Minnesota Public Radio features by Tim Post http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=53 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Tue, 02 Sep 2014 04:05:57 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Tim Post http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Twin Cities schools launch local food program The program will help support the local economy and introduce students to healthier foods. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/31/minnesota-thursdays?refid=0 Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:03:15 -0500 Achievement gap persists in statewide MCA test scores; slight improvement overall State education officials hope steady growth in math, reading and science scores over the last several years will help all students in the future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/26/achievement-gap-persists-in-statewide-mca-test-scores-slight-improvement-overall?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2014 06:38:12 -0500 Latest MCA scores due out Tuesday Taken in the spring, results of the MCAs show how students are measuring up to state standards in math, reading and science. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/25/latest-mcs-scores-due-out-tuesday?refid=0 Mon, 25 Aug 2014 08:56:23 -0500 Minn. students excel on ACT, but students of color still behind White students in Minnesota had an average score of 23.7. But the average score for black students was 17.9 -- the lowest average among non-white test-takers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/20/minnesota-act-scores?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:57:15 -0500 Coalition threatens lawsuit over Warroad school mascot A Minneapolis-based coalition is threatening to sue the Warroad school district if it doesn't stop using the image of a Native American for its school mascot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/14/mascot-lawsuit?refid=0 Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:49:29 -0500 St. Paul students will soon have iPads, but classroom plan still unclear St. Paul school district is pushing ahead with a plan to give every student an iPad even though many details have yet to be determined, including which apps will be used, how students will access them, and whether parents will need to put down a deposit on the devices. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/13/st-paul-schools-ipads?refid=0 Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:19:28 -0500 Team appointed to oversee anti-bullying efforts The Safety and Technical Assistance Council was created under the Safe and Safe and Supportive Schools bill passed by lawmakers this spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/08/05/team-appointed-to-oversee-antibullying-efforts?refid=0 Tue, 05 Aug 2014 08:01:21 -0500 Feds OK Minn. school accountability plan another year Last year Minnesota education officials said more than two dozen struggling schools improved their performance under Minnesota's alternative to No Child Left Behind. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/31/no-child-left-behind-waiver-minnesota?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:02:32 -0500 Video: Face to face with a camera-chomping giraffe at Como Park Zoo MPR News reporter Tim Post put GoPro cameras on the giraffe feeding baskets at Como Park Zoo and got an eye level view of the 14-foot animals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/24/giraffepov?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:50:20 -0500 Video: Ride on a mosquito fighting helicopter MPR News reporter Tim Post put GoPro cameras on board a Metropolitan Mosquito Control District helicopter and captured its aerial acrobatics over Anoka County. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/09/mosquitohelicopter?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2014 06:10:44 -0500 150 soccer teams from around the world compete at Hmong Freedom Celebration The event, now in its 34th year, is expected to draw as many as 60,000 people over its two-day run. The festival also features basketball, flag football and volleyball competitions along with music and dance performances and traditional Hmong food. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/04/hmong-freedom-celebration?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jul 2014 15:09:03 -0500 Program offers free meals to kids over the summer A federally funded program is offering free meals to kids under the age of 18 across the state this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/23/program-offers-free-meals-to-kids-over-the-summer?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:24:32 -0500 All-day Minnesota kindergarten comes with price: cramped schools With a financial barrier lifted, school officials say they need to find room for more kindergartners to spend an entire day in class. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/12/all-day-kindergarten-crowded-schools?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 06:52:16 -0500 Staff at troubled charter school decide to join union Union officials say educators at the Community School of Excellence voted overwhelmingly to join Education Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/11/charter-union?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:37:59 -0500 Teachers at embattled charter school to take union vote School personnel have filed five charges of unfair labor action against Chang with the National Labor Relations Board. Education Minnesota also filed a charge, claiming the superintendent interfered with employees' right to organize. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/09/community-school-of-excellence-union-vote?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jun 2014 18:06:41 -0500 Program helps students with disabilities find a career A project between the Centennial School District and medical device maker Medtronic is giving some students with disabilities help finding a career. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/08/program-helps-students-with-disabilities-find-a-career?refid=0 Sun, 08 Jun 2014 11:02:12 -0500 Most school districts ready to evaluate new teachers Minnesota school districts need to have a new system for evaluating new teachers in place by fall. Most of the state's 333 school districts are ready to implement the new evaluations when the school year starts. But it's unclear if all will meet the deadline because some are still developing their plans. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/06/most-school-districts-ready-to-evaluate-teachers?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jun 2014 18:26:10 -0500 St. Paul schools pick iPads over PCs for students St. Paul school district is finishing up a deal with Apple to loan iPads to all 39,000 students in St. Paul over the next two school years. There's no price tag for that effort, yet. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/30/st-paul-schools-pick-ipads-over-pcs-for-students?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2014 17:32:05 -0500 Edina 7th-grader knocked out of Scripps Spelling Bee Mark Kivimaki was among 46 students who made it into the sixth round of the spelling bee on Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/29/edina-spelling-bee?refid=0 Thu, 29 May 2014 17:18:10 -0500 Augsburg College reaches bilingual students through Spanish debates The tournament aims to introduce more bilingual students to debate, said David Song, program manager of Augsburg's Minnesota Urban Debate League. It also serves students who are recent immigrants who likely would not have joined an English-language debate team. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/29/augsburg-college-bilingual-debate?refid=0 Thu, 29 May 2014 14:09:37 -0500 Problems at St. Paul charter school could lead to tighter state controls The turmoil at Community School of Excellence follows years of concerns raised by charter critics and supporters that it is difficult to determine who to hold accountable when there are problems in Minnesota's 150 charter schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/27/community-school-of-excellence-charter-schools?refid=0 Tue, 27 May 2014 19:18:29 -0500 No one hurt as school bus erupts in flames in east metro A school bus was consumed by flames Tuesday afternoon at Century Avenue and Interstate 94 in Maplewood, but reports say no one was hurt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/20/school-bus-fire?refid=0 Tue, 20 May 2014 15:46:56 -0500 Target Field transit hub opens Target Field Station will bring together bus service, the Northstar commuter rail line and Hiawatha light rail. Next month trains on the new Green Line between downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis will also stop at the station. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/17/target-field-transit-station-opens?refid=0 Sat, 17 May 2014 17:29:34 -0500 Former Northwest Airlines CEO Steve Rothmeier dies Steve Rothmeier worked to find new customers after airline deregulation in the late 1970s lifted restrictions on routes and pricing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/17/former-northwest-airlines-ceo-rothmeier-dies?refid=0 Sat, 17 May 2014 10:51:06 -0500 Bloomington teachers' contract will mean longer day and changed schedule Teachers in Bloomington have ratified a new two-year contract that includes a raise and a slightly longer work day. The deal also trims five days off next school year in exchange for extending the workday by 12 minutes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/14/bloomington-teacher-contract?refid=0 Wed, 14 May 2014 15:58:54 -0500 State rejects four-day school weeks When state education officials did not see any increase in test scores in recent years, they concluded the four-day week wasn't helping students and should be ended after another year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/12/state-rejects-fourday-school-weeks?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2014 18:45:46 -0500 Schools see free breakfast as key to better learning St. Paul schools and other districts across the state have found ways to ensure that more students eat a good breakfast -- and the results are showing up in the classroom. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/09/school-breakfast?refid=0 Sun, 11 May 2014 16:00:00 -0500 Report: Funding varies between traditional and charter schools On average, Minneapolis charter schools received $6,381 less than district schools and St. Paul charters received an average of $3,793 less. The difference comes from the varying tax levy amount that each district has in place. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/30/school-funding-varies?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:00:51 -0500 State boosts farm-to-school effort with $250K The money will help the schools add new cafeteria equipment. The program works to put more locally produced products in school kitchens. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/26/state-boosts-farmtoschool-effort-with-250k?refid=0 Sat, 26 Apr 2014 11:28:24 -0500 Lawmakers, schools aim to help English-language learners A bill moving through the Legislature is part of an effort to lift English language learner students' academic performance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/23/english-language-learners?refid=0 Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:07:51 -0500 Winter's over: It's Severe Weather Awareness Week State law requires schools to hold one severe weather drill each year. And Sarah Stalker, a meteorologist with Hennepin County Emergency Management, says school officials need to designate safe spots in buildings away from windows and wide open hallways. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/21/winters-over-its-severe-weather-awareness-week?refid=0 Mon, 21 Apr 2014 06:40:15 -0500 Anoka-Hennepin teachers accept new contract Eighty-five percent of the teachers who voted agreed to the deal, which was worked out earlier this month with the district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/17/anoka-hennepin-teachers-contract?refid=0 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:13:10 -0500 Eyeing racial disparities, schools trying to cut down on suspensions According the Minnesota Department of Education, nearly 60 percent of suspensions and expulsions last year were of black, Latino, Asian, Native American and other students of color, even though they're only a quarter of the student population. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/15/school-suspensions?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:15:08 -0500 Dayton signs tougher anti-bullying bill into law A new Minnesota law will require districts to spell out how exactly they'll protect students from intimidating, threatening, abusive or harmful behavior, and how they'll track and respond to cases of bullying. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/09/dayton-signs-bullying-bill-into-law?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:40:56 -0500 Minnesota anti-bullying bill moves to House The bill, which would require schools to train teachers on how to spot and prevent bullying, and mandate districts track and investigate cases of bullying, was passed by the state Senate last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/07/minnesota-antibullying-bill-moves-to-house?refid=0 Mon, 07 Apr 2014 06:18:02 -0500 Three shot, wounded overnight in south Minneapolis A suspect approached the vehicle in south Minneapolis early Friday morning and shot its three occupants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/04/minneapolis-shooting?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:36:46 -0500 Minn. Senate passes anti-bullying bill The bill sponsored by state Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, would require school districts to track and investigate cases of bullying and require schools to better train staff and teachers on how to prevent it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/03/minn-senate-passes-anti-bullying-bill?refid=0 Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:10:02 -0500 Anoka-Hennepin teacher negotiations drag on The latest round of talks between teachers and the Anoka-Hennepin school district ended without a contract agreement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/28/education/anoka-hennepin-teacher-negotiations?refid=0 Fri, 28 Mar 2014 14:18:35 -0500 ACLU, student and school district settle lawsuit over Facebook incident In 2012, Stratton posted on Facebook that she hated a hall monitor. She faced an in-school suspension and was asked to hand over her password so school and law enforcement officials could investigate another online conversation she had with a student. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/25/facebook-district-student-aclu-settlement?refid=0 Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:43:46 -0500 STEP-UP helps students prep for job interviews STEP-UP was created in 2004 and partners with local businesses to provide work experience to city students between the ages of 14 and 21. Program staff member Amy Shapiro says the exercise is designed to give young people a sense of what they'll need for future job interviews. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/24/stepup-helps-students-prep-for-job-interviews?refid=0 Mon, 24 Mar 2014 07:17:12 -0500 Deadline Friday for Mpls. teachers' contract vote Negotiators for the district and the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers struck a deal earlier this month, setting the stage for the vote. If the contract is ratified by teachers, the school board will vote on the agreement April 8. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/24/deadline-friday-for-mpls-teachers-contract-vote?refid=0 Mon, 24 Mar 2014 07:12:39 -0500 Study: Higher literacy rates found in kids tutored by AmeriCorps A study from the Corporation for National and Community Service shows kindergarten through 3rd grade students tutored by Minnesota Reading Corps tutors did twice as well on literacy tests than students without a tutor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/22/study-higher-literacy-rates-found-in-kids-tutored-by-americorp?refid=0 Sat, 22 Mar 2014 13:48:00 -0500 Vexed by winter school cancellations, districts eye spring break Minneapolis expects 2,800 students from kindergarten to eighth-grade to attend Spring Break Academy and some Stillwater school leaders are asking kids to take a practice version of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment tests online. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/20/education/spring-break-study?refid=0 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 06:32:31 -0500 Anti-bullying law heading for state Senate vote The bill's author, state Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, said it would require districts to better train staff on how spot and prevent bullying. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/19/politics/anti-bullying-senate-vote?refid=0 Wed, 19 Mar 2014 13:51:47 -0500 Anoka-Hennepin teachers schedule April strike vote Union leaders voted to put the decision to teachers in the state's largest district during a meeting Monday. The union and district have met at the bargaining table 16 times since May, but have failed to reach an agreement over pay and benefits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/17/anoka-hennepin-teachers-strike-vote?refid=0 Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:39:03 -0500 Anoka-Hennepin teachers closer to strike vote Union leaders will meet Monday to schedule a strike authorization vote by the 2,800-member Anoka Hennepin Education Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/13/education/anoka-hennepin-strike-vote?refid=0 Thu, 13 Mar 2014 15:17:21 -0500 Anti-bullying measure wins state Senate panel's approval The bill aims to replace Minnesota's current anti-bullying law, which at 37 words is considered one of the weakest in the nation. The new measure would require school districts to train staff on how to spot and prevent bullying. And it would mandate better reporting and follow up of bullying incidents http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/12/politics/anti-bullying-law?refid=0 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 07:07:50 -0500 Lawmakers consider scrapping teacher licensure test State data from 2013 shows 20 percent of teacher candidates failed the reading, writing and math test currently in place. Among minority teacher candidates, failure rates were significantly higher. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/11/lawmakers-consider-scrapping-teacher-licensure-test?refid=0 Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:45:57 -0500 St. Paul school year extended to June 9 Districts around the state have taken different approaches to making up school days lost because of weather cancellations. Some added class time on days set aside for teacher development. Several districts were open on Presidents Day, a traditional day off for students. Rural districts with four-day weeks have added the occasional fifth day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/10/st-paul-school-year-extended-to-june-9?refid=0 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:30:05 -0500 School bus driver rescues children after bus fire The students, two of whom were in wheelchairs, spent about 20 minutes outside while firefighters battled the fire, according to the Osseo school district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/06/school-bus-driver-rescues-children-after-bus-fire?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:52:09 -0600 Bill to provide more free school lunches advances About 60,000 students qualify for lunches at a reduced price of 40 cents apiece. The bill sponsored by state Rep. Yvonne Selcer, DFL-Minnetonka, would cover that cost for families. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/06/free-school-lunches?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:03:13 -0600 St. Paul teachers vote to adopt new contract Union officials say 95 percent of teachers voted in favor of the deal. The St. Paul school board will vote on the contract March 18. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/04/st-paul-teacher-contract?refid=0 Tue, 04 Mar 2014 20:33:12 -0600 Progress made in Anoka-Hennepin teacher contract negotiations The union has postponed a strike authorization vote and suspended its "work to rule" action after today's talks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/27/anoka-hennepin-contract-negotiations?refid=0 Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:52:38 -0600 Strike vote threat looms as Anoka-Hennepin teachers, administrators talk today Union and district officials have met 14 times since May without reaching agreement on a pay and benefits package for teachers. The sides are meeting today for their third session with a state mediator. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/27/education/anoka-hennepin-strike-threat?refid=0 Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:06:07 -0600 Pay raise, smaller class sizes included in St. Paul teachers contract agreement Superintendent Valeria Silva says the district is moving funds around to pay for many of the proposals teachers and the district wanted. But she admits not all of the issues that were on the negotiating table are in the agreement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/24/st-paul-teachers-union-district-agreement?refid=0 Mon, 24 Feb 2014 18:50:24 -0600 St. Paul teachers union, school district avert strike St. Paul teachers had threatened to strike over class sizes, testing and support staff levels. During the nine-month talks, district officials said they agreed with those issues, but that implementing all would be too expensive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/21/education/st-paul-teachers-union?refid=0 Fri, 21 Feb 2014 09:47:50 -0600 St. Paul teachers union, district begin contract talks The two sides will meet in a 12-hour negotiation session ahead of a planned strike vote on Monday. Both sides say they hope to work out an agreement and avert a strike. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/19/st-paul-teachers-district-contract-talks?refid=0 Thu, 20 Feb 2014 04:00:00 -0600 Minn. sees gains in high school graduation rates The graduation rate for all Minnesota students in 2013 was 79.5 percent, up nearly two percentage points over the year before. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/19/education/graduation-rates?refid=0 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 15:27:33 -0600 St. Paul teachers, school board hopeful ahead of talks Union officials said a move by the school board Tuesday night left them hopeful that teachers and the district could make progress during Thursday's talks and possibly avert a strike. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/18/st-paul-schools-school-board-contract-negotiations?refid=0 Tue, 18 Feb 2014 21:04:02 -0600 More Minn. students signing up, succeeding in AP classes State education officials say more Minnesota high school students are taking Advanced Placement courses - and qualifying for college credit -- than ever before. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/13/education/ap-courses?refid=0 Thu, 13 Feb 2014 16:20:12 -0600 St. Paul mayor says teacher strike could cripple student progress Chris Coleman told lawmakers a strike would keep students out of class after already missing five days of school in January because of cold weather. "To lose a couple months, it would just set us back so much so far." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/12/education/saint-paul-teachers-strike-coleman?refid=0 Wed, 12 Feb 2014 15:06:48 -0600 Minnesota's education achievement gap may be closing, new data suggest The numbers come after Minnesota's educators have tried to improve test scores among African American, Latino, Asian and Native American students, with mixed results. Now, three quarters of Minnesota school districts are meeting, or are just a few points shy of meeting, the goals the state has set. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/12/minnesotas-education-achievement-gap-may-be-closing-new-data-suggest-?refid=0 Wed, 12 Feb 2014 07:44:22 -0600 Meeting could avert St. Paul teachers strike vote The union and district are working with a state mediator and have been in negotiations since May. Sticking points include teacher pay, caps on class sizes, and staffing levels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/11/meeting-st-paul-teachers-strike-vote?refid=0 Tue, 11 Feb 2014 12:43:35 -0600 St. Paul teachers union sets strike vote date The St. Paul Federation of Teachers has been in contract negotiations with district officials since May. Both sides say they've made progress, but sticking points include teacher compensation, class sizes and the amount of standardized testing done in the district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/10/st-paul-teachers-union-strike-vote?refid=0 Mon, 10 Feb 2014 19:37:02 -0600 Bill targets underperforming Minn. charter schools Critics of underperforming charter schools say state law isn't tough enough. They're pushing a measure that would flag poor performing charters for closure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/09/proposed-bill-would-subject-charter-schools-to-more-scrutiny?refid=0 Mon, 10 Feb 2014 10:30:00 -0600 Education summit on achievement gap exposes divide Minnesota has one of the biggest achievement gaps in the country on metrics such as test scores and graduation rates. Some high profile education reform groups have laid some of the blame for the gap on bad teachers, causing tension with teachers unions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/06/michelle-rhee-education-summit?refid=0 Thu, 06 Feb 2014 17:56:45 -0600 Minnesota Chamber of Commerce hosting education reform summit The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce is holding summit in St. Paul Thursday aimed at bringing education reform advocates together with legislators and business leaders to discuss approaches to fix the state's achievement gap between white students and students of color. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/03/minnesota-chamber-of-commerce-hosting-education-reform-summnit?refid=0 Mon, 03 Feb 2014 13:14:06 -0600 St. Paul teachers rally for new union contract Union officials say they're rallying at several schools to raise support for provisions they want to see in their next two-year contract. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/30/news/saint-paul-teachers-rally?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jan 2014 08:42:54 -0600 Three Iron Range school districts want to share resources without merging The Virginia, Mountain Iron-Buhl, and Eveleth-Gilbert districts want to build and share a new school for grades 7 to 12. The three districts would keep their own school boards and their own sports teams http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/28/iron-range-school-district-building?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:04:00 -0600 After string of canceled school days, parents search for child care, entertainment for kids For working parents finding childcare during these cancellations can be a challenge -- and parents with flexible schedules are running out of ways to keep their kids from going stir-crazy during these long winter days at home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/27/canceled-school-cabin-fever-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:40:00 -0600 State wants rural schools to go back to five-day weeks, despite savings School district officials say a four-day schedule works well for students and their communities. But Minnesota Department of Education officials would like to see the shortened weeks go the way of the one-room schoolhouse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/24/four-day-school-weeks-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:53:41 -0600 When temps plummet, how do school districts decide when to close? How district officials make the often-difficult decision depends on a number of factors. Sometimes it has to do with diesel. At other times it's about gloves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/23/education/school-closures?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:12:00 -0600 Survey: Fewer young Minnesotans smoking, drinking The survey found that alcohol consumption, marijuana use and smoking was down among ninth graders. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/21/minnesota-student-survey?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jan 2014 18:43:03 -0600 Minneapolis focuses on 13 struggling middle and elementary schools Educators are customizing core instruction based on student needs and sending more math and literacy specialists to the schools to work with students in small groups. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/20/education/minneapolis-focuses-on-13-struggling-middle-and-elementary-schools?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jan 2014 09:22:51 -0600 U of M boosts efforts to keep poor students in school The University of Minnesota will offer low-income students financial literacy classes, peer tutoring and other aid to help them stay in school. http://blogs.mprnews.org/oncampus/2014/01/u-of-m-boosts-efforts-to-keep-poor-students-in-school/?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:21:38 -0600 St. Paul charter school's teachers join union Teachers at the Twin Cities German Immersion School in St. Paul have voted to join the statewide teachers union Education Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/15/education/charter-school-teachers-union?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jan 2014 10:44:33 -0600 Bill would strengthen state's anti-bullying law The bill would replace the state's current anti-bullying law - just 37 words long - which requires school districts have a bullying policy in place, but doesn't offer guidance on what it should entail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/11/bill-would-strengthen-states-antibullying-law?refid=0 Sun, 12 Jan 2014 15:00:00 -0600 Parents scramble to make child care plans as Dayton closes schools on Monday State officials say they understand an unexpected day off can be tough, especially for single parents or those who can't take time off. They say that's why they made the decision now, to give parents time to get things sorted out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/03/parents-schools-makes-plans-for-school-closure?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jan 2014 18:10:01 -0600 New, tougher test looming, Mpls. GED hopefuls rushed to take old exam City adult education officials say they gave 8,600 GED tests in 2013, more than twice the number handed out in a typical year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/03/education/minneapolis-ged-test?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jan 2014 13:03:46 -0600 North Branch schools ponder ditching shorter school weeks North Branch adopted a four-day week in 2009 as a way to save money on energy, transportation, and substitute teacher costs. Superintendent Deb Henton is recommending the district use the funds to return to a five-day week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/01/north-branch-thinks-about-ditching-4-day-school-weeks?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jan 2014 15:29:52 -0600 New evaluations put Minnesota teachers to the test Teachers' overall evaluations will be judged on student performance, information from surveys given to their students, and classroom observations by evaluators. Each district will choose how to best measure student performance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/23/education/schools-test-new-teacher-evaluations?refid=0 Mon, 23 Dec 2013 21:00:00 -0600 U of M students draft ban on 'gay conversion therapy' Two University of Minnesota students have drafted legislation to ban "gay conversion therapy" for minors in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/15/news/gay-conversion-therapy-ban?refid=0 Sun, 15 Dec 2013 11:40:39 -0600 After Connecticut school shooting, Minnesota districts boost security A year after a gunman killed 20 students and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, some Minnesota schools have added new alarms, classroom door locks and security cameras. And some have considered hiring new police officers and security guards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/12/after-connecticut-school-shooting-minnesota-districts-boost-security?refid=0 Thu, 12 Dec 2013 19:23:47 -0600 Video: How to select the perfect Christmas tree Selecting the right tree for the Christmas holiday takes dressing properly for the winter elements, having the right tool for the job and knowing what type of tree is the best fit for each home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/12/news/how-to-buy-a-christmas-tree-video?refid=0 Thu, 12 Dec 2013 10:41:03 -0600 More Minnesota youngsters ready for kindergarten Nearly 73 percent of Minnesota children were prepared to start kindergarten in the fall of 2012, or about 13 percent more than in 2010, according to a new report from the Minnesota Department of Education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/11/education/kindergarten-readiness?refid=0 Wed, 11 Dec 2013 18:26:53 -0600 Anti-bullying advocates kick off push for new legislation The rallies, sponsored by gay and lesbian advocacy group OutFront Minnesota and the state's teachers union Education Minnesota, will focus on raising support for a new bill that would require schools to track cases of bullying and train staff on how to prevent bullying. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/09/education/anti-bullying-advocates-to-rally-in-st-paul-duluth?refid=0 Mon, 09 Dec 2013 06:49:02 -0600 Study: Exhausted teens benefit from later morning school starts New research from the University of Minnesota shows that when teenagers start school later in the morning, they're tardy less often, are absent fewer days, and their grades improve. But districts considering a later start time often face push back from parents who schedule their lives around their students' school routine. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/06/education/study-teens-latte-morning-school-starts?refid=0 Fri, 06 Dec 2013 04:00:00 -0600 State funds more Centers of Excellence for schools State education officials say that system is helping struggling schools make progress. So now they're adding three more centers in Marshall, Fergus Falls and Mountain Iron. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/02/education/state-funds-more-centers-of-excellence-schools?refid=0 Mon, 02 Dec 2013 06:35:16 -0600 St. Paul YWCA offers tutoring, incentives for 2013 GED completion Upcoming changes to the GED's reading, writing, science, social studies and math tests have many people rushing to finish the high school diploma equivalent before the tests get more difficult in 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/29/st-paul-ywca-offers-tutoring-incentives-for-2013-ged-completion?refid=0 Fri, 29 Nov 2013 10:53:34 -0600 New affordable housing in north Minneapolis The City of Minneapolis is providing the land for the project and nearly $5 million in funding. The Basilica of St. Mary has pledged $1 million dollars to help build the apartment complex. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/25/news/new-affordable-housing-in-north-minneapolis?refid=0 Mon, 25 Nov 2013 06:33:02 -0600 Man dies in St. Paul house fire One man is dead after an early morning house fire in St. Paul. Eight family members who were alerted by smoke detectors escaped the fire without injury. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/24/man-dies-in-st-paul-house-fire?refid=0 Sun, 24 Nov 2013 10:06:57 -0600 New state funding could push teacher raises A nearly $500 million increase in state education funding approved by lawmakers this spring seems to be clearing the way for teacher pay raises, at least in some parts of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/22/education/state-funding-teacher-raises?refid=0 Fri, 22 Nov 2013 04:00:00 -0600 New approach to special ed worries some St. Paul teachers The St. Paul school district has changed its special education program in a big way, moving hundreds of students from separate special education to general education classrooms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/08/education/special-ed-mainstreaming?refid=0 Fri, 08 Nov 2013 17:31:14 -0600 Most school levies win voter support across Minnesota More than 20 percent of Minnesota's 333 school districts had property tax levy requests on Tuesday's ballot -- a typical number for an off-year election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/05/education/minn-schools-ask-voters-for-new-funding?refid=0 Wed, 06 Nov 2013 06:30:21 -0600 One in five school districts asking voters for money Tuesday The districts are asking for more local taxpayer support even after they received a nearly half a billion dollar boost in funding from the legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/02/education/about-one-in-four-of-minn-school-districts-asking-voters-for-money-tuesday?refid=0 Sun, 03 Nov 2013 21:00:00 -0600 Minn. in market for new student testing company The search comes amid frustration over technical glitches that affected tests taken by thousands of students last spring. Education department officials have documented problems they've had with the company, ranging from issue with test questions and scoring to inability to meet deadlines. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/31/education/minnesota-in-market-for-new-testing-company?refid=0 Thu, 31 Oct 2013 16:04:35 -0500 Tougher GED prompts testing rush The GED diploma has helped high school dropouts for decades get into college or find a job. Earning that diploma, though, is about to get a lot harder. Starting Jan. 1, new exams will feature fewer multiple choice questions, more essays and tougher math problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/30/tougher-ged-prompts-testing-rush?refid=0 Wed, 30 Oct 2013 18:00:00 -0500 Appeals court hears challenge to Anoka-Hennepin levy mailing The Minnesota Court of Appeals hears oral arguments Friday over a recent levy campaign in the Anoka-Hennepin school district. The Minnesota Voters Alliance claims the district used taxpayer dollars for political purposes when it sent out mailers ahead of a 2011 levy vote. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/25/education/appeals-court-hears-challenge-to-anokahennepin-levy-mailing?refid=0 Fri, 25 Oct 2013 07:34:29 -0500 State takes hands-off approach to test cheating When it comes to uncovering cheating by students or teachers on statewide assessment tests, Minnesota takes a less rigorous approach than most other states, relying on school districts to police themselves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/23/education/state-test-cheating?refid=0 Thu, 24 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Report: In racially diverse suburbs, charter schools getting whiter The report says that since 2008 there's been a 40 percent increase in charters that serve mostly white students in first and second ring suburbs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/12/education/report-in-raciallydiverse-suburbs-charter-schools-getting-whiter?refid=0 Sun, 13 Oct 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis schools launch new diversity policy The new policy calls for recruiting and hiring a more diverse staff. It also proposes training teachers on how to better serve a racially diverse student body. And it seeks to better involve parents and the community in finding alternatives to policies may have hurt students of color. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/09/minneapolis-schools-diversity-policy?refid=0 Wed, 09 Oct 2013 17:13:46 -0500 27 struggling schools see improvement under state's new rating system Supporters credit the Multiple Measurement Ratings system, Minnesota's alternative to the federal No Child Left Behind program, for offering more help and fewer penalties to boost struggling schools. Critics worry schools are being let off the hook before real improvement is shown. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/07/minnesota-multiple-measurement-ratings?refid=0 Mon, 07 Oct 2013 17:10:10 -0500 What are Multiple Measurement Ratings? Multiple Measurement Ratings, also known as MMR, represents an alternative ranking system that state officials presented to the U.S. Department of Education when they asked to opt out of the requirements of No Child Left Behind in 2011. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/07/what-is-multiple-measurement-ranking?refid=0 Mon, 07 Oct 2013 16:28:27 -0500 After Totino-Grace fires openly gay teacher, parents differ on policy The recent firing of a longtime Totino-Grace English teacher for being in a same-sex relationship has sparked discussion in the Catholic community. There's no consistent policy for how Catholic schools and colleges treat openly gay teachers or staff who are in relationships. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/03/totino-grace-firing-sparks-discussion?refid=0 Thu, 03 Oct 2013 13:52:37 -0500 Growing enrollment poses latest challenge for Minneapolis Public Schools The Minneapolis school district is proposing changes to schools and academic programs to deal with an expected increase in enrollment, and to attract more students, in coming years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/25/growing-enrollment-poses-latest-challenge-for-minneapolis-public-schools?refid=0 Wed, 25 Sep 2013 10:47:31 -0500 St. Paul school district calls for mediator in union negotiation The St. Paul Public Schools district has walked away from contract talks with the district's teachers union and is asking a state mediator to help with negotiations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/20/education/st-paul-school-mediator-union-negotiation?refid=0 Fri, 20 Sep 2013 15:28:08 -0500 First alternative teacher prep program in the works More than two years after Minnesota lawmakers opened the door to quicker routes into the teaching profession, the first alternative licensure program is now being developed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/18/education/alt-teacher-prep-program?refid=0 Wed, 18 Sep 2013 17:55:54 -0500 St. Paul teachers turn down Q Comp Union leaders say they fear the Q Comp program, which uses state and local money to fund teacher training and merit pay, could disappear someday, leaving the district with a gap in funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/17/qcomp-stpaul?refid=0 Tue, 17 Sep 2013 17:59:39 -0500 How Totino-Grace discovered, then fired gay veteran teacher It's the second high profile departure from Totino-Grace High School in recent months. The school's president resigned this summer after announcing he was in a same-sex relationship. Such incidents are happening across the country as church doctrine collides with changing views on marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/12/education/how-totinograce-discovered-then-fired-gay-veteran-teacher?refid=0 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 08:07:48 -0500 Study: Strong basic math skills key to later learning A new study from the University of Minnesota finds students who struggle to understand basic number concepts in early grades continue to make uncommon mistakes in math later on. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/08/education/study-basic-math?refid=0 Sun, 08 Sep 2013 17:23:52 -0500 Parents hope school district learns from heat cancellations Students in about two dozen Minneapolis schools without air conditioning stayed home today after the district cancelled classes due to the stifling heat and humidity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/29/parents-react-heat-class-cancellations?refid=0 Thu, 29 Aug 2013 16:46:02 -0500 Minnesota reading test scores drop; harder tests and standards cited Minnesota education officials are sounding a loud note of caution over how to interpret the statewide student assessment test scores they're releasing Tuesday. The data appear to show a big decline in reading scores over last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/27/education/mca-reading-score-decline?refid=0 Tue, 27 Aug 2013 07:00:00 -0500 Latest state MCA test scores due Tuesday Results of the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment tests, or MCAs, are one measure of how well students, as well as their schools and teachers, are performing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/26/education/latest-state-mca-test-scores-due-tuesday?refid=0 Mon, 26 Aug 2013 08:45:21 -0500 Mpls. using bus for mobile school enrollments The Minneapolis school district is reaching out to families who have yet to enroll their children in school. For the first time the district is using a bus outfitted to perform mobile enrollments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/24/education/bus-for-mobile-enrollment-in-minneapolis?refid=0 Sat, 24 Aug 2013 13:22:45 -0500 MCA test scores valid despite computer server crash The crash came during Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment testing in April and required hundreds, if not thousands, of students to retake their tests. State education officials worried that could lower scores overall, making them invalid. