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SANDSTONE, Minn. (AP) — Sheriff's officials say a homeowner has shot and killed an armed intruder in Pine County. Authorities say two men in their 20s entered the man's house near Sandstone about 2:30 a.m. Thursday with the apparent intent to rob him. Chief Deputy Steven Blackwell says one of the intruders was armed with a handgun. Blackwell says the homeowner was able to grab his handgun and shot the armed suspect, who died at the scene.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Nearly 14,000 children in Minnesota are enrolled in virtual public schools, a number that continues to grow. The Minnesota Department of Education has reviewed and approved 27 online educators, including online charter schools, multi-district and single-district programs.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A new report from Minnesota's auditor says local governments should not be setting their own driving regulations. Auditor Rebecca Otto is referring specifically to driver diversion programs which allow motorists the option of paying a ticket for a traffic violation or enrolling in a safe driving class. The classes generally cost less than a ticket and the violation doesn't go on your driving record. Otto says there's nothing in state law authorizing local governments to set their own driving laws.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The deadline is approaching to nominate a favorite teacher as the Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Education Minnesota says nominations will be accepted through the end of the day Friday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — There's another congressional hearing into the launch of the nation's new health law and this one is being overseen by a Minnesota congressman. Republican Rep. John Kline was convening the House Committee on Education and the Workforce on Thursday for a review of the law. He's the committee's chairman. Kline says he wants to study the effect of the health law on schools and colleges.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — University of Minnesota students will create a floral "grave blanket" Thursday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination. The students are in a floral design class in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences on the St.
BRAHAM, Minn. (AP) — Two people are dead after a house fire in northern Minnesota. Isanti (eye-SAN'-tee) County authorities were called to the fire in Braham (bram) just before noon Tuesday. A passer-by reported the house was "fully involved" in flames. Firefighters from Braham and Cambridge put out the fire.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton is directing his human services commissioner to halt provisional releases of Minnesota sex offenders until the Legislature has time to make changes to the state's legally embattled treatment program. Dayton is also suspending the planned transfer of some sex offenders to a residential facility in Cambridge.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minneapolis attorney has been suspended from practicing law for 90 days for allegedly sexually harassing one of his students. The Minnesota Supreme Court says Clark Calvin Griffith II must petition to be reinstated once his suspension is over. The 72-year-old Griffith is the son of former Twins owner Calvin Griffith. Griffith was an adjunct professor at William Mitchell law school last year when he was accused of sexually harassing a 24-year-old student by exposing himself to her and forcing her to touch him.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A personal assistant to best-selling author Melody Beattie has been sentenced in Hennepin County for swindling her employer. Judge William Howard ordered Sharon Schultz to a year in the workhouse and probation for taking $400,000 from Beattie, a native of St. Paul. Prosecutors asked for five years in prison.