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(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.
(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.
If you expected an absentee ballott this week and never got it.....don't worry...it's not lost in the mail.
And now you won't get one until next week. La Crosse County Clerk, Ginny Denkmeyer, says normally, there’s a month and a half between the primaries and a general election. But for recall elections, the state Constitution calls for a gap of four weeks. And Government Accountability Board Director, Kevin Kennedy, says local clerks must do some maneuvering with the shorter time frame.
Over 5 million minutes were logged during the Gunderson Lutheran Minutes in Motion Program that came to an end yesterday. Almost 4 thousand people took part and Linda Larson with Gunderson Lutheran says they weren't just from Wisconsin.
Some of the team names that took part included Rollin’ With My Gnomies, Houston We Have a Solution, Sock Monkeys and Making Fat Cry.
He calls it a high school senior prank.....police may be calling it a crime. Monroe County Republican Chair, John Christy.
Sparta Police collected eight 4'x8' Scott Walker signs, 21 Walker yard signs, and four fence posts (still attached to the 4x8s) from the front lawn at Sparta Senior High School. Christy says none of the signs said Recall Walker or Vote for Barrett. Christy says with the damage to property, interfering with freedom of speech, and targeting Walker signs only, this is more than a senior prank. He is waiting to see what the school's administration and School Board does before taking further legal actions.