Minnesota Appeals Court dismisses teacher-firing lawsuit

Dismissed. The Star Tribune’s Erin Golden reports: “The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit arguing that state laws make it too hard to get rid of bad teachers and threaten students’ right to an adequate education. … The ruling in the case of Forslund v. Minnesota comes nearly three years after a group of parents from Minneapolis, St. Paul, Eagan and Duluth, sued the state.”

Best health care system in the world. MPR’s Catharine Richert writes:A growing number of rural hospitals will not do planned baby deliveries, citing legal and insurance costs. There’s also the challenge of attracting doctors to small towns and the demands of hospital systems to consolidate birthing centers. All of these spring from a fundamental problem: fewer rural babies. … It’s a cycle that’s created cascading problems for rural communities and couples, creating new risks for pregnant women who must travel hours to deliver and making it that much harder to keep young adults in small town Minnesota.”

Checked on your car lately? KARE’s Lou Raguse reports: “… Julie became victim of a car theft, a crime that is increasing around the country and in Minnesota. … ‘Minnesota traditionally is not a hotbed of auto theft activity, but we did notice recent statistics that there has been a spike here in Minnesota, particularly in the Twin Cities, about a 30 percent increase in auto thefts over the last three years,’ said Mark Kulda with the Insurance Federation of Minnesota.”

Gives a whole new meaning to money pit. City Pages’ Hannah Jones reports: “We can only guess what Andy Rasmussen first thought when he pried up the floorboards of a Bloomington home he was remodeling on Thursday morning. There, sitting atop an old heating duct, was a half-shredded bag full of stacks upon stacks of bills. They were $20s and $50s, he saw — yellowed and moldy at the edges, and with a smell like death, but easily worth well over $30,000 by his own estimation.

In other news …

Hot or not:Ranking the hottest housing markets in the Twin Cities” [Star Tribune]

The write stuff:2 Twin Cities publishers have books on finalist lists for National Book Critics Circle awards” [Star Tribune]

Watch out, Hawaii:Spam hits sales record in Korea” [Korea Herald]

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