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St. Paul teacher injured by student can’t seek damages beyond worker’s comp, federal judge rules

Plus: successful titanium experiment in Duluth; Minneapolis ponders future of neighborhood organizations; Douglas County’s unique booze business; and more.

St. Paul Central High School
MinnPost photo by Erin Hinrichs

No extra damages. The Star Tribune’s Anthony Lonetree reports: “A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Thursday filed by a St. Paul teacher who aimed to hold the school district responsible for his 2015 beating by a Central High student. … John Ekblad, who taught physical science and was injured while working as a paid lunchroom supervisor, failed to prove his case merited consideration beyond the remedies provided by the state’s workers’ compensation system, U.S. District Judge David Doty ruled.”

Taking the Iron Range into the space age? The Duluth News Tribune’s John Myers reports: “Scientists say they’ve successfully turned an abundant Minnesota mineral called ilmenite into valuable titanium dioxide in a pilot-scale demonstration project on the Iron Range. The announcement Thursday comes one year after the Natural Resources Research Institute of the University of Minnesota Duluth received $600,000 in grants for the pilot project that some scientists say could lead to a breakthrough in new mineral development to rival the iron ore mined here for more than a century.”

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What’s the future of Minneapolis’ neighborhood organizations? The Southwest Journal’s Dylan Thomas reports: “A Charter Commission taskforce is exploring the possibility of more clearly defining the role of neighborhood organizations in ordinance or even the charter itself, a change that could fundamentally shift the relationship between the city and the 70 independent non-profit organizations that represent 84 Minneapolis neighborhoods.”

The Douglas County trifecta. The Alexandria Echo Press’ Jeff Beach reports: “ Wine, whiskey and beer. … Douglas County is unique in the state of Minnesota in being able to boast producers of all three types of alcoholic beverages. … And, like three legs of a bar stool, the three businesses are joining forces to market the Alexandria area as place to visit, sample and enjoy all three on the same day or weekend.”

In other news…

You know you need a duckling photo: “Heroic humans stage daring rescue of four baby ducks from storm drain in Maplewood” [Pioneer Press]

How about an urban bear while we’re at it: “Photos: Several Black Bear Sightings Reported in Stillwater” [Stillwater Current]

Your Memorial Day weekend weather forecast: “Mild, then cooler; weekend shower possibilities

Raising Kaine. “Charges filed against Tim Kaine’s son, others who crashed MN Capitol Trump rally” [Pioneer Press” data-shortcode=”MPR]

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Got plans this weekend? “Runestone, Legacy of the Lakes museums unveil new exhibits” [Echo Press]

Everybody’s getting their cut: “Eyeing Super Bowl, St. Paul supersizes Winter Carnival to 17 days” [Pioneer Press]