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School bus driver slaps first grader, is charged with assault

  • Blog Post by: Karen Lundegaard
  • October 4, 2012 - 3:58 PM

 Perhaps it takes a village, but certainly not a slap happy village.

 
A 72-year-old school bus driver in Faribault County has been charged with fifth-degree assault for slapping a first grader in the face.After the 6 year old continued to kick other students, he was moved to the front of the bus by bus driver Jane Brooks, who had pulled the bus over and called the school district twice for advice, and was told to isolate him in the front seat.
 
But Faribault County Attorney Troy Timmerman told FOX 9 News the boy didn't stop acting out."At one point, he was spitting on the children in the seat behind him and that's when she slapped him," Timmerman told the station.The boy got a bloody nose from the blow. "This is a very difficult case to decide what to do," Timmerman said. "I can sympathize with the need of the bus driver to maintain order and discipline. At the same time, you can't turn your back on a case where someone slaps a 6-year-old in the face."
 
Brooks, who also works at a nursing home and has driven a bus for 15 years, now faces the loss of both jobs.
 
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A Canadian company is hoping to use Wabasha as a major loading facility as it moves frac sand from Wisconsin to the oil wells of North Dakota and other parts of the country.
 
Superior Sand Systems wants to build a storage and loading facility along the Canadian Pacific railroad tracks on the northwest side of the Mississippi River town, the Rochester post-Bulletin reports.
  
The Calgary company predicts about 200 hopper trucks, each loaded with 25 tons of sand, would cross the Mississippi River bridge in Wabasha, travel about 10 blocks to the facility and be loaded into large storage tanks, the paper reported, citing a permit application. Once enough sand was stored, train cars would be brought in. The facility would be a seven-day-a-week operation.  
 
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Willmar Mayor Frank Yanish’s plan for a pay increase for him and city council members is dead after the council discussed it but took no action at a meeting this week. Yanish was hoping for a 12.5 percent salary bump to $13,500, while council members would get a 20 percent hike to $9,000.
 
The West Central Tribune coverage included this exchange from the council meeting:
 
Council member Rick Fagerlie asked who requested the increase. “I didn’t,’’ he said.
Replied Yanish, “I believe it was the mayor, am I right? I think it was myself.’’
Yanish said he would give his increase to charity. “But in order to attract good, honest, capable people, I’m feeling that the council desires a pay increase,’’ he said.
 
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