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St. Paul teacher named Minnesota's Teacher of the Year

A St. Paul high school teacher who teaches writing and English to immigrant students has been named Minnesota's 2015 Teacher of the Year.

Amy Hewett-Olatunde (oh-luh-TOON'-day) was announced Sunday as the 51st winner of the award. She is the fourth Minnesota Teacher of the Year from the St. Paul district.

Hewett-Olatunde teaches students at LEAP High School in St. Paul. The school enrolls students up to age 20 who are new arrivals to the U.S. and are not native English speakers.

She calls the award an honor and says she is "very humbled" and excited.

Hewett-Olatunde has taught at LEAP High School since 1999. She recently received her doctorate in education from Hamline (HAM'-luhn) University.


Homicide suspected in Minnesota farmhouse fire that killed 2

Charges are pending after three young men were arrested in connection to a southwestern Minnesota farmhouse fire that killed a husband and wife in their 70s.

The fire Thursday in Balaton killed 75-year-old Jim Hively and his wife, Cathy, who was 71.

Three men ranging in age from 18 to 21 and all from that area of the state are under arrest, and charges could come as soon as Monday, the Star Tribune reported. All are suspected of arson and burglary. Two of them also are suspected of murder.

Emergency responders were called to the home 15 miles south of Marshall about 9 a.m., the Lyon County sheriff's office said. The Hivelys' bodies were taken to the Twin Cities, where a medical examiner will determine a precise cause of death and how they died.

The sheriff's office has said little about the fire, only that it "does not believe there is an ongoing threat to public safety."


Sleepy Eye quads celebrate 65th birthday

The Sleepy Eye quads have returned to their childhood home in southern Minnesota to celebrate their 65th birthday.

On Saturday the Seifert quads — Marie, Martha, Michael and Monica — celebrated at the 300-acre farm about seven miles southeast of Sleepy Eye.

The quadruplets were a sensation when they were born in 1950, before the advent of fertility treatments, The Free Press of Mankato (http://bit.ly/1GJ2BAJhttp://bit.ly/1GJ2BAJ ) reported. Strangers would drive to the farm, hop on a bench and gawk at the four cribs lined up in the open porch.

At the Minnesota State Fair, visitors would pay a quarter just to watch the three girls and boy play and sleep.

The quads had six siblings. When the quads were born, their siblings ranged from Teresa, 3, to Marvin, 17, and included a pair of twins, then 15. All but one of the siblings — the oldest, an 82-year-old — made it out to the farm for Saturday's celebration, a rare coming together.


Teen charged in girlfriend's shooting death in Minneapolis

Prosecutors plan to bring a 17-year-old arrested in Missouri back to Minnesota to face charges that he fatally shot his girlfriend last month.

The Hennepin County Attorney's office said Friday the teen has been charged in a juvenile petition with second-degree murder in the death of 21-year-old of Ayan Abdulahi of Bloomington.

Authorities say Abdulahi was shot in the head as she lay on a bed in the teen's room in an apartment in south Minneapolis.

According to the juvenile petition, the teen was staying with his aunt and uncle. On April 11, the uncle heard a gunshot and saw his nephew run out the back door.

The teen was arrested in Kansas City. Prosecutors will ask to have him tried as an adult.

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