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Teacher Seniority Headlines GOP's State Education Plans

A retired English teacher will help set Republicans' agenda for making changes to the state's schools.

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Minnesota Health Officials Report Flu Surge

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Minnesota health officials are reporting a surge in flu outbreaks at schools and long-term care facilities.
    
Through the end of last week, 203 new schools reported outbreaks, compared with 19 the previous week. That raised the number of Minnesota schools reporting outbreaks this season to 271.
    

St. Cloud Toys "R" Us to Close in January

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St. Cloud’s biggest toy store is closing at the end of January.

Toys “R” Us confirms the store on Park Avenue South has been sold. The store has been open since October 1992 and employs 26 associates.

The company says it’s working to try to relocate the 26 employees, although the closest store is in Maple Grove.

Reliable or Refund: Metro Transit Tries to Boost Underperforming Northstar Trains

One out of every three Metro Transit Northstar trains running from Minneapolis to Big Lake in 2014 was late.

"There's days where it's on the way home .. .and then I'm late an hour or so to work," Nancy Carbajal said.

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St. Cloud Community Holds Ebola Preparedness Drill

Emergency personnel in St. Cloud put on their protective gear Thursday for a community Ebola preparedness drill.

"Tell me about what happened. What brings you in?" asked the doctor.

The mock patient responded, "I'm having some abdominal pain and I spiked a fever this morning."

Minn. Teen Drivers Brace for Stricter Driver's Education Standards

Starting Jan. 1, rules for teens trying to get a driver's license in Minnesota are changing. 

On Thursday, state officials explained the reasons for the change.

St. Cloud Emergency Responders Conduct Ebola Training

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St. Cloud first responders are testing response times, communication and St. Cloud Hospital’s readiness as part of an Ebola preparedness drill Thursday.

The Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, St. Cloud Police and Fire Departments, emergency medical services and hospital staff members all participated in the training.