Firing Of Environmental Panel Director Suspended

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The executive director of a Minnesota commission that assigns lottery money to environmental projects is no longer being fired.

Vince Louwagie, an attorney for Susan Thornton, says she was fired from the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources without notice or stated cause. But he says Thornton got a letter Friday saying her termination has been “suspended.” He says it was signed by Sen. Michelle Fischbach, R-Paynesville, and House Speaker Kurt Zellers.

He says those responsible for trying to fire her had no authority to remove her. Her firing was supposed to take effect Tuesday.

A Zellers spokeswoman said he couldn’t comment on a personnel matter.

Thornton has been director of the LCCMR since 2008. It makes recommendations to the Legislature on spending about $50 million per year in lottery money.

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  • Murph

    Typical political cat fight I’d say! What my uncle isn’t going to get a piece of the action? You’re fired!So what if his corporation has no employees,no products and no intention of doing anything whatsoever for Minnesotans! Typical GOP insider transaction,it’s a mystery tho how this one will unfold! Is Petters or Vennes on the recieving end of this aborted gift?

  • Over Zealous

    The Over-Zealous Kurt Zellers. Trying to use power he does not have. Any republican that votes to expand Gov. size my expanded gambling or raising taxes particularly for a stadium will be voted out of office. Tax payer watchdogs are watching very closely. We have no more need for ruined families from gambling.

    Funny this story never made to CBS-Minnesota. Cause they do not wan to loose NFL ad revenue for their millionaire sportscasters of NFL football?

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    To get the proposed charter amendment on a ballot, the coalition needs signatures from 5 percent of the county’s registered voters, or 14,875 signatures. The soonest the amendment could appear on a ballot would be for the November general election.
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  • Alice

    Once a greedy little pig starts sucking on the government tit it never wants to let go.

    There is too much government.

    • jimmy

      Always seems to be that way when Republicans are in power.

  • Kevin D

    There is so little information in this “news” piece, it’s barely worth reading. From the comments above, it’s clearly evident most folks don’t even know the basics of the story. You might want to start here (link below) before making ridiculous statements like “There’s too much government’ and thinking it’s relevant to this story.

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