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/22/education/mca-test-scores?refid=0 Thu, 22 Aug 2013 12:58:21 -0500 Minn. students tops in ACT scores, but gaps remain Minnesota students are again tops in the country on ACT scores. But gaps in college readiness among students of color persist. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/21/mn-act-scores?refid=0 Wed, 21 Aug 2013 14:48:12 -0500 Dismissed Washburn principal denies tampering with tests Recently dismissed Minneapolis high school principal Patrick Exner denies allegations that he tampered with test results in a previous job. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/16/education/exner-denies-allegations?refid=0 Fri, 16 Aug 2013 12:34:03 -0500 Charter school at Fort Snelling opening interim site A charter school planned for a historic site near Fort Snelling State Park will open in a interim location next month. The Upper Mississippi Academy will teach 275 sixth- and ninth-graders in temporary classrooms near the site. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/11/education/interim-location-for-charter-school?refid=0 Sun, 11 Aug 2013 10:17:45 -0500 Mpls. schools removes Washburn's new principal The Minneapolis school district has removed a newly hired principal over accusations that he tampered with student test scores in a previous job. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/09/education/washburn-principal-removed?refid=0 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 09:50:26 -0500 St. Paul teachers union wants district to drop mandated tests When the St. Paul teachers union continues contract talks later this month, the usual items are expected to be on the negotiating table: salary, benefits and class sizes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/09/education/teachers-union-mandated-tests?refid=0 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 04:00:00 -0500 New Washburn principal on leave after cheating allegations A newly hired principal at Minneapolis' Washburn High School is on leave after allegations he changed students' answers on state assessment tests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/07/education/washburn-high-school-new-principal?refid=0 Wed, 07 Aug 2013 14:29:30 -0500 Minn. teachers union plans forums on future of workforce The head of the state teachers union said Minnesota needs to talk about the future of the teaching workforce. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/04/education/teachers-union-workforce-conversations?refid=0 Sun, 04 Aug 2013 09:28:28 -0500 Minn. approves 15 Teach for America waivers The Minnesota Board of Teaching on Friday approved 15 license waivers for Teach for America members. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/03/education/teach-for-america-waivers?refid=0 Fri, 02 Aug 2013 15:00:00 -0500 Teach for America struggling for support in Minn. Dozens of Teach for America members wrapped up their summer training program this week in the Twin Cities and Friday many will find out if they will be given a classroom to lead in the fall. The Minnesota Board of Teaching must decide to allow the trainees to teach without a license, letting them earn full certification while on the job. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/02/education/teach-for-america-license?refid=0 Fri, 02 Aug 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Mpls. charter school could close after eviction order A Minneapolis charter school will be evicted from its building under a district court ruling released Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/01/mpls-charter-school-eviction?refid=0 Thu, 01 Aug 2013 05:42:14 -0500 Retired jet to serve as St. Paul classroom A retired cargo jet scheduled to land at St. Paul's Holman field Tuesday morning has a future as a classroom. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/30/education/retired-jet-classroom?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jul 2013 06:35:31 -0500 DNR cuts wolf quota by nearly half The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will reduce the number of wolves that can be killed in this fall's wolf hunt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/29/environment/wolf-hunt-quota?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jul 2013 13:07:53 -0500 Mpls. charter school presses case against eviction A north Minneapolis charter school being evicted from its building is hoping for a last-minute reprieve at a court appearance on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/28/education/charter-school-hopes-for-reprieve?refid=0 Sun, 28 Jul 2013 10:26:39 -0500 Somali residents ask state for more collaborative health care "We are being forced to use these programs. We weren't even here when these programs were designed," said Fartun Weli, who runs a health organization for women in south Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/26/somali-residents-ask-state-for-more-collaborative-health-care?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jul 2013 20:31:01 -0500 Teachers say digital technology helps and hurts student writing The Pew Center's Internet and American Life Project recently surveyed nearly 2,500 middle and high school teachers across the country about the writing habits of students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/23/life/students-and-digital-writing?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jul 2013 04:00:00 -0500 DNR's revocation of bear researcher's permit stands A Department of Natural Resources decision to revoke researcher Lynn Rogers' license to put radio collars on bears and put cameras in their dens will stand -- even after Rogers met personally today with Gov. Mark Dayton to appeal the decision. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/22/environment/mark-dayton-lynn-rogers-appeal?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 16:03:09 -0500 State calls for investigation of Community School of Excellence The Minnesota Department of Education is calling for an investigation into Community School of Excellence, a St. Paul charter school, over financial and employment concerns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/19/education/investigation-community-school-of-excellence-?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jul 2013 16:30:06 -0500 Perpich Center to take over Crosswinds School An east metro public school that faced closure will stay open for at least one more year. The Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley has agreed to take over operation of Crosswinds School in Woodbury. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/17/education/perpich-center-crosswinds-school?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jul 2013 16:16:11 -0500 Arne Duncan: Early childhood education worth the investment The Obama administration wants to spend $75 billion on early childhood education over the next 10 years, an investment U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said would pay off several-fold in the future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/16/education/education-secretary-duncan-visits-twin-cities?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jul 2013 07:28:04 -0500 More mergers as school districts face tight budgets, fewer students People rarely want to see their neighborhood school close or see their children bused to the next town, even if it makes financial sense. But this spring and summer, eight districts are combining into four new districts, the largest number of consolidations in 16 years, the Minnesota Department of Education says. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/13/education/more-school-district-mergers?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jul 2013 04:00:00 -0500 New teachers union president Denise Specht wants fewer assessment tests, more classroom support Denise Specht took over as leader of Education Minnesota on July 1, replacing Tom Dooher. She's is asking state officials, school districts and teachers to find an alternative to high stakes testing as a way to measure student progress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/10/education/new-teachers-union-president-denise-specht-wants-fewer-assessment-tests-more-cl?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 10:27:11 -0500 State pumps money into early education to close achievement gap State lawmakers this spring approved $40 million in funding for all-day kindergarten and more money for pre-kindergarten scholarships for children from low-income families aiming to close the gap in standardized test scores between white students and students of color. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/25/education/state-money-for-early-ed?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jun 2013 17:04:21 -0500 Report: Charter schools show performance gain in some areas, but still lag behind traditional public schools A new national study of charter schools finds some improvement in school performance, but shows students at charters still aren't doing as well as students in traditional public schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/25/education/report-charter-schools?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jun 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Supporters struggle to keep Crosswinds school open Supporters of an east metro school that appears likely to close are hoping to get a last-minute reprieve. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/23/education/emid-school-faces-closing?refid=0 Sun, 23 Jun 2013 09:45:57 -0500 School of Science supporters protest district decision to end lease Parents, students and staff protested outside the Minnesota School of Science in north Minneapolis charter school over a district decision that could close the school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/17/education/school-science-supporters-protest-district-lease?refid=0 Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:17:53 -0500 Teach for America denied group teaching licenses The national non-profit group that places recent college graduates without teaching licenses in schools temporarily now needs to apply for individual temporary licenses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/14/education/teach-for-america?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jun 2013 12:53:28 -0500 Robbinsdale school employee charges with sexually assaulting student A 41-year-old man faces 3rd-degree sexual assault charges after he allegedly had sex with a high school student while working for the Robbinsdale school district. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/12/education/robbinsdale-employee-sexual-assault?refid=0 Wed, 12 Jun 2013 11:42:27 -0500 North Minneapolis charter school to lose building lease Minneapolis Public Schools is ending the building lease for one of its partner charter schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/07/education/charter-school-of-science?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jun 2013 17:24:49 -0500 Minn. moves ahead with some Common Core education standards Minnesota's latest move to improve teaching methods, implement tougher standards and ways to measure student performance mirrors a national trend that began with the Bush administration's No Child Left Behind policy that mandated increased reliance on standardized tests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/07/education/common-core-standards?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jun 2013 04:00:00 -0500 All-day kindergarten a cost saver for Minn. parents New funding will allow Minnesota school districts to offer free all day kindergarten Minnesota starting in 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/27/education/all-day-kindergarten?refid=0 Mon, 27 May 2013 16:48:19 -0500 Dayton offers condolences to classmates of landslide victims Gov. Mark Dayton offered condolences to the staff and students of Peter Hobart Elementary in St. Louis Park on Friday morning during a memorial held for two students who died this week in a landslide. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/24/news/dayton-landslide-memorial?refid=0 Fri, 24 May 2013 14:08:39 -0500 School, students cope with tragic loss It was a tough Thursday for students and teachers at Peter Hobart Elementary as they dealt with the loss of two students who died in a landslide during a field trip the previous day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/23/news/peter-hobart-elementary-copes?refid=0 Thu, 23 May 2013 18:05:12 -0500 Tornado plans required for Minnesota schools In Minnesota, schools are required to have plans in place in case a tornado strikes. One Minnesota school destroyed by a tornado three years ago was rebuilt with twisters in mind. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/21/education/schools-tornado-plan?refid=0 Tue, 21 May 2013 18:03:20 -0500 Anti-bullying bill will return next year, supporters say Supporters of a move to strengthen Minnesota's anti-bullying law say they will push the issue again next session. A bill that would have required schools to track cases of bullying and better train staff to deal with bullying was pulled from consideration early Monday morning, as it faced a filibuster from Republicans who had concerns over the cost of the measure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/21/politics/anti-bullying-bill-legislature?refid=0 Tue, 21 May 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Mpls. schools to revive autonomy plan amid mixed results in US In the latest effort to boost student performance, the Minneapolis school district wants to give more autonomy to individual schools. Under the effort schools would have discretion over budgeting, hiring, scheduling and curriculum. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/19/education/minneapolis-giving-autonomy-to-schools?refid=0 Mon, 20 May 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Parents, staff to speak out for reassigned Washburn High principal A half-dozen parents, and current and former staff of Washburn High School plan to speak out Tuesday night at a Minneapolis school board meeting about the recent reassignment of principal Carol Markham-Cousins. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/14/education/washburn-high-school-principal-support?refid=0 Tue, 14 May 2013 15:12:43 -0500 Minneapolis schools propose reforms to boost student achievement Minneapolis Public Schools officials want to give schools more autonomy on budgets, hiring and schedules. The effort is aimed at improving the performance of Minneapolis students and closing the achievement gap between white students and students of color. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/13/education/minneapolis-schools-improvement-proposal?refid=0 Mon, 13 May 2013 14:23:47 -0500 Anti-bullying bill passes House, moves to Senate The Minnesota House has passed a bill requiring all public school districts to create policies aimed at reducing bullying. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/06/education/minn-house-cracks-down-on-school-bullying?refid=0 Tue, 07 May 2013 07:10:19 -0500 Anti-bullying bill up for House debate The bill revamps Minnesota's anti-bullying law, which at 37 words is considered one of the weakest in the nation. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/06/education/minn-house-cracks-down-on-school-bullying?refid=0 Mon, 06 May 2013 06:26:42 -0500 Enrollment up at embattled BlueSky charter school An online charter school that faced closure just last year is now seeing an increase in enrollment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/04/education/bluesky-charter-school?refid=0 Sat, 04 May 2013 14:41:57 -0500 State gives schools more time for MCAs The Minnesota Department of Education will give schools more time to complete spring testing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/01/education/mca-deadline-extended?refid=0 Wed, 01 May 2013 12:07:09 -0500 3rd party to investigate racial incident at Hopkins school The Hopkins School District has asked an outside party to investigate a racially charged incident in February. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/26/education/hopkins-school-racial-incident-investigation?refid=0 Fri, 26 Apr 2013 13:05:56 -0500 Latest online test problems investigated We're in the middle of assessment testing season for schools in Minnesota. And if that doesn't make students and teachers nervous enough, glitches over the past couple of weeks have caused problems with some online testing. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio's education reporter Tim Post, who reported yesterday that a number of school districts have had problems with online assessment tests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/26/postdebrief?refid=0 Fri, 26 Apr 2013 09:51:30 -0500 Officials tackle school testing problems The Minnesota Department of Education is working to clear up a number of problems with online assessment testing after dozens of Minnesota school districts have encountered glitches when trying to administer the tests online in recent weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/26/education/minn-officials-work-through-school-testing-problems?refid=0 Fri, 26 Apr 2013 08:53:19 -0500 Online testing problems worry state education officials Troubles with administering the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment tests in schools have been going on for a week. Some state education officials some fear the testing delays might hurt student test scores. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/25/education/online-testing-problems?refid=0 Thu, 25 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 State considers new ways of testing students For students and teachers in Minnesota, this time of year is all about testing. The reading, writing, math and science tests tell state and federal officials how students and schools are performing. Some educators are saying it's time to reevaluate the tests Minnesota students undergo. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/18/education/state-standardized-testing?refid=0 Thu, 18 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Two Hopkins High School students charged after protest over alleged 'ghetto spirit day' Two Hopkins high school students face misdemeanor charges stemming from a confrontation with school administrators that police say turned physical, after the students, who are African-American, were protesting the school's handling of an incident where they say several white students mocked African American culture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/17/education/hopkins-students-protest-ghetto-day?refid=0 Wed, 17 Apr 2013 07:20:00 -0500 Number of snow days worries rural school districts over testing It was a tough winter across the state and for many rural Minnesota school districts that has resulted in numerous weather cancellations. While "snow day" may be one of the sweetest phrases any student can hear, they are a major headache for school administrators. Some school officials are worried that this winter's closures could end up hurting student scores on standardized testing this spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/09/education/snow-days-rural-school-testing?refid=0 Tue, 09 Apr 2013 10:00:00 -0500 Bill would fund Minn. teacher evaulations Minnesota lawmakers will consider a measure next week to fund the state's teacher evaluation system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/06/politics/lawmakers-consider-funding-for-teacher-evaluations?refid=0 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 10:22:06 -0500 Minneapolis graduation rate up, but still too low Minneapolis school district officials say they're pleased with an increase in the district's four-year graduation rate, but that overall rates are still too low. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/05/education/minneapolis-graduation-rate?refid=0 Fri, 05 Apr 2013 13:00:00 -0500 State still waiting for teacher candidates two years into alternative system More than two years after Minnesota lawmakers created easier ways for people to get into the teaching profession, the state is still waiting to license a single teacher under the effort. The problem: no organizations have applied for approval to start training under the alternative teacher licensure effort. That frustrates some people who see the program as a path into the classroom for teachers who are licensed in other states or professionals who want to switch careers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/05/education/waiting-for-teacher-alternative-system?refid=0 Fri, 05 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Legislation would scrap graduation tests for new assessment measures Minnesota lawmakers are considering whether to drop the high-stakes GRAD tests, a series of reading, writing and math exams students must pass to receive a high school diploma. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/25/education/scrap-graduation-tests-for-new-assessment-measures?refid=0 Mon, 25 Mar 2013 15:50:14 -0500 New Prague school briefly evacuated again Students at New Prague Middle School were evacuated for about an hour Thursday morning after several staff members received a bomb threat via email. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/21/news/new-prague-brief-evacuation?refid=0 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 10:30:06 -0500 New Prague officials said they were prepared for the worst Wednesday's incident at New Prague Middle School was just a hoax, but it offers a glimpse at how Minnesota schools are prepared to react to dangerous situations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/21/education/hoax-lessons-new-prague-school?refid=0 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Minn. schools worry about costs of anti-bullying push Minnesota lawmakers are considering beefing up the state's anti-bullying law, and for the most part, school administrators applaud the effort. But as with so many pieces of legislation, there's concern over the cost. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/18/education/anti-bullying-push-costs?refid=0 Mon, 18 Mar 2013 16:36:57 -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 Report for U of M recommends administrative efficiency measures An independent report on the University of Minnesota's administrative structure finds some departments could be made more efficient by increasing the employee to supervisor ratio. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/08/education/university-of-minnesota-efficiency-report?refid=0 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 11:59:18 -0600 Report: Spend more on special ed, but curb costs A report offered to Minnesota lawmakers Wednesday suggests the state give schools more special education funding, but also take steps to curb the increasing costs of those programs. Special education is taking up more and more of school districts' budgets, at a time when federal and state funds don't fully cover what schools spend on special education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/06/education/special-ed-spending?refid=0 Wed, 06 Mar 2013 18:23:01 -0600 50 students set to spell in metro contest Fifty students in fifth through eighth grades from the Twin Cities metro area will take part in a regional spelling bee Saturday at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/02/education/twin-cities-spelling-bee?refid=0 Sat, 02 Mar 2013 09:52:40 -0600 Anti-bullying measure passes House panel A measure that would strengthen Minnesota's bullying law passed the House Education Policy committee Thursday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/01/education/anti-bullying-bill-house-panel?refid=0 Fri, 01 Mar 2013 11:29:17 -0600 Anti-bullying bill makes MN Capitol debut A bill to replace Minnesota's anti-bullying statute made its first committee appearance Thursday at the state House. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/28/education/anti-bullying-bill-introduced?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2013 13:45:07 -0600 School officials turn down lawmakers' repayment offer As lawmakers put together the next state budget, some people might find it odd that Minnesota school officials are not scrambling for the big chunk of money they're owed from the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/27/education/lawmakers-offer-shift-payback?refid=0 Wed, 27 Feb 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Rep. Kline hears concerns about school safety, funding On Thursday, Minnesota Republican Rep. John Kline will hold hearings in Washington on school security. Kline, who chairs the House Education Committee, spoke with school officials in Burnsville today to get their input on the issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/25/education/john-kline-school-safety-funding?refid=0 Mon, 25 Feb 2013 17:34:50 -0600 Panel mulls earlier school start in Minn. A bill that would allow schools to start before before Labor Day came before a Minnesota House education committee on Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/21/politics/earlier-school-start-panel-testimony?refid=0 Thu, 21 Feb 2013 15:55:53 -0600 After South High brawl, Somali students say they don't feel safe Some Somali students say not enough is being done to ease racial tension at South High School in Minneapolis, which just last week was the site of a brawl involving hundreds of students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/20/education/racial-tension-south-high-brawl?refid=0 Wed, 20 Feb 2013 07:00:00 -0600 Minneapolis South High officials look to move beyond brawl Classes were in session Friday at Minneapolis South High School, the day after a lunch room brawl involving hundreds of students. School officials say they are trying to move beyond yesterday's fight, which some students say was caused by racial tension at the school. The incident has other districts examining how they respond to problems among groups of students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/15/education/minneapolis-south-high-fight?refid=0 Fri, 15 Feb 2013 17:31:40 -0600 Dayton wants to boost funding for English language learning For 65,000 students in Minnesota, English is not their first language. The state spends $40 million annually to help those students learn English, while they also study math, reading, writing, and other subjects. Gov. Mark Dayton wants to boost funding for the state's English language learning programs by 12 percent a year, in hopes of increasing student test scores. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/15/education/dayton-english-language-learning-funding?refid=0 Fri, 15 Feb 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Mpls school district faces $25M shortfall The Minneapolis school district is facing a projected $25 million deficit in the next fiscal year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/08/education/minneapolis-school-district-faces-shortfall?refid=0 Fri, 08 Feb 2013 18:43:44 -0600 Report recommends delaying prone restraint ban A Minnesota Department of Education report, put together with help from educators, school officials and mental health experts, is recommending schools be allowed to continue the use of a controversial physical restraint, used to subdue or calm agitated students, until 2017. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/07/education/prone-restraint-delay-sought?refid=0 Thu, 07 Feb 2013 16:46:51 -0600 Behavior training keeps student in class and out of the principal's office A trip to the principal's office is something dreaded by students, and often the last resort for teachers. But Minnesota schools are looking for ways to keep students in the classroom and out of the principal's office by training teachers to better help students understand how to behave in school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/04/education/schools-student-behavior?refid=0 Mon, 04 Feb 2013 16:42:45 -0600 Charter school advocates rank Minn. No. 1 The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools puts Minnesota at No. 1 in its latest rankings of charter school laws. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/29/charter-school-advocates-rank-minnesota-no-1?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jan 2013 08:27:32 -0600 Edina will start school before Labor Day The Edina School Board has approved a plan to start school before Labor Day, despite the objections of many parents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/29/education/edina-schools?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jan 2013 08:21:58 -0600 Vote today on August start for Edina schools Minnesota is a one of a handful of states that mandates students start school after Labor Day, unless a district obtains a special waiver from the state. Efforts to change that law have failed at the legislature in recent years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/28/education/edina-schools-august-start?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jan 2013 07:42:06 -0600 Washburn High School doll hanging draws hundreds to emotional meeting On Jan. 11, four students wrapped string around the neck of a dark skinned doll and hung it in a stairwell. The students posted pictures of the doll online, provoking an outcry from parents, students and members of the community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/24/education/washburn-high-school-doll-hanging-draws-hundreds-to-emotional-meeting?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Education gets big boost in Dayton's budget proposal All levels of education, from preschool to higher ed, would receive increases in funding under Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/23/education/dayton-budget-plan-education?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Minnesota high school graduation rate nudges up According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2010, 88.2 percent of Minnesota students graduated after four years in high school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/22/education/minnesota-high-school-graduation-rate?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jan 2013 06:15:56 -0600 Meeting at Washburn after racial incident Minneapolis school district officials will hold a public meeting on Wednesday to address a racial incident at a high school in south Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/18/education/meeting-at-washburn-after-racial-incident?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jan 2013 17:28:56 -0600 Metro PFLAG event focuses on gay athletes A Twin Cities group that advocates for gay and lesbian students held its annual conference at Hamline University on Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/18/education/pflag-conference-at-hamline?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jan 2013 16:10:26 -0600 Educators challenged by social media and rumor control Rumors at school are nothing new, but social media allows rumors to spread much faster and further than before. A growing number of school officials these days are finding themselves in situations of social media management and damage control. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/17/education/school-rumors-social-media-?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jan 2013 18:08:26 -0600 Study: Open enrollment increasing racial segregation in Twin Cities schools The state's open enrollment policy is increasing racial segregation in Twin Cities-metro area school districts, says a report out Friday from the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/11/education/open-enrollment-segregation?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jan 2013 06:35:00 -0600 Franken: Student mental health key in helping school security Sen. Al Franken met with school officials Monday in Eagan to discuss school safety, three weeks after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. The conversation ranged from school security to better monitoring the mental health of students to prevent future violence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/08/education/al-franken-school-security?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jan 2013 05:07:00 -0600 Expect push for new bullying law in Minn. next session Advocates of stronger anti-bullying measures in Minnesota say they'll push again for a new bullying law during the upcoming legislative session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/24/education/new-bullying-law-minn?refid=0 Mon, 24 Dec 2012 15:25:24 -0600 School staffer on leave: Gun found in locker A staff member at a Minneapolis public school has been put on administrative leave after bringing a loaded gun to school Wednesday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/19/school-staffer-on-leave-gun-found?refid=0 Thu, 20 Dec 2012 05:55:28 -0600 Students sickened at Paynesville school Paynesville High School in central Minnesota closed early Tuesday after several students fell ill with suspected cases of carbon monoxide poisoning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/18/news/paynesville-school-students-sickened?refid=0 Tue, 18 Dec 2012 17:09:03 -0600 In Minn., new tactics to help immigrant students To boost English learners' performance, some Minnesota schools are trying new approaches designed to help them more quickly grasp the language. Among them is Kennedy Elementary in Willmar, Minn., which has a growing number of students from Somalia. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/14/teaching-minnesota-immigrant-english-learners?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2012 02:00:00 -0600 Testing phase for teacher evaluation system A new proposed teacher evaluation system is headed to a testing phase in some Minnesota schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/13/education/teacher-evaluation-system-to-be-tested-in-some-minnesota-schools?refid=0 Fri, 14 Dec 2012 08:32:38 -0600 Report: Minnesota students above average Data from the 2011 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study shows Minnesota 8th graders scored near the top in science and math. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/11/minnesota-math-science-testing?refid=0 Tue, 11 Dec 2012 07:53:32 -0600 Anoka-Hennepin School Board hears petitioners seeking ouster of anti-bullying task force member The Anoka-Hennepin School Board listened to testimony but took no action Monday evening after a group presented a petition seeking the ouster of one member of the district's anti-bullying task force. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/10/education/bullying-task-force-bryan-lindquist?refid=0 Mon, 10 Dec 2012 20:27:31 -0600 New Minn. achievement gap effort launches A new effort to narrow the achievement gap between white students and students of color is launcheding Thursday during an event at the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/29/education/achievement-gap-coordination-group?refid=0 Thu, 29 Nov 2012 16:39:09 -0600 Officials consider replacing high-stakes GRAD test Some state educators and lawmakers want to eliminate a high-stakes test from the list of requirements for a high school diploma. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/28/education/reconsider-grad-test-requirement?refid=0 Wed, 28 Nov 2012 17:26:56 -0600 Task force recommends revamping state education funding A state task force is suggesting changes to how the state pays for education as an attempt to create stable and fair funding for Minnesota schools. The effort, however, will face challenges as lawmakers wrestle with the state's budget deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/28/education/task-force-recommends-revamping-state-education-funding?refid=0 Wed, 28 Nov 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Minnesota joins project to centralize nation's digital libraries Minnesota is joining a pilot project to combine and centralize the country's digital library collections. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/26/education/digital-library-project?refid=0 Mon, 26 Nov 2012 17:00:29 -0600 SCSU students vote on homecoming In 2011 SCSU officials dropped homecoming because it was difficult to schedule a game around the celebration, and the fall games were competing for fans with other events, like the state's deer hunting opener. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/26/education/scsu-homecoming?refid=0 Mon, 26 Nov 2012 10:25:00 -0600 Conference will address mental health at school Helping schools create closer partnerships with mental health providers will be the focus of a conference at the University of Minnesota this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/25/education/mental-health-conference?refid=0 Sun, 25 Nov 2012 09:22:34 -0600 25K fans expected as Prep Bowl gets under way The state high school football tournament, the Prep Bowl, begins Friday at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/23/regional/prep-bowl?refid=0 Fri, 23 Nov 2012 11:24:18 -0600 SJU's Gagliardi, football's winningest coach, retires John Gagliardi, St. John's University's football coach who holds the national record for most college football wins ever, is retiring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/19/news/john-gagliardi-saint-johns-football-coach-retires?refid=0 Mon, 19 Nov 2012 22:15:00 -0600 U study examines practice of repeating grades A new University of Minnesota report takes a look at how many students repeat grades in school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/18/education/students-held-back?refid=0 Sun, 18 Nov 2012 10:48:30 -0600 18 Minn. school districts competing for millions in US grants More than a dozen Minnesota school districts are vying against other districts nationwide for millions of dollars in federal education grants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/18/education/race-to-top-grants?refid=0 Sun, 18 Nov 2012 10:33:22 -0600 State's trend of growing charter school enrollment reflected across country A new report out Wednesday shows significant growth in charter school enrollment across the country and here in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/14/charter-school-enrollment-grows-across-the-country-in-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 14 Nov 2012 18:08:56 -0600 Minn. kindergarten classrooms bursting at the seams Many Minnesota districts were surprised by an increase in kindergarten enrollment, forcing some schools to add class sections and teachers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/13/education/minnesota-kindergarten-classrooms-bursting-at-the-seams?refid=0 Tue, 13 Nov 2012 15:26:24 -0600 St. Paul teacher wins $25K national teaching award State and local officials joined teachers and students at an assembly at Highland Park Elementary in St. Paul to surprise 4th grade teacher Steve Abenth with the Milken National Educator award. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/09/education/saint-paul-teacher-wins-milken-national-educator-award?refid=0 Fri, 09 Nov 2012 14:57:33 -0600 Minn. voters approve most school levy requests Most Minnesota school districts with levy referendums on the ballot yesterday met with success. Voters approved 29 of 40 requests from school districts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/07/politics/results-school-levy-referendum?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 17:12:53 -0600 Fewer school districts asking for levy approval this election A relatively small number of Minnesota school districts are asking local tax payers to approve operating levies this Election Day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/06/politics/minnesota-school-district-levy?refid=0 Tue, 06 Nov 2012 19:56:09 -0600 40 school districts go to the ballot for levy approval Forty Minnesota school districts have tax levy referendums on Tuesday's ballot. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/05/education/school-levy-ballot-vote-election?refid=0 Mon, 05 Nov 2012 15:12:15 -0600 Study: Homeless students in Minneapolis score lower in math, reading tests Of the many risk factors that students face, homelessness may be one of the worst. A study released today finds that homelessness and high mobility had a greater effect on grades than other poverty-based measure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/30/education/study-homeless-students?refid=0 Tue, 30 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Concerns emerge over past statements by member of Anoka-Hennepin anti-bullying task force The Anoka-Hennepin School District is taking a new look at how it deals with bullying. However, past actions by one task force member has some concerned about the process. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/25/education/concerns-emerge-past-statements-anoka-hennepin-bullying-task-force?refid=0 Thu, 25 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 One Minn. school district asks voters for smaller levy on fall ballot Of the 40 Minnesota school districts asking taxpayers to vote on school levies this fall, the request from the small district of Frazee-Vergas is most glaring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/education/school-district-smaller-levy?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 16:42:44 -0500 U of M regents OK conditional tuition freeze The University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved a legislative budget request Friday that includes a tuition freeze for students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/12/education/university-of-minnesota-tuition-freeze?refid=0 Fri, 12 Oct 2012 14:41:52 -0500 Study: Many Minnesota schools struggle to meet arts education mandates Minnesota has some of the highest standards for arts education in the country, but schools don't always meet those lofty expectations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/11/education/study-minnesota-school-arts-mandates?refid=0 Thu, 11 Oct 2012 07:31:00 -0500 Free school supplies foundation reopens A foundation that offers free school supplies to needy students in St. Paul and Minneapolis is reopening its facility after a year-long closure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/09/education/free-school-supplies?refid=0 Tue, 09 Oct 2012 08:19:30 -0500 Ex-Faribault teacher faces sex charges A former teacher at a private school in Faribault faces more than a dozen charges of criminal sexual conduct. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/08/news/ex-faribault-teacher-faces-sex-charges?refid=0 Mon, 08 Oct 2012 13:42:44 -0500 Prickly debate over contours of Minn. teacher evaluations A new law will require Minnesota school districts to evaluate all of the state's more than 50,000 public school teachers every year starting in the 2014-15 school year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/04/education/teacher-evaluations?refid=0 Fri, 05 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Mpls South High was in lockdown Minneapolis South high school was on lockdown today because of an unspecified concern. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/03/education/minneapolis-south-high-in-lockdown?refid=0 Wed, 03 Oct 2012 11:54:14 -0500 Minn. Education Dept. to unveil schools' plans to improve performance The state Department of Education will release plans by the state's lowest-performing schools to improve student performance. The plans, which require the state's 130 lowest-performing schools to show how they intend to turn things around, represent another step in how the state has changed its system to evaluate schools' performance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/29/education/failing-schools-plans?refid=0 Mon, 01 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Young immigrants request Minn. school records in hopes of working legally in US Minnesota schools are seeing a big spike in requests for school records from young immigrants who are not legally living in the United States. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/25/social-issue/deferred-action-young-immigrants-request-school-records?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 U of M touts business incubator The University of Minnesota says it spawned a record number of startup companies last fiscal year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/19/business/u-of-m-touts-business-incubator?refid=0 Wed, 19 Sep 2012 15:38:46 -0500 At North High, freshmen mark a new beginning In 2010, North High School was almost shut down because of falling enrollment and poor performance. Neighborhood groups opposed the move and the district agreed to make changes. This fall, the first freshman class started at the new North High. The school follows a national turnaround model that emphasizes small class sizes, closer relationships between students and teachers, and more parent involvement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/19/education/north-high-freshman-class-turnaround?refid=0 Wed, 19 Sep 2012 06:30:00 -0500 Kaler: U will freeze tuition for more state funds The University of Minnesota is proposing a tuition freeze in exchange for more money from the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/13/education/university-of-minnesota-kaler-tuition-freeze?refid=0 Thu, 13 Sep 2012 15:15:43 -0500 Concordia University cuts annual tuition by $10K After decades of college tuition costs that outpaced inflation, Concordia University in St. Paul announced it is cutting its tuition price by a third. