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Barbara Bachman, the Eureka Township resident who was seriously injured in an Aug. 9 knife attack in Beijing, is back in Minnesota and in improving health. Bachman, whose husband, Todd, was killed in the apparently random attack at a tourist spot near Beijing's Forbidden City, underwent several hours of surgery and was in critical condition for a time. She arrived at Rochester's Mayo Clinic Aug. 15.
ST. PAUL - Small schools in rural Minnesota fared best in the latest round of federal education assessments, but even they are part of a statewide trend of fewer schools meeting the standards. Nearly 60 percent of schools in greater Minnesota made adequate yearly progress under the federal No Child Left Behind law. In the seven-county Twin Cities area, 40 percent of schools met the requirements for 2008, according to new Minnesota Department of Education data. Statewide, just over half of schools posted sufficient gains.
The late Carol Bly knew her way around small Minnesota towns, having spent much of her life in places like Madison, Minn., as her first book, "Letters from the Country" made abundantly clear. Nowhere is that more apparent than in her posthumously published novel, "Shelter Half, (Holy Cow! Press, $15.95). Bly opens her mystery cum social anthropology fiction with the discovery of a dead body along Hwy. 53 near St.
WILLMAR -- Health officials are urging Minnesotans to watch out for mosquitoes, now that the West Nile virus season is officially here. The peak time for West Nile virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, runs from July through September. The first three cases this year in Minnesota were announced Monday. The Minnesota Department of Health said they occurred among a man in his 60s who lives in Clay County, and two individuals from Becker and Carver counties, both under the age of 20.
WILLMAR -- Six jurors were selected Monday in the trial of Olga Marina Franco Del Cid, 24, of Minneota, who is accused of causing the fatal Feb. 19 Cottonwood school bus crash. Juror questioning began Monday morning before Judge David W. Peterson at the Kandiyohi County Courthouse. Lyon County Attorney Rick Maes and defense attorney Manuel Guerrero have accepted six of the 12 potential jurors to come before the court. So far, four women and two men have been selected.
ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- Moving the granite replica of the Kensington Runestone from its long-held spot near Highway 27 is proving to be a monumental task. It's something the city council has wanted to do for years, especially when the highway was reconfigured, which made it more difficult to get to the monument. City leaders want to move the replica - which is 12 times larger than the original stone - to a safer, more accessible spot next to the Big Ole Viking statue on North Broadway.
WASHINGTON - It's a steamy summer morning on Capitol Hill, but dozens of Minnesota visitors have found a cool spot for an unusual breakfast. They pack into a reception area in Sen. Amy Klobuchar's office to nibble on local treats - an Iron Range pastry and meats from a central Minnesota butcher - and relish a few minutes spent with the Minnesota U.S. senator. Klobuchar cheerfully works her way around the room, shaking hands and chatting up vacationing Minnesota families and other visitors.
A Stillwater resident is one of four Twin Cities men indicted in federal court this week for attempting to prevent a U.S. District Court judge from performing her duties. John Howard Pelton, 67, was charged with one count of conspiracy to impede an officer and one count of obstruction of justice. If convicted, he and two others face a potential maximum penalty of 16 years in prison.
Minnesota's workers' compensation system isn't broken, but reform is needed to make sure it doesn't break down, said Steve Sviggum, commissioner of the state Department of Labor and Industry. "It's best to do things in advance," Sviggum told a group of nearly 20 people Wednesday at the Red Wing Public Library.
MARSHALL -- The trial of Olga Marina Franco Del Cid, the 24-year-old Minneota woman charged in the fatal Cottonwood school bus crash, will begin July 28 in Kandiyohi County District Court in Willmar. In an order issued Tuesday, District Judge David W. Peterson denied a second motion for change of venue filed by Franco's attorneys. Peterson indicated that Kandiyohi County is the "preferred location" for the trial. Peterson's first order granting Franco's request for a change of venue -- moving the trial to Kandiyohi County -- was issued June 11.