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ST. PAUL -- Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, Minn., and Minnesota State have agreed to pay $100,000 to resolve a lawsuit alleging whistleblower retaliation. Cameron Stoltz, DCTC’s former mens soccer coach and athletic coordinator, sued the school following his dismissal in 2016. He claimed school leaders removed him because he raised concerns three years earlier about misspent federal funds, academic fraud and gender inequity in sports.
ST. PAUL — A University of Minnesota police officer should have been suspended, not fired, for an aggressive off-duty encounter with a pedestrian outside a St. Paul restaurant, an arbitrator has ruled. Phillip Lombardi was waiting to turn left on his way to lunch in July 2016 when a woman entered the crosswalk, according to the arbitrator’s report. Lombardi motioned for the woman to hurry up and pulled his SUV forward. The woman, a St. Paul prosecutor, then kicked the front of his vehicle.
Since he was sentenced for assault three years ago, Christian Burch has edited the prison newspaper, tutored fellow inmates and sold graphite portraits he drew while earning an art certificate. His next goal is a bachelor’s degree in communications, which he expects to receive through Ohio-based Ashland University shortly before he is released in 2021.
COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. -- A St. John’s University alum has lost his bid to claw back a $300,000 endowment he says was being distributed to undeserving students. California lawyer Roger Lindmark established the endowment with settlement funds he was awarded as a plaintiff in an interest-calculation case against American Express and as an attorney in a gas anti-trust case.
ST. PAUL — Several members of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents on Friday, March 8, challenged the academic underpinnings of a recommendation to rename four buildings on the Twin Cities campus. Regents say they have found flaws in a 125-page report that lays out both the contributions of four former administrators and the men’s acts of discrimination against African-American and Jewish students.
COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- A transgender teen is suing the Anoka-Hennepin School District for barring him from the boys locker room at Coon Rapids High School. The teen, identified in the lawsuit only as N.H., used the locker room while participating on the boys swim team as a freshman in 2015-16. But near the end of the season, he was pulled out of class and told he’d have to start changing clothes in a facility no other student used, according to the complaint filed Monday in Anoka County District Court.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Ten black football players were punished in 2016 so that University of Minnesota administrators would look like “heroes of the fight against sexual violence,” their lawyer said in court Friday, Feb. 22. University lawyers say the student discipline process worked “exactly as it should have,” with just four players ultimately being expelled.
ST. PAUL — The names of four former University of Minnesota leaders should be scrubbed from Twin Cities campus buildings, according to a task force appointed by President Eric Kaler. A 125-page report made public Wednesday, Feb. 20, says the four white men, who promoted racist and anti-Semitic policies at the university, were not simply a product of their times. Rather, they discriminated against students despite significant activism on and off campus and while other universities chose integration.
ST. PAUL -- More University of Minnesota students are graduating without student debt, and those who do go into debt aren’t borrowing as much as they used to. Twin Cities student borrowing has steadily declined since 2011-12, when 64 percent of new university graduates carried student debt averaging $27,578. Last year, just 56 percent of University of Minnesota graduates had student debt. The average was $25,573, according to a recent report to the board of regents.
ST. PAUL - Minnesota schools will not be punished if they fall short of the state’s instruction time laws because of this week’s dangerous weather, Gov. Tim Walz’s office said Wednesday. “The Governor has assured local school districts that they will not be penalized for keeping their students safe,” a spokesman for the governor said. Classes are canceled across the metro Thursday, Jan. 31, for a fourth consecutive day due to snow and cold.