New Skins safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix admired late Sean Taylor

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Ha Ha Clinton-Dix professed all sorts of love and admiration for the Washington Redskins a day after arriving in a trade — mentioning the late Sean Taylor, new teammate and offseason workout partner D.J. Swearinger and even the team’s marching band.
“Check this out, all right? I’ve got practice in about an hour. I came here to play. I came here to work,” Clinton-Dix said at an introductory news conference at Redskins Park on Wednesday. “If that’s on special teams or just helping contribute to this team any way I can, then No. 20 is going to be suited up this weekend. And you can bet that.”
NFC East-leading Washington (5-2), which hosts Atlanta on Sunday, acquired Clinton-Dix for a 2019 fourth-round draft pick in a trade-deadline deal with the Green Bay Packers.
“I imagine that he’ll be up to speed quickly,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said.
The safety’s contract expires after this season. He’ll presumably move into the starting lineup in place of second-year safety Montae Nicholson, who had a “small procedure on his hip,” according to Gruden.
Asked what he can add to a defense that ranks No. 4 in the NFL in yards allowed per game and a team that stands No. 5 in points allowed per game, Clinton-Dix said: “My leadership. My hustle to the ball. My effort; you can’t control effort. Being a veteran player now. Being able to go get the ball, create turnovers. Take this team to another level, man, and keep things going.”
The 2014 first-round draft pick is tied for second in the league with three interceptions this season — one came off Washington quarterback Alex Smith in Week 3.
“Good player. A safety that I think has a lot of tools,” Smith said Wednesday. “And I think that’s important, kind of right now in football. The way football is going, safeties get put in a lot of different situations with what offenses are doing now. … They can get put in the box and need to be able to tackle. They need to be able to play the post when they have to. You kind of need a player like that, that’s kind of a jack of all trades, can do a little bit of everything, because of all the situations they can end up in.”
Only one player has picked off more passes than Clinton-Dix: Redskins safety Swearinger has four INTs.
He and Clinton-Dix have trained together in Miami between seasons.
“When you’re competing with a guy who loves this game as much as you do, you can never get bored,” said Clinton-Dix, who said he used to offer words of praise to members of Washington’s marching band after playing road games at FedEx Field.
“I’m real close with him,” he added about Swearinger. “I watch a lot of his games. I study his tape. I love the way he plays the game. I’m excited to be back there with him. There’s a lot I can learn from.”
While Clinton-Dix will wear No. 20 with Washington, he was No. 21 in Green Bay — the number worn by Taylor at the end of his career.
Taylor was a Pro Bowl safety for the Redskins who died at age 24 after being shot at his Florida home in 2007.
“He’s one of the best to ever play this game, and that’s not just for the money, but because of love of the game. He was a leader. He didn’t talk much, but he led by example. And he set great examples,” Clinton-Dix said. “So that’s someone you want to admire. Somebody you want to look up to. And someone you want to feed off of. There’s no way I can be Sean Taylor, but he’s a guy I look up to, and I model my game after him.”
Notes: Gruden said that RB Byron Marshall would be brought back from injured reserve in the next week or two. … LT Trent Williams (dislocated right thumb) was among the players who missed practice Wednesday, and Gruden said he doesn’t “have a feel for that one, at all” in terms of whether Williams will play Sunday. … Others who didn’t participate included TE Jordan Reed (neck), WR Jamison Crowder (ankle), WR Paul Richardson (knee, shoulder) and RB Chris Thompson (ribs).

