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Kaler defends keeping Maturi as assistant

University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler defended his decision to keep Joel Maturi on as a special assistant next year. He said it was "absolutely" the right decision. Maturi will receive nearly $500,000 in compensation and benefits for his work next year.
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University of Minnesota president Eric Kaler defended his decision to keep Joel Maturi on as a special assistant next year. He said it was "absolutely" the right decision. Maturi will receive nearly $500,000 in compensation and benefits for his work next year.

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