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Minnesota students outperform nation on ACT


Mon, Sep 1st, 2014

ROSEVILLE – For the ninth year in a row, Minnesota high school seniors were top in the nation on the ACT. Minnesota seniors posted an average score of 22.9, compared to the nationwide average of 21. Additionally, more Minnesota students met each of the four benchmarks—English, Reading, Math and Science—than did students in any other state, 39 percent compared to 26 percent nationally.

“I congratulate Minnesota students, teachers, and administrators on this tremendous accomplishment,” said Governor Mark Dayton. “These nation-leading scores demonstrate to the entire country the academic ability of Minnesota students, the dedication of our teachers, and the world-class quality of our education system.”

“One of the best indicators we have to show that our students are prepared for career and college is the ACT,” Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said. “And for nine straight years our students have outperformed the nation. It is an incredible achievement that would not be possible without Minnesota’s dedicated teachers and students.”

The data come from ACT’s yearly report, “The Condition of College and Career Readiness.” This year’s report shows that for Minnesota’s class of 2014, 45,305 students—or 76 percent—took the ACT. This number is up 2 percent from 2010. Nationwide, 1.8 million students—or 57 percent—took the ACT last year.

This coming school year, all Minnesota juniors will take the ACT, free of charge, as part of new graduation requirements approved by the 2013 Legislature. This move will not only help open up post-secondary as a real possibility for every child in the state, it will also provide important information to educators on whether students are career and college ready.

“Minnesota students understand the importance of the ACT and are motivated to score well. They know what score they need to get into their desired post-secondary institution. That is why we have been top of the nation for almost a decade.” Cassellius said. “By moving to a testing system where every student takes the ACT, we will break down barriers of access and ensure every child leaves high school with a score they can use for acceptance and placement at a post-secondary institution.”

According to the report, 91 percent of students who took the ACT indicated that they aspired to some form of post-secondary education. Also, 9 percent .....
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USDA announces nearly $1 million for agricultural entrepreneurs to turn commodities into value-added products in Minnesota

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in All Government

ST. PAUL, Minn. - USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer recently announced nearly $1 million to help seven rural Minnesota businesses and entrepreneurs expand their operations and create new products to market. The funding is bei ..... 
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DNR drops most proposals to allow more recreational activities at state’s scientific and natural areas

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014

The Department of Natural Resources has decided to not implement most of its proposals to expand recreational activities such as hunting, trapping, and dog walking at 10 of Minnesota’s 159 scientific and natural areas (SNAs). The decisions were ba ..... 
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MnDOT night crews minimize impact to traveling public Crews also work more efficiently in less traffic

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. – If you’re traveling down the highway some night, particularly in the Twin Cities area, you may notice brightly lit work zones and road crews in high-visibility clothing filling potholes, repairing guard rails, pouring concrete, ..... 
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MDA confirms emerald ash borer find in Olmsted County

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) today confirmed an emerald ash borer (EAB) infestation in Olmsted County near the interchange of Interstate 90 and U.S. Highway 63. The infested trees are approximately 45 miles away ..... 
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Free grief support group sessions offered at Winneshiek Medical Center

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014

Losing a loved one brings on a series of complex emotions. Confronting the pain and other aspects of grief with the support of others can be an effective way to deal with loss. Winneshiek Medical Center Hospice is offering a free eight-week grief ..... 
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DEED awards 16 grants to train lower-income and current Minnesota workers

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has awarded grants totaling $1,904,435 under the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) to train 1,199 lower-income individuals and 505 current workers. Twelve Low ..... 
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Special blood drive held in honor of Jared Jergenson Houston community encouraged to give blood

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014

HOUSTON, Minn. — An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Monday, Sept. 22 in honor of native Houston resident, Jared Jergenson. Jergenson, a Navy veteran and father of two small children, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in August 201 ..... 
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Local first year medical student received white coat

Mon, Sep 1st, 2014
Posted in Preston Features

In an emotional event marking the beginning of her medical career, Morgan Mensink from Preston, Minn. received her white coat marking the entrance to medical school. In total, 60 first year medical students, in a rite of passage for students enteri ..... 
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