Local/state briefs

Rotary Club of Marshall Sunrise recognizes Klein, Ekadu

The Rotary Club of Marshall Sunrise honored two of its members, Steve Klein and Peter Ekadu, at a Nov. 30 meeting by making each of them a Paul Harris Fellow for their commitment to The Rotary Foundation, which supports both local projects (such as the recent improvements to Liberty Park playground equipment) and international projects (such as working to eliminate polio worldwide.)

The Sunrise Club has been a 100 percent Paul Harris Fellow Club since 2012 and encourages new members to become Paul Harris Fellows as soon as possible after their becoming members of the club.

Some Minnesota universities see increase in foreign students

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Some universities in Minnesota have seen a slight increase in international students despite a national decline in foreign college students enrolling in U.S. schools.

The University of Minnesota saw a 1 percent increase in new international freshman, while the number of foreign college students dropped 7 percent nationally this fall, the Star Tribune reported. The university has more than 6,000 foreign students from more than 100 countries.

The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul reported a five-year high in international student enrollment, with more than 570 students coming from other countries this fall. About 6 percent of the student body is from abroad.

Ali Baydoun, a 19-year-old from Dubai studying at the University of Minnesota, said the numbers may be improving because Minnesota is a liberal state.

“I feel like there is more fear than last year, but there’s also a sense of at least we’re not in Tennessee or Georgia,” he said.

U.S. college recruiters have seen a growing wariness abroad since the 2016 election. Parents and potential students are asking many questions about religious tolerance, particularly toward Muslim students, said Barbara Kappler, assistant dean of international student and scholar services at the University of Minnesota.

“They’re asking many questions about safety,” she said.

Officials from both schools said they’ve increased recruitment efforts and are working to make foreign students feel welcome on campus. International students are a financial asset and can also expose all students to a richer educational experience, officials said.

Family agrees $2M settlement in teen’s dental surgery death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The family of a Minneapolis-area teen who died during surgery to remove her wisdom teeth has reached a $2 million settlement with the oral surgeon who performed the procedure.

A medical malpractice lawsuit filed against Dr. Paul Tompach said negligent and dangerous actions during the routine procedure led to the death of 17-year-old Sydney Galleger in June 2015. Those actions included incorrectly administering general anesthesia and failing to adequately monitor Galleger, of Eden Prairie, during surgery.

The case filed in Hennepin County District Court was scheduled to go to trial in May 2018. The Star Tribune reports it was settled late last month.

A state licensing board temporarily suspended Tompach’s license. He’s currently on the faculty of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

Dayton pencils in Feb. 12 election for resigning lawmakers

ST. PAUL (AP) — Special elections to fill two legislative seats held by Minnesota lawmakers accused of sexual harassment will likely be held on Feb. 12.

Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday he planned to schedule the election for the second Monday in February. He can’t call the special election until he receives a resignation letter from Democratic Sen. Dan Schoen. Republican Rep. Tony Cornish has already resigned.

It’s an odd day for Minnesota voters who are accustomed to voting on Tuesdays. But an existing local school board election and scheduled caucuses left the governor with few options.

Schoen and Cornish announced their resignations after a string of sexual harassment allegations against them surfaced last month. Schoen represents a Cottage Grove-area seat. Cornish represented a rural southwestern Minnesota district.

Minnesota governor declares himself cancer-free

ST. PAUL (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he is cancer-free.

Dayton made the announcement Monday while urging Minnesotans to get screened for cancer if they have risk factors or a family history of the disease.

Minnesota Public Radio News reported the 70-year-old Dayton credited his own early diagnosis with helping him beat cancer. Dayton announced his prostate cancer diagnosis in January and later underwent surgery to remove his prostate.

Dayton has proclaimed this “Cancer Screen Week” in Minnesota. He said early detection is “just crucial” and that his cancer was caught before it could spread to other organs.