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ST. PAUL—Last month, a 15-year-old from Taylors Falls, Minn., killed himself. His parents are now blaming the death on those at his school who bullied him for his Muslim faith as well as the Chisago Lakes School District for failing to intervene sooner. "The Minnesota Muslim community's worst nightmare occurred here," said Jaylani Hussein, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations' Minnesota branch. The school district contests the claims.
ST. PAUL—Earlier this year, Joe Ryan heard his sister sing karaoke for the first time. His sister is in the early stages of dementia and lives in a seniors community near Lake Minnetonka, Minn. "She was as happy as she's been in a few years," Ryan said. When Ryan's mother was struggling with dementia a few decades ago, she didn't have the daily access to stimulating events that his sister has. And Ryan felt like there were no solutions.
ST. PAUL—St. Paul gained more residents than any other city in the metro area this year — even edging out it's bigger twin Minneapolis by 700 people, according to preliminary estimates from the Metropolitan Council. That's a rare victory for Minnesota's capital city, which has seen about 58 percent of the growth that Minneapolis has witnessed since the 2010 census. St. Paul gained 4,738 residents last year (from 2016 to 2017), raising its total population to 309,180. Minneapolis gained 4,038, raising its population to 423,990 residents in 2017.
ST. PAUL—It's fish kill season in Minnesota (and yes, that is different than fishing). All around the state, hundreds of dead fish are washing up to the shorelines of small lakes, including about 10 lakes in the east metro. But officials aren't concerned. Winter kill is standard, especially in longer winters like this year's.
ST. PAUL—Kofi Annan's leadership skills were evident as an undergraduate student at Macalester College. Fifty-seven years later, his alma mater is honoring the former secretary general of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Prize winner by naming its international institute after him. Annan will return to St. Paul for the dedication Monday, May 7, and will later deliver the keynote address at a Books for Africa reception.
ST. PAUL—Students at the High School for the Recording Arts in St. Paul are no strangers to gun violence, and they've said enough is enough. Over the past year, the school has lost multiple students and staff members to gun crimes. For them, the national walkout movement is not just about school shootings, but about all gun violence in general. Across the metro area Friday, students walked out of class to rally for gun control on the 19th anniversary of a school shooting in Columbine, Colo., that left 15 people dead.
ST. PAUL—A Texas-based car warranty company was accused of lying to Minnesota customers and pushing unnecessary car warranty sales in a lawsuit filed by Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson in Hennepin County District Court on Friday, April 6. The offers have affected nearly 1,000 Minnesotans who have paid more than $1.5 million toward the service contracts sold to them by AutoAssure, the civil complaint said.
WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn.—A day after a judge said Minnesota Department of Natural Resources leadership has "failed" in its White Bear Lake management, the agency said it was nearly done with a refined groundwater model that will help determine what water restrictions should be placed on the nearby community.
ST. PAUL—The owners of the St. Paul Saints are seeking an exemption from having to pay its players Minnesota's minimum wage. Noting league rules limit the baseball team's payroll, the independent baseball team say without the exemption they could possibly be forced to cease operations.
ST. PAUL—Thomas Doyle's journey to the U.S. Marines began at St. Paul's Como Zoo. It was a hot summer day, and Doyle was working as a ride operator when a Marine recruiter spotted him. "He was working enthusiastically; that's what caught my attention," recruiter Gunnery Sgt. David Hernandez said. "People are usually going to be miserable with the heat and he was just smiling. He was working like this was the dream job for him. And I thought, 'This guy looks like he's got what it takes.'"