An AP story says, “The University of Minnesota says a $74,000 investigation into the source of a leak of private personnel information was unable to identify the source. The Board of Regents retained attorney Don Lewis in May after a leak of documents to KSTP-TV about allegations of sexual harassment by an athletic department employee. The station reported that a regent provided an email containing information about the allegation. … The board said in a statement Friday it considers the review into the leak closed.”
Pipeline pushback. April Baumgarten, for the Forum News Service, writes: “The Department of Commerce’s recent analysis that an Enbridge pipeline project is unnecessary defies common sense, northwest Minnesota legislators said this week. … Rep. Dan Fabian, R-Roseau, and Sen. Mark Johnson, R-East Grand Forks, disagree with the department, saying Tuesday in a joint news release Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration is ‘siding with environmental extremism instead of common sense.’”
Related? In the Strib, Don Jacobson reports, “The industry wide survey of more than 1,600 construction firms by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and engineering software maker Autodesk found that 70 percent of construction firms across the United States reported that they are having ‘a hard time’ filling hourly craft positions that represent the bulk of the construction workforce. In Minnesota, the squeeze was even more acute, with 78 percent of the 40 companies answering the survey indicating they were having trouble filling craft labor positions.”
About that St. Kate’s security guard who invented a black gunman: In the Strib, Pat Pfeifer reports, “The security officer, Brent Patrick Ahlers, 25, of St. Louis Park, was arrested Wednesday. He has been charged with filing a false police report, a misdemeanor, and will likely be released from the Ramsey County jail after being booked and fingerprinted, police said. … Police said Ahlers admitted during questioning to bringing his personal handgun to work with him on Tuesday. Security guards at the university are normally unarmed.”
The AP reports: “Two Minnesota mothers have been charged in an investigation of genital mutilation in a Muslim sect, months after bringing their daughters to a Detroit-area clinic. A new indictment was unsealed Thursday in Detroit federal court, raising the number of defendants to eight. The eight include Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, who is accused of performing the procedure.”
My people. Or at least the kids of my people. Says Beatrice Dupuy in the Strib, “Scores of students gathered in the Edina High School commons Thursday to protest what they said were tighter restrictions in the school’s dress code. … Photos on social media showed two boys wearing overalls with no shirts underneath. Students chanted and snapped photos. Some stood on tables.” I presume they later gathered at the Galleria for sushi and espresso to discuss their next move.
Just happy to be here. Lauren Theisen at Deadspin writes this about the Twins: “The Twins are in this position not because they’re a great team, but because they’ve been just good enough. … In fairness, as far back as 1973, the Mets won the pennant after only winning 82 regular season games, so bad regular season teams making the playoffs isn’t a brand new phenomenon, but this was the obvious drawback of the new Wild Card system. As filled with potential as the Twins are, there’s still a world of difference between them and this Yankees team. A few bad bounces, though, and New York will be out, leaving a potential Twins-Indians stink bomb to thwart what would otherwise be a thrillingly cutthroat postseason.”