November 23, 2008

Denny Hecker closes 6 dealerships, sells 3

The Pioneer Press reported that about a third of the employees at Denny Hecker dealerships will be unemployed as the result of six dealerships closing and three of them being sold. The business owner himself announced Friday the closings are due to the poor economy.

In a written statement Hecker said that he found himself in a " 'perfect storm' of economic bad news" and ticked off a slew of catalysts for the dealership closures and sales, including "a financial crisis on Wall Street, chaos in the housing market, consumer confidence at an all-time low and the sight of the Big 3 on their knees in Washington asking for a bailout loan."

Closed Denny Hecker dealerships include the Blaine Bargain Lot, Forest Lake Chrysler Jeep Dodge Mitsubishi, Monticello Dodge Ford and Mercury Suzuki Kia, Rosedale Hyundai, Shakopee Chrysler Jeep Dodge and Stillwater Ford Lincoln Mercury.

The three dealerships Hecker sold are Inver Grove Heights Hyundai, Inver Grove Heights Volkswagen and Peninsula Dodge in California.

Hecker's remaining dealerships include two Toyota dealerships, three Hyundai dealerships, one Cadillac Pontiac GMC dealership and one Chevrolet dealership. In his statement he also said that his management team would focus on the remaining, higher-performing dealerships while developing a new business model.

The closings of Hecker's dealerships don't come as a shock.

He filed a federal lawsuit this month in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, accusing Chrysler Financial Services of cutting off financing the dealerships use to operate his dealerships, rental-car business and fleet-car sales division.

Board to decide whether or not to include reject absentee ballots

The Star Tribune reported that attorneys for both Sen. Norm Coleman and Democratic U.S. Senate nominee Al Franken are preparing for whether or not rejected absentee votes will be factored into the recount.

Sen Coleman stands only 180 votes above Franken, leading the issue of how absentee ballots should be counted and when.

With an election race as close as this, a challenge of Minnesota's law governing such ballots could arise. Also, the election results may be determined by clerical errors that were missed the first time.

"Campaigns over the years have challenged anything and everything," said recount expert Timothy Downs. Downs is the principal author of "The Recount Primer" and has been working on some of the biggest recounts in U.S. history, including Gore vs. Bush in 2000. Chris Sautter, Downs' co-author, arrived in Minneapolis last weekend to work the Franken portion of the recount.

The decision will be made Wednesday on whether or not to recount these particular votes at a state Canvassing Board hearing. It is hard to say whether or not these decisions will make any more than modest changes in the final results.

If the five member board decides to include these votes, the uncertainty of the results will see a steep increase.

November 16, 2008

Election volunteers get ready for recount

MPR reported that the race for senate between Democratic candidate Al Franken and Republican incumbent Norm Coleman continues as volunteers get ready for the official recount. The difference in votes is currently 206, although that figure is scheduled to change.

The votes will be counted by hand, all 2.9 ballots from the 89 counties in Minnesota. The recount make last through December.

Univ. of Minnesota political science professor Larry Jacobs said he doesn't think the recount will be easy for election officials.

"This is hard work. Counting, by hand, 2.9 million ballots is not a picnic," said Jacobs. "It's a lot of daily drudgery of holding up the ballots and putting them into piles: the Coleman pile and the Franken pile, the disputed pile and then votes for other candidates."

Volunteers from both parties will participate in the counting, which Jacobs says ensures accuracy. Disputed ballots go before the State Canvassing Board, which will then decide whether the ballots are included in the final tally.

Both campaigns are having no trouble finding loyal supporters to help them with the recount. The Franken campaign had hundreds of people show up this weekend for training.

Neither campaign allowed the media to cover their training sessions.

Officials hope for the recount to be done by mid-December, but with potential legal challenges after the recount, it could go long after that.

Developers of old jail in St. Paul back out

The developer in charge of turning the old jail in downtown St. Paul into prime $10 million real estate is backing down, and using the economy as his reason, the Pioneer Press reported.

Opus Northwest told Ramsey County officials it was stepping down from its exclusive rights to sell several parcels of county-owned land along Kellogg Boulevard overlooking the Mississippi River, said Tim Murnane, Opus' point person on the project.

