Personality Crisis

IT'S CURTAINS FOR Dr. Diane Bay Humenansky, the St. Paul psychiatrist who helped her patients discover hundreds of separate personalities and "remember" their grandmothers stirring cauldrons of dead babies ("The Mirror Cracked," 8/20/95). Five years after first receiving complaints about Humenansky, the state Board of Medical Practice last week suspended her license indefinitely due to "professional incompetence." In its order, the board disclosed that in a mental-health exam it ordered in 1995, Humenansky was diagnosed with a "personality disorder with dependent and avoidant features."

Humenansky defended her therapy methods through two lawsuits in 1995 and 1996, both of which ended with multimillion-dollar verdicts against her. Four other claims were settled last summer, and more are pending. In October, Humenansky wrote a letter to the board saying she wanted to turn in her license because she was tired of "victimization [by the] perpetrators of childhood sexual assault... I refuse to take responsibility for mistakes, which I have not made."


THE MINNEAPOLIS CITY Council is starting what's likely to be a contentious debate over corporate welfare and living wages. Last year a metrowide task force recommended that Minneapolis and St. Paul require many businesses getting government subsidies to pay workers at least $8.25 an hour. The St. Paul City Council adopted the recommendations in December, but added numerous exemptions. Advocates proposals for Minneapolis include requiring subsidized businesses to hire city residents, broadening the range of projects covered, and giving preference to union shops. Business interests and the Minneapolis Community Develop-ment Agency oppose those ideas. Watch for fireworks at the first public hearing on the issue Thursday at 6:30 at the Peavey Park Gym (730 E. 22nd St.)


IT'S LOOKING EVER more likely that the only challenge to a second term for Minneapolis Mayor Sharon Sayles Belton will be Dick Franson, the retired Army sergeant who's been a fixture in just about every campaign around here for the last five years. While little remains of many DFLers' enthusiasm for the mayor, none are planning to challenge her in the upcoming caucuses. The best hope for an electoral contest, City Council member Steve Minn, bowed out sometime last year after, as gossip has it, a private poll showed him trailing the mayor even in his own 13th Ward. Minn says he knows of no such poll, but agrees that Sayles Belton seems headed for a smooth ride. "That's the benefit of being the first African American female mayor in a city that has a lot of guilt," he says.



PAUL WELLSTONE WENT after the suburban vote in last fall's election, his campaign manager says, because that's where "elections are won and lost." Urban homesteaders and Iron Rangers may be crucial parts of Wellstone's constituency, writes Jeff Blodgett in this month's Law and Politics, but it was the growing counties of Anoka, Washington, Dakota, and eastern Hennepin that became the campaign's core turf. "We took the bus to the apple orchards jammed with people in the fall. We traveled to the massive Saturday craft fairs in Blaine and Elk River. We attended high school football games. We visited suburban workplace after workplace. We toured suburban hospitals, day-care centers, bowling alleys, and Paul and Sheila visited dozens of suburban restaurants during breakfast, lunch, and dinner." And so on.

What Blodgett doesn't detail is just how deliberately the campaign went after a highly specialized segment of the suburban vote. Early on, staffers constructed a "target" database of more than 150,000 swing voters. Most lived in the suburbs, and the majority were women with a little college and a job at the lower end of the middle class. For months they were systematically pummeled with mailings, phone calls, and personal visits, all repeating the senator's core slogan about "standing up for working families." (Working, you see--not rich, not on welfare.) The strategy seems to have worked: Wellstone did up to 30 percent better in many targeted suburban districts than Ann Wynia, the DFL's Senate candidate in '94. CP

An anonymous reader with time on his/her hands sent us the following food for thought. We checked out the numbers, and it looks good to us.

Dear City Pages:

Thought you might find this interesting.

From Forbes Magazine:

Minnesota Families Wealth (in millions of dollars)

Andersen family 700

Cowles family 575

Dayton family 1,000

Schwan family 1,500

W.D. MacMillan 975

J.H. MacMillan 975

M. MacMillan 975

W. MacMillan 975

C. MacMillan 975

P. MacMillan 975

Carl Pohlad 1,000

Curt Carlson 1,100

James Cargill 1,500

Margaret Cargill 1,500

Stanley Hubbard 1,800

Total family and individual wealth:


Cost of stadium:

$400,000,000 or 2 percent of the above-mentioned wealth. Stanley Hubbard alone could build two stadiums and still have $1,000,000,000 left over!

Why can't the movers and shakers build the stadium(s) themselves, write the damn things off as a charitable contribution or business loss, save the average taxpayers money, and be seen as SAVIORS OF BASEBALL/FOOTBALL IN MINNESOTA?

Signed, Money Bags

Dear Money Bags:

We'll go one better. We know we're 'sposed to need these guys around to trickle down all over us and all that. But hey, with that kind of wealth even a failed experiment with socialism would take a while to run out of steam. Is Mme. Defarge in the house?

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