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For 27 years, hope saved them
I LEARNED ABOUT the power of hope from Patty and Jerry Wetterling and all those who loved their son, Jacob.
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Minnesota man confesses to killing 11-year-old boy 27 years ago
For nearly 27 years, one man knew where Jacob Wetterling was and last month, Danny Heinrich agreed to confess to killing the 11-year-old boy.
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Man sentenced to 12 years for Fargo restaurant robbery
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A man accused of shooting and injuring a Fargo restaurant employee during a robbery has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. Carl Smith is one of five people charged in federal court for the September 2015 robbery at a Taco John's restaurant. Authorities say Smith ...
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National Guard put on alert as protesters await decision on North Dakota pipeline
The governor of North Dakota has activated the state's National Guard ahead of a U.S. District judge's decision Friday morning that could inflame protesters who have been gathered here for weeks in an effort to block a pipeline project. An encampment stretching a half-mile amid pastureland along...
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Twins to honor Jacob Wetterling with jersey patch
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Twins will honor the family of Jacob Wetterling with red jerseys and a No. 11 patch on their uniforms, on Friday night when they play Cleveland. The Twins announced they'll hold an online auction for 11 of the jerseys, with proceeds going to the Jacob ...
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Owner of charter school hosting Donald Trump today is a national charter figure with a growing Ohio presence
Donald Trump's speech at the Cleveland Arts and Sciences Academy (CASSA) charter school draws attention to the ACCEL charter network created by former K12 Inc founder Ron Packard Watch video CLEVELAND, Ohio - Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump's appearance this afternoon at the Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy (CASSA) is drawing attention to a charter school that usually escapes notice. But its owner Ron Packard has been a major figure in the national charter school community for years as the founder and former CEO of online school powerhouse K12 Inc. He's also made several moves in the last two years to be a significant charter school force in Ohio. Packard helped build K12 into the largest provider of online classes, with e-schools in multiple states. Those include Ohio Virtual Academy, the second-largest  online school in Ohio, with 13,000 students. But Packard left K12 in 2014 and founded Pansophic Learning to create the new ACCEL Schools charter school network. Last year, he bought management rights to 12 schools from controversial charter operator White Hat Management and several schools, including CASSA, from the financially-struggling but higher-performing Mosaica network. Included in that group was Mosaica's highly-rated Columbus Preparatory Academy, which regularly is among the top-scoring charter schools on Ohio's state tests. "By purchasing both of these entities, it gave us a base business to build off of," Packard said late last year. "It's just very hard to start from nothing. We will open a lot of new schools, but this gave us a critical operating mass from which to build on." Accel schools now has 27 schools in Colorado, Ilinois, Michigan and Minnesota, with  the majority here in Ohio. Packard said he is not seeking to add online schools to compete with K12, but to run more traditional brick-and-mortar charters with some technology added to the mix. "My goal here is to have a network of extremely high-performing schools," he said. "That's what all charter schools should strive to do." Packard said he did not offer his school to Trump today because he is a supporter. "My position is irrelevant," he said. "I wouldn't say I am a supporter or I'm not. I support school choice and what's relevant is the attention for high quality charter schools." Before Trump's speech, Packard moderated a panel discussion of school choice and the value of charters. Charter critics, however, blasted the choice of CASSA for Trump's speech today, pointing to the school's poor grades on Ohio's 2014-15 school report cards. CASSA, located at 10701 Shaker Blvd., received a D for Performance Index, a composite of scores across multiple grades and subjects that Ohio uses to summarize results. The school also received an F in value-added, a measure of student growth and academic progress over a school year. "I'm sure you've seen by now that Donald Trump is scheduled to visit the Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy today," said former state representative Steve Dyer, now a researcher for the union-aligned Innovation Ohio think tank. "I assume it's to argue for charter school efficacy. However, this schools received an F in student growth last year. Cleveland Municipal Schools got a C. " He continued: "So why would Trump visit such a school? Could it be because it is run by a for-profit company whose founder is a notable (and wealthy) player active in education politics? " Packard said that criticism is unfair and noted that CASSA's scores plummeted in 2014-15 in Ohio's first year using online Common Core-based tests through PARCC. Ohio dumped PARCC last summer after schools had many problems with its online platform. "I view all PARCC results as basically invalid and that's why the state has given all the public schools basically a pass on it," Packard said, referring to the "safe harbor" Ohio has set to prevent any  negative consequences of poor test scores as the state transitions to new tests. In 2013-14, before PARCC, CASSA received a C for Performance Index and an A for the value-added progress measure. New state report cards for 2015-16, the first year after PARCC, will be released next Thursday.
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Governor candidates react to Dakota Access pipeline protest
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's Democratic candidate for governor says the state needs to examine its approval process for pipelines in the wake of a large protest near the Standing Rock Reservation. Marvin Nelson tells KFYR-TV he's not against pipelines but feels the approval process should ensure that no ...
