June 15, 2021

Greater Minnesota colleges look to attract students after enrollment drop amid pandemic

DULUTH – Colleges in greater Minnesota are hoping to see student enrollment rebound in the coming school year after falling during the pandemic.

The University of Minnesota Duluth, the College of St. Scholastica and the University of Wisconsin-Superior were down between 4-6% in the 2020-21 school year.

Lake Superior College and St. Cloud State University were down as much as 10%. Those drops were steeper than the average 1% enrollment decline across Minnesota, according to a winter report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

Many traditional students chose gap years or wanted to stay closer to home, while some

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New Harvard Graduates No Longer Eligible For Alumni Email Addresses As University Explores Alternative Services | News

The Harvard Alumni Association discontinued the ability to create new @alumni.harvard.edu email forwarding accounts last month, leaving this year’s graduates unable to obtain the email handle which many say is important to job searches and networking.

HAA announced the change on its website in recent weeks, citing a number of technological issues related to phishing, spam, and email loss as reasons for the change. The email service — which will still be accessible to users with existing accounts — allows alumni to create an email alias in the format [email protected], which permits users to receive forwarded communications but not send

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Where the Grass is Greener, Except When It’s ‘Nonfunctional Turf’

If you’re looking for a sign of the End Times, here’s one: Las Vegas, the city where seemingly anything and everything is condoned, has made grass — the ornamental kind — illegal.

Much of the West is experiencing the worst drought in decades, a “megadrought” that has kindled early wildfires and severe water shortages — and the seasonal heat has hardly begun. “There’s a 100 percent chance that it gets worse before it gets better,” Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles, tells the graphics editor Nadja Popovich in The Times today. “We have the

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Abre.io Recognized for K-12 Education Technology Innovation in 2021 EdTech Breakthrough Awards Program | Ohio

CINCINNATI, June 10, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Abre.io (Abre), K–12’s leading administration platform provider to support the whole child, today announced that EdTech Breakthrough, a leading market intelligence organization that recognizes the top companies and solutions in the global educational technology market, has selected Abre.io as the winner of its “Education Administration Solution of the Year” award for the second straight year in the third annual EdTech Breakthrough Awards program.

Abre is K-12’s most flexible platform for today’s complex learning communities, providing software apps and solutions to reduce tech stack fragmentation and leverage student information in and out

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Boom in online programs could reshape Minn. education

Most Minnesota school districts spent the pandemic year working furiously to bring students out of distance learning and back into classrooms, eager to resume the type of learning experience that can’t easily be replicated at home.

But at the same time, many have also been undertaking a separate task: figuring out how to keep teaching students online, forever.

From Albert Lea to Bemidji to St. Paul, the number of public school districts and

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College pitcher gets fitted for new prosthetic arm after having his stolen

Parker Hanson, a former pitcher at Augustana University in South Dakota, was was fitted for a new prosthetic arm on Friday at Shriners Children’s in Woodbury.

Parker Hanson has always made the best out of a bad situation.

He was born without a left hand, but he never let that get in the way.

“He turned into a remarkable athlete,” Dr. Robin Crandall says.

Dr. Crandall treated Parker pretty much his entire life at Shriners Children’s in Minnesota.

Over the years he has fitted Parker with several prosthetic arms.

He knew Parker was interested in baseball, but he never could

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