ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A panel 23 of community leaders is shifting through a list of 108 nominees for the 2011 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, working toward naming a group of semifinalists.

The state teachers union, Education Minnesota, says 108 teachers have accepted their nominations and completed the required application to become eligible for the annual award.

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The names of the nominees are available on the union’s web site,

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The 2011 Teacher of the Year will be announced May 1.

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