Check your math; Fake pot rolls on in Duluth; Romney strongest on the Range

Minnesota: Many students fail math grad exam — but still graduate (Pioneer Press).

Demographic snapshot: Who has HIV/AIDS in Minnesota?

Star Tribune: “As of December 2011, 7,136 Minnesotans were living with HIV — about half with the virus and half with full-blown AIDS.”

Owner: New state law won’t stop sales of fake pot at Last Place on Earth

Duluth News Tribune: “Although a new state law designed to crack down on sales of synthetic marijuana will take effect Aug. 1, Jim Carlson, owner of the Duluth head shop Last Place on Earth, expects it will have little effect on his sales of those products.”

History in the making

Marshall Independent: “As Hope Lutheran Church in Minneota plans to celebrate its 140th anniversary next weekend, it’s also looking ahead to preserve history.”

High commodity prices threaten conservation lands

West Central Tribune: “Contracts on 60 percent of the land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program in Minnesota will expire in the next five years, and conservationists and hunters are bracing for the inevitable.”

Some commodities start 2012 cheaper

St Cloud Times: “A couple of key commodities in Minnesota have been much cheaper through the first half of 2012 than they were in 2011. With the possibilities of a drought affecting the forecast for the Upper Midwest through the remainder of the growing season.”

Bike trail a boon to Lanesboro

Chicago Tribune: “Tucked into a wooded valley in the southeast corner of Minnesota, it could be easy to overlook the village of Lanesboro. With a population of just 754, it appears in tiny font on the state map but lures visitors from throughout the Upper Midwest.”

Short-staffed by oil boom, Dickinson looks to Grand Forks

Forum of Fargo Moorhead: “Grand Forks city staff could be working for the city of Dickinson in the not too distant future, under a proposal the City Council is considering.”

New poll suggests Presidential race tightening in Minn.

KSTP: “Romney and Obama are effectively even among male voters. All of Obama’s advantage comes from female voters, where Obama leads by 14 points. Romney edges Obama among Minnesota’s Independents, but not by enough to offset Obama’s 2:1 advantage among Minnesota’s moderates. Romney leads in Northeastern MN, but Obama leads in the rest of the state.” The survey also found 52% of respondents supported the constitutional amendment to define marriage as something that exists between one man and one woman.

Our View: Bachmann must answer her peers

St Cloud Times: “Bachmann faces a simple fact: Immediately either substantiate her accusations or retract them and apologize. To choose any other route, especially silence, is to lose even more of her credibility.”

Obama joins Romney in silence about guns after Aurora shooting

Swampland: “Obama didn’t mention that the alleged shooter had spent two months legally stockpiling a fearsome arsenal  — four guns, 6,000 rounds of ammunition purchased online, head-to-toe body armor and a gas mask. Romney didn’t note that as Massachusetts governor, he had signed a ban on the kind of semiautomatic weapon the Aurora gunman used to murder 12 people. Neither mentioned gun laws at all.”

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