I loved reading the April 19 story, "Range agency under fire: Walz, IRRR criticized for Radinovich hiring." To me, it seems that the former 8th District congressional candidate Joe Radinovich got "fast-tracked" by his DFL cronies with the Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation state agency. (Radinovich is unlike Congressman Pete Stauber, who paid his speeding ticket and subsequently got elected.)

The story mentioned that the News Tribune tried to contact the Minnesota Department of Management and Budget, but department officials failed to respond. I think I know why. I've written at least 20 letters that have been published by the News Tribune alleging that my former employer, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, defrauded corporate donors, defrauded taxpayers via a falsified capital bonding appropriation by the Legislature, and defrauded a private landowner on the Dark River north of Chisholm in 2005. Furthermore, I've alleged that the DNR fabricated a bogus trout project in a warm-water segment of the Dark River that never had trout since the late Pleistocene. But this raised the question: How could this have happened? I think the answer is in the Department of Management and Budget's single-source vendor loophole (aka "fast tracking").

The "single-source vendor statute" (Minn. Stat. 16C.10) is an obscure law that allows state agencies to bypass typical hiring processes. In my opinion, the DNR used this statute for hiring in connection with the corrupt Dark River project - and the IRRR used a similar loophole to hire Radinovich.

The News Tribune should continue to press the Department of Management and Budget for a list of all of its so-called hiring-practices "loopholes."

David G. Holmbeck

Grand Rapids


The writer retired from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in 2008.