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After 52 years, Wright is the first charter-school teacher to win the award.
Wright is also the first black male to receive Teacher of the Year in Minnesota.
Wright, 29, was chosen from a group of 11 finalists. There were 115 candidates in this year’s original field.
Candidates include prekindergarten through 12th-grade teachers from public or private schools.
Wright grew up on the south side of Chicago before his single mother moved him and his siblings to a one-bedroom apartment in north Minneapolis.
They eventually moved into Mary’s Place, a transitional housing for homeless families with children in Minneapolis.
He went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University in St. Paul and will receive his master’s degree in education from Hamline University this spring.
Wright says he is one of many who is deserving of this award and he knows that he has an opportunity to give young people who come from across this country, especially African-American people, a model of excellence to aspire to!
The KMOJ family would like to thank Mr. Wright for not only being a teacher but a second parent to the children in community. Keep doing what you're doing!
KMOJ press release on Prince’s death April 21st 2016
KMOJ and Prince grew up together in the music business. When Prince started his career, releasing his first album in 1978, KMOJ was the first radio station to put his music on the airwaves.
The connection between Prince Rogers Nelson and KMOJ represents the foundation of what became known as The Minneapolis Sound.
We here at KMOJ join the rest of the music world in sadness today after learning of the death of our friend and music icon. Prince, born and raised in Minneapolis, was found dead of undetermined causes at his Paisley Park complex. He was 57.
Entertainers and celebrities around the world have expressed shock and grief on social media over Prince's death, including a posting that reads "This is what it sounds like when doves cry," a reference to Prince's mega hit in 1984.
Actor Samuel L. Jackson posted this reaction on his Twitter account: "A massive loss for us all! What a genius! Speechless."
Among Prince's endless accomplishments were seven Grammy Awards and his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Rolling Stone Magazine called Prince "one of the most naturally gifted artists of all time."
Prince's career hit worldwide adulation with his 1982 album "1999," which featured Top 10 singles "Little Red Corvette," "Delirious" and "1999."
Two years later, Prince put together his infamous "Purple Rain" movie, a film with an iconic soundtrack that featured the everlasting single "Purple Rain" and blockbuster hits "Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry," the No. 1 R&B song in 1984.
RIP our friend. We and the world will miss you.
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The owners of Mall of America are planning to step their game up. The new plan is to build the biggest mall in the world and they are looking at Miami to be the mall’s home.
Bummed that you didn't win Wednesday's massive Powerball drawing?
OpenBiome is a non-profit organization that processes and ships loads of human poops all over the country, and operating since 2013, its product has been the life-saver for people infected with the bacteria C. difficult.
Two cars were stolen while warming up in south Minneapolis, prompting police to issue a fresh reminder on Wednesday that idling your car is not only against city ordinance, but it can make you a target of theft.
St. Paul Public Schools now have specific numbers as just how cold it needs to be in order for them to call off school.
Bored teenagers and social media add up to a painful outcome for a 14-year-old boy in Crosby, Texas.
Toyota's 2015 Sienna has now taken some of the pressure off of parents dealing with children while trying to safely navigate busy roads with its new feature, Driver Easy Speak.
Of all the trendy foods right now, ramen stands out as one that pleases just about everyone.
The Minnesota State Fair has all but filled the Grandstand lineup for 2014, adding a Motown legend and a star-studded night of Minnesota Music.