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Some of the best college bass fishermen are in town for two days as part of the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Midwest Super Regional. Director Hank Weldon syas these are the best of the best.
The tournament area covers Mississippi River Pools 7 and 8, and the entire area encompasses the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge. Coverage of the event will be televised later this year on ESPNU. The Best Western Plus Riverfront is the site for the daily launch and weigh-in. Boats take off at sunrise and begin returning for the weigh-in at 2 p.m. All events are free to the public.
Sirens in Monroe county at noon today shouldn't cause too much of an alarm. The city of Tomah and the Monroe County Communications Center have upgraded radio communications equipment. To ensure the severe weather warning sirens were not affected bt the changes, the sirens will be tested in the city of Tomah at noon.
(AP) For the first time, racial and ethnic minorities make up more than half the children born in the U.S. The Census Bureau reports children younger than 1 who are minority has tipped past the 50 percent mark for the first time. In Minnesota, minorities make up about 28 percent of those younger than 1. State demographer Susan Brower says diversity in Minnesota has been increasing at much the same rate as the U.S. overall, but the state began at a much lower level. Minorities make up the majority of the under age 5 population in three Minnesota counties Ramsey, Mahnomen and Nobles. While Mahnomen County has long been predominantly American Indian, Ramsey and Nobles counties have attracted minorities to work in the agriculture industry.
(AP) Minnesota health officials say the state is dealing with a rising number of whooping cough cases this year. The Department of Health says in the first five months of 2012, 670 cases of pertussis were confirmed. That's more than the total number of cases for all of 2011. In the Twin Cities metro, the most populous county, Hennepin, leads the way with 219 cases. Mayo Clinic pediatric infectious disease specialist Dr. Thomas Boyce says the hospital usually does about a dozen pertussis tests per week. In the past three weeks, that number has ranged from 41 to 63 tests a week. For infants, whooping cough is potentially fatal, because they aren't fully immunized yet. The ailment spreads through sneezing and coughing.
(AP) Enrollment figures from the University of Wisconsin System show many more Native Americans are going to college. But their retention and graduation rates lag behind the overall student population. The latest figures from the UW System show more than 1,800 Native American students were enrolled in 2009. That's 550 more than the fall of 2005. But the six-year graduation rate is 65 percent for all students and 40 percent for American Indians. Ed Manydeeds of Eau Claire is the first Native American member of the UW Board of Regents. Cultural differences can contribute to the retention problem. He says UW campuses need a center dedicated to American Indian students. Northland College in Ashland, for example, is opening an Indigenous People's Center.