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Education officials use several methods to gauge students' academic progress and schools' compliance with education standards. They include: Adequate Yearly Progress: A compilation of student test scores and graduation and attendance rates that determines whether school districts and individual schools meet federal education requirements. Recent results showed an increase in the number of Minnesota schools not making adequate yearly progress in 2006-07 compared to the prior year.
This week, Midwest Airlines trimmed its air service between Duluth and Milwaukee from three daily round-trip flights to two.
The hit ABC show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" is now camped out at the home of Erik and Vicki Swenson. Vicki Seliger Swenson is the sister of Teri Lee, who was killed last September by her ex-boyfriend. Seliger Swenson and her husband, who have three kids of their own with another on the way, adopted Lee's four children. The family has been living in a too-small home in Minnetonka. Several months ago, the family was nominated as candidates for "Extreme Makeover" and at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug.
Motorists should expect major delays on Tuesday, Aug. 21, and Wednesday, Aug. 22 when crews place beams for the new eastbound Interstate 494 bridge over the northbound lanes of Highway 61 in Newport. Northbound Highway 61 traffic will be restricted to a single lane between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Northbound Highway 61 will be closed from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. the next morning. During the closure, traffic will follow a marked detour on eastbound I-494, Lake Road, westbound I-494 to Bailey Road and back on northbound Highway 61. Motorists should use alternate routes if possible.
ST. PAUL - Funding for rural Minnesota road improvements has a spot at the table if lawmakers meet in a special legislative session this fall. Since soon after the Interstate 35W bridge collapsed Aug. 1, Gov.
Public input on the future of deer populations in the state's farmland zone will be collected through August. The survey is the final part of a statewide deer population goal-setting project that began in 2005. So far, 900 online comments have been received, in addition to previous comments at public meetings. "This is a convenient opportunity for individuals to express their opinion on deer numbers," said Lou Cornicelli, DNR big game program coordinator. "Their opinion really does matter.
In June, New York Magazine devoted an entire issue to the economics of running a business in the Big Apple. One business caught my eye. Years back I was hip to what went on in the publishing world, but have fallen behind in my retirement. The magazine's profile of Random House, the nation's largest publisher was an eye opener. First of all, it's no longer owned by its New York founders. Nope. It's now owned as a unit of German media giant Bertelsmann.
This northern Minnesota back road is quickly disintegrating to twin goat paths, and Karl Seckinger is getting happier and happier. "See how we went from a 65 mph road to a 55 to a 40?" he says, bouncing behind the wheel of his Chevy S-10 Blazer. "And now we're on about a 6 mph road. Comin' home, baby!" Seckinger, who lives in Clover Valley, also is happy because this road will lead him to a small trout lake he knows well. He has fished here before. His stated purpose in making this trip is to monitor the lake's loon population.
Nine months after losing his Senate bid to a five-term lawmaker, Republican Steve Drazkowski found his way to St. Paul by winning a seat in the Minnesota House. The rural Wabasha man on Tuesday defeated Democrat Linda Pfeilsticker 53 percent to 47 percent in a special election to decide who would succeed former Rep.
REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. - A tax proposal having little to do with agriculture is dividing Minnesota lawmakers involved in writing new federal farm legislation. The issue - paying for part of the farm bill by tightening tax regulations on some foreign companies with U.S. business - elicited sharply different views from Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns and four key legislators during a Tuesday forum at Farmfest. Rep.