Thirteen Minneapolis schools to get intense interventions

Under the microscope … Says Tim Post at MPR: “The Minneapolis school district is implementing short-term, intense student interventions at more than a dozen schools in hopes of improving student performance. Minneapolis school leaders say they’re focusing greater resources in 13 elementary and middle schools to help struggling students: Andersen, Anthony, Anwatin, Bancroft, Bryn Mawr, Folwell, Jefferson, Nellie Stone Johnson, Pillsbury, Sanford, Seward, Sullivan and Whittier. Educators are customizing core instruction based on student needs and sending more math and literacy specialists to the schools to work with students in small groups.”

Cue the wailing and lamentations of the job providers … Rachel Stassen-Berger of the Strib says: “A push to raise wages for the lowest-paid workers is gaining momentum across the country, with more than a dozen states raising their minimums and President Obama calling for an increase in the federal minimum to $9 an hour. But in Minnesota, where Democrats control every lever of state government, the push has become a struggle that may yet stall. … the proposal is getting a cool reception in the DFL-controlled Senate, where last year’s deal ran aground.”

It’s a sellers’ market. Christopher Sherman of the AP says: “Account information stolen during the Target security breach is now being divided up and sold off regionally, a South Texas police chief said Monday after the arrest of two Mexican citizens who authorities say arrived at the border with 96 fraudulent credit cards. McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said Mary Carmen Garcia, 27, and Daniel Guardiola Dominguez, 28, both of Monterrey, Mexico, used cards containing the account information of South Texas residents. Rodriguez said they were used to buy tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise at national retailers in the area including Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Toys R Us.”

Erik Burgess of the Forum News Service reports: “State officials from Minnesota are warning proponents of a $1.8 billion proposed flood channel around the Fargo-Moorhead metro that they may be close to breaking Minnesota law. The question is whether a proposed $65 million ring levee around Oxbow, Hickson and Bakke is independent of the flood diversion project. The three communities south of Fargo would be in the so-called ‘staging area’ to hold water during major floods before it moves through the diversion channel.”

Really making headway … The Strib’s Stassen-Berger has another piece, this one about the state GOP’s finances: “Over the course of the last two years, the Minnesota Republican Party has reduced its debt from nearly $2 million to just under $1.2 million, party officials said Monday. The reduction comes after years of turmoil, election losses in 2012 and shrinking faith from donors. Party chairman Keith Downey said it is clear the GOP is now on the rebound. … According to a federal campaign finance report filed late last year, the party had raised $1.4 million and had just over $5,000 cash on hand in its federal account. It had $713,000 in federal debt at that point.”

The GleanSpeaking of the parties and their moral missions … Roy Aker in the Minnesota Daily says: “State legislators introduced a bill last week that would ban licensed therapists from providing sexual orientation change efforts to children, following a petition authored by two University of Minnesota students last semester. Political science sophomores Alec Fischer and Gabe Aderhold  requested that state legislators introduce the bill after the students’ petition garnered more than 110,000 online signatures.”

In an editorial for the Grand Forks Herald, Tom Dennis says: “Minnesotans could be united around the issue of fixing the state’s transportation infrastructure. This unification has happened before; just a few years ago, Minnesotans voted to raise their own taxes to start repairing the state’s highway system. And if Gov. Mark Dayton and lawmakers made the issue a priority, the shared resolve could happen again.”

If you can’t fight it, drink it … At MPR, Dan Gunderson says: “When churchgoers begin singing the hymn “Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling,” it can come as an invitation to renounce the ways of the world and accept Christ’s call to a new life. But at The Gathering, a small church that is supported by First United Methodist Church in Fargo, those summoned by such joyful noise can sing with beers in their hands. The church group meets every month in local bars, where they drink beer, sing traditional church songs and socialize.” For God’s sake, keep them away from e-pulltabs.

It’ll look like a bona fide construction site pretty soon. Says Tim Nelson, also at MPR: “Masons were finishing the footing for a crane tower along 11th Avenue … just east of the site of the new Vikings stadium. Mortenson Construction said the crane is scheduled to go up on the site this week, the first of five expected to stripe the Minneapolis skyline as the project proceeds.”

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Comments (14)

  1. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 01/21/2014 - 07:57 am.

    The GOP’s Problems

    You would think that a fiscally responsible party, such as the GOP, would never have a debt problem. I guess all their fiscal talk is nothing more than hypocrisy. Party Chairman Downey says they are really making headway. For a party that is in total disarray they have more than money problems to fix before they can claim they are really making headway. Whatever happened to the changes the party was going to make so people would want to join their party. In the past year they had outreach programs to women and minorities expecting good results. They can’t have a sustained war on women and minorities at the same time and expect good results. The party changes they need have to be more than thinly veiled window dressings. They just don’t get it when it comes to making real positive changes. I see more party failure in their future.

  2. Submitted by Jeff Michaels on 01/21/2014 - 08:33 am.

    Promoting the minimum wage

    The three-column, four-color photo and story regarding minimum wage advocate Bethany Winkels that dominated the Star Tribune front-page today left one glaring unanswered question. Winkels appears to be a very energetic, talented and capable person dedicated to increasing pay for others.

