Waiting for a wingman, schools for the cost of a cup of coffee, tales from the big one

Money invested, but still no St. Cloud air carrier

So far, $70,000 has been spent to attract a new air carrier to St. Cloud Regional Airport (Saint Cloud Times).

Willmar, Minn., Latino graduation rate shows steady improvement

Since the school opened, the percentage of Latino students graduating has moved from 15.5 percent in 1995 to 77.8 percent in 2010, the last year state statistics are available.”That’s not fantastic, but it’s awfully good,” Principal Rob Anderson said recently (West Central Tribune).

Fairmont school makes its final pitch

For 50 cents per day – less than the cost of a cup of coffee – Fairmont Area residents can ensure that the school district has funds to maintain programs to which students and parents have become accustomed, says Superintendent Joe Brown (Fairmont Sentinel).

Bemidji protesters demonstrate against corporate economic power

About 20 protesters stood on the sidewalk in front of the Paul and Babe statues for three hours Saturday afternoon to protest corporate influence in politics and try to further community dialogue. The protest was followed by a meeting at Rail River Folk School (Bemidji Pioneer).

Native American language documentary wins Upper Midwest Emmy

First Speakers follows a new generation of Ojibwe scholars and educators racing against time to save one of Minnesota’s native languages. The organization received 26 nominations in 20 categories for the Upper Midwest Emmy Awards (Indian Country).

At Large Duluth City Council race: Varied styles hit campaign trail

The field of four candidates now running for two At Large seats on the Duluth City Council offers a sharp contrast in campaign strategies (Duluth News Tribune).

The Big One: 1991 Halloween Storm

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Archive photos, stories on the 20th anniversary of the Halloween megastorm

Few if any winter storms loom larger in local memories than the Halloween megastorm of 1991, which 20 years ago today was winding up and taking aim at Minnesota (Duluth News Tribune).

The 1991 storm started near Galveston, Texas

It was the beginnings of a major snowstorm that significantly impacted Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin as a low pressure system developed near Galveston, Texas and strengthened over the Upper Midwest as it moved northward (Shakopee News).

Halloween Blizzard of 1991 by the numbers

The heaviest snow totals after the storm was done occurred in far Western Wisconsin then into Eastern Minnesota and up along the north shore. After the storm finally moved out the storm had dumped a record 28.4″ on the Twin Cities. Duluth had to dig out from a staggering 36.9″ (WEAU).

Halloween snowstorm of 1991: Minnesota’s blizzard for the books

The storm, which lasted through Nov. 2 and buried some rural areas under a full yard of flakes, was blamed for everything from cold feet to statewide job losses. But the dark clouds came at a joyous time for Minnesotans: The Twins had just won the World Series (Pioneer Press).

Storm of 1991 left wake of damage

Two drivers whose windshields were smashed by ice falling from overpasses were injured. A woman walking in downtown St. Paul was knocked out and had her skull fractured. A woman eating lunch at the International Design Center in Minneapolis was injured when ice fell 15 stories and through an atrium roof (Star Tribune).

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