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10/12/10: This week’s Minnesota news from other media

Enrollment is up at Minnesota State Community and Technical College this fall, Elizabeth Sias reports in the Fergus Falls Journal.

Enrollment is up at Minnesota State Community and Technical College this fall, Elizabeth Sias reports in the Fergus Falls Journal. She writes, “The college’s four campuses in Fergus Falls, Detroit Lakes, Moorhead and Wadena have 6,925 overall, a 4.2 percent increase since last year, according to 30th day enrollment figures released by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MNSCU) system Monday. … The Fergus Falls campus has 2,448 students attending this year, about a 12 percent increase over last year.”

The Duluth New Tribune reports, “More coal and limestone were shipped on the Great Lakes in September than a year ago, although the tonnages were less than the month’s five-year-average, according to the Lake Carriers Association.” The story says that coal shipments totaled nearly 3.65 million net tons last month, an increase of 32.5 percent compared to a year ago. But “compared to the month’s 5-year average, loadings were down 7.4 percent.”

Mike Nowatzki reports in the Fargo/Moorhead Inforum that some of the 150 tenants left homeless when fire severely damaged a 62-unit building in south Fargo Monday night could be allowed back home late today or Wednesday to retrieve belongings. Firefighters remained on the scene this morning, and investigators were still searching for the cause of the fire, he writes.

“A program that aims to reduce the number of suspensions in St. Cloud secondary schools and help suspended students keep up with schoolwork is expected to reopen in November,” reports Dave Aeikens in the St. Cloud Times. The story says, “Instead of sending a student home for a five- or 10-day suspension, the students will be taken to the program, where they can keep up with their schoolwork, meet with a counselor about behavioral changes needed to avoid future suspensions, and do some community service.” The program, Community Accountability and Prevention, will serve students in grades six-10.

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“Unseasonably warm temperatures and clear skies have been a perfect combination for farmers working to get this year’s crop into the bins, but they have also led to a later-than-usual algae bloom on Lake Okabena,” Julie Buntjer reports in the Worthington Daily Globe. The story says, “Since Saturday, visitors to the eastern shore of Worthington’s lake have encountered a foul smell and a layer of slime that, except for its color, could mirror an oil slick. The large mats of bubbly brown, turquoise and milky white hues are dead and decaying cyanobacteria, otherwise known as blue-green algae.”