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Minneapolis school board approves trimmed budget

Deep cuts made to administration, schools to wipe out $33 million gap in one year.
Layla Larsen, 9, a fourth-grader at Sioux Trail Elementary School in Burnsville laughed as she read with therapy dog Arthur, a 5-year-old English spri

Therapy dog helps Burnsville students master reading

Placing well-trained therapy dogs in schools has become part of a national and global effort to help kids who struggle with reading.
Rhonda Dean

Minneapolis Washburn High principal announces she will step down

Minneapolis Washburn High School Principal Rhonda Dean, who has struggled to balance relationships with district officials and parents, announced Friday that she will resign effective…
Mohammed Dukuly is hospitalized after being seriously injured by a student at Harrison Education Center in Minneapolis

Student arrested in beating of school aide freed without bail

Mohammed Dukuly no longer needed life support and sat up in his hospital bed and smiling two days after the attack at the Minneapolis school where he works.
Corey David Burfield, 18, of St. Paul.

Student, 18, charged in severe beating of Mpls. school staffer

The paraprofessional remains in critical condition with head injuries that left him unconscious.
Second graders Aaliyah Xiong, left, and Sarah Lor compare books after the book fair.

Minneapolis schools launch summer reading campaign

Mpls. school officials launch summer reading program with free books.
Laker gymnasts placed seventh at the state meet in 2012 and have a consecutive streak of sending individual athletes to the meet.

Gymnasts circulating petition urging changes from Prior Lake-Savage school district

Members of Laker team started an online petition to move from the middle school into the high school.
Superintendent Ed Graff listened during a meeting in April when parents, students, staff and teachers upset about proposed budget cuts to their indivi

Latest Minneapolis school budget proposal raises equity questions

Officials try to balance $33 million shortfall with calls for fairness in district.
Patrick Henry High School freshman Janaan Ahmed, left, and senior Farhiyo Hassan presented in favor of changing the high school's name during the site

Debate brewing over whether to rename Patrick Henry High

Some students and staff at Patrick Henry High object to having school bear name of the Revolutionary War-era leader who also owned slaves.
St. Paul School Superintendent Joe Gothard said if the district and its supporters fail to persuade voters to invest more in their schools, “the lik

Chronic deficits dog Minneapolis, St. Paul schools

Districts say state, federal aid falling short, so voters will be asked to come through with more money.
Ashley Ortega-Cano, a freshman at Southwest High School, speaks during the public comment period about potential cuts to a Chicano Latino cultural stu

Minneapolis parents, students protest school budget cuts

Prospect of cutting 300 to 400 jobs has raised alarm among teachers and parents, who pleaded with school board members.
Hundreds of educators, families and community members rallied outside of the Minneapolis Public Schools headquarters on West Broadway in February.

Minneapolis teachers union ratifies new contract

The two-year agreement, which came after 10 months of talks, calls for a 0.5 percent pay increase.
Exterior view of Blake School

Student sues Blake School over suspension for groping allegations

Accusations against student surfaced at a February school dance.
Thousands of high school students march to the state Capitol in St. Paul after they walked out of their schools on March 7 to protest gun violence and

What to expect for Saturday's Minnesota March for Our Lives

St. Paul protest is one of 13 Minnesota marches against gun violence planned for Saturday.
Parents said goodbye to students who gathered at the Northside Achievement Zone and board a bus for Washington on Wednesday to attend the March for Ou

Minn. students head off to D.C. march to make voices heard on guns

More than 100 students from several Minnesota schools will be in Washington to join a national protest calling for gun control.
Mohamed Noor

When hired, Mohamed Noor was welcome addition to Minneapolis police

Noor, 31, was one of nine Somali officers in the department and the first to patrol the Fifth Precinct.
About 50 parents, neighbors and friends of students at Dowling Elementary in Minneapolis, joined hands in silence for 17 minutes outside the school.

Minn. students join walkout demanding stricter gun laws

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter arrived at Harding High to show his support chanting, "Books not bullets!" along with students.
Thousands of St. Paul high school students walked out of their schools earlier this month and marched to the State Capitol. Students across Minnesota

What to expect for today's 10 a.m. #ENOUGH National School Walkout

A 17-minute walkout event commemorates one-month anniversary of Florida school shooting.
Rita LaBore

Obituary: Robbinsdale school nurse Rita LaBore 'made people feel valued'

Rita LaBore, a longtime school nurse at Robbinsdale Area Schools, had a soft spot for children.In her 23 years as a school nurse, the former…
Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Ed Graff

Tentative Minneapolis teachers contract deal reached, sources say

Sunday night's mediation sessions broke a deadlock that followed numerous talks over several months.
Nicole Benson of Highland Park Senior High led students in chants for gun control on the steps of the Capitol on Wednesday, March 7. Several hundred s

Student walkouts have districts toeing line over policy, rights

Schools work to balance safety and policy with First Amendment rights.
St. Paul high school students walked out of their schools and marched to the State Capitol on Wednesday to protest gun violence.

