St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — Minnesota State has agreed to pay up to $1.9 million to settle a wage dispute with faculty at its two-year colleges. The Minnesota State College Faculty union has been fighting since 2010 over wage calculations for faculty who do certain jobs, such as teaching independent studies or coordinating internships, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.
Minnesota was named the third best state in the nation by U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday. The Best States rankings evaluate all 50 states based on criteria such as health care, education, economy and infrastructure. Washington took the top spot with New Hampshire following. Minnesota is the only state to rank in the top three each of the past three years, coming in second in 2018 and third in 2017, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported .
ST. PAUL — State lawmakers will come together to appoint new members to the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents after all, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported .
ST. PAUL — A snow leopard gave birth to a cub at Como Zoo here this week. The birth marks the first pregnancy for Alya, the cub’s 4-year-old mother, and Moutig, the father, who is 6. It’s the first snow leopard birth at the St. Paul zoo since 2007. Alya gave birth Tuesday, April 30. The gender of the cub remains unknown. Both the mother and cub are being closely monitored over a closed-circuit video system. Alya is “exhibiting exceptional care” for the newborn and “displaying positive maternal behaviors,” according zoo officials.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota Territory was less than two months old when its first newspaper appeared on the streets of St. Paul 170 years ago. The first issue of the Minnesota Pioneer — the earliest ancestor of the Pioneer Press — was printed in the drafty spare room of a carpentry shop on what is now Kellogg Boulevard.
MINNEAPOLIS - The Board of Regents on Friday, April 26, rejected a recommendation from outgoing president Eric Kaler to remove the names of four controversial leaders from buildings on the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. After a contentious two and a half hours met with numerous interruptions from an overflow audience of angry students and faculty, the board voted 10-1 to set aside Kaler’s proposal.
MINNEAPOLIS - The University of Minnesota Board of Regents will hold a special meeting Friday to discuss and possibly act on proposed name changes for four buildings on the Twin Cities campus. President Eric Kaler has recommended scrubbing buildings named for Lotus Coffman, Walter Coffey, Edward Nicholson and William Middlebrook, citing the former university leaders’ racism or anti-Semitism while in office. But several regents expressed opposition at a meeting in early March, raising doubt as to whether any building will be renamed.
The Minnesota Department of Commerce has fined a California-based health insurance agency for mailing more than 600,000 misleading letters to elderly Minnesotans, the department announced Tuesday, April 23.
ST. PAUL -- Boys will be allowed to compete on Minnesota high school dance teams beginning next school year. The Minnesota State High School League recently sent out a memo to school activities directors announcing the change. The competitive dance teams had been all-girl, prompting a lawsuit by two boys wanting to compete. The League “has agreed to a settlement of the recent lawsuit that will allow boys to participate … beginning with the 2019-2020 season,” the memo states. The deal avoids a protracted legal fight, the message continues.
Thanks to gains in construction, Minnesota added 1,300 jobs in March. Yet the state’s unemployment rate rose to 3.2%. The state’s jobless figure, which rose 0.1 percentage point from the month before, remains below the national rate of 3.8%.