It takes hard work and dedication to graduate at the top of your high school class — whether you end up in the top 10 among 90 classmates or the top 35 among 350. Today we salute the hundreds of students who accomplished that rank in St. Paul and other east metro schools. This annual project invites schools to send us a list of their “Top Graduates,” however they define them. Some schools designate the traditional valedictorian and salutatorian, others define a Top 10, and some recognize a long list of students who have achieved honors status. Our 2019 compilation shows students headed to colleges from coast to coast — from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, to the University of California Berkeley. As college majors, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) is strong. Some 80 students featured will major in a bioscience field; another 80 in an engineering discipline; three dozen in computer science. Other graduates are joining the U.S. military or … [Read more...] about Top graduates 2019: When their hard work meets the future
As proposals to legalize recreational marijuana take shape in the House, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said Monday that the bills do not have a chance to pass in his chamber. The Republican from Nisswa made the statement shortly after a press conference where two Democratic lawmakers and a Republican senator unveiled a bill to legalize recreational marijuana. While Democrats control the state House, Republican hold a two-seat majority in the Senate. Gazelka called the legalization of marijuana a “controversial issue, to say the least,” and said Republicans in the Senate are focused on other priorities — like crafting a two-year budget and reducing health care costs. “Legalizing recreational marijuana is … not something I would consider a priority issue,” Gazelka said in a statement. THREE BILLS PROPOSED, ANOTHER ON THE WAY Three legalization bills have been introduced at the State Capitol so far, and another is on the way. Here’s what the … [Read more...] about Top MN Senate Republican shuts door on legalizing pot. House Democrats frustrated by lack of coordination within party.