Audit report largely clears U athletics department of wrongdoing

Norwood Teague
Norwood Teague

Everything’s just fine in the U’s athletic department, apparently. That seems to be the main takeaway from the independent audit conducted by Fredrikson & Byron, as MPR’s Jon Collins and Peter Cox report: “An external review of the University of Minnesota’s athletics department released on Tuesday confirmed some cases of sexual harassment within the department, but said they were of limited number and appropriately addressed by university officials. … Athletic director Norwood Teague resigned in August after reports surfaced that he sexually harassed at least two female colleagues during a senior leadership retreat in July.”

Fair to say this shouldn’t ever happen. Josh Verges and Mara H. Gottfried in the Pioneer Press report: “A Central High School student allegedly choked a science teacher until he passed out, then slammed him to the floor during a fight in the lunchroom Friday. … The boy’s younger brother then punched an assistant principal who stepped in to help the teacher, St. Paul police say. … The teacher was breaking up a fight around 10:30 a.m. Friday when a 16-year-old student slammed him against the wall, injuring his face and breaking his glasses. The boy then lifted the teacher off the ground in a stranglehold and slammed him onto a lunch table, a chair and the floor.”

Lots of unanswered questions here. The Star Tribune’s Paul Walsh writes, “The body of a 50-year-old man found over the weekend along Interstate Hwy. 94 near downtown Minneapolis was identified Tuesday by his wife as a prominent doctor with Hennepin County Medical Center. … Dr. Christopher D. Robert, chief of anesthesiology, was walking to his downtown residence from a workplace Christmas party sometime before his body was discovered around dawn Saturday along I-94 near Groveland Avenue, his wife told the Star Tribune.”

Well, it’s an idea. The Pioneer Press’ David Montgomery reports on a suggestion from the House minority leader: “House Minority Leader Paul Thissen on Tuesday proposed splitting the Minnesota Department of Human Services in five different agencies. … Thissen said the department, which has 7,000 employees and spends $11 billion over two years, is just too unwieldy. There’s no reason, he said, for the same agency to manage the Medicaid program, the child welfare programs and the Minnesota Sex Offender program. … ‘These programs are too important to be managed from crisis to crisis with accountability resting with a single individual,’ Thissen said in a statement.”

In other news…

Fodor’s Go List 2016 calls Minneapolis’ North Loop a “flourishing foodie haven and hipster paradise.” Is that a good thing?

Good grief: “‘Charlie Brown’ gets prison time for making threat” [Sacramento Bee]

Though you still may want to take your “Casual Encounters” elsewhere: “Forest Lake police set safe ‘Swap Spot’ for online transactions” [Pioneer Press]

A possible hate crime in Grand Forks: “Fire at Grand Forks Somali restaurant follows apparent Nazi symbol vandalism” [Inforum]

ICYMI: Prince’s 2008 cover of Radiohead’s “Creep” from Coachella. [Digg]

Police are still investigating this car crash, but it seems likely horseplay was involved. [City Pages]

Grammy nominations feature a few Minnesotans. [Pioneer Press]

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