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/12/education/concordia-tuition-reduction?refid=0 Wed, 12 Sep 2012 18:12:58 -0500 Why kindergarten matters: Schools say early absenteeism compounds problems later The Minneapolis and St. Paul school districts are trying to improve attendance in kindergarten and preschool with the goal of lifting students' academic performance in later years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/08/education/school-absenteeism?refid=0 Mon, 10 Sep 2012 04:00:00 -0500 School bus misses routes, leaves some students behind On the first day of class, some St. Paul students didn't get a ride to school after a bus contractor unfamiliar with the city encountered problems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/04/education/school-bus-delay?refid=0 Tue, 04 Sep 2012 20:27:04 -0500 New Minn. schools performance ranking to be released today Detailed information released today will show Minnesota educators how students are performing academically, as well as ranking the state's public schools on several measures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/30/education/school-performance-ranking?refid=0 Thu, 30 Aug 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Fewer school districts seek levy referendums this year Minnesota voters will see fewer requests for school funding through tax levies this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/29/education/fewer-school-districts-seek-levy-referendum?refid=0 Wed, 29 Aug 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis students ride city buses now As they head back to school Monday, thousands of Minneapolis high school students will ride on a MetroTransit bus or light rail train instead of the typical yellow school bus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/27/education/minneapolis-public-transit-for-school-kids?refid=0 Mon, 27 Aug 2012 08:56:43 -0500 School districts hope summer assessments give students a head start As Minnesota students settle into their new classrooms in the coming weeks, teachers will begin to assess their reading and writing skills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/24/education/summer-assessments-give-students-head-start?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2012 04:00:00 -0500 ACT: Minnesota high schoolers tops The test measures how proficient students are in English, reading, math and science. It's also a good indicator of whether students are ready for college level courses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/22/education/minnesota-act-high-schoolers-tops?refid=0 Wed, 22 Aug 2012 08:58:11 -0500 At immigration workshop, hope and a path through a legal thicket Hundreds of people filled a gymnasium in south Minneapolis over the weekend to learn more about a new federal program that gives some young people who are in the country illegally the right to work in the U.S. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/19/regional/immig-deferred-deport?refid=0 Mon, 20 Aug 2012 04:00:00 -0500 State may investigate Harvest Prep in Mpls. State officials are considering whether to investigate the finances of a Minneapolis charter school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/11/education/harvest-academy?refid=0 Sat, 11 Aug 2012 09:40:15 -0500 New federal rules require student take fruits and veggies starting this fall Minnesota students are going to notice something different about their lunches. Schools across the country are now required to serve up healthier lunch-time fare. That means smaller portions of meat and protein, fewer calories and a new requirement that forces students to take more fruits and vegetables. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/09/education/new-lunch-menu?refid=0 Thu, 09 Aug 2012 04:00:00 -0500 TiZA, ACLU settle lawsuit A lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union against a now defunct charter school, Tarek ibn Ziyad Academy, has been settled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/03/education/tiza-aclu-settle-lawsuit?refid=0 Fri, 03 Aug 2012 17:23:11 -0500 600 Mpls. schools workers move to new digs Almost 600 employees with the Minneapolis school district are in the process of moving into their new $41 million headquarters on the north side of Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/03/education/new-minneapolis-school-districit-headquarters?refid=0 Fri, 03 Aug 2012 08:16:55 -0500 New Jersey bullying law could be model for Minn. Minnesota education leaders who want to toughen the state's anti-bullying law might be looking to New Jersey for inspiration. Some members of a state task force that this week delivered its recommendations for changes to Gov. Mark Dayton, have held up New Jersey's recently passed anti-bullying law as an example of what Minnesota should do. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/02/education/new-jersey-bullying-law-compared?refid=0 Thu, 02 Aug 2012 05:00:00 -0500 State data: Little change in student test scores, achievement gap persists Reading and test scores among Minnesota students remain relatively flat over previous years, according to data released today by the state Department of Education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/01/education/student-test-score-data?refid=0 Wed, 01 Aug 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Replace current law, recommends Minnesota task force on bullying A state task force formed to look into the problem of bullying is recommending Minnesota scrap its current bullying law and replace it with a stronger anti-bullying statute. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/30/education/bullying-policy-task-force?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jul 2012 18:11:34 -0500 Bullying task force drafts recommendations, nears end of work A state task force examining the problem of bullying in Minnesota will recommend the state strengthen its bullying law, and require schools to improve tracking and reporting bullying incidents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/27/education/bullying-task-force-drafts-recommendation?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jul 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Educators hope summer learning can narrow achievement gap By this point during their long summer vacation, many children have forgotten some of what they learned during the school year. There's growing evidence that summer learning programs might help many students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/26/education/summer-slide?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jul 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Anoka-Hennepin School District to form task force on bullying The Anoka-Hennepin School District is forming a task force to advise its school board on how best to prevent bullying. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/20/education/anoka-hennepin-bullying-task-force?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jul 2012 18:49:28 -0500 Anoka-Hennepin online summer school aims at 'summer slide' The Anoka-Hennepin School District hopes to help students catch up on their math and reading, and retain the knowledge they've already learned. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/18/education/summer-online-courses?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jul 2012 07:15:00 -0500 Worthington students' bullying Twitter feed shut down School officials in Worthington say several students could face possible discipline after spreading rumors online. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/12/regional/worthington-students-bullying-twitter-feed-shut-down?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jul 2012 15:16:45 -0500 Bullying task force split on goals With less than a month left before it's supposed to offer up recommendations, the Governor's Task Force on the Prevention of Bullying is split over its goals. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/10/politics/bullying-task-force?refid=0 Tue, 10 Jul 2012 06:01:00 -0500 Summer school program gives incoming freshmen a jump start The Minneapolis School District is working to take some of the sting and stigma out of summer school for soon-to-be freshmen, by giving them high school credit for their work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/26/education/summer-school-jump-start?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jun 2012 04:00:00 -0500 For charter schools, mixed results at 20-year mark This week, charter school officials will gather in Minneapolis to share notes and discuss the progress of the national charter school movement, which marks its 20th anniversary this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/16/education/charter-schools?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jun 2012 04:00:00 -0500 With school out, teachers talk about burnout June brings a mix of emotions for teachers: relief over making it through another year and a sense of accomplishment after helping students learn. But many teachers struggle this time of year, feeling completely burned out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/14/education/teacher-morale?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jun 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Advocates: Charter schools still growing Advocates of charter schools say increasing enrollment is one indication the charter movement is still growing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/04/education/charter-schools-still-growing-advocates-say?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jun 2012 08:45:46 -0500 Veteran joins graduation ceremony 69 years later A World War II veteran who missed graduation at his Minneapolis high school 69 years ago will finally get to cross the commencement stage on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/02/late-graduate?refid=0 Sat, 02 Jun 2012 10:49:56 -0500 Fridley middle schoolers take on district's bullying policy A group of students at Fridley Middle School has taken on bullying in a big way. They've created an anti-bullying program and put a new spin on their school's bullying policy. These students have a unique understanding of bullying because they're in the school's special education program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/31/fridley-middle-schoolers-take-on-districts-bullying-policy?refid=0 Thu, 31 May 2012 15:36:19 -0500 School counselors in short supply in Minnesota After two public school students in southeastern Minnesota committed suicide this spring, experts expressed concern about gaps in mental health services in Minnesota schools. Minnesota has one of the largest ratios of students to school counselors in the nation - and a shortage of community counselors who treat children. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/21/school-counseling-shortage?refid=0 Tue, 22 May 2012 05:00:00 -0500 Bullying task force in Mankato Monday Task force co-chair Walter Roberts Jr. says the group wants to hear what has worked, and hasn't worked, in the community when it comes to bullying prevention. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/14/bullying-task-force-in-mankato?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2012 08:04:02 -0500 No charges in Minn. teen's suicide No charges will be filed in the case of a southern Minnesota teen who killed herself after facing bullying in her school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/09/social_issue/no-charges-in-rachel-ehmke-suicide-case?refid=0 Wed, 09 May 2012 11:33:11 -0500 Experts say relational aggression played a role in teenager's suicide A teen suicide in southern Minnesota last week that the child's parents and bullying experts are blaming in part on bullying is bringing greater attention to a specific type of social bullying. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/09/relational-aggression?refid=0 Wed, 09 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Family mourns suicide death of bullied teen A funeral was held today in the small southern Minnesota town of Kasson for 13-year old Rachel Ehmke. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/04/rachel-ehmke?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2012 19:03:03 -0500 Minnesota schools find it harder to shorten their school weeks Minnesota school officials watched with interest in recent years as 11 rural districts transition to four-day weeks. Many administrators are considering the switch as a cost-saving measure, but the process is difficult and complex. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/04/four-day-school-weeks?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Rochester students open up about school bullying With a little coaxing, more than a dozen students from Kellogg Middle School in Rochester, Minn., spoke with members of the Governor's Task Force on the Prevention of School Bullying. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/27/school-bullying-task-force-talk?refid=0 Fri, 27 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Bullying task force in Rochester Thursday Gov. Mark Dayton's Task Force on the Prevention of School Bullying will hold listening sessions in Rochester on Thursday, as part of an effort to come up with suggestions to strengthen the state's anti-bullying law. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/26/bullying-task-force?refid=0 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 08:01:56 -0500 Teachers hope to boost test scores with fresh air, food, mints Do you feel smarter when you pop a piece of peppermint candy or gum in your mouth? How about after a quick walk? Or a snack? Teachers at Avalon School hope they've found a new way to increase student test scores. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/18/mca-boost?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Mpls. teacher contract approved Minneapolis public school teachers' new contract adds four days to the school calendar beginning this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/17/mpls-school-board-approves-teacher-contract?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2012 21:57:24 -0500 Study: Shorter school weeks don't mean longer vacations A new study released by the University of Minnesota found that families in districts with four-day school weeks take shorter vacations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/16/four-day-schoolvacations?refid=0 Mon, 16 Apr 2012 19:36:41 -0500 Teen killed in bridge accident had survived bloody Congo war A St. Paul high school is remembering a student they describe as someone extraordinary, who died in a freak accident Thursday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/13/medard-prosper-fatal-car-accident?refid=0 Fri, 13 Apr 2012 13:26:05 -0500 To halt heroin advance, first spot prescription abuse, expert says A state expert on addiction says Minnesota needs to do a better job of monitoring prescription drug abuse, which is being blamed for an increase in heroin overdose deaths. Officials say the number of heroin-related deaths in three metro-area counties nearly tripled last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/13/heroin-abuse-prescription-drugs?refid=0 Fri, 13 Apr 2012 09:53:40 -0500 Solar-powered car charging stations open in St. Paul St. Paul city officials on Thursday opened two electric car charging stations, the first of their kind in the state to use solar power. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/12/electric-car-charging-stations-saint-paul?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2012 14:10:28 -0500 'Jeep Fire' completely contained, DNR says A fire that burned 1,600 acres of forest and grassland in north central Minnesota is now completely contained. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/11/jeep-fire-contained?refid=0 Wed, 11 Apr 2012 15:22:35 -0500 MN ag department warns of dried fish State officials are warning people not to eat dried "uneviscerated" fish after 1,500 pounds of the product was embargoed at specialty wholesalers and markets in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/11/uneviscerated-fish-recall?refid=0 Wed, 11 Apr 2012 11:14:06 -0500 Doctors working to raise boy's core body temperature after he fell in lake Doctors at Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota are working to raise the body temperature of an 8-year-old boy who survived a plunge into a frigid northern Minnesota lake on Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/10/daily-circuit-raising-body-temperature?refid=0 Tue, 10 Apr 2012 08:29:57 -0500 Occupy protesters want Mayor Rybak to explain arrests About 50 protestors with the Occupy movement converged on Mayor R.T. Rybak's city hall office on Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/09/occupy-mayor-office?refid=0 Mon, 09 Apr 2012 19:24:34 -0500 Police: Woman found 3 adults dead in Minn. day care A mother who takes her toddler to a home day care in Brooklyn Park discovered three adults shot to death inside the home early Monday morning, according to police. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/09/brooklyn-park-shooting?refid=0 Mon, 09 Apr 2012 14:05:54 -0500 Nimrod wildfire continues to burn Crews from five area fire departments, the Department of Natural Resources and Wadena County have fought the fire since it started Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/09/nimrod-wildfire?refid=0 Mon, 09 Apr 2012 06:45:54 -0500 Dayton vetoes school payback; calls bill irresponsible Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed a GOP effort to pay back some of the money the state has borrowed from schools in recent years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/05/dayton-vetoes-school-payback?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 19:00:00 -0500 Minn. student's Facebook incident could help form schools' guidelines A central Minnesota student was recently disciplined for something she posted online. The school district is now being sued for allegedly violating her right to free speech. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/04/school-facebook-policy?refid=0 Wed, 04 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Minn. lawmakers consider giving schools the option to start before Labor Day Minnesota lawmakers are considering a bill that would give school districts the choice to start the academic year before Labor Day, a measure that has sparked a perennial debate over whether an early school start hurts tourism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/26/school-early-start?refid=0 Mon, 26 Mar 2012 16:26:41 -0500 Gov. Dayton's bullying task force begins its work How to prevent bullying &mdash; even how to define bullying &mdash; is the job laid out for Gov. Mark Dayton's task force to investigate the scope of the problem in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/20/bullying-task-force?refid=0 Tue, 20 Mar 2012 04:00:00 -0500 State receives $28M grant for charter schools The federal grant money will be used to develop new programs for existing charter schools based on the successes at Minnesota's highest-performing charters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/09/charter-school-grant?refid=0 Fri, 09 Mar 2012 16:14:33 -0600 Emotional Sviggum steps down from U of M regents Former Republican House Speaker Steve Sviggum's dispute with the University of Minnesota's Board of Regents is over. He resigned his position Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/08/sviggum-dayton-embarrassment?refid=0 Thu, 08 Mar 2012 10:37:56 -0600 School environment improved before lawsuits settled, say students, teachers Officials in the Anoka-Hennepin School District are promising safer schools now that lawsuits over bullying have been settled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/06/anoka-hennepin-bullying-lawsuit?refid=0 Tue, 06 Mar 2012 18:11:36 -0600 Minn. school district settles bullying lawsuits Minnesota's largest school district on Monday voted to settle a pair of lawsuits over a policy that was criticized for failing to protect gay students from bullying. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/05/anoka-hennpein-settles-bullying-lawsuits?refid=0 Mon, 05 Mar 2012 20:44:52 -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 Settlement could come in Anoka-Hennepin district bullying lawsuit A consent decree on the Anoka-Hennepin school board's work session agenda Monday night signals a possible lawsuit settlement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/02/lawsuit-settlement-anoka-hennepin?refid=0 Fri, 02 Mar 2012 17:42:24 -0600 With budget surplus, state could remit payment to schools A glimmer of good news came this week for Minnesota schools: More than $300 million borrowed from schools last year to balance the budget will be paid back. The problem: The state still owes schools $2.4 billion in deferred payments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/02/school-deferred-payments?refid=0 Fri, 02 Mar 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Twin Cities charter schools more segregated and underperforming, report says Charter schools in the Twin Cities metro area underperform academically in comparison to their traditional public counterparts, shows a report released today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/24/study-charter-school-performance?refid=0 Fri, 24 Feb 2012 06:37:00 -0600 Minn. teachers weigh in on proposed tenure shakeup A bill making its way through the Legislature would allow school administrators to consider a teacher's performance in the classroom, instead of just seniority, when cutting jobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/22/teacher-tenure?refid=0 Wed, 22 Feb 2012 15:25:46 -0600 State: BlueSky Online Charter School can stay open BlueSky Online Charter School, based in West St. Paul, has been under investigation by the Minnesota Department of Education for more than two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/17/state-says-bluesky-online-charter-school-can-stay-open?refid=0 Fri, 17 Feb 2012 13:16:43 -0600 Task force recommends greater oversight, guidance for school integration efforts A task force reports that schools lack guidance on how best to use money intended to reduce the achievement gap between white students and racial minority students. The state spends $108 million annually on the program. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/17/integration-task-force?refid=0 Fri, 17 Feb 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Educator: More partnerships to build learning opportunities The Minnesota Department of Education is asking more businesses across the state to adopt schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/14/cassellius-partnerships?refid=0 Tue, 14 Feb 2012 17:02:52 -0600 Six months in, MnSCU chancellor readies change, strategy When Steven Rosenstone took over as chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system almost six months ago, he promised big changes for the system's 31 schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/12/mnscu-chancellor-change-strategy?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jan 2012 16:24:48 -0600 Non-profit takes on breadfruit challenge to fight hunger in developing areas You won't find breadfruit at your local grocery store, mainly because it has an extremely short shelf life. But a Minnesota-based non-profit group wants to help people in developing countries turn the fruit into flour. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/11/breadfruit-flour?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jan 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Employed students' workload puts studies at risk Many students work to put themselves through college. But the number of hours they work puts their studies at risk, and worries university administrators. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/04/student-employment?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jan 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Troubled charter school argues to stay open Minnesota's education commissioner heard arguments Thursday over whether an online charter school should be shut down. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/22/bluesky-charter?refid=0 Thu, 22 Dec 2011 18:02:23 -0600 U of M president hopes business partnerships pay off From the moment University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler took charge in September, he made establishing closer relationships with business and industry a priority. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/21/u-of-m-business-partnerships?refid=0 Wed, 21 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Northrop Auditorium undergoing three-year, $84 million renovation Built in the late 1920's, the University of Minnesota's Northrop Auditorium's renovation will combine student study space, academic offices, and a smaller auditorium with better acoustics than the one it's replacing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/17/northrop-auditorium-renovations?refid=0 Sat, 17 Dec 2011 11:38:37 -0600 Canada tempts MN college students with tuition reciprocity University educators from Canada are bringing attention to a little-known program that lets students from Minnesota attend universities in Manitoba with the promise of inexpensive tuition and an international experience. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/12/manitoba-university-reciprocity?refid=0 Tue, 13 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 U of M will give IP rights to industry research partners Changing how it partners with business and industry, the University of Minnesota plans to forgo its intellectual property rights on some research. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/09/university-ip-rights?refid=0 Fri, 09 Dec 2011 19:53:17 -0600 More U of M undergrads are finishing in 4 years Fifty-four percent of students at the University of Minnesota are graduating in four years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/07/university-graduation-rate?refid=0 Thu, 08 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Regents consider tuition hike for business students The University of Minnesota's board of regents will consider a plan Thursday to raise tuition on business majors higher than other university students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/07/tuition-hike-business-students?refid=0 Tue, 06 Dec 2011 21:02:48 -0600 Lawmakers unlikely to heed call to cut grants for students at for-profit colleges Lawmakers aren't likely to take up the issue in the next session, but that could change if the state's lawsuit against a for-profit college is successful. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/30/for-profit-financial-aid?refid=0 Wed, 30 Nov 2011 16:39:43 -0600 New web tool helps prospective students estimate college costs A new online calculator is meant to help prospective college students estimate the cost of college, but the tool is getting mixed reviews. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/17/net-price-calculators-estimate-college-cost?refid=0 Thu, 17 Nov 2011 14:52:13 -0600 MnSCU students protest proposed cuts to Pell Grants Two groups representing Minnesota college students have collected 4,000 signatures on a petition opposing cuts to federal financial aid for needy college students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/14/mnscu-students-protest-proposed-pell-grant-cuts?refid=0 Mon, 14 Nov 2011 12:12:14 -0600 U of M to accept fewer transfer students If you're a college student thinking about transferring to the University of Minnesota, pay attention: it's about to get tougher to make the cut. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/03/university-of-minnesota-transfer-students?refid=0 Thu, 03 Nov 2011 16:23:04 -0500 State expects enough funds to cover student aid For the first time in two years, the state expects to have enough money to cover its portion of aid for needy college students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/01/state-expects-enough-funds?refid=0 Tue, 01 Nov 2011 16:08:00 -0500 Dayton appoints DFL Sen. Pogemiller to lead Office of Higher Education The Minneapolis DFLer spent three decades in the Legislature, serving in several leadership positions including majority leader, and chairman of committees on education and taxes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/28/dayton-appoints-pogemiller?refid=0 Fri, 28 Oct 2011 12:10:00 -0500 Rosenstone pledges to reinvent MnSCU as he's installed as chancellor The new leader of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system faces a heavy workload and some challenging times ahead. Steven Rosenstone was officially installed as chancellor of the 31 college MnSCU system during a ceremony Wednesday at the state Capitol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/19/mnscu-install-chancellor?refid=0 Wed, 19 Oct 2011 17:13:00 -0500 Committee: Increase U of M undergraduate enrollment A proposal suggests adding 1,000 students to science and technology programs, increasing undergrads on campus to about 33,000. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/14/u-of-m-should-increase-undergraduate-enrollment-committee-says-?refid=0 Sat, 15 Oct 2011 00:00:00 -0500 U of M to seek $170M from state for building plans The regents of the University of Minnesota are scheduled to approve a formal request to the Legislature for $170 million for building and renovation projects during their regular meeting Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/14/u-of-m-state-money-construction?refid=0 Fri, 14 Oct 2011 14:00:00 -0500 MnSCU enrollment dips; more students going part-time After years of growth, enrollment dipped this fall in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, compared to last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/13/mnscu-enrollment-dips?refid=0 Thu, 13 Oct 2011 20:00:41 -0500 U of M names Karen Hanson as provost The University of Minnesota has announced that Karen Hanson will be the school's next provost and senior vice president of academic affairs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/10/u-of-m-names-hanson-as-provost?refid=0 Mon, 10 Oct 2011 12:36:04 -0500 Wanting modern campus centers, Minn. students open their wallets New student centers are opening at a number of colleges around Minnesota and they are primarily funded by the students who use them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/23/college-students-campus-centers?refid=0 Mon, 26 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 University of Minnesota welcomes new president Eric Kaler was officially inaugurated as the president of the University of Minnesota Thursday, and let those at the school know he's a tough boss who expects a lot from them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/22/u-of-m-welcomes-new-president?refid=0 Thu, 22 Sep 2011 13:57:00 -0500 New chancellor readies MnSCU for change, improvement Two months into his job as head of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, Chancellor Steven Rosenstone is about to implement improvements to the 31-college system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/20/new-chancellor-readies-mnscu-for-change-improvement?refid=0 Tue, 20 Sep 2011 18:12:00 -0500 MnSCU workers protest chancellor's $50K bonus About a dozen union workers protested Tuesday outside the headquarters of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system in downtown St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/20/mnscu-bonus-protest?refid=0 Tue, 20 Sep 2011 15:08:54 -0500 Coach Kill released from hospital Jerry Kill, coach of the University of Minnesota Gophers football team, was released from the hospital Thursday following hospitalization for a seizure he suffered last weekend during a game. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/15/coach-kill-released-from-hospital?refid=0 Thu, 15 Sep 2011 17:09:47 -0500 Frequency of student loan defaults on the rise A new report from the U.S. Department of Education shows rising default rates on federal student loans both nationally and here in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/12/frequency-of-student-loan-defaults-on-the-rise?refid=0 Mon, 12 Sep 2011 20:10:07 -0500 Gophers' coach still hospitalized; condition improved University of Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill remains in the hospital, but in good condition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/12/gophers-coach-still-hospitalized-condition-improved?refid=0 Mon, 12 Sep 2011 16:30:39 -0500 Bigger classes, fewer sections possible result of reduced state funding for higher education Reduced state funding to Minnesota's public colleges could lead to crowded classrooms and long wait lists for popular college courses, some say. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/08/bigger-classes-fewer-sections-possible-result-of-reduced-state-funding-for-higher-educati?refid=0 Thu, 08 Sep 2011 20:00:00 -0500 University budget amendments a boon for students Planned amendments to U of M budget will give more financial aid to needy students and lower tuition increases for all students next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/06/university-budget-amendments-a-boon-for-students?refid=0 Tue, 06 Sep 2011 16:26:13 -0500 Colleges encourage students to be good neighbors The occasional outbreak of rowdy parties as students move into their rental houses off-campus can make it challenging time of year for people who live in neighborhoods surrounding colleges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/02/colleges-find-ways-to-encourage-students-to-be-good-neighbors?refid=0 Mon, 05 Sep 2011 08:00:00 -0500 Freshmen overflowing dorms at U of M The dorms at University of Minnesota aren't just full this fall, they're overflowing. The university just doesn't have enough on-campus housing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/30/freshmen-dorms-u-of-m?refid=0 Tue, 30 Aug 2011 17:32:30 -0500 Mpls. school evacuated after science classroom explosion A north Minneapolis high school was evacuated Monday morning after an explosion in a science classroom. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/29/minneapolis-school-evacuated-after-science-classroom-explosion?refid=0 Mon, 29 Aug 2011 12:54:47 -0500 U of M receives record $14M for scholarships The University of Minnesota has received $14 million to establish a new scholarship, the largest one-time scholarship gift in the school's history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/25/university-of-minnesota-scholarship?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2011 15:48:34 -0500 New software at MSP means faster, less intrusive security lines The system will replace one that gave TSA employees an X-ray view of air travelers' bodies, a prospect that raised concerns over privacy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/25/msp-airport-security-new-software?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2011 12:56:02 -0500 U of M demolishes Wesbrook Hall This week, two excavators tore down the building that stood in the heart of the University of Minnesota's campus for more than a century. http://oncampus.mpr.org/2011/08/university-of-minnesota-demolishes-wesbrook-hall/?refid=0 Wed, 10 Aug 2011 09:52:19 -0500 For-profit colleges fight rule requiring programs use income formula For-profit colleges fight rule that requires proving students will find good jobs after they graduate and won't be saddled with too much debt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/09/forprofit-colleges-fight-rule-requiring-programs-are-worth-the-expense?refid=0 Tue, 09 Aug 2011 15:09:26 -0500 Separate, distinct, but unified: New MnSCU chancellor has task set before him Steven Rosenstone begins his first day as the new chancellor of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/01/new-mnscu-chancellor-first-day?refid=0 Mon, 01 Aug 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Lawsuit details harassment claims at Anoka-Hennepin schools Two national civil rights groups announced a lawsuit against the Anoka-Hennepin School District over a sexual orientation policy they say contributes to a hostile environment for gay students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/21/lawsuit-filed-in-anoka-hennepin-suit?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jul 2011 10:34:46 -0500 School officials ponder funding, policy changes in budget Education officials across the state spent the day poring over the $13.6 billion dollar K-12 education bill that Gov. Dayton signed today. The central provision is a $700 million delay in state aid payments for schools. But it also includes a host of other changes that will affect how schools operate over the next few years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/20/budget-public-education-funding?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2011 16:42:03 -0500 Bill cuts funding for higher education by 10% In the next two years, Minnesota's higher education system will each receive a little over a billion dollars in state aid, 10 percent less than they received in the previous two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/19/shutdown-higher-education-bill?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jul 2011 17:43:18 -0500 Budget deal will likely ease financial pain at U, MnSCU The budget agreement between Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican leaders appears to ease funding cuts to the state's public colleges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/15/mnscu-university-of-minnesota-state-budget-deal?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2011 14:46:39 -0500 Minnesota Marine killed in Afghanistan A Marine from Greenfield, Minn., has been killed in combat in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/14/marine-died-afghanistan?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jul 2011 14:44:33 -0500 University offers voluntary unpaid leave to some employees The University of Minnesota is offering voluntary unpaid leaves of absence during the government shutdown to employees whose work is funded by state grants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/14/shutdown-university-leave-of-absence?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0500 New leaders at Minn. universities aim for more collaboration There's always been talk about greater cooperation and efficiency between the state's two public higher education systems, the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. Now seems a good time for that to happen, since both systems are getting new leadership this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/06/uminn-mnscu-cooperation?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jul 2011 05:00:00 -0500 U of M faculty to pay more toward retirement fund The University of Minnesota will require new employees to pay larger contributions toward their retirement plans under a proposal approved by the Board of Regents Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/06/university-minnesota-pensions?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jul 2011 12:04:45 -0500 Kaler: U of M to operate as normal after shutdown Eric Kaler said the school will operate as normal during the shutdown even without money from the state. Classes and research will continue and hospitals and clinics will stay open. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/01/shutdown-university-of-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2011 07:07:57 -0500 MnSCU trustees OK budget with tuition increases The governing body of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system approved a nearly $2 billion budget Wednesday that will raise tuition for students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/22/mnscu-budget?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jun 2011 16:16:36 -0500 U of M regents approve 5 percent tuition hike The University of Minnesota board of regents has passed a budget that will raise tuition for most students by 5 percent, freeze employee wages, and cut millions from the school's academic programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/20/university-of-minnesota-regents-to-raise-tuition?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jun 2011 13:05:58 -0500 U of M uses royalties to improve research The University of Minnesota is investing millions of dollars in scholarships and research from money supplied by royalties from inventions developed by the school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/16/university-of-minnesota-royalties?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jun 2011 17:34:12 -0500 5 pct. tuition bump goes to MnSCU trustees today Tuition would go up for students in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system under a budget that goes before the board of trustees Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/15/mnscu-tuition-bump?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jun 2011 07:00:12 -0500 Bruininks to present U of M budget, though state aid remains uncertain University of Minnesota president Robert Bruininks will present next year's budget to the school's of board of regents Friday, even though he doesn't know how much state aid the university will get because of the budget impasse between Gov. Dayton and the Republican-controlled Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/10/um-budget?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jun 2011 03:00:00 -0500 MnSCU makes plans to cope with possible government shutdown Officials with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system say they're determined to offer classes to their students in the event of a state government shutdown, but that will depend on whether MnSCU has access to tuition revenue and reserve funds, money that's controlled by the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/08/mnscu-shutdown-plans?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jun 2011 17:40:28 -0500 Layoffs, tuition jump part of proposed U budget plan The president of the University of Minnesota will present a budget to the board of regents this week that includes staff layoffs, a tuition increase and a wage freeze for workers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/05/bruininks-university-of-minnesota-budget-proposal?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jun 2011 06:00:17 -0500 U of M power plant going greener The University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis quite literally runs on lots and lots of steam. It's used for heating in the winter, and powers equipment that provides air conditioning in the summer. That steam is created at a power plant fired by coal and natural gas. But because of concerns over pollution, U of M officials say they're going to drastically reduce the amount of coal burned at the facility near downtown Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/03/coal-plant-conversion?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jun 2011 17:18:24 -0500 U of M's Humphrey School names new dean A U.S. State Department official has been named the new dean of the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/01/humphrey-school-dean?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jun 2011 14:02:35 -0500 For recent grads, social media sites play key role in job hunt For new college graduates, social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are playing an increasingly important role in their job search. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/30/students-jobs-social-networking?refid=0 Tue, 31 May 2011 04:00:00 -0500 President of St. John's to step down next year Citing the stress of the job, the president of St. John's University in Collegeville says he'll step down when his three-year term ends next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/26/stjohns-president-resigns?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2011 16:55:30 -0500 U students' final project: balance the state budget A group of students at the University of Minnesota has done what lawmakers so far haven't been able to accomplish. They've balanced the state budget -- with both a mix of tax increases and spending cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/19/university-of-minnesota-students-balance-budget?refid=0 Thu, 19 May 2011 16:43:06 -0500 U of M law school prepares for loss of all state funding The law school at the University of Minnesota could soon become one of a handful of public law schools across the country that receives no state funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/16/law-school-independent?refid=0 Tue, 17 May 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Bush Foundation launches ad campaign to recruit teachers The ads will air in Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota. The foundation expects half of the three states' 50,000 teachers will leave their jobs or retire in the next decade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/10/bush-foundation?refid=0 Tue, 10 May 2011 15:26:48 -0500 Grad school wasn't a good hideout from recession Many of those who thought school would a good place to ride out tough times are emerging from colleges, master's degrees in hand, and finding little improvement in the job market. