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DPI Rep in Hot Water Over Misbehavior

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North Dakota's Department of Public Instruction is in some hot water with taxpayers over the misbehavior of the Public Information Officer.
Last week, Dale Wetzel made some condescending comments to a caller on one local radio show over the topic of Common Core Standards in schools.
"If I tried to insult you, I would have succeeded," Wetzel told a caller who claimed the office was insulting anti-common core advocates.
On 6:30 POV with Chris Berg, Monday morning, Wetzel taped an interview during which he would address that behavior. He explained a history with this particular caller who has been vocal around his office in the past.
"She has sent a number of insulting emails to my boss saying that she's stupid, she's corrupt, that she's a liar. So, when she came on I thought I'm going to rough this woman up a bit," Wetzel said.
During the interview, Wetzel admitted he should not have reacted that way and his boss, Superintendent Kirsten Baesler, was not happy. He also admitted he created a personal Gmail account, which he used to anonymously send pro-common core messages to state media outlets and lawmakers. Wetzel also called this a "dumb idea." When Rob Port, of the Say Anything Blog, submitted an open records request for emails sent from the Gmail account, Wetzel did not provide all the emails.
"Mr. Wetzel forwarded me about four emails," Port said on 6:30 POV. "He said that was the totality of everything out of that account. But, forwarded to me from WDAY radio were a number of emails sent from that account responding to people who were on air with Mr. Thomas."
Wetzel claims the account was personal, but Port is arguing it's public information. He filed a public complaint against Wetzel.
Meanwhile, the Department of Public Instruction has not commented on how this will affect Wetzel's job.
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