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St. Paul teacher hospitalized following fight

Plus: a broadband access report; Minnesota’s tick season starting early; blood infection linked to 18 deaths in Wisconsin; and more.

Como Park Senior High School
Como Park Senior High School

Apparently we’re going to wait until something even worse happens. Tad Vezner of the PiPress reports, “For the second time this school year, a St. Paul school district teacher was taken to the hospital after a fight involving students. School officials offered few details of the Wednesday incident at Como Park Senior High School, beyond a confirmation that the ‘serious altercation’ occurred and was being investigated. … Police said two male students had assaulted a male teacher, in a fight that began in a classroom but spilled into a hallway.”

Particularly embarrassing for anyone in the tech business. The AP says, “Tax-filing season is turning into a nightmare for thousands of employees whose companies have been duped by email fraudsters. A major phishing scheme has tricked several major companies — among them, the messaging service Snapchat and disk-drive maker Seagate Technology — into relinquishing tax documents that exposed their workers’ incomes, addresses and Social Security numbers. In Minnesota, some 2,800 Seagate employees were affected, a spokesman said.”

Ready again to protect and serve. Elizabeth Mohr and Mara Gottfried in the PiPress say, “A St. Paul police sergeant was back at work Wednesday and an internal affairs investigation is on hold a week after a federal appeals court slammed her handling of a major sex-trafficking case that was prosecuted in Tennessee. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals underscored the district court’s findings that the lead investigator, St. Paul police Sgt. Heather Weyker, ‘likely exaggerated or fabricated important aspects’ of an alleged victim’s story, that she lied to a grand jury and later during a detention hearing, according to the finding filed on March 2.”

A commentary in the PiPress by Rick King of the Minnesota Ultra High Speed Broadband Task Force says, “According to the 2016 report card, we are making good progress and building momentum. … The data show we neared our universal access and high-speed goal as of February 2015 with 91 percent of Minnesota households having access at the state-mandated speeds. Not quite universal but close and an improvement on the number in 2010, which reported 58 percent access at the 2015 speed. Rural households climbed to 80 percent, a big jump from 52 percent in 2010.

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Mike Mullen at City Pages has a piece discussing legal impact on “revenge porn.” “Prosecutors in Ramsey and Hennepin counties have never brought felony charges against someone for ruining a victim’s life. They can’t. Posting naked or sexual images without someone’s consent is not a crime in Minnesota. Only 26 states have outlawed what’s known as ‘revenge porn,’ almost all within the last three years. We’re next. On Tuesday, Rep. John Lesch, DFL-St. Paul, introduced a bill to make nonconsensual publishing of sexual images a felony. His bill would also make the creep who posted it liable for civil damages … .”

My Montevideo Senior High math tells me he could have made the entire trip in about 10 minutes. A Duluth News Tribune story says, “A rural Duluth man faces two misdemeanor charges after allegedly admitting to driving 137 mph on Minnesota Highway 61 between Duluth and Two Harbors last month. Leland Scott Carlson, 20, faces charges of speeding and careless driving in connection with the Feb. 22 incident. According to court documents and the Minnesota State Patrol, a trooper was traveling north on Highway 61 near the Sonju vehicle dealership, in Lake County just outside Two Harbors, on Feb. 22 when they spotted a Nissan Maxima traveling south at a high rate of speed. Radar indicated it was traveling 115 mph ‘and rising’ … .” As in “off the ground?”

They couldn’t just sleep in? Ellen Galles & Scott Theisen at KSTP-TV say, “This mild, short winter means most of Minnesota’s tick population survived. Even though it’s only early March, the disease-carry blacklegged ticks, also known as deer ticks, are already out and active.”

A fourth-grader. Says Paul Walsh in the Strib, “A Blaine teacher molested one of his fourth-grade students several times as she stood by his desk during class, according to charges filed Wednesday. Johnsville Elementary teacher Kenneth L. Sonnenfeld Jr., 52, of Oak Grove, was charged in Anoka County District Court with second-degree criminal sexual conduct.”

A blood infection in Wisconsin. Reuters Justin Madden reports, “A blood infection known as Elizabethkingia has been linked to 18 deaths in Wisconsin and local health officials and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating the source, officials said on Wednesday. The infection has been found in 48 people between Nov. 1, 2015 and March 9, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) website. Most of the patients, in southeastern and southern Wisconsin, are older than 65 and have a history of at least one underlying serious illness.”