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/05/grad-school?refid=0 Thu, 05 May 2011 23:00:00 -0500 Students reflect on growing up in the shadow of 9/11 The death of bin Laden is welcomed, but they don't feel much safer from the threat of terrorism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/02/bin-laden-students?refid=0 Tue, 03 May 2011 05:00:00 -0500 U of M reduces scholarships for neediest students The University of Minnesota is cutting the amount of scholarship money that goes to some of its neediest students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/28/university-of-minnesota-financial-aid-cuts?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2011 05:00:00 -0500 State taking steps to shut down underperforming charter school The Education Department says BlueSky Online's curriculum doesn't meet state standards. It's the first time the state has made such a move. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/22/blue-sky-online-charter-school?refid=0 Fri, 22 Apr 2011 16:27:57 -0500 Colleges put on full-court press for top high schoolers Parents of college-bound high school seniors may grow tired of all the phone calls this spring -- not from their friends, but from schools hoping to lure them to campus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/20/college-decisions?refid=0 Wed, 20 Apr 2011 16:15:25 -0500 Job prospects improving for soon-to-be college graduates There is good news for those about to finish college: The job market for new graduates is looking up, but competition will be stiff. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/11/job-prospects-college-graduates?refid=0 Mon, 11 Apr 2011 16:21:23 -0500 Lawmakers would let Regents decide stadium alcohol sales A Minnesota Senate committee has approved a measure allowing the University of Minnesota to decide where alcohol is served at the TCF Bank football stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/06/tcf-stadium-alcohol?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2011 17:23:07 -0500 To cut costs, more college students consider studying in the fast lane As the cost of earning a college degree continues to increase, some students have found a way to lower their tuition bills: earn a four-year degree in three years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/04/three-year-degrees?refid=0 Tue, 05 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Sviggum will keep U of M regents seat Steve Sviggum will resign his teaching position at the University of Minnesota in order to keep a spot on the school's board of regents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/04/sviggum-regents-job?refid=0 Mon, 04 Apr 2011 06:52:36 -0500 U's decision on conflict of interest might change future regent procedures A committee at the University of Minnesota decided Wednesday that former speaker of the house Steve Sviggum faces a conflict of interest if he holds both of his positions at the university. So now, he has a decision to make. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/30/sviggum-conflict-hearing-umn?refid=0 Thu, 31 Mar 2011 00:01:40 -0500 MnSCU studying potential for campus consolidation The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is studying the potential for consolidation and alignment among some of its schools in southwestern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/29/mnscu-consolidation?refid=0 Tue, 29 Mar 2011 06:11:17 -0500 For growing number of older students in college, prep courses essential Four years ago, MnSCU had 80,000 students over the age of 25. Today that number is close to 100,000. That's created a need for a special kind of class for these new students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/28/older-students?refid=0 Mon, 28 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0500 U of M begins conflict of interest probe of Steve Sviggum A special committee at the University of Minnesota has begun its investigation into whether newly appointed Regent Steve Sviggum faces a conflict of interest because he also teaches at the university. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/22/sviggum-regents-conflict?refid=0 Tue, 22 Mar 2011 17:36:19 -0500 U of M, Gustavus bringing home students studying in Japan Two Minnesota colleges are bringing home students studying in Japan, because of safety concerns after last week's earthquake and tsunami and the current nuclear crisis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/18/students-japan?refid=0 Fri, 18 Mar 2011 12:35:35 -0500 Plan to reduce buildings, some historic, rankles preservationists After a decade of rapid growth, the University of Minnesota is taking a hard look at the number of buildings on its campus. College officials want to reduce the number of older buildings because of high energy and maintenance costs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/18/university-of-minnesota-historic-building-demolition?refid=0 Fri, 18 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0500 U of M board investigates conflict concerns for new regent The University of Minnesota's board of regents has opened an investigation into newly elected regent Steve Sviggum and the two positions he holds at the U. http://oncampus.mpr.org/2011/03/u-of-m-board-investigates-conflict-concerns-for-new-regent/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Mar 2011 13:47:11 -0600 U of M officials plan for funding cuts, ending programs The wide ranging effort suggests some programs be cut or combined, while others be strengthened. The result will most likely mean a smaller University of Minnesota in the future that focuses more attention on fewer academic offerings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/11/university-of-minnesota-budget-cuts-programs?refid=0 Fri, 11 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0600 U of M seeks more revenue from inventions The University of Minnesota made nearly $84 million in revenue from technologies and inventions created by its employees last year, but a big chunk of that revenue will soon disappear when royalty payments stop on an AIDS drug developed at the school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/09/university-of-minnesota-royalties?refid=0 Wed, 09 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Safety patrols stepped up after assaults at Gustavus Officials at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter have increased safety patrols on campus, after two female students were attacked over the weekend in what officials are calling attempted sexual assaults. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/07/gustavus-adolphus-assaults?refid=0 Mon, 07 Mar 2011 16:34:34 -0600 In final address as president, Bruininks praises U of M In a 40-minute speech, Bruininks praised the university for raising graduation rates, increasing scholarships for needy students and for cutting budgets and controlling spending in tough economic times. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/03/university-of-minnesota-bruininks-address?refid=0 Thu, 03 Mar 2011 18:10:50 -0600 State funding cuts not the only reason for rising college tuition In recent weeks, students from Minnesota's public colleges and universities have descended on the state Capitol, urging lawmakers not to cut funding for higher education -- which could lead to even higher tuition rates. But there are a number of other factors behind tuition increases that don't fit easily on a protest sign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/02/minn-tuition?refid=0 Wed, 02 Mar 2011 17:21:13 -0600 Professor with terminal cancer uses illness to teach Metropolitan State University professor has terminal cancer. He's been using his personal perspective to enlighten students on the process of death and dying in a class called Life of the Mind. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/23/dying-professor-death?refid=0 Wed, 23 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 MnSCU students rally against tuition increases Hundreds of Minnesota college students made their way to the state capitol Wednesday, wearing bright red stocking caps. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/16/mnscu-tuition-rally?refid=0 Wed, 16 Feb 2011 15:00:00 -0600 Their budgets cut, but college officials aren't protesting Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal reduces the funding Minnesota's public colleges were expecting to get in the next two years by $153 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/16/dayton-budget-higher-education?refid=0 Wed, 16 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Obama's budget would cost summer college students Needy Minnesota college students would lose Pell Grants for summer classes under a budget plan released by President Barack Obama on Monday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/14/pell-grants-obama-budget?refid=0 Mon, 14 Feb 2011 20:37:37 -0600 Minn. colleges unlikely to use reserve funds to cover cuts Saving up for that metaphorical "rainy day" is part of many a sound budget strategy - and it's one that state colleges and universities have been following for years. Between them, the University of Minnesota and the MnSCU system have about $180 million in reserves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/10/mn-colleges-reserve-funds-budget-crisis?refid=0 Thu, 10 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 MnSCU board makes 'risky choice' with new chancellor Trustees of the MnSCU system have hired a new chancellor they hope will bring innovations to the 32-school system. The board chose Steven Rosenstone over another candidate with more experience running college and university systems. Some board members say that's a risk they're willing to take. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/02/mnscu-chancellor-rosenstone?refid=0 Wed, 02 Feb 2011 13:37:48 -0600 MnSCU board set to name system's next chancellor The Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is scheduled to pick the system's next chancellor at a meeting Wednesday afternoon. The choice comes after two days of public interviews with the candidates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/01/mnscu-next-chancellor?refid=0 Tue, 01 Feb 2011 19:34:47 -0600 MnSCU down to two finalists in chancellor search Two men with different paths through the world of higher education have emerged as finalists for the chancellor's position at the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/31/mnscu-chancellor-finalists?refid=0 Mon, 31 Jan 2011 18:56:43 -0600 MnSCU closes in on chancellor finalists Just two months after the University of Minnesota hired its next president, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is set to go through the same process. By the middle of next week, MnSCU's board of trustees is expected to hire a new chancellor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/28/mnscu-chancellor-search?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jan 2011 15:26:46 -0600 Minn. science scores called disappointing Minnesota's education commissioner is calling the results of a federal test known as the Nation's Report Card a wake-up call for the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/25/science-scores-low?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jan 2011 13:42:35 -0600 Demand rises, but colleges cut counselor positions Demand for mental health services at Minnesota community colleges has gone up, but the number of counselors has gone down as officials try to cope with state budget pressures. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/24/college-mental-health-services-cut?refid=0 Mon, 24 Jan 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Bemidji State cuts budget to meet $5 million deficit Bemidji State University and its partner Northwest Technical College released a budget plan Thursday that cuts four programs, reduces the size of 18 others and eliminates about 50 jobs, to address a $5 million deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/20/bemidji-state-budget-cuts?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jan 2011 17:08:32 -0600 U of M president says funding cuts could cause tuition increase The president of the University of Minnesota told state lawmakers Wednesday that decreasing the school's funding would mean job and program cuts at the U and an increase in tuition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/20/bruininks-senate-panel?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jan 2011 09:45:14 -0600 More college students seeking mental health help Although 21-year old Lauren Peck had dealt with anxiety issues before heading to college, after arriving on campus she felt much worse. Recognizing that she needed help, she contacted the campus counseling center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/18/college-students-mental-health?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jan 2011 19:39:43 -0600 Minn. colleges say they watch for warning signs in students The man accused of the shooting rampage in Arizona that killed six people had a history of disruptive behavior at the community college he attended. Minnesota colleges say they monitor such behavior, and try to keep it from turning violent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/11/colleges-monitor-student-behavior?refid=0 Tue, 11 Jan 2011 03:00:00 -0600 QB at Minn. community college shot, killed in Ind. The quarterback for a Minnesota community college was shot and killed in Indianapolis early Saturday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/01/quarterback-killed?refid=0 Sat, 01 Jan 2011 15:26:16 -0600 Police arrest 30 people for New Year's DWIs, 17 in metro The Minnesota State Patrol arrested 30 people around the state for driving drunk on New Year's Eve. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/01/drunken-driving-nye?refid=0 Sat, 01 Jan 2011 15:21:47 -0600 New Year's Eve snowfall snarls Midwest roads The Minnesota Department of Transportation is advising no unnecessary travel in western and north eastern parts of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/01/weather-traffic-blizzard-minnesota?refid=0 Sat, 01 Jan 2011 12:24:30 -0600 Metrodome repairs stalled as engineers decide next steps Five days after the Metrodome's roof collapsed, the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission met this morning to get started on the official process of getting the roof back up. Work on repairing the roof has stopped for the day while engineers assess what to do next. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/16/metrodome-repairs?refid=0 Thu, 16 Dec 2010 13:03:51 -0600 MnSCU aims to help dropouts return to, finish school Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system will soon begin contacting some of its former students who have dropped out over the years in hopes of getting them to come back to school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/15/education-mnscu-dropouts?refid=0 Thu, 16 Dec 2010 00:00:00 -0600 U administrator in middle of 'Troubled Waters' flap resigns The University of Minnesota's Vice President of University Relations Karen Himle is resigning her position to return to work in the private sector. http://oncampus.mpr.org/2010/12/himle-resigns/?refid=0 Fri, 10 Dec 2010 09:33:30 -0600 More U of M students graduate in 4 years Just over 50 percent of students at the university's Twin Cities campus now graduate in four years. That rate was 47 percent last year, it was only 37 percent a decade ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/09/university-of-minnesota-4-year-graduation?refid=0 Thu, 09 Dec 2010 17:52:25 -0600 Students learn smart phone programming in U of M's new 'apps' class The University of Minnesota offered its first "apps class" this year, to teach students how to develop applications for smart phones and other mobile devices. According to instructors, it's not for hardcore computer programmers, but rather teaches new skills to people passionate about teaching and learning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/08/university-apps-class?refid=0 Thu, 09 Dec 2010 00:00:00 -0600 New Gopher football coach faces skeptics Jerry Kill, the new head football coach at the University of Minnesota calls himself a small-town guy who likes to work hard. Kill, currently coaching at Northern Illinois, will have to work very hard to convince skeptical fans that he's the right choice to lead the Gophers. Many were hoping a big-name coach would get the job. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/06/uminn-jerry-kill-coach-gophers?refid=0 Mon, 06 Dec 2010 17:08:45 -0600 U of M shuts down campus over holidays to trim costs For the first time, the University of Minnesota will shut down its campuses across the state over the winter break. Finding ways to save money during the sleepy holiday schedule is part of the school's effort to trim its more than $3 billion annual budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/02/colleges-temp-shutdown?refid=0 Thu, 02 Dec 2010 17:07:35 -0600 U of M's president pick Kaler says salary is 'reasonable' Last week the university's board of regents voted to hire Eric Kaler as the school's next president. He'll be paid a base salary of $610,000 a year. He'll also receive $50,000 in retirement funds in second, third and fourth years of his contract. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/24/kaler-salary-university-of-minnesota?refid=0 Wed, 24 Nov 2010 16:46:27 -0600 U president search over, but concerns over openness of process linger Some open government advocates say those private meetings appear to be in violation of the state open meeting law, but university officials say they did nothing wrong. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/19/openness-of-kaler-search-university-of-minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 19 Nov 2010 16:42:29 -0600 Kaler faces many challenges as he takes over at U of M Big challenges lie ahead for Eric Kaler, the man chosen to be the next president of the University of Minnesota, primarily having to do with its financial situation. The state faces a nearly $6 billion budget shortfall over the next two years, and higher education is bracing for more budget cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/18/kaler-folo?refid=0 Fri, 19 Nov 2010 00:25:00 -0600 U of M president finalist fields questions in first public interview The lone finalist in the search for the next president at the University of Minnesota had a very public and very wide-ranging job interview on the U's Minneapolis campus Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/18/kaler-university-minnesota-president-finalist?refid=0 Thu, 18 Nov 2010 06:07:33 -0600 Lone U of M finalist for president set for regents interviews In making Eric Kaler the sole finalist last week, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents highlighted his resume as an accomplished academic and skilled administrator. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/17/eric-kaler-university-of-minnesota-president-finalist?refid=0 Wed, 17 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0600 U of M president search coming to a head The University of Minnesota's board of regents are expected to name finalists for the school's top job Friday. The university's Board of Regents has the names of four semi-finalists, but those names are being kept secret. The regents will vote on the finalists during their regular monthly meeting at which point the names become public. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/12/post?refid=0 Fri, 12 Nov 2010 09:23:19 -0600 U of Minn. names presidential finalist: Eric Kaler Eric Kaler is currently provost at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/11/umn-president-search?refid=0 Fri, 12 Nov 2010 05:00:08 -0600 U of M report recommends cuts to College of Liberal Arts A report out Monday suggests slimming down the University of Minnesota's College of Liberal Arts -- the largest department on campus -- to keep it strong in a future where resources for higher education are uncertain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/08/university-of-minnesota-college-of-liberal-arts-report?refid=0 Mon, 08 Nov 2010 17:15:10 -0600 Unions unhappy with bonuses paid to MnSCU officials MnSCU recently paid out more than $370,000 to its 32 college presidents. The performance pay ranges from $8,000 to $15,000. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/05/mnscu-bonuses?refid=0 Fri, 05 Nov 2010 18:04:54 -0500 U of M president's job down to final four candidates A committee has sent the names of four semi-finalists for the top job at the University of Minnesota to the board of regents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/05/university-of-minnesota-president?refid=0 Fri, 05 Nov 2010 17:11:38 -0500 Republicans sweep into power in Minn. House, Senate For the first time in nearly 40 years, Republicans will control both chambers of the Minnesota legislature. GOP candidates won dozens of legislative seats in Tuesday's election. Thirty-four incumbents were defeated, all Democrats. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/03/republican-house-senate?refid=0 Wed, 03 Nov 2010 20:10:21 -0500 State threatens sanctions against charter school The Minnesota Department of Education is threatening significant fines against an online charter school if it doesn't fix problems with its curriculum and graduation requirements. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/02/state-threatens-sanctions-against-charter-school?refid=0 Tue, 02 Nov 2010 16:30:36 -0500 Candidates see little chance of increasing higher ed budgets College officials in Minnesota hope for an increase in funding next legislative session following years of declining state support for higher education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/28/candidates-higher-education?refid=0 Thu, 28 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500 U.S. Census Bureau opens data center on U of M campus The U.S. Census Bureau has opened a data center on the University of Minnesota campus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/27/census-umn?refid=0 Wed, 27 Oct 2010 14:34:20 -0500 U of M to tap new sources to fund next football coach The University of Minnesota is about to find out the going rate for a good college football coach. After firing Tim Brewster over the weekend, the university wants to hire a new coach who will turn the team around after years of losing seasons. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/19/university-of-minnesota-football-coach-search?refid=0 Tue, 19 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Bruininks apologizes for 'Troubled Waters' flap U of M president Robert Bruininks says he regrets the incidents surrounding the release of the controversial film. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/15/troubled-waters-apology?refid=0 Fri, 15 Oct 2010 15:49:58 -0500 U of M regents weigh privacy vs. public access in presidential search As the search unfolds for a new University of Minnesota president, it can be hard to figure out how deep the candidate pool is. And the Board of Regents may not make it any easier, because it's concerned about releasing the names of finalists for the post. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/15/uofm-president-search?refid=0 Fri, 15 Oct 2010 15:27:47 -0500 MnSCU plans to cut $4.2M from its next budget The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System chancellor's office plans to cut $4.2 million from its budget next fiscal year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/14/mnscu-budget?refid=0 Thu, 14 Oct 2010 13:39:56 -0500 Short lectures, lots of interaction in U's new classrooms The brand new Science Teaching building on the university's Minneapolis campus is to home 17 active learning classrooms, more than any other college in the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/13/active-learning-classrooms?refid=0 Wed, 13 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500 MnSCU enrollment keeps climbing, tops 200,000 Enrollment topped 200,000 this fall in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System, making it the fifth straight year of increases and setting a new record. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/11/mnscu-enrollment?refid=0 Mon, 11 Oct 2010 14:54:24 -0500 U of M prepares to ask legislators for funding increase University of Minnesota officials plan to ask lawmakers for $1.2 billion in funding for fiscal years 2012 and 2013, an increase of about $50 million a year over what the school receives now. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/07/university-of-minnesota-budget-preview?refid=0 Thu, 07 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500 U of M fraternities ban parties after third assault The presidents of all 24 fraternities on the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus say they will ban parties for now following a third sexual assault at a fraternity house. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/04/third-assault-prompts-social-moratorium?refid=0 Mon, 04 Oct 2010 17:13:38 -0500 U of M boosting police patrols for homecoming weekend The University of Minnesota is boosting police patrols around campus this weekend as students celebrate homecoming. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/01/umn-safety-homecoming?refid=0 Fri, 01 Oct 2010 06:27:19 -0500 After film flap, U faculty on edge over academic freedom The situation over the "Troubled Waters" documentary has raised broader concerns about academic freedom and pressures from outside the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/29/troubled-waters-academic-freedom?refid=0 Wed, 29 Sep 2010 16:11:11 -0500 U of M decides to show controversial Mississippi River film A week after University of Minnesota officials expressed concern about a documentary on the Mississippi River, the school says the film will be shown as planned. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/23/troubled-waters-screening?refid=0 Thu, 23 Sep 2010 16:32:53 -0500 Minn. colleges push students to graduate in four years Fewer than half of Minnesota's college students earn their degrees in that time and many take five of six years -- if they don't drop out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/15/university-four-year-graduation?refid=0 Wed, 15 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 National Senior Games coming to Minnesota in 2015 The Twin Cities will host an Olympic-style event in 2015 for athletes 50 years and over. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/14/senior-games-2015?refid=0 Tue, 14 Sep 2010 11:57:56 -0500 U of M officially drops lawsuit against Central Corridor light rail The University of Minnesota Board of Regents has voted to drop a lawsuit that was a major obstacle for the proposed Central Corridor light rail project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/08/regents-light-rail-lawsuit?refid=0 Wed, 08 Sep 2010 20:36:05 -0500 U of M Regents expected to finalize light rail agreement The University of Minnesota Board of Regents is expected to approve a measure that would drop a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Council, a major hurdle to the completion of a light rail line through campus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/08/uofm-regents-meeting?refid=0 Wed, 08 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 State delays payment to U of Minnesota, borrows money from MnSCU The state is going to delay nearly $100 million in funding to the University of Minnesota this fall and borrow $350 million for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/07/uofm-funding?refid=0 Tue, 07 Sep 2010 16:05:43 -0500 College enrollment numbers tricky to predict Tuesday marks the first day of classes for many college students in Minnesota. This can be a nerve-wracking time for college officials, too, who will soon find out if they hit their enrollment targets. Too few students can mean revenue shortfalls. Too many students can overwhelm classrooms and dorms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/06/college-enrollment?refid=0 Tue, 07 Sep 2010 00:00:00 -0500 U of M officials propose $80M plan to save aging Northrop Auditorium Officials at the U of M are proposing an $80-million plan to save the aging and rarely-used Northrop Auditorium and to reinvent it as a new destination for students and faculty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/27/northrop-auditorium-plan?refid=0 Fri, 27 Aug 2010 14:22:58 -0500 Tight budget means fewer new faculty at U of M Next week the University of Minnesota will welcome 5,000 freshmen to campus. They won't be the only new faces at the U. The school has also hired a new batch of professors. But because of budget problems, far fewer of them have been hired this year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/25/fewer-faculty?refid=0 Thu, 26 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Capella University names new president Minneapolis-based Capella University -- a for-profit online school -- has named Larry Isaak as its new president. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/24/capella-new-president?refid=0 Tue, 24 Aug 2010 20:18:11 -0500 Students rely more on grandparents to help pay for college The cost of a year college now averages more than $20,000. A new study says students are turning to their grandparents more and more for help paying those expenses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/22/families-paying-for-college?refid=0 Mon, 23 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 College sports not immune from budget cuts St. Cloud State University is considering cutting its football program and other sports as it deals with a budget shortfall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/18/st-cloud-university-cuts?refid=0 Wed, 18 Aug 2010 17:16:21 -0500 Application deadlines move up for Minn. community colleges Some community colleges in Minnesota are moving up their application deadlines to make sure students are better prepared for class. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/14/application-dates?refid=0 Sat, 14 Aug 2010 10:49:37 -0500 Feds give 5 Minn. colleges failing financial grades A report from the U.S. Department of Education gives five nonprofit Minnesota colleges poor grades when it comes to their financial strength. Hamline University in St. Paul was one of the five. The scores are based on the colleges' revenue, how much money they have in savings and how much debt they're carrying. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/12/colleges-poor-finances?refid=0 Fri, 13 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 MSU-Mankato lays off 12 faculty members Twelve faculty members have received layoff notices at Minnesota State University-Mankato as part of an effort to trim the school's budget. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/02/msu-mankato-layoffs?refid=0 Mon, 02 Aug 2010 17:10:42 -0500 MnSCU, U of M ponder what to pay their next leaders There will soon be openings for the top jobs at the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. Some of the people doing the hiring say the starting salary they offer may be higher than what they're paying system leaders now. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/30/mnscu-uofm-executive-salaries?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jul 2010 03:00:00 -0500 U of M study: Colleges don't do enough to curb binge drinking A new study from the University of Minnesota finds colleges across the country aren't doing enough to prevent binge drinking. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/22/binge-drinking?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jul 2010 13:20:20 -0500 MnSCU trustees appoint committee to find new chancellor The board of trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system has appointed a committee to help find the system's new leader. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/22/mnscu-committee?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jul 2010 07:05:37 -0500 Union protests MnSCU chancellor's $40,000 bonus Union members on Tuesday protested a $40,000 performance bonus recently paid to the leader of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/20/mnscu-bonus?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jul 2010 14:31:10 -0500 Future of Hill-Murray president in doubt after arrest Law enforcement officials Monday cited the president of Hill-Murray School with misdemeanor indecent conduct for an incident that occurred last week in St. Paul park. School officials aren't saying much about the future of Joseph Peschges, who was relieved of his duties after his arrest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/19/hill-murray-pres-folo?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jul 2010 16:58:29 -0500 Education Sec. calls for school-college cooperation Speaking in Minneapolis on Friday, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said the U.S. needs more college graduates to stay competitive in the world economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/16/school-university-cooperation-arne-duncan?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jul 2010 17:19:41 -0500 Universities hope to ban boring lectures Being trapped in a boring lecture can be a student's worst nightmare. Minnesota colleges understand that's not a good way to teach students, so they're encouraging professors and instructors to use a more engaging style in their classrooms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/15/new-teaching-methods?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jul 2010 16:34:07 -0500 U of M opens ethics policy for public comment The University of Minnesota has posted the latest version of its conflict of interest policy online and opened it up to public comments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/13/u-of-m-new-ethics-policy?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jul 2010 16:10:43 -0500 U of M students building small-scale neutrino detector Solving the unexplained mysteries of the universe may seem like a big goal for a research project, but that's exactly what scientists hope someday comes out of a work University of Minnesota students are doing this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/13/university-of-minnesota-neutrino-detector?refid=0 Tue, 13 Jul 2010 03:00:00 -0500 U of M spending $20M to improve research infrastructure University President Robert Bruininks told the school's Board of Regents that funds for the Infrastructure Investment Initiative, or I-3, will come from royalties paid to the university. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/07/university-of-minnesota-research-money?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jul 2010 17:27:34 -0500 MnSCU begins search for new chancellor David Olson, who just ended a six-year term as head of the MnSCU board of trustees, will lead a search committee to find the system's next chancellor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/05/mnscu-president?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jul 2010 10:31:59 -0500 Dim job prospects lead college grads to public service A number of recent college graduates are considering public service after college as they navigate one of the toughest job markets in a generation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/02/college-graduates-public-service?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jul 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Regents unanimously approve U of M budget The University of Minnesota board of regents voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a budget that raises tuition, and cuts jobs and class offerings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/22/umn-budget?refid=0 Tue, 22 Jun 2010 13:40:21 -0500 Bigger 10 could help narrow U of M's athletics budget gap The recent expansion of the Big 10 could help the University of Minnesota athletics department weather reductions in its budget, but it's not likely to be enough to make up for the budget cuts the department faces in coming years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/17/bigger-10?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jun 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Union wants MnSCU pres. to return $40K bonus A public employees union is asking the head of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system to return his bonus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/17/board-awards-chancellor-mccormick?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jun 2010 16:40:19 -0500 Mixed reaction to U of M's plans to close $152M deficit To balance the books, university President Robert Bruininks has proposed a budget that raises tuition, gets rids of dozens of faculty positions and reduces class offerings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/15/university-of-minnesota-budget-forum?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jun 2010 03:00:00 -0500 U of M budget that cuts staff, class offerings subject of Monday public forum The University of Minnesota Board of Regents will hold a public forum on Monday to discuss a proposed budget that increases student tuition, cuts staff and reduces class offerings. The regents got their first look at the budget late last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/13/uofmbudget?refid=0 Sun, 13 Jun 2010 12:48:32 -0500 U of M names advisory committee for president search The University of Minnesota Board of Regents has named a 12-member advisory committee to help find the school's next president. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/11/regents-meeting?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jun 2010 07:00:57 -0500 College offers fresh challenges for grads in grant program Nearly a decade ago, the Minneapolis Foundation promised a $10,000 college scholarship to more than 360 third graders in high-poverty schools in the Twin Cities through a program called Destination 2010. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/11/destination-2010-college?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jun 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Concordia College president dies The president of Concordia College in Moorhead died this afternoon after suffering an early morning stroke at her home. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/09/concordia-president-stroke?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jun 2010 16:02:49 -0500 U of M tuition hikes expected to be approved The University of Minnesota board of regents is expected to approve a budget later this week that trims the school's budget and raises tuition for students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/07/tuition-hike-expected-at-university?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jun 2010 07:02:29 -0500 In tough job market, colleges help grads network with alumni College students graduating this spring face one of the toughest job markets in a generation. That challenge has prompted two Minnesota colleges to become more aggressive in connecting students with alumni who could help them get that first job. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/25/college-graduates-networking-alumni?refid=0 Tue, 25 May 2010 03:00:00 -0500 MnSCU approves tuition increases Students at MnSCU campuses in Minnesota will pay about 4.5 percent more in tuition next year. The system's board approved the higher tuition Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/19/mnscu-tuition?refid=0 Wed, 19 May 2010 16:09:54 -0500 Bruininks: Stadium alcohol proposal 'bad legislation' The president of the University of Minnesota doesn't like a Minnesota House proposal allowing the U to serve beer in its TCF Bank football stadium only if alcohol is available in one-third of general seats. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/14/tcf-alcohol?refid=0 Fri, 14 May 2010 14:50:00 -0500 U of M regents approve temporary pays cuts, unpaid leaves The University of Minnesota's board of regents Friday passed a resolution that temporarily cuts the salaries of some U of M employees, and forces others to take unpaid leave. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/14/umn-cuts?refid=0 Fri, 14 May 2010 14:13:04 -0500 Haitian student beat the odds to finish college Over the next few weeks, thousands of college students will graduate, and celebrate the end of years of hard work in the classroom. For one Macalester College senior, graduation marks another chapter in a life-long struggle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/13/alcenat?refid=0 Fri, 14 May 2010 03:00:00 -0500 U of M regents hear proposal to revitalize auditorium The University of Minnesota wants to revitalize a signature building on the school's Twin Cities campus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/13/northrup-auditorium?refid=0 Thu, 13 May 2010 12:54:29 -0500 U of M holding grand opening for new urban research center The University of Minnesota is holding a grand opening for its new urban research and outreach center Wednesday in north Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/12/umn-urban-research?refid=0 Wed, 12 May 2010 07:35:03 -0500 U of M to begin search for new president The University of Minnesota board of regents will start the search process for the school's next president at its meeting later this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/10/umn-president?refid=0 Mon, 10 May 2010 06:38:25 -0500 St. Paul high school locked down briefly A St. Paul high school went into lockdown today Friday after a report that a student was spotted with a gun -- but no gun was found. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/07/humboldt-lockdown?refid=0 Fri, 07 May 2010 13:42:21 -0500 MnSCU, U of M don't expect cuts to be restored Minnesota's two public higher education systems don't believe the state Supreme Court's ruling against Gov. Pawlenty's unallotment will change their budgets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/05/mnscu-umn-unallotment?refid=0 Wed, 05 May 2010 15:20:53 -0500 Pawlenty says MnSCU credit transfer bill not necessary A bill in the Legislature gave the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system five years to better align similar programs at colleges so credits could seamlessly transfer. On Friday, Pawlenty vetoed the bill. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/05/credit-transfer-veto?refid=0 Wed, 05 May 2010 03:00:00 -0500 House expected to take up alcohol rules at U of M stadium This week the Minnesota House of Representatives is expected to take up legislation that would allow the University of Minnesota to serve alcohol in premium seats and private suites at its football stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/03/tcf-bank-stadium-alcohol?refid=0 Fri, 30 Apr 2010 20:44:17 -0500 String of assaults raises safety concerns at U of M A recent string of crimes on and near the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus has raised some concerns about public safety, but police say 'major crimes' are down in the past year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/28/university-of-minnesota-crime?refid=0 Wed, 28 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 U of M's liberal arts program prepares for cuts The College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota is planning to narrow its focus to prepare for future reductions in funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/27/uofm-liberal-arts-college-preps-for-cuts?refid=0 Tue, 27 Apr 2010 13:50:48 -0500 Police presence increased for U of M's weekend Spring Jam Police will be out in full-force around the Minneapolis campus of the U of M starting Friday night as this weekend marks Spring Jam, an on-campus celebration at the university that many students see as a chance to throw huge off-campus parties. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/23/spring-jam?refid=0 Fri, 23 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Roseville school locked down after shots fired nearby A school in Roseville was locked down briefly on Wednesday after the owner of a liquor store across the street fired shots at some robbery suspects. Although two groups of students were outside at the time, nobody was hurt. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/14/roseville-lockdown?refid=0 Wed, 14 Apr 2010 14:34:00 -0500 U of M cuts energy use by 5 percent, saves $2 million The University of Minnesota has cut energy use at its Twin Cities campus by 5 percent over the past year. That's expected to save the school more than $2 million in energy costs annually. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/13/university-of-minnesota-energy-use?refid=0 Tue, 13 Apr 2010 17:09:22 -0500 U of M student stabbed during an attempted robbery near Mpls. campus A University of Minnesota student was stabbed during an attempted robbery near the school's Minneapolis campus Monday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/06/uofm-stabbing?refid=0 Tue, 06 Apr 2010 10:25:30 -0500 U of M president calls for 'covenant' with state lawmakers Robert Bruininks is calling for the state to increase support for the University of Minnesota and all of education, but some state lawmakers say that's a hard sell in these tough times. