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Edina High grad to face 30 counts in Madison sexual assaults

Alec R. Cook
Alec R. Cook

This story is even creepier than it first seemed. The Star Tribune’s Mary Lynn Smith reports: “An Edina High School graduate who attends the University of Wisconsin is expected to be charged Thursday with more than 30 criminal felony and misdemeanor counts in connection with sexually assaulting four women. … ‘Dozens’ of other women came forward since an initial complaint was filed against Alec R. Cook, 20, last week and the Madison Police Department and campus police are investigating. … Searching Cook’s apartment, investigator Grant Humerickhouse said he found a black leather book that included a series of women’s names, followed by descriptions of how Cook met the women and what he liked about them. … ‘The entries went on to document what he wanted to do with the females,’ Humerickhouse said. ‘Disturbingly enough, there were statements of “kill” and statements of “sexual” desires.’ ”

Well, lotta shoppers there. MPR’s Martin Moylan reports: “Across the Twin Cities, retail locations are typically among the places that keep cops most busy, with shoplifting and other crimes common at stores. … But one retailer appears to generate more police calls than any other: Walmart. … The Roseville Walmart, for example, generated about 600 calls for police service last year and it’s easily on pace to top that count this year. Last year, about 40 percent of the calls involved theft. The others ranged from disorderly conduct and narcotics to auto accidents and child abuse.”

Good, but not good enough? MPR’s Solvejg Wastvedt reports: “MN 8th- and 4th-graders outpace national test averages, but achievement gap persists … Minnesota eighth-graders improved in science while scores for fourth-graders are flat since 2009, the last year both grades were tested, according to data released Thursday by the National Assessment of Educational Progress … The NAEP, also known as the ‘Nation’s Report Card,’ tests students in fourth, eighth and 12th grades on multiple subjects. Data for 12th-graders is not broken out by state. … The scores show 45 percent of Minnesota eighth-graders and 43 percent of fourth-graders scored at or above the ‘proficient’ level. Nationally, proficiency is 34 percent in eighth grade and 38 percent in fourth grade.”

Fairview has a new boss. The Star Tribune’s Christopher Snowbeck reports: “Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services has named James Hereford as its next president and chief executive following 18 months without a permanent CEO. … Hereford, who will start the job in December, currently serves as chief operations officer at Stanford Health Care in California. His Fairview appointment is effective Dec. 12. … Fairview is one of the state’s largest operators of hospitals and clinics. It owns the University of Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis, Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina and plus medical centers in the metro and northern Minnesota.”

In other news…

Sweet: “MN’s iconic candy company Pearson’s launches new brand” [KARE]

Grab your checkbook: “ ‘I have never seen’ an auction like this” [Rochester Post Bulletin]

It’s us: “A Region That Sees Racism as a Threat to Its Economy” [The Atlantic]

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