The building site is housing about 600 county workers in the shuttered Ramsey County Jail and the former West Publishing building. Opus had plans to take down the structures and build high-rises with residential condos and offices.

"Our plan was really dependent on securing an anchor tenant, and obviously, in this economy, that proved to be impossible," Murnane said.

Opus will still market the site in the mean time, but the current contrat to purchase it from Ramsey County meant that to independently sell it, Opus would need to pay nearly $900,000 this month, and Murnane said that didn't make sense, given the economy.

"We still think it's a great site," he said.

November 9, 2008

D.C. Man pleads not guilty to Ham Lake fire

The Star Tribune reported that a Washington, D.C., man pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges that he started the mammoth Ham Lake wildfire in Minnesota's Arrowhead in 2007 and lied to authorities about his part in starting the fire.

Stephen George Posniak, 64, indicted in October in association with the May 2007 fire, made his first appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Raymond Erickson in Duluth. Posniak was not in custody.

Posniak and his attorney, Mark Larsen of Minneapolis, did not answer questions from the media.

A federal grand jury in Minneapolis indicted Posniak on charges of starting the fire -- the most damaging in Minnesota since 1918 -- by not putting out his campfire before exiting Ham Lake on May 5, 2007. The indictment also says he lied to investigators from the Superior National Forest, saying to them that he'd camped somewhere else and that the fire was burning out of control when he first encountered it.

Seven days later when the fire was finally extinguished, it had burned 76,000 acres in Minnesota and Ontario, consuming 138 structures on the U.S. side alone and costing around $11 million in firefighting official costs.

In an online biography, Posniak said he enjoyed canoeing in Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness every May. It also said he has a B.S. from Dartmouth College and an M.A. from the University of Minnesota. He is a retired information technology expert for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Battle for Minnesota Senate continues

With shrinking numbers and tense candidates, the race for Senate in Minnesota continues to get ugly.

The Pioneer Press reported that Ramsey County Chief Judge Kathleen Gearin rejected Republican U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman's campaign's request Saturday to stop the counting of 32 Minneapolis absentee ballots that the Coleman campaign say were in a city election official's car Friday night.

Fritz Knaak, attorney for the Coleman campaign said, based on a Saturday hearing, he was assured by the Minneapolis city attorney's office that the ballots in the car should be included in the count. Knaak said it is not the campaign's intention to appeal the judge's decision.

Coleman's campaign said it merely wanted to delay the opening until it could be assured in a future hearing that the ballots were in the continuous possession of election officials, the Star Tribune reported.

Saturday's events portray how complicated and intense the scrutiny of all 2.9 million ballots cast in the still-undecided Senate race will be in the coming weeks. As officials continue to count, the gap between the two continues to shrink.

The race is being recounted because Coleman's lead over Franken is less than 0.5 percent. The number of votes Coleman had over Franken on Nov. 4 is already significantly lower.

As of Nov. 9, Coleman had just a 221-vote advantage.

County officials are to certify the county-level results on Monday of Tuesday's election. A state canvassing board is slated to certify all results Nov. 18, and a hand-recount will begin after that point.

That recount may mean the winner will not be declared until mid- to late December.

Both campaigns say their interest in the process is that all votes are counted accurately.

On Friday, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said the Coleman campaign was trying to cast a cloud over the integrity of the Minnesota election as part of a strategy.

"We did what we had to do," Knaak said Saturday. "There was a real concern that what was going on here was wrong and unfair."

November 2, 2008

4 people shot in unrelated shootings Sunday morning

The Star Tribune reported that two shootings in Minneapolis that wounded four people Sunday are unrelated, police said.

Two men and a woman, had non-life-threatening wounds when they were shot about 1:35 a.m. Sunday in east Minneapolis near E. 21st St., said Minneapolis police spokesman Sgt. William Palmer. The motive is still unknown, but it was not a random shooting, he said.

The victims, all 19-years-old, were treated at Hennepin County Medical Center.

A separate shooting occurred around 1:25 a.m. at 27th Avenue SE. and Delaware Street, near University of Minnesota campus. A 20-year-old woman had non-life-threatening injuries from the shooting, according to a police report.

Police were called to the area assisnt the crowd control when unknown suspects fired several shots, injuring the victim, the report said. The shootings are all still under investigation.

