Survey comments reveal mistrust of leadership among Minneapolis police officers

Hmmm, after #pointergate we just assumed things were hunky dory. Not so much. MPR’s Curtis Gilbert used a public records request to get his hands on comments left by Minneapolis Police Department rank and file in anonymous surveys about the state of the department. Among the descriptions of leadership: “ ‘Secretive,’ ‘vindictive,’ ‘incompetent’ and ‘lacking in integrity.’” Ouch.

David Carr remembered by the Minnesotans who knew him. For this week’s City Pages cover story, Andy Mannix interviewed a group of locals about their careers and friendships alongside Carr. As you might expect, some familiar names pop up: David Brauer, Chris Ison, Brian Lambert, Tom Arnold, Sarah Janacek, Paul Metsa, RT Rybak and more.

So much for sleepy St. Paul. The Pioneer Press’ Frederick Melo says the Snelling Ave bar O’Gara’s is hoping for city council approval to play music in an outdoor tent until 1 a.m. on the Saturday before and the day of St. Patrick’s Day. The buzzkills over at St. Paul Safety and Inspections are recommending a 10:30 and 10:00 p.m. noise deadline on Saturday and Tuesday, respectively.

This could hardly have come at a worse time of year: Just as Minnesotans collectively reach the depths of their winter despair, Sun Country Airlines pilots have voted to authorize a strike. The final decision about whether to strike rests with union leaders, who are negotiating with the airline over pay — Sun Country’s pilots are the lowest-paid 737 pilots in the country, KSTP reports.

Screw the Super Bowl. Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s Nick Halter reports, “Meet Minneapolis and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority officials say they will work together on a bid to bring WrestleMania 33 to the new Minnesota Vikings stadium in spring 2017.” Good to finally see some return on the state’s half-billion dollar investment.

RIP Healy House. In spite of the efforts of rehab-addict Nicole Curtis and a group of neighborhood advocates, City Pages’ Ben Johnson reports the house at 2320 Colfax has been knocked down, to be replaced by a four-story apartment building.

Sorry folks, he’s keeping his t-shirt on this time. Mark Wahlberg, the once and former Marky Mark, is teaming up with Indian Motorcycle (owned by Medina-based Polaris Industries) to market a new line of T-shirts, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal reports.

In other news…

University of Minnesota to reduce racial descriptions in crime alerts [MPR] 

UMD chancellor defends letting hockey coach’s contract expire [Pioneer Press]

Obama nominates 1st U.S. ambassador to Somalia since 1991 [MPR]

‘Incredible’ Minnesotans make Nordic skiing history [Pioneer Press]

Basketball Standout From Egypt Makes Impact at Minnesota State [New York Times] 

Sad animal news: Como Zoo euthanizes 22-year-old lion Wynona [Star Tribune] 

Happy animal news: Wis. man from viral dog photo gets new puppy [KARE] 

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 02/25/2015 - 03:50 pm.

    It might be worth finding out

    …if there are other coaches of equivalent-level college sports who have been let go for similarly-stated budgetary reason(s).

    I’m skeptical, but would be happy to see evidence that this isn’t a simple case of both sexual discrimination and “winning counts more than anything.” The former is obviously unconstitutional, and if that’s the case, my hope is that the chancellor and athletic director are nailed to a campus wall as examples – and, of course, that the men’s hockey coach gets $20,000 less in future contracts, since he has apparently been paid more than his female counterpart.

    If the latter, it’s a fine illustration of the tail wagging the dog, since I’d be surprised to see “Winning Hockey Championships” as part of the UMD’s “mission statement.” The purpose of an academic institution – I assume UMD still makes a claim to be such an institution – is not to grow either trophies or semi-professional athletes. It’s to educate young women and men. It appears that the current Chancellor and athletic director are, in fact, providing something of an education to those students and members of the public who are watching. Too bad it’s not a lesson that reflects positively on either the institution or its purported leaders.

    • Submitted by Joe Smithers on 02/26/2015 - 11:22 am.


      Depends on how you look at it. She was getting top pay among her peers. The mens coach was not let go but is not at the top in pay among his peers. Looks like they are just cutting the people who get paid at the top to me but there may still be more to it.

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