Search firm defends actions in Teague hiring process

Of course it isn’t their fault. Says Dan Wolken of USA Today, “Parker Executive Search, the well-known firm that helped place Norwood Teague as Minnesota’s athletics director in April 2012, disputes a suggestion by school president Eric Kaler that it didn’t do due diligence during the search process. … In a letter delivered to Kaler on Friday, a copy of which was obtained by USA TODAY Sports, the firm’s attorney Richard Robbins reiterated that Parker found no reported instances of sexual harassment in his previous job at VCU.”

Also. Legislation looms. Says Esme Murphy for WCCO-TV, “Following two high-profile cases, some lawmakers say Minnesota laws may need to be changed to help protect victims of sexual harassment. State Sen. Terri Bonoff (DFL – District 44) is among the legislators expressing concern now that a second Minnesota university is facing accusations of sexually inappropriate behavior by a top athletic official. Late last week, The Winona Daily News reported that long-time men’s basketball coach Mike Leaf had resigned abruptly in June after a player said he had been propositioned by Leaf.”

Pretty much only in Minnesota. Says Stribber Tony Kennedy, “A wooded lake just south of Nisswa, Minn., could become the site of an unprecedented wild rice showdown this week when some Chippewa band members attempt to conduct a harvest without obtaining state-issued licenses. Frank Bibeau, attorney for the 1855 Treaty Authority, said the planned act of civil disobedience is meant to actively challenge Minnesota’s position that band members have no off-reservation hunting, fishing or gathering rights on northern lands that were ceded in the 1855 Treaty with the federal government.”

A lot of newsroom volunteering for this Sunday event, I’ll bet. Stribber Karen Zamora reports, “From afar it seemed like a normal Sunday at the downtown Minneapolis park — partners were practicing acrobatic yoga, others spun hula hoops, while many gathered in small groups on the hill. For the few hundred who braved Sunday’s brisk weather, it was much more. Women risked arrest by baring their chests at Gold Medal Park Sunday evening in a celebratory declaration that being topless in public should not be a ‘men only’ activity. … in Minneapolis, 15 people on a Segway tour of the riverfront didn’t pay much attention to the shirtless crew dancing to music from NSYNC and the Weeknd. Nor did the people walking their dogs.”

On the huge mine proposed for outside Ely, Stephanie Pearson of Al Jazeera writes, “[Paul] Schurke is standing on a test-mine site where a dystopian scene could unfold over the next few decades. It’s where Twin Metals Minnesota, owned by the Chilean company Antofagasta, proposes to build the largest underground mine in the state’s history. Mining has fueled this region known as the Iron Range for more than a century. Ely’s first iron-ore mine opened in 1888. But Twin Metals plans to mine copper sulfide ore and other precious metals, which has never been done in Minnesota. To mine copper sulfide in such a water-rich environment, says Schurke, would be ‘a worst-case-scenario nightmare.’”

On the lifting of the total ban on cameras in court, James Shiffer at the Strib says: “Off limits are any proceeding with the jury present, any case involving domestic violence or criminal sexual conduct or any image of victims testifying, unless the victim agrees in advance. Lucile Tisland was on the witness stand in March 1984 during her trial in Brainerd, Minn. Others were court reporter Clarence Taatjes, left; County Attorney Tom Keyes, right, and District Judge Clinton Wyant. And don’t expect to tune in to testimony from forensic experts, stinging cross-examination of witnesses or the reading of verdicts. Trials are off limits for cameras, unless all the parties consent ahead of time. That’s been virtually impossible over the past four decades.”

Because, as we’re constantly told, all public schools ever do is waste money. Says Alejandro Matos in the Strib, “Teachers at a school in Bloomington want students to bring in iTunes gift cards on the first day of school. In Mahtomedi, third-grade students are asked to bring in a $50 check for ‘activity fees,’ in addition to dozens of school supplies. Kindergartners at Lincoln Elementary in Faribault are expected to bring more than 30 supplies totaling at least $70. As children across Minnesota get ready for another school year, they are being asked to bring more than just pencils, paper and crayons. At some schools, students are expected to bring disinfecting wipes, multiple boxes of tissues, printer paper, dry-erase markers — even socks to use as erasers on white boards.”