Hundreds of students walk out, protest gun violence at Capitol

Schools around St. Paul joined forces and spread the word on social media about the march.
Robert Gerhart

Osseo schools chairman resigns amid furor over alleged racist comments

He faced angry reaction to comments he allegedly made on social media.
Attorney Erick Kaardal was an attorney representing students Nick Spades, Elizabeth Ebner, Jazmine Edmond, Tatum Buyse and Ana Doval in the case.

Edina school district settles free-speech lawsuit

Conservative student group accused district of violating free speech.
Checking it out: Students from Minneapolis South High School toured the campus of Macalester College in St. Paul on Tuesday, when the state announced

High school graduation rates hit record high in Minnesota

In Minneapolis, the overall graduation rate dipped by one percentage point; St. Paul graduation rates inched up one point. A wide gap between white students and students of color persists.
Chris Endicott was arrested after being found in a fish house.

Lakeville principal, charged with stalking, also faces burglary charge

Lakeville school official was previously charged with stalking detective.
Robert Gerhart, Osseo School Board chair

Osseo school board chair wants armed volunteers to patrol schools

Robert Gerhart, board chair of one of the metro area's largest school districts, floated the idea Tuesday, saying he's tired of all the talk but no action about protecting students.
A parent walks his child to Orono Schumann Elementary School as a police officer stands nearby as students arrived Thursday, a day after a lockdown an

Threats, student arrest, lockdown leave Orono shaken

One student was charged with making threat that led to lockdown of schools. Also, two other districts reported possible threats had been investigated.
Bloomington Jefferson High School, in response to past mass shootings, has redesigned an renovated the entrance to the high school to protect students

Minnesota schools redesign to make security a priority

Enhanced security features have become an urgent need for schools coping with the ongoing threat of mass shootings in their buildings.
First-term Minneapolis school board member Don Samuels, center, said Wednesday that he will not seek re-election this fall.

Don Samuels won't seek reelection to Minneapolis school board

He cited his book project, demands of his nonprofit.
Chris Endicott

Criminal cases involving school principals raise questions for administrators

Charges this week against Lakeville Principal Chris Endicott are one of several criminal investigations involving Minnesota school principals.
Hundreds of educators, families and community members rallied outside of the Minneapolis Public Schools headquarters on W. Broadway on Tuesday. Minnea

Minneapolis teachers and supporters rally over expired contract

After the rally, the group filed through the school board meeting. There, Superintendent Graff said he is working to reach a settlement.
Chris Endicott

Charges say Lakeville middle school principal stalked investigator

The Century Middle School principal was already on leave during a police investigation.
Teacher Michelle Kennedy asked her Brooklyn Park students to solve math problems as they related to their day during class.

Minnesota schools revamping math instruction

Several districts are in the midst of overhauling their curriculum.
The Minneapolis School District is also worried about possible bus driver shortages after the Super Bowl and is keeping backup bus drivers on hand.

Schools prepare for possible 'Super Monday' need for substitute teachers

More teachers are expected to call in sick or show up late because Minneapolis is hosting the NFL title game.

Minnesota Education Department seeks partners for free summer meals for kids

Education Department targets rural areas.

Anoka-Hennepin schools see an increase in languages spoken at home

Natural disasters, other crises contribute to influx.
Osseo Education Center building

Osseo spends $70,000 to clean school after health complaints

Parents sought an investigation after students, staff reported health problems in special ed building.
Apple Valley High School students worked in groups on the laser engraver in the “Fab Lab” to create a prototype for BTM Global.

Apple Valley high school, area businesses team up to teach students key STEM skills

Local businesses work with high schools to help with the transition to college and the workforce.
Dee Johnson, center, who had a child go through the travails of drug addiction, pointed out common signs of substance use.

