College-going rate among MN grads now below 70 percent

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Needs improvement. Josh Verges at the Pioneer Press breaks down the numbers on college-bound high school grads in Minnesota: “The college-going rate among new high school graduates fell slightly in 2016 for a third straight year to 69.6 percent, according to newly released data from the state Office of Higher Education. The rate topped out at 71.5 percent in 2013. Still, higher education commissioner Larry Pogemiller sees no cause for alarm. ‘We don’t think it’s statistically significant. We think it’s flat, basically,’ he said.”

Not a nibble. Also in the Pioneer Press, Rachel E. Stassen-Berger notes Gov. Mark Dayton was out of luck getting a reservation to go fishing this weekend: “The reason the lack of booking pleased him is because he was trying to get a weekend room in the Lake Mille Lacs area, which has been hard hit by a lack of iconic walleye fish in recent years. Walleye fishing was just shutdown for a three-week stretch on Thursday and it’s been a season of catch-and-release for walleye anglers.”
Mankato Free Press:Protesters to greet Dayton when he fishes on Mille Lacs Lake

Kudos. Cathy Wurzer at MPR News introduces us to the first recipient of the Philando Castile Memorial Scholarship: “One of the ways Castile will be remembered is through a scholarship named in his honor. A group of Central High School alumni from Castile’s graduating class of 2001 started a $5,000 scholarship to be awarded to a young man of color each year. The first recipient of the Philando Castile Memorial Scholarship is Marques Watson, who graduated from Central High School this year. He will attend St. Paul College for two years to study mechanical engineering before transferring to a four-year school.”

Dreams of beef cattle in parking garages. Also from MPR News, John Enger shares the story of a plan to build a futuristic dome city on the swamps of north central Minnesota in the 1970s: “It would house 250,000 people in ever-changing modular buildings. There would be monorail systems and moving walkways. The city was supposed to be self-sustaining, so plans involved high-rise parking garages filled with beef cattle, and a power plant. All of this would be built under a massive geodesic dome, right on top of Mejdrich’s hometown of Swatara, Minn.”

In other news …

Godspeed: “Dying man gets his wish: to ride across the new St. Croix River bridge” [Pioneer Press]

Probably need a volleyball stadium: “Downtown Minneapolis’ top attraction just ended a 10-day, $50M run” [Star Tribune]

Not bullish: “Why Buffalo Wild Wings Shares Fell 12% in June” [Motley Fool]

It’s the humidity: “U.S. saw 2nd warmest year to date on record and warmer-than-average June” [NOAA]

And then there were six: “Iraq War vet to vie for open Minn. congressional seat” [MPR]

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by DENNIS SCHMINKE on 07/09/2017 - 08:57 pm.

    MN high school grads college-bound at a rate UNDER 70%. Maybe that is not all bad. There are a WHOLE LOT OF THEM who would be far better off learning to be plumber, electrician, HVAC-tech, auto-tech, diesel mechanic, E-tech and making $50-100K / year. Alternative…$100K in student debt and a white collar job working for county social services at $27K / year.

    Just sayin’.

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