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JASPER (updated with corrections at 12:13 p.m.) - A minivan carrying eight people rolled Tuesday afternoon west of Jasper, with most of the occupants 15 or younger, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The driver, Cecelia Kane, 15, of Dell Rapids, SD, was eastbound on Highway 269 when the vehicle drifted off the roadway onto the shoulder, over-corrected and rolled into the north ditch. Kane suffered non-life threatening injuries, as did passengers, Lee Dorian, no age given, 5-year-old Peter Gideon, 11-year-old Ian Benedict, 15-year-old Susannah Elizabeth and 9-year-old Elanor Beatrice. Finn Dominic, 12, and Fiona Caitlin, no age given, were uninjured. No city of origin was given for the passengers. All of the injured were taken to the hospital in Pipestone. According to a state trooper who was at the scene, at least one of the passengers listed on the media site without an age was an adult in their 70s. Everyone in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt.
WORTHINGTON – During a District 518 School Board meeting Tuesday, members approved a bid from KUE Contractors of Watkins for a new bus garage on Stower Drive. There was an unexpected cost increase due to the need to add more square footage than anticipated to accommodate adequate parking space and structural beams.
Superintendent John Landgaard said there were other increased costs due to mechanical, plumbing, heating and electrical materials. The KUE bid states the project could be completed by the end of November.
Members of the board voted unanimously for MLA Architects of St. Paul as the firm of choice for the new intermediate school, addition to WHS and other upcoming building facilities projects. Also approved was the resolution to issue school building bonds in the fall, with the high school as the single polling place for all district voters.
In other meeting news, Trojan Field will soon benefit from a new, portable irrigation system that has 500 feet of hose and can be moved to the practice field. The next regular meeting of the District 518 board is scheduled to take place in the WHS media center at 5:15 p.m. Aug. 20 — the same week school will commence for all District 518 students. Also, District 518 2013-14 activity calendars are now available at the district’s administrative and school offices.
MINNESOTA - U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan praised Minnesota’s investment in early education on Tuesday, but said there’s still a ways to go to make sure all students get it — not just in Minnesota but across the country.
“I think it’s the best investment we can make,” he said during a visit to Kennedy High School in Bloomington.
Minnesota was one of a few states Duncan chose to visit to tout President Obama’s $75 billion proposal to expand preschool programming over 10 years, as well as additional funding for high-quality child care for infants and toddlers and for parent and support. In the preschool portion of that plan, Minnesota would get $38 million in the first year for more than 4,700 4-year-olds to attend preschool.
That comes after state legislators this year approved $40 million for early learning scholarships for more than 8,000 kids to attend child care and preschool — “pretty extraordinary” steps, Duncan said Tuesday at a town hall attended by more than 250 teachers, parents and policymakers.
But there are still thousands of children on waiting lists, Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said, adding that the federal aid from the “Preschool for All” program, which the state would match with $3.9 million, would double the number of kids in early education.
“There’s still such a need,” Cassellius said. The proposal, though, faces a divided Legislature.
The event also sparked a small protest. Minneapolis teacher Caroline Hooper, who joined four other teachers demonstrating against “the corporatization of education,” said the panel should have had more educators.
“I think it’s funny today to have a panel about education that includes the military, corporations and churches,” she said.
MINNESOTA - Minnesota is entering its peak period for Lyme disease diagnoses. As common as the tick-borne disease is, there's still a lot unknown about it. A debate has raged for many years over how to treat it, especially for people with suspected chronic Lyme disease. Even the existence of that condition is disputed.
Dr. Johan S. Bakken, an infectious disease doctor at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth, believes some physicians are treating an infection that doesn't exist. He helped write the latest guidance on treating Lyme disease.
The treatment debate, he said, is "to a large extent driven by emotions that are not supported by scientific evidence."
Lyme disease treatment guidelines, created by the Infectious Diseases Society of America, recommend a short course of antibiotics to treat Lyme disease infections. Typically, that means three weeks or less. If the disease has already been treated once with antibiotics, the guidelines do not recommend further antimicrobial treatment.
Antibody tests are just a tool to see if a patient has been exposed to the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, Bakken said. He says they should not be viewed as proof that a patient has a persistent infection, just as antibodies to a flu virus don't suggest that person has ongoing flu months or years after their illness.
Bakken estimates that at least 95 percent of the patients who are referred to him for Lyme disease do not have it. Instead, he says many are suffering from conditions such as lupus, multiple sclerosis and chronic fibromyalgia syndrome.
He says treating them inappropriately with long-term antibiotic therapy can be dangerous.
In Minnesota there have been two published cases in which patients died after receiving extended doses of antibiotics to treat suspected chronic Lyme disease. One patient contracted an antibiotic-resistant infection. The other died from an infected blood clot caused by the IV port in her skin.
PATNA, India — At least 21 children died and more than two dozen others were sick after eating a free school lunch that was tainted with insecticide, Indian officials said Wednesday.
It was not immediately clear how chemicals ended up in the food in a school in the eastern state of Bihar. One official said the food may not have been properly washed before it was cooked.
The children, between the ages of 8 and 11, fell ill Tuesday soon after eating lunch in Gandamal village in Masrakh block, 50 miles north of the state capital of Patna. School authorities immediately stopped serving the meal of rice, lentils, soybeans and potatoes as the children started vomiting.
The lunch, part of a popular national campaign to give at least one daily hot meal to children from poor families, was cooked in the school kitchen.
The children were rushed to a local hospital and later to Patna for treatment, said state official Abhijit Sinha.
In addition to the 21 children who died, another 26 children and the school cook were hospitalized, he said. Ten of them were in serious condition.
Authorities suspended an official in charge of the free meal scheme in the school and registered a case of criminal negligence against the school headmaster, who fled as soon as the children fell ill.
Angry villagers, joined by members of local opposition parties, closed shops and businesses near the school and overturned and burned four police vehicles.