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U athletic director Teague resigns amid sext scandal

Plus: Daudt selected as Walker campaign chair for Minnesota; Faribault Woolen Mill symbolizes U.S. economic recovery; Jim Klobuchar, bike advocate; and more.

Norwood Teague
Norwood Teague

Yeah, probably the right call here. “University of Minnesota athletic director Norwood Teague resigned Friday morning and acknowledged sending ‘inappropriate texts’ after drinking at a recent university-sponsored event,” reports the Star Tribune. “At a press conference Friday, university president Eric Kaler said there was also harassment of a ‘verbal and a physical nature’ at the event. Kaler said he would not be more specific.”

But the texts and a description of the incident were later released to the media, and you can read the whole thing on Deadspin — but readers of delicate natures may want to avoid the very graphic details.

Scott Walker’s got his man in Minnesota. At MPR, Tom Scheck reports, “Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has tapped House Speaker Kurt Daudt, R-Crown, to serve as the Minnesota state chairman for Walker’s presidential campaign in Minnesota. … Walker said Minnesota will play an important role in choosing the eventual Republican nominee. … ‘I’m proud to welcome Speaker Daudt to our team,’ Walker wrote in a press release. ‘He is a fellow conservative who is fighting the good fight for Wisconsin’s neighbor to the west.’ ”

Faribault Woolen Mill as a metaphor for the overall U.S. economic recovery. In the New York Times, Nelson D. Schwartz writes, “Founded 150 years ago, the Faribault Woolen Mill in Minnesota survived the Great War and the Great Depression, not to mention World War II. But it almost did not make it through the Great Recession. … The mill went dark for 18 months in 2009 and 2010, and liquidators tagged its looms for shipment overseas. All its workers were laid off. … Faribault has staged a remarkable comeback, though, as consumer demand has increased for its blankets and throws. The company has won new customers like Bloomingdale’s and Restoration Hardware, said Bruce Bildsten, Faribault’s chief marketing officer.”

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Riding a bike in Minnesota? Thank (MinnPost contributor) Jim Klobuchar. The Star Tribune takes a look back at their former sports columnist’s contributions to two-wheeled fun in the state: “Before 4,000 miles of asphalt bike trails were laid around Minnesota, before bike lanes were painted on city streets and before long-distance bike treks became commonplace, Jim Klobuchar was pedaling his two-wheeler, wind in his face, leading groups of cyclists into a new biking era. … For 39 years, beginning in 1974, the former Star Tribune columnist led annual, weeklong Jaunt With Jim treks on routes showcasing Minnesota’s scenery and small towns. Klobuchar wrote his columns along the way, regaling readers with the delights of long-distance bike travel and small-town hospitality — and helped launch the state’s bicycling craze.”

In other news…

Go to this this weekend: “Little Mekong Night Market is bigger this year” [MPR]

Minneapolis would like your input on the Commons… later. “Finessing downtown Minneapolis park’s design delays public input” [Finance & Commerce]

Lafayette, Minnesota woman collects over 15,000 pieces of cow me-moo-rabilia, sets world record. [Mankato Free Press]

Not everyone in Rochester is happy about cheap gas. [KIMT]