U news: Goetz getting less than Teague; outside lawyer hired; Kill gets a raise

Beth Goetz
Beth Goetz

Marcus R. Fuller at the Pioneer Press notes new U of M interim athletic director Beth Goetz received a 64 percent pay increase, but is still making $156,200 less than Norwood Teague’s base salary: “Teague, who was hired by the university in 2012 after six years as Virginia Commonwealth’s AD, was paid a base salary of $422,000 annually. Kaler said at the news conference last Friday announcing Teague’s resignation that Teague could be paid $285 an hour as a consultant for the school. Based on that rate, it is possible Teague’s pay would have exceeded $422,000 annually.”

Related: U hires outside lawyer in Teague probe; Kaler regrets early comments [MPR News]

Also related: Gophers gave coach Jerry Kill a one-year contract extension through 2019, and raise to $2.5 million [Star Tribune]

The Associated Press is reporting nearly three dozen applicants are vying for the top job at MNsure, but the health insurance exchange’s interim chief executive isn’t one of them.

Jennie Lissarrague at KSTP is reporting no charges will be filed against a McLeod County deputy who shot a man outside of a Kwik Trip in Norwood Young America in April: “According to the Carver County Attorney’s Office, Wyatt tried to keep Montgomery from drinking and driving, and a physical altercation began. During the struggle, Wyatt shot Montgomery in the arm. The Carver County Attorney’s Office says they met with numerous witnesses and found that Wyatt was justified in the shooting. The attorney’s office also hired an independent expert to review the shooting and give an opinion; they also concluded that the shooting was justified.

Janet Moore Star Tribune shares how local taxi cab companies are using technology to take on Uber and Lyft: “Two years ago, [Taxi Services] launched free iPhone and Android smartphone apps called iHail, which permit users to book a cab in two taps on their phone. The app determines the customer’s GPS location and dispatches the closest cab. There’s a price estimator, and customers receive notifications via phone as their taxi approaches. Since the free iHail app’s launch in August 2013, more than 40,000 smartphone users have downloaded it.”

Back by popular demand. Just kidding. Mike Hughlett at the Star Tribune reports that following ConAgra Foods decision in January to discontinue manufacturing RyKrisp, a new RyKrisp Inc. is planning to have the shingle-shaped crackers made in suburban Chicago by a contract food manufacturer: “RyKrisp hopes to be selling crackers by mid-autumn, though distribution won’t be what it once was — i.e. through major national supermarket chains. RyKrisp plans to move product on Amazon.com nationally, and regionally through traditional grocery distribution networks. For the latter, the focus will be on RyKrisp’s three biggest markets: Portland, Ore., Los Angeles and the Twin Cities. ‘Minnesota is the single most important launch point,’ [investment group leader Ted] Leavitt said.”

Bob Collins at MPR’s NewsCut blog quotes Mike Melgaard about the parody Target account he used this week to troll customers angered over the company’s decision to stop labeling toys and bedding by gender: “After taking a look, I was literally laughing out loud at my computer. A few more minutes in and it struck me how hilarious it would be to portray myself as a parody customer service rep. So, I did just that, and the rest was history. Honestly, it was like striking comedy gold. Every one of these people gave me the ammunition I needed for a great response.” Collins has posted some of the choicest cuts for your enjoyment.

In other news…

First Avenue moves sold-out show to State Theatre following ceiling collapse. [Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal]

Man posing as Washington County deputy is telling residents they owe tax money. [Star Tribune]

The Proctor Police Department shares a photo on social media from the Proctor Journal of a bear standing on someone’s porch. [Proctor Journal]

Sen. Franken commends Rochester for its efforts to provide technical education and training to high school students. [Post-Bulletin]

Sheboygan: Police dog dies at PGA Championship; air conditioner failed. [KARE]

Minnesota-based database promotes veteran-owned businesses. [FOX 9]

Aerial photo honoring Cecil the lion to be taken Saturday in St. Paul. [Star Tribune]

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Robert Henderson on 08/14/2015 - 03:23 pm.

    a $422,000 base salary, really?

    Could someone explain to me why Norwood Teague was worth a base salary of $422,000 per year?

    I won’t even bother asking why Jerry Kill is worth $2.5 million.

    • Submitted by Scott Kelley on 08/14/2015 - 08:10 pm.

      I shoulda been a coach

      There was a study a few years ago re. the highest paid public sector employee in each state. In almost every case, it was the head football coach @ the state university. It says something about priorities.

    • Submitted by Joe Smithers on 08/17/2015 - 08:31 am.

      Compare the salary of those to similar schools. I know it is a lot and hard to justify. I would also be hard to say others are doing it to justify it as well but, that is right around the going rate for those positions if not a little lower.

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