The Minneapolis School District is continuing to lose students. The district’s overall enrollment has declined this year by nearly 750 students. New numbers show nearly 15-hundred students left the district last year. Most went to charter schools or neighboring school districts. More than 80-percent of those who left the district are students of color.
St. Paul City Council members are questioning a proposed daily fee for the city’s after-school recreation programs. Members are asking the Parks and Recreation Department whether they can find other ways to cut costs. Mayor Melvin Carter’s proposed 2020 budget includes anticipated revenue of 225-thousand dollars from the proposed fee.
Minneapolis tenants and landlords are squaring off over limits on screening renters. A proposed rule aims to give renters with problem backgrounds a better chance during the application process. Renters and landlords packed the city council chambers yesterday to voice their opinions on the proposal.
Attendance at the sixth day of the Minnesota State Fair is at a record level. Tuesday’s attendance was up about 16-thousand people from 2018. The total was over three thousand more than the previous record in 2014.
A Minnesota man is dead after trying to climb Montana’s highest peak. The 65-year-old and his 33-year-old son were experienced climbers and were attempting to climb Granite Peak Saturday when the older man fell to his death. The man’s body was recovered Tuesday morning after weather prevented a helicopter from reaching the area sooner.
Minneapolis police are asking the public’s help tracking down the man who held up a Wells Fargo bank over two weeks ago. It happened back on August 12th at 10am at the branch on 34th Avenue South in the Minnehaha area. He’s described as being in his mid-20s to late 30s, between five foot five and five foot nine. He had a neatly groomed extended goatee. Anyone with any information is urged to contact the CrimeStoppers Tip line.
Minnesota’s minimum wage is increasing on January 1st. The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry announced the new rates yesterday. The wage will be 10-dollars an hour for large employers and eight-15 an hour for other businesses. The increase is intended to keep up with inflation.
Essentia nurses in Duluth are set to vote on a three-year labor contract September 10th. The Minnesota Nurses Association announced the vote yesterday. Essentia Health reached an agreement with the union last week, which includes pay increases.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is stepping up its fight against chronic wasting disease. The efforts are focused on southeastern counties where the disease is spreading. Mandatory testing will be conducted on deer harvested in a zone north of Brainerd, where hunters will be allowed to shoot unlimited antler-less deer.
The National Sports Center’s velodrome in Blaine is preparing to close. The facility hosted the Olympic trials in 1991 and became a top training center for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.
The Walmart Supercenter in St. Paul’s Midway is closing next month. A spokeswoman with the retailer says the decision was made based on poor performance of the store on University Avenue. Around 333 employees will lose their jobs when the Walmart shuts down on September 20th. Its pharmacy will close a week earlier on September 13th.
An assisted living facility closed by the state is facing a wrongful death lawsuit. Chappy’s Golden Shores is being sued by the family of Steven Nelson, who they claim died from injuries from an assault by two employees. The lawsuit names the facility and its owner, Theresa Olson, as defendants.
Lincoln Park Middle School’s new principal says he will be focusing on inclusion. Brian Kazmierczk started August 6th, and says he’s learning as much as he can about the school, staff, and students. He intends to build on the school’s positive behavior intervention and supports initiatives to keep up progress in inclusion and equality at the school.