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Published August 27, 2013, 03:43 PM

Minnesota jury awards South Dakota native $400K from Globe University

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Minnesota jury has awarded a South Dakota native and former Globe University dean almost $400,000.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Minnesota jury has awarded a South Dakota native and former Globe University dean almost $400,000.

Forty-four-year-old Heidi Weber once taught in the school's medical assistant program in Sioux Falls. She sued Globe last year, claiming in a state whistle-blower lawsuit that she was fired in 2011 for raising concerns about unethical practices at the for-profit school based in Woodbury, Minn.

A jury in Stillwater, Minn., agreed after Weber argued that Globe had misled students about its job placement rates, didn't tell them about a shortage of opportunities to get experience, and had accepted some with criminal backgrounds without explaining the potential impact of those convictions.

Weber called the ruling bittersweet.

Globe officials insist she was not right, that she was fired for a lack of leadership and poor performance.

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