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US sheds 701,000 jobs, ending a record-long hiring streak

WASHINGTON (AP) — A record-long streak of U.S. job growth ended suddenly in March after nearly a decade as employers cut 701,000 jobs because of the viral outbreak that’s all but shut down the U.S. economy. The unemployment rate jumped to 4.4% from a 50-year low of 3.5%. The monthly job ...

Florida finally takes cruise passengers, some on stretchers

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Passengers from an ill-fated cruise were carefully freed from their cabins and allowed to touch dry land on Friday for the first time in weeks, following the removal of 14 critically ill people who were wheeled off to Florida hospitals bracing for an onslaught of ...

NYC mayor urges national enlistment program for doctors

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called Friday for a national enlistment program for doctors and nurses to handle an expected surge in coronavirus cases in New York and other places around the country where virus cases are straining existing health care systems.

Not the change you think

As I've been reading people's responses to the reevaluation of the Common Core standards for the state of North Dakota, it has become abundantly clear to me that many people really don't know what Common Core is or even what they are celebrating. They seem to believe that the fundamental roots ...

Be an advocate, not a helicopter

In recent years, you may have heard the phrase "helicopter parent." From preschool all the way up to college, helicopter parents are causing problems. We say that helicopter parents are hurting education and making professionals want to quit. But what is a helicopter parent? Is it a parent who ...

Camp advisers can help parents find a good fit

With more than 7,000 overnight camps in the United States, parents can feel intimidated about choosing the one that's right for their child.Fortunately, there exists an industry ready to help: camp advisers."I know people who just send their kids wherever their kids' friends have gone without ...

Just as in sports, practice makes perfect grades

Traditionally, when a teacher hands out an assignment, a grade will be attached to it. It doesn't matter if it's a worksheet to build skills, a quiz to test understanding, or a project to show growth all of them are graded. This is the way that grading has been happening for as long as we can ...

Building homes, building skills

Toys and decorations in the yards at Aspen Circle tell visitors that this is a family neighborhood. Students in the construction technology classes at Minot High School who were hauling Sheetrock on Friday morning are leaving monuments to the future on the cul de sac where they are building yet ...

The Learning Loft is living up to its name at MSU

Students who are part of the POWER Center at Minot State University are thrilled with a new study space on the third floor of the Student Center."I don't even recognize it!" said Allayna Nering, a senior. "It's wonderful. I like how the colors are bright, but bright pastels."Brian Moriel, a ...

Registration open for teacher education seminar

Registration is now open for the Lignite Energy Council's 31st Annual Teacher Education Seminar: Energy, Economics and Environment, according to a press release from the Lignite Energy Council. The four-day seminar gives elementary, middle and high school teachers in North Dakota, Minnesota, ...

Darwin Day returns to MSU

For its eighth year running, Darwin Day returns to Minot State University Feb. 11-12. Darwin Day is a global celebration of science and reason, focusing on how all living creatures evolve.MSU's Darwin Day celebration begins Feb. 11 with a presentation by Charles Derby, professor of neuroscience ...

Applications for Young Heroes prize due by April 15

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people from diverse backgrounds all across North America. Established in 2001 by author T.A. Barron, the Barron Prize annually honors 25 outstanding young leaders ages eight to 18 who have made a significant ...

Job shadowing

Welding students from the Quentin Burdick Job Corps Center learned about the cutting edge technology used at Central Machining in Minot during a tour of the facility on Monday."I've been in here once before," said welding student Jacob Libke, but there were new things being done that he hadn't ...

Vengeance belongs to the teacher

The worst practice in all of education is vengeance grading. There is no excuse for it. Ever. Vengeance grading happens when a teacher docks a student's grade for no reason other than punishment. Docking a student's grade to punish them is never justified. I am going to say that again because ...

Education Briefs

MHS?sophomore attends parade in LondonSydney Smith, a sophomore at Minot High School ,was among more than 650 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the country who represented Varsity Spirit in the 30th anniversary New Year's Parade in London.Smith qualified for the event after being ...

Delays continue for Nedrose school construction

Construction of a new school building in the Nedrose district keeps getting delayed, said Superintendent Charles Miller."It's not moving fast," said Miller. "Everything's taking longer to build and put together ... than we would like."The school building at 15th Street and 55th Avenue SE in ...

Majettes present Dance Team Home Show on Saturday

The Minot High School Majettes will host their annual Dance Team Home Show on Saturday at Minot High School-Magic City Campus. the doors will open at 3 p.m. The seating area will open at 3:30 p.m. The show will start at 4 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and children under ...

Carrington student wins video award

CARRINGTON Cedar Anderson, Carrington, is the state winner of Bremer Bank's Lights, Camera, Save! video contest.Anderson submitted a video called "Cash Queen" and received $500 as the state winner.She will now compete on the national level for a chance to win a $5,000 scholarship, plus an ...

Mr. Jenkins and the quest for the holy grade

Most of us, myself included, are guilty of asking our children a variation on these questions: "What grade did you get?" or "How are your grades?" We ask these questions because we are trying to measure the learning/achievement of our kids. However, what do you really know about grades? As a ...

First graders give the gift of love

Some first graders at Edison Elementary are giving their parents a unique Christmas present this year the sound of their own voices telling their parents all the reasons why they love them.Along the way, the children are also gaining valuable reading practice and learning how to use ...