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Trump picks Iowa Governor Branstad as U.S. ambassador to China: transition official
Family Art Night scheduled during parent-teacher conferences week
Remembering Pearl Harbor: WWII veteran on Oahu when Japanese launched sneak attack
Seminar aims to create smooth transition for retiring business owners
Area girls basketball roundup: Adrian beats Luverne after slow start
Prep wrestling: Trojans fall in tight battle with W/RRC
Area boys basketball roundup: Huskies win high-scoring season opener
Boys hockey: Trojans refuse to quit in loss to Redwood Valley
Boys basketball: Trojans show teamwork, depth in victory over Luverne
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Column: 21st Century Cures Act a remedy for all Americans
Letter: There's a third group of Americans, too
Letter: Thanks to organizers of community Thanksgiving
Gerald L. Smith
Looking Back: 1991 -- Wind chills up to 50-below close schools
Homemade granola easier, more affordable than you think
PieLogNog: A holiday mashup of chocolate, salted caramel, eggnog and pecan pie
Change maker: Kevin Donovan pushes Worthington, and himself, to succeed
Our region was major supplier of early engines for Humvees
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September 22, 2016
New poultry testing lab in Willmar prepares industry for next avian influenza event
WILLMAR, Minn. -- The despair that was felt in the Minnesota poultry industry this time last year -- after nine million turkeys and chickens were wiped out in an unprecedented outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza -- was replaced with a sense of determined readiness during...
September 22, 2016 - 11:45pm
August 24, 2016
Minnesota’s average ACT scores drop
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota’s short-lived requirement that all high school students take the ACT college-entrance exam resulted in a dip in the state’s average overall score. But the state’s education commissioner said greater access to the test is worth it. Although the Legislature...
August 24, 2016 - 10:12pm
May 1, 2016
Tracing leaves of the family tree: Gropel to talk genealogy how-tos Thursday
LUVERNE — Deoxyribonucleic acid — better known as DNA — is a term for the genetic makeup of every human body. Every crime show junkie knows...
May 1, 2016 - 8:06pm
April 10, 2016
Free STI tests available due to increased number of cases
MARSHALL — To reduce the number of chlamydia cases in southwest Minnesota, free chlamydia tests will be provided Tuesday in Marshall as part...
April 10, 2016 - 9:10pm
March 18, 2016
Column: Much being done in district to improve testing results
By VALERIE SPIELMAN, District 518 WORTHINGTON — Change is good. This year, the state of Minnesota has seen many changes in testing. The majority of our assessments have transitioned to an online format. With that change, we know there will be some challenges as well as some great...
March 18, 2016 - 9:39pm
September 27, 2015
Twin Cities suburbs shift left (politically)
PRIOR LAKE — Democrats from the Twin Cities’ southern suburbs gathered in a Prior Lake ballroom last Sunday with an odd emotion about Minnesota’s Republican-held 2nd Congressional District: hope. “The tide is blue in CD2,” Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Chairman Ken Martin...
September 27, 2015 - 7:48pm
September 24, 2015
Some truckers frustrated by growing push for sleep apnea testing
FARGO -- In May, Joey Romero went in for his annual physical, as truck drivers are required to do once a year. He didn't realize this time would...
September 24, 2015 - 10:03pm
July 8, 2015
Test scores tossed over cheating: Dozens of tests affected as St. Paul teacher suspended, Cannon Falls teacher resigns
ST. PAUL — Schools in St. Paul and Cannon Falls threw out dozens of Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments results this spring because of cheating by teachers assigned to monitor the standardized tests, according to state Department of Education reports. At St. Paul’s Linwood...
July 8, 2015 - 9:03pm
May 13, 2015
Cyber attack ends state student testing again
ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s online student proficiency testing was suspended Wednesday for the second time this year after test provider Pearson experienced another cyber attack. Brenda Cassellius, state education commissioner, said Pearson reported a “distributed denial of service...
May 13, 2015 - 8:14pm
April 26, 2015
MCA testing glitches raise concerns
ST. PAUL — When Minnesota started the transition to universal online state tests, the move was supposed to make the annual academic proficiency exams easier on students and teachers. That hasn’t been the case so far. Years and multiple testing vendors later, taking the Minnesota...
April 26, 2015 - 8:14pm
March 16, 2015
School testing changes a tough sell
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposal to cut the number of tests Minnesota students take hinges not just on the approval of state lawmakers, but also on potential changes to federal education legislation. Most of the tests Dayton wants to eliminate are required under the federal...
March 16, 2015 - 8:29pm
October 5, 2014
Minnesota ranked No. 3 for teacher opportunities
MOORHEAD — Minnesota is the No. 3 state in the nation in the WalletHub website’s recent rankings of the best and worst states for teachers. North Dakota, however, is 38th in the rankings, which aim to identify states that offer teachers the best opportunities in the U.S. ...
October 5, 2014 - 8:09pm
September 4, 2014
Results are in
WORTHINGTON — The Minnesota Department of Education has released the results of the 2014 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs), and many...
September 4, 2014 - 8:03pm
August 28, 2014
Study examines how funding cuts, testing emphasis affect Minnesota education
DULUTH — The past decade saw Minnesota school districts weather deep state funding cuts, putting a greater burden on local property tax payers to make up the difference, according to a study by progressive group Minnesota 2020. The St. Paul think tank released the report this...
August 28, 2014 - 9:08pm
March 16, 2014
Rising cost of exams tests schools
ST. PAUL — A growing number of Minnesota districts are taking stock of the tests they give students. And they are asking tough questions about them: How many are really necessary? How often? Which exams tell the most? Spending on standardized testing fees that districts and charter...
March 16, 2014 - 9:23pm