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Supreme Court nullifies House race over residency dispute
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Supreme Court has canceled a November election in a rural House seat by ruling that the incumbent Republican doesn't live inside the district. Accusations that Rep. Bob Barrett lived outside of his Chisago County district go back years. Thursday's decision triggers a special ...
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Insurance deductible raised over city council's conflicts
LAKE ELMO, Minn. (AP) - Insurers say they've significantly raised the deductible on insuring Lake Elmo because the city is being managed in a way that creates too much of a risk of lawsuits. The Insurance Trust Board of the League of Minnesota Cities has raised the deductible from $500 ...
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Confession in boy's death solves case that haunted Minnesota
For nearly 27 years, one man knew where Jacob Wetterling was ...
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Jacob Wetterling’s killer gives chilling details of abducted 11-year-old’s final moments alive

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Man confesses to killing of 11-year-old boy in 1989
A Minnesota man confessed Tuesday to abducting and killing 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling nearly 27 years ago.
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Suspect gives chilling details about 1989 killing of Jacob Wetterling
Danny Heinrich told a judge he sexually assaulted, then shot Jacob Wetterling in 1989.       
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Minnesota man confesses to 1989 killing of Jacob Wetterling
Danny Heinrich, who also pleaded guilty to unrelated child pornography charges, admitted he kidnapped and murdered Jacob Wetterling in federal court in Minneapolis.
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'Detroit fatigue?' We've got Lansing fatigue
If state Republicans have Detroit fatigue, think how Detroit parents must feel.        
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The first Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump showdown of 2016, annotated
A transcript of what they said, and our analysis of what it meant.
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Green Party's Jill Stein charged with trespassing, mischief
CANNON BALL, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota county has issued a warrant for the arrest of Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, who is accused of spray-painting construction equipment during a protest against the Dakota Access pipeline.
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Authorities to build up presence before oil pipeline ruling
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota authorities are sending officers from across the state to the site of a protest in anticipation of a federal judge's ruling on a request by the Standing Rock Sioux to block construction of a…
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Minnesota Democrat wants colleges to disclose gun crimes on campus
Rep. Keith Ellison's bill is arriving as House Republicans threaten to punish Democrats for staging a daylong sit-in on the House floor in June.
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No. 1 seed Kansas routs Purdue 98-66 to reach Elite Eight
Player of the year front-runner Frank Mason III poured in 26 points, Kansas turned on the jets in the second half and the top-seeded Jayhawks soared to a 98-66 blowout of No. 4 seed Purdue on Thursday night in the Midwest Regional semifinals         
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Detroit superintendent candidate withdraws
Orlando Ramos was one of three finalists for the superintendent's job in Detroit        
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Read scores go-ahead goal in 2nd, Flyers beat Wild 3-1
Matt Read scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period, Steve Mason stopped 24 shots and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Minnesota Wild 3-1         
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Lennox: Could Gov. Calley be in cards?
If Snyder resigned it would put Republicans in a much better position to keep the governor’s mansion, Lennox says        
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NCAA Tournament live scoring
Check out the latest scores in the NCAA Tournament.        
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Gov. Burgum signs concealed carry bill into law
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Siding with the Second Amendment rights of North Dakota citizens' over others' concerns about safety, Republican Gov. Doug Burgum late Thursday signed legislation that would allow most adults to carry a hidden firearm without a permit. The legislation means North Dakota will become one of about ...
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House lawmakers kill Sununu’s full-day kindergarten plan
Republican House budget writers rejected GOP Gov. Chris Sununu’s plan to spend $9 million to expand full-day kindergarten programs.A House subcommittee axed the money Wednesday while making changes to Sununu’s $12.1 billion budget plan. It was Democrats who sided with Sununu in maintaining the fundi...
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Essential Politics: Gov. Jerry Brown visits Washington, D.C., Schwarzenegger blasts Trump's approval ratings
Essential Politics: Gov. Jerry Brown visits Washington, D.C., Schwarzenegger blasts Trump's approval ratings March 23, 2017, 4:52 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government news. Here's what we're watching right now: Gov. Jerry Brown is in Washington,...
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Michigan's wild ride comes to a close in Sweet 16 loss to Oregon
Michigan’s upset bid was fueled as usual by the three-pointer. Finally, it wasn't enough.         
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Dozier surprised he's back to lead young Twins lineup
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Brian Dozier participated in Minnesota's first full-squad workout on Sunday.Yup, he was a little surprised, too.Dozier set career highs with 42 homers and 99 RBIs last season, one of the few bright spots in a 103-loss season for the Twins. The second baseman was rumored to be on the move for much of the winter, but nothing materialized."Being honest with you, I thought that I wasn't coming back," Dozier said.Dozier said he was asked all the time if he would be with the team when it opened camp.
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Defense has been dandy, but UM ‘not looking for respect’
After making subtle strides, Michigan has picked it up in the interior and on the perimeter over its three-game win streak heading into Sunday night’s game at Minnesota.        
