Mark Brunswick, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Two Minnesota National Guard members and one former soldier admitted Thursday to federal wire fraud charges in a massive National Guard recruiting scandal. They were accused of illegally obtaining bonuses as part of a nationwide scam that plagued the military after it began a program to spur recruitment 10 years ago. The soldiers were accused of engaging in a kickback scheme to split $2,000 bonuses with military recruiters for signing recruits. The Minnesota cases represent a small part of the scandal, which grew out of a sharp drop in enlistments as the U.S.
The Minnesota National Guard has no plans to arm soldiers and airmen whose regular duties are not security-related, a Guard spokesman said Monday. But even before the shootings in Chattanooga,...
Minnesota kids are too fat to fight. That's the message from a group of retired generals and admirals who say the state's kids are too fat, eat too poorly, and...
Globe University and its sister, the Minnesota School of Business, have canceled their criminal justice program amid allegations that the schools use high-pressure sales tactics to mislead students about their job prospects after graduation. A Globe University spokeswoman refused to confirm that the program was being canceled when asked last week. But an email sent to students on Dec. 30 indicates the schools have decided to cease enrollment for the program at its Minnesota campuses.
U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan and State Sen.
Citing “new, troubling allegations,” members of Minnesota’s congressional delegation are asking the Veterans Affairs Inspector General to investigate claims by ex-workers at a Hibbing VA clinic that they were ordered to tamper with scheduling data to make it appear veterans were being seen within the required time frame. In reality, the ex-workers said, instead of being seen within two weeks of their desired appointment date, veterans often had to wait six to eight weeks to get in. Six workers, including nurses and clerks, have come forward to say they objected to the practice but were order
HIBBING — A group of former employees of a Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in Hibbing says they were ordered to backdate medical appointments for veterans to make it look like the vets were getting seen within 14 days of their desired date when the waits were actually as long as six to eight weeks. Speaking publicly for the first time, six former clinic employees told the Star Tribune they were told to falsify the appointment records by Sterling Medical Associates, the private company operating the clinic, in order to make it appear that the clinic was delivering on a mandate to see and tr
I have a photo of me and Patrick Rix in my bedroom. You can’t tell it’s either one of us in the picture, but it has been a cherished possession. It’s even more cherished now. It’s nighttime in southern Afghanistan. There are cots in the foreground of the picture, enormous otherworldly military vehicles behind them and an eerie glow coming from behind one, known ominously as an MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush-Protected). There are thousands of stars in the sky. Rix, who was a sergeant in the Minnesota National Guard, is sleeping on one of the cots, and I’m on another.
ST. PAUL — Several veterans organizations are denouncing a plan to tighten the rules for who can get into the state’s veterans homes.