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02/10/09: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

Compiled by Laura Crooks

According to the Pine Journal, the Minnesota Department of Health is surveying drinking-water supplies in Cloquet and various other Minnesota sites for traces of toxic firefighting foams. “Although we consider the likelihood of finding PFCs in the water supply wells to be low,” said director of the MDH Environmental Health Division John Linc Stine, “it is prudent to perform this testing.”

Duluth’s public schools have seen a decrease in enrollment in the past 10 years, but the popularity of charter schools is on the rise, writes Sarah Horner of the Duluth News-Tribune.

The “Winter Severity Index” in Tower is expected to be significantly higher than in previous years, reports Marshall Helmberger of the Timberjay.

Widespread unemployment and foreclosures have led to increasing homelessness on the Iron Range, writes Jeff Warner of the Hibbing Daily Tribune.

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Students from Owatonna High School are speaking up about how their college ambitions are being affected by the economic downturn, writes Clare Kennedy in the Owatonna People’s Press. “It’s kind of scary,” said high-school senior Courtney Lermon.  “I’m afraid to graduate.”