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/05/bruininks-state-of-the-university-of-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 05 Apr 2010 19:03:06 -0500 Colleges cut programs, staff to cope with budget woes At Minnesota State University at Mankato, officials at Mankato have decided to cut 28 programs. Almost twice as many more will see reductions in size. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/30/higher-education-budget-woes?refid=0 Tue, 30 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0500 U of M faculty approves temporary pay cut Faculty at the University of Minnesota will take a one year pay cut of just over 1 percent in a move approved by the faculty senate on Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/26/u-m-paycut?refid=0 Fri, 26 Mar 2010 08:11:19 -0500 Bill would cut banks out of the student lending equation The move would get private banks out of the government student loan business. Billions of dollars in fees banks collected to service loans would instead be used to increase aid for needy students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/23/student-loans-direct-lending?refid=0 Tue, 23 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Some St. Cloud students start their school day before the dawn Because of increasing demand and higher enrollments, community colleges around the country are starting to offer classes that start as early as 6:30 in the morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/21/earlyclasses?refid=0 Mon, 22 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Calendar quirk will cost U of M $41M in payroll Because of a once in a decade quirk in the calendar, employees at the University of Minnesota will receive an extra pay check in the next fiscal year, and it could cost the university upward of $41 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/11/u-m-extra-paycheck?refid=0 Thu, 11 Mar 2010 15:11:12 -0600 Colleges hand out emergency cash to more students Paying for college isn't easy, and one unexpected bill like a car repair could be enough to force a student to drop out. Most Minnesota colleges have a little-known pool of money set aside to help students facing financial hardships to stay in school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/09/emergencyfunds?refid=0 Wed, 10 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0600 U of M president proposes unpaid furloughs to cut costs The plan would require employees to take unpaid leave before the end of 2010. Members of the executive administration would take six unpaid days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/04/university-minnesota-furloughs?refid=0 Thu, 04 Mar 2010 17:02:34 -0600 Record enrollment at state colleges, universities Spring enrollment at the Minnesota Colleges and Universities system is up 8 percent, an increase of more than 14,000 students over a year ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/03/record-enrollment?refid=0 Wed, 03 Mar 2010 12:44:36 -0600 Some colleges charge higher tuition for online classes Colleges in Minnesota tout their online classes as a convenient way for students to earn a degree, without entering a classroom. But students can pay considerably more for that convenience, and they're asking what they get for their higher tuition payment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/02/online-tuition?refid=0 Tue, 02 Mar 2010 15:41:24 -0600 Police issue crime alert for U of M after robbery Two men robbed a University of Minnesota employee in her office Tuesday at the Carlson School of Management. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/23/police-issue-crime-alert-for-u-of-m-after-robbery?refid=0 Tue, 23 Feb 2010 17:24:02 -0600 Looking to boost numbers, MCAD tries tuition freeze Students at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design are getting some relief from the rising cost of tuition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/19/mcad-tuition-freeze?refid=0 Fri, 19 Feb 2010 05:00:00 -0600 Colleges get $13 million in stimulus to train heathcare workers Three Minnesota community colleges will receive more than $13 million in federal stimulus money to train workers for emerging jobs in the healthcare industry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/12/community-college-stimulus?refid=0 Fri, 12 Feb 2010 17:12:12 -0600 Applications up 10 percent to the University of Minnesota Despite the decline in high school graduates in the Midwest, applications to the University of Minnesota are up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/12/u-applications-up?refid=0 Fri, 12 Feb 2010 12:22:13 -0600 U of M making progress in negotiations over Central Corridor rail line University of Minnesota officials today said they're making progress in negotiations over a billion dollar light rail line from St. Paul to Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/12/light-rail-university?refid=0 Fri, 12 Feb 2010 10:39:12 -0600 U of M officials consider cutting jobs ahead of expected budget shortfall University of Minnesota officials are considering permanent job cuts and temporary lay-offs to fix an expected budget shortfall next fiscal year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/12/budget-cuts?refid=0 Fri, 12 Feb 2010 08:33:14 -0600 U of M in Rochester planning for future growth The University of Minnesota campus in Rochester is planning for future growth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/12/university-rochester?refid=0 Fri, 12 Feb 2010 06:22:32 -0600 MnSCU reviewing audit report on administrative spending The state Legislative Auditor is recommending changes to how the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system handles some administrative spending. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/09/mnscu-audit?refid=0 Tue, 09 Feb 2010 13:05:15 -0600 Outlook bleak for state-funded college financial aid The state of Minnesota's fiscal woes could impact a cash-strapped government program that provides financial aid for needy college students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/05/outlook-bleak-for-state-grant?refid=0 Fri, 05 Feb 2010 05:00:00 -0600 Twins say no deal yet with Mauer Minnesota Twins officials are discounting a published report that the team has agreed to a new long-term contract with American League MVP Joe Mauer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/01/mauer-contract?refid=0 Mon, 01 Feb 2010 17:45:01 -0600 U of M has big plans for UMore Park land The University of Minnesota has big plans for UMore Park, 5,000 acres it owns in Rosemount. The university hopes to build an environmentally friendly community on the land -- one that could be home to 30,000 people in a few decades. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/29/university-umore-park?refid=0 Mon, 01 Feb 2010 00:00:00 -0600 College officials expect deep cuts in higher education funding The future of the state's higher education budget is on the agenda at a hearing Tuesday at the Capitol, and College officials fear deep cuts in state funding in the next three years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/25/college-funding-legislation?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jan 2010 02:00:00 -0600 Minn. college graduation rates going up A new state report shows graduation rates at Minnesota colleges are on the rise. Colleges say that's because they're pushing students harder to finish their degrees in six years or less. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/24/college-grads?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jan 2010 06:00:00 -0600 University of Minn. clerical workers fear furloughs Clerical workers at the University of Minnesota fear job furloughs as the school faces more cuts in state funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/22/clerical_workers_u?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jan 2010 06:49:50 -0600 MnSCU trustees seek public input The Minnesota State Colleges board of trustees will kick off a series of meetings to gather public input Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/21/mnscu?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jan 2010 07:38:10 -0600 U of M's Bruininks diagnosed with prostate cancer The President of the University of Minnesota has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/19/bruininks-cancer?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jan 2010 16:06:10 -0600 Franken 'cautiously optimistic' about Afghanistan DFL U.S. Sen. Al Franken is offering cautious support of President Obama's plan to send 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan to fight the Taliban. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/13/franken-afghanistan?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jan 2010 14:01:45 -0600 More Minnesota students taking online, hybrid classes Both the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system say they've seen double-digit increases in recent years in the number of students taking online courses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/11/online-learning?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jan 2010 03:00:00 -0600 'Physics Circus' at U of M mixes science and stagecraft Collapsing steel drums with steam and shooting rolls of toilet paper with a leaf blower are just a few ways a group of scientists use to prove that physics isn't so complicated in show that they call the "Physics Circus." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/06/physics-circus?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jan 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Insight Bowl an important appearance for Gophers The Minnesota Gophers football team is in Tempe, Ariz., getting ready to take on the Iowa State Cyclones in Thursday's Insight Bowl. The Insight isn't considered a major college bowl game, but it is worth a lot, financially and otherwise, to the U of M football team. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/30/insight-bowl-costs?refid=0 Thu, 31 Dec 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Minn. colleges ready to begin teacher prep programs in 2010 Augsburg College is one of a dozen colleges in Minnesota and the Dakotas gearing up in 2010 in an effort to turn out better teachers. The Minneapolis-based Bush Foundation announced earlier this month it would put $40 million into the initiative over the next ten years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/29/bush-teacher-initiative?refid=0 Wed, 30 Dec 2009 03:00:00 -0600 College endowments better than last year, but still down Endowments at most Minnesota colleges declined by millions of dollars over the past year, but many colleges say the picture isn't as grim as it appears. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/18/endowments-down?refid=0 Mon, 21 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Gophers prepared for strong competition at NCAA volleyball tourney The University of Minnesota Gopher women's volleyball team is in Tampa Thursday for the NCAA Final Four. The Gophers, who were seeded 11th in the tournament, take on the number two seed Texas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/16/gophers-volleyball?refid=0 Thu, 17 Dec 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Data shows 1 in 20 Minn. students default on student loans New data from the Department of Education shows that 6 percent of students in Minnesota who took out government education loans are in default. That number is half the national average of 12 percent. /features/2009/12/14-student-loan-default-rate/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Dec 2009 16:38:47 -0600 Students asking for more clarity about U of M fees A group of students at the University of Minnesota say they want more information about the fees they're charged to attend the U of M. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/11/university-fees?refid=0 Fri, 11 Dec 2009 15:10:50 -0600 U of M, MnSCU plan tuition hikes to cope with state budget deficit University of Minnesota plans to raise tuition 7.5 percent next year, but that increase could be larger if the U faces deeper than anticipated cuts during the next legislative session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/10/uofm-tuition-increase?refid=0 Thu, 10 Dec 2009 14:17:02 -0600 Minn. high school students enrolling in college hits record number The number of Minnesota high school graduates enrolling in college has hit an all-time high. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/09/college-enrollment?refid=0 Wed, 09 Dec 2009 10:36:34 -0600 Aid cushions blow of state tuition hikes The average yearly tuition at Minnesota's public and private colleges has gone up 82 percent in the last decade. However, increases in financial aid have cushioned the blow of those tuition increases in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/07/mntuition?refid=0 Tue, 08 Dec 2009 00:00:00 -0600 U of M expects funding cut from state At their meeting Thursday, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents will hear how the state's budget deficit could affect funding for the university. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/07/u-of-m-regents-to-get-briefing-on-state-economy?refid=0 Mon, 07 Dec 2009 10:00:55 -0600 Bush Foundation invests in teacher prep programs The Bush Foundation is investing $40 million in a 10-year effort to improve teacher preparation at 14 colleges in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/03/bush-edgrant?refid=0 Thu, 03 Dec 2009 12:28:48 -0600 U of M opens new medical biosciences building The University of Minnesota has opened a new medical biosciences building on the school's Twin Cities campus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/01/uofm-biosciences?refid=0 Tue, 01 Dec 2009 16:10:14 -0600 Feds in Minn. seize over $600,000 in fake goods Officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have seized over 17,000 counterfeit items from Twin Cities-area businesses, with an estimated street value of $643,000. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/25/counterfeit-goods?refid=0 Wed, 25 Nov 2009 11:48:15 -0600 Feds stimulating research at Minnesota schools If ever there was a time for scientists to feel giddy, it's now. Federal stimulus money for research has started rolling into Minnesota colleges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/19/researchstimulus?refid=0 Fri, 20 Nov 2009 03:00:00 -0600 U of M seeing larger transfer population In a report to the Board of Regents Thursday, university officials said more than 2,700 students transferred to the U, a population of students the U of M doesn't know a lot about. But this year the school hopes to study who they are and why they come to the U. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/12/university-transfers?refid=0 Thu, 12 Nov 2009 18:00:27 -0600 Officials present draft U of M ethics policy A nearly two-year effort to rewrite a conflict-of-interest policy at the University of Minnesota's medical school has resulted in a document that would cover all employees at the university. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/11/um-ethics-policy?refid=0 Wed, 11 Nov 2009 16:41:57 -0600 U of M gets grant to plan for pandemics The University of Minnesota will receive $55 million over the next five years to help improve the global response to emerging pandemics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/30/pandemic-grant?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2009 15:00:10 -0500 U of M researchers receive grant to use bacteria for biofuels The Department of Energy has awarded University of Minnesota researchers and a start-up company $2.2 million to use bacteria to produce biofuel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/27/u-of-m-biofuels-grant?refid=0 Tue, 27 Oct 2009 12:22:38 -0500 Minnesota colleges making efforts to prevent dropouts In a new effort to keep students in school, Minnesota colleges are reaching out to students who face academic or financial challenges through tutoring and advisers before those problems force them to drop out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/22/university-retention-efforts?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Minn. matches nation in increase in college tuition With the economy struggling, parents and students dared to hope this year might offer a break from rising college costs. Instead, they got another sharp increase. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/20/tuition-increase?refid=0 Tue, 20 Oct 2009 16:20:40 -0500 In schools, even chemistry is going green Chemistry professors these days are trying some new approaches to minimize the amount of hazardous substance students are exposed to, and as schools turn to more green chemistry, the benefits could include cost savings and possibly more career options for students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/15/green-chemistry?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 U of M to seek $193 million from legislature The University of Minnesota's board of regents has voted to ask lawmakers for $193 million next legislative session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/09/u-of-m-building-request?refid=0 Fri, 09 Oct 2009 17:00:04 -0500 Economy is down, so enrollment is up Most colleges in Minnesota say they saw at least a slight increase in enrollment over last fall. Schools say there's no single reason behind the rise, but the down economy seems to be a factor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/08/college-enrollment?refid=0 Thu, 08 Oct 2009 18:00:36 -0500 MnSCU enrollment up nearly 7 percent in recession Enrollment increases were particularly high at the system's 25 community and technical colleges. Thirteen of them reported double-digit enrollment growth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/07/mnscu-enrollment?refid=0 Wed, 07 Oct 2009 15:53:23 -0500 U of M volunteers keeping students informed about H1N1 About 100 University of Minnesota students are turning up with suspected cases of H1N1 every week; however most of those influenza cases aren't identified by doctors or nurses, but rather by student volunteers called health advocates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/02/uofm-flu-team?refid=0 Mon, 05 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 U of M allowing public tours of TCF Stadium this weekend The University of Minnesota opens its new football stadium for public tours on Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/02/gophers-stadium-tour?refid=0 Fri, 02 Oct 2009 16:36:11 -0500 Vets in college get emergency checks from VA The Veterans Administration will provide student veterans with emergency payments of up to $3,000 beginning Friday, to help them pay for college. The VA is responding to the fact that many vets are still waiting for GI Bill checks, even though their college classes have been in session for a month. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/30/gi-bill?refid=0 Thu, 01 Oct 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Carleton College president plans to retire in 2010 The President of Carleton College has announced his retirement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/25/carleton-president-retirement?refid=0 Fri, 25 Sep 2009 15:04:08 -0500 Macalester building receives highest LEED rating A new building on the Macalester College campus in St. Paul has received the highest ranking available for green construction and operation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/24/macalester-leed-building-certification?refid=0 Thu, 24 Sep 2009 06:57:22 -0500 U of M gets $75 million in stimulus money The University of Minnesota has been awarded nearly $75 million in grants from the federal economic stimulus package. Most of the money will go toward various research projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/23/univ-stimulus?refid=0 Wed, 23 Sep 2009 16:39:45 -0500 U of M sues Met Council on Central Corridor The proposed Central Corridor light rail line between downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis has hit a bump. The University of Minnesota is suing the Metropolitan Council over concerns about the route of the rail line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/23/lawsuit?refid=0 Wed, 23 Sep 2009 10:10:30 -0500 MnSCU bonuses to top staffers nears $300K The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system has paid out nearly $300,000 in bonuses to its top staff members. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/17/mnscu-incentive-bonuses?refid=0 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 16:35:09 -0500 U of M's TCF Stadium awarded LEED certification The University of Minnesota's new football stadium has been designated as a LEED certified building. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/17/tcf-stadium-leed?refid=0 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 13:07:28 -0500 Verdict on new stadium? 'Wonderful awesomeness' For Gopher fans, Saturday night's 20-13 win against Air Force was a chance to cheer on their team in a brand new, open-air stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/13/tcf-stadium-opener?refid=0 Sun, 13 Sep 2009 08:51:41 -0500 Officials will explore alternatives to funding new Bell Museum The University of Minnesota will explore new partnerships with other organizations before it once again asks lawmakers for money to build a new Bell Museum. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/11/bell-museum-no-money?refid=0 Fri, 11 Sep 2009 14:51:42 -0500 TCF Stadium brings football back to U of M campus For some the new TCF Bank stadium has brought back memories of Big 10 football on crisp, fall days in Minnesota. For others, it's the beginning of a new era. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/10/tcf-stadium-preview?refid=0 Fri, 11 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0500 U of M Board of Regents meeting will include H1N1 update University of Minnesota Regents will get an update on the school's plan to deal with the H1N1 strain of flu as their two-day board meeting begins Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/09/regents-h1n1?refid=0 Thu, 10 Sep 2009 06:00:00 -0500 New president appointed at Fond du Lac Community College The board of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system has appointed Larry Anderson as the new president of Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/09/fondulac-new-president?refid=0 Wed, 09 Sep 2009 16:43:56 -0500 H1N1 flu sickens dozens at the U of M The University of Minnesota is reporting dozens of probable cases of H1N1 flu, only a week after students returned to campus for the fall semester. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/09/uofm-flu?refid=0 Wed, 09 Sep 2009 14:25:01 -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 Pawlenty questions motivation of Obama's school speech Gov. Tim Pawlenty says President Obama's planned back to school speech imposes on the nation's schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/04/pawlenty-obama-speech?refid=0 Fri, 04 Sep 2009 15:50:06 -0500 U of M offering incoming students advice on financial literacy In the past, money management advice has come strictly from parents, but colleges are now offering students financial advice as well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/03/student-financial-literacy?refid=0 Fri, 04 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Colleges defer tuition for vets waiting on GI Bill checks The government is having a hard time processing the huge number of GI Bill applications, and that means veterans aren't likely to receive their first checks until weeks after school has started. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/28/gibill-delays?refid=0 Mon, 31 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0500 U of M responds to Grassley probe The University of Minnesota said it has no information that a surgeon who was paid more than $1 million in consulting fees by Medtronic failed to disclose possible conflicts of interest in his research projects. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/26/uofm-conflict?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 18:24:16 -0500 Bemidji State gets $250,000 to help veterans stay in school A Minnesota college is getting $250,000 to help military veterans stay in school and finish their degrees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/25/bemidji-state-veterans-grant?refid=0 Tue, 25 Aug 2009 15:52:15 -0500 Rambis vows to win Timberwolves fans back Kurt Rambis, the new head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, says he's ready to build a winning team, but he also wants to win fans back. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/11/rambis-arrives?refid=0 Tue, 11 Aug 2009 16:19:40 -0500 Officials split over proposed change in college loans President Obama wants to take private banks out of the business of handling federally guaranteed student loans, and some of Minnesota's college financial aid officials are split over the issue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/07/college-loans?refid=0 Fri, 07 Aug 2009 15:30:00 -0500 Hiawatha LRT rolling again after accident with car The Hiawatha LRT line resumed full operation last night, hours after a motorist was injured when his car was struck by the train at a Minneapolis intersection. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/03/lrt-crash?refid=0 Tue, 04 Aug 2009 07:10:00 -0500 U of M hoping breath tests will keep stadium under control Drunk and rowdy students kicked out of the new University of Minnesota stadium will be required to take a breathalyzer test before they're allowed to attend another game. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/03/tcf-check-bac?refid=0 Mon, 03 Aug 2009 14:06:02 -0500 U of M band moves into new home at TCF stadium The University of Minnesota marching band will move into its new home at the TCF Bank football stadium Saturday http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/24/band-home-stadium?refid=0 Sat, 25 Jul 2009 08:00:00 -0500 Minnesota students create 'super' hybrid cars Students at six Minnesota technical colleges have spent their summer converting gas/electric hybrid cars into plug-in hybrids, dramatically increasing their fuel economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/22/hybrid-prius?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jul 2009 11:45:00 -0500 MnSCU chancellor gets $32K bonus The trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System today gave MnSCU's leader a bonus of more than $30,000, even as they approved a new budget that raises tuition and eliminates more than 500 positions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/22/mnscu_layoffs_tuition_hike?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jul 2009 16:40:39 -0500 Old equipment gets second life at U of M When the University of Minnesota decides to get rid of a desk, or a chair, or a piece of equipment, it doesn't throw those items into a landfill. They go the U's Reuse Warehouse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/20/reuse_warehouse?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Community colleges could get boost from federal money Minnesota higher education officials are applauding a proposal by President Obama to spend $12 billion on the nation's community colleges over the next 10 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/14/community_colleges?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jul 2009 11:36:56 -0500 Regents taking two-day retreat to talk future of U of M The University of Minnesota Board of Regents will spend Thursday and Friday discussing the future mission of the University in a private retreat in southern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/08/regents_retreat?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jul 2009 07:00:00 -0500 Colleges bank on early retirement to balance budgets Some Minnesota colleges are offering early-retirement incentives in an effort to balance budgets and avoid at least some layoffs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/06/early_retirement?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Tasting the revamped Taste of Minnesota The revamped Taste of Minnesota runs through Sunday at downtown St. Paul's Harriet Island. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/03/taste_of_minnesota?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jul 2009 16:13:09 -0500 Minnesota private colleges see tuition increase 4.8 percent Students at Minnesota's 17 private liberal arts colleges will see their tuition go up an average of 4.8 percent this fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/liberal_arts_colleges_tuition_increase?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jul 2009 07:54:17 -0500 U of M students build solar house for international competition This summer, a group of University of Minnesota students are using what they've learned about architecture, design and energy to build a solar-powered house from the ground up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/29/solar_house?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jun 2009 03:00:00 -0500 U of M takes up alcohol ban and budget cuts The university's president is asking the school's governing body to ban alcohol at the new TCF Bank Stadium, set to open on campus in the fall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/24/university_of_minnesota_stadium_alcohol_vote?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jun 2009 03:00:00 -0500 U of M medical school's ethics plan a work in progress The U of M policy is being rewritten because of concern that gifts and payments may influence a doctor's patient care decisions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/19/u_med_school_ethics_process?refid=0 Sun, 21 Jun 2009 13:00:00 -0500 Timelapse: Lightning over Como Park in St. Paul MPR News reporter Tim Post captured an electrical storm over Como Park in St. Paul on Wednesday night between 10:48 p.m. and 10:51 p.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/18/como_park_lightning_storm?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jun 2009 10:59:36 -0500 Smaller cuts still a problem for educators Education officials admit Gov. Tim Pawlenty's cuts to their budgets could have been much worse, but they say the governor's steps will still bring negative consequences. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/16/pawlenty_education_cuts?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jun 2009 17:07:14 -0500 U of M students protest re-election of Iranian president About two dozen Iranian students protested Monday at the University of Minnesota over the country's recent presidential election. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/15/iran_election_protests?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jun 2009 13:54:53 -0500 U of M budget: Tuition stable, staff layoffs looming There is good news and bad news in the proposed budget for the University of Minnesota: Good news for students who will see minimal tuition increases. Bad news for staff, who are facing job cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/12/university_minnesota_job_cuts?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jun 2009 16:00:26 -0500 U of M, MnSCU to consider 3% tuition increase The University of Minnesota and the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system are each considering 3 percent tuition increases next year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/09/u_of_m_regents_tuition_increase?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jun 2009 11:11:14 -0500 U of M team wins solar-car race A team from the University of Minnesota has won a solar-car race in Texas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/08/u_of_m_team_wins_solarcar_race?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jun 2009 11:35:43 -0500 Job-seeking graduates hone their elevator pitches Even getting a foot in the door for an interview isn't easy in a fiercely competitive job market. At the University of Minnesota, job counselors are teaching graduates the fine art of networking. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/03/high_speed_networking_for_graduates?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jun 2009 03:00:00 -0500 St. Kate's name change is official: St. Catherine University After 104 years as the College of St. Catherine, the private St. Paul school is now officially known as St. Catherine University. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/01/st_kates?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jun 2009 06:26:39 -0500 Grim jobs outlook for new college grads This spring Minnesota college graduates walked across the commencement stage and into one of the most challenging job markets in years. The poor economy means there are fewer jobs available for college graduates. And new grads say even when they find a job to apply for, they're competing with laid off workers who have more experience. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/22/grim_jobs_outlook_for_grads?refid=0 Tue, 26 May 2009 03:00:00 -0500 T. Denny Sanford gives $6 million for Gopher football stadium South Dakota businessman T. Denny Sanford is donating $6 million to the University of Minnesota for its new on-campus football stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/21/sanford_uofm?refid=0 Thu, 21 May 2009 14:37:16 -0500 Former U.N. chief, Macalester grad Kofi Annan honored with statue Kofi Annan made an appearance at Macalester College in St. Paul today. The former United Nations Secretary General, who graduated from Macalester in 1961, was honored with the unveiling of a life-sized bronze bust. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/20/kofi_annan_statue?refid=0 Wed, 20 May 2009 15:29:53 -0500 Higher education cuts could mean tuition hike If Gov. Pawlenty balances Minnesota's budget deficit by making cuts on his own, it's likely higher education funding could take a hit. The governor says he could slash as much as $190 million from the budgets of the state's colleges over the next two years. If those cuts go through, Minnesota college officials say they'll need to raise tuition significantly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/18/higher_ed_cuts?refid=0 Mon, 18 May 2009 16:09:44 -0500 U of M president would block stadium-wide alcohol sales The president of the University of Minnesota says he won't allow the sale of alcohol at the U's new football stadium if a bill requiring it to be sold throughout the stadium passes the legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/08/u_of_m_stadium_alcohol_sales?refid=0 Fri, 08 May 2009 13:07:01 -0500 U of M prepares for future budget cuts Despite a boost in funding from the federal stimulus bill, the University of Minnesota is making budget cuts now to prepare for future funding shortfalls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/08/uofm_budget?refid=0 Fri, 08 May 2009 06:21:09 -0500 Memorial service for St. Thomas student today A memorial service will be held today for Dan Zamlen, the University of St. Thomas freshman whose body was recovered from the Mississippi River last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/07/memorial_service_for_st_thomas_student_today?refid=0 Thu, 07 May 2009 09:36:03 -0500 U of M president opposes expansion of alcohol sales at TCF stadium The president of the University of Minnesota opposes a legislative effort to expand alcohol sales at the U's new football stadium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/05/stadiumbooze?refid=0 Tue, 05 May 2009 19:58:42 -0500 College students find fewer internships in poor economy The ailing economy has taken its toll on summer internships for college students. Companies say internships are the first thing to be cut in tough times. That means students, who rely on internships to make connections for full time jobs after graduation, may need to find new ways to gather workplace experience. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/29/disappearing_internships?refid=0 Thu, 30 Apr 2009 16:45:00 -0500 More universities cancel Mexico study trips Universities around Minnesota are cancelling their study abroad programs in Mexico as a result of the swine flu outbreak. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/29/flu_studyabroad?refid=0 Wed, 29 Apr 2009 14:24:03 -0500 U of M students face discipline for weekend riot The University of Minnesota is considering on-campus punishments for students involved in a weekend party that turned violent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/27/uminn_riot?refid=0 Mon, 27 Apr 2009 14:13:33 -0500 Cost a bigger consideration in college choices this year For students and parents, financial concerns are an even bigger part of the decision over which college to attend. That has colleges offering even more financial help then usual, in hopes of attracting students to their campuses during tough economic times. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/22/cost_college_decisions?refid=0 Thu, 23 Apr 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Economy seen behind shifts in college application numbers Applications are up at the U of M and state colleges and universities, while applications are down somewhat at the state's private colleges for the fall semester. One big reason: the economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/16/college_applications_economy?refid=0 Fri, 17 Apr 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Red Bulls ready to ship out to Iraq More than 1,000 Minnesota National Guard troops will ship out to Iraq in the next few weeks. Members of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division, have trained at Ft. Lewis Washington for the last two months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/14/red_bulls_national_guard_head_to_iraq?refid=0 Tue, 14 Apr 2009 06:08:25 -0500 Sen. John Marty announces gubernatorial bid State Sen. John Marty has officially announced his campaign for Minnesota Governor in 2010. The Roseville Democrat told supporters today he considers himself a "conservative progressive". http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/13/marty_governor?refid=0 Mon, 13 Apr 2009 13:55:01 -0500 Missing student's parents ask area residents for help The father of a missing University of St. Thomas student asked residents of St. Paul to help find his son. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/08/zamlen_search_continues?refid=0 Wed, 08 Apr 2009 15:17:42 -0500 Fargo-Moorhead students return to school in wake of flooding Students in Fargo-Moorhead are finally heading back to school after a week and a half off because of flooding in the Red River Valley. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/05/floodschoolopen?refid=0 Sun, 05 Apr 2009 17:10:42 -0500 Fargo officials: Don't panic over threat of more flooding Fargo officials don't want residents to panic over the threat of more flooding in their city. They say they'll wait a few days before beginning to prepare for more flooding in the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/04/fargo_officials_dont_panic_over_threat_of_more_flooding?refid=0 Sat, 04 Apr 2009 22:47:21 -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 Red River Valley flood takes mental toll on residents Mental health professionals fear flooding in the Red River Valley is taking a mental toll on residents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/02/redrivermentalhealth?refid=0 Fri, 03 Apr 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Bethel University opens new commons, inaugurates new president Bethel University opens a new student commons and inaugurates a new president this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/26/bethelsnewstuff?refid=0 Thu, 26 Mar 2009 11:34:33 -0500 For-profit colleges fight effort to ban state aid to students Some Minnesota lawmakers think students who attend private for-profit institutions, like business schools or barber colleges, shouldn't be eligible for state tuition grants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/25/for_profit_schools_loans?refid=0 Thu, 26 Mar 2009 03:00:00 -0500 People-watching is the goal of a U of M student group A student group at the University of Minnesota is dedicated to people-watching. Learning is involved. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/19/people_watchers?refid=0 Fri, 20 Mar 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Bethel students cancel trip due to violence in Mexico A group from Bethel University in St. Paul has altered a spring break service trip because of ongoing violence between drug cartels in Mexico. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/20/bethel_mexico_trip_cancelled?refid=0 Fri, 20 Mar 2009 03:10:35 -0500 Minn. colleges reach tentative labor agreement MnSCU has reached a tentative labor agreement with the group that represents 4,400 faculty. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/18/mnscu_salary?refid=0 Wed, 18 Mar 2009 16:45:03 -0500 Audit: Minn. colleges need tighter focus on jobs A new report from the state's legislative auditor says MnSCU should do a better job monitoring market needs as it fashions programs at its two-year colleges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/16/mnscu_audit?refid=0 Mon, 16 Mar 2009 10:44:01 -0500 Minn. colleges go a year without drinking deaths No alcohol related deaths have been reported among Minnesota college students this school year. Last year several college-aged Minnesotans suffered alcohol related deaths and this prompted Minnesota colleges to step up their efforts to curtail binge drinking. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/12/binge_drinking_update?refid=0 Fri, 13 Mar 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Four U of M Regents to be sworn in Three U of M Regents, Patricia Simmons, Clyde Allen and John Frobenius will return to their seats on the Board of Regents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/12/university_of_minnesota_regents?refid=0 Thu, 12 Mar 2009 08:53:26 -0500 U of M president says school faces tough challenges The president of the University of Minnesota says the school faces a tough budget challenge, but that he's confident that the school will remain strong. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/05/u_of_m_president_says_school_faces_tough_challenges?refid=0 Thu, 05 Mar 2009 18:37:17 -0600 Minnesota colleges reach out to younger students Minnesota colleges are reaching out to young students to encourage them to think about higher education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/02/preparing_young_students_for_college?refid=0 Tue, 03 Mar 2009 03:00:00 -0600 U of M cuts ties to Russell Athletic over workers rights The University of Minnesota has decided to cut its contract with Russell Athletic after allegations of unfair labor practices by the clothing maker. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/27/russell_uofm?refid=0 Fri, 27 Feb 2009 07:42:18 -0600 Will new stimulus aid reach Minnesota's college students? Stimulus money intended to boost financial aid through Pell Grants may not find its way to Minnesota's neediest college students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/23/pell_grants_minnesota?refid=0 Tue, 24 Feb 2009 03:00:00 -0600 St. Thomas building $52 million athletic complex The $52 million facility will be called the Anderson Athletic and Recreation complex, named in honor of Lee and Penny Anderson who recently gave the university $60 million. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/19/saint_thomas_new_athletic_facility?refid=0 Thu, 19 Feb 2009 14:50:31 -0600 Professors urge U of M to postpone grad school restructuring 24 University of Minnesota professors have signed on to a letter asking the school to postpone restructuring the U's Graduate School. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/17/regents_urge_u_of_m_to_postpone_grad_school_restructuring?refid=0 Tue, 17 Feb 2009 16:36:19 -0600 Stimulus bill gives boost to college student aid, less for campus repairs The $790 billion stimulus bill offers a mix of news for higher education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/12/hiedstimulus?refid=0 Fri, 13 Feb 2009 03:39:24 -0600 U of Minn. restructuring Graduate School The University of Minnesota is restructuring its Graduate School, a free standing college within the U that provides oversight and support of graduate programs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/12/u_of_mn_grad_school?refid=0 Thu, 12 Feb 2009 07:48:48 -0600 Minnesota Red Bulls pack their bags for Iraq More than 1,000 Minnesota National Guard soldiers are preparing to go to Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/09/redbulldeploy?refid=0 Tue, 10 Feb 2009 03:18:05 -0600 U of M medical school reorganizes; dean out by summer A reorganization will put the Dean of the University of Minnesota Medical School out of a job by this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/29/u_of_m_medical_school_reorganizes_dean_out_by_summer?