Schuette cancels TV ads in all markets except Detroit

Associated Press
LANSING — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette on Tuesday canceled TV ads across Michigan in the final week of the race, except in the Detroit market — another sign that his campaign was facing an uphill climb to defeat Democrat Gretchen Whitmer.
The state attorney general nixed all $445,000 worth of broadcast ads in the Grand Rapids, Flint, Lansing, Traverse City and Marquette markets. A $441,000 buy in metro Detroit, the state’s largest market, was kept intact.
“We don’t comment on ad strategy, but everyone knows this race is closing,” said Schuette spokesman Stu Sandler, noting the comeback victories in Michigan for Donald Trump in 2016 and John Engler in 1990 in their runs for president and governor.
Said Whitmer spokesman Zack Pohl: “Even Bill Schuette is joining Michigan voters in abandoning the Schuette campaign.”
The Michigan Republican Party was still airing ads for Schuette around the state, but his cancellation of ads exacerbated the advantage that Whitmer and aligned groups have had over Schuette and his allies on the airwaves.
A poll released Monday by The Detroit News and WDIV-TV showed Whitmer — a former legislative leader — leading 50 percent to 38 percent, with 9 percent undecided. The survey of 600 likely voters, which was conducted Thursday through Saturday, had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. The Glengariff Group poll results were little changed from a poll the media outlets had done about a month before.
Whitmer has raised more money and spent more than Schuette. She spent $4.6 million to his $2.9 million between the August primary and Oct. 20 — about what they collected in that period, though Schuette loaned his campaign $325,000. Whitmer had raised $12 million for the cycle, Schuette more than $8 million. She also had more cash on hand for the closing stretch.
“Polls come and go, but we cannot focus on that. We can’t get complacent. We’ve got serious work to do, and every one of us has a stake in this election. I want people to get out there and vote,” Whitmer said earlier Tuesday, before news of the ad cancellation. She spoke in Lansing while launching a weeklong bus tour that her campaign said would include at least 70 stops between herself and running mate Garlin Gilchrist II.

$155K to man wrongfully jailed

ALBION, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan has agreed to pay $155,000 to settle a lawsuit by a man who spent a weekend in jail. The problem: State police had arrested the wrong guy.
Billy Rowe of Calhoun County was arrested on child pornography charges in 2011. But he was the wrong Rowe. The real suspect had the same first name and last name but a different middle name. He also lived 120 miles away.
WOOD-TV says the settlement was disclosed in documents obtained through a public records request.
The wrong Rowe was released after three days in jail, but he says he had to ride 100 miles home with his hands cuffed behind him.
The attorney general’s office fought the lawsuit, but lost key procedural decisions.

3 key employee retention strategies to keep turnover low

As an HR professional, you are keenly aware of the importance of employee retention—both for achieving target department milestones, as well as for the long-term success of your company. Beyond the sunk costs and organizational chaos that take place when there’s a constantly revolving door of employees entering and exiting a business, companies often cite […]

As an HR professional, you are keenly aware of the importance of employee retention—both for achieving target department milestones, as well as for the long-term success of your company. Beyond the sunk costs and organizational chaos that take place when there’s a constantly revolving door of employees entering and exiting a business, companies often cite employee retention as a key metric for effective daily operation and overall success.

In fact, it goes further than that: companies that build reputations for consistently impressive employee retention rates bolster their brand identities—and you better believe that word travels fast, so you can count on active and passive future candidates discovering that people enjoy working at your organization for the long haul.

Your company’s bottom line—and opportunities for achieving industry growth, attracting talent-rich candidates, and realizing long-term success—is dependent on effective employee retention, so you better have a strategy. If your HR team needs to take its retention plan to the next level, consider utilizing the following strategies for keeping turnover low in your organization.

Know your industry

The truth is, not all industries are created equal—and neither is how employees are typically treated. What employees expect in one field may be completely different than another, and you better believe that all of the employees in your organization—including everyone from new hires to seasoned veterans—will have some level of expectation regarding how they should be treated by their employer and will respond accordingly based on their perception (regardless of whether or not it’s completely aligned with reality).

This mindset isn’t relegated to just your most talented star employees or any specific department—it’s at the core of human psychology. How you’re treated or, more accurately, how you perceive that you’re treated, impacts your resultant behavior. This holds true at home, in the world, and on the job.

So, make sure you’re keenly aware of what the standards are for your industry, and make sure your company is on target in all key areas—including salaries, benefits packages, and additional perks. Even things like your office layout and organization are going to impact employee perception. So, if you want to keep turnover low and employee satisfaction high, make sure you’re meeting their expectations regularly, which includes both current and future industry standards (so be sure to stay on top of industry shifts and trends).

