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Men’s hockey: Gophers fall to Michigan, settle for weekend split



Men’s hockey: Gophers’ five-goal rally sweeps away Michigan State

In 2002 and again in 2003, the Minnesota Gophers had to get past Michigan to win their two most recent NCAA hockey titles. On a night when those championship teams from two decades ago were honored, it became clear that the road to the 2022 national crown could mean another date with the Wolverines down the road.

On Saturday, the modern version of the Wolverines rallied from an early deficit for a decisive 4-1 win over the Gophers at Mariucci Arena to hold onto a share of first place in the Big Ten standings.

An early goal by Bryce Brodzinski gave the Gophers a lead, but the Wolverines stormed back and earned a split of the weekend series.

Justen Close had 15 saves for Minnesota (14-10-0, 9-5-0 Big Ten) which is six points back of co-leaders Michigan and Ohio State, but had two games in hand on both the Wolverines and Buckeyes.

“We kind of thought in the first couple periods we were taking it to them,” said Gophers forward Blake McLaughlin, who assisted on their only goal, and took their only penalty. “I think coach put it best in the locker room. He said they had four chances, and their top guys buried on their four chances. Other than that, we didn’t give them much.”

Trailing 1-0, the Wolverines (19-7-1, 10-6-0) got goals 62 seconds apart from Brendan Brisson and Matty Berniers to take a lead they would not relinquish. The Gophers mounted rush after rush, only to be repeatedly thwarted by Michigan goalie Erik Portillo, who had 39 saves in the win.

Michael Pastujov added a second-period goal for the Wolverines, who have now won five of their last six contests.

“We made three mistakes tonight. They scored on them. Portillo was awful good, and we played a heck of a game,” Gophers coach Bob Motzko said. “We made three poor decisions coming back, and that was it.”

Sammy Walker briefly appeared to make it 3-2 in the third period, but officials immediately called no-goal, as Walker had batted the puck with his hand. A short time later, Michigan defenseman Nick Blankenburg made it 4-1.

“We have game-changers. You can see that, and when you give them any opportunity, they’re going to make you pay for it,” said Michigan coach Mel Pearson, who praised the Gophers. “The first 10 minutes they were really good.”

The 2002 Gophers beat Michigan in the Frozen Four semifinal in St. Paul, then won an overtime game with Maine for the NCAA title. They repeated the next year, beating Michigan in overtime in the semifinal in Buffalo, N.Y., then routing New Hampshire in the title game. Current Gophers coach Motzko was an assistant to Don Lucia on both teams.

Asked if, like those teams, these Gophers might be headed for a national tournament meeting with Michigan, Motzko was optimistic.

“Let’s hope so,” he said.


Business People: Bruce Karstadt to retire at American Swedish Institute



This is portrait of Bruce Karstadt, who is retiring in 2023 as as president and CEO at the American Swedish Institute.


Bruce Karstadt

The American Swedish Institute, a Minneapolis-based cultural center and museum, announced that Bruce Karstadt will retire as president and CEO during the first half of 2023. The organization is planning an executive search effort to find his replacement.


Goff Public, a St. Paul-based political public relations and lobbying firm, announced that Elizabeth Emerson has become a principal. Emerson has led government relations and public affairs work at Goff since 2012. … Minneapolis-based independent ad agency Rise and Shine and Partners announced that Matt Burgess has joined its leadership team as partner and chief creative officer.


Westwood Professional Services, a Minnetonka-based civil engineering firm, announced the appointment of 22 new shareholders and 32 new associates.


Dominium, a Plymouth-based affordable housing owner, developer and manager, announced that it has hired Jen Densmore to serve as its director of talent acquisition. Prior to joining Dominium, Densmore worked for more than 15 years as a talent acquisitions manager at Blattner Co.


Hamline University, St. Paul, announced that Brent Gustafson has been named vice president for finance and administration. Gustafson has served the last 10 years as chief financial officer of the University of Minnesota’s College of Liberal Arts. He is an 1994 Hamline grad. … The University of St. Thomas announced that it has chosen Laura Dunham as next dean of its Opus College of Business, officially succeeding the retiring Stefanie Lenway on July 1. Dunham has spent the last five years as associate dean of the school’s Opus’ Schulze School of Entrepreneurship. The University of St. Thomas main campus is in St. Paul with its business school in downtown Minneapolis.


