School counselors from Bloomington, Minnetonka and an online school program based in Fergus Falls have been recognized with the Minnesota School Counselor of the Year award. The winners were selected by the Minnesota School Counselors Association at the group's annual conference in St. Paul. State winners of the award are invited to the National School Counselor of the Year celebration in Washington, D.C., where they are eligible for the national award, and selected based on their work "advocating for the nation's students and addressing their academic and social/emotional development and college and career readiness needs." This year's Minnesota honorees are Sandra Mortensen, a counselor at Oak Grove Middle School in Bloomington; Mary Beth Wiig, a counselor at Minnetonka High School; and Cheryl Bormann, a counselor with iQ Academy Minnesota, an online school. Ann Mock, principal of Oak View Elementary in Maple Grove, was named as administrator of the year. In a news release from … [Read more...] about Top school counselors recognized with award
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What’s the job of the future? Coder? Robotics engineer? Mars-shuttle pilot? If you’re looking at the job field that’s expected to grow the most in Minnesota in the next 10 years, the answer is a bit more down to earth: personal health care aides. Minnesota is expected to add 23,000 personal health care aide jobs between 2016 and 2026, more than in any other specific job field, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. That boom in employment is being driven by an aging population and changes in late-in-life care away from nursing home facilities and toward assisted living and remaining at home but with help. If 23,000 new jobs in the next decade sound like a good thing, there’s a pretty important caveat to consider: The pay for personal care aides is very low, averaging just $12 per hour. An aging population Economists project an explosion in personal care and other health-related jobs in the coming years for one big reason: … [Read more...] about One of the most in-demand jobs in Minnesota is in health care. Specifically, one of the lowest paid jobs in health care.
When Devinder Malhotra was picked last year as the new chancellor of the sprawling Minnesota State school system, the former St. Cloud State provost was heralded as a bridge builder with support from the Board of Trustees and faculty. That trust was welcomed by many following a pair of failed national searches for a new system leader to replace Steven Rosenstone, who retired in 2017 after a tenure marked by clashes with faculty unions. The board chose Malhotra, who had been serving as interim chancellor, in March of last year. Now, less than a year into his tenure, Malhotra is testing that coalition with his first major project: a lengthy research and listening tour aimed at finding ways to improve Minnesota State amid the state’s changing demographics and economy. The system of seven four-year universities and 30 community and technical colleges serves about 375,000 students each year and is by far Minnesota’s largest institution of higher education. To Malhotra and … [Read more...] about As Minnesota State looks to the future, an identity crisis is rekindled
If you think your Facebook news feed is more clogged with political ads than ever this year, it’s not just you: the 2018 election is shaping up as the biggest one yet for digital political communication, with campaigns, super PACs, and outside groups spending increasingly more money to blanket the internet and social media with ads. The ads that are popping up all over your computer, tablet and phone screens are taking more forms than ever, too, from short clips to longer videos made for the web, and shareable reminders to donate money to ominous attacks on an opponent. So far in the 2018 cycle, Minnesota’s competitive federal candidates, along with the outside groups that back them, are making significant investments in those online ads: DFL Sen. Tina Smith’s campaign, for example, has spent $260,000 on contracts with one California firm for digital consulting and advertising, and has put some 900 ads on Facebook over the past few months. Outside groups, like the … [Read more...] about Not just Russians: Minnesota’s political campaigns are spending a ton on Facebook and Google to influence your vote, too
State Sen. Scott Newman drew the ire of the internet this week when he tweeted his opinion about Christine Blasey Ford's allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a party 35 years ago. Newman, a Hutchinson Republican, tweeted Monday: "Even if true, teenagers! Frankly, I don't believe her. Almost 40yrs and now she self righteously comes forward to save us from a dangerous sex offender. This type of allegation seriously jeopardizes women with a legitimate claim, for who will believe them." A bit more than 24 hours later, Newman drew more than 4,000 responses, mostly with mocking comments charging that he was excusing attempted rape. "I will pool money to put this tweet on a billboard," wrote @TamarraNetzloff, whose profile says the user is based in Ham Lake, Minn. Newman, serving his third term and currently chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, did not immediately respond to a phone message. Katie Fulkerson, a Senate spokeswoman, said he is … [Read more...] about Minnesota senator sparks online outrage with tweet about Kavanaugh accusations