Security guards call one-day strike Hundreds of security guards across the Twin Cities stage a one-day strike against three large private security companies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/25/security_strike?refid=0 Mon, 25 Feb 2008 09:27:16 -0600 Report: Delta, NWA boards to meet today The Detroit News reported today that pilots for both Delta and Northwest Airlines have agreed to terms of a merge http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/19/nwamain?refid=0 Tue, 19 Feb 2008 08:08:44 -0600 More than 400 Minnesota soldiers in Kosovo The soldiers are in the Minnesota Army National Guard and are aiding in peace-keeping efforts in Kosovo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/18/kosovo_minn?refid=0 Mon, 18 Feb 2008 15:44:29 -0600 It's agreed: Hastings bridge needs replacement, but how to pay for it? There are renewed calls for the Hastings bridge to be replaced, after a new MnDOT report downgraded the bridge's condition. The span is slated for replacement, but not until next decade. Replacing the bridge would cost nearly $100 million, and at this point that money isn't available. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/15/hastingsbridgefolo?refid=0 Fri, 15 Feb 2008 15:21:38 -0600 Bill would give lawmakers power to call special session One proposal lawmakers might address this year deals with who can call a special session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/14/specialsession?refid=0 Thu, 14 Feb 2008 08:50:20 -0600 Missouri's new bridge repair plan getting noticed in Minnesota Minnesota isn't the only state slated to have hundreds of bridges repaired. Missouri's plan has drawn notice for its new approach. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/11/missouri_bridges?refid=0 Mon, 11 Feb 2008 15:30:11 -0600 Candidates do the math on delegate numbers There's one question that's still not answered after Tuesday night's Minnesota caucuses: How many delegates will each presidential candidate get? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/06/delegates?refid=0 Wed, 06 Feb 2008 17:03:38 -0600 Breakdown of Minnesota's delegates A breakdown of how the DFL and Republican Party delegates are being awarded to their parties' presidential candidates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/06/delegate_breakdown?refid=0 Wed, 06 Feb 2008 15:07:49 -0600 DFL Senate candidates agree and disagree The three candidates competing for the DFL endorsement for U.S. Senate had one final chance today to reach voters before Tuesday night's caucuses. They took part in a live debate on Minnesota Public Radio. One of them will face Republican incumbent Norm Coleman in November. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/05/sendebatesum?refid=0 Tue, 05 Feb 2008 16:22:47 -0600 All sides agree on go-slow approach to HPV vaccine Some advocates of mandating the new cervical cancer vaccine for girls won't push the legislation this year, after the state's Health Department released a report suggesting more screenings and education instead. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/01/hpvfolo?refid=0 Fri, 01 Feb 2008 16:24:37 -0600 Small fire at state office building near Capitol No one was hurt, and the building is still open for business. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/01/centennial_fire?refid=0 Fri, 01 Feb 2008 08:15:11 -0600 Pawlenty wishes GOP caucuses carried more weight The governor doesn't like that next Tuesday's GOP presidential caucus amounts to a straw poll. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/31/pawcaucus?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2008 12:07:40 -0600 Pawlenty names new judge for Ramsey County The governor named an experienced attorney to the court to replace retired judge James Dickinson. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/31/guthmann_judge?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2008 10:02:46 -0600 Molnau defends Wakota bridge bidding process Minnesota Transportation Commissioner Carol Molnau is asking that the Legislative Auditor, an independent agency, review the bidding process for the troubled Wakota Bridge project in the southeast metro area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/29/wakotaaudit?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jan 2008 12:45:00 -0600 Coleman, Klobuchar predict economic stimulus will pass Minnesota's two U.S. senators agree Congress will pass an economic stimulus plan, as the president called for in Monday night's State of the Union speech. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/29/normamy_union?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jan 2008 08:01:44 -0600 Minnesota soldier killed in Afghanistan A soldier from Granite Falls was killed in Afghanistan Saturday. The Pentagon is backing off from its original report that Matthew Ryan Kahler may have died from friendly fire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/28/soldierobit?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jan 2008 08:46:07 -0600 Nonprofits seek new legislation to clarify their status The leaders of many non-profit organizations met Friday in St. Paul to discuss legislation they 'd like passed to ensure they'll remain exempt from paying property taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/25/nonprofits?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jan 2008 14:48:05 -0600 Family of baby burned in an incubator still waits to hold him The lawyer for the parents of a newborn who was burned at a hospital this week said the family was still waiting to hold their child. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/24/babyfamily?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2008 12:32:08 -0600 Mankato man's death caused by alcohol The coroner in Nicollet County says a 22-year-old man died last month because of alcohol poisoning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/24/drinkingdeath?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2008 08:41:38 -0600 Minnesota investors not panicking Investors rode quite a roller coaster Tuesday as the Dow Jones Industrials plummeted more than 460 points at the opening. By the end of trading, the index had recovered all but 128 points, but see-sawed all day long. We wondered how Minnesotans were affected by the market's ups and downs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/22/stocksreax?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jan 2008 16:07:35 -0600 Pond hockey diehards brave bitter cold The diehards admitted it was cold, even for hockey. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/18/pondhockey?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jan 2008 12:06:50 -0600 Walz calls for better access to soldiers' medical records Minnesota Rep. Tim Walz has just returned from his first trip to Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Germany. Walz said the trip gave him a renewed sense of urgency to improve access to soldiers' medical records. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/16/walz?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jan 2008 15:04:49 -0600 16 school districts fail to meet contract deadline At least 16 school districts across Minnesota did not meet last night's deadline to have a new contract in place with teachers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/16/contracts?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jan 2008 12:15:38 -0600 16 school districts likely missed contract deadline The statewide teachers union said 16 Minnesota school districts may have missed a midnight deadline for settling teacher contracts without penalty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/15/contracts?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2008 09:08:12 -0600 Bridge rescue divers receive naval award Some of the people who responded to last year's I-35W bridge collapse will be recognized for their efforts today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/14/naval_award?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jan 2008 11:45:17 -0600 Minnesota soldier killed in Iraq A soldier who grew up in Wisconsin and recently moved to Minnesota has died in Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/11/soldierkilled?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jan 2008 07:52:29 -0600 New Wild owner says 'it ain't broke;' won't make big changes The man who brought professional hockey back to Minnesota is passing the torch. Bob Naegele said Thursday he's selling his majority stake in the Wild to Craig Leipold. Both men are going to great lengths to assure Wild fans that nothing's really changing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/10/wild?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jan 2008 15:30:22 -0600