More Native Americans In The UW System
(AP) Enrollment figures from the University of Wisconsin System show many more Native Americans are going to college. But their retention and graduation rates lag behind the overall student population. The latest figures from the UW System show more than 1,800 Native American students were enrolled in 2009. That's 550 more than the fall of 2005. But the six-year graduation rate is 65 percent for all students and 40 percent for American Indians. Ed Manydeeds of Eau Claire is the first Native American member of the UW Board of Regents. Cultural differences can contribute to the retention problem. He says UW campuses need a center dedicated to American Indian students. Northland College in Ashland, for example, is opening an Indigenous People's Center.
Whooping Cough Hits Minnesota
(AP) Minnesota health officials say the state is dealing with a rising number of whooping cough cases this year. The Department of Health says in the first five months of 2012, 670 cases of pertussis were confirmed. That's more than the total number of cases for all of 2011. In the Twin Cities metro, the most populous county, Hennepin, leads the way with 219 cases. Mayo Clinic pediatric infectious disease specialist Dr. Thomas Boyce says the hospital usually does about a dozen pertussis tests per week. In the past three weeks, that number has ranged from 41 to 63 tests a week. For infants, whooping cough is potentially fatal, because they aren't fully immunized yet. The ailment spreads through sneezing and coughing.
Group Asking Again for Turtle Crossings
It's mid-May in La Crosse. Which can mean any number of seasonal things but certainly the passage of turtles to the Mississippi river to lay eggs. Also some very anxious folks along East Avenue, worried about turtles turning into speed bumps. Groups of people at assisted living centers along East Avenue are, once again, petitioning the city to put up special crossing signs along the street to help prevent the certain turtle thumping that occurs every spring with the breeding sojourn of the hard-shelled lizards to river's edge. Last year, the city said no to the signs. So far this year, the same result; the board of works this week has turned down the request for the turtle crossing signs.
Minorities Half Under-5 Population In 3 Minnesota Counties
(AP) For the first time, racial and ethnic minorities make up more than half the children born in the U.S. The Census Bureau reports children younger than 1 who are minority has tipped past the 50 percent mark for the first time. In Minnesota, minorities make up about 28 percent of those younger than 1. State demographer Susan Brower says diversity in Minnesota has been increasing at much the same rate as the U.S. overall, but the state began at a much lower level. Minorities make up the majority of the under age 5 population in three Minnesota counties Ramsey, Mahnomen and Nobles. While Mahnomen County has long been predominantly American Indian, Ramsey and Nobles counties have attracted minorities to work in the agriculture industry.
City Council to Consider New Restrictions on Rentals in Washburn
The push back against the growth of rental properties appears to be continuing in one La Crosse neighborhood. The city council next month is getting asked to consider new restrictions on rentals in the Washburn neighborhood. Just fine with Washburn neighborhood association president, Randy Magno
Earlier this year, the city council agreed to restricting new homes to single family only in Washburn except with special consideration. Now the council will be asked to approve limits on turning those single family homes into rentals and putting limits on the numbers of unrelated persons who can live in the homes.