'Top Secret' endeavor is latest by Anoka-Hennepin schools to take on addiction

A traveling exhibit is helping parents spot all the hidden dangers in a child's room.
Minneapolis Park Board Superintendent Jayne Miller wiped away a tear as she became emotional while addressing the Minneapolis City Council chambers fo

Departing Minneapolis parks chief looks back on good times and bad

Before leaving to be president and CEO of the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Jayne Miller reflected with pride on what she has accomplished and frustration at what she called unjust criticism.
Raegan Willis, 16, a junior and standout swimmer at Minnetonka High School, worked in the classroom with 6-year-old Max Guallpa Naula at the Folwell S

Student tutors from the suburbs help improve achievement gap in Minneapolis

Backpack Tutors helping to close achievement gap in Minneapolis schools.
Dakota County has 26 plow trucks and three graders, and is responsible for 1,100 lane miles of paved roads.

Dakota and Scott counties brace for a snowy winter season

Officials predict 32 inches of snow this winter; Scott County budgeted $800,000 to remove it.
Monroe Elementary School first-grader Korbin Walton practiced spinning before he joined more than 650 students at the school as they attempted to set

Toy becomes a learning tool in world record push at Brooklyn Park school

Monroe Elementary students blended science, teamwork and fun in a fidget-spinner quest.
Obituary: Former judge Roland Amundson advocated criminal justice reform after time in prison

Obituary: Former judge Roland Amundson advocated criminal justice reform after time in prison

Roland Amundson rose to one of the highest seats in the Minnesota legal system as a judge on the state Court of Appeals. He also…
Minneapolis Park Board Commissioner Jon Olson hugged Superintendent Jayne Miller before the start of Wednesday night’s City Council meeting, where M

Minneapolis Parks Superintendent Jayne Miller resigns

After seven years on the job, Jayne Miller is leaving Feb. 3 to take new job in Pittsburgh.
Construction crews begin demolition of the Minnehaha Academy campus damaged by a natural gas explosion. Here, workers walk by the rubble from the expl

Demolition begins at Minnehaha Academy campus damaged by gas explosion

Crews are ex­pect­ed to take six weeks to re­move de­bris from dam­aged area of build­ing.

Minnesotans caught in the crossfire of the travel ban

"I'm heartbroken," said one Minneapolis resident. Two of his children already fled to Europe when the situation in a Kenya refugee camp grew perilous. "My kids could get lost."
Members of the Lola's Cafe team at an earlier Park Board meeting.

Lola's Cafe gets final approval for Lake Calhoun restaurant

The Minneapolis Park Board voted unanimously to approve a five-year lease with Lola's to operate in the building that housed Tin Fish for 14 years.
Wali Aar lost a leg when a car drove into his vehicle as he and Mahamud Abdisamad were attempting to jump-start Aar’s car along I-35W in Bloomington

Crash, loss of legs forced two friends to rebuild their lives — again

After fleeing a war-torn country, living in refugee camps and starting new lives in the United States, the two Bloomington men now face a new ordeal.
Scott County’s free snowmobile safety courses are designed to help youngsters learn the rules of the snow, show proficiency with the machines and �

Scott County to offer safety training for young snowmobilers in December

The field training teaches kids ages 11 and 15 how to safely operate snowmobiles.
Police patrolling Minneapolis parks will be outfitted with body cameras by mid-December.

Minneapolis park police to be outfitted with body cameras

The Park Board recently approved a five-year $181,016 agreement to equip its 35 sworn patrol officers with the cameras.
A line of about three dozen people waiting to order food at Tin Fish on Lake Calhoun.

Park Board likes Lola's Cafe to replace Tin Fish as Lake Calhoun eatery

Cafe would open in April; Park Board to vote Nov. 29.
One of the issues that the new-look Minneapolis Park Board will have to decide is the future of Hiawatha Golf Course.

Minneapolis Park Board will have 6 new faces

The nine-member Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will have six new faces next year.Final results announced Wednesday night revealed winners of the board's three at-large…

Minneapolis Park Board: New faces coming

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Member Steffanie Musich held on to her South Side seat. Community activist Kale Severson won a seat on the North Side.
Now vacant, this area will be dredged to bring back Hall’s Island and add recreation space as part of an $8 million parks project.

