- Associated Press - Saturday, April 18, 2015
Minnesota college system seeks to ease transfer process

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota’s largest state college system is working to make it cheaper and easier for community college students to transfer into four-year programs and to earn bachelor’s degrees.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is seeking to simplify a process that can confuse and frustrate transfer students, forcing them to spend extra time and money retaking classes when they move within the 54-campus system to a MnSCU university.

“We want to create a system where it’s harder to make mistakes,” said Shirley Murray, who advises students at Minnesota State University Mankato.

Transferring between higher education institutions is becoming more common nationwide, and about one-third of the more than 430,000 MnSCU students are transfers, said Lynda Milne, the system’s associate vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Many students take their associate degrees to a four-year MnSCU school only to find not all of their credits count - even though both schools are part of the same state system. Unless a student plans meticulously from the beginning of their two-year program, that could mean spending hundreds or thousands of dollars retaking classes, said Kayley Schoonmaker, president of the student association for 2-year MnSCU schools.

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Duluth police to return belongings of 1981 murder victim

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - A retiring Duluth police lieutenant will return belongings of a teen murdered 34 years ago to her family as one of his last duties on the job.

Earlier this year, Duluth police linked a suspect by DNA to the shooting of 17-year-old Carolyn Andrew. She was found in Twin Ponds on May 6, 1981.

The DNA evidence linked the killing to Cecil Wayne Oliver, who died in 1988 at age 30.

Lt. Scott Drewlo worked the cold case in 2009. He will fly to Tennessee Monday to return a lipstick, a comb and a small bag of quarters her parents gave her before she left the house the night she died.

Cirrus Aircraft donated their services to Tennessee, where Andrew’s parents live.

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St. Paul couple accused of giving marijuana to infant

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota couple is accused of giving marijuana to their infant.

The Pioneer Press reports (https://bit.ly/1G6gluehttps://bit.ly/1G6glue ) 31-year-old Richard Warren Martin was charged Friday in Ramsey County with fifth-degree drug sale and child endangerment, both felonies. His wife, 31-year-old Molly Ann Martin is charged with child endangerment.

The complaint says police found seven marijuana plants growing in their St. Paul basement, along with paraphernalia, scales, dried marijuana and marijuana wax.

According to a criminal complaint, Richard Martin told police his 1-year-old baby smokes marijuana and he would rather give his baby the drug than Tylenol.

The complaint says his wife denied knowing anything about the operation, although it was discovered in plain view.

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St. Paul church pushes to recognize Armenian genocide

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A St. Paul church is pushing to recognize the deaths of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians a century ago as the first genocide of the 20th century.

In the past month, St. Sahag Armenian Church has put up billboards on Interstate 94 in St. Paul and Interstate 494 in Bloomington calling for remembrance of the Armenian genocide, according to the Pioneer Press (https://bit.ly/1OU1V1shttps://bit.ly/1OU1V1s ).

It’s also distributed car decals with forget-me-not flower logos. There are also commemorative events, including a prayer service Saturday at the Cathedral of St. Paul dedicated to those killed.

Pope Francis recently marked the 100th anniversary by calling the massacre by Ottoman Turks “the first genocide of the 20th century” and urging the international community to recognize it as such.

Historians estimate that up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks around the time of World War I.

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