    So why doesn’t a person with so much going for her, go out and start her own business. Then she could pay her employees $15 or $25 per hour and everyone would be happy. Think of the example she could set.

    The very curious question is why Bethany and so many other talented, educated and dedicated fellow liberals don’t do it. I am sure there must be a very, very good reason and I am anxious to learn.

    • Submitted by Jonathan Ecklund on 01/21/2014 - 10:36 am.


      Bethany is trying to affect populations of people, not individuals. I know the typical ‘conservative’ response to such things is to say “Hey! Don’t try to help people- help yourself!” but perhaps most liberals can do things like read and understand statistics, and know that of the 28 million small business within the US, 22.5 million are single-member (no-employee) businesses, and of that 22.5 million, the average revenue was 44,000… also known as ‘not enough to pay the owner of the single-member business 25 dollars an hour.

      It seems that, among the right-wing, concepts like ‘business’ and ‘science’ are regarded as concrete steps that are taken and always end with the same result- success. If they do not succeed then, it’s because whomever was actually ‘doing’ business and science were unworthy failures, not because of tough economic environments or random chance.

      I know a LOT of people who started their own business at one point or another, myself included- none of these business ever really failed, but they weren’t necessarily runaway successes either. One succeeded and is now one of the fastest growing companies in MN, but still, that’s one of many… most of us eventually got hired full time at other small businesses. I know that’s anecdotal, but what I’m getting at is that my own experience in small biz is reflective of the national statistics.

    • Submitted by Logan Foreman on 01/21/2014 - 04:29 pm.

      Then you must just love

      Walmart which not only pays most of its employees poorly but further does not let most work enough hours to obtain benefits like medical insurance coverage or to pay their medical bills. The rest of Americans end up paying that tab. Sure interesting how you conservative Republicans love paying for that tab or are you part of the 1% that don’t have a worry about money. Talk about “out of touch”?

  3. Submitted by jody rooney on 01/21/2014 - 10:30 am.

    They do Mr. Micheals they just don’t like to

    hang around with people who think that paying people a good wage is a problem.

    They may not start manufacturing or retail firms but they do start and expand service firms quite frequently – and why not a service firm that’s where the most growth is. Have you every heard of poorly paid attorneys, engineers, construction firms, or even house cleaners for that matter.

    So if you think paying people a wage that keeps them below poverty level is good for business then you should rethink.

    • Submitted by Richard O'Neil on 01/21/2014 - 01:45 pm.

      Poorly paid pros

      The answer to your “poorly paid” question, Mr Rooney, is ” yes, yes, yes, and yes.”

      I haven’t heard anyone proposing a “modest” minimum wage increase, say 5% in the first year as part of a plan to gradually get us up to the federal level. Wouldn’t a huge jump in one year be inflationary and thereby dilute the benefit?

  4. Submitted by James Hamilton on 01/21/2014 - 10:56 am.

    There is a fine line

    between regulating medical treatment and practicing medicine. I can’t help but wonder whether therapists practicing in the area of gender dysphoria are supportive of the bill promoted by two political science sophomores and introduced by Karen Clark and Susan Allen.

    The text of the bill might help address my concerns, but, as is so often the case, neither the Daily nor the Daily Glean have provided the text, a link to it or even a bill number to aid readers seeking additional information. I would have expected this to become the norm for online reporting by now.

  5. Submitted by Dennis Tester on 01/21/2014 - 11:07 am.

    It’s not the wailing

    and lamentations of the job providers you’ll be hearing.

    Unemployment amongst black teenagers is now at 41.6% The wailing and lamentations will be from black teenagers who have even fewer options in the low skill/no skill job market.

    Given the push by democrats to make unemployment even more likely, getting as many people as possible to rely on government must be the objective.

    • Submitted by Jonathan Ecklund on 01/21/2014 - 01:30 pm.

      Given the push by Republicans to strip voting rights from the black community, and to disproportionately punish them for minor drug offenses, and their claims that racism no longer exists in America, and the insistent character assassination of America’s first black president, keeping black people down must be their objective.

      Or maybe they’re just too happy to swing in their ‘hammocks of complacency’ to care, Dennis?

  6. Submitted by Kathy Magnuson on 01/21/2014 - 01:00 pm.

    Humble Walk

    Actually we don’t need to go as far as Fargo. At Humble Walk Church on West 7th in St. Paul they host a monthly Beer and Hymns at a local bar.

  7. Submitted by Richard O'Neil on 01/21/2014 - 01:55 pm.

    Humble Walk

    Finally! A church that would (maybe?) have me as member. Thank you for the info, Kathy! I promise that I wouldn’t try to sing until after the third or fourth beer.

  8. Submitted by Barbara Skoglund on 01/22/2014 - 07:47 pm.

    Wait until the MN Legislature is actually in session

    Hey kids – you can’t link to legislation that hasn’t been proposed yet! The MN Legislature doesn’t even open the next session until February 25. If you want to see the proposed, amended, passed or signed legislation all you have to do is check out the MN Legislature Bill Search and Status at You can even set up your own account and get notified when something happens with a bill.

    Sadly there are unlicensed therapists like Marcus B who try to pray out the gay under the banner of therapy. You can’t regulate non-licensed folks like him.

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