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News about educational achievements among students from west central Minnesota.
This is the first time that all of the colleges and universities of Minnesota State have waived the application fee for an entire month.
Schools across the country have experienced false calls regarding active shooters in recent weeks, prompting law enforcement to investigate the matter. In Minnesota, 15 schools, from Rochester to Cloquet received hoax calls this week.
Data released by the Biden administration indicates as many as 42.3 million borrowers could have a total of $685 billion in student loans forgiven, assuming all eligible borrowers receive the full amount.
A law enforcement incident in the parking lot of Willmar's Kennedy Elementary School, not related to the school, caused school officials to keep staff and students inside the building for a short while
From the commentary: A $1-for-$1 matching grant would not only provide substantial financial backing to state colleges and universities. It would also reduce the financial incentive for states to take money out of schools and plow it into hospitals. And the aid could come with strings to ensure quality and accountability. ...

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Willmar Middle School needs a new, larger gym, but plans to build one are on hold for now. Willmar Public Schools and Southwest West Central Service Cooperative had planned to build an addition to the school together, but the plans have been waylaid several times since spring 2020.
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The school share of property tax bills will increase about 3%, bringing nearly $270,000 additional funding for Willmar Public Schools. The School Board also approved a tax abatement for MinnWest Technology Campus.

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