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U of M trying to smooth new financial system

The University of Minnesota is attempting to eliminate some bugs in a $50 million accounting system, WCCO TV reported.

The new Enterprise Financial System handles all of the university's financial business. Payments to employees or to venders are passed through the EFS.

The main issue appears to be that the system is really complex forcing more necessary training for staff and student staff. Some users say there have been other problems as well besides the complexity, such as data errors, and some staff members don't fully trust the balances they're receiving for accounts they use in work.

University accountants said they understand the frustrations, and said they're trying to fix the problems and make the system easier to use.

Chief Financial Officer Richard Pfutzenreuter said the last time the university moved to different accounting systems was in 1991, and it took about two years to make the system run smoothly.

Pfutzenreuter said the EFS will be working smoothly by the end of the year.

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October 25, 2008

SWAT Team is brought to fight in St. Paul

The Pioneer Press reported that a man who assaulted another man early Saturday morning, kept him inside a New Brighton house and then did not cooperate by coming out, was arrested after a SWAT team responded, police said.

Michael Kenneth Hertog, 24, was jailed on suspicion of third-degree assault and terroristic threats.

A caller reported a loud party around 9:30 p.m., with music and fighting going on at a duplex at 1085 Sixth Street SW near Sunset Way, where Hertog lives, said public safety chief Bob Jacobson. Police responded immediately to the call.

The last call came at 12:48 a.m. Saturday from one of the attendees of the party, who said that someone was beat up inside the house and that the suspect had a large knife, Jacobson said. The victim was able to get out through a window but Hertog refused to come out when asked to by police.

A SWAT team responded and was able to convince Hertog to leave the house aroun 7 a.m., Jacobson said. To ensure Hertog wasn't coming out with a weapon, they ignited a flash device to "disorient" him, the chief said. Police then searched the residence this morning.

Jacobson said the victim went to the hospital with a broken nose and needed stitches for a head wound, but was later released.

Hennepin County Judge has tough fight ahead

The chief judge of Hennepin County District Court James Swenson is fighting tough campaigns on two parts, the Star Tribune reported.

He is in a tight reelection campaign with Tom Haeg, former family court referee for the county. Haeg decided to run after his job was eliminated in July because of budget cuts.

Swenson said he was on vacation when Haeg was laid off and that former Chief Judge Lucy Wieland made the choice. Haeg resigned and said he would pursue a campaign to expose Wieland and Swenson's tactics, rather than take a new job at identical pay. Swenson was assistant chief until last summer when he succeeded Wieland, who is now in juvenile court.

The chief, who is trying to hold on to the seat he has held for 13 years, said he has never seen such vicious attacks in a county judicial race. Haeg said he wanted to make a "positive statement" when he entered the race and "didn't want the campaign to be negative. This is just what we've been learning through the entire campaign."

Swenson spends his time in the mornings and evenings talking to groups about potentially damaging budget cuts from the state that could force the county to close court one day a week. "It's very difficult. Being a chief judge is very tough especially when I am spending so many hours on our budget issues," Swenson said.

Haeg is charging at Swenson on several levels and he wrote a 2 1/2-page letter detailing his complaints. He blames Swenson for "lapses in judicial temperament," the number of cases that participants decline to have heard in his court and a state Department of Human Rights settlement with a former employee.

Haeg also points out that he feels he'd be the better judge.

"I think I'm more patient. I have the capacity to allow the litigants to establish a record," Haeg said, conceding that Swenson is very smart, but adding that can be a problem because "you run the risk of saying, 'I know better than you.'"

Gov. Palin's makeup artist made $22,800 in 2 weeks

One might think the highest paid people in Senator John McCain's campaign during the first two weeks of October would be Randy Scheunemann, McCain’s chief foreign policy adviser. Or perhaps Nicolle Wallace, his senior communications staffer.

Nope, it was Amy Strozzi, Gov. Sarah Palin’s traveling makeup artist, according to a new filing with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday night as reported by the NY Times.

Strozzi was paid $22,800 for the first two weeks of October alone, according to the records. The campaign categorized Strozzi’s payment as “Personnel Svc/Equipment.? Strozzi was nominated for an Emmy award for her makeup work on the television show “So You Think You Can Dance??