The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis announced the appointment of LuAnne Kinney Pederson as senior vice president and general counsel, effective June 1. Pederson joined the bank as an attorney in 2001 and has served in roles of increasing responsibility in the Legal Division.


Merchants Bank announced that Lisa Lundell has joined the Merchants Bank Advisory Board for Cannon Falls, Hampton and Red Wing. Lundell is a Realtor for REMAX Cannon Realty located in Cannon Falls, Minn., and also serves on the board of directors for the Cannon Falls Chamber of Commerce.


Allina Health, a Twin Cities-based operator of regional hospitals and clinics, announced that Kelly Spratt has moved from being president of Buffalo Hospital and Cambridge Medical Center to become vice president of operations at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis. He fills the position formerly held by David Joos, who was named the president of Abbott Northwestern. … Hope Dental Clinic, a St. Paul-based nonprofit offering free dental care and oral health education, announced that Jan Hallstrom has been named executive director.


Spire Credit Union, Falcon Heights, announced that Matt Meyers, Spire’s PACE lender and senior commercial credit analyst, was named the winner of the Midway Chamber of Commerce “Volunteer of the Year” Award at the organization’s annual gala this year.


Winthrop & Weinstine, Minneapolis, announced the additions of attorneys Robert (Bob) E. Box as counsel in the real estate finance practice and Jeremy M. Walls as an associate in the general corporate practice.


Uponor North America, an Apple Valley-based maker of PEX piping for residential and industrial construction, announced that Uponor Corp., the Finland-based parent of Uponor North America, has appointed Jennifer Hauschildt to the newly created position of chief human resources officer for the company worldwide, making her the first North America-based member of the Uponor Executive Committee in a non-presidential role.


Stalk & Spade, a plant-based burger shop started in Wayzata, announced the opening of its first franchised location, at 3925 W. 50th St., Edina, owned by former NHL player David Backes.


ActiFi, a St. Louis Park-based provider of financial adviser software, announced the appointments of Derek Bruton and John Wernz to its board of directors. Bruton is senior managing director of the Gladstone Group; Wernz is in partnership with Cogo Labs.

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Column: A teachable moment — and the true meaning of Jackie Robinson’s legacy to Black baseball players



Column: A teachable moment — and the true meaning of Jackie Robinson’s legacy to Black baseball players

Jackie Robinson was in headlines this weekend when New York Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson referred to Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson as “Jackie” during Saturday’s game, igniting a brouhaha between the two teams.

Whether Donaldson was joking around, as he insisted, or used Robinson’s name in a “racist” manner, as Sox manager Tony La Russa claimed, it was certain to be a hot button debate throughout baseball.

No matter where you stand on the issue, there’s no arguing Jackie Robinson’s name remains as relevant in baseball today as he was when he broke the major-league color barrier 75 years ago.

If cooler heads prevail, this could be a teachable moment for Donaldson and anyone else trying to understand why using Robinson’s name was considered “disrespectful” by Anderson and “racist” by La Russa.

Robinson endured slights both public and private throughout his career, as most fans surely know. The mere idea of a Black man entering the majors was such a sensitive topic in the late 1940s that Brooklyn Dodgers executive Branch Rickey had an early meeting with broadcaster Red Barber to give him a heads-up.

Barber, who was born in Mississippi, was as popular a radio broadcaster in New York as Harry Caray later became in Chicago. According to Kostya Kennedy’s book, “True: The Four Seasons of Jackie Robinson,” Barber moved to Florida as a child and witnessed a Black man “tarred and feathered and forced through the streets by the Ku Klux Klan.”

Kennedy wrote Rickey wanted Barber to know of his plan to integrate the Dodgers so Barber could look for another job if the broadcaster felt he couldn’t call a game with white and Black players. After the meeting, Barber went home and told his wife, Lylah, what Rickey had said, then informed her he was going to leave the Dodgers.