Minneapolis Park Board to restore lost island in Mississippi River

Construction of the 3.3-acre site, which begins this month, will restore a channel between the mainland and what used to be Hall's Island.
In a screen grab from a video, solar panels sit atop Parade Ice Garden in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis Park Board installs solar power systems at 5 parks

The Park Board partnered with Xcel Energy for the projects.
Minneapolis Park Board candidates participated in July in a forum at the Minneapolis DFL convention. All nine Park Board seats are up for election on

Minnesota Jobs Coalition money draws criticism in Park Board races

The Republican-aligned Minnesota Jobs Coalition gave $15,000 to the Save Our #1 Parks committee, according to recent campaign finance reports.
Scary family: Top, from left, Holly Olson, her husband Bruce and their son Mac at the Olson Haunted House. They have hosted a house of horrors for mor

Fright and fundraising go together at Olson Haunted House in Chanhassen

Since 2005, family has delivered squeals of fright, delight while delivering funds for charity.
Minneapolis Park Board candidates competing for the DFL endorsement participated in a pre-event forum at the Minneapolis DFL convention in July.

Candidates battle in election that could remake the Minneapolis Park Board

Activists cite racial issues as their driving force.
Dahir Salad Hassan hugged his daughter Amina Salad as his other daughter, Faduma Salad, right, and his wife, Hakima Huriye, said goodbye before he boa

Somali-Minnesotans rush to help bomb victims in Mogadishu

They're joining with a growing number of Minnesota Somalis who have returned to the country of their roots.
Pepitos in south Minneapolis is facing a possible closing.

After 46-year run, Pepitos in south Mpls. could close following string of hardships

Beloved Mexican restaurant up for sale amid owner's health struggles.
The basketball courts and soccer fields at Elliot Park are popular on a hot August evening in Downtown Minneapolis. BRIAN PETERSON • brian.peterson@

Minneapolis, St. Paul mayors join national push for parks within 10-minute walk

Coleman, Hodges back national "10-Minute Walk" campaign.
The Minneapolis Park Board will delay the closure of Hiawatha Golf Club for at least five years to allow more time for community input on future plans

Hiawatha Golf Club closure to be delayed at least five years

The delay allows more time for community input on future plans for the land in Minneapolis.
Motionpoems received $125,000 for a project that will bring virtual reality on the Green Line train in St. Paul.

Knight Foundation awards $1.29 million to St. Paul art projects

The 29 projects include theater, music and visual arts.
Tom Dodge spearheaded the creation of the Olivia Irvine Dodge Library and History Center at Dodge Nature Center in West St. Paul. The center honors hi

Olivia Irvine Dodge Library and History Center to open at nature center in West St. Paul

Olivia Irvine Dodge's legacy continues and expands at the nature center she founded.
Clint Knudson

Obituary: Clinton Knudson traveled and taught around the world

Clinton Knudson had a knack for turning strangers into family.As he and his wife traveled the world and taught in the Twin Cities, they nurtured…
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board might delay the closure of Hiawatha Golf Club, which had been planned for the end of the 2019 season.

Minneapolis Park Board considers delaying Hiawatha Golf Club closure

Officials said more time is needed to complete plans.
Evan Gruenes biked across the Stone Arch Bridge during an art tour. City of Minneapolis and Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board launch six interacti

New online tours offer guide to public art in Minneapolis

City's new online tour guides people to 300 pieces of public art.
Bobby Warfield addressed a group of golfers and supporters of the Hiawatha Golf Course as they rallied against the Park Board's recent decision to red

Black golfers rally to note historical significance of Hiawatha Golf Club

Golfers are using a new strategy to try to save the Hiawatha Golf Club: Noting its significance to black golfers as one of the first Minneapolis courses that welcomed African-Americans.
Ben Leach of Minneapolis, shown playing the Hiawatha Golf Course in June. The Minneapolis Park Board has voted to close the 18-hole course at the end

Mpls. Park Board votes to close Hiawatha Golf Club

The 6-3 vote to pump less groundwater will mean the end of the 18-hole golf course, but not until the end of the 2019 season.
About 70 Hiawatha Golf Course supporters showed up at a Minneapolis Park Board meeting Wednesday, urging officials to find alternatives that could sol

Minneapolis Park Board moves closer to closing Hiawatha golf course

Park Board planning committee was not swayed by about 70 golf supporters.
Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor

What we know about Mohamed Noor

After changing careers to join the Minneapolis Police Department in 2015, Mohamed Noor was lauded by the mayor and his fellow Somalis as a welcome…
Keith Hepburn and Taryn Wichterman enjoyed lunch under the shade of a tree in Minneapolis.

Park Board OKs up to $8 million for Commons park near stadium

Money would complete parts of Downtown East Commons park near U.S. Bank Stadium.
Hiawatha Golf Course could close if the Park Board decides to reduce the groundwater pumping that keeps the course dry.

Golfers fight to save Hiawatha Golf Club in Minneapolis from closure

The Minneapolis Park Board is expected to make a decision in August.
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