Make-up aside, Angela Lew, Palin’s traveling hair stylist, got $10,000 for “Communications Consulting? in the first half of October. Lew’s address listed in F.E.C. records traces to an Angela M. Lew in Thousands Oaks, Calif., which matches with a license issued by the California Board of Barbering and Cosmetology.

The campaign’s payment on Oct. 10 to Strozzi made her the single highest-paid individual in the campaign for that two week period. She easily beat out Scheunemann, who received $12,500 in the first half of October, and Wallace, who got $12,000. Lew was the fourth highest paid person in the campaign during that span. There were , however, more than two-dozen companies that got larger payments than Strozzi.

Lew collected $8,825 in September for what the Republican campaign labeled in its report as “GOTV Consulting.?

October 19, 2008

Sun Country files for bankruptcy protection

Sun Country Airlines, a Mendota Heights based company, filed for bankruptcy protection Monday in a move that separated the company from its majority stockholder, Tom Petters, the Star Tribune reported. Petters' other businesses have been taken over by a court appointee as part of a large fraud case led by the F.B.I.

Stan Gadek, Sun Country's CEO, clarified the reasoning for these chain of events.

"We're not in bankruptcy because of our business model being broken," Gadek said in an interview. "We are in bankruptcy because of the recent events at Petters Group Worldwide."

Gadek had been relying on an operating loan from Petters, who owns all the voting shares of Sun Country, to help the low-fare carrier pay its bills during the months of October and November, traditionally low travel months.

Petters' home and office were raided on Sept. 24, and he was put behind bars on Friday.

Gadek said the choice to file for bankruptcy was made over the weekend, since Sun Country did not want to be under the auspices of a court receiver.

Attorney Doug Kelley was appointed the Petters' receiver by a federal judge Monday, and he will take control of the assets of Petters' companies. Because of the filing, though, in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Minnesota, Sun Country will be excluded from that court action.

Fourth Petters Defendant may help prosecution

Larry Reynolds, alleged to be Tom Petters' money-laundering connection in Las Vegas and California, seems to be on track for a plea bargain in what authorities have described as a $3 billion investment fraud scheme, the Star Tribune reported.

Two weeks ago, federal prosecutors charged Reynolds and Petters with money laundering and obstruction of justice, and mail and wire fraud. On Thursday, though, they recharged Reynolds in a "felony information" with a single count of money-laundering conspiracy.

Typically, this would mean a plea bargain will follow. Three other defendants in the alleged fraud scheme were charged that way before they all pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with the authorities.

The maximum statutory penalty for money-laundering conspiracy is 20 years in prison, but Reynolds might be able to get a cut in that time if he helps prosecuters.

Reynolds, 67, lives in Las Vegas and owned and operated Nationwide International Resources (NIR), a California corporation. His laywer, Fred Bruno, said he has no criminal history.

According to government documents, Reynolds assisted Petters convince investors that he was buying and selling large lots of electronic merchandise with their funding, when in reality there was no such merchandise.

Records show about $12 billion in investor funds were routed from 2002 until last month, through NIR accounts and redirected to Petters Co. Inc., a financing entity owned by Petters.

October 12, 2008

US Senate Candidates stress differences in debate

The three Minnesota U.S. Senate Candidates tried to make their differences in ideas clear in the second general election debate Saturday to a crowd of about 500 people at Breck School in Golden Valley, MPR reported.

Republican Sen. Norm Coleman, Democrat Al Franken and Dean Barkley from the Independence Party, shared different answers when asked what they think the nation's biggest threat is.

Franken said terrorism poses the biggest threat to the nation, blaming Sen. Coleman for his support of the war.

"We started right. We went after al Qaeda and the Taliban but we didn't finish the job, and we got sidetracked to Iraq," Franken said. "And because we were sidetracked to Iraq we have made ourselves less secure."

Barkley said the growing national debt poses the biggest threat to America, attributing Sen. Coleman as part of the problem.

"We're the first generation of Americans who are going to leave our country in worse shape than we inherited it, but we can change it," Barkley said. " I mean how much more can we do? And 40 percent of that debt, Norm, was incurred on your watch."

Coleman said partisan bickering and gridlock in Washington poses the biggest threat to the U.S. right now.

