THUMBS UP: It is good to learn that the wrongful termination lawsuit former Minnesota Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb brought against the Senate has been settled, and at the bargain price of $30,000, which is the amount the Senate had offered him in a severance deal back in 2011. Brodkorb had been asking for more than $500,000.
The Senate still has to pay legal costs of $320,000 that have accumulated as the case was contested and investigated.
Brodkorb had been fired in December 2011 after his affair with then Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch had come to the attention of the Senate Republican leaders. He claimed he was treated more harshly than other staffers who had affairs with legislators.
We're not sure why Brodkorb settled for so little, but we're glad this episode is over.
Day of Play
THUMBS UP: There won't be anyone as important as the U.S. Surgeon General at the New Ulm Community Day of Play today, but that's OK. It leaves more time for playing.
Surgeon General Regina Benjamin was the keynote speaker at the first Day of Play, held last year at Martin Luther College. The event encourages kids of all sizes to get out and play, introducing them to a variety of different activities.
This year's event is being held at the New Ulm Civic Center, due to the threat of rain today. We hope the arena is filled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with happy kids.
THUMBS UP: There will be new reason to arrive early to events at the District 88 DAC?Auditorium once 250 padded, comfortable theater seats are installed.
The seats didn't cost the district anything. They were donated through the New Ulm Actors Community Theater for the cost of shipping.
It's a nice upgrade for the auditorium. Thanks to NUACT for the arrangements.