Lylah said “let’s have a martini” and think things over for a few days. Kennedy wrote “Barber came to a couple of what he would characterize as ‘self-realizations’ about the randomness of his or any other person’s lineage and place in the world; about the second great commandment, ‘Love thy neighbor,’ and about his role as a reporter.”

Barber decided to stay and report what he saw. During a 1949 broadcast in St. Louis, he informed listeners Robinson and two other Black players were forced to stay in an inferior hotel in town without air conditioning.

“By informing his audience of Brooklyn Dodgers fans of these circumstances, Barber was in a small but direct way influencing how some people thought,” Kennedy wrote. “It was a vivid situation.”

Baseball honors Robinson every April 15 by having all its players, coaches and managers wear his No. 42. But once that annual celebration ends, it seems like Robinson’s legacy is forgotten for the rest of the season and he becomes just another great player from baseball’s past.

It doesn’t have to be that way, and perhaps Donaldson inadvertently helped some remember the true meaning of Robinson’s legacy with his ill-chosen remark during Saturday’s game in the Bronx.

For those looking to understand the importance of Robinson and other contributions of Black players to the game, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., is updating an old exhibit with the help of Chicago Cubs great Fergie Jenkins.

“Twenty-five years ago when MLB did the 50th anniversary of Jackie breaking the color barrier, we put out our first Black baseball exhibit,” Josh Rawitch, president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, told me Friday during Jenkins’ statue unveiling outside Wrigley Field. “This year we’ve announced we’re going to redo the whole thing. Obviously a lot has changed in 25 years.”

The exhibit at the Hall of Fame museum, previously called “Pride and Passion,” has been renamed “Ideals and Injustices,” a better description of the game’s refusal to integrate until Rickey’s bold move in 1947.

“It’s basically the story of Black baseball from mostly the Negro Leagues and up through Jackie and into the ‘70s,” Rawitch said. “It didn’t really get updated after ‘97, so now we’re going to have a whole new exhibit that will take over a portion of the Hall of Fame.

“We’ll also have a traveling exhibit that will go out to various Black communities and cities throughout the country. It’s a major initiative that we believe will tell the story of 150 years of Black baseball in America.”

Their stories will be told anew — and just in time for the return of Hall of Fame induction ceremonies from pandemic-related limitations in 2020 and ‘21. Negro League greats Bud Fowler and Buck O’Neil — the first Black coach in the majors with the Cubs — will posthumously be inducted on July 24, along with former White Sox star Minnie Miñoso, who began his playing career in the all-Black league. Miñoso was considered “the Latino Jackie Robinson,” as Rawitch reminded me, and also endured bigotry and injustices during his major-league career.

Jenkins, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991, will serve on the advisory board for the new exhibit.

“We called him and he was excited to help us get the word out and tell the story right,” Rawitch said.

It’s doubtful the Donaldson-Anderson imbroglio will rate a mention in the Hall’s exhibit, and it might be forgotten by the time the next baseball controversy surfaces.

But it serves as a reminder of what the name Jackie Robinson still means to Black players who are following in Robinson’s footsteps and to the rich history of a game he helped change for the better.


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Correction window for NEET UG 2022, Steps to edit your Application



NEET UG Aspirants appeal to President, NTA, education ministry to postpone exam

Correction window for NEET UG 2022, Steps to edit your Application

The National Testing Agency (NTA) will give NEET UG aspirants a one-time opportunity during which they can edit particulars filled in the application form and re-upload some documents.

NEET 2022 application form correction window will be available on Schedule for this has not been announced by NTA.

It reads: “Ensure that correct data is submitted in the online application. Any correction pertaining to the photograph and signature of the candidate will be intimated through e-mail/SMS and the same will be available in the candidate’s login account. Other permissible corrections can also be carried through log-in account only during the schedule fixed for the same. Candidates may ensure clear photographs and signatures are uploaded. Thereafter, no request for correction(s) will be entertained except when the window for correction in all fields opens”.

Application process for NEET 2022, after extension, ended on May 20.

The UG medical entrance test is scheduled for July 17. The test will be held offline, in pen and paper mode.

NEET UG Aspirants appeal to President, NTA, education ministry to postpone exam

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