Minneapolis settles with former police captains for $63,000

Seems like the city got a pretty good deal on this one. “The city of Minneapolis has reached a nearly $63,000 settlement with a group of former police captains who sued Chief Janeé Harteau and claimed she pushed for their retirement and later reassigned them to inferior positions,” report Nicole Norfleet and David Chanen in the Star Tribune, “‘While we have every confidence that the City would have prevailed at trial in this case, settlement in the total amount of $62,500 for the claims of all 5 plaintiffs (including any claims for attorney’s fees) will save time and resources and is in the best interests of the City and the Department,’ City Attorney Susan Segal said in a statement Thursday.”

Maybe check the ignition? “A distracted driver hit four people after swerving onto the sidewalk on Grand Avenue in St. Paul on Thursday night,” reports MPR’s Jon Collins. “The driver was heading east near the intersection of Grand Avenue and Snelling Avenue at about 9 p.m. when the car he was driving crossed over the westbound lanes and onto the sidewalk, according to St. Paul police Sgt. Paul Paulos. The vehicle hit four pedestrians, two of whom were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries… The driver was apparently searching inside the car for his keys, Paulos said.

Athletics to get lion’s share of $17 million gift to the U.  The Star Tribune’s Joe Christensen reports: “University of Minnesota alumni John and Nancy Lindahl have made a $17 million gift to the school, with $12 million of that dedicated to the athletic village that the school hopes to start building this year, the university announced Thursday. … The gift includes $2 million for the Carlson School of Management, $2 million for the College of Education and Human Development and $1 million for pediatric cardiology research. It’s been in the works for some time, and the athletics department already had been counting it with the $70 million that has been raised toward the $150 million athletic village.”

Black Lives Matter advisor and NAACP President Nekima Levy-Pounds gave her take on the recent ACLU report on racial disparities in arrest rates in Minneapolis to al-Jazeera’s Massoud Hayoun: “Minneapolis may soon see ‘uprisings’ like the ones that ripped through Ferguson and Baltimore if local authorities don’t overhaul the way communities of color are policed in the city, an activist and lawyer from the Black Lives Matter movement told Al Jazeera on Thursday. … ‘I hope things don’t rise to the level of uprisings in Ferguson and Baltimore. But we’re not far from that,’ said… Levy-Pounds…”

Sen. Klobuchar teamed up with North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp for an event at North Dakota State College of Science to encourage women to become farmers. Inforum’s Grace Lyden reports: “ ‘We remember those days when women in agriculture couldn’t even get credit, back in the ’70s, and we like to think everything has gotten better, but we know that it’s not perfect,’ said Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., who hosted the event with Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden. … ‘You can’t have a strong economy and a strong farm economy if you neglect, as the old Chinese proverb says, half the sky,’ Klobuchar said. ‘That means the women.’”

In other news…

“Crews working to replace burnt bridge near International Falls [Inforum]

The suburbs are scary: “Security guard shoots, kills man outside Maplewood nightclub” [MPR]

Minnesota loses its professional lacrosse team to Atlanta. Just a cold Omaha, I tell ya. [Star Tribune]

MINNESOTAN Laura Osnes to co-host “The Tony Awards first-ever ‘Live! From the Red Carpet’ production” [Star Tribune]

Ordway CEO Patricia Mitchell to retire. [Star Tribune]

Another film to be shot in Minnesota: “Wilson” (possibly) starring Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern [Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Jounral]

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Pavel Yankovic on 05/30/2015 - 08:07 am.

    Where will…

    Ms. Levy-Pounds be when the protests turn violent? And they will. She has established herself as a civil rights activist. It’s time for her to step up.

  2. Submitted by Moira Heffron on 05/30/2015 - 01:19 pm.


    Maybe this is too brief to give us a good picture of her thinking, but I am not feeling the leadership from her. It all feels like headline-grabbing and self-promotion. I do think there is a role for protest and drawing attention to some of the outrageous situations that exist. But she is in a leadership role and I’m not seeing what she is doing to lead people to solutions.

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