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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.
KSTP's Bill Lunn went national Wednesday--but not in a way newscasters like to be recognized.
During Tuesday night's evening news, Lunn teased to a story about a school debating whether or not to continue to do the Pledge of Allegiance."
His line was supposed to be: "I pledge allegiance to the flag."
Instead he said: "I pledge allegiance to the fag."
He quickly corrected himself.
The error might have gone largely unnoticed except for the topic of the next piece: The Gay Pride Parade.
Lunn appeared to have a good sense of humor about the mistake. He later tweeted that it was an "unfortunate slip" that will guarantee he makes the KSTP year-end blooper reel.
Check it out for yourself. Harmless or hurtful?
Boyd Huppert/courtesy of KARE-Ch. 11
KARE-11, the Twin Cities local NBC affiliate, and the Star Tribune were big winners when the 2013 National Murrow Awards were announced Wednesday morning.
KARE was recognized for both Boyd Huppert's writing and feature reporting that involved Huppert. He know has 10 National Murrow Awards.
The Star Tribune won in the category of news documentary for "In the Footsteps of Little Crow." It also won in the category of overall excellence, the top honor among online organizations. It is the third time in the past four years that the Star Tribune has taken that prize.
The Denver Post led all online organizations with three wins. CBS News was the most honored news organization with seven awards, three for radio and four for TV.
Other local winners include Minneapolis's Public Radio International and Minnesota Public Radio.
The awards, which are handed out by the Radio Television Digital News Association, will be presented Oct. 14 in New York City.
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