Lead the way

Now that you know how important it is to meet industry expectations for employees in your company, create a plan to exceed them. That’s right—in today’s ultra-competitive job market, where hungry and lean new startups are emerging every day and are eager to source new talent for their teams—today’s talented job candidates have options, and the laws of attraction apply in the professional world as much as anywhere else. Progressive companies know that investing time, energy, and resources towards developing truly innovative, first-in-class employee incentives will not only attract new talent, it will help keep your existing teams from thinking about whether or not the grass is greener somewhere else. Doing so will also have the added benefit of helping to bolster your company’s brand identity—and trust us, word will spread. Pique candidate interest, and then keep hold of their attention and loyalty as employees, by offering them industry-leading incentives to keep them satisfied and doing their best work over the long haul. Don’t just keep up with other companies—innovate.

Listen to your employees

This one might seem obvious, but you may be surprised to learn that the communications pipeline between employees and leadership in many organizations tends to work slowly—and oftentimes seems as if it barely works at all. Big mistake—and one that your company should actively seek to avoid. Make sure the employees on your team have the tools to voice their opinions regarding the direction of the company and their place in it—think everything from offsite gatherings to regular feedback meetings and annual employee satisfaction appraisals—and make sure that it’s not just smoke but is treated like the valuable data that it is.

If employees are telling you that something is working, then keep doing it; if something is broken, then fix it. Don’t forget, active and attentive listening is a key component of any healthy relationship, including the one between employer and employee, and great companies treat their employees as more than cogs in their machines.

If you’re looking to reduce employee turnover in your company, consider using the strategies presented here to keep your teams happy and eager to come to work—and do their absolute best—every single day of the week. If you put in the work up-front, you’ll create a warm, thriving atmosphere that’s sure to retain talented workers who will bring the results your company wants.

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Cyclones still shuffling QBs behind Purdy

AP Sports Writer
AMES — Iowa State freshman quarterback Brock Purdy has played so well so quickly that sophomore Zeb Noland — the starter as recently as a month ago — has already decided to play elsewhere.
A shake-up caused by Purdy’s progression is a good problem for the Cyclones to have.
But it’s still a problem.
It’s only taken three games for Purdy to look like an experienced starter. Purdy has nine touchdowns during that stretch — the best such streak at Iowa State in 20 years — while leading Iowa State (4-3, 3-2 Big 12) to three straight wins and an outside shot at a spot in the Big 12 title game.
Still, losing Noland, who announced his intent to transfer on Monday, leaves Iowa State thin behind Purdy moving forward. Iowa State plays at Kansas (3-5, 1-4) on Saturday.
“We love Zeb. Zeb is a tremendous young man,” Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said. “I think it’s kind of the nature of our sport, where he wants to go find somewhere to play.”
Iowa State has been down this road before. Sam Richardson broke out as a freshman in 2012, completing 23 of 27 passes for 250 yards and four TDs in his first extended action, against Kansas. Richardson led the Cyclones to a bowl game later that season and maintained the starting job the next two seasons. But those were both losing years, and in 2015 Richardson ceded the No. 1 job to Joel Lanning, who beat Texas in his first career start.
Lanning held onto the job until late in the 2016 season, when Jacob Park moved past him on the depth chart.
Park, who looked like a possible future pro and whose emergence forced Lanning to linebacker, started the first four games in 2017 before he took a leave of absence he never returned from.
Park gave way to Kyle Kempt, who threw for 343 yards and three touchdowns to beat then-No. 3 Oklahoma in his first start. Kempt led Iowa State to an 8-5 record and a bowl win a year ago, but he injured his knee in an opening-day loss at Iowa in September and hasn’t played since.
Kempt’s injury paved the way for Noland, who won his first start in 2017 against Baylor.
Noland had his moments this fall, completing 63.6 percent of his passes. But when Purdy racked up 402 yards of total offense and five TDs in his first extended action at Oklahoma State, it was clear that Campbell couldn’t keep Purdy on the bench.
Even Kempt, who is now healthy but playing backup, wasn’t shocked to see Purdy’s emergence after going through fall camp with him.
“He has a ton of ability,” Kempt said. “So for him, it’s applying what he’s been learning and then using his God-given abilities to make plays. It’s been really impressive.”
The Cyclones should be fine for the rest of 2018 as far as quarterback depth is concerned because Kempt is back, and he has plenty of experience.
But behind Kempt are two freshmen, Re-al Mitchell and Devon Moore, and few would blame them for following Noland out the door with Purdy grabbing the leadership role.
Campbell had plenty of good thing to say about Mitchell on Tuesday, a sign that he might already be the third option behind center.
“Re-al’s the interesting guy, because Re-al has really improved,” Campbell said. “A really talented football player, and a guy that will help the team sooner rather than later.”

