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J.W. Harris’ computer recently read a story to him. Harris, an eighth-grader who attends Schroeder Middle School, has struggled in class. He has dyslexia. He has trouble articulating “r’s” and “l’s.” Writing one half-page of text for an assignment might take him two to three hours to complete. But his academic life has begun to turn around, he said. Shyly, he explained how reading and writing is easier now because of a Google program. “If you can’t really type fast, you can just talk to it,” he said.
Sister Pat Murphy of Crookston said she didn’t want to argue about capital punishment. Yet her inquiries into the status of Alfonso Rodriguez, who was convicted of killing UND student Dru Sjodin and now sits on death row, have inadvertently placed her at the center of the age-old debate. Rodriguez’s appeal, pending in U.S. District Court, argues he was insane at the time of Sjodin’s murder and he is not eligible for the death penalty. Murphy is among more than 800 sisters in the Catholic Congregation of St.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Feeling fatigued? Maybe it’s cancer, anemia, diabetes or imminent death. Or maybe it’s not. Whether it’s a nagging cough or strange stomach problem, many turn to WebMD, Mayo Clinic or other online sites to dissect the cause of the symptom. Nearly every day, a patient of Dr. Chris Henderson’s says, “I read on the Internet…” he said. “It’s usually some sort of nonspecific physical symptom, it could be a long list of things,” he said.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — For Central High School student Drew Brooks, eighth grade was a manageable year. Then he entered ninth grade and his academic life changed, he said. “In eighth grade, I really didn’t study at all,” he said. “As soon as ninth grade came around, I kind of had to in order to start passing quizzes and tests more. It’s a lot more work to get a grade.” He’s not describing a new phenomenon.
ROSEAU, Minn. -- A business manager for a northwest Minnesota school district had been paying herself and other staff too much overtime and falsifying records to cover it up, according to the Roseau County Sheriff’s Department. Arlys Strandberg, 59, who worked for the Greenbush Middle River School District, was charged early last month with two counts of misconduct of a public officer or employee.
More high school students are taking classes to gain college credit, and some save thousands each year, according to local and state reports. Juniors and seniors have been enrolling in more of these classes, whether they are Advanced Placement or others, and this aligns with growing interest across both states. According to a recent national report by the College Board, the organization that administers the AP exam, the number of Minnesota students who have taken an AP exam to gain credit almost doubled in the past decade to 31.6 percent, while the number of North Dakota students has inc