Much of the debate was spent discussing the current financial crisis, similar to the first debate last weekend in Rochester.

Barkley and Franken criticized Coleman of falling down on his oversight duties. Coleman responded by saying that pointing fingers was not going to solve the financial crisis.

On foreign policy, the candidates agreed that the option of taking military action against Iran needs to remain on the table to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

The candidates will meet for the third time next weekend in Duluth.

Minneapolis Teen Shot and Killed

A Rosevelt High School senior was shot and killed outside a south Minneapolis home Saturday night, the Star Tribune reported.

Police have identified the victim as Jesse Mickelson, 18, who was found near an alley behind the home. Authorities were called just before 7 p.m. in the 4100 block of 29th Avenue S. Mickelson was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said there had been a social gathering at the residence that evening. A relative told KSTP-TV that Jesse Mickelson was shot as he approached a car that pulled up around the back of the house.

Police are looking for a 4-door white Dodge Intrepid that had been spotted in the alley just before the shooting. Police are not releasing any information about the suspects at this time.

This is the thirtieth homicide in Minneapolis this year.

October 5, 2008

Obama jumps ahead in Minnesota Poll

A new Star Tribune poll reveals that Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has taken a strong lead over Republican John McCain.

Of the 1,084 likely Minnesota voters, 55 percent support Obama, while 37 percent support McCain. This poll is a significant change from the September poll which had supporters split almost evenly.

Reasoning for this change has to do with voters' confidence in Obama's ability to deal with the nation's failing economy, his performance in the first presidential debate, as well as an increase in the number of Minnesota Democrats.

Obama's lead is reflected in every demographic of age, gender and occupation.

Other states, including battleground states, are showing an Obama lead as well. Gallup's daily national tracking poll released Friday showed Obama leading McCain by 7 percentage points.

In some states, Obama was trailing in polls by as much as 10%, but has increased in approval and is leading in key states such as Ohio, Virginia and Florida.

Deoderant Mistaken for Cocaine: Man released from jail

Police let a Shakopee man out of jail this week, two months after they mistook deodorant for cocaine, the Pioneer Press reported.

Cornelius F. Salonis, 31, was arrested in August for suspicion of D.U.I. He was put in jail when police saw a white powder in his car that resembled cocaine, but turned out to be deodorant.

Prosecutors dropped the felony charges Wednesday after receiving the results from the State Crime Lab. Salonis pleased guilty to a misdemeanor charge of drunken driving.

Salonis was sentenced for one year in jail, but the Judge allowed dismissed nine months of the sentence and took off one more month for good behavior. Salonis is now free with the two additional months he spent in jail already.

September 28, 2008

Officials approve White Bear Township airport

The White Bear Township Board approved for the Benson airport to expand on September 15, with a conditional-use permit, the Pioneer Press reported.

The permit allows the airport to store 42 planes, limits the use of louder aircrafts and does not allow helicopters. Pilots may fly from sunrise until 30 minutes after the sun goes down.

The private airport was built in 1945 by John Benson in an area that at the time was quite rural. Since then, the area has seen an increase residentially. When Benson died in 1993, White Bear Township aquired the property.

The township built a water tower on one part of the land and plans to build a park on another part.

The board's vote includes letting The Benson Airport Association replace two hangers and and build five more. No decisions have been made for when the building will begin.

Neighbors worry about the increase in noise in their neighborhood, along with safety.

"There are times when you just hit the floor — you're terrified," Nanci Stoddard, a neighbor of the airport, told the Pioneer Press.

Board Members are taking these fears into consideration as they begin planning.

"We've been at this for quite a few months," Dick Sand, a member of the board, told the Pioneer Press. "What we're still working on is the actual airport operations: how the flights are going to be conducted and how people are going to fly in and out of there. We set that aside for further discussion."

Minnesota Voters Setting New Record

The number of registered voters in Minnesota is already 12,000 more than in 2004, the Star Tribune reported.

The Secretary of State's office predicts that by November it is possible that 90% of eligible voters will be registered. At this point, 84% of eligible voters in Minnesota are already registered.

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie expects about 150,000 people to do same-day registration, which would bring the Minnesota registration number to 90%. The national average for voter registration is about 64%.

