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Home prices in Mankato saw one of the highest rates of increase in the nation.

Home-sale prices in the Mankato-North Mankato Metropolitan Statistical area rose 3.7 percent in the last year, or 14th out of about 300 metropolitan statistical areas in the country, writes Tim Krohn of the Mankato Free Press. The report comes from the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and includes all of Blue Earth and Nicollet counties. While Mankato saw an increase, prices are still 9 percent below what they were five years ago. The median sale price of homes sold Mankato-North Mankato area is now about $170,000. For the 10-county region in south-central Minnesota, median prices were $125,000 in August and $142,000 in July.

Tom Kasper was both a member of the Duluth School Board and the city’s building and grounds supervisor. On Friday, he resigned his position with the city, writes Brandon Stahl of the Duluth News Tribune. City officials have confirmed the existence of an active complaint against Kasper, but declined to divulge details. Under the state’s Data Practice Act, a complaint only becomes public when a government entity “makes its final decision about the disciplinary action.” Kasper’s resignation occurred before any action was taken, said Alison Lutterman, a deputy city attorney. “We do not pursue complaints against people who are no longer employed with the city of Duluth.” Kasper could not be reached for comment and has in the past declined to talk about the complaint. School Board Chairwoman Ann Wasson said Kasper’s resignation doesn’t concern her. “Tom is a very good and effective School Board member and I am sure he will continue to be,” she said.

Title IX, signed into law by President Richard Nixon in 1972, gave equal access to women and men in federally assisted programs. On the 40th anniversary of the law, several female athletes talked to students at the College of St. Benedict on the effect Title IX has had on their lives, writes Frank Lee of the St. Cloud Daily TimesVal Rogosheske is a 1969 St. Cloud State University graduate who was at the starting line for the Boston Marathon in 1972, the first year women were allowed to officially enter the race. Tech High School graduate Peg Brenden was one of the first women to play high school sports in Minnesota when she earned the right to play on her high school boys’ tennis team. Amanda Smock, a 2012 U.S. Olympian from Melrose, competed in the triple jump this summer at the Olympic Games in London. College of St. Benedict professor Janna LaFountaine said “One of the main things (of Title IX) is that it’s not about absolute equal dollar for dollar, but that it’s equitable. … If the boys have the Taj Mahal locker room and the girls have hooks to hang up their jackets, that is not equitable, but they don’t have to be exactly the same, just equitable.”

It was a beautiful evening for Minnesota State University-Mankato’s homecoming Saturday, and police said the usual activities were mostly subdued, writes Dan Linehan of the Mankato Free PressPolice broke up a few brief fights but there were no assaults. By midnight, the detox center was full and police were taking drunk people to Hastings. On Friday night, police issued about 100 citations for underage alcohol consumption. Drew Campbell, president of the Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association, said the neighborhood was busy, but when he drove around at about 11:30 p.m. most of the parties stayed indoors. “No one’s yelling,” he said while driving past a dozen or so young people walking through the neighborhood. And that’s the way he likes it — people enjoying themselves, but not being a disruption.

The economic benefits of the Mayo Clinic’s medical conferences to Rochester have jumped past the $1 million mark, according to Brad Jones, executive director of the Rochester Convention and Visitors Bureau, writes Jeff Hansel of the Rochester Post-BulletinRCVB estimates a Cardiovascular Review Course, the Transform conference, the doctor swap with the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, and an Individualized Medicine conference together brought about $1,035,000 into the city. “When you start adding up the meals and the catering and the lodging, (it's) a substantial amount,” Jones said. Mayo also will host the Medical Library Association and, last weekend, brought the Doctors Mayo Society meeting to Rochester.

Jenn George’s placenta encapsulation business is off to a booming start, writes Kylie Saari of the Fairmont Sentinel. After a battle with postpartum depression caused her to look into alternative birth practices, she came across placenta encapsulation and began preparing human placenta into a pill form for moms of newborns, a practice she believes balances postpartum hormones, replaces lost iron, increases lactation and increases energy levels. George picks up the placenta from the hospital or home and either steams the placenta or prepares it from its raw state. She dehydrates the placenta in a food dehydrator, then grinds it into a powder and puts it into capsules. Taking placenta is not recommended by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The practice is allowed because she and other practitioners prepare the organ only for the woman who produced it.

About 1,500 people from all over the United States attended an auction of Rolland Rebers' classic Ford collection in Echo on Saturday. Steve Browne of the Marshall Independent writes about one inattentive buyer who wrecked his purchase half a mile from the auction site. Herbert Dally of Templeton, Calif., paid about $22,000 for a 1940 Ford Coupe, Rebers said. He loaded it onto his trailer, drove about half a mile, didn’t see a stop sign and collided with a 2010 Ford Edge driven by Joni Baune of Vesta. Both vehicles went into the ditch and hit some farm equipment. No one was injured, but Rebers said it is unlikely the coupe was insured. Here’s a photo of the wrecked coupe.

Some lunch-eaters in the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City School District are having a hard time adjusting to new dietary lunch guidelines, writes Carolyn Lange of the West Central Tribune. Sam Ammermann, the student representative to the ACGC school board, said kids are wondering “why we’re having less food” and want to know why bread is not on the lunch line every day. Superintendent Sherri Broderius said new guidelines limit the amount of protein and starches school lunches can have in a week. While the amount of hearty, stick-to-the-ribs food is less than in the past, the amount of fruit and vegetables kids can take is “huge,” Broderius said. The school is also learning to adapt to kids’ needs. For example, it may be difficult for first-graders missing their front teeth to eat whole apples. Cutting them in half or in slices could increase consumption, said Elementary Principal Kodi Goracke.

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