Iowa not out of Big Ten West race

AP Sports Writer
No. 19 Iowa’s hopes of a run at a playoff spot were dashed last weekend in a late loss at Penn State.
The Hawkeyes can still win the Big Ten West.
Iowa’s season might have turned out differently if junior quarterback Nate Stanley’s run of somewhat inexplicable interceptions hadn’t continued with a pick at the Penn State 2-yard line with 3:18 left in a 30-24 loss. Still, the Hawkeyes will have a chance to advance to the Big Ten title game if they win out and if Wisconsin loses one more time.
The Hawkeyes (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) have a daunting road ahead, starting with Saturday’s visit to Purdue (4-4, 3-2). That is followed by a home game against West-leading Northwestern (5-3, 5-1).
“Obviously the loss was disappointing and a little bit frustrating for everybody. But the bottom line is good teams learn from their mistakes,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. “We had some opportunities for some big plays, and it’s true in every game, but when you lose a game, those things are magnified a little bit more and become even that much more important.”
Stanley clanged the thumb on his right throwing hand off a teammate’s helmet in the second half last week. Ferentz said Tuesday that Stanley is “good to go.”
Though Stanley has struggled with turnovers at times this season, he is second in the league with 16 touchdown passes and sixth with 220.5 yards passing per game.
“We don’t have a better guy on our football team,” Ferentz said of Stanley. “Nobody works harder, more invested, so he’ll bounce back.”
If Iowa can’t beat the improved Boilermakers, the goal will be to close out the season on a high note, earn a strong bowl bid and build toward 2019, when a lot of talented players are expected back.
A win on Saturday would keep 2018 very relevant.
The Hawkeyes will likely be favored in their final three games against Northwestern, at Illinois (3-5, 1-4) and at home against Nebraska (2-6, 1-4). Wisconsin still has to play Penn State and Purdue on the road.
“Every week I just talk about the big picture, but that’s brief….every week you see a handful of scores that, boy, how did that happen? So the experts aren’t always right,” Ferentz said. “The best way to do anything is just try to take things a step at a time, as mundane as it sounds, and a week at a time, because that’s really all we have any control over right now.”

Under court order, Stauber emails with GOP group released

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — St. Louis County Commissioner Pete Stauber used his official county email account to request opposition research from the National Republican Congressional Committee as he geared up his campaign for the U.S. House seat from northeastern Minnesota, emails released under court order Tuesday show.
The county released the 22 emails after the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party sued for access to them, arguing that they were public data under the state’s open records law. District Judge Stoney Hiljus signed an order Monday for the county to turn them over.
Stauber faces Democrat Joe Radinovich and Independence Party candidate Skip Sandman in a race that’s considered one of the GOP’s best chances in the country to flip a House seat now held by a Democrat. The race has already attracted over $8.6 million in outside spending.
The emails show that Stauber requested opposition research on Democratic U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan in August 2017, ahead of a congressional field hearing in Duluth on veterans’ health care issues. Stauber wrote that he needed “Nolan’s anti-Veteran votes” so he could get people to attend.
Stauber made that request before Nolan announced in February that he would drop out of the race and retire. He also traded messages last December with the NRCC’s regional press secretary, Maddie Anderson, discussing how they might use Nolan’s support for internet neutrality against him.
Stauber pointed out an item in Nolan’s weekly email newsletter to constituents denouncing the Federal Communications Commission’s decision last December to end net neutrality. Anderson replied that the outrage “has really faded away” and that it “might be a plus” if Nolan made it an issue. Stauber agreed.
Several other emails, from before Stauber officially announced his candidacy in July 2017, dealt with setting up meetings with lawmakers about an Obama administration decision to block mineral prospecting near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, which the Trump administration has since rescinded.
Stauber said he attended one on the Iron Range that included Nolan and GOP U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota, and two other congressmen involved in natural resources issues, even though Stauber wasn’t invited. The messages didn’t indicate what transpired at those meetings.
Several others dealt with setting up an interview with the Fox News Channel.
DFL Chairman Ken Martin said in a statement that the emails show that Stauber used taxpayer resources even before he was officially a candidate, and as recently as April, to advance his candidacy.
“It’s outrageous that it took a court order for Pete Stauber to do the right thing and release these unlawful emails,” Martin said. “Beyond abusing the public trust, Stauber disregarded state law and violated St. Louis County ethics policy by using county resources to advance his political ambitions.”
The Stauber campaign issued a short statement that did not address the content of the emails.
“Pete respects the court’s decision and the process just as he did when the county looked into this matter and found no wrongdoing,” spokeswoman Caroline Tarwid said.
St. Louis County Administrator Kevin Gray defended the decision to fight to keep the emails private.
“Our priority has always been to follow the law,” he said in a statement. “Although we interpreted the language of the statute differently; we will comply with the Court’s order. ”
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This version of the story corrects the transposition in the name National Republican Congressional Committee.

