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Grand Portage mourns the loss of its longtime leader

Last Updated by Dan Kraker on

Norman Deschampe, who served as tribal chairman of the Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa for 27 years, died Feb. 9. He's remembered for his dedication to improving the lives of tribal members -- particularly children.

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Some Owatonna parents question district's decision to call police

Last Updated by Elizabeth Shockman on

Two juveniles have been charged with assault, and some parents say the school's response was excessive.

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Free college? Some Minnesotans say it's time, others say cost may be too high

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Minnesota legislators and student leaders believe the time is right to consider letting the state pay for two years at state colleges for middle- and lower-income students.

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Voters OK money to build a school in Tyler, but not Worthington

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Both southwestern Minnesota school districts contended with opposition from Paul Dorr, a consultant who has helped kill school funding measures across the Midwest. The push to build a new intermediate school in Worthington, Minn., failed by 17 votes.

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Bill would put more Minnesota-grown food into schools

Last Updated by Elizabeth Shockman on

The bill seeks $2 million for a grant program to reimburse schools buying locally-grown foods. The legislation would be good for farmers, children and local economies, says its co-sponsor.

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2 students charged in school police clash in Owatonna

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Two students have been charged following an altercation with police at Owatonna Senior High School this week that stemmed from racist comments made on social media.

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ChangeMakers: Michelle Walker, getting kids ready to learn

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Michelle Walker, 45, is executive director of Generation Next. The nonprofit works to help children get ready for school, from kindergarten to college.

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ChangeMakers: Michelle Walker, closing the achievement gaps

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Michelle Walker, 45, is executive director of Generation Next. The nonprofit works to close the achievement gaps in the Twin Cities.

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Study: Rising concern that synthetic opioids contaminate other drugs, too

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While the state and nation are seeing fewer deaths tied to heroin overdoses, synthetic opioids like fentanyl are contributing to more deaths and there are concerns they're appearing in other non-opioid drug supplies.

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Rule could limit college response to off-campus sex assaults

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For now, federal guidelines urge colleges to take action against any sexual misconduct that disrupts a student's education, regardless of where it took place.

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Hastings assistant principal charged with embezzlement

Last Updated by Elizabeth Shockman on

Prosecutors allege Joshua McLay used more than $13,900 of district money to pay for travel expenses and tickets for several people to attend college football games.

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Racist comments lead to lockdown at Owatonna High

Last Updated by Elizabeth Shockman on

Officials in the southern Minnesota school district ordered a lockdown Monday after an incident prompted by what the superintendent described as racist comments posted on social media.

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Bill aims to get more teachers of color in Minnesota classrooms

Last Updated by Elizabeth Shockman on

The legislation would spend nearly $80 million over two years to recruit and retain more teachers of color.

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Woman fights off attacker inside Brainerd High; man arrested

Last Updated by Kirsti Marohn on

A Brainerd High School staffer was attacked Monday morning in the girls' locker room. The man fled and was later arrested by police, the Brainerd schools superintendent says. The woman is safe and sustained minor injuries.

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Minnesota schools may seek reprieve for canceled classes

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Minnesota education officials and lobbyists are surveying districts to decide whether to ask lawmakers for a shorter school year after severe winter weather forced many to cancel classes.

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