05/06/09: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

A debate is brewing about where the proposed Northern Lights Express train should run, writes Andy Greder in the Duluth News Tribune. According to the report, “A former railroad worker proposes skipping Superior and running the train straight into Duluth. A group of college students who have reviewed the train’s feasibility study say maybe it should end in Superior. And a study commissioned by an overseeing rail board will weigh those options and other possibilities.”

“Since the beginning of this academic year, Gustavus Adolphus College has been undertaking an ambitious strategic planning process, one the college hopes will guide it to new heights in the decades to come,” Robb Murray reports in the Mankato Free Press. He writes that the Gustavus150 project “is an elaborate one, full of many task forces and, participants say, long meetings.”

Hundreds of motorists dodged a wrong-way driver Sunday on several Rochester area highways before police were able to stop a 25-year-old Rochester man,” reports Janice Gregorson in the Rochester Post-Bulletin. No motorists were injured.

The rural physician shortage has hit home in Willmar, Marshall and other nearby towns, writes Anne Polta in the West Central Tribune, with doctors seeing a vastly changed recruiting environment over the last few years. “The shortage is rooted in many factors: fewer medical students opting for primary care, challenges with reimbursement, the rising cost of medical school, the disadvantage of being rural, even the lifestyle goals of a new generation of physicians,” she writes.

Six weeks and 1,000 miles later, Merrifield family members are reunited with their missing golden retriever, whose journey forms quite a tale, Renee Richardson reports in the Brainerd Dispatch.

The Kenyon-Wanamingo School Board has approved the termination of three teachers, the first move in budget reductions that will eventually total $400,000, writes Kay Fate in the Kenyon Leader. The superintendent says the local cuts were driven by enrollment numbers.

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