Body found in western Minnesota confirmed to be that of missing U of M Morris student

The Glean

A sad development. The Star Tribune’s Paul Walsh reports, “Human remains found in a western Minnesota farm field are those of a Minnesota college student missing for nearly two weeks, her family and its church community confirmed Tuesday. … Laura Ann Schwendemann, 18, a freshman at the University of Minnesota, Morris, who has lived in nearby Hancock and Starbuck, had been missing since the night of Oct. 14, when she was last seen in Alexandria. … A farmer in Orange Township found the remains of a young woman in a field he was harvesting Monday afternoon and called the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, according to Sheriff Troy Wolberson.”

Seems like there’s a lot more to this story, but MPR’s Doualy Xaykaothao has the initial info: “Minneapolis Public Schools will take over a contract alternative school with mostly Somali students because of alleged irregularities and conflicts of interest by the nonprofit’s board members. … Heritage Academy of Science and Technology was also operating in deficit of more than $64,000, said Abdi Abdulle, a spokesperson for one of two parent leadership groups at the school. Abdulle said the group supports the district’s action.”

If Minnesota college graduates are so smart how come they’re in so much debt? A new study puts Minnesota at #5 in the country in terms of student debt, reports Beatrice Dupuy in the Star Tribune: “ Seven in 10 seniors (69%) who graduated from public and nonprofit colleges in 2014 had student loan debt, with an average of $28,950 per borrower, according to the latest survey by the nonprofit Institute for College Access and Success. … Over the past decade—from 2004 to 2014—the share of graduates with debt rose modestly (from 65% to 69%), the report said. Their average debt was $28,950: up two percent compared to the Class of 2013. … Minnesota stands fifth-highest in the amount of debt students have at the time of graduation, with an average debt of $31,579, the report said. Delaware ranks highest, with an average debt of $33,808. Utah is lowest, with an average of $18,921.”

Wait till the soccer hooligans show up. “A St. Paul bar owner says he’s closing his doors one hour earlier each night to keep safe,” writes Nina Moini for WCCO. “Big V’s Saloon sits right along the Green Line’s path at the intersection of Snelling and University Aves. in Midway. Owner Vic Masanz says since the light rail was built, the area feels less safe around bar close. Masanz has been in that spot for decades.”

In other news…

On the occasion of his retirement: “Torii Hunter was a great baseball player with a seemingly good heart who actively hurt people.” [Deadspin]

Speaking of the Twins: “Paul Molitor named AL Manager of the Year by other managers” [Star Tribune]

Minneapolis-born artist forced out of Portland by high rent; heading to Texas. [Willamette Week]

Washington woman suing Minnesota-based Optumhealth Care Solutions over death of her husband at hands of their son. [Tacoma News Tribune]

This makes them honorary Minnesotans, basically: “Michael Jordan, Mark Cuban invest in parent of Minneapolis-based Sportradar” [Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal]

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