Minnesota takes in fewest refugees in more than a decade

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Not such a refuge. The Star Tribune’s Maya Rao reports: “Minnesota took in just 663 refugees last year, the lowest number in more than a decade for a state with a history of accepting several thousand people annually. … The number of refugees is expected to fall even further in 2019 as the Trump administration reduces the limit on how many people the U.S. will accept.”

Not lovin’ IT. The Star Tribune’s J. Patrick Coolican reports: “Gov. Tim Walz came into office hoping to address high-profile issues such as health care and education, but now he finds himself confronting a more immediate problem — the state’s beleaguered technology system. … The only top job Walz has yet to fill is the head of the state’s IT system, known as MN.IT.

This guy went from senior to freshman pretty quickly. MPR’s Nina Moini, report: “State Rep. Hunter Cantrell is used to answering questions about his age. … At 23, the Democrat from Savage — who took office earlier this month — is the youngest member of the current Minnesota Legislature.

Today in college affordability. The Minnesota Daily’s Natalie Rademacher writes: “Last year, University of Minnesota student Ava* found an unconventional way to financially support herself while attending school — she became a sugar baby. … In exchange for around $100 a night, Ava would go to dinner with wealthy, middle-aged men she met online. She would spend hours putting her hair up, choosing the right outfit and doing her makeup before going out to meet a sugar daddy.”

In other news …

Complicated case:Duluth priest fights removal” [Duluth News Tribune]

Not bad for a high schooler:Century student develops strep throat test” [Rochester Post-Bulletin]

A dubious distinction:Minnesota will soon be one of only two states with 3.2 percent alcohol beer law” [Pioneer Press]

Congrats to Twin Metals’ Robert Mayne-Nicholls!Chile’s mining development corporation has a new boss” [Mining.com]

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