There’s no downside to keeping your name in the mix. Allison Sherry and Patrick Coolican of the Strib look at the timing and rationale for Amy Klobuchar’s autobiography. “Klobuchar’s revealing new autobiography, book tour and dogged speaking schedule are reigniting talk that she is looking for new political conquests — maybe even an eventual run for the White House. ‘People have talked to me about it in the past,’ Klobuchar said recently in her Minneapolis home. ‘When someone talks to you about it, you have to think about it in your mind, and I have, but the reason I wrote this book had nothing to do with that.’ Klobuchar’s rising political profile is burnished by a high approval rating driven partly by strong numbers among independent and Republican voters who see her as a moderate. But it comes at a time when her party’s rank-and file increasingly want bolder, progressive stands from their leaders.” Hmmm. Really? “Nothing to do with it?”

Walker Watch: It feels as though he hasn’t yet gotten the call from his minders. In The Guardian, Oliver Laughland writes, “Wisconsin governor Scott Walker said on Sunday he has no plans to alter or repeal the 14th amendment to the U.S. constitution, which grants citizenship to those born or naturalised in the country, as Republican presidential hopefuls continued to grapple with the issue of immigration reform. … Walker has struggled to provide a coherent line on the issue, offering three different positions within a week.”

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Tom Christensen on 08/24/2015 - 08:14 am.

    Walker doesn’t have a core belief system to work from. Whatever is best for Walker is what his belief of the day will be. He can’t have a core belief system when he is trying to vicariously live up to the Koch brothers belief system. His slide to irrelevance has already started. He is Pawlenty version 2.0 and he will end up in the same place that Pawlenty did, the cutting room floor. The GOP circus continues.

    • Submitted by Frank Phelan on 08/24/2015 - 09:49 am.

      Cutting Room Floor?

      If cushy 6 figure gig in a tastefully appointed DC office suite is the cutting room floor, I’ll take it in a heart beat.

    • Submitted by Bill Willy on 08/24/2015 - 10:54 am.

      Wind up in the same place… Scarey

      After not doing so well in the Iowa Straw Pole, Tim had “a little talk” with Mitt, shortly after which he pulled out of the race. And, not long after that, he had great news: He had a new job! He had (somehow) been hired to be the Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Services Roundtable.

      Apparently, some of the leading thinkers in the Financial Services community thought the skill and wisdom he displayed in his eight years as Minnesota’s Chief Financial Visionary and Actuator qualified him as just the kind of person they were looking for to help them out.

      From Tim’s page at the FSR site:

      “Tim Pawlenty is the CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable. Governor Pawlenty brings dynamic leadership and vision to an organization which represents leading financial service companies in their efforts to protect the security, integrity and success of our nation’s financial system. As a former two-term Governor of Minnesota, he is a leader with significant executive experience having overseen a $50 billion biennial budget, led 30,000 state employees, and managed 20 individual state agencies and departments.”

      (Minor point, but, “having overseen a $50 billion biennial budget”? Which Pawlenty years were those?)

      Imagine Scott getting an office right across the hall, and he and Tim joining forces to articulate and promote their combined vision for the future of America’s financial system.

      • Submitted by RB Holbrook on 08/24/2015 - 11:29 am.

        Scott and Tim–Together At Last

        By “joining forces to articulate and promote their combined vision for the future of America’s financial system,” I presume you mean “sitting quietly and waiting until their superiors tell them what they think.”

      • Submitted by Tom Christensen on 08/24/2015 - 03:29 pm.

        Pawlenty’s Bio

        was obviously written my him with too many filters applied. He didn’t do anything positive for the state when he was here, but facts aren’t always important to Republicans. I find Pawlenty’s and Walker’s personalities to be nearly clones of each other.

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