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Minnesota Superintendent’s Kids Increase Tension by Speaking at School Closure Forum

School District Superintendent's adult children's failure to disclose relationship when speaking in support of controversial elementary school closure plan riles community.

Democratic Candidates Emerge in Republican-held Districts – Alpha News Elections Update

Alpha News Elections Update - Atkins retires, candidates emerge in Republican-held districts

Sibley East School District Loses $2.9 Million Lawsuit Against Farmer Nathan Kranz

JJudge denies Sibley East School District's motion to require Nathan Kranz pay $2.9 million in damages.

Young Minnesotan Makes Difference in the Education of Millions

Minnesota may often be thought of as a state with quality public education, but many may not realize that it has one of the largest achievement gaps in the country. CBS Minnesota explains only 16% of African American high school seniors are college ready, compared to 61% of whites. In addition, Minnesota’s Native and Latino students have the lowest graduates in the nation. Literacy rates play a role in these large achievement gaps. With the help of the Board of Directors, Keller’s organization has collected and distributed roughly 1.8 million books, and she is only 15 years old. Her next goal is to reach 2 million books collected and distributed.

Lawmaker Proposes Death Penalty for First Degree Murder of Officers and Other Controversial Legislation

Retiring Senator David Brown (R - District 15) tells Alpha News his plans for his final legislative session, which include the death penalty for first degree murder of police officers, and minimum punishments for students who assault teachers and administrators.

Over $1 billion in U of M building projects since 2010, and they want...

The U's spending big bucks on new buildings. Take a look at some of the projects and what Governor Dayton is proposing for the campus in the upcoming legislative session.

Minnesotans Weigh In On What To Do With $1.9 Billion Budget Surplus

In a recent Star Tribune poll, Minnesotans are split on what should be done with the $1.9 billion budget surplus.

Grand Jury Indicts Activist Behind Planned Parenthood Videos; No Charges Filed Against Planned Parenthood

The pro-life investigative journalists responsible for exposing Planned Parenthood's fetal tissue sales through videos released on the website, The Center for Medical Progress, have been indicted by a Texas grand jury. No charges have been filed against Planned Parenthood.

Judge, whose wife is Dayton advisor and Met Council PR firm owner, will rule...

U.S. District Court Judge John Tunheim will be ruling on the Met Council's objection to making public email communication regarding the Southwest LRT. Tunheim's wife has a client list that includes the Met Council and she's also a senior advisor to Governor Mark Dayton. Is there a conflict of interest?

No Freedom of Speech Rights During ISD 833 School Board Meeting

South Washington County School District 833 created controversy when the School Board removed the Public Comment time from the Jan. 21, 2016 meeting agenda and also ejected two concerned parents from the meeting.