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Colleges throughout southeastern Minnesota are again reporting enrollment gains, according to numbers released Friday. More students have enrolled at Winona State University this fall than ever before in the college’s 151-year history, with 8,606 students attending school this year.

And compared to last year, Rochester Community and Technical College is up 7.5 percent in terms of credits sold this fall. Riverland Community College in Austin is up about 13 percent in credits sold, while Winona State-Rochester has a student head count increase of about 11 percent.



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Rochester’s Studio Academy took a one-ton lead Monday in a friendly competition among more than 20 area high schools in the first-ever local Tyson Student Food Drive.

The national competition challenges local high school students to get involved in their communities by collecting food donations for their local food shelves. This is the first year that Channel One Food Bank and Food Shelf was selected as a donation site.

The student food drive kicked off Monday with a talent competition at Channel One.

"Your energy is just bouncing off these walls," said Channel One Executive Director Cynthia Shaffer at the kickoff, which was as spirited as a pep rally.

In the fiscal year 2008-09, Channel One distributed more than 6.2 million pounds of food to people in need in 14 counties in southeastern Minnesota and Western Wisconsin.

Shoo to the flu

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Good news and bad news in Olmsted County regarding flu vaccinations.

The good news: masses of people have received vaccinations. The bad news: The supply has run out. More good news: More vaccine will be here soon.

"Due to an overwhelming response from the public, Olmsted County Public Health is currently out of the seasonal influenza vaccine and scheduled clinics on Monday afternoon and Tuesday have been canceled," Public Health spokeswoman Kari Etrheim said Monday. Another shipment of vaccine is expected within three weeks.

Local, state and federal health officials have urged Americans to get vaccinated against seasonal influenza so that they won’t get a double whammy from both seasonal and pandemic H1N1 influenzas. They asked people to get seasonal flu shots first.

To date, Olmsted clinics have administered over 1,500 doses of vaccine.

Most clinics where people make appointments should have vaccinations.

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