Archives for September 2017

Judge Upholds Dismissal of Teacher Tenure Lawsuit

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit that challenged Minnesota’s teacher tenure laws.
A Ramsey County judge threw out the case last October. The lawsuit contended Minnesota’s teacher tenure laws protect ineffective teachers and deprive students of an adequate education.
Judge Margaret Marrinan ruled that the lawsuit failed to establish a link between low academic achievement and the due process provided by the tenure laws.
The Star Tribune reports the three-judge appeals panel concluded that questions about what constitutes effective teaching and an adequate education are up to the Legislature and not the courts to decide.
A group of Minnesota parents and education reform groups filed the lawsuit. Attorneys for the state contended the plaintiffs failed to show how the tenure laws hurt their children.

Sebeka Man Wanted By Police

Police are looking for a Sebeka man whom they say is wanted for failing to register as a predatory sex offender. 35-year old Timothy George Bungert’s last known address was a home on Becker Avenue South in Sebeka. The Wadena County Sheriff’s Office says Bungert has a history of contacting young teenage girls on the Internet and engaging in sexual conversations. To their knowledge, he has attempted to meet with at least one victim. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Wadena County Sheriff’s Office at 218-631-7600.

Early Frost Possible

There is definitely a risk for an early frost. World Weather Incorporated Senior Ag Meteorologist Drew Lerner says the freezing temps may be seen in this coming week or later in the month. “Tuesday through Thursday, cold air will come into the region from Canada. We will see temps get down through the 40s and we’ll likely see temps in the middle and upper 30s across the Red River Basin area, the eastern Dakotas into Minnesota.” For the Northern Plains, Lerner expects the droughty conditions to continue through September.

Gas Prices Continue To Rise

Hurricane Harvey may no longer be raining down on the Gulf Coast, but the storm’s impact continues to drive up gas prices across the country. At $2.65, the national gas price average is 27 cents more expensive on the week. MN statewide average is 2.49 a gallon which matches the average prices found locally according to GasBuddy.com.

Soybean SDS

University of Minnesota Extension educator Angie Peltier is monitoring the movement of Sudden Death Syndrome in soybeans. “We just don’t know at this point how far north the pathogen is (for SDS). This fall, we’re starting to collect soil and plant samples to extract the pathogen.” Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council Director of Research David Kee says, overall, the soybean crop looks good in the state. “I haven’t seen lots of SDS, but I’ve seen lots of white mold. It looks like one of the fields has the potential of 70-to-80 bushels per acre.”

Car versus Deer Crash in St. Louis county

A person suffered non life threatening injuries in a car versus deer accident yesterday. The Nissan travelling SB on Hwy 53 hit the deer in St. Louis County. The driver was transported to the hospital in Virginia, MN.

Huffman Drops out of GOP race for Governor

There’s one less candidate for Minnesota Governor. Republican party officials have confirmed that Blake Huffman a county commission in Ramsey County is dropping out of the race. He entered the race in April. He was set to appear at forum at the Minnesota State Fair Monday. Democratic Governor Mark Dayton not planning to run for a third term, many candidates have stepped forward in an effort to fill the position.

Beltrami Jail to Undergo Review

We’ll learn more tonight at the County Board meeting about a proposed assessment of the Beltrami County Jail. Sheriff Phil Hodapp will detail what the in-depth study, done with the National Institute of Corrections, will include. The study is funded by a grant and will look at current and future needs and ability to meet them.

Wifi helps Alexandria Students to Stay Productive

One less excuse for students who didn’t their homework done. Students in the Alexandria Public School system will travel to and from school and other events with internet access. School officials ?told Forum News Service it gives students more time to get things done. The schools system operates 54 routes daily with more than 3,500 students. They tested WIFI last on a limited basis with sports and other activities with positive results.

Record Incoming Class at Minnesota

The University of Minnesota begins classes today at its Twin Cities campus with the largest class of freshman since 1970. According to a school, press release more than 6,000 first-year students hit the campus last week for its Welcome Week, a sort of initiation and connection building. One of the ways they did that was a late night visit to the Mall of America Saturday night.