Josh Verges, Pioneer Press

Josh Verges

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Saint Paul, MN, United States

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Recent articles by Josh:

St. Paul man killed without warning Friday in Highland Park, murder charges say

A 32-year-old St. Paul man was shot and killed without warning early Friday in the Highland Park neighborhood, according to murder charges filed Monday. James McKinley Cannon Jr. rode a bike to 106… → Read More

National Guard offers free coronavirus testing at six MN armories this weekend

Six National Guard armories across Minnesota will offer free diagnostic testing for the coronavirus over the Memorial Day weekend. Working with state and local public health employees, guard member… → Read More

Friday coronavirus update: 33 more Minnesotans have died, breaking day-old record

For a second consecutive day, a record number of Minnesotans have died from COVID-19, state health officials said Friday. The state counted 33 more deaths from the disease caused by the coronavirus… → Read More

Minnesota State plans 3 percent tuition hike amid sluggish college enrollment

The Minnesota State system still plans to raise tuition by 3 percent this fall as it faces a steep drop in college and university enrollment due to the coronavirus pandemic. Student confirmations h… → Read More

Monday coronavirus update: 9 MN deaths, 705 new cases

Nine more Minnesotans and have died from COVID-19 and 705 more have tested positive for the coronavirus, state health officials said Monday. Confirmed cases have been climbing fast as the state has… → Read More

St. Paul school board chairwoman in critical condition with COVID-19

St. Paul school board chairwoman Marny Xiong and her father both are critically ill with COVID-19, according to a public Facebook post by her sister. Xiong, 31, and her father are “relying heavily”… → Read More

UMN welcomes more locals as pandemic scares off high-paying students from afar

Lower ACT scores, more students from Wisconsin and fewer from Illinois, California and China: The coronavirus pandemic is changing the makeup of the University of Minnesota’s incoming freshman clas… → Read More

UMN fees for student newspaper, cultural groups are illegal, students say in lawsuit

Two students say in a new lawsuit that the University of Minnesota’s fee distribution practices illegally favor certain student groups over others. Students at the U’s Twin Cities campus each pay a… → Read More

New program helps St. Paul district start career exploration as early as preschool

St. Paul Public Schools is dropping the college planning tool Naviance in favor of career-exploration software that works with students as early as preschool. Superintendent Joe Gothard’s strategic… → Read More

Gov. Walz closes schools through summer, distance learning to continue

Minnesota public school buildings will remain closed through the end of the school year in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Tim Walz announced Thursday. → Read More

School board formally approves deal that ended St. Paul teacher strike

The St. Paul school board on Tuesday formally approved the contract agreement that ended the teacher strike last month. Superintendent Joe Gothard said the deal requires the district to create more… → Read More

Macalester College goes test-optional, won’t require ACT or SAT for admission – Twin Cities

Macalester College announced Monday it will begin to consider students for admission without requiring an ACT or SAT score. The St. Paul private school said it had considered going test-optional fo… → Read More

Medical student accused of stalking sues UMN over slow disciplinary process

A medical student is suing the University of Minnesota for failing to provide a speedy hearing five months after suspending him for alleged sexual misconduct. Mehdijaffer Mulla is asking to be rein… → Read More

New process, no major changes to St. Paul schools budget

A new budgeting model based on priorities, rather than the previous year’s spending, has produced no major changes for St. Paul Public Schools. District leaders on Tuesday night outlined $4 million… → Read More

Pat Harvey, former St. Paul schools superintendent, dies at 72

Pat Harvey, who as St. Paul Public Schools superintendent demanded better of low-performing schools at the start of the No Child Left Behind-era of test-based accountability, died Feb. 24 in Alexan… → Read More

St. Paul’s plan to keep teaching through the coronavirus pandemic – Twin Cities

Coming off a teacher strike, spring break and in the midst of a global pandemic, some 34,000 St. Paul Public Schools students head back to class — from home — Monday after a four-week layoff. The d… → Read More

UMN doubles housing, dining refunds to $28M after complaints

The University of Minnesota will return an estimated $27.8 million in fees and housing payments to students who left campus in March because of the coronavirus, roughly doubling its initial offer f… → Read More

After complaints, UMN planning larger housing and dining refunds

The Board of Regents will discuss additional compensation Friday for University of Minnesota students who were urged to leave the dorms last month to slow the spread of the coronavirus. On March 23… → Read More

Two weeks into online school, Cretin-Derham Hall students miss the real thing

With two dozen freshmen watching from home on Google Meet, teacher Chris Kaus spent 20 minutes Tuesday morning introducing their next assignment before taking questions. “You think we’ll go back to… → Read More

All ‘making this up as we go along.’ MN’s top teachers prepare for distance learning

He’s among the best in the state, but Osseo second-grade teacher Jan Radder has felt like a novice while preparing to move his lessons online. Starting Monday and lasting through at least the end o… → Read More