- Associated Press - Sunday, December 21, 2014
Rural Minnesota district wants to keep 4-day week

CLARA CITY, Minn. (AP) - A rural school district in west-central Minnesota wants to keep its four-day week.

Some Minnesota districts switched to a four-day schedule during the economic slowdown as a way to save costs. With the financial crisis over, the Minnesota Education Department is ordering those districts to return to a traditional, five-day week by next fall.

But MACCRAY schools - as the Maynard-Clara City-Raymond school district is known - want to stick with the four-day week.

The four-day schedule that runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. has proved popular with students, parents, teachers and even local businesses, who hire teens to work on their off-day, the Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1xBVn2dhttp://strib.mn/1xBVn2d ) reported. District officials say they have saved thousands of dollars on busing, heating and other administrative costs.

“It just works really well for us,” MACCRAY Schools Superintendent Brian Koslofsky said. “Even though we have a healthy budget now, (the money saved) we can put into the classroom.”

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Woman dies in crash on icy Minnesota highway

TACONITE, Minn. (AP) - The State Patrol says a 25-year-old woman has died after losing control on her car on an icy stretch of highway in northern Minnesota and colliding with two other vehicles.

The patrol says Kassandra Keske of Marble was southbound on U.S. 169 when the crash happened shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday.

According to the patrol, Keske lost control of her Ford Taurus and collided with an SUV and a pickup coming from the opposite direction.

Keske died at the scene. The SUV driver was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive. The pickup driver was not hurt.

The Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1zlERnrhttp://strib.mn/1zlERnr ) reports all three motorists were wearing seat belts.

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Man dies in Duluth apartment tower fire

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - A fire in a Duluth apartment tower has left one man dead.

Firefighters were called to the fire on the 13th floor of the Tri-Towers apartment complex about 4:45 p.m. Saturday.

Crews found a man unresponsive in the apartment and took him into the hallway to begin CPR. But attempts to revive him failed.

The apartment’s sprinkler system knocked down the fire, and crews were able to extinguish the rest of the blaze.

Twenty firefighters responded. Damage is estimated at $12,000.

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Police search for man who attacked 3 NDSU students

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Fargo police are searching for a man who attacked three North Dakota State University students in an off-campus apartment.

Police Lt. Joel Vettel says the man entered an unlocked door of the ground-floor apartment about 7:45 p.m. Saturday and ordered the women to strip at knifepoint.

Vettel says the man sexually assaulted at least one of the women, and one woman was injured during a struggle. Vettel says the three women ran from the apartment and contacted another tenant, who called 911.

The women were taken to a hospital.

The attacker is described as a white man in his 20s or 30s, standing 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-9, with a thin build. He was wearing a black coat, dark pants, blue gloves and had a black cloth over his face.

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