Sviggum says ‘I clearly have more to learn’ after U of M Morris diversity comment


For the Pioneer Press Josh Verges reports that “University of Minnesota Regent Steve Sviggum” apologized Tuesday for putting student diversity in a negative light at a board meeting last Wednesday. Sviggum stated that he clearly has more to learn in order to understand the strengths that diversity brings to our institution. Sviggum, during a presentation on the low enrollment at U’s Morris campus (where 54 percent of students were white), asked the interim chancellor if it was possible that Morris has become too diverse .

Says Jessie Van Berkel, for the Strib “Democratic Gov. Tim Walz and Scott Jensen , the GOP challenger, ripped into each other’s records during Tuesday night’s first and only televised debate. They had sharply different views about what they would do for the next four years as the state’s top executive. Jensen stated that he would like to reduce state spending, shift educational dollars, and strengthen law enforcement. The first-term governor, however, stressed his support for accessing abortions, increasing school funding, and combating gun violence.

The KSTP-TV Story by Tom Hauser states that “Walz” and allied groups used Jensen’s abortion issue to attack him. They claim he will ban abortion in Minnesota if he is elected governor. Jensen claimed he would ban abortion in campaign videos and interviews. However, he has since retracted that statement in the wake U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturn Roe V. Wade. This leaves abortion laws in the control of state legislatures. Jensen stated Tuesday night that Minnesota abortion is a legal right and it will not be on the November ballot. “What’s on the November ballot is without doubt skyrocketing inflation and crime out of control, and our children aren’t getting the education they need.

A WCCO TV story by Jonah Kaplan explains that “Major League Baseball” mandated them in 2014. They were added to Disney World in 2015. They have been in use for decades at airports, county courtshouses, prisons, and many other places. Mall of America could be the next to add metal detectors to their security against gun violence .

KMSP TV Theo Keith said that Freedom Club, which is responsible for the “Walz Failed” signs and the airplane banner at Minnesota State Fair, has launched a TV ad using a mix-up of news stories on carjackings in Twin Cities. The ad is a modest purchase, with only one station showing $40,000 in booked TV time. It does not include statistics or make any claims. Jensen has a cinematic advertisement in which a young lady drives home from school and is then robbed by two people. According to the ad, there were 779 carjackings last year in Minnesota. According to the woman, “Before Tim Walz we didn’t worry over this”. A FOX 9 Factcheck found that this needs to be clarified. Carjackings have increased significantly, particularly since 2020. According to the statewide Uniform Crime Report, Minneapolis was responsible 78% of all reported carjackings for 2021. Before 2021, the state did not keep statistics on carjackings. said a spokesperson for the Department of Public Safety.

The Washington Post Cathy Free writes, “Scott Legried was on his way to Frost, Minn. in August when a German shepherd puppy ran across the road. Legried made a wrong turn to avoid the dog and sent his car off the road into a cornfield. Legried was taken to the hospital with a fractured collarbone and shoulder blade, seven broken bones, two broken vertebrae, a collapsed lung, and a concussion. Legried, who is a single man and tends to his farm with two seasonal workers , was told he would need to rest for several months before he can drive a tractor. He said that he could only think of one thing — the October harvest was just six more weeks away. He was left wondering how he would bring in 600 acres of corn and soybeans, which are his only sources of income. He got his answer Oct. 4 when more than 12 farmers from Frost and nearby towns arrived at Legried’s farm with trucks, combines and grain wagons. They quickly harvested his soybean crop. The farmers then promised to return later in the month to collect his corn.

KARE-TV Jennifer Austin wrote. “The first sign of what Talon Metals are working on in rural Aitkin County, Minnesota is parked outside their Tamarack office, Minnesota. It’s a Tesla equipped with vehicle wrap that sports the company name and a license plate that reads NI4 EV (or nickel for electric cars). The company employs 90 people and has a larger workforce than the actual population of the town (62). Talon Metals holds mineral leases on 31,000 acres in Aitkin County. They are currently drilling core samples beneath ground to map out where nickel or other precious metals can also be found. Tesla made a January commitment to purchase 165 million pounds in nickel concentrate from Talon in order to make their batteries.

An MPR News trio shares this: “University of Minnesota regent Steve Sviggum continues to be under fire for comments he made last Wednesday about the composition of the student body at University of Minnesota Morris. Dylan Young, Morris student body president, wrote an open letter in response to Sviggum’s comments. He invited the regent to dinner at his campus residence with him and other students of colour. He apologized and said that he hoped Sviggum would come to Morris. “Even though you have the right, it’s stupid to ask that question. You will find diversity not on the top 100 problems list if you visit the University of Minnesota Morris campus. Young explained to MPR News.

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