Survey: one in five who work at Minnesota Capitol have witnessed or experienced sexual harassment

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For MPR, Brian Bakst says, “Results of a recent survey on sexual harassment at Minnesota’s Capitol show one in five respondents had experienced or witnessed it. The anonymous survey was conducted in October and was completed by about 230 House members and staff. Fewer than half of House members completed the survey. But of those who did, 20 percent said they’ve been the victim or witness of sexual harassment. That was about the same rate as staff.”

A Star Tribune story says, “We recently discovered that over the past decade, Star Tribune movie critic Colin Covert has written some film reviews using the same unique language of writers for other publications, without attribution. Covert, a staff writer at the Star Tribune for more than 30 years, has resigned.”

WCCO-TV reports: “A group of people living at the Franklin-Hiawatha homeless encampment in Minneapolis will begin moving to temporary housing structures Tuesday morning. Three insulated and heated housing structures are in place at the navigation center, which is located at 2109 Cedar Avenue. Each will house 40 people.”

Says Brady Slater in the Duluth News Tribune, “Barring action in Washington, D.C., before the end of the year, Congressman-elect Pete Stauber plans to take up legislation early in 2019 which would stem a series of legal challenges to copper-nickel mining in northern Minnesota, he said Monday in a news release. Stauber, R-Hermantown, encouraged the current Congress to pass legislation ratifying a ballyhooed land exchange between PolyMet Mining Co. and the U.S. Forest Service. If not, Stauber said he would take up the mantle from predecessor Rick Nolan and try to press the land swap into law.”

The Pioneer Press’ Ryan Faircloth reports: “Metro Transit will install protective shields on 150 buses early next year after recent increases in assaults on drivers. Officials ordered the Plexiglas shields last week after testing them out on roughly two-dozen buses earlier this year. … Assaults on operators have risen over the past several years, despite efforts by the agency to deter them.”

A KSTP-TV story says, “Sentencing scheduled for Monday for a woman charged in a case connected to what prosecutors have called a ‘house of horrors’ has been postponed. Forty-eight-year-old Sheila Wilson was charged with two counts of criminal neglect, both felonies, and one count of neglect of a child, a gross misdemeanor. She originally pleaded not guilty of all three counts in May. Court documents show she entered an amended guilty plea to one count of criminal neglect in September.”

At MPR, Briana Bierschbach says, “Taxpayers could get stuck with a nearly $147,000 legal bill accrued earlier this year during a court battle over Minnesota’s lieutenant governor.  A bill covering the legal fees of former state Sen. Michelle Fischbach, R-Paynesville, was made public Monday. She spent months fighting a lawsuit seeking to remove her from office. She had argued she could remain a senator and serve as the state’s lieutenant governor at the same time. After the Legislature adjourned in May, she resigned her Senate seat. The Senate is now considering whether to absorb the legal costs.”

Says Mary Divine in the PiPress, “Police arrested a 23-year-old man early Sunday on charges of driving while intoxicated after he drove his 2010 Audi through a townhouse in Stillwater. Gabriel Lutterman told police he had five drinks at the Portside in downtown Stillwater prior to driving into the living room of a unit at Birchwood Townhomes near the corner of Osman Avenue and 63rd Street North. … When police arrived on scene they found Lutterman on the sidewalk near the townhouse.…‘I’m over. I’m not going to lie to you’, he told police. ‘(I had) five drinks. I’m not going to say two like everyone else.’”

At Politico, Michael Stratford reports, “The Trump administration for months concealed a report that showed Wells Fargo charged college students fees that were on average several times higher than some of its competitors. The ‘unpublished’ report was obtained by POLITICO through a Freedom of Information Act request. It was produced by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau office previously led by Seth Frotman, who quit as the bureau’s top student loan official in protest of Trump administration policies.

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Comments (4)

  1. Submitted by Ray Schoch on 12/11/2018 - 08:01 am.

    Why would anyone – individual or business – knowingly continue to do business with Wells Fargo? Their unethical, even criminal, history is now well-documented, repeatedly well-documented, actually. Executives should be in prison for fraud, just as you and I would be if we’d done something similar, and frankly, the company should have been forced out of business by federal and/or state AGs.

    • Submitted by Colin Brownlow on 12/11/2018 - 09:44 am.

      I’m with you. It operated for years well outside of any ethical norms and danced a fine line with out and out criminality. In any rational world it would have been broken up when all the malpractice became public years ago.

  2. Submitted by James Hamilton on 12/11/2018 - 09:33 am.

    Wells Fargo’s Mission Statement:

    “We will steal from all of our customers without regard to race, religion, creed, national origin, sexual preference, age or disability.”

  3. Submitted by Arthur Swenson on 12/11/2018 - 12:41 pm.

    You don’t grow from being the second largest financial institution (Northwestern Nat’l Bank) to one off the largest banks in the country by being “Minnesota nice.”

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