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HIBBING, Minn. -- The Hibbing school district is being investigated by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights after it received complaints alleging discrimination based on race, sex and sexual orientation. Hibbing Superintendent Robert Belluzzo said he was notified that the complaint was made in early September, and investigators interviewed students and staff a couple of weeks ago.
WILLMAR, Minn. - The state Supreme Court has upheld the life prison sentence of a Willmar man convicted of second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Jose Santoya Juarez, 54, was convicted and sentenced in 2011 for sexually assaulting a woman in July 2010 in an alley near the Willmar Eagles Club. The Supreme Court ruling, issued Tuesday, found that a life sentence for aggravated criminal sexual conduct is not cruel or unusual punishment and that the sentence does not violate the U.S. or state constitutions.
MOORHAD – Lake Park-Audubon defeated Moorhead Park Christian 25-9, 25-17, 25-13, in Minnesota volleyball Thursday. Allison Jorgensen had six kills for the Falcon (2-9) and Sydney Larson chipped in with 25 digs. LPA (kills-blocks-aces): Statistics unavailable MPC: Schwanke 3-0-0, Thimjon 1-0-0, Rickbeil 1-0-0, Schultz 0-1-1 (9 assists), Jorgensen 6-0-2, Nepstad 1-1-0, Jackson 1-0-2, Larson 0-0-0 (25 digs)
FARGO – Nationally, the number of students defaulting on government education loans is up for the sixth consecutive year. The national student loan default rate climbed to 10 percent for students who began paying back their federal student loans in fiscal year 2011 – up from 9.1 percent in 2010, according to data released by the Department of Education this week. Loan default rates are lower than average for graduates of schools in Minnesota and North Dakota. While North Dakota students leave school with an average $27,425 in debt, very few actually enter default.
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GRAND FORKS - One of the great college hockey rivalries won’t be dormant for long. North Dakota and Minnesota have verbally agreed to renew the rivalry series in 2016-17, a source confirmed to the Grand Forks Herald. Contracts are in the process of being drawn up. When they are completed and signed, an announcement is expected. The agreement is for the teams to play a pair of two-game series. The first one, in 2016-17, will be played in Minneapolis.
Five UND students were part of the Capitol lockdown Thursday afternoon. The group was visiting with lawmakers as part of the four-day American Student Government Association summit. Forum News Service spoke with those five students 15 minutes after the first reports came out about shots fired outside the Capitol. The group said they were safe but were confused when they heard they were on lockdown. The group was waiting to go on a tour of the Capitol at about 2:30 eastern time when they heard reports of shots fired.
MOORHEAD – A Moorhead man accused of causing a shop fire by not following fire code regulations – a fire that sent a volunteer firefighter to the hospital with a heart attack – has agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges linked to the fire. Bradley Harold Littlefield, 59, is set for a plea hearing next week in Clay County District Court, the county prosecutor’s office confirmed. Littlefield was charged April 24 with two counts of causing fires causing bodily harm.
MOORHEAD - A Moorhead man charged in the death of his infant daughter after leaving her in a hot car for several hours last summer has agreed to plead guilty in the case. Andrew Sandstrom's public defender said Thursday the terms of the plea deal struck with Clay County prosecutors will allow his client to avoid prison time. Sandstrom was charged with second-degree manslaughter in the June 11 death of his 5-month-o
MOORHEAD - If Mark Lindquist had picked a career at the age of 19, when he was a freshman at Concordia College, he’d be an elementary school teacher today. If he had to decide at 24, when he took classes at the Fergus Falls campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College, he’d be putting a political science degree to use. Instead, the 32-year-old is a military veteran, actor, businessman, leader of a new nonprofit organization and a theater arts junior at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Lindquist said he discovered his passion for performing at the age of 30, when his s