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Trump rebuffs Biden's call for a national mask mandate; nurses warn of risks of in-person school.


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Responses to President Trump's suggestion that he opposes more Postal Service funding in part to prevent expanded mail-in voting; and Puerto Rico's second try at a primary on Sunday.

Public News Service - MN: Education

The portion of school children who walk or bike to school has dramatically declined over the last 50 years. (Pixabay)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Wednesday is National Bike or Walk to School Day, and participants say this is a good time to look at how Minnesotans can clear the path for students. Dorian Grilley is executive director with the Bike Alliance of Minnesota. He said getting to and from school can be a simpl

The Minnesota Department of Education and USDA are partnering to offer local meals this week. (Courtesy of Sarah Brouwer)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – It's Farm to Summer Week, and children throughout Minnesota are eating locally grown foods to celebrate. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service Program offers free meals to children under 18 while school is out. Those meals are important. According to th

Research finds that kids retain retain lifelong healthy eating habits if they start eating nutritious food when they're young. (Lance Cheung/U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A bipartisan group of Minnesota lawmakers will introduce a measure today to bring schools and local farmers closer together. Alongside school nutrition coordinators, producers and healthy-food advocates, the bill's sponsors are launching a campaign at the Capitol to support farm-t

The Minneapolis Public Schools procured 130,000 pounds of produce from 15 farms in 2017. (wbaa.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — When the 2019 session convenes next month, Minnesota legislators will hear about the success of farm-to-school programs and how they could be improved with a centralized approach and additional state funding. Relying on locally sourced food would mean small farms can sell t

The Minnesota AFL-CIO and other advocates are conducting a statewide get-out-the-vote campaign (Galatas)

MINNEAPOLIS – If you haven't noticed an uptick in political ads blanketing the airwaves, not to mention yard signs sprouting up in your neighborhood, the 2018 mid-term election is just around the corner. On Nov. 6, Minnesota voters will elect a new governor. And both of the state's U.S. Sena

As a state, Minnesota would see greater prosperity if it did more to support low-income families, according to a new report from the Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota. (nacac.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota's future prosperity hinges on its ability to improve the lives of its youngest residents, and new research says this includes state programs and policies that provide all children with what they need to become successful adults. That objective is part of the new 2018 Min

Despite survey results that fear of a school shooting is the top concern for school-aged students and parents, Minnesota lawmakers passed no new gun-control legislation in 2018. (Tim Nelson for mpr.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The top three worries of Minnesota kids and their parents as they head to school each morning are bullying, a possible school shooting, and pressure to do things they don't want to. The list of top concerns, part of a survey by You.Gov, showed that kids between ages 6 and 17 now h

A U.S. Supreme Court decision has resulted in telemarketing calls to Minnesota teachers, by a group encouraging them to drop their union membership. (e4e.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A telephone and email campaign in Minnesota and other Midwest states is aimed at teachers, encouraging them to drop out of their union. It's thought to be the result of a Supreme Court decision last month that struck down laws in many states, including Minnesota, that allow u

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