Minnesota Legislature Approves Education Bill, Includes All-Day Kindergarten Funds

Minnesota News - Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:41

A $15.7 billion education package that will "make life easier" for working parents, according to the bill's supporters, now awaits Minnesota Gov.

Check out District 16’s ‘Celebration of Learning’

Anoka News - Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:25

Parents and community members are invited to attend Spring Lake Park District 16’s “Celebration of Learning.”

The event, offering an opportunity to learn more about and to experience the innovative education taking place throughout the district, will be held Thursday, May 23.

Stop by the schools to see staff and students in action, sharing learning experiences aided by the 2012-13 digital learning initiative to improve students engagement. The initiative also personalizes learning and provides equal access of technology to students.

Nearly 5,000 learning devices, primarily iPads, have been distributed to students in grades two-12. Early childhood students and grade one students have access to iPods.

This is an opportunity for community members to have an up close and personal look at a variety of learning experiences – from tours to student and staff panels.

District 16 serves students from Spring Lake Park and parts of Blaine and Fridley.

For more scheduled times and more information, visit District 16’s website at


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Body Found Inside Towed Car Near Downtown Mpls.

MN News - Mon, 05/20/2013 - 18:23
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Authorities are investigating after a body was discovered inside a trunk of a car at a tow lot near downtown Minneapolis Monday morning.

According to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded at around 11 a.m. to a report of a deceased person found inside a vehicle at Wreckers Services Inc., which is located at 200 East Lyndale Ave. N.

After noticing an odor, employees of the wrecker service opened the trunk of the four-door passenger car and discovered the deceased person inside.

Mark Anderson owns Wrecker Services and said police told him the body belonged to a young woman.

“We called police right away and they confirmed that it was a young lady tied and bound in the truck of a car,” Anderson said.

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Anderson said it appears there was some sort of wound to the chest of the body.

According to the owner of Wrecker Services the car was towed from the Rainbow Foods parking lot in Brooklyn Park on April 11th. The car was scheduled to become property of the impound lot on May 30, but employees trying to make keys for the car noticed the smell and made the discovery.

The identity of the woman is not known, but indications suggest it is not the body of Mandy Matula, an Eden Prairie woman who’s been missing since early this month.

The owner of the car is from St. Paul. When WCCO found her at home, she was shocked to hear the car she sold back in January is now at the center of a homicide investigation.

She says she sold the car for $650 and assumed the new owners would change the title. All she could say is she sold the car to two men who claimed they owned a repair shop. One of the men told her he was buying the car for his girlfriend.

The death is being investigated as a possible homicide.

Growth Of Suburban MN Poverty Among Highest In Nation

MN News - Mon, 05/20/2013 - 17:57
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Twin Cities suburbs feature plenty of spacious homes and luxury cars, but they’re also seeing a big increase in poverty.

In fact, a new study says the growth in the poverty rate for the Twin Cities suburbs is among the highest in the nation.

The report, by Brookings, challenges the notion that poverty is only a problem for urban and struggling rural areas.

When in reality, even some of the communities in the metro area with some of the wealthiest residents, also have some of the poorest.

The study shows the number of suburban Twin Cities residents living in poverty has more than doubled in the last decade.

Brookings Institution — a think tank out of Washington, DC — indicates there are 115,000 more poor people living in the Twin Cities suburbs than there were just 10 years ago.

The ICA food shelf in Minnetonka has 80,000 pounds of food ready to hand out to families. They said they recycle through that every month and a half.

They’ve seen their food service output to families in need go up 115 percent in the last four years.

The assistant director there said the growing poverty problem could be a product of underemployment and the rising cost of health care.

“We’re finding that as people come in and donate food, they’re shocked at how much food that we have, how much food we’re giving out, how many people are coming,” said Jayson Palm, associate director of ICA Food Shelf Minnetonka. “About a couple years ago, we were giving out food to 350 families a month and now it’s over 800 a month to receive food. So the need as been rising incredibly.”

Shakopee and Apple Valley were among the top cities listed for outer-ring suburbs with the most dramatic increases in poverty. Still, though certain areas are struggling, the poverty rate in the Twin Cities suburbs is still less than 8 percent — that’s lower than most other suburban areas.

Photos of the Week for May 17

Anoka News - Mon, 05/20/2013 - 17:52

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Minnesota authors who are Lambda nominees will read online

Minnesota News - Mon, 05/20/2013 - 17:41

Four Minnesota authors whose books are nominated for prestigious Lambda Awards are trading the traditional at-the-podium reading for an online broadcast.

Multi-City Pursuit and Warning About Man Wearing Clown Suit: West Metro Police, Fire and Court Report

Eden Prarie News - Mon, 05/20/2013 - 17:39

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Fridley to Host Public Meeting Monday on E. River Rd.-694 Site

Fridley News - Mon, 05/20/2013 - 17:09

Have a look at the City of Fridley's report on the former JLT or Tiro Industries site here or at the City of Fridley website .

Multi-City Pursuit and Warning About Man Wearing Clown Suit: West Metro Police, Fire and Court Report

Fridley News - Mon, 05/20/2013 - 17:09

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Minn. Senate Rejects Tax Judge At Dayton Request

MN News - Mon, 05/20/2013 - 17:05

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Senate has voted unanimously to reject the confirmation of a Minnesota Tax Court judge who is facing suspension and censure.

