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    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – When the NFL draft takes place this week, a few prospects with Minnesota ties could hear their names called – possibly even in the first round. Two of the draft’s top edge rushers and a massive offensive lineman have roots in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Last year, a native Minnesotan went third overall to the San Francisco 49ers. Quarterback Trey Lance grew up in Marshall and played college ball at North Dakota State University. Later in the first round, University of Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens. Here are some of the hometown kids who could be NFL players by the end of the week: Jermaine Johnson II (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) Jermaine Johnson II Johnson is likely to be the highest drafted player with Minnesota ties. The defensive end grew up in Eden Prairie, and played for Eden Prairie High School. He started at a junior college before transferring to Georgia and then Florida State. At FSU, he had 11.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in 12 games. In...
    by Evan Stambaugh   The University of Minnesota is looking to hire an assistant professor of elementary literacy education with “knowledge of” and “commitment to” Critical Race Theory (CRT), climate literacy, and other related areas. The job posting appears in the U of M’s “Career” database, with the Center of the American Experiment first reporting on it Tuesday. According to the job posting, the assistant professor of elementary literacy education is a tenure track position, and the new hire will “bring a focus on and commitments to environmental and/or racial justice in their work in elementary literacy education.” To that end, the school is seeking someone with a PhD in literacy education or a related field who has “knowledge of and commitment to critical perspectives and traditions in education and literacy education, including (but not limited to) eco- and climate literacy, indigenous and decolonizing pedagogies and methodologies, racial literacy, critical race theory, and anti-racist and anti-oppressive approaches.” The last qualification applicants must have is “at least three years of experience as a teacher of record, including at least one year of experience teaching...
    A Minnesota gymnast earned herself a perfect 10 and viral fame after nailing her incredible floor routine set to an instrumental medley of songs from Beyoncé's Homecoming. Mya Hooten, 19, wowed the judges with her flawless performance on Monday night when the University of Minnesota Gophers faced off against the University of Michigan Wolverines.  While Minnesota ultimately lost to No. 1-ranked Michigan, 198.025 to 197.650, the crowd at Maturi Pavilion went wild over the sophomore's energetic routine.  Scroll down for video   Mya Hooten, a sophomore at the University of Minnesota, wowed the judges with her floor routine at Monday's meet against the University of Michigan The 19-year-old earned a perfect 10 for her routine, which was set to an instrumental medley of songs from Beyoncé's Homecoming When Hooten wasn't jumping or flipping in the air during her powerful tumbling passes, she was showing off her dance moves, which had significant meaning.  After landing her second pass — a front handspring to a front full and a front pike — she pushes herself away from an unseen force.  Hooten told PopSugar earlier this month that move is meant...
    COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (WCCO) — A sexual misconduct allegation led to a protest at St. John’s University on Thursday. Reports of a “sex competition” among men living on the first and second floors of St. Patrick Hall prompted the university to hire a third-party investigator to look into the allegations. READ MORE: 'We Might Run Out Of Them': Minnesotans Buying Snow Blowers Anticipating Supply Chain Issues“There is unfortunately toxic masculinity that affects our students whether they attend St. John’s or attend St. Ben’s,” said Sydney Robinson, who attends the College of St. Benedict. The sit-in was organized by the Institute for Women’s Leadership at the College of St. Benedict, and it comes after a campus newspaper article detailed sexual misconduct allegations. According to students, some sophomore men in St. Patrick Hall at St. John’s University, devised a sex competition aimed at female students. “There was apparently a list and point values — really disgusting and elaborate,” said Connor Kockler, of St. John’s University. “I wanted to be here to show my support and show that there needs to be...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The University of Minnesota announced Tuesday a series of new measures to address safety concerns surrounding its Minneapolis campus, including the hiring of additional police officers and a full-time social worker. University officials say a partnership with the City of Minneapolis is making the safety of Dinkytown, Marcy-Holmes, and other nearby neighborhoods a “top priority.” Myron Frans, senior vice president for finance and operations at the university, released details on the effort. READ MORE: University of Minnesota Vows To Boost Safety Measures After Shootings In Dinkytown The enhanced safety measures include the installation of at least seven security kiosks in Dinkytown, which will help connect students to campus police. The University of Minnesota Police Department (UMPD) will also hire three more police officers and a full-time social worker, which will “provide alternative resources for cases involving mental health and chronic offender issues starting August 2.” Additionally, the university will resume the Gopher Chauffeur program that provides free rides home for students, seven days a week. The university is still staffing for these positions. https://boynton.umn.edu/gopher-chauffeur...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The University of Minnesota announced Tuesday a series of new measures to address safety concerns surrounding its Minneapolis campus, including the hiring of additional police officers and a full-time social worker. University officials say a partnership with the City of Minneapolis is making the safety of Dinkytown, Marcy-Holmes, and other nearby neighborhoods a “top priority.” Myron Frans, senior vice president for finance and operations at the university, released details on the effort. READ MORE: University of Minnesota Vows To Boost Safety Measures After Shootings In Dinkytown The enhanced safety measures include the installation of at least seven security kiosks in Dinkytown, which will help connect students to campus police. The University of Minnesota Police Department (UMPD) will also hire three more police officers and a full-time social worker, which will “provide alternative resources for cases involving mental health and chronic offender issues starting August 2.” Additionally, the university will resume the Gopher Chauffeur program that provides free rides home for students, seven days a week. The university is still staffing for these positions. https://boynton.umn.edu/gopher-chauffeur...
