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Stadium authority erupts in controversy over leadership roles

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 13:15
Chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen traded heated comments with John Griffith, a board member who has been an executive vice president at Target Corp.
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Fond du Lac Band won't net or spear Lake Vermilion

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 11:20
Plans change for northern Minnesota tribe
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Hunters being asked to submit wild turkeys for avian flu testing

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 10:54
Successful hunters in five affected counties asked to bring birds to DNR offices
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Surgin' sturgeon: Success story continues on the Rainy River

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 10:10
New data records remarkable recovery of a fish that nearly vanished from Rainy River and Lake of the Woods.
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Friday (Britt McHenry and the always-rolling camera) edition: Wha' Happened

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 09:47
Thursday’s big story involved footage of a woman used to being on camera — ESPN reporter Britt McHenry — having those very devices work against her. Cameras caught footage from a confrontation with a woman working for a towing company after McHenry’s vehicle was towed. Among the printable things McHenry said to her: “So I could be a college dropout and do the same thing?” and “Lose some weight, baby girl.” It was like a script from Mean Girls 2. It cost McHenry a one-week suspension, while the story earned Deadspin more than a million page views (language warning on that link, which has the video). It also opens up a lot of questions to think about. Without a video, this incident isn’t a story. If this video captures someone who isn’t in the public sphere berating an employee, it isn’t a story. But the combination of the video and the public figure turns a private situation not related to McHenry’s job into a story that impacts her career. This is the confluence of two very powerful things: our move toward greater transparency, whereby surveillance video is everywhere and pretty much anyone with a phone can shoot video; and a society eager to shame wrongdoers. The notion of whether we act as the best version of ourselves when we know we are being (or could be) watched, or whether we act tentatively and are afraid to be ourselves is one that has been explored in literature and pop culture countless times (including David Eggers’ recent work, “The Circle,” which is particularly relevant to the McHenry incident and in 2015 in general). We’ve all behaved badly to varying degrees, whether it’s something as innocuous as sneaking through a red light at 2 a.m. when there’s not another car in sight or something more serious. Part of me wonders if we’re so eager to shame others because in the backs of our minds we’re secretly thankful we weren’t the ones caught. Maybe the McHenry incident is different because 1) she looked at the camera at one point and clearly knew she was being recorded but still continued with her awful ranting and 2) the nature of her words was so particularly ugly that she loses any benefit of the doubt. Nobody should act that way, publicly or privately, and if that’s the attitude and mindset she carries through life it clearly needs an adjustment. Should it affect her job, though? That’s still an interesting question. While personally humbling/humiliating to behave that way, and indirectly damaging to the ESPN brand, the incident was in no way work related and in no way is related to job performance. It’s safe to say a lot of people more famous than McHenry have done far worse and simply haven’t been caught. Maybe it’s good that she was. Maybe we will welcome a day in the future when every move everyone makes is recorded and able to be judged. Or maybe we should be careful what we wish for and careful how harshly we judge.
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Wild's brains, speed beat Blues' brawn

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 01:13
The team played smart and dished out its own tough play.
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Leopold, Yeo talk to Dumba about staying calm

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 00:14
Matt Dumba is playing in his first NHL playoff series.
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Wild's Stewart puts off Blues ties

Star Tribune Sports - Fri, 04/17/2015 - 00:04
Close to ex-teammates, the Wild forward still has a point to prove.
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Wild fends off Blues to take Game 1 in St. Louis

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 23:15
The Wild faced some tense moments late against St. Louis but a pair of empty-net goals secured Game 1 and set the tone for the series.
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Adrian Peterson cleared to rejoin Vikings, but will he?

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 21:12
The NFL ended his exile, but pressing questions remain.
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Bill Webster, master of realistic wildlife art

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 20:48
Bill Webster captured the true beauty of game birds.
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Lynx trade picks, add guard on WNBA draft night

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 19:17
The Lynx traded their first-round pick (11th overall) and third second- and third-round picks to New York for guard Anna Cruz and the Liberty’s second- and third-round picks.
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Gophers' Zahui selected No. 2 overall by Tulsa in WNBA draft

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 18:19
The 6-5 sophomore All-America center opted to leave the Gophers early to enter the draft.
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Nate Pomeday promoted to assistant coach

Star Tribune Sports - Thu, 04/16/2015 - 15:22
The Northwestern graduate worked as an assistant at Oregon State for six years before joining Minnesota as the director of basketball operations before last season.
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