The Senate voted Monday against the continued service of Judge George Perez. Gov. Mark Dayton, who reappointed Perez, asked senators to reject his confirmation after the state’s Board of Judicial Standards recently ruled that Perez repeatedly violated its code of conduct.

The Board found that Perez delayed cases and then falsified records to hide those delays. Perez had been serving on the Tax Court since former Gov. Arne Carlson appointed him in 1997.

The Senate’s vote clears the way for Dayton to appoint a replacement.

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Multi-City Pursuit and Warning About Man Wearing Clown Suit: West Metro Police, Fire and Court Report

Minnetonka Minnesota News - Mon, 05/20/2013 - 17:00

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MN News - Mon, 05/20/2013 - 16:46

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Minnesota continues to lead U.S. in gas prices

Minneapolis MN News - Mon, 05/20/2013 - 16:41

The Lundberg Survey of fuel prices released Sunday says the price of a gallon of regular is $3.66. Midgrade costs an average of $3.84 a gallon, and premium is $3.98. Diesel held steady at $3.93 gallon.

Gophers Announce Signing Of Guard Malik Smith

MN News - Mon, 05/20/2013 - 16:25

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) – Guard Malik Smith has signed his tender to transfer from Florida International to Minnesota.

Minnesota announced the completion of the transfer on Monday. Smith is following coach Richard Pitino to the Golden Gophers. He averaged 14.1 points per game as a junior starter for FIU last season. He will be eligible to play right away because FIU will be banned from postseason play next season thanks to poor academic performance under previous coach Isaiah Thomas.

Smith hit 96 3-pointers last season. His average of 3.0 3s made per game ranked 16th nationally.

Smith joins guards Deandre Mathieu and Daquein McNeil as members of Pitino’s first recruiting class at Minnesota.

Guard Joe Coleman has announced his intention to transfer and forwards Rodney Williams and Trevor Mbakwe have graduated.

“It was a pleasure to coach Malik last season at FIU and I am excited that he has decided to join the Golden Gopher program,” said head coach Richard Pitino. “His knowledge of our program on and off the court will be invaluable as we start to integrate our system here at Minnesota.”

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School Bully Bill Stumbles At Minn. Legislature

MN News - Mon, 05/20/2013 - 16:13

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Supporters of legislation to crack down on bullying in schools are vowing to press on next year after their bill got held up in the Minnesota Senate.

A few dozen supporters of the bill gathered at the Capitol Monday. A few hours earlier, the Senate tabled the House-passed bill for the year after Republicans vowed to mount a 10-hour debate against the measure while time dwindles on the session.

The bill requires all public school districts create policies aimed at reducing bullying, or risk losing state aid. Supporters say it’s to protect kids whose educational performance and self-worth are battered when bullies target them.

Republican opponents say school boards should decide how to handle the issue, and that such policies would put students at risk of being labeled bullies for expressing religious views.

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Farmington on the front lines for WW II re-enactment weekend

Dakota County News - Mon, 05/20/2013 - 16:11

The 4th annual Armed Forces Day WW II Weekend was held on May 18-19 on the grounds of Dakota City in Farmington.  Soldiers representing Russia, Germany, and the United States staged mock battles, weapons demonstrations, and army vehicle parades to recognizing the history and service of veterans.  Photos by Rick Orndorf

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Wis. Man Dies After Falling Out Of Party Bus

MN News - Mon, 05/20/2013 - 16:07

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Authorities said a 23-year-old man from western Wisconsin died Saturday night after he apparently fell out the back door of a party bus.

Ellsworth Police responded to an accident involving a bus at about 11:06 p.m. Saturday on Highway 10 and West Hill. When authorities arrived, a man from River Falls, Wis., had fallen out the back of the bus and emergency personnel attempted to revive him, but he was pronounced dead.

Police said the bus was owned by Elijah Omweno and leased to the Kilimanjaro Party Bus Company.

The victim was later identified as Joel K. Velure of River Falls, Wis. The incident is still under investigation by Ellsworth Police with assistance from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials: ‘Click It Or Ticket’ Campaign Starts Monday

MN News - Mon, 05/20/2013 - 14:53

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — While wearing your seat belt while you’re driving is something you should always be doing, there’s more reason to do it starting Monday as agencies from around the state are targeting unbelted drivers.

Law enforcement agencies around the state are enforcing a crackdown on seat belt usage for their annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign. The goal is to prevent fatalities in accents by making sure you buckle up.

Extra patrols around Minnesota are starting Monday and lasting through June 2.

Officials with the campaign said out of the 864 traffic deaths over the last few years, 41 percent of those victims were not wearing seat belts. Authorities said your odds of getting hurt are six times greater if you’re not wearing your seat belt.

A no-seat belt ticket has a base fine of $25, but with court costs and administrative fees that can reach upwards of $100.

Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl’s Top 5 Tap Rooms

MN News - Mon, 05/20/2013 - 14:49

It’s time to celebrate the Craft Brew. This weekend is the end of Craft Brew Week in America. When it comes to Craft Brews, Minnesota is at the top of the class with several new breweries debuting in the last year. And while two big giants of Minnesota Craft Brewing, Summit and Surly, continue to make terrific beer, smaller start-up breweries have grown quickly thanks to Minnesota’s new laws regarding Tap Rooms. Breweries now have a quick and easy way to get their brews out to the masses! Dara took some time to sling back a few beers and here’s her list of the Top 5 Tap Rooms in Minnesota!

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