- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015
U of M president backs off comments about Teague resignation

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler retreated Friday from comments he made right after athletic director Norwood Teague’s surprise resignation over sexual harassment allegations late last week, when he suggested it all happened because Teague had been served too much alcohol.

“I regret that very poor choice of words because I cannot state strongly enough that Teague is entirely responsible for his behavior, and alcohol use is no excuse,” Kaler said in a statement. “Sexual harassment will not be tolerated at the University of Minnesota, and his resignation was the appropriate result of his actions.”

Teague was accused of groping two high-level administrators, Erin Dady and Ann Aronson, during a senior leadership retreat July 15. Teague read an apology the day of his resignation in which he blamed alcohol for his behavior at the event and vowed to seek treatment. In a joint statement Thursday, Dady and Aronson called sexual harassment “a predatory act” and said having too much to drink does not excuse it.

After Teague resigned, a third woman, Star Tribune basketball reporter Amelia Rayno, published her own account Monday accusing Teague of sexually harassing her in 2013.

In his statement Friday, Kaler also backed away from his suggestion that the university might temporarily hire Teague back as a consultant to ease the transition to a new athletic director. That would have cost the school $285 an hour. Kaler had said Teague might still have important background knowledge on the university’s push for $190 million in private donations to build a new athletes village.

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Pine Springs teen sentenced to 27 years for killing teacher

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) - A 19-year with a history of mental health issues has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for the random shooting of a popular teacher.

Bailey Garcia, of Pine Springs, pleaded guilty earlier to second-degree murder in the death of Park High School art teacher and Willnerie bar owner David Frigaard in Mahtomedi in January.

Garcia told the judge at his sentencing Friday that he’s been going to Alcoholics Anonymous and Bible study to make himself a better person. He said he prays for Frigaard and his family every day.

Garcia previously told investigators he had been drinking following an argument with his father when he drove to the intersection to “shoot a few deer.” Instead, he saw Frigaard in an approaching pickup truck and fired, killing Frigaard instantly.

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Minnesotay man charged with assaulting deputy who shot him

CHASKA, Minn. (AP) - A Norwood Young America man who was shot by a McLeod County deputy has been charged with assault and drunken driving.

Authorities say 23-year-old Michael Thomas Montgomery is accused of tackling and assaulting Deputy Matthew Wyatt, who was off duty when he tried to stop an intoxicated Montgomery from driving away from a gas station April 17 in Norwood Young America.

Wyatt, who suffered a concussion and other injuries, got off one shot that struck Montgomery in the arm.

Carver County Attorney Mark Metz said Friday that the deputy was justified in shooting Montgomery and won’t be charged.

Montgomery’s first court appearance is set for Sept. 4. Online court record don’t list an attorney who could comment on his behalf.

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Attorney says state won’t propose Sex Offender Program fixes

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - An attorney for the state of Minnesota says state officials won’t propose any specific remedies ahead of a Sept. 30 hearing in a lawsuit over the Minnesota Sex Offender Program.

U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank has already declared the program unconstitutional. In the second phase he’ll consider potential remedies. In a strongly worded scheduling order Thursday, Frank warned that he may resort to a “more forceful solution” if state leaders aren’t willing to fix the program on their own.

In a letter to the court Friday. Deputy Attorney General Nathan Brennaman said the state still considers the program constitutional so it won’t propose any remedies. But he says the state will file a response Sept. 21 to any remedies proposed by the plaintiffs.

The program holds more than 700 offenders.

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