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Lauren MacLeash, longtime Cities 97 program director/DJ and the force behind the popular “Sampler” charity series, was let go by Clear Channel Radio on Monday.
“The only thing I can tell you is she is gone,” said Mike Crusham, Clear Channel’s market manager for the Twin Cities.
Twin Cities station KMSP, Channel 9, has promoted from within to fill its news director job.
Marian Davey, the Fox affiliate's assistant news director for the past decade, will take over for Bill Dallman, who left earlier this summer to help launch the new cable channel Fox Sports 1.
Davey began her career as an intern at WCCO, Channel 4, and rose through the ranks to become managing editor. She spent 14 years at 'CCO before joining Fox-9 in 2002, first as managing editor, then as assistant news director.
“Mim has strengthened our news product, led our expansion efforts to nearly 50 hours a week, and has executed tremendous digital growth," said Carol Rueppel, Fox-9's general manager, in a statement Monday. She has been an integral part of our station’s progress over the past 11 years and earned this role as leader of our news team.”
Among her highlights are the fozens of Regional Emmys won by KMSP's investigative unit, which she has supervised since 2008.
Heidi Collins, who has sat at the KMSP, Channel 9, anchor desk for almost three years, has left the building.
Newsroom staff at the Fox affiliate were told Friday afternoon that the Minnesota native, who previously worked for eight years at CNN, would not be returning after her vacation. Her last day on the air was July 29.
"It has been gratifying to contribute to the success of Fox 9 during these three years," Collins said in a statement. "However, I have decided to explore new opportunities. I am blessed to have several opportunities both in television and global business to pursue. Neither of which will be without my continued non-profit work of 17 years supporting our brave troops and their families."
KMSP general manager Carol Rueppel offered only a short statement: "We want to thank Heidi for her contributions to the Fox news team and we wish her much success in the future."
It's the second big shake-up at the local Fox station this year. Bill Dallman left his position as news director to help run Fox Sports One in Los Angeles.
No replacement for Collins has been named. A spokesperson said a variety of faces will fill in during the search.
Now in its third year, "Bike Night" at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts is practically an institution itself. Come for the novelty, stay for the fun of being able to bike through the museum's doors for an evening of free bike-and-art events. Freewheel Bike is providing free valet bike parking; Nice Ride MN will run a photobooth; and local bike shops and brands (Surly, Angry Catfish, Civia, One on One) will show their latest gear.
Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders will serve up country blues with D J David Campbell from "Local Current Live at Third Thursday." The Hub Coop will deliver bike-powered art and free safety checks. And the Minneapolis bicycle coalition will have info about bike advocacy and safe city biking. Is there an official beer? You betcha: Summit Brewing company takes that honor.
(6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Thursday, July 18, event free; refreshments for sale. Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Av. S. 612-870-3131 or www.artsmia.org)
Staff members at KFAI may want to start practicing their jumping jacks.
Willie Dean, whose professional background comes primarily out of the YMCA, has been named the executive director for the eclectic, community radio station. Dean replaces Janis Lane-Ewart who left the operation this past November after serving since 2001. Suzann Eisenberg Murray had been serving as interim director.
Dean was most recently the president/CEO of the YMCA of Arlington, Texas and previously had a stint as executive director for Monsanto YMCA in St. Louis.
"I look forward to working closely with out staff, the board and with our partners and the entire community radio network throughout Minnesota to continue the vital work of the organization," Dean said.
No word yet on any major changes from Dean, but don't be surprised if KFAI starts blocking out an hour every week to celebrate the music of The Village People.