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jan 2009 11:53:15 -0600 Higher education sees big cut in Pawlenty plan Governor Tim Pawlenty's proposal to fix the state's $4.8 billion dollar deficit includes a big cut for higher education. Under the governor's plan, the state's colleges and universities would receive 10 percent less in state funding in the next two years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/27/higher_education_sees_big_cut_in_pawlenty_plan?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jan 2009 02:00:00 -0600 Minn. education officials brace for cuts Minnesota's education officials are bracing for budget cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/27/budget_education?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jan 2009 07:56:09 -0600 Audio slideshow: Visit a class at Century College Century College has several classes for students who don't speak English as their primary language. We visit one of those classes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/projects/2009/01/white_bear_lake/21_ss_higher_ed/?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jan 2009 15:31:52 -0600 Century College braces for bad budget news White Bear Lake has one college, Century College, which offers a mix of two-year technical degrees like nursing and engineering. Some at Century College fear big cuts to their funding as lawmakers begin to deal with the state's nearly $5 billion deficit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/16/whitebearlake_highered?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jan 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Officials outline dire effects of higher education cuts Higher education officials told lawmakers at the State Capitol today that big budget cuts this session would be devastating to Minnesota's colleges and universities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/08/highered?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jan 2009 16:35:33 -0600 Higher education takes a big hit in governor's budget Gov. Tim Pawlenty's budget cuts protected K-12 education, but Minnesota's higher education system took a big hit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/19/higher_education_takes_a_big_hit_in_governors_budget?refid=0 Fri, 19 Dec 2008 17:02:57 -0600 Recession provides real world lab for biz schools Professors know one of the best ways to capture students' attention is to use real world examples in the classroom. The current financial turmoil is one of the most effective teachable moments ever for business schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/18/teaching_the_recession?refid=0 Thu, 18 Dec 2008 15:00:00 -0600 Community colleges say down economy may mean enrollment gains It's hard to find much good news in this bad economy, but some Minnesota community colleges see potential for growth during these tough economic times. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/16/community_colleges_counter_recession?refid=0 Wed, 17 Dec 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Regents approve beer, wine sales in premium sports seating The University of Minnesota Board of Regents has approved a proposal allowing the sale of alcohol in premium seating areas at the new Gopher football stadium and other on-campus sports venues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/12/stadium_alcoholsales?refid=0 Fri, 12 Dec 2008 12:49:31 -0600 Minnesota Guard members prepare for a year in war zone National Guard commanders today offered details of the deployment, which will involve 1,037 soldiers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/11/iraq_guard_deployment_details?refid=0 Thu, 11 Dec 2008 16:30:00 -0600 Another big Iraq deployment for Minnesota Guard More than 1,000 Minnesota National Guard soldiers deploy to Iraq next spring for a year-long mission. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/10/mn_guard_deployment?refid=0 Thu, 11 Dec 2008 05:00:00 -0600 Area physicians say on-campus booze sends wrong message A Twin Cities area physicians' group wants the University of Minnesota to delay a decision on whether to sell alcohol on campus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/10/wrong_message?refid=0 Wed, 10 Dec 2008 05:51:33 -0600 St. Catherine gets $20 million gift It's the largest largest gift in the college's 104-year history. The endowment will produce a $1 million annual payment to the school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/09/stkates_gift?refid=0 Tue, 09 Dec 2008 11:23:35 -0600 Student groups want limit on U tuition increases Two student groups at the University of Minnesota want school leaders to limit any tuition increases this year to five and a half percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/08/u_of_m_students?refid=0 Mon, 08 Dec 2008 07:51:46 -0600 Education could take a big hit during budget deficit As state lawmakers start looking at ways to plug the $5.2 billion dollar deficit announced Thursday, it's going to be tough to not consider cuts to education. About 40 percent of the state budget goes to K-12 schools and nearly 9 percent funds higher education. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/04/education_deficit?refid=0 Fri, 05 Dec 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Minn. professor recognized for work in community colleges The U.S. Community College Professor of the year said community colleges are becoming more important in the nation's higher education system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/03/minn_prof_recognized?refid=0 Wed, 03 Dec 2008 08:28:12 -0600 Minnesota colleges fail affordability test A national report card released Wednesday gives Minnesota a failing grade for college affordability. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/03/university_affordability?refid=0 Wed, 03 Dec 2008 07:52:47 -0600 U of Minn. professor challenges Black Friday A University of Minnesota professor is leading an effort to counter the hyper-consumerism of "Black Friday". http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/28/proff_vs_black_friday?refid=0 Fri, 28 Nov 2008 08:32:59 -0600 Students from Africa experienceThanksgiving in America Four St. Kate's students from Africa are celebrating Thanksgiving in the U.S. And while a big Turkey dinner with all the trimmings may be a different experience for them, a celebration to offer thanks is not. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/26/international_students_thanksgiving?refid=0 Thu, 27 Nov 2008 03:00:00 -0600 College endowments take a big hit in down market Like other investors, college investment officers have watched as endowments have eroded in recent months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/21/college_endowments_down?refid=0 Mon, 24 Nov 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Minn. state colleges aim for more online courses The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is aiming to deliver 25 percent of its college credits through online courses by 2015. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/20/onlinecollege?refid=0 Thu, 20 Nov 2008 10:57:46 -0600 Regents discuss beer sales at new stadium The University of Minnesota Board of Regents today discussed a plan to sell alcohol in some venues on campus, but took no action. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/14/beer_stadium?refid=0 Fri, 14 Nov 2008 16:06:48 -0600 U of M to freeze pay of top executives The president of the University of Minnesota is freezing the salaries of executive level employees -- including his own -- as a cost-aving move. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/14/uminn_payfreeze?refid=0 Fri, 14 Nov 2008 15:13:33 -0600 U of M wants to sell beer at football games, if you can afford it The University of Minnesota Board of Regents this week takes up a proposal to sell alcohol at the new TCF Bank stadium, set to open on campus next September. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/12/u_of_m_wants_to_sell_beer_at_football_games_if_you_can_afford_it?refid=0 Thu, 13 Nov 2008 00:00:00 -0600 U of M imposes hiring 'pause' The University of Minnesota system has implemented a "pause" in hiring because of the economic downturn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/11/uminn_hiring?refid=0 Tue, 11 Nov 2008 16:46:09 -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 Some Minn. voters chose Obama, but not Franken Democrat Barack Obama defeated Republican John McCain by almost 10 percentage points in Minnesota, but that wave of support didn't propel U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken to a decisive victory over Norm Coleman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/05/voters_for_obama_not_coleman?refid=0 Thu, 06 Nov 2008 03:15:00 -0600 The economy dominates voters' concerns The economy was by far the biggest issue among Minnesota voters as they headed to the polls yesterday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/05/the_economy_dominates_voters_concerns?refid=0 Wed, 05 Nov 2008 01:35:15 -0600 Number of MnSCU students in remediation classes increases Nearly one-third of students entering four year schools and nearly half of those entering two-year schools need help in math, science and reading. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/29/mnscu_remediation?refid=0 Fri, 31 Oct 2008 00:00:00 -0500 St. Kate's students protest ban on political speakers About two dozen students at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul protested the school's decision to deny political speakers a chance to appear on campus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/27/stkates_politics?refid=0 Mon, 27 Oct 2008 16:06:02 -0500 U of M tackles bugs in $50 million accounting system The University of Minnesota is working to correct problems with its new accounting system. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/23/u_accounting_glitches?refid=0 Sun, 26 Oct 2008 15:00:00 -0500 Healthy behaviors linked to better GPA The University of Minnesota has released a study showing a number of health related issues are taking a toll on college students grades. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/20/ed_behaviors?refid=0 Mon, 20 Oct 2008 07:05:29 -0500 New GI Bill forces vets to make some tough decisions For vets already in school, choosing between the new GI Bill or staying with the old one, is a complicated decision. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/16/gi_bill_choices?refid=0 Fri, 17 Oct 2008 03:00:00 -0500 President of St. John's University retiring The president of St. John's University in Collegeville is retiring for health reasons. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/16/sju_president?refid=0 Thu, 16 Oct 2008 10:56:31 -0500 U of M gauges support for possible smoking ban The University of Minnesota is considering a campuswide smoking ban at its Twin Cities location. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/06/smokeban_study?refid=0 Mon, 06 Oct 2008 10:33:44 -0500 U of M Morris employs biomass burner to heat campus The University of Minnesota at Morris unveils a new biomass plant Friday that will heat the entire campus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/03/biomass?refid=0 Fri, 03 Oct 2008 08:32:46 -0500 U of M med school ethics plan aims to curb influence of medical industry money A draft plan to prevent conflicts of interest at the University's medical school would not ban payments from drug and other medical companies to doctors, according to a document obtained by Minnesota Public Radio news. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/26/u_of_m_med_ethics?refid=0 Mon, 29 Sep 2008 00:00:00 -0500 35W bridge will be closely monitored Hundreds of sensors, some placed inside the bridge's concrete during construction, will send data to the University of Minnesota for analysis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/17/smart_bridge?refid=0 Wed, 17 Sep 2008 16:45:00 -0500 Tuition increase included in proposed U budget University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks unveiled his budget proposal today, which will ask lawmakers for nearly $150 million in new money. It also calls for a 4.5 percent increase in tuition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/12/regents?refid=0 Fri, 12 Sep 2008 16:00:34 -0500 Free speech doesn't draw a crowd You don't have to have credentials to speak to delegates at the Republican National Convention this week. That's because the city of St. Paul a free speech venue, called the open forum stage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/03/freedomforumrnc?refid=0 Wed, 03 Sep 2008 10:44:33 -0500 College students work longer hours to pay their tuition bills School work isn't the only thing on students minds this fall. College officials say students are working longer hours to pay their tuition bills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/28/college_jobs?refid=0 Tue, 02 Sep 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Emotions and boxes a part of move in day at the U of M Today was move in day for 4,200 freshman at the University of Minnesota's Twin Cities campus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/27/uofm_movein?refid=0 Wed, 27 Aug 2008 16:30:00 -0500 Will the RNC affect my commute? Will the Republican National Convention affect Twin Cities commuters who aren't traveling into downtown St. Paul? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/15/survivalguide_commuting?refid=0 Mon, 25 Aug 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Franco guilty on all 24 counts A jury in Willmar Wednesday night found Olga Franco guilty of driving a minivan into a school bus and killing four children last February near Cottonwood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/06/francoclosing?refid=0 Thu, 07 Aug 2008 06:00:00 -0500 Franco tells jury her story, says boyfriend was driving van Olga Franco is accused of causing the death of four children by driving a minivan into a school bus last February. She testified at her trial this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/05/franco_takes_stand?refid=0 Tue, 05 Aug 2008 18:21:56 -0500 Defense opens its case in Cottonwood bus crash The defense began presenting its case today in the trial of Olga Franco, who's accused of killing four students by crashing a minivan into a school bus last February near Cottonwood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/04/rest_their_case?refid=0 Mon, 04 Aug 2008 14:00:21 -0500 Officer: Franco was in drivers' seat after crash Testimony in the trial of Olga Franco got underway in Willmar on Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/31/franco_trial?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jul 2008 18:17:27 -0500 Jury seated in Olga Franco trial Franco is accused of killing four students by driving a minivan into a school bus last February near Cottonwood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/30/franco_trial_jury_seated?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 2008 17:09:11 -0500 Twelve jurors chosen for Franco trial Jury selection continues today in the trial of Olga Franco, the woman charged with killing four students after ramming a school bus with a minivan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/30/franco?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jul 2008 08:41:24 -0500 Two more jurors selected in Cottonwood bus crash trial A registered nurse and a retired decorator are the latest people picked to be jurors in the trial of Olga Franco, the woman accused of killing four students in a crash with a school bus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/29/franco_trial_jurors?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jul 2008 14:23:14 -0500 Trial begins for woman accused in Cottonwood bus crash The woman accused of causing a fatal school bus crash in southwestern Minnesota goes on trial Monday in Willmar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/25/trial_preview?refid=0 Sun, 27 Jul 2008 15:00:00 -0500 Gag order issued in school bus crash case A judge has issued a gag order in the upcoming trial of a woman accused of causing a fatal school bus crash in southwestern Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/23/gagorder?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jul 2008 16:35:24 -0500 Minn. pharmacy fined for filling Internet prescriptions It's the first time the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy has stepped in to stop pharmacies from filling online prescriptions written by faraway doctors who have never met their patients in person. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/23/internetpharm?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jul 2008 10:18:11 -0500 MnSCU board gives chancellor a big raise The head of the Minnesota State Colleges and University system has received a $20,000 dollar a year raise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/18/mnscu?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jul 2008 07:54:45 -0500 Judge grants defense motion in Cottonwood bus crash A judge will allow defense attorneys for Olga Franco, the woman accused of causing a fatal bus crash, to argue that her boyfriend was driving at the time of the accident. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/17/francoupdate?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jul 2008 14:25:30 -0500 Archeological dig in St. Cloud's Lowertown St. Cloud State University students are finding clues to the area's past in an archeological dig this summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/30/lowertown_dig?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jun 2008 06:51:47 -0500 Farmer uses methane to make electricity A central Minnesota farm is using methane from cow manure to create electricity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/26/methane_digester?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jun 2008 04:00:00 -0500 Courthouse shooting prompts security reviews around Minn. The incident has kicked off a statewide discussion on safety inside Minnesota's public buildings, even as people who work in the Morrison County government center try to make sense of what happened. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/25/shooting_security?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jun 2008 16:30:00 -0500 Suspect fatally wounded in Little Falls standoff The Morrison County Government Center in Little Falls is expected to reopen today after a frightening incident yesterday. A man was shot and killed after taking hostages during a county commission meeting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/24/littlefallsstandoff?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jun 2008 16:53:00 -0500 $4 a gallon gas keeps many RVs off the road High gas prices are creating challenges for both motorhome dealers and owners. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/19/gasguzzling_rvs?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Walz works to secure FEMA relief U.S. Rep. Tim Walz is preparing to secure emergency flood aid from the federal government. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/13/flood_walz?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jun 2008 07:32:43 -0500 Inventors get chance to show off Inventors can show off their creations at the 51st annual Minnesota Inventors Congress convention in Redwood Falls. The two day conference for inventors gets underway today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/13/inventors?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jun 2008 00:01:57 -0500 $4 gas has consumers rethinking their habits, lifestyle Now that gas is selling for more than $4 a gallon at many stations in the Twin Cities, some people say the new price milestone will change how they drive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/10/gas_milestone?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jun 2008 01:00:00 -0500 St. Cloud debates banning portable signs Plenty of businesses in St. Cloud use portable signs for advertising. But city officials are considering banning the signs. Many people consider the signs, with their neon lettering, downright ugly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/09/sign_ban?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jun 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Small towns and energy focus of symposium The sixth annual Symposium on Small Towns will help rural community leaders with ways to make their governments and schools more energy efficient. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/03/energy_symposium?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2008 10:11:21 -0500 Shoe repair is booming in this sluggish economy Tough economic times can be good for the shoe repair business. Economic data shows that during a recession, consumers are more likely to repair the old instead of buying new. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/29/shoe_repair?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2008 14:00:00 -0500 Officials to take comments on closed St. Cloud bridge The city of St. Cloud is asking residents for input tonight on the proposed design of a new Mississippi River bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/02/bridge?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2008 07:47:34 -0500 Hypermilers take gas saving to the extreme Hypermilers tweak their cars, but more importantly they adjust how they drive to save gas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/21/hypermilers?refid=0 Fri, 23 May 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Rural areas battle electronic waste State officials say a 2007 law requiring electronics manufacturers to pay for e-waste recycling has reduced the illegal dumping of electronics in rural Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/21/ewaste_recycling?refid=0 Thu, 22 May 2008 15:00:00 -0500 Anoka to break ground on new Northstar station Ground will be broken today in Anoka for another Northstar Commuter rail station. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/19/anoka?refid=0 Mon, 19 May 2008 09:38:24 -0500 MACCRAY school district plans for 4-day week to save money A west central Minnesota school district has decided to switch to a shorter school week. The MACCRAY school board has voted to shorten the school week to four days, in an effort to save money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/13/maccray?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2008 11:00:04 -0500 Molnau lands walleye before Pawlenty in fishing opener Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau is apparently quite the angler. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/10/fish?refid=0 Sat, 10 May 2008 00:20:43 -0500 Icy fishing opener poses challenges A million anglers are expected to head out for Saturday's fishing opener, but catching a walleye may be more challenging this year. The cold spring has delayed walleye spawning, and some northern Minnesota lakes are still frozen solid. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/08/fishing_opener?refid=0 Fri, 09 May 2008 05:00:00 -0500 Big Lake Northstar station breaks ground Construction of a Northstar commuter rail station in Big Lake begins today. By the fall of 2009, commuters will be able to hop on a train in Big Lake and be in downtown Minneapolis in about 40 minutes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/06/big_lake_rail?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2008 07:28:58 -0500 Sauk Rapids company will layoff 166 workers Sauk Rapids-based Stearns Incorporated will lay off more than a fourth of its full time workers this summer. The company, which makes rain gear and personal flotation devices, is being taken over by outdoor recreation company Coleman. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/02/lay_offs?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2008 08:50:00 -0500 Sun powers heaters for low-income families A non-profit group is installing free solar-powered heaters in 50 low-income Minnesota homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/30/sun_heater?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2008 14:47:52 -0500 One St. Cloud man has a small solution to gas prices Brenton Netz is doing a brisk business fixing up and selling subcompact cars to commuters tired of expensive fuel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/23/geometro_man?refid=0 Fri, 25 Apr 2008 16:30:00 -0500 St. Cloud teachers approve new contract Teachers in St. Cloud have a new contract, after more than a year of negotiations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/25/stcloudteachers?refid=0 Fri, 25 Apr 2008 08:13:43 -0500 St. Cloud teachers to vote on contract Teachers in St. Cloud will vote on a new two-year contract today. Teachers in the central Minnesota city have been working without a contract since last summer. Negotiations to hammer out a deal have been ongoing for more than a year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/24/st_cloud?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2008 07:02:26 -0500 St. Cloud bus smells like french fries A diesel bus in St. Cloud has been converted to run on used vegetable oil. The bus will travel the city's SCSU route and the fuel will come from deep fat fryers on campus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/16/frenchfry_bus?refid=0 Fri, 18 Apr 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Regional airports play a wait-and-see game Airport officials throughout the region are wondering what exactly Delta's acquisition of Northwest Airlines will mean for airports outside of the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/15/regional?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2008 17:03:25 -0500 St. Cloud residents make the best of winter storm 16-year-old Jesse Kirschner, 21-year-old Chris Kirschner and 19-year-old Noel Lauer are sledding in a park on St. Cloud's east side. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/11/stcloudwinter?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2008 12:38:02 -0500 Closed St. Cloud bridge to be replaced The announcement came as part of MnDOT's plans for $441 million in bridge and road construction projects across the state in 2008. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/10/desoto1?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2008 10:42:48 -0500 MNDOT to annouce future of DeSoto bridge MnDOT officials will be in St. Cloud today to announce plans for the future of the closed DeSoto Bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/10/desoto_bridge?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2008 06:31:42 -0500 A year later, Willmar still feels effects of immigration raids One year ago today, federal immigration agents began a four-day, house-to-house operation in Willmar, detaining 49 illegal immigrants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/09/willmar_immigration_raid_anniversary?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2008 03:10:00 -0500 Sauk Rapids-Rice High School staff stop attempted assault School and police officials are investigating an alleged sexual assault at a high school in central Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/08/schoolrape?refid=0 Tue, 08 Apr 2008 12:06:29 -0500 St. Cloud bridge closure is a hassle for some drivers St. Cloud residents are dealing with a major detour caused by a closed bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/03/bridge_detour?refid=0 Mon, 07 Apr 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Chlorine not the cause of Rocori illnesses Officials in Cold Spring say they are at a loss to explain why 38 people became sick at the Rocori High School pool Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/27/rocori?refid=0 Thu, 27 Mar 2008 15:15:52 -0500 NTSB examines St. Cloud's DeSoto Bridge Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board were in St. Cloud today to examine the steel truss bridge that state officials closed last week after they found distortions in the bridge's gusset plates. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/26/desoto?refid=0 Wed, 26 Mar 2008 17:33:13 -0500 Campaign urges college students to 'Stop at Buzzed' To fight binge drinking, a central Minnesota college is asking students to stop drinking when they're "buzzed." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/18/stopatbuzzed?refid=0 Thu, 20 Mar 2008 03:00:00 -0500 One year later, Browns Valley still recovering from flood One year after a flood struck tiny Browns Valley, Minn., the town is still working to recover. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/12/brownsvalley_oneyear?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2008 02:00:00 -0500 Minnesota manfacturers put out the help wanted sign for skilled workers While one might think the slumping economy would be the top worry for manufacturers in Minnesota right now, many companies say their biggest concern is the lack of skilled workers available to make their products. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/06/manufacturing_climate?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2008 16:30:00 -0600 Cities worry about further cuts in state aid As the state grapples with a nearly $1 billion budget shortfall, some city officials worry Pawlenty might dip into the money cities get from the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/06/city_budgets?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2008 07:59:17 -0600 Fatal bus crash spurs immigration debate The bus crash that killed four students last week near Cottonwood has sharpened the debate over illegal immigration in some Minnesota communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/26/willmar_reaction?refid=0 Tue, 26 Feb 2008 16:27:28 -0600 State says Highway 23 is safe, drivers not so sure MnDOT officials say the intersection where Tuesday's school bus crash occurred is not considered a dangerous one. But some people who drive that stretch of rural highway say it can be treacherous. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/20/busroad?refid=0 Wed, 20 Feb 2008 16:45:31 -0600 SCSU seeks to teach tolerance Officials at St. Cloud State University say the best way to respond to a string of racially biased graffiti that's appeared on campus in recent months, is in the classroom. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/19/scsuclasses?refid=0 Wed, 20 Feb 2008 01:49:48 -0600 Xcel asks to increase generation at Monticello plant Xcel Energy wants to make more electricity at its nuclear power plant in Monticello. Company officials asked state regulators to allow more power generation to meet a growing need for electricity in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/15/monticelloincrease?refid=0 Fri, 15 Feb 2008 16:00:40 -0600 St. Cloud officials eagerly await Pawlenty's State of the State address This year Gov. Tim Pawlenty will deliver his State of the State address in St. Cloud. That has local officials wondering if something big is in store for their city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/12/sos_preview?refid=0 Wed, 13 Feb 2008 04:00:00 -0600 No charges will be filed in St. Cloud State swastika case The St. Cloud city attorney says his office won't charge a St. Cloud State University student who admitted drawing a swastika in a campus dorm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/12/swastikacharges?refid=0 Tue, 12 Feb 2008 00:00:00 -0600 SCSU debates response to racist graffiti St. Cloud State University is struggling with the issue of how to handle recent incidents of racist graffiti on campus. Since November, there have been at least 19 reports of swastikas showing up in public spaces at SCSU. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/04/racistresponse?refid=0 Mon, 04 Feb 2008 17:13:57 -0600 Brainerd plans to close two schools Nearly three dozen Minnesota school districts are in the midst of making budget cuts after local voters rejected their efforts to raise property taxes last fall. In the Brainerd district, school cuts mean big changes for students and parents. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/30/brainerdcuts?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jan 2008 12:46:42 -0600 Swastikas continue to show up at St. Cloud State St. Cloud State University officials say another swastika has been found on campus. There have more than a dozen instances of racially motivated graffiti in the past few months at SCSU. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/29/stcloudswastika?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jan 2008 13:24:30 -0600 St. Cloud State comes together to discuss racism Hundreds of students and faculty at St. Cloud State University gathered at a forum to talk about racism Thursday. The event comes after several recent incidents of racist graffiti on campus. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/24/racism?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2008 23:27:47 -0600 How would you spend a tax rebate? Pres. George Bush unveiled a $150 billion economic stimulus package Friday that he hopes will prop up the sagging economy. Pres. Bush wants Congress to move quickly on the effort. It includes tax cuts for families and incentives to encourage business investment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/18/posttax?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jan 2008 17:22:50 -0600 Organic famers meet hoping to tackle their biggest challenges The Minnesota Department of Agriculture kicks off a two day conference on organic farming today in St. Cloud, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/18/organic?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jan 2008 09:40:50 -0600 Prof. sets out on bike trip across Africa A 63-year old philosophy professor at St. John's University begins a 7,400 mile bike ride through Africa Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/13/africa?refid=0 Sat, 12 Jan 2008 00:00:00 -0600 The Midwest is the worst for binge drinking Binge drinking is more common in Minnesota, Wisconsin and other upper Midwestern states than in any other part of the country. Experts aren't sure why that is. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/10/binge3?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jan 2008 15:00:49 -0600 Former St. Cloud State student dies; possibly from excessive drinking Police are investigating the death of a 20-year-old former St. Cloud State student over the weekend. The student's brother suspects he died from excessive drinking. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/07/drinkingdeath?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jan 2008 07:00:01 -0600 Alternative energy plans a boost to wildlife habitat Minnesota's natural resource managers say the growing demand for biofuels from the state's forests and prairies will have implications for wildlife habitat, water quality, and other ecological issues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/04/dnrroundtable?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jan 2008 13:14:25 -0600 Another swastika found at St. Cloud State Another swastika has been found on the campus of St. Cloud State University, drawn on the wall of a residence hall elevator on Thursday afternoon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/28/moreswastikas?refid=0 Fri, 28 Dec 2007 14:15:41 -0600 Roadside wells -- is free water better water? There are about a dozen roadside stops in Minnesota that offer spring water to travelers. But are these sources of water safe? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/17/drinkingwells?refid=0 Fri, 28 Dec 2007 01:00:00 -0600 The trumpeter swans come to Monticello As many as 1,500 trumpeter swans gather on the Mississippi River in central Minnesota this time of year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/26/monticelloswans?refid=0 Thu, 27 Dec 2007 02:00:00 -0600 DNR: Ice conditions good, but anglers still need to use caution The DNR is reporting good ice conditions on most Minnesota lakes with nine inches of ice or more in many locations. That is considered thick enough to support a vehicle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/26/ice_conditions?refid=0 Wed, 26 Dec 2007 10:51:02 -0600 Appleton man ends 10 hour standoff with police A veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan was involved in a 10 hour standoff with police over the weekend in Appleton. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/24/standoff?refid=0 Mon, 24 Dec 2007 16:08:10 -0600 Racist incidents concern SCSU students Officials at St. Cloud State University are struggling to stop a string of bias motivated crimes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/18/scsubiascrime?refid=0 Tue, 18 Dec 2007 21:00:00 -0600 Housing slump affects all segments, even retirees The housing slump can mean big problems for older folks hoping to fund their retirement by selling their house. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/12/retireehousing?refid=0 Thu, 13 Dec 2007 00:44:00 -0600 Another swastikas incident reported at St. Cloud State Another incident of racially biased graffiti has been reported at St. Cloud State University. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/12/stcloud_swastikas?refid=0 Wed, 12 Dec 2007 11:09:49 -0600 Energy on the breeze Wind energy advocates say small wind turbines could be a big part of the country's energy future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/29/windpower?refid=0 Wed, 05 Dec 2007 13:56:00 -0600 A shortage of hops has beer makers and beer drinkers worried A shortage of hops means it's more expensive for brewers to make beer. That cost is expected to be passed on to beer drinkers in the coming year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/20/hopsshortage?refid=0 Fri, 23 Nov 2007 01:55:49 -0600 Some say no to Hutchinson's hotel smoking ban Hotel and motel operators say the city of Hutchinson has gone too far banning smoking in individual rooms. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/13/hotelsmoke?refid=0 Tue, 13 Nov 2007 13:41:13 -0600 Deer cams showing up on hunting trails More hunters are using digital trail cameras to help them find deer. But some think the cameras give hunters an unfair advantage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/01/deercam?refid=0 Fri, 02 Nov 2007 03:00:07 -0500 Newspapers struggle with online comments Many newspapers allow readers to comment on news stories online. Sometimes those comments can turn into intense and hurtful battles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/25/onlinecomments?refid=0 Wed, 31 Oct 2007 13:11:48 -0500 St. Cloud talks about race Some minority residents in St. Cloud say they're being unfairly targeted by local police. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/09/racehearing?refid=0 Wed, 10 Oct 2007 01:00:19 -0500 Hospital turns into a school in Starbuck A new charter school opened in the western Minnesota town of Starbuck. Some say the new school represents a rebirth of their community after a tough couple of years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/24/hospitalcharterschool?refid=0 Tue, 02 Oct 2007 01:34:12 -0500 Keep your butts outside Minnesota smokers beware. If you're headed to a restaurant or bar, you'll have to take that cigarette break outside. Monday, Oct. 1 is the first day of Minnesota's new statewide smoking ban. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/24/statesmokeban?refid=0 Mon, 01 Oct 2007 01:01:23 -0500 'Mr. Walleye's' work is a legacy for the lakes Denny Schupp spent nearly 50 years on the state's lakes as a fisheries biologist with the Minnesota DNR. His work created a legacy of knowledge that's still being used today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/14/dennyschupp?refid=0 Wed, 19 Sep 2007 01:04:38 -0500 Housing slowdown hits rural cities and towns The pace of new home construction across the region has slowed considerably in the last six months and while the construction slowdown means tough times for the housing industry, it also has leaders in some fast-growing Minnesota towns pondering the affect on their city's bottom line. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/10/housingslump?refid=0 Tue, 11 Sep 2007 01:27:25 -0500 Minnesota's tourism season was better than expected Minnesota tourism officials feared their business would suffer this year because of high gas prices. But to their surprise, expensive gas didn't hurt, and may have actually helped business. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/03/summertourism?refid=0 Tue, 04 Sep 2007 05:00:35 -0500 Soldier from Moorhead killed in Iraq Army Staff Sergeant Andrew Nelson, 22, died Wednesday, according to his family. Nelson, who was with the 82nd Airborne Division based at Fort Bragg, N.C., was on patrol outside of Tikrit when he was killed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/31/moorheadsoldier?refid=0 Fri, 31 Aug 2007 10:03:59 -0500 Theater therapy aids autistic kids Kids with Asperger's Syndrome have a hard time understanding body language and facial expressions. They tend to avoid physical contact. And they prefer not to make eye contact. A summer camp in Willmar uses acting classes to help. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/14/autismcamp?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Farm bill debated at Farmfest The country's top agriculture leaders were at the annual gathering Farmfest in Redwood Falls on Tuesday. They took part in a public forum on the new Farm bill currently before Congress. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/06/farmbillfarmfest?refid=0 Tue, 07 Aug 2007 13:11:53 -0500 Other state bridges being inspected Minnesota Department of Transportation workers spent Friday inspecting three bridges in Minnesota. A fourth is scheduled for inspection, this weekeend. Gov. Tim Pawlenty ordered the move because the bridges are similar in construction to the I-35W bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/03/bridgeinspections?refid=0 Fri, 03 Aug 2007 16:36:26 -0500 Bridges statewide are in bad shape Transportation officials across the state say they work hard to ensure Minnesota bridges are safe. But some county engineers say the state is falling behind in repairing and replacing old bridges, many that date back to the 1930s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/02/bridgesstate?refid=0 Thu, 02 Aug 2007 15:37:27 -0500 Pawlenty to ask for agricultural disaster declaration After viewing crop damage at a central Minnesota farm, Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he's moving ahead with plans for a possible disaster request for drought-stricken areas of the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/31/pawlentydroughtplan?refid=0 Tue, 31 Jul 2007 09:56:40 -0500 Where's the driest place in Minnesota? Much of Minnesota is dealing with another dry summer. One of the driest spots in the state is the central Minnesota community of Litchfield. Rainfall in the Meeker County town is almost eight inches behind normal for the year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/30/dryagain?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jul 2007 13:41:51 -0500 Finding refuge from the heat and humidity Minnesota is getting some welcome rain, after several days of hot and muggy weather. People around the region found lots of ways to deal with the heat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/26/hotweather?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jul 2007 15:02:10 -0500 Is corn to blame for high humidity? Weather experts in Canada and the United States say there's a connection between corn and high dew points. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/24/hotandsticky?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jul 2007 02:00:00 -0500 Dairy farmers enjoy high prices Dairy farmers are currently being paid some of the highest prices they've ever seen for milk. But consumers are paying higher prices at the grocery store. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/23/dairyprices?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jul 2007 15:45:00 -0500 DNR hopes to cool off hot fishing at Lake Mille Lacs Lake Mille Lacs in central Minnesota has been a popular fishing spot for walleye this year, a little too popular in fact. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/13/millelacslimits?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jul 2007 03:02:31 -0500 Weekend rain helped some - but not all - farmers The USDA's latest weekly crop report says for the most part Minnesota farm fields are doing well. But in some parts of the region a lack of rain is starting to hurt crop development. Fifty-six percent of the state's soil is rated short or very short of moisture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/09/drysoil?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jul 2007 17:30:00 -0500 Wood-powered Morris businesses You've probably heard about some of the major efforts in our region to use biomass for energy. But not all biomass projects are industrial sized, some of them are on a small scale. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/19/woodlaundry?