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Silva payout dwarfs those of peers

MinnPost photo by Tony Nelson
Former St. Paul Public Schools Superintendent Valeria Silva

Good work if you can get it. The Star Tribune’s Alejandra Matos details just how much outgoing St. Paul Supe Valeria Silva is getting paid to not do the job: “Valeria Silva’s payout to leave the St. Paul Public Schools is more than five times what other Minnesota superintendents received when they resigned, retired or were let go in the past three years. … Her nearly $800,000 payout far exceeds the amounts given to more than a dozen others, in part because a clause in her contract entitled her to full salary and benefits should the school board terminate her contract without cause. In this case, she is barely six months into a three-year deal.”

Oh, you think this is hot? MPR’s Nancy Yang reminds us of a real heat wave: “This week marks the 80th anniversary of the start of Minnesota’s worst heat wave. … It began July 4, 1936, in southern Minnesota and spread north over the next 12 to 15 days, according to University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley. Temperatures soared over 100 degrees across the region for days on end.”

Just a reminder not to try to enjoy anything this summer. The Star Tribune’s Allie Shah writes: “You can’t see them when you step out of the water after a swim, but boy, can you feel them later. … Microscopic parasites lurking in lake water are out in full force now, capable of causing a skin rash that’s itchy, scratchy and just plain ugly. … Swimmer’s itch — also known as ‘duck itch’ or ‘lake itch’ — is plaguing lake-goers earlier than usual this year thanks to an early spring. The warmer water temperatures jump-started the growing season for lake vegetation — food sources for the parasites and their hosts, namely ducks, geese and snails.”

A Minnesotan. For the New York Times, Michael M. Grynbaum and John Koblin write: Gretchen Carlson, the longtime Fox News anchor, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday saying that Roger Ailes, the powerful chairman of Fox News, fired her from the network last month after she refused his sexual advances and complained to him about discriminatory treatment in the newsroom. … The nature of Ms. Carlson’s allegations immediately transfixed the world of television news, where Mr. Ailes is a hugely influential figure known for demanding absolute loyalty from his employees.”

In other news…

How much is a great view of St. Paul worth to you? “St. Paul’s tallest building up for sale” [Pioneer Press]

Shoes to fill: “Minnesota campaign watchdog agency director to retire” [Pioneer Press]

It’s good that someone in Wisconsin can find work: “Walker to speak at GOP convention” [The Hill]

Wear it: “Death on the water: Life jackets make a difference, stats show” [Park Rapids Enterprise]

Some Twins fans are getting a two-fer: “Twins Offer Ticket Trade-In Over Rain Delay” [WCCO]

Fully expect Vikings fans to handle this in a mature and rational manner: “Vikings traffic plan aims to mitigate gridiron gridlock” [Star Tribune]

Your Adele play-by-play, courtesy of Keith Harris: “Adele Pays Tribute to Prince as U.S. Tour Kicks Off With Dazzling Minnesota Concert” [Billboard]

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