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MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Minnesota Board of Regents launched an official inquiry Thursday into the leak of confidential information about an athletics official’s alleged sexual harassment of a fellow employee. KSTP-TV reported regents were notified Wednesday that Randy Handel, the associate athletics director of development, sexually harassed another employee in the athletics department.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota's Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger is asking state lawmakers for a $5 million contingency fund to help health officials respond to outbreaks of infectious disease. Already this year, state and local officials have spent nearly $3 million responding to measles, tuberculosis and syphilis, Ehlinger said in a prepared statement.
ST. PAUL — Flu season is all but over, but the Minnesota measles outbreak has metro medical centers handing out masks and telling their youngest visitors to stay home. Allina Health, which includes United Hospital in St. Paul, said Monday it is continuing its flu-season visitation restrictions, which bar visitors under age 5 to protect patients and staff. As an added precaution, children under 10 must wear a mask while visiting, and no one under 10 is allowed at Allina's childbirth centers.
ST. PAUL — A Central High School science teacher still battling the school district over injuries he suffered breaking up a lunchroom fight in December 2015 said Thursday that his career is likely over. John Ekblad, who had hoped to return to his job, said he's receiving full Social Security disability payments. "I don't think I'm going back to teaching again," he said outside a federal courtroom in Minneapolis following a motions hearing on his case against former superintendent Valeria Silva and assistant superintendent Theresa Battle.
CRYSTAL, Minn. — Minnesota's 2014 teacher of the year is losing his job amid a legislative debate over school funding and job protections for veteran teachers. Tom Rademacher criticized the so-called "Last In, First Out" (LIFO) policies that Republican lawmakers for years have tried to eliminate. "We are doing no one, certainly not students and teachers, any favors by making new teachers start over and over and over again," he said on his personal blog Sunday, April 9. But Rademacher said the larger problem is a lack of funding for schools.
ST. PAUL—The Minnesota State system wants its colleges and universities to do more to help students with basic life needs, such as food, housing and child care. System leaders told trustees Wednesday that many campuses have stepped up with food banks, child care grants and even cash for emergencies, but plenty of student need is going unmet. They said colleges should identify best practices for helping students and explore partnerships with county agencies and nonprofits.
MINNEAPOLIS — A lucrative new media-rights deal is expected to grow revenue for Golden Gopher athletics by $17 million next year, but the University of Minnesota's academic side won't get a share of that windfall. As recently as September, President Eric Kaler predicted Minnesota soon would join the short list of universities whose athletics programs rake in more money than they spend. "I expect us to be able to do that as new media money comes into the Big Ten," he said during a Sept. 8 budget work session with the Board of Regents.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota State trustees said Thursday they did not find an acceptable candidate to replace the retiring Steven Rosenstone as chancellor this summer. The board was expected to appoint one of three finalists who interviewed Wednesday at the system office. Instead, the board unanimously appointed the retired Devinder Malhotra as interim chancellor and reopened the search for a permanent leader.
MINNEAPOLIS — Finalists for chancellor of the Minnesota State system of 30 colleges and seven universities presented their visions in a public forum Wednesday, a day before trustees vote on Steven Rosenstone's successor. Trustees, students, faculty and staff asked the three candidates about their management styles, experiences with diversity and ideas for getting the system's budget deficit under control. Michael Martin
MINNEAPOLIS — Five years after he was forced to resign from the University of Minnesota's Board of Regents, former House speaker Steve Sviggum could return to the board after a surprise move Tuesday by Republican lawmakers. The Regent Candidate Advisory Council, which vets candidates, presented three finalists for the seat representing the 2nd Congressional District. But during a joint meeting of the House and Senate higher education committees Tuesday, Sviggum's name was added to the list.