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jun 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Fibrominn powers ahead with turkey litter When you flip on your lights now, you may be tapping into the region's newest source of electricity; a plant in Benson that's the first facility in the country to make power by burning turkey litter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/15/turkeypower?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jun 2007 13:00:20 -0500 State officials say development is crowding hunting land Officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are concerned that development is crowding land that's been set aside for hunting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/18/wildlifemgmtarea?refid=0 Thu, 24 May 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Supreme Court says yes to more water treatment plants The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency did not violate the Clean Water Act when it gave two central towns permission to build a new wastewater treatment plant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/17/wastewaterruling?refid=0 Thu, 17 May 2007 13:00:00 -0500 News of Gunflint Trail fire could burn resorters Resort owners and canoe outfitters in the area say they're afraid news coverage of the fire could cause people to cancel their summer vacations to canoe country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/09/resorts?refid=0 Thu, 10 May 2007 03:00:00 -0500 "Everything's gone" Dozens of anxious cabin owners are waiting for the Ham Lake fire to die down so they can head back to their property, and see how their homes in the woods have faired. One cabin owner is biding her time at a resort along the Gunflint Trail. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/08/cabinowner?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2007 23:34:36 -0500 Mille Lacs Band raises questions about boy's treatment A crime victim,11, who didn't show up for a court hearing, was shackled, handcuffed and held by the Mille Lacs County sheriff's department. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/03/childvictim?refid=0 Thu, 03 May 2007 06:04:30 -0500 Are Willmar immigration arrests part of a new trend? Some people are saying the immigration arrests recently in Willmar were different. Immigrant advocates say the operation went on for several days and was more aggressive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/17/willmarimmigration?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2007 15:00:00 -0500 Pachanga Society brings a new sound to polka country This weekend, a group called the Stearns County Pachanga Society will offer St. Cloud a unique musical experience that's homegrown, but it doesn't sound like it. The society blends Latin music with a heavy dose of audience participation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/13/pachanga?refid=0 Fri, 13 Apr 2007 16:12:18 -0500 Willmar on edge after raids Federal officials say they're targeting illegal immigrants, most with criminal records, in an ongoing operation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/12/willmarraids?refid=0 Fri, 13 Apr 2007 07:04:11 -0500 Immigration officials make arrests in Willmar Federal officials say they've been arresting illegal immigrants with criminal records during an ongoing operation in Willmar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/12/willmarraid?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2007 14:03:25 -0500 Morrison County approves dog breeding kennel Commissioners in Morrison County have given the go-ahead for a controversial large dog-breeding kennel near Little Falls. The outcome of the fight could lead to stricter state and local regulation of large dog kennels. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/05/morrisonkennel?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2007 12:00:00 -0500 Growing cities say they deserve more money from the state The leaders of some fast-growing rural Minnesota towns say they're being cheated out of their fair share of money from the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/26/lgagrowingcities?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2007 14:00:00 -0500 Pawlenty and Peterson tour Browns Valley Governor Tim Pawlenty and Congressman Colin Peterson toured the flooded western Minnesota town of Browns Valley. Local officials now say the mid-week flood damaged 140 homes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/16/govebrownsvalley?refid=0 Fri, 16 Mar 2007 18:36:35 -0500 Flood recedes but tempers rise in Browns Valley In Browns Valley some residents are still not able to get into their homes, a day after the Little Minnesota River sent icy waters rushing through town. Although flood waters are receding and that means many of the 100 or so residents evacuated Wednesday morning are starting to assess flood damage to their homes and property. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/15/brownsvalleyday2?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2007 17:02:15 -0500 Which Minnesota college can cut energy use the most? More than a dozen Minnesota college campuses have spent this month locked in competition. But we're not talking about sports here. It's a battle over which campus can cut its energy use the most. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/12/energywars?refid=0 Tue, 27 Feb 2007 14:00:00 -0600 Deadline for delisting bald eagles extended A move to take the bald eagle off the Endangered Species List has been delayed for four months by a federal judge in Minnesota. The original deadline was set for next week, after a Minnesota landowner sued to force the government to make a decision after years of delay. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/06/eagledevelopment?refid=0 Thu, 08 Feb 2007 13:30:00 -0600 Rural towns pay much of the the bill for school construction Residents of the small town of Upsala, Minnesota, say their property taxes are too high, mainly because the money is needed to pay for a new school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/11/upsalataxes?refid=0 Sun, 28 Jan 2007 15:00:00 -0600 Monticello nuclear plant shut down indefinitely Federal officials are asking several nuclear power plants to check their facilities after a piece of equipment broke down at a power plant in central Minnesota. The plant, located northwest of the Twin Cites in Monticello, is still shut down. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/17/monticelloshut?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jan 2007 09:57:44 -0600 Guard employers wonder when workers will return Minnesota National Guard soldiers and their families are coming to terms with an extended deployment in Iraq. While the change is a disappointment for soldiers' families, the extension is also a challenge for employers with workers serving in Iraq. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/11/guardemployers?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jan 2007 01:00:00 -0600 The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe creates new retirement account for elders Leaders with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe have a new idea to help their elders. The band is setting up a pension for retirees and the first payments are expected to go out soon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/09/millelacsstateofband?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jan 2007 16:00:00 -0600 Snowless season frustrates winter sports enthusiasts While recent storms brought a taste of winter to parts of Minnesota, much of the state is still dealing with a shortage of snow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/03/winterrecreation?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jan 2007 13:00:00 -0600 Warm winters are bad news for Minnesota ice rinks This year's warm weather is making it difficult for many winter recreational activites. It also means many Minnesota cities can't keep outdoor ice rinks operating. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/20/warmwxrec?refid=0 Tue, 26 Dec 2006 14:00:00 -0600 Drought still affects Minnesota lakes and streams Minnesota suffered through a hot dry summer, and received little relief in the form of rain this fall. Weather watchers say come spring the region will be really dry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/15/lowwater?refid=0 Wed, 20 Dec 2006 04:00:00 -0600 Rocori shooter's case rests on legal test for insanity The teenager sentenced to life in prison for killing two students at Rocori High School appealed his murder conviction to the state Supreme Court on Thursday, arguing that the legal test for insanity used at his trial was outdated. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/30/rocoriappeal?refid=0 Thu, 30 Nov 2006 10:15:38 -0600 A new crop for Minnesota As you settle down to a big Thanksgiving meal you'll probably see cranberries, in some form, on the table. Most of the nation's cranberry supply comes from Minnesota's neighbor to the east, Wisconsin. But cranberries are a crop native to Minnesota that just haven't taken hold here commercially. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/14/mncranberry?refid=0 Thu, 23 Nov 2006 00:00:01 -0600 Saving small town history on film Lots of small towns have amateur historians; you may know them as the folks always ready with a story of the old days. In the western Minnesota town of Milan, Billy Thompson went a step further in preserving his community's history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/14/savingmovies?refid=0 Fri, 17 Nov 2006 12:00:01 -0600 Small towns search for candidates As voters across the region head to the polls on Election Day, they'll see ballots filled with the names of people eager to serve in public office. But in some of Minnesota's rural communities it's getting harder to find folks who want to run for office. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/26/smalltownburnout?refid=0 Tue, 07 Nov 2006 08:00:01 -0600 The St. John's Boys' Choir tries something new The St. John's Boys' Choir in Collegeville is celebrating its 25th anniversary by performing a commissioned one-act opera entitled "The Star Gatherer." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/12/stjohnsboyschoir?refid=0 Fri, 20 Oct 2006 01:00:00 -0500 Back from the battlefield As many as 3,000 National Guard troops are scheduled to return to Minnesota next March from Iraq and Afghanistan. The Minnesota National Guard is preparing them for that transition but the guard is also telling employers that they play a major role in helping soldiers reintegrate into society. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/06/reintegration?refid=0 Fri, 13 Oct 2006 00:00:00 -0500 Minnesota regulators approve additional storage for nuclear power plant The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has approved extra above ground storage for radioactive waste at the Monticello nuclear plant in central Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/29/nukestorage?refid=0 Fri, 29 Sep 2006 17:00:00 -0500 The future of carp control One University of Minnesota professor hopes to develop a new way to control carp. But first he'll do a detailed study of carp, something he says has never been done before. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/22/carp?refid=0 Wed, 27 Sep 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Sisters go public with abuse allegations at St. John's University Two women claim their brother was sexually abused by a priest at St. John's University in the 1970s, and caused their brother to commit suicide shortly after. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/25/abuseallegations?refid=0 Mon, 25 Sep 2006 14:44:42 -0500 Health care, taxes on 6th District agenda The candidates for Minnesota's 6th Congressional District seat met for their first debate before a large audience Monday night in St. Cloud. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/19/6distdebate?refid=0 Tue, 19 Sep 2006 12:33:56 -0500 SCSU President Roy Saigo retires The president of the state's largest MnSCU campus announced he's retiring. Roy Saigo says he'll leave St. Cloud State University when his contract ends next summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/18/saigoretires?refid=0 Mon, 18 Sep 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Senators in marriage-ban spotlight post primary wins Democrat Dean Johnson, the state Senate's Majority Leader, easily defeated a political newcomer who claimed Johnson wasn't conservative enough for his west central Minnesota district. Republican state Sen. Paul Koering also defeated a challenger who criticized the openly gay lawmaker for opposing a Senate vote on a gay marriage ban in 2005. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/13/senators?refid=0 Wed, 13 Sep 2006 00:53:12 -0500 Senate Majority Leader Dean Johnson faces a primary challenge Opponent Michael Cruze says he's running because Johnson, in his position as Senate majority leader, recently blocked legislation dealing with abortion and gay marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/11/johnsonprimary?refid=0 Mon, 11 Sep 2006 14:00:00 -0500 Legislator says he faces a primary challenge because he's gay Minnesota state Sen. Paul Koering says the main reason he's facing a primary challenge next month is because he's gay. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/29/koeringrace?refid=0 Thu, 31 Aug 2006 00:00:00 -0500 Airstreams owners rule the campground at one Minnesota RV park Camper trailers are a common sight on the highways during the summer. But there's one kind that really catches the eye, Airstreams. Minnesota is home to one of the nation's exclusive parks for Airstream owners. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/18/airstreampark?refid=0 Wed, 23 Aug 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Farmers on the front lines keeping animals and people healthy Health officials and scientists discussed disease epidemics among animals and humans at a forum Thursday at Farmfest near Redwood Falls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/03/agririsks?refid=0 Thu, 03 Aug 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Farmers talk about the costs of water Farmers in the region are still dealing with drought, especially in parts of north central and central Minnesota that missed out on this week's rain. But there are some farmers in the driest parts of the state who expect to have a healthy crop at harvest time. That's because they're irrigating. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/02/irrigationcost?refid=0 Thu, 03 Aug 2006 00:00:01 -0500 Neighborhood electric cars hit Minnesota streets A new Minnesota law allows neighborhood electric vehicles on Minnesota streets with speed limits of 35 mph or less. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/27/ecar?refid=0 Sun, 30 Jul 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Parts of Minnesota are in an "extreme" drought The National Drought Mitigation Center says much of the northern half of Minnesota is now in an "extreme" drought. That's worse than last week's designation of a "severe" drought. Conditions aren't likely to improve anytime soon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/27/droughtindex?refid=0 Thu, 27 Jul 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Quick storm wets roads and fields but crops need more rain Fast-moving thunderstorms rolled across the region dropping rain in some areas and teasing others with just a few drops. Dry farm fields and rivers and streams still need more rain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/19/somerain?refid=0 Wed, 19 Jul 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Low levels in Minnesota rivers affecting water quality Many Minnesota rivers and streams are approaching dangerously low levels because of the recent hot and dry weather. Some experts are worried those conditions are already affecting water quality. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/17/lowwaterlevels?refid=0 Mon, 17 Jul 2006 17:00:00 -0500 Parents remember a thoughtful son Minnesota National Guard soldier Kyle Miller died June 29, 2006 in Iraq. Miller's parents say their son was the most caring person they knew. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/06/millerobit?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jul 2006 04:00:00 -0500 Ortonville hopes retirees provide a boost Ortonville, Minnesota, is hoping to reverse a population decline by attracting retiring baby boomers to town. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/26/ortonville?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jun 2006 14:00:00 -0500 New tradition for an old, long-neglected cemetery A once-forgotten cemetery in Stearns County holds the history of some early central Minnesota settlers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/22/cemetary?refid=0 Mon, 29 May 2006 18:00:00 -0500 Will high gas prices actually help Minnesota tourism? Tourism officials say the high price of gasoline won't hurt travel in Minnesota this summer. In fact it might actually attract more tourists. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/23/tourism?refid=0 Mon, 29 May 2006 00:00:01 -0500 Rapid development running into Minnesota's Indian burial mounds Several groups in Minnesota are working to find and preserve the region's remaining burial mounds before they disappear. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/28/effigymounds?refid=0 Fri, 19 May 2006 09:33:00 -0500 Rule change could mean lower taxes for Minnesota power companies The energy industry pays a lot in property taxes, so residents of power plant towns generally owe less at tax time. But now the state Revenue Department is considering a rule change that could lower the taxes energy companies pay. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/12/powertax?refid=0 Tue, 16 May 2006 00:00:01 -0500 Legislature aims to restrict adult businesses in rural Minnesota The Legislature is looking at measures to make it tough, if not impossible, for strip clubs to operate in small Minnesota towns. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/08/adultbizban?refid=0 Wed, 10 May 2006 00:00:01 -0500 After the fire is out, Minnesota's Wildfire Investigation Team goes to work After a wildfire is exstinguished, it's up an elite group of fire investigators to figure out what started the fire. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/28/wildfireinvestigators?refid=0 Tue, 02 May 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Once homeless, Vietnam Veteran helps others get off the street A social worker in St. Cloud is working to get homeless veterans off the street. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/07/homelessvets?refid=0 Fri, 14 Apr 2006 05:00:00 -0500 Stearns County commissioner: "I screwed up" The use of the term "tar baby" by a Stearns County commissioner about the St. Cloud Human Rights commission leads to an apology and questions about whether an apology is enough. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/29/stearnscolanguage?refid=0 Wed, 29 Mar 2006 17:00:00 -0600 Minnesota soldier continues to recover from wounds suffered in Iraq Jim Vandenheuvel suffered massive injuries when his Humvee was hit by a roadside bomb in February 2004. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/14/injuredsoldier?refid=0 Sun, 19 Mar 2006 15:00:00 -0600 A new bilingual newspaper serves rural Minnesota A St. Cloud couple hopes their new magazine is a hit among rural Minnesota's Hispanic population. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/13/bilingualpaper?refid=0 Fri, 24 Feb 2006 15:09:00 -0600 Growing biotech in Minnesota State leaders believe the growing biotech industry could be a big part of the future of Minnesota cities. Local leaders and politicians focused on biotech at a conference Tuesday in St. Cloud. At least one school in the region is already working to prepare students for careers in the biosciences. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/07/stcloudbiotech?refid=0 Tue, 07 Feb 2006 16:00:00 -0600 Minnesota's largest dairy planned for Swift County West central Minnesota could soon be home to the state's biggest dairy. The Swift County Board is considering plans for a farm with 6,600 cows called East Dublin Dairy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/06/bigfarms?refid=0 Mon, 06 Feb 2006 05:00:00 -0600 Mexican consul calls for more trade between Mexico and Minnesota Some Minnesota business owners say the state is missing out on a huge opportunity for trade with Mexico. That's an idea echoed by the state's new representative from Mexico. Consul Nathan Wolf says Mexico and Minnesota should improve their trading relationship. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/02/01_postt_stcloudlatinobiz/?refid=0 Wed, 01 Feb 2006 18:01:00 -0600 St. John's remembers Sen. Eugene McCarthy St. John's University in Collegeville is remembering the late Sen. Eugene McCarthy, who died in December 2005. McCarthy graduated from St. John's in 1935 and taught there in the 1940s, before moving on to a career in politics. McCarthy's friends and family say they knew the man as a student, teacher, poet and statesman. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/24_postt_mccarthymemorial/?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jan 2006 09:02:00 -0600 DNR looks to restore habitat for ducks The Department of Natural Resources unveiled a plan that increase waterfowl habitat. Environmentalists they also say there's a lot to be done before the state can add more acres of wetlands and grasslands. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/06_postt_dnr/?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jan 2006 17:53:00 -0600 Revisiting Zebulon Pike's expedition to Minnesota This winter marks the 200th anniversary of explorer Zebulon Pike's expedition to Minnesota. Some historians say Pike deserves more respect for that effort. But Pike is also a controversial figure in the eyes of Native Americans. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/14_postt_zebpike/?refid=0 Thu, 29 Dec 2005 14:00:00 -0600 St. Cloud area voters pick two Democrats in special election The election won't change the balance of the House or Senate. And political experts aren't sure if the election is an accurate gauge of what might happen in this fall's election. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/28_postt_speclegelec/?refid=0 Wed, 28 Dec 2005 02:34:00 -0600 State Supreme Court removes Sue Ek from the ballot The Minnesota Supreme Court has removed a legislative candidate from a special election ballot in St. Cloud. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/19_postt_eksupremect/?refid=0 Mon, 19 Dec 2005 13:00:00 -0600 State Supreme Court to decide candidate's eligibility The Minnesota Supreme Court will decide the eligibility of Minnesota House candidate who critics say doesn't live in the area she wants to represent. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/15_postt_candidatecourt/?refid=0 Thu, 15 Dec 2005 01:00:00 -0600 Candidate's residency question goes to court The issue of a candidate's residency in a St. Cloud election is headed to court. A resident of St. Cloud asked the State Supreme Court Friday to take Republican Sue Ek's name off of the ballot. The petition claims Ek is a resident of St. Paul, and can't legally run for office in St. Cloud. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/09_postt_ekfolo/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Dec 2005 17:36:00 -0600 Where does Sue Ek live? Some Minnesota Democrats are questioning whether a Republican candidate for a St. Cloud state house seat actually lives in the district she seeks to represent. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/07_postt_residency/?refid=0 Wed, 07 Dec 2005 17:33:00 -0600 Meth labs are disappearing, but more meth is smuggled in Minnesota is one of a growing number of states that limit the sale of some cold medication as a way to fight the spread of methamphetamine. Since the law went on the books, meth lab numbers in Minnesota are down but are the two things connected? http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/02_postt_methupdate/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Dec 2005 14:00:00 -0600 Little Falls mourns the death of a local soldier Residents of the central Minnesota town of Little Falls are dealing with the death of one of their hometown sons. Cpl. Anthony McElveen, 21, was killed last Thursday by a roadside bomb in Iraq. Nine other Marines were killed in that attack, including Lance Cpl. Scott Modeen, 24, from New Hope. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/05_postt_ltfallssoldier/?refid=0 Sun, 04 Dec 2005 16:35:00 -0600 Mayoral candidates in St. Cloud debate the work week Two candidates face off in St. Cloud's nonpartisan mayoral election. State Sen. Dave Kleis is challenging incumbent mayor John Ellenbecker. The debate has centered around the definition of a &quot;part-time&quot; mayor. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/03_postt_stcloudmayor/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Nov 2005 05:00:00 -0600 Minnesota polio cases raise awareness of immunization State health officials continue their investigation into five cases of polio that turned up recently in a central Minnesota Amish community. The outbreak has focused national attention on immunization rates for polio and other diseases. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/28_postt_polioupdate/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Oct 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Pollution cleanup cost is hard to comprehend The purpose of Minnesota's impaired water list is to put cleanup plans in motion for the state's most polluted streams and lakes. But the cost of such a far-reaching effort is something many say the state is not prepared for. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/10_postt_impairedcleanup/?refid=0 Tue, 11 Oct 2005 12:00:00 -0500 Glenwood's ballroom comes back to life People in the west central Minnesota town of Glenwood are celebrating the grand opening of a community centerpiece, the Lakeside Ballroom. In 2003 the original Lakeside Ballroom, which stood on the shores of Lake Minnewaska for 90 years, burned down. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/30_postt_glenwoodballrm/?refid=0 Fri, 30 Sep 2005 12:00:00 -0500 St. Cloud musician puts 'Pet Sounds' on stage Jeff Engholm is a man obsessed. For the last year, he's been listening almost incessantly to the Beach Boys' 1966 concept album, &quot;Pet Sounds.&quot; Now the St. Cloud area musician has turned his fascination into a live performance. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/29_postt_pertsounds/?refid=0 Wed, 28 Sep 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Camp Ripley to offer 'Northern Comfort' In coming weeks as many as 3,000 survivors of Hurricane Katrina could be brought to Camp Ripley, a huge National Guard facility in central Minnesota. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/06_postt_ripley/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Sep 2005 20:10:00 -0500 McLaughlin gets consecutive sentences in Rocori shootings A judge sentenced convicted school shooter Jason McLaughlin to life in prison Tuesday, and also ordered a second sentence be served consecutively, meaning the 17-year-old won't be eligible for parole for nearly 40 years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/30_postt_rocori/?refid=0 Tue, 30 Aug 2005 21:47:00 -0500 Court says state officials violated Clean Water Act The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled the state violated the Clean Water Act when it gave two central Minnesota towns permission to build a wastewater treatment plant on a polluted river. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/09_postt_annandalewater/?refid=0 Wed, 10 Aug 2005 08:42:00 -0500 Court decides wastewater issue for Wright County towns In a decision that could slow development in fast-growing areas, the Minnesota Court of Appeals blocked a water treatment plant for Annandale and Maple Lake Tuesday. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/05_postt_waterdev/?refid=0 Mon, 08 Aug 2005 17:18:00 -0500 After a tough trip, Minnesota canoeists near their goal Three months ago, two Minnesota men took off on the summer trip of a lifetime. Their goal was to complete a 2,200-mile canoe trip to Hudson Bay. The adventurers have nearly reached the end of their trip. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/30_postt_canoeupdat/?refid=0 Fri, 05 Aug 2005 12:00:00 -0500 Judge rejects insanity argument from Rocori shooter John Jason McLaughlin was not insane when he shot and killed two classmates at Rocori High School in 2003, a judge ruled Tuesday, meaning the boy will go to prison. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/26_postt_mclaughlin/?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jul 2005 16:34:00 -0500 Tracing the source of bovine TB outbreak could take weeks A herd of 900 cattle in northern Minnesota will be destroyed to prevent the spread of bovine tuberculosis. Agriculture officials are confident the outbreak was caught in time to keep it from spreading. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/14_postt_bovinetb/?refid=0 Thu, 14 Jul 2005 17:19:00 -0500 Prosecutor says McLaughlin meant to kill; judge to rule Monday The prosecutor in John Jason McLaughlin's murder trial said in closing arguments Tuesday that the teenager meant to kill one of the two students he shot at Rocori High School, even smirking while he did it. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/12_ap_rocori/?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Court views McLaughlin video statement Ninety minutes after the September 2003 school shooting at Rocori High School, Jason McLaughlin spoke with investigators. Prosecutor attorneys played a video of that conversation as his murder trial continued in St. Cloud Monday. Both sides say the statement is a key piece in the case. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/12_postt_jasonspeaks/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jul 2005 06:00:00 -0500 E-mails show Rocori shooting planned, prosecutors say A Rocori High School student who received e-mails from Jason McLaughlin took the stand in McLaughlin's murder trial on Friday. Prosecutors presented several e-mails that they say show McLaughlin was planning something violent at his school leading up to the fall of 2003. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/09_postt_rocori/?refid=0 Sat, 09 Jul 2005 05:28:00 -0500 Emotional testimony in McLaughlin murder trial There was plenty of emotional eyewitness testimony at Jason McLaughlin's murder trial in St. Cloud on Thursday. McLaughlin faces first and second-degree murder charges for the shooting deaths of two students at Rocori High School in Cold Spring nearly two years ago. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/08_postt_mclaughlintrial/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jul 2005 09:51:00 -0500 Graphic testimony in first day of McLaughlin trial A courtroom packed with spectators heard graphic testimony Tuesday as opening arguments began in Jason McLaughlin's murder trial. The 16-year-old is accused of shooting two fellow students at Rocori High School in Cold Spring nearly two years ago. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/05_postt_mclaughlinday1/?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jul 2005 09:07:00 -0500 Cold Spring school shooting case begins in St. Cloud Jury selection begins in a St. Cloud courtroom for the murder trial of Jason McLaughlin. The teenager, who's accused of shooting and killing two students at Rocori High School in Cold Spring nearly two years ago has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. It's a plea that experts say will be tough to defend, especially in a school shooting trial. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/28_postt_mclaughlintrial/?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jun 2005 05:00:00 -0500 Minnesota town struggles as its school and hospital close Residents in Starbuck, Minnesota, are worried about the future of their community after the town's hospital and school shut down. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/10_postt_starbuckclose/?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jun 2005 01:00:00 -0500 Keeping kids on ATVs safe The number of all terrain vehicles in Minnesota is on the rise. With more ATVs comes more accidents and many times it's kids who are the ones that get hurt. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/03_postt_atvkids/?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jun 2005 16:23:00 -0500 Minnesota farmers prepare for soybean rust Agriculture experts have been watching a disease called soybean rust hop around the globe for decades. Now, some Minnesota farmers are preparing for the arrival of soy rust. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/25_postt_soyrust/?refid=0 Tue, 31 May 2005 00:01:00 -0500 The Minnesota DNR fights fish poaching The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is fighting fish poaching with heavy fines. DNR Conservation officers have some new and serious tools to combat overfishing. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/13_postt_catchthem/?refid=0 Fri, 13 May 2005 04:52:00 -0500 The new face of taxidermy Tighter fishing regulations have more anglers turning to fish replicas to display their trophy catches. It's the new face of taxidermy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/12_postt_replicafish/?refid=0 Thu, 12 May 2005 14:17:00 -0500 Canoeing with the Cree 75 years later Eric Sevareid made his name as a CBS news correspondent. But at a young age, Sevareid experienced an adventure most only dream of. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/29_postt_canoetrip/?refid=0 Fri, 29 Apr 2005 15:33:00 -0500 Western Minnesota winds could be made into hydrogen Hydrogen is considered by many to be the answer to America's future energy needs. Researchers in western Minnesota have begun a project to turn wind power into hydrogen. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/22_postt_windtohydrogen/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Apr 2005 13:29:00 -0500 Catholic students differ on new pope Catholics in Minnesota are working to understand how the election of a new pope will affect them. For young Catholics, the future of their church is a passionate subject. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/20_postt_newpope/?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2005 05:00:00 -0500 It's getting harder to detect meth labs in Minnesota Law enforcement officials say it's getting harder to track methamphetamine labs in Minnesota because meth makers are getting better at hiding their crime. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/31_postt_methupdate/?refid=0 Fri, 15 Apr 2005 15:14:00 -0500 Pope's death spurs interest in priesthood Catholic leaders in Minnesota say the attention being paid to the pope's death and the church as a whole, might encourage more men to join the priesthood. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/08_postt_priests/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Apr 2005 00:01:00 -0500 St. Cloud Catholics recall personal meetings with Pope John Paul II Those who met the pope say he was a personable and humble man. They say the honor of meeting him and the items he gave them, now seem even more important. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/03_postt_pope/?refid=0 Sun, 03 Apr 2005 08:06:00 -0500 Artist Chris Mann to vocalize his new work to St. Cloud Chris Mann is a New York City based artist who uses poetry, music, bits of sound and complex text to explore the meaning of language. He's coming to St. Cloud to present the U.S. premier of his latest work. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/01_postt_mann/?refid=0 Fri, 01 Apr 2005 00:01:00 -0600 Red Lake shooting stirs memories at Rocori High School The school shooting in Red Lake comes only 18 months after another shooting killed two students at Rocori High School in Cold Spring. Faculty and staff were ready to help their own students, in case the incident stirred up old emotions. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/22_postt_coldspringmentor/?refid=0 Tue, 22 Mar 2005 16:54:00 -0600 Lawmaker's bill would stop state contracts with private prisons A Minnesota state lawmaker wants to stop state contracts with private prisons. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/25_postt_pvtprison/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2005 15:31:00 -0600 Talks reach impasse in teachers strike; teachers union sues over replacements After another failed negotiating session in the Crosby-Ironton teachers' strike, both sides made legal moves Wednesday. The school board declared the strike an impasse and teachers sued the district over what they call illegal tactics. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/16_postt_strike/?refid=0 Thu, 17 Mar 2005 08:43:00 -0600 U of M, Morris wants government help for tuition waiver The University of Minnesota, Morris provides free tuition for Native American students. But school officials say they want the federal government to help pay for the program. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/11_postt_indiantuition/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Mar 2005 14:00:00 -0600 Teacher strike divides community Residents of the Crosby-Ironton school district say their communities are torn apart because of a month-long teacher strike. That's what a group of legislators heard when an education committee took its hearing on the road to the small town of Deerwood. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/09_postt_crosbystrike/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Mar 2005 09:00:00 -0600 School strike forces parents to find new ways to keep their kids busy Striking teachers in the Crosby-Ironton school district say they've walked off the job mainly to preserve health benefits for retired teachers. In the meantime, parents in the district are trying to keep their children busy while school is shut down. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/17_postt_crosbystrike/?refid=0 Thu, 17 Feb 2005 08:33:00 -0600 Dave Anderson resigns from BIA Dave Anderson is resigning as head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs after just one year in the job. Anderson earlier removed himself from decisions on tribal recognition and Indian gambling to avoid the appearance of any conflict of interest, because of his past work in the gambling industry. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/31_postt_andersonbia/?refid=0 Mon, 31 Jan 2005 11:00:00 -0600 St. Joseph has another young mayor Richard Carlbom is settling into his new position as mayor of the small central Minnesota town of St. Joseph. He says St. Joseph can count on him to be a dedicated and energetic leader, something he credits to his age, he's 23. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/24_postt_youngmayor/?refid=0 Sun, 23 Jan 2005 15:00:00 -0600 Minnesota soldier recovers after being injured in Iraq Some 1,300 soldiers have been killed in the war in Iraq. The number injured is much higher -- nearly 10,000. One of those soldiers returned to his hometown of Pierz, in central Minnesota. Because of his injuries, he faces an uncertain future. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/31_postt_injuredsoldier/?refid=0 Wed, 29 Dec 2004 09:00:00 -0600 Starbuck may lose hospital in effort to save health care in rural area Residents of the west-central Minnesota town of Starbuck have always considered themselves lucky when it comes to health care. They have their own primary care hospital, which is unusual in a town of only 1,200. Now, officials say they need to merge with a nearby facility to keep health care available in Starbuck. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/10_postt_starbuckhosp/?refid=0 Wed, 29 Dec 2004 00:01:00 -0600 Silent Night a part of Willmar man's family tree Silent Night is one of the most popular Christmas carols ever written. It has special meaning for a Willmar man, who played the song for years before he discovered his family's connection to its music. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/24_postt_silentnight/?refid=0 Fri, 24 Dec 2004 11:00:00 -0600 St. Cloud is going wireless Technology experts expect plenty of competition across the country in the next few years as the number of Internet providers, especially wireless ones, explodes. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/09_postt_wireless/?refid=0 Thu, 09 Dec 2004 17:09:00 -0600 When women go to war Even though 20 percent of the Minnesota National Guard troops on active duty are women, it's still hard to send a wife, a mother, a sister or a daughter to a dangerous place. And for the family back home, it's especially difficult. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/10_postt_soldierdeployed/?refid=0 Thu, 02 Dec 2004 14:00:00 -0600 An up and down year for Minnesota farmers Try to get a farmer to stop and talk this time of year and you're likely to get a friendly, but firm, brushoff. It's harvest time. Between combining fields and storing crops, farmers don't have a second to spare. But things don't always go as planned. Take western Minnesota farmer Bernie Zinda, who got stuck in line at his local grain elevator. He had plenty of time to talk with about a chaotic year on the farm. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/09_postt_zindayear/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Nov 2004 12:00:00 -0600 More landowners saying &quot;no&quot; to hunters The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says almost a half million hunters will try to get their deer during the hunting season. But more and more, landowners are saying &quot;no&quot; to hunting on their property. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/05_postt_deerhunt/?refid=0 Fri, 05 Nov 2004 16:19:00 -0600 Patty Wetterling's uncertain political future Democrat Patty Wetterling lost her bid for Congress by 30,000 votes. But political observers say Wetterling, as a first-time candidate, made a good showing against incumbent Republican Mark Kennedy. Now many wonder about Wetterling's political future. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/04_postt_wetterlingfuture/?refid=0 Wed, 03 Nov 2004 18:08:00 -0600 A battle between experience and changing politics in District 12A House District 12A encompasses the rapidly growing Brainerd lakes area. It's a part of Minnesota that's seen plenty of changes over the last couple of decades. This year's election pits a DFL candidate with 30 years experience against two political newcomers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/20_postt_legprofile/?refid=0 Thu, 21 Oct 2004 14:00:00 -0500 Congressional candidates debate in St. Cloud The two candidates for Minnesota's 6th Congressional District met over the weekend for their second debate in St. Cloud. Incumbent Republican Mark Kennedy and Democratic challenger Patty Wetterling showed contrasting opinions on topics ranging from Social Security to the war in Iraq. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/17_postt_6distdebate/?refid=0 Sun, 17 Oct 2004 15:59:00 -0500 A new Minnesota musical celebrates Jewish immigrants Jews in Minnesota are celebrating a double anniversary. It's the 350th anniversary of the arrival of the first Jews in America and the 150th anniversary of the first to arrive in Minnesota. Minnesota playwright Joe Vass chronicles the experience of the immigrants in his latest work. The musical uses the Yiddish word for craziness, &quot;Mishegass,&quot; as its title. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/15_postt_mishegass/?refid=0 Fri, 15 Oct 2004 00:01:00 -0500 A buffer for things that go bump in the night Camp Ripley in central Minnesota is one of the largest National Guard camps in the country. Miles of woodlands and lakes surround the camp, it's prime development territory. Military officials fear increasing development might limit when they can use noisy aircraft and artillery. Guard leaders hope surrounding landowners will take part in a new program that buys their development rights, creating a development-free buffer zone around the camp. But the program is a hard sell for some landowners. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/02_postt_ripley/?refid=0 Wed, 06 Oct 2004 12:00:00 -0500 Rocori High School marks shooting anniversary Students at Rocori High School in Cold Spring spent the day Friday remembering the events of one year ago. That day, freshman student Jason McLaughlin opened fire. Senior Aaron Rollins died almost immediately while freshman Seth Bartell died 10 days later. McLaughlin has been charged with two counts of murder in the shootings. For many of the staff and students at Rocori High School, recovering, continues to be a struggle. But the commemoration of the shooting was designed to help everyone look forward. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/24_postt_rocoriayearlater/?refid=0 Fri, 24 Sep 2004 16:42:00 -0500 Tribe offers to talk about sharing casino revenue Leaders with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe say they might be willing to share some of their future gambling revenue with the state. The band wants to explore cooperative business ventures that could result in gaming money flowing into state coffers. Both state and tribal leaders hope this represents a new beginning, one that could soften the debate over Indian gaming before the next legislative session starts. