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State Fair sued after 37 police officers terminated

Minnesota State Fair
Minnesota State Fair
Minnesota State Fair

Unfair employment practices? KSTP reports:Three Minnesota State Fair Police officers told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS they have filed age discrimination complaints after 37 officers received termination letters telling them they must all reapply, with no guarantee of being rehired. … All three said they filed their complaints with the State Fair’s Human Resources Department, and one of the officers said they went a step further and filed similar complaints with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights and the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).”

Mean spirit of St. Louis Park. Patch’s William Bornhoft reports:There’s one St. Louis Park resident who can’t wait to leave. Jennifer Carnahan, the chairwoman of the Minnesota Republican Party, says she’s excited to move out in May. … At the center of her desire to leave is the city’s progressive politics. St. Louis Park recently voted to ban sale of vaping products and e-cigarettes.”

Securing those kind of funds won’t be a cakewalk. The Star Tribune’s Katie Galioto reports:The city is asking for $13.5 million in state funding to fortify its Lake Superior shoreline following three consecutive years of severe storms that battered beaches and the popular Lakewalk trail. … On Monday, the City Council will be asked to approve Duluth’s legislative priorities for the year, and city staff has put coastal infrastructure rehabilitation at the top of their list.”

But enough about Iowa… For Vox, Ella Nilsen writes: “Moderate New Hampshire voters think Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar could beat President Donald Trump in a general election. They’re just not sure she can win the Democratic primary. … Coming off a strong December debate performance — and with fundraising and polling numbers good enough to be on the January debate stage — Klobuchar is getting a lot of interest from moderate voters in the Granite State. … Klobuchar’s case to voters: She has a record of handily winning elections (and Trump counties) in her home state of Minnesota, a state she likes to point out also has a history of electing to executive office controversial figures with a penchant for drama, like former Gov. Jesse Ventura.”

In other news…

Gotta be true of most professions:Minneapolis Deputy Police Chief: ‘3-6 percent of cops… shouldn’t be cops’” [City Pages]

Sounds pretty ruff:Minneapolis charges dog owner with misdemeanor over off-leash permit” [City Pages]

A Minneapolis-based story:Cabaret Performer Thanks His Elementary School Music Teacher For Giving Him A Voice” [NPR]

You know one:The Boys Who Wear Shorts All Winter” [Atlantic]

Comments (13)

  1. Submitted by Bill Schletzer on 01/10/2020 - 01:09 pm.

    I’ve never seen a cop at the State Fair do anything but mosey around chatting with another cop. Looks like an easy gig.

    • Submitted by lisa miller on 01/10/2020 - 02:10 pm.

      But that’s not the issue; you can’t terminate based on age.

      • Submitted by Rory Kramer on 01/10/2020 - 02:49 pm.

        Did either of you bother to read the article? The Fair Board updated their licensing and training requirements and one of those requirements be that an officer, whether they have previously served as an officer or as a new hire has to have a college degree in Law Enforcement or possess a Law Enforcement certificate from an acceptable college/university in Minnesota. Yes, it sucks that most of the older officers might not have a college degree but the Fair Board has the right to set its standards for employment.

        • Submitted by James Hamilton on 01/10/2020 - 03:06 pm.

          I read the article. I saw no reason given for the decision either to fire the officers or to impose the degree standard on those with years of experience. That said, the fact that the licensure requirement will affect only 16 of the 37 officers does not bode well for their age discrimination claims. Still, they desere some explanation of the reason for requiring current officers to meet POST standards.

          • Submitted by Pat Terry on 01/10/2020 - 03:31 pm.

            The idea of requiring cops to have college degrees is pretty widespread, with the thinking you will have a more professional force with college graduates. There was a recent study that found college educated cops were less likely to use force. It will not be difficult for the fair to justify this requirement.

            This is also a two-week a year job.

            • Submitted by Pat Terry on 01/10/2020 - 03:35 pm.

              There were also some violent incidents at the fair last year. Maybe they decided they needed real cops and not just old, unqualified guys.

  2. Submitted by ian wade on 01/10/2020 - 01:34 pm.

    I’m guessing these cops have no idea that this is a pretty common practice in corporate America. I also find it ironic that the only union conservatives care about is the police union.

  3. Submitted by John Hasselberg on 01/11/2020 - 09:42 am.

    As regards the “In Other News…….” category above note on 3 – 6% of Mpls cops shouldn’t be cops quote, I’m reminded of an interview in the Twin Cities Reader with Tony Bouza in 1989 when he retired after nine years of being Mpls Police Chief. When asked what was his single main challenge when hired in 1980 he said “To get the criminals out of the police department.” “Were you successful?” was the follow-up question. “Not entirely.” was his response.

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