    Minneapolis (WCCO) – University of Minnesota men’s basketball coach Ben Johnson, whose contract is subject to Board of Regents approval, announced two additions to his staff today in assistant coaches Dave Thorson and Jason Kemp. “These are two exceptional coaches who have strong connections to Minnesota, the Midwest and unique pockets throughout the country. They are outstanding men who care deeply about student-athlete success on and off the court, and they will be tremendous ambassadors for our program, department and University,” said Johnson. READ MORE: Minnesota Stares Down Another COVID-19 Surge Thorson was previously a Minnesota assistant coach from 1990-94 and then coached DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis for 23 years. At DeLaSalle, Thorson guided his teams to nine state championships, which included six consecutive and an overall record of 527-130. READ MORE: Public Health Alert Issued For Raw Ground Turkey Linked To Salmonella Hardar Illness Thorson, who coached Johnson at DeLaSalle, began his career as an assistant at South Dakota in 1989. He spent the past three seasons as an assistant at Colorado State after previously serving as an...
    The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library have named Alexs Pate the winner of the 2021 Kay Sexton Award for his significant contributions to and leadership in Minnesota’s literary community. The award will be presented at the 2021 Minnesota Book Awards, to be held virtually on Thursday, April 29. Pate is a New York Times bestselling author, teacher, mentor and artist. He has written five novels, including two Minnesota Book Award winners, two works of nonfiction and a children’s book. The editor of “Blues Vision: African American Writing From Minnesota,” he has taught at Macalester College, the University of Minnesota, Naropa University in Colorado and the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Creative Writing Program. One of his students at Macalester was poet and author Bao Phi, who said, “It was inspiring for me to see a Black author who was not only successful, but who was shaping the discourse on how art from his community should be engaged.” Pate developed and hosted the NOMMO African American Author Series through the Givens Foundation at the University of Minnesota and served...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The University of Minnesota announced several significant program cuts to the Gophers’ athletic department Thursday. According to the university, the affected programs include: men’s gymnastics, men’s tennis and men’s indoor and outdoor track and field. The teams and scholarships of those programs will continue through the end of the 2020-21 school year, with the cuts occurring next year. “Should health and safety precautions allow, these teams will have the opportunity to compete during the 2020-21 season,” the university said in a statement. In August, the Big Ten Conference postponed all fall sports, impacting football, cross country, volleyball and soccer at the University of Minnesota. “The COVID-19 pandemic and the Big Ten’s decision to postpone fall 2020-21 sports has greatly increased the financial concerns. Our athletic department is now facing a projected loss of revenue of approximately $75 million just this fiscal year. This is a significant deficit and one that will have an impact for years to come,” the university said. The university said it was determined that the athletics department could...
    HOPKINS, Minn. (WCCO) — Hopkins Public Schools started classes on Aug. 31, and two weeks prior was the first day of work for four of the district’s nine principals. WCCO interviewed Julius Eromosele, the new principal at Hopkins North Junior High School, and Crystal Ballard, the new principal at Hopkins High. They both previously worked together as assistant principals at Osseo Senior High school. Eromosele also has experience at Park Center, and Ballard worked in the Minneapolis school district. Eromosele graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and African-American studies before getting his Master’s in education at Wisconsin-River Falls. On WCCO This Morning, he shared how he’s stayed focus on his students and families as he starts a new job amid the COVID-19 pandemic and racial injustice. Through the course of his career, he has worked to create equity within the classroom. Ballard shares a similar vision for Hopkins High School students. Born and raised in Detroit, she always felt representation among her teachers leaders. She then went to Grambling State University, a historically Black...