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/26_postt_casinomoney/?refid=0 Thu, 26 Aug 2004 16:54:00 -0500 Minnesotans dive into new pools For years the old neighborhood pool was the best place to cool off on hot summer days. But across the region, cities have had to close those old pools because of expensive repairs and declining attendance. In a day of air conditioners and cable TV, pools don't serve as community gathering places much anymore. But now city leaders are trying to attract a new generation of swimmers and splashers with more exciting pools. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/27_postt_waterpark/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Aug 2004 15:05:00 -0500 Dutch elm disease claims more trees It's been a bad summer for elm trees in Minnesota. Dutch elm disease has made a comeback. The fungus is spread by beetles and through the roots of the trees. It's been an ongoing affliction for trees across the region since big outbreaks in the 1970s and '80s killed thousands of the stately American elms. After two dry summers stressed the region's trees, the disease flared has up again. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/13_postt_elmdeath/?refid=0 Fri, 13 Aug 2004 00:01:00 -0500 Laura Bush woos female business owners First lady Laura Bush made a campaign stop in central Minnesota Tuesday, visiting a quilt shop in the city of Waite Park near St. Cloud. After a tour through rows of colorful fabric, the first lady spoke to a crowd of female business owners. Laura Bush said her husband's policies are strengthening the nation's small businesses. <br><br> Meanwhile, a group of Democratic businesswomen in St. Cloud say the president hasn't done enough. They spent the morning touting John Kerry's proposals to strengthen small business. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/10_baxtera_laurabush/?refid=0 Tue, 10 Aug 2004 15:15:00 -0500 McLaughlin pleads not guilty to school shootings In a St. Cloud courtroom, Jason McLaughlin pleaded not guilty in the shooting deaths of two of his classmates last fall at Rocori High School in Cold Spring. The 16-year-old faces one charge of first degree murder and three charges of second degree murder. Family members of Aaron Rollins and Seth Bartell were also in the courtroom. They say dealing with the deaths has been hard, but the drawn out legal process has made it even harder. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/29_postt_mclaughlinupdate/?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jul 2004 16:40:00 -0500 The prairie returns in backyard gardens More Minnesota gardeners are turning to the state's native plants to spruce up their landscapes. The hearty flowers and grasses that once graced Minnesota prairies are sprouting up in small backyard gardens around the region. Some homeowners even replace their entire thirsty grass lawns with the drought-tolerant plants. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/30_postt_prairieplanting/?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jul 2004 12:00:00 -0500 Prairie gardening in the city When Carolyn Carr looks at a garden, she doesn't just see blossoms and plants. She sees the hope of bringing back the past. That's especially true when the garden is full of native plants. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/30_postt_citygarden/?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jul 2004 12:00:00 -0500 Meth poses a danger to first responders Minnesota cops are not the only ones who have to deal with the dangers of meth. Doctors, nurses, EMTs and firefighters all have to worry about being exposed to chemicals from meth labs. The State Department of Health is working to train all first responders on safely dealing with meth and the people who make it. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/14_postt_methsidebar/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jun 2004 14:00:00 -0500 Meth presents new dangers for law enforcement Law enforcement officials say methamphetamine is now the drug of choice in rural Minnesota. It's easy to get and it's easy to make. Cops are trained to deal with drugs and drug users, but meth presents new challenges. Meth users are aggressive and can turn violent. People use caustic chemicals to make the drug, and that makes meth labs a health hazard. Minnesota cops are learning how to deal with the changes meth has made to their jobs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/14_postt_methenforcement/?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jun 2004 14:00:00 -0500 Gay couple from Glenwood wanted to get married, not make history After Massachusetts became the first state to allow gay couples to wed, same-sex partners from across the country flocked to the state to get married. One of the first couples to take advantage of the new Massachusetts law came from west central Minnesota. Cody Rogahn and Jonathan Yarbrough have returned to Glenwood, but they're not sure what to make of all the attention their wedding received. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/28_postt_gaycouple/?refid=0 Fri, 28 May 2004 05:00:00 -0500 Wetterling jumps into broader political arena in Congress bid Patty Wetterling made it official Tuesday, announcing her candidacy for Minnesota's 6th Congressional district. She'll run as a Democrat against incumbent Republican Rep. Mark Kennedy. Tragedy has given Patty Wetterling tremendous name recognition. In 1989, her son Jacob was abducted at gunpoint near his St. Joseph home, and he's been missing ever since. Wetterling has spent 14 years pushing for state and national legislation to deal with violence against children. Now Wetterling will need to convince people her candidacy is about more than one issue. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/11_postt_wetterling/?refid=0 Tue, 11 May 2004 15:25:00 -0500 Horses part of student life at U of M Morris This is a busy time of year for college students. They've got finals to worry about. Some will graduate or take a summer job. And of course, students need to squeeze in an active social life. Homework and tests are important, but you've got to make time for your friends. For about 20 students at the University of Minnesota, Morris, those friends are horses. Morris is the only college in Minnesota that allows students to board their horses on campus. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/05/07_postt_morrishorses/?refid=0 Fri, 07 May 2004 08:00:00 -0500 Things are looking profitable for Minnesota farmers As temperatures warm up, Minnesota farmers are ready to head into the fields for spring planting. This year farmers have reason to be optimistic. Prices for the Minnesota's two major crops, corn and soybeans, are close to all-time highs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/04/09_postt_agprices/?refid=0 Fri, 16 Apr 2004 05:00:00 -0500 Growing a crop of houses Some Stearns County farmers are upset with a neighbor's plans for his land. A dairy farmer north of Melrose wants permission to do something unusual. He'd like to seed a crop of houses where corn and soybeans would usually grow. The landowner says because of the slumping farm economy, it's the best way to make money from his dairy farm. His neighbors say houses don't belong in a farm field in the middle of prime dairy country. The issue is forcing Stearns County officials to plan for future development. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/15_postt_farmhouses/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Mar 2004 05:00:00 -0600 A new store promises more than just groceries A new grocery store has opened on the Mille Lacs Reservation in central Minnesota. It might not seem like a major event, but for Mille Lacs Band members a nearby grocery is something new. And since the store is owned and operated by the Band, reservation leaders hope it will diversify the community's economy. Indian tribes across the country are delving into similar projects in an effort to move away from gaming as their sole source of income. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/18_postt_millelacsgrocery/?refid=0 Tue, 09 Mar 2004 15:00:00 -0600 Rural veterinarians in short supply It's getting harder for farmers and ranchers in Minnesota to find a veterinarian when they need one. As older vets retire, there are fewer young vets who want to take over rural practices. It turns out more vet students are choosing to work on small animals in urban areas after graduation. The change has the state facing a shortage of vets who specialize in livestock. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/12_postt_vetshortage/?refid=0 Thu, 12 Feb 2004 14:00:00 -0600 Anatomy of a strike Going on strike is a tough decision. When workers hit the picket lines, they're losing wages. They also risk losing their jobs. That's what happened to 22 licensed practical nurses in Alexandria back in 1999. After going on strike, the nurses were fired. The disagreement was over when the strike would start. Four and a half years later the nurses say they're still technically on strike, even though they no longer walk a picket line. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/26_postt_unionsstrike/?refid=0 Tue, 27 Jan 2004 12:00:00 -0600 State of the Unions Unions in the United States are working hard to make up ground they lost in the changing realities of the modern work world. At one time, half of American workers were in a union. Now the number is just one in eight. Minnesota Public Radio's Mainstreet Radio team examines &quot;the State of the Unions,&quot; in this series of stories looking at how unions have changed their organizing strategies. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/26_smithk_unionsintro/?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jan 2004 12:01:00 -0600 A test for the Catholic Church Minnesota's six Catholic dioceses are complying with a mandate to prevent sexual abuse, according to a national report released in Washington D.C. Catholic leaders in Minnesota say the report shows the church is living up to its pledge to stop sexual abuse by priests. But some abuse victims say the report has major problems. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/06_postt_catholicaudit/?refid=0 Tue, 06 Jan 2004 14:00:00 -0600 Paying for a little Christmas spirit For years Christmas light decorating services have been popular in Minnesota's wealthy suburbs. But now paying someone to put up Christmas lights is becoming a popular choice for lots of people. Some Minnesotans like the professional look while others say paying a pro makes makes sense since putting up lights is an inconvienence and can be dangerous work. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/23_postt_holidaylights/?refid=0 Tue, 23 Dec 2003 07:00:00 -0600 &quot;Old Turtle&quot; returns Central Minnesota author Douglas Wood's first book, <i>Old Turtle,</i> was a huge success. First published in 1992, the story of a wise old turtle who shares her wisdom on spirituality, peace and ecology won several national awards, and sold more than 800,000 copies. Now 11 years later, there's a new Old Turtle story. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/28_postt_dougwood/?refid=0 Fri, 28 Nov 2003 14:00:00 -0600 Turkeys provide a new source of power Minnesota will soon be home to a new kind of alternative energy plant. A British company called Fibrowatt plans to build a power plant near the central Minnesota town of Benson. The facility would burn a mix of turkey manure and wood chips to make electricity. The project would provide Exel Energy with a third of the renewable energy it's required to buy every year. But some opposed to the project say there are better uses for turkey manure. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/29_postt_pooppower/?refid=0 Wed, 12 Nov 2003 00:01:00 -0600 Small town has 16 millionaires Sixteen women in central Minnesota are celebrating a big lottery win. They are all employees at Holdingford High School -- 15 school cooks and one custodian. They will split a Powerball jackpot of $95 million. The women faced a throng of reporters in their school lunchroom Tuesday. The winners laid out some of their plans for the money. They want to share it with their families, take vacations and buy new houses and cars. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/28_postt_lotterywin/?refid=0 Tue, 28 Oct 2003 16:30:00 -0600 University workers strike in small towns too University of Minnesota clerical workers are in the fourth day of their strike. Hundreds of workers have walked the lines at the U's Twin Cities campus. There are smaller groups of workers on strike at the university's Morris campus. In a community the size of Morris, nearly everyone knows the striking workers walking the picket line, but that doesn't always work in their favor. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/24_postt_morrisstrike/?refid=0 Fri, 24 Oct 2003 07:26:00 -0500 Family of Cold Spring shooting victim talks about the tragedy Aaron Rollins' parents spoke publicly on Wednesday for the first time since their 17-year-old-son was killed in a school shooting in Cold Spring three weeks ago. Tom and Sherry Rollins are thankful for the support they've received from their small community. But they say they can't put into words how much they miss their son. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/15_postt_parents/?refid=0 Wed, 15 Oct 2003 14:55:00 -0500 Cold Spring discusses tighter school security It's been two weeks since a shooting at Rocori High School in Cold Spring. One student was buried last week, another is still in critical condition. Now grief turns to questioning. What should happen next? Some parents say the school should spend more money on security measures, and metal detectors are one option being considered. There's disagreement over whether that step would be worth the investment. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/09_postt_coldspgsecurity/?refid=0 Thu, 09 Oct 2003 15:45:00 -0500 Legal system wrestles with how to handle Cold Spring school shooting suspect Jason McLauglin is in a juvenile detention facility. The 15-year-old is charged with second degree murder and assault. Lawyers on both sides of the case are already arguing whether McLauglin should be tried as a juvenile or an adult. Some legal experts say the teenager is a perfect candidate for something in between, Minnesota's extended juvenile jurisdiction system. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/03_postt_adultorjuv/?refid=0 Fri, 03 Oct 2003 15:00:00 -0500 Cold Spring residents struggle to recover It hasn't even been a week, but for the people of Cold Spring, everything is different. They've already mourned and buried one of their own, and still grieve over another. After last Wednesday's school shooting at Rocori High School, Aaron Rollins, 17, was laid to rest Monday and Seth Bartell, 14, is still in critical condition at St. Cloud Hospital. Children and adults are grasping for ways to communicate their feelings. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/29_postt_funeral/?refid=0 Mon, 29 Sep 2003 16:19:00 -0500 Cold Spring students back to class for first time after shooting Dozens of adults lined the long sidewalk leading into Rocori High School Friday and applauded as students walked to class for the first time since a fatal shooting there on Wednesday. A senior, Aaron Rollins, died in the shooting and a freshman, Seth Bartell, was in critical condition at St. Cloud Hospital. A 15-year-old freshman was in custody. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/25_postt_update/?refid=0 Fri, 26 Sep 2003 11:22:00 -0500 Two boys shot at central Minnesota high school, one dies; suspect in custody Churches in the central Minnesota town of Cold Spring held special services last night to mark the end of a tragic day. A 15-year-old boy shot two of his classmates at Rocori High School around noon. One of the students died, another is in critical condition. Students and teachers in Cold Spring now begin the work of trying to recover. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/24_ap_schoolshooting/?refid=0 Thu, 25 Sep 2003 05:58:00 -0500 Soldiers' families want the 142nd back home Family members of Minnesota National Guard troops deployed to Iraq say they're angry that their relatives won't be coming home soon. In early September, Army officials announced that reserve troops in Iraq could be there as long as a year. That means members of Camp Ripley's 142nd Engineering Division may not come home until summer of 2004. Minnesota National Guard officials understand why the families are upset, but say there's not much they can do. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/21_postt_guard/?refid=0 Mon, 22 Sep 2003 05:00:00 -0500 Minnesota wheat makes a premium vodka Early in 2003, a new kind of vodka made its national debut. Shakers is made in the small west-central Minnesota town of Benson from wheat grown on area farms. Now it's sold in bars and restaurants in 16 states. In a part of the state better known for corn fields and dairy farms, premium vodka is giving value-added agriculture new meaning. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/19_postt_shakersvodka/?refid=0 Fri, 19 Sep 2003 00:01:00 -0500 Minnesota resorts want state conferences again The summer season is over for resorts in Minnesota. In the fall, some large resorts make money by hosting conferences, often put on by state organizations. But resort owners say the conference business they've relied on for years has disappeared. Some state officials say they're afraid to hold conferences at resorts because of the perception that they're expensive, even if they're not. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/04_postt_resorts/?refid=0 Thu, 04 Sep 2003 05:00:00 -0500 Hurt by hooks Anglers in Minnesota have plenty of tales about the fish they caught. They probably have many more about the ones they didn't. But for some, the memories are not hooking a fish, but how they hooked themselves. Most times getting stuck with a fish hook is a minor nuisance, but it can mean a trip to the emergency room. In the central Minnesota town of Alexandria, people in the ER have found a creative way to keep track of fish hook incidents. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/01_postt_fishhooks/?refid=0 Sun, 31 Aug 2003 15:00:00 -0500 Camp Knutson turns 50 For 50 years a summer camp in north central Minnesota has served as a getaway for disabled kids. Camp Knutson gives them the chance to experience the outdoors. Advocates for the disabled say the camp also lets them meet kids just like themselves. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/22_postt_disabledcamp/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Aug 2003 08:16:00 -0500 Elk Farmer finds new way to make money Elk farmers in Minnesota are facing tough times. The fear of chronic wasting disease has cut into the market for elk meat. For some farmers new regulations to limit the spread of the disease prevents them from selling their animals at all. One central Minnesota elk farmer says he's found a way to make money in the struggling industry. But state officials say the farmer's approach is illegal and inhumane. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/13_postt_cwdelk/?refid=0 Wed, 13 Aug 2003 11:34:00 -0500 Understanding the changing voice Adolescent boys pose a real challenge for choir directors. Their changing voices are difficult to place in a choir. At the beginning of year a young man may be an alto, a few months he could be a tenor. The time in between can be awkward and uncomfortable for young singers. A group at St. John's University in Collegeville is spreading the word about the science of changing voices. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/08_postt_changingvoices/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Aug 2003 11:56:00 -0500 The politics of farming Farmers from across Minnesota are in Redwood County for Farmfest. Four members of Minnesota's congressional delegation held a forum to discuss provisions of last year's Farm Bill. One of the issues that popped up was mandatory meat labeling. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/06_postt_farmforum/?refid=0 Wed, 06 Aug 2003 05:00:00 -0500 Extension Service announces cuts The University of Minnesota Extension Service is consolidating its operations. Extension officials have selected 18 Minnesota cities as regional Extension centers, to replace the 91 Extension offices currently located in each county in the state. Extension officials say the move is necessary because of cuts in state funding. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/21_postt_extservice/?refid=0 Mon, 21 Jul 2003 16:49:00 -0500 The Minnesota National Guard takes a turn in Bosnia The Minnesota National Guard will soon engage in its largest overseas troop deployment since World War II. Some 1,100 National Guard troops from the Twin Cities, Moorhead and Duluth are about to begin an eight-month mission in Bosnia. The soldiers will take part in the U.N.'s peacekeeping mission set up by the 1996 Dayton Peace Accords. The National Guard says the deployment will be tough on the soldiers and their families. But they also realize it's a burden on employers. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/18_postt_nationalguard/?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jul 2003 05:00:00 -0500 Review boards work toward healing In the wake of the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic church, dioceses across the country have set up policy review boards. Two boards in central Minnesota are beginning their work, one at St. John's Abbey and the other at the St. Cloud Diocese. Their purpose is to monitor the church's policies and response to sexual abuse. But victims' rights groups doubt the review boards will have the power to make any real change in church policy. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/02_postt_abuseboard/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2003 17:15:00 -0500 Students deal with an increase in tuition Students at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities expect a big jump in the cost of tuition this fall. When the MnSCU Board of Trustees meets next month, a tuition increase in on the agenda. It could be as much as 15 percent for some state colleges. Students and their parents say tuition is becoming a burden, even at traditionally affordable public colleges. College financial experts say the good news is there are some new ways to save for college. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/25_postt_mnscustudents/?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jun 2003 14:55:00 -0500 100 years in the business As Ford Motor Company marks its 100th anniversary, a Ford dealership in St. Cloud is joining the celebration. The Tenvoorde family started selling Fords a century ago, just as Henry Ford started his business. It's now considered the oldest Ford dealership in the world. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/09_postt_forddealer/?refid=0 Sun, 08 Jun 2003 15:00:00 -0500 Obesity on the reservation Type 2 diabetes has reached epidemic proportions on the country's Indian reservations. On some reservations, as many as one-quarter of the people have diabetes. The disease and its complications take a serious toll on the health of Native Americans. Doctors aren't sure what causes type 2 diabetes, but say in many cases it's brought on by obesity. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/02_postt_obesitynative/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jun 2003 12:00:00 -0500 Minnesota's future troopers If you want to become a State Patrol trooper in Minnesota, there's only one way. Every recruit goes through intense training at Camp Ripley north of Little Falls. The State Patrol's training academy lasts 16 weeks and is followed by months of extra on the job training. The State Patrol wants to train more recruits to fill open trooper positions. But in these tight budget times, that's not likely to happen. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/30_postt_troopertwo/?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2003 12:00:00 -0500 State Patrol stretches to cover Minnesota Minnesota's State Patrol troopers say it's getting harder to keep motorists safe. In the past 20 years, the number of licensed drivers in Minnesota has increased 27 percent. The number of miles traveled by motorists has doubled. But the number of troopers on Minnesota's highways has stayed the same. State Patrol officials realize during these lean budget times they're not likely to get more money to hire troopers. But they say if something doesn't change soon, the roads will become more dangerous, and more Minnesotans will die. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/30_postt_trooperone/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Apr 2003 05:00:00 -0500 European farmers are coming to America State agriculture officials say Minnesota could benefit from a new wave of European immigrants, but isn't. Many European dairy farmers are selling their farms and moving to the United States. However, current law keeps those farmers from buying land in Minnesota. Agriculture officials want to change that. They say European farmers have the desire to buy failing Minnesota dairy farms. But some say the state shouldn't lay out the welcome mat for foreigners while Minnesota dairy farmers are struggling. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/04/16_postt_dairyforeigners/?refid=0 Mon, 14 Apr 2003 05:00:00 -0500 The world's first online punk cartoon The World Wide Web allows thousands of comic strip artists to post their creations on the Internet. But in a sea of online comics, it's hard for most artists to get noticed. One St. Cloud artist has done just that. Mitch Clem claims he's drawing the world's first online punk comic strip. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/14_postt_punkcartoon/?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2003 03:00:00 -0600 No, No, Willmar! We hear every day about how liberal American society has become. But not too long ago, parts of Minnesota were known for their hardline efforts to stop behavior now considered harmless. The Kandiyohi County Historical Society is hosting a display that looks back on that time. &quot;No, No Willmar&quot; profiles activities and items that were considered immoral and sometimes illegal. But some old-timers in Willmar say despite the community's efforts to appear straight-laced, they remember plenty of mischievous behavior going on. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/03/05_postt_nonowillmar/?refid=0 Wed, 05 Mar 2003 16:57:00 -0600 Missota Paper comes to Minnesota A Michigan company called Missota Paper is going to buy a mill in Brainerd that closed last year. When the Potlatch paper mill shut down, more than 600 people lost their jobs. The new owners hope to hire about a third of the laid off workers to restart the paper mill. Industry experts say the plant's success won't come easy because the nation's paper industry is in a slump. But Missota officials say they have a plan that will make the plant profitable, it includes a smaller workforce and lower wages. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/02/14_postt_missota/?refid=0 Fri, 14 Feb 2003 05:00:00 -0600 A tough year for dairy farmers Dairy farmers say the past year has been a tough one. For more than a year, the payments farmers receive for their milk have been less than it costs farmers to to produce the milk. Analysts say the low prices are caused by a supply-and-demand problem, and they don't think relief will come for months. The low prices have forced farmers to become smarter business owners. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/13_postt_dairy/?refid=0 Tue, 04 Feb 2003 15:00:00 -0600 Spicer's icy festival The west central Minnesota town of Spicer kicks off its annual Winterfest this weekend. Every year, volunteers cut 100 tons of ice blocks from nearby Green Lake and stack them to build a structure. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/17_postt_icecut/?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jan 2003 16:00:00 -0600 A new &quot;old-fashioned&quot; doctor In an age when many patients complain about paying too much money for too little time with their doctors, a central Minnesota physician is trying something different. Dr. Susan Rutten considers herself an old-fashioned country doctor. Rutten makes house calls, and her patients pay in cash. And even though she doesn't take insurance, she provides affordable health care by keeping her costs low. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/06_postt_drcash/?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jan 2003 17:07:00 -0600 Norway in a cafe An anthropologist from Norway is studying the descendents of Norwegian immigrants in west central Minnesota. Sarah Lund wants people in her country to understand why Norwegian immigrants came to America and how they lived. Lund is focusing her research on the Norway Lake community north of Willmar. That's where she found a small cafe that's a researcher's gold mine. The Sunburg Cafe features Norwegian food and a clientele that speaks fluent Norwegian. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/19_postt_oldnorske/?refid=0 Thu, 26 Dec 2002 05:00:00 -0600 The wild world of Web comments Officials at the St. Cloud Times are suprised at the number of visitors to their Web site. The site gets as many hits as newspapers in larger communities. Part of the popularity is from a part of the site called &quot;Story Chat&quot;. It's a special system that lets readers comment on specific stories. But the conversations can get heated and sometimes offensive. And that has some questioning the value of &quot;Story Chat&quot;. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/10_postt_webtalk/?refid=0 Thu, 19 Dec 2002 15:52:00 -0600 More than recreation When members of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe head into the woods on a deer hunt, it's more than recreation. Band members say deer are a source of food for their people and they see hunting deer as a right and a responsibility. Hunters from the Mille Lacs Band are able to kill as many deer as they want on certain tracts of land in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Talk of chronic wasting disease makes many Mille Lacs Band members nervous. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/22_postt_nativehunting/?refid=0 Fri, 22 Nov 2002 10:00:00 -0600 Keeping the prairie pristine Biologists with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources want to survey the state's sensitive natural areas before they disappear. The DNR's County Biological Survey was created in 1987. Its purpose is to help government officials preserve at risk areas in their communities. The DNR hopes to finish a survey of the entire state within 20 years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/21_postt_dnr/?refid=0 Thu, 21 Nov 2002 12:05:00 -0600 Running out of room Each day, some 1,500 World War II veterans die in the United States. That's filling up veterans' cemeteries across the country and here in Minnesota. Officials hope an expansion at the state cemetery, at Camp Ripley in central Minnesota, will take some of the pressure off Ft. Snelling. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/11_postt_cemetary-m/?refid=0 Mon, 11 Nov 2002 12:00:00 -0600 The new generation of activism Student activists at Minnesota's campuses are getting involved in the national debate over Iraq. Peace activists at campuses across the state are planning protests, debates and votes to show their opposition to a potential invasion of Iraq. Some say today's student activists are better prepared to present their case than their counterparts from the Vietnam era. For many students, peace has become part of the curriculum in school. But some students don't consider themselves peace activists and say professors need to teach both sides of the issue, and push aside the anti-war ideology. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/24_postt_student-m/?refid=0 Thu, 24 Oct 2002 17:45:00 -0500 Abuse victims settle with St. John's Abbey Officials with St. John's Abbey have settled a dozen cases of abuse by monks in the 1960s, '70s and '80s. The victims will receive a payment from the Abbey, although the amount isn't being made public. Both sides say the most important part of the settlement is the formation an independent board of review. The board will be appointed by victims and will investigate accusations of abuse. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200210/01_postt_settle-m/?refid=0 Tue, 01 Oct 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Candidates for governor talk transportation in St. Cloud During a debate in St. Cloud, the four major party candidates for governor pushed issues important to areas outside the metro; access to health care, business development and the state's budget. But the candidates hit on one issue several times: transportation. The candidates said traffic congestion across much of the state will get worse in the future. But each one offers a different solution to the problem. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/24_postt_stclgov-m/?refid=0 Tue, 24 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 St. Cloud workers hope for jobs at Fingerhut Fingerhut workers in St. Cloud are relieved that Twin Cities investors Ted Deikel and Tom Petters have finally closed a deal to by the catalog company. It's uncertain just how many workers will be rehired at the St. Cloud warehouse. But workers are confident that over time, the company will rehire most of the 2,600 workers it employed six months ago. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/25_postt_huthires-m/?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Who will clean up Hennepin Paper? The Hennepin Paper Plant towers over the Mississippi River in the central Minnesota town of Little Falls. The plant closed down in 1998, after more than 100 years of operation. And even though it was abandoned four years ago, the plant still sits near downtown Little Falls. City officials say it's time for the plant to be torn down. They say it could pollute the Mississippi and poses a health threat to nearby residents. But the plant has had many owners over the years and no one is sure who's responsible for the clean up. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/15_postt_hennpaper-m/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Resorts: getting bigger to survive For many Minnesota families, small resorts just don't cut it anymore. Families on vacation are looking for all the comforts of home. Resort owners say their guests are demanding more activities and better accommodations. They say growing bigger is the only way to provide guests with what they want, and stay profitable. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200207/05_postt_resortsurvival-m/?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jul 2002 12:00:00 -0500 St. Cloud Catholics vent their anger More than 150 Catholics from the St. Cloud Diocese gathered Friday night in St. Cloud for a listening session regarding clergy sex abuse. Some at the meeting were angry at how church leaders have handled the situation, and say they don't trust the church to take care of problems within its ranks. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200206/02_postt_listening-m/?refid=0 Sun, 02 Jun 2002 12:00:00 -0500 St. John's scandal shows need for legal reform, abuse victims say Legal experts say there is little that the victims can do in the wake of accusations of sex abuse at St. John's Abbey in Collegeville. Some victims say if the statute of limitations doesn't change, they'll never see justice or compensation. Officials at St. John's Abbey say they prefer to keep the cases out of court, saying a trial hurts those involved a second time. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200205/15_postt_abbey-m/?refid=0 Wed, 15 May 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Change on the way for busy Highway 169 Highway 169 is a busy route for travelers headed to northern Minnesota, especially during the summer. A two-lane stretch of the highway near Lake Mille Lacs is a dangerous place to drive, and MnDOT is planning to expand it. Residents are concerned about the impacts of that expansion. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/15_postt_millelacshiway-m/?refid=0 Mon, 15 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Potlatch to close Brainerd plant Potlatch announced plans to close the company's paper mill in Brainerd, Minn., Monday. More than 600 people will be out of a job when the plant closes in two months. The shutdown is part of a deal to sell the company's Cloquet plant to a South African paper manufacturer. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200203/18_postt_potlatch-m/?refid=0 Mon, 18 Mar 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Northstar commuter rail line on the ropes? Bonding bills in the Legislature offer limited money for the Northstar commuter rail project. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200203/06_postt_northstarupdate-m/?refid=0 Wed, 06 Mar 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Public money for Fingerhut? St. Cloud city leaders say the economic health of the community relies on a successful sale of Fingerhut. They've offered up millions of dollars in tax breaks to help seal a deal. But some economists say using any public money to help large corporations is risky. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200202/26_postt_fingerhutmoney-m/?refid=0 Tue, 26 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Camp Ripley's wolves Camp Ripley in Central Minnesota is one of the country's biggest National Guard training facilities. It also serves as a huge wildife refuge. Researchers with the Department of Natural Resources are studying the lives of Camp Ripley's wolf packs and their prey. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/31_postt_wolves-m/?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Restoring the St. John's Mural Six stories up, an art restoration team sways on scaffolding but works with steady hands to restore a mural at St. John's University in Collegeville. The mural is considered one of the most detailed paintings of it's kind in the country. St. John's officials say it's more than decorative art. It represents the school's Benedictine tradition and beliefs. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/15_postt_mural-m/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 A Lake Town Once Again? City leaders in the small western Minnesota town of Bird Island want to resurrect a lake that was drained 100 years ago. They say restoring Pelican Lake will help the environment, attract wildlife, tourists and economic development to their community. But some landowners are fighting the idea. They say they won't get lakefront property, but the view of a swamp. They're afraid the shallow lake will breed mosquitoes, flood basements and lower property values. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200201/08_postt_birdisland-m/?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jan 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Camp Ripley's role in national defense http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200111/27_postt_campripley-m/?refid=0 Tue, 27 Nov 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Proof or Hoax? A team of researchers say they have found more proof that Vikings spent time in Minnesota hundreds of years before other European explorers entered the area. Members of the Kensington Runestone Research Team recently found a stone with what some say are runic carvings on its surface. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200108/13_postt_stone-m/?refid=0 Mon, 13 Aug 2001 12:00:00 -0500 The other nurses' strike A comparatively short strike by nurses in the Twin Cities is ending, but one that has garnered little publicity may last for years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200106/26_postt_nurse-m/?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jun 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Governor Talks Shutdown In Paynesville Gov. Jesse Ventura took his weekly radio show to a dairy farm in central Minnesota on Friday. Ventura was there to raise awareness of National Dairy week, but he also spent time warning the crowd of farmers about the potential state government shutdown. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200106/15_postt_paynesville/?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jun 2001 12:00:00 -0500 Communities Clean Up After Storms Communities in central Minnesota are assessing damage after severe storms swept across the area Monday afternoon. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200106/12_postt_spicer-m/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jun 2001 12:00:00 -0500 From Flood Fighting to Flood Cleanup Work has shifted from flood fighting to flood clean-up along Minnesota river towns like Montevideo. Residents are tearing down emergency levees and piling rotting sandbags in empty lots. And while officials plan for future floods, some are are asking why the area has seen two major floods in less than five years. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200105/09_postt_cleanup-m/?refid=0 Wed, 09 May 2001 12:00:00 -0500 All Along the Ice Tower For years ice climbers in Minnesota have traveled to the craggy cliffs of the North Shore of Lake Superior or to a few of the state's river valleys to practice their sport. But climbers near Motley in North Central Minnesota, have opened an artificial venue for ice climbing, a four-story tower covered with ice. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200103/27_postt_icetower-m/?refid=0 Tue, 27 Mar 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Driving Out Billboards Minnesotans headed 'up north' for a little fishing or a weekend at the cabin are used to them; billboards proclaiming great deals, fresh leeches or the best burgers in town. In an area of the state that relies heavily on tourism, billboards are big business. Now a group of citizens south of Brainerd want motorists to see only the scenery along a new stretch of road. Some business boosters worry that thousands of tourists will never know what Brainerd has to offer. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200101/30_postt_billboards-m/?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jan 2001 12:00:00 -0600 Dairy's Turn to Suffer Dairy farmers across the nation are dealing with record low prices for milk. Even with extra assistance from the government, in the form of a check mailed out this month, farmers are finding the dairy industry is no longer as stable as it once was. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200012/08_postt_dairy-m/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Dec 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Profile: The 7th District Race Voters in Minnesota's sprawling 7th district will choose from a political veteran and a newcomer in this fall's election. Five-term DFL Congressman Collin Peterson faces Republican Glen Menze, a Starbuck-area farmer. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200010/19_postt_7dist/?refid=0 Thu, 19 Oct 2000 12:00:00 -0500 The Fight for Hearts and Minds of Commuters People along the Northstar Corridor got a bells-and-whistles preview of commuter rail when Northstar officials gave rides on commuter rail cars similar to those that will carry commuters on the proposed Northstar Rail Line. But opponents say the notion is a waste of money. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200008/10_postt_train-m/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Aug 2000 12:00:00 -0500 What's Killing Lake Mille Lacs? The Environmental Protection Agency says Lake Mille Lacs is threatened by sewer run-off. Failing septic systems at communities and homes on the lake shore are contaminating the water with phosphorous. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200004/25_postt_millelacs-m/?refid=0 Tue, 25 Apr 2000 12:00:00 -0500 Pipe Dreams on the Farm In the early part of the 20th century, it was not uncommon for wealthy families to have a pipe organ sitting in the parlor. Radio and television eventually replaced music as a family's form of home entertainment, but not everywhere. A western Minnesota farmer has dedicated his life, and a big part of his house, to a pipe organ. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200001/03_postt_organ-m/?refid=0 Mon, 03 Jan 2000 12:00:00 -0600 Carver County Hosts Farm Rally Farmers and politicians met in Waconia to discuss government's role in the current farm crisis. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199908/23_postt_farmrally-m/?refid=0 Mon, 23 Aug 1999 12:00:00 -0500 The Co-op Solution A group of Long Prairie-area farmers find city-dwellers are anxious to help keep them in business. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199907/20_postt_coop-m/?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jul 1999 12:00:00 -0500