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The Regional Report: News from around the lakes area - Nov. 12

AITKIN AND MILLE LACS COUNTIES

New owners will soon take the helm of MessAge Media, the parent company that publishes the Mille Lacs Messenger and the Aitkin Independent Age. Owner Kevin Anderson sold the company to Adams Publishing Group LLC. In an article published in both papers, the Adams group was described as a family-owned company owning and operating 120 community newspapers in 11 states. The Minneapolis company also owns "radio stations, outdoor adventure companies, a wine distribution business, label printing companies and a large interest in Camping World Holdings."

ISLE

Based on last year's Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments test results, there's concern about the readiness of Isle School District's third-graders, the Mille Lacs Messenger reported. Results showed reading proficiency between 30-40 percent, with those students within the American Indian, free and reduced lunch and special education populations with the lowest proficiencies.

Just 9 percent of American Indian students were proficient in math and 18 percent in reading. Children qualifying for free and reduced lunch were 28 percent proficient in math and 37 percent proficient in reading, and 6 percent of special education students reached proficiency in math with 12 percent in reading.

MILLE LACS COUNTY

A Brooklyn Park man was found guilty by a Mille Lacs County jury for punching a man who later died, the Mille Lacs Messenger reported. David Michael Stay was convicted of first-degree manslaughter and fifth-degree assault after punching David Taute, 46, of Prior Lake. Stay punched Taute outside Nitti's Hunters Point Resort during fishing opener last year.

UPSALA

Students who learn better while moving have a new place to get their lessons at Upsala Area Schools, the Morrison County Record reported. With the help of a grant from the National Joint Powers Alliance, the district added a sensory room. The room contains supplies to "apply calming strategies that help students improve their focus and attention in the classroom."

Trained staff identify students who might benefit from sensory strategies. These rooms are also available for students in Royalton and Pierz schools.

-- Compiled by Chelsey Perkins, community editor. Perkins may be reached at 218-855-5874 or chelsey.perkins@brainerddispatch.com. Follow her on Twitter @DispatchChelsey or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dispatchchelsey.

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