    It looks like we’re going to be at home a lot in the coming months, so it’s a good thing Minnesota writers are going to provide us with lots of good reading. Here’s a clip-and-save look at books coming in the next months, a list that is dominated by nonfiction and children’s picture books. But don’t despair; some of our favorite novelists are here, too. SEPTEMBER FICTION “Funeral for a Friend” by Brian Freeman (Black Stone Publishing) — In the 12th thriller featuring Jonathan Stride, the Duluth detective’s best friend makes a deathbed confession that he protected Stride by covering up a murder. When the police dig up the friend’s yard, they find a body with a bullet hole in the skull and Stride is the primary suspect. “In a Midnight Wood” by Ellen Hart (Minotaur Books) — In the 27th mystery featuring Jane Lawless, Minnesota private investigator. Jane and her theatrical friend Cordelia take a road trip to visit an old friend and investigate a cold case in which a high school senior went missing in 1999. In the...
    Terrible timing. The Star Tribune’s Paul Walsh reports: “The warnings issued in recent days cover Lake Cornelia in Edina, Shady Oak Lake in Minnetonka and all public beaches in Plymouth. … Plymouth’s sweeping action comes after testing revealed troubling levels of E. coli bacteria.” Read the fine print. The Minnesota Daily’s Hana Ikramuddin reports: “A new feature of the University of Minnesota’s student portal, MyU, now includes an agreement students must accept before accessing their course materials, schedules and billing information, among other materials. The notice asks students to acknowledge the risks of attending the University during a pandemic. … The notice also requires that students agree to pay fees and tuition – something based on the chance to earn academic credit as opposed to the mode of instruction.” Get well soon. WCCO reports: “Former Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he’s now at home continuing to recover after falling in his kitchen earlier this month. In a social media post Wednesday, Dayton said he slipped and fell in his kitchen on the night of Aug. 4 and hit his head on the way...
    A Minnesota man has pleaded guilty to cyberstalking after threatening to injure and kidnap a former classmate at Minnesota State University, Mankato who rejected his romantic advances. Jeffrey Colin Purdy, 28, pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of cyberstalking, US Attorney Erica MacDonald announced. Purdy was a former classmate of his victim.  While attending the school the victim repeatedly declined his romantic propositions and she eventually blocked Purdy on her cell phone and social media accounts. Purdy sent her long letters and emails and would wait in the lobby of her dorm for hours, according to the Mankato Free Press. Jeffrey Colin Purdy, 28, pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of cyberstalking a former classmate at Minnesota State University, Mankato, who rejected his romantic advances. Pictured left in March and right in undated mugshot The university first began receiving reports about the woman in 2016 on its online incident reporting website. The initial reports falsely claimed she was causing trouble in the dorms and those reports escalated into threats, some saying the woman would be sexually...
    Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Myron Frans on Wednesday announced he would leave his position for a post at the University of Minnesota. Frans was appointed to the commissioner position by the Walz administration and he had previously served in the role under Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration. Frans also served Dayton’s first term as commissioner of the Department of Revenue. And in his time with the state, he helped replenish a $2 billion rainy day fund and restore the state’s AAA credit rating. As commissioner, Frans worked as state government’s chief financial and accounting officer, state controller and chief human resource officer. He also oversaw the insurance program for more than 50,000 state employees and managed collective bargaining on the state’s behalf. In a prepared statement, Frans said he is set to join the University of Minnesota as senior vice president for finance and operations beginning Sept. 30. The Board of Trustees will have to sign off on the hire and current Senior Vice President for Finance and Operations Brian Burnett said he opted to resign his post to allow...
