Judge rejects Minnesota Department of Education’s school integration rules

If it was pass/fail, this one failed. Christopher Magan of the Pioneer Press says, “An administrative law judge has rejected the Minnesota Department of Education’s plans to rewrite rules about how districts integrate schools and spend state aid designated for improving the academic achievement of poor and minority students. Judge Anne C. O’Reilly ruled that state education officials overstepped their authority when rewriting integration rules and that their proposed regulations are not backed up by enough evidence and sometimes conflict with state law. The judge’s decision, which was released Monday, is an advisory opinion, but it will likely mean state education officials will have to reconsider many of the changes they proposed.”

If they’re trying to advertise, that assumes someone wants to buy the stuff, right? In the Star Tribune, Jennifer Brooks says, “A Minnesota-based medical marijuana company says Google is blocking its attempts to advertise online. Vireo, the parent company of Minnesota Medical Solutions, tried to take out a series of online ads in New York, where it operates four clinics and is one of a handful of companies chosen by that state to grow and manufacture medical cannabis.” Does Google advertise Trump steaks or vodka?

For WCCO-TV Pat Kessler reports, “Minnesota lawmakers moved quickly on Tuesday to require carbon monoxide detectors on boats with enclosed spaces. That’s after a 7-year-old girl died last year from carbon monoxide poisoning during a family outing on Lake Minnetonka. … the little girl’s family is calling for tougher laws. Sophia Baechler’s mother and father spent Tuesday calling for a change in Minnesota boat laws that could have saved their child. The Baechler family’s Sunday boat ride on Lake Minnetonka turned deadly last October after an undetected carbon monoxide leak poisoned their daughter Sophia.”

Talk about the wrong idea at the wrong time. An AP story says, “A national debate over daily fantasy sports games has come to the Minnesota Legislature, starting first with a House committee hearing Tuesday on a proposal that would clearly show that fantasy games are not gambling and are legal in Minnesota. … Currently, Minnesota law doesn’t address daily fantasy sports, in which users pay entry fees to manage rosters of teams like a general manager and then earn points depending on how well those players do. … Attorneys general in New York, Illinois and Texas have issued opinions that daily fantasy sports are illegal games of chance.” How about we fix the roads first?

It is the least they could do. Says Kristen Painter in the Strib, “Delta Air Lines will waive rebooking penalties for ticketholders flying to or through Brussels, Amsterdam or Paris following Tuesday’s attacks in Belgium. The Atlanta-based carrier is one of many global airlines to allow passengers a one-time flight change without incurring a hefty fee. Fliers whose flights have already been canceled are eligible for a full refund.”

Riham Feshir at MPR writes, “Now 49, [Erin] Nanasi is the sole plaintiff in the latest lawsuit alleging sexual abuse at the Children’s Theatre Company in the late 1970s and 1980s. She says former sound technician, designer and instructor Stephen Adamczak attempted to rape her in his car one night as he gave her a ride after rehearsal. She was 15 at the time and said she knew of at least two other minors he was having sex with. She alleges the Children’s Theatre Company was negligent and allowed the abuse to continue. Her suit brings the total number of claims to eight filed on behalf of several survivors alleging sexual abuse … .”

On today’s storm:  Tim Harlow and Mary Lynn Smith of the Strib write, “Depending on the storm’s tracks, there could be a sharp cutoff between those who see winter and those who don’t. The south and east metro areas, including Dakota and Scott counties, will get hit the hardest, with up to 6 inches of snow, Lahr said. ‘The north metro could get a couple of inches or less, and maybe nothing north of there,’ he said. The most likely places to see snowfall in double-digit inches are along a line from Albert Lea to Rochester to Eau Claire, Wis.”

At MPR, Paul Huttner says, “Snow will come down hard for several hours in southern Minnesota. Snowfall rates could reach 1″ to 3″ per hour in the zone including Mankato, Albert Lea, Rochester, Northfield, Waseca, Owatonna, Winona, Red Wing and Eau Claire. Lightning and thundersnow are possible in the heavy snow corridor. I’m inclined to agree with the Twin Cities NWS snowfall map below for southern Minnesota locations south of the Twin Cities. I’m still not sold on 3″ to 6″+ totals for the metro core.”

You mean that hippie stuff is employing people? Says John Myers for the Forum News Service, “Minnesota’s so-called ‘clean energy’ industry sectors now account for 54,000 jobs in the state and will grow by another 2,300 jobs this year, according to a report from the Clean Energy Trust. About 1,527 of Minnesota’s clean energy jobs are in the Duluth area. The analysis, released Tuesday, is based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data and a comprehensive survey of thousands of businesses across Minnesota and the Midwest by the group. Clean energy sectors now employ nearly 570,000 people in the Midwest … .”

Be careful with those promises. Says Peter Passi for the Duluth News Tribune, “Duluth Mayor Emily Larson announced Tuesday that she aims to double the number of miles of street the city improves this year. ‘Last year, I made a commitment to the residents of Duluth that I would prioritize streets and infrastructure, and today, just about 11 weeks into my term, I’m really proud to make good on that commitment,’ Larson said at a news conference she called in the city’s toolhouse. Larson said she will ask the Duluth City Council to sign off Monday on her plans to spend $800,000 more on resurfacing streets than had been originally budgeted, boosting the length of road to be repaired. While Duluth initially had planned to improve 5 to 6 miles of road this year, it now should be able to tackle 11 to 12 miles of repairs.”

So what’s going on with these eagles, anyway? A PiPress story says, “A Minnesota state trooper rescued a bald eagle Tuesday after it was hit by a car — the second such rescue since Sunday. The trooper and a Rice County sheriff’s deputy found the eagle on Minnesota 21 near Shields Lake, about 11 miles northwest of Faribault. The eagle was taken to the Faribault Veterinary Clinic until it could be retrieved by the staff of the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center in St. Paul. On Sunday, a trooper used his coat to cover and carry away a bald eagle that he found injured at Interstate 494 and Pilot Knob Road in Eagan.”

A dry town? In Wisconsin? Says Carrie Antlfinger of the AP, “Ephraim, along the water in peninsular Door County — a popular destination dotted with small towns, resorts and wineries — is dry, but it might not be for much longer. Some locals have gathered enough signatures from among the 300 or so residents to spark a referendum on the issue April 5, the same day as the state’s presidential primary.” Heck, if you told me there was a square mile over there without a bar I wouldn’t believe you.

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