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Wayne State women cruise past Lake Superior State
Christina Green and Shannon Wilson each score 21 in a 75-53 road basketball victory Saturday        
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Blacker's 44 saves leads W. Michigan over North Dakota 3-2
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - North Dakota lost six games in its march to last season's NCAA men's hockey championship. It's lost that many to just two teams this season. Matheson Iacopelli scored twice in the first period to lead Western Michigan to a 3-2 win over the Fighting Hawks on ...
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Oregon inmate who cut off GPS monitor found in Minnesota
HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon inmate wanted after he cut off his GPS monitoring bracelet and didn't return to a community corrections center has been arrested in Minnesota. The Washington County Sherriff's Office in Oregon says 30-year-old Aaron Emery was arrested Friday while working at a local Subway restaurant ...
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Ellison endorsed by rival in DNC race
New Hampshire Democratic chairman Ray Buckley has quit the race.
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Uncertain future for Vikings stadium after suite dustup
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An uncertain future awaits the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium after a dustup over the oversight authority's use of luxury suites culminated in the exit of two top officials.
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Recalled sauces made in Minnesota are found in Fargo store
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Three sauces that are the subject of a recall in Minnesota and North Dakota were found at an ethnic food store in Fargo. KFGO reports the products were removed from the store's shelves, but officials say there may be more in North Dakota. The sauces were ...
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Ellison tells DNC members that DNC chair rival is trying to skew race
"You received a voicemail, email and a text message trying to make the race sound like it is over.”
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Head of authority overseeing Vikings stadium resigns
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The chairwoman of the authority overseeing the Minnesota Vikings' stadium has resigned after weeks of criticism over questionable use of luxury suites by family and friends. Michelle Kelm-Helgen announced her resignation Thursday in a letter in which she said it was "in the public interest" to step ...
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Man shot by Amtrak officer near Union Station dies, Chicago police say
A Minneapolis man who was shot by Amtrak police near Chicago's Union Station has died. Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says 25-year-old Chad Robertson died Wednesday, one week after being shot. Robertson was taking a bus from Memphis, Tennessee, to Minneapolis and was on a stopover in...
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Charter schools bill faces uncertain future in Montana
HELENA, Mont. (AP) - A Democrat's proposal to establish a statewide charter school system faces an uncertain future in Montana, even as Republicans hailed it as an opportunity to lift struggling schools. Democratic Rep. Jonathan Windy Boy of Box Elder wants to establish a seven-member charter school commission to oversee ...
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The Latest: State to help with pipeline protest camp cleanup
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on the Dakota Access pipeline protest camp (all times local):
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Anaheim Ducks' Antoine Vermette ejected for slashing linesman
By Jess Myers, The Sports Xchange SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Anaheim Ducks top-line left winger Antoine Vermette was ejected from Tuesday's game vs. the Minnesota Wild for abuse of officials.
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Victim of Twin Cities hotel shooting was teen from St. Cloud
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) - Authorities say the woman who was fatally shot in a Brooklyn Center hotel over the weekend was a teenager from St. Cloud. The Hennepin County medical examiner's office on Tuesday identified the victim as 18-year-old Allie Marie Campbell. The medical examiner says she died of ...
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Minnesota coaches create own award amid Mr. Basketball flap
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota prep basketball coaches are trying to establish a new award to honor the state's top senior. The move comes after the owner of the Minnesota Mr. Basketball Award caught fire for tweets seen as critical of Muslims The Minnesota Boys' Basketball Coaches Association on ...
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Driver liability bill aimed at pipeline protesters fails
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Legislation aimed squarely at protesters who blocked some roads in North Dakota during the Dakota Access pipeline demonstrations has failed in the state House. The bill said a driver who "unintentionally" caused an injury or death to a person blocking a road would not be charged. ...
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Gustav Nyquist to have hearing after ugly high-stick, suspension looms
Nasty stickwork to the face of Minnesota's Jared Spurgeon could cost at least six games        
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Desperate immigrants risk perilous winter trek to Canada
TORONTO (AP) - Seidu Mohammed's lost all his fingers to frostbite when he made a perilous trek in sub-zero temperatures to cross the border illegally into Canada. He is one of a small but growing number of immigrants risking the northern border crossing out of fear of being deported from ...
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Al Franken says Trump's mental health should be questioned
A Democratic senator claims that "a few" of his Republican colleagues have expressed concern to him about President Donald Trump's mental health - and that stems from questions about Trump's truthfulness. Minnesota's Al Franken tells CNN's "State of the Union" that the concern arises "in the way that we all ...
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Bernie Sanders calls Trump a 'pathological liar'; Al Franken says 'a few' Republicans think Trump is mentally ill
The strong words come as several Democrats criticized members of the administration.
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Al Franken to Maher: GOP senators privately express 'great concern' about Trump's temperament
"Some will say that he's not right mentally,” Franken jokes, “and some are harsher."
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