    Two "Squad" members are on the defensive as they seek reelection for the first time. Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan are two of four uber-liberal minority female lawmakers who gained national notoriety as President Trump's political foils. Now, they're fending off primary challengers in closer-than-expected races next month. Their contests, while complicated by different forces, both threaten to break up the group, which also includes Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts. Ocasio-Cortez handily won her primary last month. Pressley is running unopposed in September. An internal poll last week for Omar, 37, put her almost 40 percentage points ahead of Antone Melton-Meaux, roughly a month out from their Aug. 11 Minneapolis primary. But the attorney and mediator is outpacing the sitting House member in their dash for cash. A donations surge last quarter means Melton-Meaux had outraised Omar as of June 30. He has $2 million in the bank, compared to her $1.1 million. Omar first won office two years ago, with a whopping 78% support from Minnesota's 5th...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota as well as the cities of Edina and Rochester have new requirements on wearing face masks in public places as the number of coronavirus cases and deaths continue to climb in Minnesota. University officials sent an e-mail to students Monday announcing that beginning Wednesday, all faculty, students and visitors to the campuses will be required to wear a face covering in any enclosed indoor space. The university had previously recommended, but not required face masks. Exceptions include an assigned apartment or residence hall or when alone in an office or study area. “This face covering directive has been established because we respect and care for ourselves and every person that we encounter on campus,” the university's statement said. In Edina, the City Council has adopted a policy requiring face masks in all city facilities and indoor public places where social distancing is difficult, the Star Tribune reported. “While I personally don’t like the idea of a mandate, I think this is something we should do,” Mayor Jim Hovland said at the meeting. And...
    Coronavirus: Latest News | Community Resources | COVID-19 Info | Download Our App | CBSN Minnesota MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The University of Minnesota announced Monday that face masks will be required for all students, faculty, staff and visitors in any indoor space on campus, effective July 1. On June 2, the university had announced initial guidance regarding masks on campus. Since then, research and advice from medical experts and public health officials has continued to evolve. Health leaders say that wearing a face covering provides valuable protection against the spread of COVID-19. And these precautions are important because individuals can carry COVID-19 with no apparent symptoms — so face coverings can reduce the possibility that individuals unknowingly infect others. Experts have also noted that extra precautions may be appropriate in communities that have higher levels of COVID-19 spread or risk of spread because of larger populations, living environments, etc. Therefore, the University of Minnesota decided to take precautions accordingly. The full face covering protocol can be found at the Return to Campus website.
    AFSA, Vadnais Heights Madeline Randall Parents: William and Nancy Randall College, major: Hamline University, English and digital media arts Quote: “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” — Frederick Douglass Paige Stuber Parent: Sharyl Stuber College, major: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, agricultural education Quote: “You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” Jacob Petronack Parents: Michael and Deb Petronack College, major: University of Wisconsin-River Falls, horticulture Quote: “Plan for what is difficult while it is easy, do what is great while it is small.” — Sun Tzu Benjamin Vollhaber Parents: Andrew and Angella Vollhaber College, major: University of Northwestern-St. Paul, electrical engineering Quote: “Common sense is like deodorant. The people who need it the most don’t use it.” Griffin Westerman Parents: Marcus and Tanya Westerman College, major: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, computer science Abigail Moe Parents: Sheldon and Michelle Moe College, major: Gustavus Adolphus College, communication studies and environmental science Quote: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” — Eleanor...
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The president of the University of Minnesota plans to recommend that the school resume in-person classes this fall after moving to online offerings during the coronavirus pandemic. President Joan Gabel also will recommend to the Board of Regents next week that the university reopen residence halls in the fall. The Star Tribune reports Gabel announced her recommendations Friday. The recommendations come after weeks of deliberations with university leaders and public health experts. TOP STORIES Mighty: Evangelical pastors determined to rally 25 million faith voters Minneapolis City Council unanimously approves police reforms, including ban on chokeholds Trump orders Pentagon to slash number of U.S. troops stationed in Germany Gabel also will suggest each campus adjust its academic calendars to conclude in-person instruction by Thanksgiving, or earlier if state health officials deem it necessary. Her plan must be approved by regents. “While much planning remains to be done, we have made real progress,” Gabel said in a letter to students, faculty and staff. “We look forward to welcoming our new and returning students back to...
    University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel told students, faculty, and staff in a letter Wednesday the school will not have Minneapolis Police Department officers at football games and other large events in the wake of the police-involved death of George Floyd earlier this week. Gabel said the university's police officers will only call on the city's department for joint patrols and certain investigations. MICHAEL PORTER JR. SAYS TO 'PRAY FOR POLICE OFFICERS' INVOLVED IN GEORGE FLOYD'S DEATH “Our hearts are broken after watching the appalling video capturing the actions of Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) officers against George Floyd leading to his tragic death,” Gabel wrote. “Today I am announcing two immediate changes regarding our relationship with MPD. “First, I have directed Senior Vice President Brian Burnett to no longer contact the Minneapolis Police Department for additional law enforcement support needed for large events such as football games, concerts, and ceremonies. LEBRON JAMES, OTHER STAR ATHLETES SPEAK OUT ON GEORGE FLOYD'S DEATH “Second, I have directed University Police Chief Matt Clark to no longer use the Minneapolis Police Department when specialized...
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