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A federal lawsuit filed by a former Cook County High School student claiming his constitutional rights were violated when he wrote an essay about killing a teacher has been struck down again. On Friday, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the lawsuit's dismissal last year by a federal judge. The three-judge panel found that David Riehm's essay was a "true threat" and not protected by the First Amendment as Riehm and his mother, Colleen Riehm of Grand Portage, had claimed. The panel found no fault in the way the school district and county officials responded.
UPPER SIOUX AGENCY STATE PARK -- A mother and daughter were taken into custody when they protested a historical re-enactment at the Upper Sioux Agency State Park on Saturday. Dr. Angela Wilson of Granite Falls, who has a doctorate in Dakota history and studies and goes by her Dakota name Waziyata Win, and her daughter, Autumn Wilson who also goes by her Dakota name Winuna, were part of a counter event to protest the historical re-enactment of life at the Upper Sioux Agency in 1858.
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.
Austin William Kenneth Griemann, born April 8, 2008, of Yorktown, VA died July 14, 2008. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2008 at the Cottage Grove United Church of Christ, 7008 Lamar Av. So. with visitation 1 hour prior to the service at church. Interment will follow in the Cottage Grove Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to the family. Arrangements were made with the Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, 651-437-9419 or visit www.caturia-smidtfh.com
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.