Mille Lacs ice anglers can keep 1 walleye daily this winter

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Anglers on Mille Lacs Lake will be allowed to keep one walleye a day in the upcoming ice fishing season.
The Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday said the popular destination lake’s walleye population has increased enough to sustain a one-walleye harvest for a third straight winter. Anglers may keep one walleye between 21 and 23 inches, or one over 28 inches.
Walleye angling on Mille Lacs was limited to catch-and-release this summer for the third consecutive season.
DNR officials say the Mille Lacs walleye population has undergone a long-term decline coinciding with significant changes in the lake’s ecosystem, including clearer water, invasive species and declines in forage species such as perch and tullibees. Another problem has been the failure of enough young walleyes to survive until their second year.

Man sentenced to 4 years for wrong-way crash that killed 2

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Hennepin County judge has sentenced a man to four years in prison for killing two teenagers as he drove drunk the wrong way down an interstate last year.
Prosecutors argued that Quoc Thanh Tran should serve eight years in prison for the deaths of 18-year-old Diana Rojas Martinez and her passenger, 19-year-old Christopher Bunay, both of Minneapolis. Tran’s attorney argued for probation Tuesday.
Judge William Koch sentenced Tran to four years in prison on one count of criminal vehicular homicide and five years on probation for the second count. As part of his probation, Tran has to perform 100 hours of community service each of the five years.
Tran admitted he had been to two downtown Minneapolis bars and drank 10 shots of tequila. He then entered Interstate 94 and crashed head-on into the other car in September 2017.

Man sentenced to 20 years for St. Paul woman’s 1987 killing

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A judge sentenced a man to 20 years in prison Tuesday for strangling an 81-year-old former “Ziegfeld Follies” dancer while burglarizing her St. Paul home more than 30 years ago.
Michael Withers, 60, was sentenced after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in a plea deal last month in the 1987 death of Lilian Kuller. Withers was given credit for time served since he was charged in Kuller’s death in March 2017.
At Tuesday’s sentencing, Winters criticized the judge and prosecutor’s office for turning his case into what he dubbed a “media circus” for their own political gain after the judge allowed reporters to video record the hearing, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported .
After the hearing, Kuller’s family said Withers’ claims were inaccurate, callous and disappointing.
“How can you not look us in the face or tell us why or that you’re sorry or remorseful?” asked Kuller’s grandson, Mark Kuller.
A recent Minnesota Supreme Court decision allows cameras inside courtrooms during sentencing hearings under certain conditions. Mark Kuller and his relatives agreed to allow cameras into the hearing to tell their grandmother’s story and bring attention to funding cold case investigations.
Authorities finally tied Withers to the crime last year after additional DNA testing was done on Kuller’s fingernails.
Withers’ sister, Dianne Binns, who serves as the head of St. Paul’s NAACP, said after the hearing that she too was skeptical of the court’s motives.
The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office released a statement Tuesday saying DNA evidence tied Withers to the crime and that state law allows cameras in courtrooms during “specific hearings such as this one.”
While Withers did not apologize at sentencing, his public defender, Katherine Conners, said afterward that Withers was sorry for what he did.
“This is a crime from 30 years ago and . he has had a lot of time to reflect on things and I think he is happy that this is concluded and that the victim’s family has closure,” Conners said.
Lilian Kuller was born in Chicago and joined the “Ziegfeld Follies” as a chorus dancer. She met her husband, Nate Kuller, backstage at one of her performances in the Twin Cities in the 1930s before moving to St. Paul. Her husband died in 1981.