Ritchie said Minnesota already has the highest percentage of registered voters in the country.

"In our office, we see this as a watershed year," said Ritchie.

In Ramsey County, 310,00 people were registered to vote as of mid-September. The number of people registered on election day in 2004 (excluding same-day registration voters) was 303,000.

Joe Mansky, Ramsey County elections manager, said the number of registration cards his office was receiving weekly has doubled since Labor Day.

"This is kind of a once-in-a-lifetime event this year," he told the Star Tribune.

September 22, 2008

Low-income families still paying too much for rent

In the past three years, the Twin Cities rental vacancy rate has dropped from seven to about four percent, Minnesota Public Radio reported.

Average monthly rents during the same time period have increased by more than $25, rising to a total of over $850.

The number of low-wage workers in the Twin Cities continues to increase, new information shows. The Wilder Foundation, a St. Paul based social service and research organization, believes the number in some areas will actually double.

Researchers at the Wilder Foundation discovered that the number of people paying too much for rent or owner occupied housing will double by 2010 from 70,000 to around 140,000.

"Low wage workers are spending too much on housing, " said Michael Dahl, the executive director of the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless.

Dahl says a partial solution to the problem would be the federal government to reverse course on housing policy and supply increased funds for rental assistance including money for working families.

In the Twin Cities, the wait for section 8 housing can be as long as 10 years.

Andover death more than accident, suspect arrested

A 33-year-old man is in custody in connection with the death of Natasha Waalen, 28, the Pioneer Press reported.

When Waalen's body was found near a motorcycle early Friday morning in Andover it appeared she had been in a motorcycle accident. The details have since then not been adding up.

"There are multiple factors that are not consistent with a motor vehicle accident," a statement from the Anoka County Sherriff's Office said.

Ryan Boland has been arrested on suspicion of Waalen's murder. Boland was Waalen's long-term boyfriend, and the father of her 4-year-old daughter, the Star Tribune reported.

"It's hard to accept is about the only thing I can say," Natasha Waalen's father, Jeff, told the Star Tribune. "It would be easier for me to believe something else than thinking it was the guy she had known for 10 years."

The investigation remains ongoing, and it is not yet known how Waalen died.

Charges for the investigation are still pending. Boland is being held at the Anoka County Jail.

Increased tuition as part of Bruininks plan

University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks announced his request to the Minnesota legislature Friday, Minnesota Public Radio reported.

In 2009, the U's president will ask for $141 million in new money. During these tough economic times, many are sceptical that the U will be unsuccessful in receiving state funding.

Bruininks believes the funding is critical, and the amount he is asking for is "modest".

There are three major components that President Bruininks belives will need more funding. These three things that Bruininks wants the state to pay for:

1. A 3 percent salary increase for faculty and staff in both of the next two years, for $95 million.

2. Funding for more student scholarships, especially students who come from middle income homes, for $16 million.

3. More funding to enhance research capacity, at $30 million.

U of M regent Dean Johnson told MPR, "what we need to do is take the long-term approach. If we take the short-term approach, we will fail at this. We need to convince the Legislature and the governor that this is an investment in our economy."

In addition to the requested funds Bruininks would like to receive, he plans on making $26 million in cuts over the next two years. This will be reflected in student's tuition as well, where he plans to increase it by 4.5% over the next two years.

Bruininks says the increase in tuition could be higher if the state does not provide the U with the funding he has requested.

The regents will vote in October whether or not to approve President Bruininks plan.

St. Kate's has new name, keeps values

Beginning this June, The College of St. Catherine will change its name to St. Catherine University, the Star Tribune reported.

St. Kate's officials are aiming for a more holistic representation of the school, and hope to prove that the school is more than just a residential liberal arts college for women.

St. Kate's, which opened in 1900, offers a wide array of graduate and weekend programs as well.

"It's simple, it's elegant and it puts St. Catherine, which is our brand, first," President Andrea Lee told the Pioneer Press.

The new name is not intended to shift the focus of St. Kate's mission for education, and they intend to keep their baccalaureate programs just for women. The graduate school, which consists of more than 1,400 students, is co-ed.

Last school year, 2007-08, St. Kate's was ranked as the largest women's college in country with 2,900 women in the undergraduate program.